A.  I simply adore this recipe box from Banana Papers.  The vintage simplicity, combined with the sunshine yellow is killing me! Please, pretty please, come live on my countertop.

B.  I am on the lookout for new recipes.  Tried and true.  Family favorites.  The ones that you can make with your eyes closed, while you are holding a baby on your hip, yet make everyone fell so very loved and happy.  For me it is Santa Fe Soup and Baked Corn.  What is it for you?

C.  Blog it.  Link it.  I'll cook it.  My family will thank you.  The end.


  1. I created a little group on Facebook just for this reason-I totally hate trying to come up with new things to eat every night!!
    Feel free to join in-none of us are professional chefs or anything, just moms, cooking for our families.

  2. The soup looks yummy - you can't go wrong with velveeta!

  3. What fun! Can't wait to read all the recipes.
    I had such a hard time choosing a recipe from my favorites. I looked all through the recipes section of my blog Picnics in the Park, where I post only my favorite and best recipes.
    Should I choose a favorite snack? Homemade popcorn.
    A seasonal recipe? Homemade rolls.
    Something for Thanksgiving? Turkey stock.
    Something summery? Orzo Pasta Salad.
    I finally went with something baked cause I know you are a baker.
    And I love breakfast best of all.
    Hope you like it!
    Looking forward to hearing your success with everyone's suggestions.
    Love from,

  4. I linked up my panini's....but I have another recipe that I am blogging tomorrow (after I make it tonight!) It is a meal I make ALL the time in the fall/winter. Stay tuned!

  5. Winners at my house include Pioneer Woman's Chicken Spaghetti, Angel Chicken (I got this recipe from a Kraft magazaine: http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2009/10/crockpot-comfort-food-angel-chicken.html), other last-minute meals: http://herdofsteph.blogspot.com/2007/12/works-for-me-wednesday-last-minute.html.

    Please share what you try and are winners! I'm always on the hunt for new recipes for my munchkins, too! (And I'm checking that soup recipe out!)

  6. Thanks for doing this. I am always on the lookout for "real mom recipes." I am excited to try some of these.

  7. Love this ~ can't wait to see what everyone links up! Baked Corn is one of my favorites too, I think we use the same recipe :)

  8. my recipe doesn't LOOK that good....because ham is pink and that's weird.
    but our family eats this like crazy.
    and it's filling.


  9. OK, wanted to share a yummy vegetarian enchilada bake but totally goofed with my first link LOL. Ignore that. The second one works. :) Happy cooking, friend!
    xoxox Holly

  10. Oh yay! I love that you did this!
    I am at school teaching - but maybe I'll add one later...maybe. But I will be a "taker" and use a lot of these! Thanks!

  11. no blog post on this one, but it's a good'un.

    (as easy or as hard as you'd like to make it)
    2 cans crescent rolls (or made from scratch)
    1 lrg can of canned chicken (or shredded chicken breast)
    1 block cream cheese
    1 small can cream of cheese soup
    1 small can cream of chicken soup
    1 can's worth of milk

    roll a pinch of chicken & 1/2-1 tsp cream cheese into a crescent roll. repeat using all of your crescent roll dough (approx 16). arrange on baking sheet, evenly spread out and bake at 375 for 11-13 minutes or until tops are a light & golden.
    while baking, mix both cans of condensed soup together with only 1 can of milk.
    prep your family's favorite veggie side...and when crescents are finished baking, you're ready to go! serve piping hot, with a ladle's worth of "soup sauce" over the top.

    enjoy (kids of ALL ages love this one!)

  12. orange chicken piccata
    (from Just for Kids: 3 cookbooks in 1)

    1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded thin
    2 TBS all-purpose flour
    1/2 c. OJ
    1/4 c. French's honey mustard
    1/4 c. orange marmalade
    1/4 tsp dried rosemary leaves, crushed
    1 orange, thinly sliced and quartered

    coat pounded chicken with flour; shake off excess. heat 1 TBS oil in nonstick skillet over med-high heat. cook chicken 5 minutes or until browned on either side.

    mix OJ, mustard, marmalade, and rosemary. add to skillet. bring to boiling. simmer, uncovered, over med-low heat 5 more minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center and sauce thickens slightly. stir in orange pieces; heat through.

    serve with rice or quinoa and your favorite fruit or veggie side dish.
    (serves 4)

  13. man, my link isn't showing up. i love this idea though. i'm living in africa with my hubs and recently started a 'what are you eating?' post to help hold me accountable for cooking more creative meals. maybe i'll try again later if they still haven't shown up.

  14. p.s. both my hubby AND daughter have loved this dish for 8 years! no joke whenever i make it, they've got it gobbled down lickety-split! =)

  15. LOVE the recipe box! I think orange should come live with me...or maybe the turquoise?

  16. well, as of yet - no recipes blogged.
    but ... that shall be-a-changin' soon!


    [my exception to my I-refuse-to-eat-casseroles-rule] http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=257392

    [ridiculously easy]

    - and quiche! We have quiche for dinner all the time. I use a simple recipe w/ just frozen pie crust, eggs, milk, basil, and ham lunchmeat ... but -- the trick: spread mustard on the bottom of the pie crust after you pre-bake the crust. Then fill w/ the filling.
    amazing. the mustard adds so much.

  17. What a great idea - and such a cute recipe box!! :)

  18. I just posted a bajillion from my blog archive. They are all amazing. Pretty much all of them from the wonderful women in my life who have taken the time to pass them on to me from generation to generation....so I guess that means that they're tried and true :)


  19. Oh, thank you for doing this! I am ALWAYS on the hunt for recipes that work for my family! I'll link my tried and true Chicken Divan recipe up right now.

  20. I posted the link to my blog. I've got LOTS of recipes there--just click on the recipe page up at the top.

  21. i am toooootally gonna use this post! great idea! so many yummy things!

  22. i wish i had something to offer but i'm just too much of a novice. i will tell you that tonight i used my red pot again and make dani's, from little fists, easy chicken and dumpling soup and it is fabulous.

    i can also tell you that one of my all time favey meals in the slow cooker, cause me and mine are good buds, is green chili lasagna. it sounds fancy but you know it's not.
    just layer flour tortillas, re fried black beans, some green chilis, and then a layer of green chili enchilada sauce. keep going until you reach the top. cook on low for 3-4 hours. yum! i could eat the whole darn thing myself.

  23. Thank you. I will be over at your house for the next two months. Every night. I will just fly in from the stockton airport.

  24. oh yum, i'm enjoying all these links!
    great idea :)
    how have you gotten so many readers??

  25. Oh no... it will take me forever to surf those links... but I might have ta!! My turkey meatloaf is a fav!! I will have to find it and link up that post...

  26. easy chicken pot pie--

    chicken (canned, leftover, cooked however)
    1 can cream of chicken (or cream of whatever)
    1 bag frozen mixed vegetables
    whatever seasonings you like (salt, pepper, garlic, etc.)
    2 deep dish pie crusts

    mix everything. put it in pie crust. remove other pie crust from tin and place on top. smoosh sides to seal. cook for 30-45ish minutes until done at 350.

    easy peasy. requires little effort and hardly any thought.

    p.s. you've pretty much made my life with your iced coffee recipe. in the few short days since that post i've become an addict;)

  27. Hmmm, my first link tells you my blog is unavailable... sooo not true :) So I linked again, and there it is, so Tangy Quesadilla #1 (I think entry 64) needs to be deleted.. sorry :(

  28. Okay, I added my Homemade Mac & Cheese! http://thelarsonlingo.blogspot.com/2010/10/homemade-mac-cheese.html

  29. Aaaaggghhhh, i want to do this but i closed my blog!

  30. Fun, fun, fun! I adore your santa fe soup and the corn recipe, so it will be awesome to browse through these yummies. :)

  31. Since I just found your blog (I emailed you about the sign!), I'm a little late to the link-up, but I have a recipe blog with a friend, and here are a couple of my favorites that my kids will actually eat:


    Chicken Parmesan Pizza:

    PS...Velveeta is creepy, but there are some things that it's just absolutely necessary for!