November 21, 2014

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 […]

Simple 5 Minute Corn Salad

Jul24
Simple Corn Salad @beautyandbedlam

Sometimes diversions occur in the kitchen and afterwards, you are thankful for the delightful surprise. This simple, fresh corn salad created just that diversion and now is in our summer side dish line up. Typically, I love Grilling Corn on […]

For the Love of Blueberries

Jun11
how-to-freeze-blueberries

Blueberries and I have a long standing love affair. She woos me over and over again with her many, delicious attributes and reminds me of why my quest for the perfect basket of blueberries has been an annual tradition for […]

Berry Banana Almond Delight

Aug7
Berry Banana Almond Delight

Over the years, I’ve shared my journey with whole foods, organic, junk and everything in between. It’s a continuous balance of choosing that which is best for our family, yet making it manageable. When my teens were toddlers, I was […]

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe (Makes Great Sandwiches too)

Jun13
Oh my gosh, this is the best appetizer and makes amazing sandwiches too.

Have you ever had those moments when you decide to just have “a bite”, and then too many bites later, you are still standing over that same bowl? Please tell me I am not alone! This Buffalo Chicken Dip is […]

Top “Must Try” Summer Recipes

May23
top summer recipes

As I mentioned yesterday, there’s just something special about summer gatherings with friends. Those care free, lazy days of summer, where friends come together around some scrumptious summer foods, are some of my favorite memories. Today I have the privilege […]

Cracker Barrel Hash Brown Casserole Recipe (5 Minute Prep)

May4
Cracker Barrel hashbrown casserole recipe

Be still my heart! I know it’s wrong to look at this picture and swoon, but I have a serious love affair with potatoes. Yes, I am not proud of that fact, but it’s true. Potatoes are my absolute favorite […]

How to Make Pumpkin Puree & Save Money

Oct19
pumpkin puree

Last week, I shared on my Balancing Beauty and Bedlam Facebook page about my love of all things fall, including my yummy and oh, so easy, Pumpkin Bar Recipe. A few statuses later, after I got everyone excited about quadrupling […]

Veggie Cake (Great Twist on the Typical Veggie Platter)

Apr25
Cake-for-veggie-lovers

There’s just nothing better than a great cake on your birthday. Yet, as crazy as it may sound to some of us chocolate lovers, there are times when celebrating without the sweets is a wonderful alternative for  special occasions, especially […]

Mashed Cauliflower: How to Cook Cauliflower

Nov17
This Yummy Mashed Cauliflower is so easy and delicious with none of the carbs

When our family gathers together, we have so many different diets and eating preferences represented. Typically, I do not cater specifically to all the varying tastes, but when there’s a recipe liked Mashed Cauliflower that pleases both the low carb, […]

Twiced Baked Potatoes – Double Stuffed Potatoes

Sep16
Double Stuffed Twiced Baked Potatoes

I do believe I have shared over and over how potatoes are my favorite food. Who could not love those pure gold spuds fried, mashed, cooked, baked, grilled. I’ll even take them sauteed, steamed, or quite possibly frozen. Yes, the […]

Grilling Corn on the Cob

Aug5
Grilled corn on the cob @beautyandbedlam

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the wonderful opportunity to experiment with all kinds of fresh produce. One of my favorites summer time treat? Grilling Corn on the Cob. I typically just have the kids husk the corn and […]

Make your Own Beans – Freezer Cooking (Refried Beans, Crock Pot Beans)

Apr2
How do I make Homemade Refried Beans

  It’s been a busy work day during this freezer cooking/spray paint my kitchen island kind of day. I have ten pounds of chicken cooking in some way, shape or form. I made up lots of turkey bacon, and then […]

Make Ahead Mashed Potatoes – Freezer Mashed Potatoes

Mar3
make ahead mashed-potatoes

Make Ahead Freezer Mashed Potatoes (To put in Fridge or Freezer) Mashed potatoes are one of the easiest comfort foods around. Since potatoes are literally my favorite food in the whole world, I typically mash ten pounds of potatoes ahead […]

Easy Crockpot Applesauce Recipe: Homemade Applesauce

Nov2
easy crockpot applesauce

I don’t have time to make professional applesauce. As much as I would love a perfectly creamy sauce, the extra peeling and straining time it requires isn’t a priority for me. So I make:
The Easiest Ever Homemade Applesauce in a Crockpot