10 + Hodgepodge Pantry Staples and Our Basic Meal Plan

Frugal Pantry Staples at Hodgepodge

My friend Heidi posted on our Hodgepodge Facebook page: “I would love to see a post about things you consider staples in your kitchen…things you always have on hand to make it easier to keep the Hodgepodge bellies filled.” I’m glad she asked! Because she is right. We do keep basics on hand to make […]

Simple Comforts for Sickness

Simple Comforts for Sickness at Hodgepodge

It’s just about a given that when you have five children in the house and participate in multiple events that you will have some sickness. Well, we’ve been socked pretty hard the last couple of weeks. Sickness spaced out just right, several doctor visits and gallons of Gatorade. So I thought I’d gather a few, […]

Easy Fall Favorite Recipes

Easy Fall Recipe Favorites @ Hodgepodge

Simple holiday recipes and year ’round favorites… 7 Chicken Comfort Recipes Chicken is a comfort food at our house. Simple meals and casseroles fill tummies and stretch pennies. Chicken soup helps heal stuffy noses. I shared seven easy and frugal comfort recipes at $5 Dinners. I also have some allergy-friendly favorites for you. Now if […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken


Another favorite recipe we enjoy from Hillbilly Housewife. We double the amounts for our family. Click over for the recipe. For more Sunday lunch ideas – that can be enjoyed any day of the week, see the other recipes posted here in the Fast Food for Slow Sundays category or Fast Food for Slow Sundays […]

Top Ten Slow Cooker Recipes of 2011


Because I love my slow cooker. And because my readers love these recipes, in my usual Fast Food for Slow Sundays spot I’m sharing the Hodgepodge top ten slow cooker recipes of 2011. Enjoy! A Month Long Slow Cooker Celebration Nana’s Homemade Slow Cooker Hummus Batch Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker Plus Recipes Potato […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Cream Cheese Chicken Spaghetti


“Can we have chicken packets?” Sure! I said. Until I realized we didn’t have the crescent rolls called for in our favorite, easy recipe. Hmmm. How about the chicken and cream cheese mixture over spaghetti noodles? I was skeptical. But at supper I heard,”Can we have chicken packet spaghetti every week?” Great for left over […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings

Nana's Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings 1 hen (3-5 lbs) boiling, salted water 2 cups self-rising flour 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup boiling water salt and pepper to taste Cook hen in boiling water until tender. Remove from broth. Cool chicken. Cut from bone, set aside. Measure 1 quart of broth into large saucepan. Bring to […]

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken Recipe

Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken

Talk about a Hodgepodge favorite! Ever since my friend, Little Sanctuary, posted her Mexican Chicken recipe, we’ve enjoyed it at least once a month. That was until I found a slow cooker version of it. Now we sometimes enjoy it even more times than that. Most requested by eldest girl. It’s what she’s asked for […]

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Equals Three Meals


For Sunday lunch we enjoyed this slow cooker rotisserie chicken recipe from Hillbilly Housewife. It’s like one of those you get at the grocery store deli – except homemade – and cheaper. Even the picky ones yum it up. We enjoyed it with rice and garden vegetables. You throw that chicken in there, doused with […]

Chicken Packets: Simple Supper


About ten years ago I was diligent about once a month cooking. It’s a wonderful strategy. So, from my cooking past I’m sharing one of our favorites. Chicken packets. The recipe includes cream cheese. My children clap when they find out it is what we are having for supper. All you do is open two […]

Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken $5 Dinners


The simplest, tastiest, feed-a-crowd barbecue I know of. Warms your tummy in the winter. Helps you avoid turning on the oven or even the grill in the summer. A frugal fast food for slow Sundays year ’round. Sharing an Independence Day meal idea (or any time of the year idea) at $5 Dinners!

Old Bay Chicken – Our Maryland Meal


One of the exciting gifts we received in our Pay it Forward package from All Things Beautiful was Old Bay Seasoning. Ideally you use a few shakes of this on a pound or two of shrimp. Of course, after a full day at the beach jumping waves, building sandcastles…See why I loved this box of […]