My Favorite Cookbooks

Some of my most popular posts are food related ones, so I thought it’d be fun to share where I get a few of my recipes from.

The great thing about technology today is that if you’re struggling on what to cook, Google is right at your fingertips. While this is usually how I find recipe inspiration, I’ve also been gravitating toward using cookbooks.

Yes, you have less options when using cookbooks, but that actually makes the process of meal planning (I’m working on a post dedicated to this concept.) less daunting. Additionally, I’ve recently discovered some cookbooks full of healthy and easy recipes.

Skinnytaste One and Done

Skinnytaste One and Done is my current favorite cookbook! As a working momma, I need quick and easy recipes when preparing supper, and this book delivers in that area!

Recipes we’ve tried and liked from this cookbook:

• Chicken cordon bleu

• Chicken fajitas

• Spicy fried chicken sandwiches

• Everything (but the) bagel chicken roll-ups

• Creamy cheddar-broccoli soup

• Complete BBQ chicken dinner


Skinnytaste is on the list because it has recipes for all courses: breakfast, lunch, appetizers, supper, dessert, etc. As with all Skinnytaste books, the dishes are on the lighter side.

Recipes we’ve tried and liked from this cookbook:

• Dad’s jammin’ crepes

• Slow-cooker Santa Fe chicken

• Grilled steak sandwiches

• Petite baked crab cakes

• Chicken rollatini stuffed with zucchini and mozzarella

• Skinny chicken Parmesan

• Lemon-roasted asparagus

• Warm-apple pear crumble

• Baked bananas floater a la mode

The Defined Dish

Have you ever heard of Whole 30? If so, you know the focus of it is clean, healthy ingredients. The Defined Dish is Whole 30 approved. While we don’t necessarily participate in this meal plan, having a cookbook geared toward it ensures that the dishes will be wholesome.

This is my newest cookbook, so I haven’t had a chance to try too many recipes yet.

Recipes we’ve tried and liked from this cookbook:

• One-pot hamburger helper

• One-pot chicken pot pie pasta

• Meatloaf meatballs with mashed potatoes and green beans

If you ever struggle with knowing what to make for supper, I highly recommend purchasing one of these cookbooks to help with meal planning.


Outfits of the Week + What I Cooked for Supper (11/8 – 11/14)

Happy Saturday!

Thank you for your input on Intastories about continuing these outfits of the week posts. I’m glad they’re helpful to you!

I also asked about some content you’d like to see coming up, and I got several responses pertaining to recipes, meal planning, and grocery lists. As a result, I’m going to begin adding a weekly menu to these Saturday posts, too.

First up is what I wore this week. I’ve provided links when possible and found dupes for pieces that are old or out of stock.

dress / waffle cardigan / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

dress (sold out online from Old Navy – similar, similar) / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

flannel / jeans / booties

tunic (similar) / leggings / flats (Time and Tru from Walmart – check local store)

poncho sweater / jeans (similar) / flats (Time and Tru has a similar style – check local Walmart)

Other than date night, I cook supper most nights. Lately I’ve been trying to cook dishes that will have leftovers to take for lunch the next day. This week, I tried a new recipe, along with some of our tried-and-true favorites.

Main Courses + Sides

Tex-Mex Cauliflower Rice – This is a new recipe and turned out pretty good! It also made enough to have leftovers for lunch and supper the next day.

Sausage and peppers with brown rice – I discovered this dish back in the spring from one of my favorite bloggers: Caitlin Covington. It’s super easy, and even Isaac likes it!

Spaghetti, salad, crescent rolls – This is nothing fancy. I just brown ground beef and add it to Prego sauce, then dump it over noodles.

Sausage pizza, salad – This is the dough recipe I use. Pizza is always a great meal option because it can be customized to fit all taste buds in the household.


We’re big dessert people at my house! I usually try to do at least one on the weekends.

Chocolate oatmeal cookies – These are quick and easy and pair perfectly with a glass of milk! I usually half the recipe for us because, although we would definitely eat the whole batch, that’s probably not the best option!

I did another blog post a few weeks ago with some more family-friendly meal ideas. Check it out here.

Have a great day!


Easy Family Supper Ideas

Hey, y’all! I hope you’ve had a good weekend. Mine was spent with family, and I couldn’t be happier about that.

When COVID started at the beginning of the year, and people were encouraged to stay home, I started cooking more than I ever have before. With that being said, I’ve discovered some yummy, yet simple meals that I’d like to share with you today.

Breakfast Casserole

We’re big breakfast people around here, and breakfast for supper is always a go-to. I typically serve this breakfast casserole with some fresh fruit on the side.

Grilled Chicken Wraps + Sweet Potato Fries

This one is pretty straight forward and not necessarily one I have a recipe for.

I simply grill the chicken in a skillet using some olive oil and spices (salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, paprika). Add cooked chicken into a tortilla with cheese, lettuce, and any other toppings you desire.

Here’s a quick recipe on baked sweet potato fries. My favorite spices to use with them are salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Sausage and Peppers

On of my favorite bloggers is Caitlin from Southern Curls and Pearls, and she shares easy, healthy recipes on her Instagram and blog.

Over the summer, she shared this sausage and peppers recipe, and this continues to show up on our supper rotation. I like the fact that this is a three-ingredient, one-and-done kind of meal.

Chili + Grilled Cheese

With fall temps officially arriving, I’ve been craving warm soup and chili.

This is an easy weeknight meal that is sure to have leftovers. I just use the chili recipe on the back of the McCormick chili package.

A grilled cheese sandwich is a filling side for this recipe. Also, if you want a really good grilled cheese, add a little bit of butter to your skillet before you cook it.

I hope today’s post was helpful!I have a family of three, and we usually have leftovers from each of these meals. This is great to take for lunch the next day or even have for supper the next night.

Let me know which recipe you’re most excited to try.


***Disclaimer: I did not take these pictures. Most of these are from the sites where the recipes originated from.