November 19, 2014

Kitchen Tip: How to Peel Whole Peaches Quickly

Sep24
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)

Sep3
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

Aug18
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

Jul11
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

Feb18
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

Jan10
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

Nov25
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

Sep25
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

Oct23
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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

Sep27
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?)

Jul10
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)

Jul9
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)

Apr16
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?)

Apr12
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

Sep14
cooking ground beef in bulk

Crock Pot Taco Meat – a detailed post over at 10 Minute Dinners Too often that crazy dinner hours rolls around and the “What are we eating? cry echoes through the house. Well, one of the ways I’ve tackled and […]