I love to putter around the kitchen with my four daughters, especailly now that they're teens! Sometimes they help cook, or they tell me about their day(s), or even do their homework - either way we're together enjoying the aromas of the kitchen and it's my favorite time of the day.

Super Easy, Hearty Beef Stew

This is a very simple recipe, with the added perk of being super filling and very affordable to make. The best part is that the kids and hubby love it.

HOT Mexican Style Slaw

This is a great way to make tacos even healthier! Goes well with seasoned, shredded chicken - taco salad style. If you're feeding someone sensitive to spicy foods, you can substitute with the mild version of the tomatoes with chilis.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

This is something my daughters and I came up with when we found ourselves with left over pumpkin puree. They were a huge hit & are an often requested breakfast and dessert from visitors. Hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Berry Best Blackberry Cobbler

Rating: 4 stars 17
This recipe is not only simple, but is sure to become a family favorite. It may also become an oft requested dish by friends and neighbors, so be prepared to make a few batches =)

Meatloaf Even the Kids Will Eat

This is the only meatloaf I, myself, have ever enjoyed. My kids love it as well. Goes great with garlic mashed potatoes!

Kitchen Staples Salad Dressing

Tangy, but not too sweet. My sister-in-law's husband's great grandmother (boy is that a mouthful) came up with this during the Great Depression, using only the things she had on hand. It was a huge hit and has been passed down from mother to daughter (or daughter-in-law) since.