Thursday, September 1, 2016

Yes You Can Plant Dried Beans From the Grocery Store and Grow Green Beans!

Check out our green beans which were planted from dried beans in the grocery store! Dried beans can be a very economical source of seed as you can see in this video -

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Easy Beef Stew & Dumplings - Cheater Series

To all my busy friends, I hesitated to share this recipe with you because it's so shamefully easy! If you had any respect for me at all, I'm quite certain you will lose it after watching this video. But my kids love it and it does come in very handy when I'm crazy busy. So here it is - Enjoy!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Urban Garden Update August 2016 - It's a Jungle Out There!

Take a walk with me through our back yard jungle - I may rethink how closely I've planted our plots next year! 

San Antonio Style Tortilla Soup Recipe (Cheater Version)

In an effort to help out my kindred spirits, those poor overwhelmed souls who want to make home-cooked meals every night of the week but sometimes have more demands than time, I've decided to share some of my family's favorite "cheater" versions of my home cooking. Hands down, my San Antonio Style Tortilla Soup is the fastest from start to finish. If I crank my burner up to high, I can have dinner on the table in 15 minutes flat! That's impressive in my house!

One of the nicest things about this recipe is that (except for garnishments) the ingredients can be kept on hand in your pantry or long term food storage indefinitely. This makes the meal perfect for unexpected company or a backup dinner!

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cheater Series - The Easiest Tortellini Bake in the World!

I'm so excited to share with you my next "Cheater" recipe! It's a delicious Tortellini bake that will knock your family's socks off. And like all my other Cheater series recipes, it has only a handful of ingredients and can be prepared in 5 - 10 minutes and on the table in less than an hour (45 minutes in my house - even with interruptions). 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Best Cheater Chicken Pot Pie Recipe In the World!

My best friend shared this recipe with me years ago and my family still loves it! It only needs four ingredients and takes less than an hour to make from start to finish -

Friday, August 19, 2016

Kick Your Cravings to The Curb With (Almost) Calorie Free Chips!

I love salty, crunchy snacks and I especially love chips and dips! Unfortunately, even healthy, wholesome chips can be very high in calories. When you are as short as me, you don't get a lot of calories to play with in a day and those extra calories really add up. I found the perfect way to get the crispy texture I crave without the extra calories. In fact, I would venture to say that by the time I'm done chewing these chips, I've probably burned more calories in the process of eating them than the chips themselves contain! Brilliant!!! 

The best part of this chip recipe is that it is so simple to make. With just two ingredients, it couldn't get any better in my book! Watch this video to learn more -