Give Your Oven Some Lovin’!

Smiling woman cleaning oven

With the holidays coming up quickly and the need to be ready for an overload of cooking and baking, let’s take a moment and show some appreciation for our good friend and happy helper; our oven.   You may feel differently, but when I open up my oven and see a lot of old, burnt, crusty […]

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen

Never Let Your Kids Do These 3 Things in the Kitchen | SavingDinner.com

One of my favorite pastimes is cooking with my children. Do you have kids? If you do, I want to heavily recommend that you teach them the joys of the kitchen while they’re still young and look up at you like a superhero that has all the answers. Teaching your children how to cook is […]

How Clean is Your Fridge?

How Clean is Your Fridge? | SavingDinner.com

Why is it the last thing to get cleaned in a kitchen is the inside of the refrigerator? I know that’s true for a lot of people; it certainly was for me! The fridge was the last frontier for me in the kitchen. I could keep the kitchen clean, unload the dishwasher regularly, keep the […]

Back to Basics: Teaching Basic Table Manners to Children

Back to Basics: Table Manners | SavingDinner.com

You know how I feel about making dinner an event in your home. I’m a firm believer in getting everyone around the table together for dinner to reconnect with each other, discuss the day’s events and to nourish our bodies with good home-cooked food. A few weeks ago I talked about the importance of learning […]

A Romantic Dinner at Home

Date night doesn’t always have to mean finding a babysitter and making reservations at an expensive restaurant. That’s nice to do once in a while, but there’s no reason why you can’t have a date night in on a regular basis. Feed the kids early, put them to bed and prepare a romantic, candle-lit meal […]

What veggie can I not get enough of right now?

By: Leanne Ely   It’s time for Tricks, Tips and a Recipe! And in honor of this most ultimate summer squash, today we’re giving it the attention it deserves. Sound good? Zucchinis are packed with beta-carotene, potassium and B vitamins. They also provide fiber and a bit of Vitamin C, but a large zucchini contains only […]

Top Tips for Grilled Veggies and Fruits

By: Leanne Ely   I shared some tips with you a couple weeks ago about grilling meats but there’s more to summer barbecue season than burgers and steaks! Why turn on the stove to cook your veggies when you have a perfectly good hot grill already prepped? Never mind the fact that grilled veggies and […]

Budget-friendly crock pot meals

By: Leanne Ely   It seems like the more you do to feed your family properly, the harder it is to keep the grocery budget in check. Using the crock cooker is a great way to stretch a dollar for several reasons. • You can use tougher, less expensive cuts of meat • Traditional crock […]

Herbaliciousness! (I’ll explain…)

By: Leanne Ely   When I’m looking at a big rack of dried herbs in the grocery store, I often think of dollar bills chopped up and put into bags. For many dried herbs, you might as well just chop up a few dollar bills and sprinkle them on your food for the amount of […]

Perpetual Salad! (love this idea!)

By: Leanne Ely   I don’t know about you, but I have a really hard time buying produce that I can easily grow myself. At my house, we eat a lot of salad. As many of you know, I serve a large green salad with almost every meal that goes on the table. All of […]