Time and Money Saving Kitchen Tips and Tricks

Suzanne Clark of Living a Creative Life is great at involving her children in the kitchen with fun and creative ideas, and she is constantly on the lookout for new time and money saving tips she and her kids will enjoy. Here are her top ten.

Today, I’m going to share some of my best time saving and fun cooking tips with you. They are guaranteed to amaze your children and help you spend less time cooking and more time enjoying your family.

Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese

This 20 minute Creamy Alfredo Broccoli Mac and Cheese recipe is a quick and easy dinner that's perfect for busy parents caught in the rush on being back to school.

With the rush of back to school season, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy dinner ideas. It always seems that I’m rushed at the end of the day with afterschool activities, homework and cleaning up the ever-growing pile of backpacks, shoes, and other random stuff that gets dropped when the kids come through the door.

Bacon Potato Cheese Waffles

These Bacon Potato Cheese Waffles, from Trish at Mom on Timeout, are lifesavers on rushed school-day mornings. They're a quick and delicious breakfast option you can make fresh in 20 minutes or freeze ahead of time.

It’s hard to believe that summer is officially over, and we’re back in school. Geesh that went fast!! My boys are in kindergarten and third grade this year and boy-oh-boy are they keeping me on my toes.

Butter Crunch Chicken

Guest blogger Suzanne Clark offers a family favorite recipe that can help busy parents get through those crazy mealtimes during the school week.

The first day back to school can bring many mixed emotions for parents. You are happy to have your days back to yourself. No longer are you the “youth social director”, having to figure out new and exciting activities for the kids. At some point, sticky popsicles, water balloons and sleepovers have to end!

Easy Chicken Spaghetti Casserole

School days can be busy, so quick dinner ideas are perfect for equally filled school nights. Our guest blogger Shelly Jaronsky recommends a super easy Chicken Spaghetti that her entire family really likes.

So from what I understand school is going to be starting soon. I think I might dislike school now more as an adult than I ever did as a kid. I mean, yes, I appreciate the routine. I appreciate all the teachers. I love the fact that my kids are taken away in the morning and returned safe and sound in the afternoon.

Funfetti Cinnamon Rolls

Today Jocelyn Brubaker from Inside BruCrew Life adds a warm, gooey cinnamon roll recipe to our "Back to School" blog series. It's a simple no yeast cinnamon roll you can make in about 45 minutes. Plus, it's got sprinkles.

This time of year can be stressful for school age families. After a whole summer of sleeping in and eating whenever, it can be difficult to get back into a routine that works for everyone. I am not a morning person, so I am always on the lookout for easy to make breakfast recipes that my family will actually eat.

Chocolate Granola No Bake Cookies

Suzanne Clark kicks off our "Back to School" blog series with this simple, no-bake cookie that is great as an after school snack or lunchtime treat.

When I was young, one of my favorite books was the Betty Crocker Cookbook. Yes, I know most 10 year olds do not typically cherish each page of the dessert chapter of a cookbook, but I certainly did! Each page to me was a new possibility, an adventure. My poor mom would constantly have to listen to my requests to make a time consuming, complicated, fancy cake or cookie with her on a weekly basis.

“Drive-In” to Summertime Movie Nights

Take advantage of those ideal summer nights by creating your own “drive-in” movie experience at home. Suzanne offers some creative tips for hosting a fun-filled evening, which includes two inventive recipes perfect for setting the "drive-in" feel.

I love the summer, but let’s face it, months of having the kids out of school can be quite challenging! Finding them new and exciting activities that don’t break the bank can be an even bigger task! A few years ago, our family started having movie night to help end the dog days of summer.