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Whether you are wanting to stockpile meals for a night you don’t want to cook (or feel like cooking!) or you are needing to double a recipe to take one to a friend or family member AND feed your own family…freezer meals are the solution!  Being able to pull out a ready-to-go meal and pop […]


How to Make the Perfect S’mores

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 17, 2014

This past week was our spring break…and we enjoyed a part stay-cation here in San Antonio, followed by a long weekend at my friend’s ranch-river house near Leakey, TX. It was little boy heaven and no one wanted to leave, myself included. My happy, carefree, adventurous Charlie, walking through the river. Nevermind that wet jeans […]


Today is national π Pi Day! And, how can we celebrate Pi Day without PIES?!  Enjoy some of our favorite pie recipes for breakfast, lunch & dinner, and of course, dessert! Breakfast “Pies” Pumpkin Pie French Toast Egg Pie (aka Roasted Poblano Pepper Quiche) Lunch & Dinner Pies 15 Bean Pot Pie Shepherd’s Pie Sausage […]


An easy way to get all my boys to finish their plates at dinner is to serve breakfast at dinner or “brinner” as we like to call it! There are so many delicious recipes to entice everyone when it comes to breakfast foods including many that are hearty and filling…perfect for dinner! Take a look […]

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Chili Pasta Bake

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 10, 2014

Our church is experiencing a flurry of new babies and I’m on the team that delivers meals to new mamas! I adore getting to see the tiny humans when I drop off the meal and I LOVE getting to serve new moms in this way. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of taking […]


Chunky Guacamole with Mango & Red Onion

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 7, 2014

This one surprised me. I’m a huge fan of homemade guacamole, definitely prefer it over store bought. (I usually doctor up the store bought with lime juice, cumin, cilantro and possibly other mixins.) About homemade guacamole…it’s really a highly personal thing. It’s almost like you shouldn’t mess with a good and simple homemade guacamole. But […]


Erin’s Tips for Cooking With Kids

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on March 6, 2014

For the past few months, I’ve been sharing all kinds of fun and kid friendly cooking ideas and inspiration from Campbell’s Soup’s The Wisest Kid. And today, I thought I’d share my tips for cooking with kids and having little ones underfoot in the kitchen. 1. It starts with a great recipe. The ingredients for […]


Featured Pinterest Board: Avocados

by Jenn K on February 27, 2014

There are few things I enjoy more than avocados. So much so that I’ve created a Pinterest board dedicated to the green fleshy fruit! Side note: did you know that avocados have more potassium than bananas?! Take a gander at some of my favorite avocado recipes… Grilled Chicken with Mango & Avocado Salsa Avocado Egg […]


Mango Avocado Chicken with Orzo Salad

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 26, 2014

Here is your next ‘to-try’ lunch recipe friends. Or a great side dish for carnitas or ranchero chicken. Or fajitas. Or grilled chicken. I adore the mango and avocado flavors together. About 5 days a week I have a salad for lunch, and 4 of those 5 days it has mango and avocado mixed in. […]

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Spaghetti Squash & Meatballs

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 19, 2014

Supercalifragilis-delicious. That’s what I’m calling this one. Recently, we switched our oldest son back onto a gluten free diet to see if it helps with his SPD and attention troubles. I thought it would be like pulling teeth to get him to avoid many of the things he loves, but it’s not been so terrible. […]