October 7, 2015

5 Fast Ways to Get Easy Family Dinners on the Table


The new year has brought me into a little funk and I don’t mean the music kind. Have you ever felt that way? Just “off” a bit? I’m sharing about what was revealed to me over at (in)courage. I have […]

Join me! Cooking in my Kitchen (video)

Love this delicious egg bake

As so many of you know, welcoming you into my kitchen is one of my greatest joys. Not because of the food we are going to enjoy together, but because of what’s going to occur while we’re breaking that bread […]

Important Baking Tips (from my behind the scenes trip to Southern Living)

Southern Living Headquarters

Years ago, I asked the question “When did you learn to cook?”  Over 100 of you chimed in and it was truly inspiring to hear all the stories. My first pivotal baking memory was the summer of my 8th grade year […]

Kitchen Tip: How to Peel Whole Peaches Quickly

How to peel whole peaches quickly and easily.

When our son decided to go to school in South Carolina, it never clicked in my mind that one of the bountiful blessing that would come from all our trips to watch his football games are the fresh peach stands […]

Easy Homemade Bisquick (Baking Mix)

Easy Homemade Baking Mix (aka Bisquick)

There’s a reason that Bisquick has been one of America’s favorite convenience products since 1930. It allows us to not only whip up fresh biscuits in minutes, but pizza crust, coffee cakes, pancakes, waffles and my fall favorite –  Homemade […]

Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli Braid

Easy Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli Braid with video tutorial

It was over 15 years ago when I first used America’s beloved Crescent roll dough to a form a braid; a delicious, edible, almost gourmet like, braid that I could serve. Not only serve to guests because it was so […]

Revolutionize Your Week: Power Cooking Hour

Revolutionize your Week with a Power Cooking Hour!

It’s been an incredibly busy and full week. Sometimes there are just days that we pack in more than any one person should and then we asked ourselves why we are stressed. Sound familiar? Why do we do that to […]

5 Minutes, 5 Super Easy Seasoning and Rub Recipes

5 Super Easy Seasoning Mixes and Rub Recipes

Whenever friends watch me in the kitchen, I’m pretty sure I make them nervous. “How do you ever know how much seasoning to put in without measuring?”they always question. “I just taste it and keep adding until it’s right.” At […]

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Easy Homemade Taco Seasoning Mix

Learning to mix and match spices becomes one’s foundation for good eating in the world of cooking. When we learn to combine flavors, we start on the road of taking otherwise basic meals and really creating something special. I will […]

Best Kitchen Tips: Easily Remove Onion and Garlic Smell from Hands

Kitchen tip to remove onion and garlic smell from hands

One of my favorite smells is that of onions, garlic and butter sizzling away in the pan, but the stench the onions and garlic leaves on my hands from all the peeling and dicing is another matter. It’s that time […]

Easy Meal Ideas & the Power They Hold

Evening on the porch

As the crisp, fall air brushes my cheek, it marks that time of year when the hustle and bustle of my hurried schedule wreaks havoc on our family dinner time. Making meals. Gathering for meals. I desire to fight for […]

10 Minute Dinners: It’s a Good “enough” Thing


Anyone who has been reading Balancing Beauty and Bedlam for awhile, has heard the phrase 10 Minute Dinners in numerous posts. In fact, I’ve used that phrase for years and have mentioned launching my new site for nearly as long. […]

Grandma’s Best Kept Kitchen Secret: 10 Uses

bacon grease uses

Going out on a limb and stating this is “Grandma’s Best Kept Kitchen Secret” may be a bit of a reach, but I am certain that most home cooks will agree with me, whether they want to or not. Over […]

Jen’s Top Kitchen Tips (What Are Yours?)

ten minute dinners

Last night on the blog, I shared one of those simple little kitchen tips that revolutionized my meal making. I realized that with all my years of cooking, there are certain things that I do instinctively, and I just forget […]

How to Shred Chicken in Seconds (Jen’s Best Kitchen Tips)

How to Shred Chicken in Seconds

Every once in awhile there comes along a completely simple kitchen tip that revolutionizes the way one makes meals. For the past year, I think I have told all my friends about this tip, but I realized that I never […]

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