August 20, 2014

Chicken, Cheddar and Broccoli Braid

One of my favorite ways to dress up a meal - croissant braid and video

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 […]

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 […]

DIY Party Bar (Make Your Own Magic Bullet)

diy magic bullet with blender

Years ago, our grandmothers had creative re-purposing uses for everything. One of those brilliant tips has somehow been lost on my generation, and I feel it’s my duty to get you as excited about this as I am. The Magic […]

DIY Homemade Microwave Popcorn (Why Did We Wait?)

homemade popcorn

Our Stir Crazy Popcorn popper is a regular appliance on my counter top. We are a huge popcorn eating family. The yummy, homemade and oil kind of popcorn. The kind you just can’t get enough of, and people even ask […]

Kitchen Tip: Cooking Ground Beef in the Crock Pot

cooking ground beef in bulk

Crock Pot Taco Meat – a detailed post over at 10 Minute Dinners One of the keys to quick and easy meal preparation is to have your proteins cooked in advance. As I have shared numerous times, I am so […]

Kitchen Tip: Draining Ground Beef (Power Cooking)

ground beef in ziplock bags

Power Cooking, Cooking in Bulk, Freezer cooking are all synonymous with quick and easy techniques that I use to help get dinner on the table with less stress and less mess. Draining ground beef is one of them. When I […]

Kitchen Tip: How to Make a Tortilla Bowl

how to make a tortilla bowl

Our family can’t get enough Mexican food,  so tortillas are a stock piled staple since I use them in so many recipes and Mexican freezer meals. I honestly don’t think our pantry has been without them in over two years. […]

Libby, Libby, Libby on the Label, Label, Label (starring my family)


(Have you ever gotten those laughing jags? When something hits you with the silly giggles? Yep, that happened to us…watch the bloopers. :)) When I was approached about sharing the new Libby jingle contest, I immediately started singing that iconic […]