Author Archive | Ally



These pancakes are bursting with fresh flavors! Limoneira lemons provide the tartness, while the the ricotta balances out the flavors. When a lemon company from California approaches you and asks if you want fresh lemons, you say YES! That is exactly what happened last month whenLimoneiracontacted me.  I live in the Midwest, lemons are ONLY […]

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Reposted with permission from Ally at Sweet and Savory This is officially my new favorite baked pasta dish. Read on to see why we all loved it! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.   I may or may not have been slacking in the hearty, stick-to-your-ribs, family dinners as of recent. Our weekends […]

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This post republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory Who doesn’t like dinner served with just one dirty dish to clean up? These Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas do just that! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience.   Hey y’all.  How ya doing?  I’m a bit flabbergasted that October is nearing an […]

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This post was republished with permission from Ally’s Sweet and Savory.  These Soft Gingerbread Maple Cookies will certainly kick off the holidays.  They taste like a true gingerbread cookie, yet a bit lighter and with a hint of maple.  A definite must on your holiday baking list. This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. […]

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2 Week Meal Plan

2 week meal plan {plus FREE printables}

If I’ve been asked once I’ve been asked a million times.  Do you meal plan?  How do you grocery shop?  Is there a plan I can follow on your blog? Well, yes.  I do meal plan, but I’m not strict about it.  Too many rules makes me just want to break them, you know?  So […]

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pregnancy update: Ally

Hey readers!  I’m Ally and I blog over at Ally’s Sweet & Savory Eats.  We gave you a very brief update on my pregnancy in the early stages this past fall, but now I am heading into the last trimester – so another update is needed! Currently, I am 32 weeks pregnant with a GIRL!  […]

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10 easy holiday recipes

The holidays are now upon us!  Just a short time until Thanksgiving, with Christmas right around the corner.  It is now definitely that time of year.  The time where the weather gets colder, the days get shorter and our meals get a little heartier. My blog is coming up on its 4 year anniversary {4 […]

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Garden Produce….Overwhelmed?

Lets talk gardens.  They can be fun.  They can be intimidating.  They can be overwhelming.  They can be an utter disappointment.  They can be a huge joy. Get it?  They can be a lot of things. If you have a garden or know someone who has a summer garden, then you know some years can […]

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taking advantage of your slow cooker during the summer

It’s July.  It’s hot.  The very last thing we want to do is turn on the oven and “bake” dinner.  So often we think of our slow cooker as a winter kitchen appliance.  Simmering hot soups, homemade apple cider, hot cheesy dips to entertain with…..but are you using it to its fullest in the summer? […]

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pepperoni pizza bites

3 simple, quick and easy-to-prep freezer meals

I don’t know about you, but lately I am all about using my freezer.  Not just the freezer attached to my fridge, but our big deep freeze kept in our laundry room.  It’s like I want to stuff it with as many meals as possible just in case I come down with the plague and […]

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blt guac

B.L.T. Guacamole

Spring is here {although, us Iowans may beg to differ}, so that means fresh, light and easy to prepare dishes are headed to the table….at least in my family.  Warm weather tends to get us outside, firing up the grill and not making such heavy-laden dishes like soup, casseroles and stews. It also is a […]

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mom’s meatloaf burgers

It is almost burger season, folks.  Almost.  Our grills will need to get dusted off soon {unless you are one of those year around grillers} so that we can all indulge in a good old American burger.  I am pretty sure people around the world answer “burgers”, when asked, “What is American food?”  I mean, […]

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