World’s Easiest Spaghetti & Meatballs!

Spaghetti & Meatballs-

This main dish can be made in 3 minutes flat. Here’s what you need… 1 bag of frozen meatballs (I chose chicken meatballs this time) 1 (26 oz.) jar of Spaghetti sauce (just 89 cents on sale last week!) Pasta *p.s.  please don’t look at the dirty crock pot, mkay?  Spray Crock Pot with cooking [...]

Week in Review- April 17, 2015

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Hi and welcome back to my week in review post where the good, the bad and the UGLY intersect with my life! First up….this picture of me.  I took it on Sunday morning just before church.  I may be smiling, but what you don’t know is that I had vertigo (from a sinus infection) so [...]

Week in Review- Easter Edition 2015

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  Well folks, it was Spring Break for our younger kids and the older ones had Friday off of work, so we piled in 2 cars and headed south… IOWA!!  It wasn’t a beach, but we enjoyed the temps near 70!! We saw green grass too! Terribly exciting, I know!! We rolled into town Friday [...]

Crock-Pot Orange Chicken

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I tried this recipe on a whim, because it was EASY and you know how I love easy recipes!  Quite surprisingly, my family loved it, so I thought I would share!! Here are the simple ingredients… (printable recipe listed below) Plug in your Crock-Pot and set on HIGH.  Spray with cooking spray.  Add raw chicken [...]

Week in Review- April 3rd, 2015

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  Hello and welcome to my week!!!  It was the perfect amount of busy with the perfect amount of chill. The biggest decision I made this week was choosing counter tops for our new home!  It was a really easy decision and what a blessing it is that Hubs and I are typically on the [...]

The Secret of Contentment


As some of you may know, we are in the process of building a new home.  We love our current home, but as our oldest children leave the nest, the house is becoming a burden.  There are bedrooms that are not being used, various rooms that are waaaaaay dustier than they should be and because [...]

5 on Friday- My Week in Review- 3-27-2015

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  // ONE// My fun week began last Friday with this guy coming home from college on Spring Break! Yes, I took him to Kohls to buy some much needed clothing items.  He was still wearing his t-shirts from high school and he graduated a few years ago.  For once in his life he didn’t [...]

Ask Ms. Jilly– Basic Baking Spices


A reader asks:  ” What advice would you give for someone starting out in the kitchen?  What are common spices to have on hand when you’re baking? Well, I love to cook and I’m a big fan of baking so this was an easy one! 1. Cinnamon- I use this spice all of the time!  [...]

Week in Review- March 20th, 2015

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Just when you think life is going to slow down, surprisingly it ramps back up, chock-full of activities!  We’ve had a busy week to say the least, and I’ll spare you the bad stuff and just highlight the blessings- because smiling is GOOD! First up- Son #3 spent the weekend with Son #2 at college.  [...]

4 Ingredients for a good “cold” lunch!


I’m a big believer in supporting the hot lunch program at school.  I think it helps the school monetarily and it encourages kids to try new and different food.  But, some days my kids want to take a cold lunch to school. Here’s a sampling of what my daughter thinks is a fun and delicious [...]