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Pepperoni Roll

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

Some days you need to not think about what to cook and just have fun with what you have.  I had tried something similar before but this time I did not have ham and cheese to make a ham and cheese roll so I tried a pizza roll instead.    It turned out amazing. (more…)

Freezer Calzones

Friday, January 31st, 2014

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Pizza Calzone

What’s the difference between a calzone and a pizza pocket? I have no clue, but I am not a fan of processed foods unless I have no other choice so I say a calzone is usually hand-made while a pizza pocket is a store-purchased product. :) (more…)

Lemon Blueberry Muffins

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

I should have never questioned one of my friends….she knows I love allergy friendly recipes!   She brought these to a MOPS meeting (Mothers of Preschoolers).  I begged and she sent me this recipe…..but told me she used regular butter… I subbed in dairy free Earth’s Balance and created a dish both my son and another friend (gluten free) could have. (more…)

Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

What to do with leftover chicken or turkey….I finally found one every one in my house will eat! (more…)

Slow cooker freezer meals….with Chicken!

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

I have done many days of cooking and freezing…but never all chicken, and with the chicken options from Bountiful Baskets I decided it was time to try.    I adjusted a few recipes that seemed to be a hit with my family and decided to share the process with you.

What to do with Pears?

Friday, December 20th, 2013

I have never been impressed with pears. I thought they were mush….like baby food. Well if you have store bought packaged pears, they are! A fresh pear with a dab of yogurt and bountiful baskets granola is a wonderful breakfast, afternoon snack, or quick dinner if you forgot dinner before an activity. I simply peel a pear and slice then devour it!

About Whitney L

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Travis and I have been married for 9 years. In that time we have had three sweet, wonderful boys, K, 8, E, 6, and A, almost 3. Travis works as a truck driver for the local oil refinery. I am busy with 3 full time jobs with the Buggy, Stinker, and Monkey(kids), full time daycare, working part-time/full time at the local truck stop as a cashier, helping with the PTO at the kids’ school, and my exciting Bountiful Baskets duties.   In our 12 years together we have been through many roller coasters, many towns, many moves, and many jobs; each one bringing us closer together.    Travis is a very picky eater so I have adjusted many of my favorite foods to his selective nature.  K has PDD-NOS (a sensory delay on the autistic spectrum) and texture sensitivities.    E has AD/HD and while we currently have him medicated we hope to have him sleep and diet controlled soon.    A is our allergy and asthma kiddo, with varied allergies to Dairy, shellfish, tomatoes, soy, and strawberries.   His reactions vary depending on the food and preparation type so I have tried to master the art of trial and error with substitution.   We live in a small rural community in Wyoming.   While I was born in a bigger town in Wyoming, Travis has always gravitated to the smaller towns and I have always gravitated to big cities (Denver, for example, I love to visit).    I was raised as a spoiled rich kid… adjusting to a working income and having to stretch every cent and use all we can has been hard.   I now love to experiment with food (although my family is not always on board for me to test on them), coupon, learn to garden, learn to can, and learn to live off what we have.


One Pot Hobo Stew

Monday, December 9th, 2013

We have many Sunday evenings where we need a quick and easy meal. This is often when I create most my family recipes. One Sunday we were busy, I was sick, and just wanted to have a warm easy soup. I had plans to make Beef Stroganoff but did not feel up to it. So I combined a beef stew with a hobo stew and created something we all devoured. I was able to rest and not feel rushed as I made this wonderful dinner.

Harvest Stew

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

I was calling this hungarian stew (not sure why) until I asked a friend what she called it.   Harvest stew… in what is fresh for the season.    I thought that fit.    I have been known to sub what I can to save money.    I love to watch my kids eat this and ask, “What new food are we trying today?”.