5 Simple Satisfying Suppers

Simple Suppers at Hodgepodge

Fancy Spaghetti Casserole Recipe I went to make our very favorite meal, Italian Stuffed Shells. Alas, no large shell pasta was in the pantry. What was I to do? Aha! Make it anyway with spaghetti noodles. I already had the noodles cooked – leftover from spaghetti a couple nights ago…(get the recipe) Slow Cooker Ranch […]

Return of the Routine: Feeding the Family

Return of the Routine - Feeding the Family

So we have rested and we have planned. But wait just one minute. We need fuel! And by that I mean food. If ever I was discouraged by something at the end of a long day of back-to-school, it was wrestling up something to eat. What to feed the masses after working so hard at […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Sloppy Joes

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes

So easy for a Sunday lunch. Most simple for a weeknight supper. Not-your-average sloppy joes by Southern Plate. Just pull out your cooked ground turkey from your Batch Cooking in the Slow Cooker. Microwave with a can of Manwich sauce. Top with cheese and a sprinkle from a can of french-fried onions – onto store-bought […]

Veggie Plate: Simple Supper


Tuesday night was veggie plate night. That meant that we were using up goodness from the garden. And throwing in a box of macaroni and cheese for good measure (to make children smile). Plus some homemade bread. Fruit, other veggies. And store-bought red potatoes. It was delicious! I’ve shared before how we usually have a […]

Meal Plan: Slow, Southern and Sunny

crock pot lasagna

Slow because I love my slow cooker. Southern because I am and that’s the finest kind of frugal, comfort food. Sunny, simply because it’s spring time! I’ve been browsing my Southern Living magazines and their site for a fresh, two weeks worth of meal ideas. With a few Hodgepodge favorites thrown in for good measure. […]

A Month Long Slow Cooker Celebration


(An update from the September 2010 Hodgepodge archives, adaptable for any time of the year) Because it’s the change of seasons… Because there’s an ever so slight chill in the air… Because we’ll be hitting the books pretty hard for a week… Because we’ll then be taking a week off for field trips and fun… […]

Simple Suppers: Pizza Bites

pizza bites

Got a tube of store-bought pizza dough? You can make these tonight! We fixed them up in about 20 minutes last Friday night. Another find from Nana. (Thank you for the link!) Pizza bites are like tiny versions of our favorite stromboli. You can even dip them in spaghetti sauce. We dipped in olive oil  […]

Batch Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker plus recipes

batch cooking chicken in the slow cooker + recipes

Today, while cleaning up after lunch it was time to fix supper. (In the spirit of Make Supper at Lunch). I decided to do some batch cooking instead. This way we can have any of the recipes below, plus have several bags of cooked chicken in the freezer. So, I followed my friend, Little Sanctuary‘s […]

Simple Supper: Barbecue Cups


Recipe: Barbecue Cups Summary: A huge hit and a new favorite with us! Be sure to click over to the recipe at The Daisy Muse. Also a favorite with my friend and her household of boys at Heidi’s Miscellany. Just a few ingredients. Simple directions.

Simple Strategies


In the spirit of make it fast and keep it simple: Make Supper at Lunch Benefits of the Batch – my thoughts on $5 Dinners Hodgepodge Meal Plans –Back to basics series Back to basics – a basic routine Back to basics: Simple Suppers – give me easy and make it fast Back to basics: […]