Alea’s Fast and Easy Hasselback Potatoes

by Alea on January 29, 2013

My family loves Hasselback potatoes. They are soooo delicious, but they are also a little tedious to make. Last fall, I decided to come up with a fast and easy method, so I could make them more frequently…and then promptly forgot about my resolution. My idea was finally put into place on Christmas day. My […]


Alea’s Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Ham

by Alea on January 15, 2013

I love being able to serve Sunday dinner shortly after arriving home from church. But I don’t like leaving the oven on while we are gone. I do feel comfortable leaving the slow cooker on, so I occasionally use it to make Honey Glazed Ham. I can cook the ham for one hour on high, […]


Alea’s Shepherd’s Pie

by Alea on December 27, 2012

This recipe is fast and easy to prepare, especially if you use leftovers from your holiday dinners. Shepherd’s Pie is often made using ground beef, but it is an especially delicious way to use up leftover roast. You can also use leftover vegetables and top it with leftover mashed potatoes if you have them on […]


Alea’s Pizza Quesadillas

by Alea on December 11, 2012

My family is pulled in so many directions during December: Church Christmas pageants, caroling, recitals, school finals, parties, and shopping. All of these activities make it harder for us to sit down as a family and enjoy a meal together. My solution? Fast and easy recipes that can be assembled in minutes and made with […]


Alea’s Peppermint Bark Chex Party Mix

by Alea on November 27, 2012

I wanted to make a treat for my family to snack on while we were decorating the tree, but I didn’t want to spend a lot of time making it, so I came up with this fast and easy recipe for Peppermint Bark Chex Party Mix. To crush the candy canes without making a mess, […]


Alea’s Curried Chicken with Acorn Squash

by Alea on November 13, 2012

My daughter loves curry, so much so that I decided to use it to get her to eat one of her least favorite foods: squash. When she saw the roasted acorn squash, she thought I was going to use the curried chicken and rice to create a curried version of Stuffed Acorn Squash. And I […]


Alea’s Ginger, Sweet Potato and Bean Soup

by Alea on October 23, 2012

I know sweet potatoes and beans combined with Asian seasonings sounds like a crazy combination. You are just going to have to trust me on this. This soup is seriously delicious! It is also fast and easy to make, filling, and frugal. I pulled this soup together in under 20 minutes. I was able to […]


Alea’s Chicken and Summer Squash Skillet

by Alea on October 9, 2012

The inspiration for this recipe is extreme fatigue. My family was craving a home-cooked meal and I really wanted to make them one. I went so far as to plan on making garlic chicken and sauteed squash. But as I started cutting up squash in preparation for dinner, I began to wonder if I could […]


Alea’s Skillet Lasagna

by Alea on September 25, 2012

I have been making different types of vegetable lasagnas all summer. After the last one, my oldest son said, “your veggie lasagnas are awesome, but I’m wondering when you are going to make a standard lasagna”. Obviously making a “standard lasagna” shot to the top of my to-do list! But our life has been crazy […]


Alea’s 4 Bean Chipotle Chili

by Alea on September 11, 2012

It is hard to make chili for my whole family. My daughter likes her chili very mild and my husband likes his eye-watering hot. The only thing they agree on is that the chili looks pretty when I use different types of beans. So I use lots of different types of beans! How much heat […]