Holiday Chocolate Covered Pretzels in 4 Easy Steps

Cooking With Kids

Who doesn’t love chocolate covered pretzels? The saltiness of the pretzels paired with the sweetness of the chocolate is always a welcome treat at any party. If you’re looking for simple Christmas treats to try out this season, you’ll want to try out this kid-friendly recipe.  We made holiday goody bags for our neighbors and […]

3 Comfort Food Freezer Meals for Busy Holiday Nights

Reduce Holiday Stress with Easy to Make Meals

It's time to start loading the freezer meals for those busy holiday nights. These 3 family and freezer friendly, comfort food recipes are sure to please even the pickiest of eaters!

Holiday nights can get crazy busy. I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to do after a long day of holiday planning is to cook a meal. There are so many other things going on during the holidays that meal planning often takes a backseat to all of the other stuff. […]

Freezer to Oven Macaroni and Cheese

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Freezer Meals - Macaroni and Cheese
This Freezer to Oven Macaroni and Cheese is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.
Reduce Holiday Stress with Freezer Meals for your Family. This yummy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 75 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
Reduce Holiday Stress with Freezer Meals for your Family. This yummy Macaroni and Cheese recipe is sure to delight even the pickiest of eaters.
Instructions
  1. Cook the macaroni as directed on the package.
  2. While you are cooking the macaroni, melt the butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium heat. Once it's melted, turn the stove down to low-medium heat. Then add in the flour a little at a time while constantly stirring.
  3. Once you have a nice thick, bubbly sauce, you can add in about 1 cup of milk. Then, you'll want to turn the stove up to medium heat and wait for the milk to start to simmer.
  4. When it starts to simmer you can start adding in the cheeses. I usually add in handfuls and stir until the cheese melts. When the sauce starts getting too thick add a little more milk until all of the cheese is melted. Make sure you stir constantly during the melting process or else you'll burn the sauce.
  5. When you have a nice, thick, cheesy sauce, you can add in the spices. I always add about a teaspoon of garlic powder but some people like a little less garlic flavor. I then add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. When the pasta is done, drain it and pour it into a greased tin foil pan or a greased baking dish suitable for freezing.
  7. Last, you'll add in the cheese mixture and stir to cover the macaroni.
  8. When the macaroni and cheese has cooled, cover it with foil and place in the freezer.
  9. When you're ready to eat it, it can go straight in the over. Cook for 1-hour, covered with foil at 375 degrees, then remove the foil and cook for an additional 15-20 minutes uncovered at 400 degrees to brown the top. Enjoy!
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Freezer Meals – Spaghetti and Meatballs

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Freezer Meals - Spaghetti and Meatballs
Yummy Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs that's easy to freeze.
Freezer Meals - Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs
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Freezer Meals - Homemade Spaghetti and Meatballs
Instructions
  1. In a large pot combine the following and cook on low for 3 hours, stirring often: 28 oz can whole tomatoes 1 small can tomato paste 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1/2 tsp garlic powder 1/2 tsp parsley 1/2 tsp basil
  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, mix the following ingredients: ground beef, torn bread, 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 1/2 tsp garlic powder, 1/2 tsp parsley, 1/2 tsp sweet basil, and beaten egg. Then form into balls.
  3. Add 2 Tablespoons olive oil to a large frying pan and heat to medium. When heated, brown the onion, garlic, and meatballs. When browned, add the meatballs to the tomato mixture.
  4. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil to the frying pan, and saute the mushrooms until slightly brown. Add the mushrooms to the spaghetti sauce.
  5. Add the red wine to the spaghetti sauce.
  6. Cook the spaghetti sauce over low heat until tomatoes are no longer solid and flavorful. You may want to separate the tomatoes with a fork.
  7. Allow the combined tomato mixture to cool, then add to a either a gallon-sized freezer bag or a freezer-friendly plastic container.
  8. When ready to eat, take the spaghetti sauce out the night before to defrost, heat in either the microwave on in a large pot on the stove, serve over your favorite pasta, and ENJOY!
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Easy-to-Freeze Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

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Easy-to-Freeze Butternut Squash Recipe
Butternut squash is a favorite fall soup. Try freezing this soup for an easy to make future dinner on a cool autumn night.
Who doesn't love butternut squash soup? The favorite comfort food soup can easily be frozen and heated to eat on a cool, busy holiday night.
Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Prep Time 20 Minutes
Cook Time 45 Minutes
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Who doesn't love butternut squash soup? The favorite comfort food soup can easily be frozen and heated to eat on a cool, busy holiday night.
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, melt the butter, Then add and cook the onion, celery, carrot, potatoes, and butternut squash for 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned.
  2. Cover the vegetables with chicken stock, bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover pot, and simmer 40 minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.
  3. Next you'll pour the soup into a blender, and blend until smooth. Return to the soup to the pot, mix in any remaining stock, and season with salt and pepper.
  4. Allow the soup to cool, add to a freezer-friendly container and freeze.
  5. When ready to eat, take out the night before to defrost, heat on stove in pot, and serve with bread and butter. Enjoy!
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Rich and Creamy Chocolate Chip Hot Cocoa

Cooking with Kids

The joy of the season is upon us and what better way to celebrate than with a warm cup of hot chocolate. I made this rich and creamy chocolate chip hot cocoa with my kids one recent afternoon when I realized I didn’t have any hot chocolate mix but did have a huge bag of […]

Quick and Easy Classic Macaroni and Cheese

Comfort Food Recipe

This quick and easy Classic Macaroni and Cheese recipe is sure to be a hit with your kids. It’s also the perfect dish to bring to a potluck.

Who doesn’t love homemade macaroni and cheese? Well, today I’m giving you my easy to make classic macaroni and cheese recipe. This is one of my kids’ favorite meals (and one of my husband’s and my favorites, too!). This family friendly recipe is also great to make for potluck events or for kids at dinner […]

Tasty Chile Verde with Red Rice

Family Dinner Recipe

Looking for a recipe to impress your dinner guests? Here’s a tasty, colorful, and slightly spicy Chile Verde with red rice recipe that is sure to delight your guest’s palates.

Although I didn’t grow up in New Mexico, that’s where both sides of my family originate and I still have many relatives living in that part of that world. One thing I love about New Mexico is its green chile and all of the delicious, savory, and often spicy recipes that come from the Land of Enchantment. […]