I used to fantasize that I was a creative, adventurous and . . . OK, I’ll say it . . . fabulous cook.

Then, I had children.

And with my slob-problems meaning that the home was generally a wreck, “adventurous” flew right out the window.  But even while struggling with housekeeping issues, I’ve always been passionate about feeding my family home-cooked meals.  They’re no longer as creative as they used to be, and I stick to a smaller repertoire, but they work.

Most of the recipes you will find here could be called “survival” meals.

They may not be fancy.  But they’re realistic.

Survival Recipes

Our favorite:

Chicken and Bacon Sub Sandwiches

Chicken Stir Fry – A Detailed Tutorial

Waffle Iron Pizza Pockets


Crock Pot Recipes:

2 Hour Crock Pot Lasagne

2 Weeks of Crockpot Meals

3 Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Round Steak with Gravy

Taco Soup

Super Easy White Chicken Chili



Bacon, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Pockets (perfect for the freezer)

Sausage Biscuits (Cheater Freezer Cooking)

Sausage Strudel Bites


Super Simple (& Whatever) Smoothies

World’s Best Cinnamon Toast Recipe


Quick Dinners Using Pre-Cooked (by me) Ingredients:

Baked Penne with Beef

Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Chicken Alfredo Past with Spinach  (super fast and almost embarrassingly easy)

Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Chicken and Noodles – Comfort Food in Less than 10 Minutes

Chicken Fried Rice (a family favorite)

Chicken Stir Fry with Ramen

Chicken Stir Fry with Rice

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Creamy Chicken and Spinach Enchilada

Crockpot BBQ Sandwiches

Faux Alfredo in Minutes

Four Crazy-Easy, Super-Quick Dinners


Mexican Casserole

“Porcupines” with Mushroom Gravy


Skillet Lasagna

Spaghetti Pie

Spinach Lasagna

Taco Salad (Dinner for a Crowd)

Super Duper Pizza Casserole

Super Easy White Chicken Chili


Appetizers and Snacks:

Apple Juice Popsicles – Kids in the Kitchen

Apple Sandwich Creation Station– Kids in the Kitchen

Cheese Dip

Daisy Cupcakes

Frozen Yogurt Smoothie Mix Kits

How to Make Jello Cake

Hummus – Quick and Easy!

Peanut Butter Pie

Pumpkin Seeds

The Best Fried Okra

Ultra Easy Guacamole 

World’s Most Fabulous Olive Dip



Picnic Ideas:

Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

Chicken Bacon Subs

Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches

Pizza Pockets

Pizza Snowballs (Pizza Pockets Kids Can Make)

Sub Sandwiches


Pre-cooking techniques:

Freezing Cooked Pumpkin

Ground beef

Pre-cooking chicken



Asian Salad (Slaw)

Easy Oven Fries 

How to Make Caramelized Onions

Parmesan Pepper Seasoned French Fries

Quick (but awesome) Parmesan Bread


Other Kitchen Ideas:

Cooking and Freezing Chicken

How to Freeze Pumpkin

How to Package and Freeze Bulk Chicken

How to Make the Perfect Roast (out of cheap meat)

Practical Tips for Teaching Kids to Cook


 Other Recipe Ideas:

Beef Noodle Stir Fry

Black Bean Lettuce Wraps

Mexican Lettuce Wraps

Waffle Iron Pizza Pockets


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