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Ah school; I love it and I hate it. I love that the kids are busy, but I hate that the kids are busy. That busyness floods the family’s schedule with homework, unscheduled trips to stores, school meetings, sports and so much more. I have to pack up my summer laziness and find my inner organization mojo for another year. It also means that I need to start making hearty, delicious meals that will bring the family to the table. Manwich is one of my little helpers. With its kid-stopping power, my family is sure to put down their homework, get up from the computer and come in from the yard to sit down to a #Manwich meal, especially if its a sloppy Joe lasagna.
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I believe in diving into local cuisine. When I moved to Florida a little over three years ago, I started making all things Southern. It wasn’t too long before I made grillades (pronounced Gree-Yahds). They are seared meat medallions served in a spicy gravy over grits. Because I moved to Florida from Arizona, there is still a lot of Mexican influence in my cooking. It should be no surprise that I opted for El Yucateco habenero hot sauce when I made the grillades gravy.
I have long been a fan of Mediterranean cooking. I love fruit, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, nuts and yogurt. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to review Idiot’s Guides: The Mediterranean Diet Cookbook. This series of books breaks the subjects down to the nitty gritty. I read the whole book while sitting by the community pool one afternoon. I knew the first recipe I wanted to make from it was Garlic Scrambled Eggs. They sounded like something my entire family would devour.
A recipe similar to this Cheesy Sausage Biscuit Skillet is pictured on my kitchen calendar. All month, fourth son has been staring at it and mentioning it as he walks by it. When I told him that I was actually going to be making it for dinner, he was a happy camper.
***ANNOUNCEMENT*** I have started a new blog that is called Just Me, Gluten Free. From now on, that is where all my gluten free recipes will live and where new ones will be published. Frugal Antics will be the home of any full gluten foods I make. Continue reading
Time is rushing on toward summer. It seems like we were complaining so much that winter wouldn’t leave and now there are only two weeks left until summer vacation starts! With time spinning crazily out of control, I turn to simple dinner recipes. I found a cookbook on clearance called Southern Living Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook (brought to you by Winn Dixie) a while ago. It is full of convenient recipes like this King’s Ranch Pasta and Cheese.
My son’s motto is “bury me in bacon.” He would eat it every day, if it weren’t for his mama. When he sees a package of bacon on the counter and me getting pots and pans out to make dinner, he asks if we are having bacon. He has learned, however, to follow that question up with, “is it going in something?” It is the bane of his existence that I use bacon as an ingredient instead of as a focal point. Continue reading
Necessity is the mother of so many of my recipes. Seriously, if I didn’t have leftover roast or chicken or bones or whatever staring at me from the refrigerator, how many dinners would simply be spaghetti and meatballs? Continue reading
This month’s Pass the CookBook Club book is Breakfast for Dinner by Lindsay Landis and Taylor Hackbarth of Love & Olive Oil. As an added bonus this month, we are also able to giveaway three copies of this wonderful cookbook! As always, three recipes were chosen for us to pick from, each of us made one. You can see the dishes in the linky at the bottom of the post.
This Spaghetti Western is true convenience food. And yet, you can make it all with real food, too. Homemade tortillas, homemade spaghetti sauce, homemade meatballs; this dish can take you hours to make, or you can whip it up in mere minutes. It all depends on your food philosophy or your schedule. You could even adapt it to be gluten free. Continue reading
Now that the weather is warmer, I have started walking my daughter to and from school. Actually, she mostly rides her bike with her friends in the morning and in the afternoons, I walk down to the school to make sure she safely gets through the mass of big kids on bikes on the way home. She loves the freedom. I like that I can still keep an eye on her as she starts to spread the wings of freedom. Continue reading
Do you add dill to your chicken soup? I first saw it done when I was researching Chicken Noodle Soup as a Jewish grandmother’s cure for illness. So many of those recipes had dill that I had to try it. Now, it’s a required ingredient in my kitchen. Boy! Does it ever ramp up the flavor of what might be considered a “ho-hum” soup. Continue reading
Years ago, I wrote my first sponsored post. The gig was to come up with nine, yes NINE recipes for a well known company. It was back in the day when my photos were still marginally awful bordering on grotesque. In the last year, I have been culling those photos and even some of the posts. This is a rewrite of one of those nine recipes. Basically everything has changed, including the ingredients (except the chicken and French bread). This version is MUCH better and surprisingly, there is a gluten free option. Continue reading
Where did the last month go? It’s Improv Challenge time again and this time we are cooking up Sausage and Mushrooms. This was an extra fun theme for me because I have a few mushroom haters in my family, so I got to make something just for the grown-ups! In a big family, it’s a treat not having to share. Continue reading
This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Fresh From Florida for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.
I have become a huge locivore since moving to Florida. The fresh produce that we enjoy all year long is amazing. While the rest of the country is still fighting snow and ice, we are enjoying fresh summer squash and tomatoes! It always puts a smile on my face when I see the Fresh From Florida signs in the grocery store next to vegetables that, in other parts of the country, won’t be in season for another five or six months! Continue reading