Chicken and Gnocchi Soup–Tastes like Olive Garden!

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

With cooler weather coming to Northeast Ohio this week, my kids are requesting that I make this knock off recipe of our absolute favorite soup from Olive Garden: Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.  This recipe is a cross between a few others I found online.  It's a creamy, garlic-y soup with chicken, … [Read more...]

Make your own Applesauce!

Applesauce 1

Today was applesauce day at our house!  It’s something we do every year, and I always look forward to a big bowl of warm applesauce made with freshly-picked apples.  Then I fill the freezer with the rest, and we have it for the rest of the year.  It’s an easy little something special to go with a … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Apple Strudel Recipe

apple strudel

My Grandma Roth knew a thing or two about feeding a family on a Shoestring Budget.  She was the mother of eight kids, and famously scolded my mom once for paying full-price for bananas for Grandpa while she was in the hospital ("but Patty, they were 29¢ a pound at Save-a-Lot!"). I learned a lot … [Read more...]

Kielbasa, Potatoes and Peppers


Kielbasa, Potatoes and Peppers As a mom who works two full time jobs (yes, the site is a full-time job :) and has a family to take care of  - meal planning is essential. Here's one of my easy fast-five meals on the rotation.  I always have potatoes around and smoked sausage or kielbasa in the … [Read more...]

Fourth of July Almond Cookies with Cake Mix


Snag those 50¢ boxes of Cake Mix (details HERE) ! You and your family will love these super simple and creative Fourth of July Almond Cookies with Cake Mix Super easy and look impressive to bake and take! Save Print Patriotic Fourth of July Almond Cookies from Cake Mix … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Chicken Pot Pie from Scratch (or *almost* from scratch with shortcuts)

Chicken Pot Pie

I love being able to cook homemade comfort food from scratch.  I love eating it even more. ;)  (Cleaning up after using every pan, bowl, and utensil in my kitchen, not so much!) Chicken Pot Pie is one recipe that's great when I can make all the parts of it from scratch, but I also love that I can … [Read more...]