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Chicken Sausage & Green Beans

We are usually into simple dinners these days. I usually work late and unless we do the crockpot thing dinner needs to take <30 minutes. Sometimes we do fancier things, but then we starve. ha!

One of our favorite things is chicken sausages and green beans:


This is the chicken sausages:

I buy these regularly at Safeway and while they might be a bit pricey they are amazing.  In the summer we grill them. A few times I have baked them, but mostly we split them down the middle and throw them on the George Foreman grill. (When you live in a chilly climate its a must!!)

They just have to get heated through, so it does not take that long.  The apple kind is our favorite! The apple gives it a hint of sweetness.  Yes they are a bit high in sodium but we tend to drink a lot of water so it does not matter as much. We do not eat it more than once a week. They are also pretty high in protein for what you get, so that is important!

Then to pair with it, we have some sauteed green beans! I buy whole green beans frozen. Heat up a skillet with some EVOO and throw in a bit of garlic and some sliced almonds. Throw in the green beans frozen. Stir them every minute or so and they will cook up in about 5 mins. I alternate between using minced garlic and garlic powder. Both work just fine. The almonds are optional but we love having them in and they add a little treat.


M&M Cookies!!

Everyone loves a good cookie now and again right?!



Today is all about some yummy cookies. I made these at Christmas, but am dying to make them again soon!

I will admit that I found the recipe through Sarah! She made these and they looked amazing so I threw them into my Mom’s cookie rotation!

M&M Cookies



  • 1 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 c white sugar
  • 1 c shortening (I prefer unsalted butter)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1.5 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2.5 c AP flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1.5 c candy (m&ms)



1. Cream shortening, sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Add dry ingredients to the mixture. Stir in half of the candies.

2. Drop teaspoons onto cookie sheet. Use other half of candies and place some on top of dough.

3. Bake at 350F for 9-11 minutes



I worked HARD on these cookies! My mom does not have a kitchen aid!! lol! My arm was tired!!

I thought the base dough of these cookies was great! Not only is it great for M&Ms but also for chocolate or peanut butter chips. I think my next go around would be to add some chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in!



Waffles are one of our favorite breakfast foods around here. I love Eggos – don’t get me wrong – but homemade waffles top it all!

For our wedding we got a simple Cuisinart Classic Waffle Maker . We had not really made waffles before so we started experimenting. We did not go far because we started with Alton Brown. We found his Basic Waffle Recipe and have never looked back.


Basic Waffles

(Recipe from Alton Brown here)

  • 1 c. all purpose flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 3 whole eggs, beaten
  • 2 oz (1/4 c) UNsalted butter, melted
  • 2 c buttermilk, room temp


  • Preheat waffle iron.
  • Mix all dry ingredients together.
  • Mix all wet ingredients together.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry. Stir. The batter will be lumpy!
  • Allow mixture to rest for 5 minutes. (Do NOT skip this step!!)
  • Put batter on waffle iron and cook until golden brown.


For reference here is a picture of the batter. It IS lumpy. its OK!


Cooking the waffles!


Optional Waffle toppings:

Butter & Syrup

Peanut Butter & Syrup

Butter, Chocolate Chips & Syrup

Whipped cream

powdered sugar


If you love waffles – you really need to try these one morning! Give me a shout if you try it and enjoy them!

Edited to add: You can make these without buttermilk. You I have even used 1 cup canned coconut milk and 1 cup unsweet coconut milk (carton) soured with 2 TBSP vinegar (or lemon juice). They do not brown as much but taste the same!

Chili Colorado

I am hoping to post more recipes this year!

We really like chili in the winter – well all year acutally!  I however have been bored with our standard turkey chili. Hubby had something he called ‘chili colorado’ awhile back. It was made with stew meat instead of ground meat. I went searching for some recipes online but wasn’t pleased with all of them. I was looking for something simple and something in the crockpot! I ended up combining some recipes and making my own!


Chili Colorado:


  • 1.5 lb Stew meat
  • 1 8 oz can Tomato sauce
  • 1 packet chili seasoning
  • 1 small can tomato paste
  • 1 can rinsed & drained black beans
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder


Put all ingredients in the crock pot, meat first, and cook on low for 8-10 hours.



Garnish with your choice of toppings. Our favs: green beans, cheese, fritos, and sour cream!

Enjoy! Let me know if you try it!



NO Fast Food Challenge: Planning

Hello!!! Welcome to the second week of the No Fast Food Challenge!!

If you missed last week, you can find the details here!

This week we are going to be talking about Planning.

The best way to not feel like you HAVE to hit a fast food joint is to PLAN.

Planning takes time, but in the long run you save time AND money! Everyone wants to save money!

Eating fast food is NOT cheap! If you and 2 kids eat out lets day 2x a week – that is likely $25 or so including happy meals, drinks etc. That is a LOT. Considering $25 was HALF of my grocery bill this week?!

So what is involved in planning. Here are the steps:

1. Make a list of ALL of your families Favorite foods. Breakfast, lunch AND dinner. Yes ALL 3.

2. Make a chart of your week and then start placing in your meals. This is where Pinterest comes in handy:


Or something fancier:


You will notice the first chart has a place for Snacks! Snacks are important! Plan these into your day! Whether it is fruit or a piece of candy or whatever, but it needs to go on the plan.

3. Shop! Make a list of everything you need Off the meal plan and go shopping for ONLY those items!! Some people like to match the stuff on sale with their meals. Enh. Unless you want to spend a couple hours at this, only buying the stuff you NEED will be just as cheap!

4. Prepare! It does NOT end at shopping!



This is pretty much my weekly prep for Lunch AND Dinner. I’m DEAD serious. I pre-slice my apples and dump some lemon juice in to prevent browning.

Any meals you need to chop vegetables for or separate out stuff. Pre-prep any lunches and breakfasts. Separate snacks into baggies.  I do ALL of this typically on Sunday afternoon while watching football. It really only takes about an hour. And it saves at least that much time throughout the week!


Here is my update:

This week I did pretty well. I only ate out at Chipotle once and we had Pho once – thats not really unhealthy so its not really fast food. Other than that I did end up eating ramen one night and had a couple of home-made chocolate chip cookies saturday.

So how did you do this week?  This weekend?  Are you trying to steer clear of fast food or processed, unhealthy foods? Maybe just trying to eat healthier? 

Well, link up and share your experience!

Head over to Dirt and Pears as well for Emily’s update!

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