Updated Apple Pie Recipe!

Updated Apple Pie Recipe!

Hello! I’ve been making lots of pies this month and in the process have come up with several updates to our old family recipe. First, I add a little flour to the apple-sugar-cinnamon mixture. This helps thicken the filling just a bit. Not thick like those gelatinous Luby’s pies — just a tad thicker than […]

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Homemade Pie Crust: Everything You Need to Know

Homemade Pie Crust: Everything You Need to Know

I’ve been making pies for a long time. My mom taught me to make a homemade crust when I was young, and I’ve been making them every Thanksgiving, Christmas, Fourth of July and occasional birthday since then. Here’s one I did for Thanksgiving last year (we ate it while watching football :). My mom originally […]

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Chipotle Caesar Salad with La Vaquita Queso Fresco

Chipotle Caesar Salad with La Vaquita Queso Fresco

Ever have a craving for Tex Mex but still want to feel good about what you’re eating? I do . . . basically every day ;) I want that spicy, smoky, salty, creamy, crunchy goodness of Tex Mex, without feeling like I need a nap after lunch. Which is why I am loving this easy Chipotle […]

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Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Perfect Birthday Cake Cupcakes

Jack’s seventh birthday was Monday and his party was set for Saturday. It was Thursday and I needed a recipe for really yummy cupcakes asap. Jack had asked for vanilla on vanilla. “Sure you don’t want red velvet?” I asked, hoping to use my tried-and-true red-velvet recipe. “Vanilla,” he said. So I googled “I am baker vanilla cake” […]

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Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

Printable Food Pun Valentines + Gift Ideas!

I’m so good at wasting time. So good. Basically an expert. Just this morning I spent over an hour thinking up little gifts to pair with my printable food-pun valentines from last year. Remember these? Can you guess them all? (Btw, figuring out food puns is not wasting time — it’s good for your brain. Shopping is also really […]

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5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

5 Kitchen Tools You Need Right Now

I’m not really a gadget person, but will occasionally find a kitchen tool that I absolutely love. Here are my top five right now: (1) AccuSharp 001 Knife Sharpener I’ve owned every knife sharpener imaginable, and none compares to the AccuSharp. The AccuSharp is small and compact (making it easy to store and hold), and sharpens all of […]

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Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Peel & Stick Wallpaper: New DIY Obsession!

Oh my goodness, I just discovered peel-and-stick wallpaper and it is the MOST fun. It’s easy to apply, and there’s virtually no commitment: you can peel it off and move it as many times as you want! We got this one for the laundry room: I’m putting it directly over our old wallpaper (circa 1990) […]

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Get Up & Go Green Smoothie

Get Up & Go Green Smoothie

This is me on Saturday mornings… And these are my kids. See the problem? Herein lies the solution. Get Up & Go Green Smoothie Makes 1 big smoothie Ingredients: 1 scoop Jay Robb Grass-Fed Whey Protein Powder 1 Tablespoon almond butter 1/2 Tablespoon Illy Ground Espresso Powder 1 scoop MCT Oil powder (read about the benefits here) 1/2 Tablespoon […]

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6 Secrets to Successful Meal Planning

6 Secrets to Successful Meal Planning

I’ve started meal planning lately (week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4), and — wow — I’m becoming a big fan! There are just so many benefits: less trips to the grocery store, lower grocery bills, less wasted food, less stress during the day about what the heck we’re going to eat for dinner, and of course … […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

Weekly Meal Plan: Week 4

Weekly meal plan number 4 is up! Monday and Tuesday are the usual (salmon and tacos), but we’re mixing it up on Sunday with a trip to Stanley’s Farmhouse Pizza, and then again on Wednesday with Franklin’s BBQ for my brother’s birthday. So lucky to live in Austin with such unique venues and amazing food! Jack has had the sniffles lately, so […]

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Weekly Meal Plan + Sunday Meal Prep

Weekly Meal Plan + Sunday Meal Prep

I used to think meal planning would make cooking so boring (if everything is planned ahead, where’s the spontaneity?), but in reality, meal planning has had the opposite effect. Now that I plan meals in advance, I’ve actually been feeling more creative in the kitchen . . . coming up with new combinations (like the pulled pork tacos we’re […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

Weekly Meal Plan: Week 2

Weekly meal plan #1 was a success, so moving right a long to week #2! Here’s the menu: Sunday: Rolled grape leaves (or you could sub in lamb chops or grilled chicken or shrimp), hummus with raw veggies, tabbouli (link to recipe, but you can buy it already prepared to save time), Greek salad, fruit, bread Monday: Pistachio-crusted […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Steak Dinner

Weekly Meal Plan: Steak Dinner

Slight change of plans. I posted our weekly meal plan on Monday. According to the plan, we were going to have leftovers or chicken nuggets last night, but as I realized around noon yesterday, we had no leftovers and only four chicken nuggets. Fortunately, we did have all the ingredients for a steak dinner (which was supposed to be our […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Taco Dinner

Weekly Meal Plan: Taco Dinner

I posted my weekly meal plan on Monday, and then specifics for the Salmon Dinner yesterday. Today I’m posting specifics for the Taco Dinner. We usually have tacos on Tuesday (for no other reason than we just got hooked on the social media moniker “Taco Tuesday” and now we’re used to it). Plus, it’s a nice change from […]

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Weekly Meal Plan: Salmon Dinner

Weekly Meal Plan: Salmon Dinner

I posted my weekly meal plan yesterday and got a great response — yay! Looks like many of you are in the same situation as I am … wanting to feed yourself and your family good food without much time to do it. Today, I’ll break down the first meal, which we had last night: Oven-baked […]

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Weekly Meal Plan!

Weekly Meal Plan!

It’s time to get serious, people. We are totally tapped out here in the Saba household, so I’ve started meal planning and instacarting (more on that below). Last week it worked like a charm! Here’s my plan for this week: Weekly Menu  Sunday: Grilled chicken, caesar salad, broccoli, shells and cheese, fruit Monday: Oven-baked salmon, […]

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Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

There are a few things to know about homemade chicken broth. Actually, there are a lot of things to know, if you’re interested . . . just google “chicken bone broth” and you’ll find tons of books and websites with reams of information about cooking techniques and health benefits of broth. But, if you’re not […]

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Seasoned Ground Beef for Tacos

Seasoned Ground Beef for Tacos

Well hello! So happy you’re here! But I should warn you: this recipe is not for the Tex-Mex tacos you might be thinking of (the ones with a greasy yellow shell and heavily cumin-and-chili-powder seasoned ground beef). While those tacos are delicious, these are not those. Although I hesitate to generalize, you could say these have more of an interior Mexican flavor. […]

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Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Fall Menu Inspiration: Easy Crock-Pot Recipes and More!

Happy September! I love fall and football and slow-cooked meals. It’s all so cozy I just want to curl up on the couch with Cookie and Muffin. Not “a” cookie and muffin, although those would be nice, too; I’m talking about Cookie and Muffin. This is Muffin: This is Cookie: They are both very soft and […]

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Everything You Need to Know to Make Fluffy, Flavorful White Rice

Everything You Need to Know to Make Fluffy, Flavorful White Rice

Basic white rice is surprisingly difficult to make. It’s either burned on the bottom, crunchy on the inside and mushy on the outside, or mushy all the way through. Or, it tastes like cardboard. Mmmmm, cardboard. I had all of those problems until a few years ago when my dad taught me this recipe. I posted a video […]

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