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Learn the ins and outs of meal planning, meal prepping, and cooking to make homemade meals a reality for your family and end the cycle of overwhelm spurred by nagging question of "what's for dinner?"

Learn the ins and outs of meal planning, meal prepping, and cooking to make homemade meals a reality for your family and end the cycle of overwhelm spurred by nagging question of "what's for dinner?"


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Learn the ins and outs of meal planning, meal prepping, and cooking to make homemade meals a reality for your family and end the cycle of overwhelm spurred by nagging question of "what's for dinner?"






Mental Health in the Kitchen

Do you feel like your responsibilities feeding yourself and feeding your family 3 square meals a day plus snacks brings out all of your worst negative feelings? You're not alone...there's a lot of resentment from moms about their kitchen responsibilities. But...did you know that the way you think about the kitchen has a direct effect on how you FEEL while you are in the kitchen? Yup, mental health in the kitchen is a thing and we're here to talk about it today! The cool thing about your...


Make-ahead cinnamon rolls 4 ways! (so you get to sleep in)

I don't think there are many people that would turn down a piping hot cinnamon roll, do you? But making them at the crack of dawn so you can enjoy them for brunch or breakfast? That's a drag for sure! That's why I tested 4 different methods for making cinnamon rolls ahead of time so you can have the best of both worlds. Listen on to find out HOW you can do it and which method will be the very best! Link to recipe: Make-Ahead Cinnamon Rolls 4 ways!


How to meal prep teriyaki meatball stir-fry

Let's do a deep-dive into how to meal-prep a recipe, shall we? Any recipe can be meal-prepped in some way....and that my friends can save you loads of time when it comes to dinner-time and is the key to making you a meal-time master. Follow along with this episode where I'll tell you exactly how I meal prep this teriyaki meatball stir-fry to fit into my busy life. Want to make it yourself? You can find the recipe right here! Recipe: Teriyaki Meatball Stir-fry


4 secrets to mastering mealtime

Ever feel like there's something you're missing when it comes to meal time? Maybe it feels like you spend three times as long cooking as you plan on, or that the clean-up just never ends and it's not worth it. You've probably tried things to make it better, but in the end you're still as frustrated and burned out as ever from feeding your family. Well my friend, you are most definitely not alone. I've been there! Making meals every single night while simultaneously doing all of the other...


5 things to do to make your healthy eating habits stick

So you want to change your diet. You don't want to fail (again) what are you going to do? You know that doing the same thing and expecting different results is completely crazy talk, right? So what if this time you try something, different. Not something harder, just different. Listen now to find out the 5 ways you can make your healthy eating habits stick, like for good this time. Resources: Keystone Habits Episode How to get in the right mindset to make dinner GET THE FEEDING...


The best hacks to meal plan & prep for a road trip

Today I want to welcome my amazing guest, Catherine Ryan Gregory of to and fro fam. Catherine is a family travel expert, and let me tell you, she definitely taught me a thing or to about meal prep & planning and made me more excited to travel with my young kids in the future. Catherine shares travel hacks and kid-friendly destinations to de-stress family travel. She founded the family travel website To & Fro Fam and is the author of Virtual Travel Activities for Kids and Road Trip Games &...


6 Things to minimize in the kitchen this new year

The time after the holidays can be stressful as you try to figure out how you ended up with so much stuff. Minimalism is a super hot topic, but we don't often talk about the things we could minimize in our minds or our lives as much as we talk about minimizing our stuff. This episode of the planned, prepped, & productive podcast will dive into all of these topics helping you find more peace at mealtime with a simple and minimal kitchen and a cleared up mindset. Featured...


5 ways to serve others with food this holiday season

Looking for a unique gift or a way to really serve those you love this holiday season? Food is a great way to show love and giving the gift of a home-cooked (or even storebought) meal during the busy Christmas season might be just the thing. Inside this episode we'll dig into why you might want to consider serving those you love more, why food is the perfect gift, and 5 unique ways you can serve others with food this season. Resources: In Helping others, you help yourself Feeding...


Kitchen Organization with Longbourn Farm

I'm so excited to welcome my special guest to the podcast, Alli Kelley of Longbourn Farm. Alli is the creator of Longbourn Farm where she shares simple homemade recipes. She believes that family meals create special moments and those moments become treasured memories. In addition to tried-and-true kitchen favorites, she shares practical farm and garden tips for the hobby farmer or avid gardener. In this episode of the podcast we're chatting all about kitchen organization and how mastering...


Setting Boundaries for a more peaceful holiday season

The holidays are never quite what we envision. We want love, peace, and family togetherness, but so often we get stress, overwhelm, and drama. Part of the reason for that is because we need to tighten our boundaries. This episode will go over: -What boundaries are -Why they are important -How to effectively set boundaries -What specific holiday areas you might want to look at tightening your boundaries. Don't let the holidays get you down, instead feel like you did when you were a kid...


25 Socially-Distanced Christmas Ideas

25 Socially-Distanced Christmas ideas Christmas Money Drop Off3 King's DayGingerbread HousesChristmas CookiesWillard Bay Christmas lightsChristmas Porridgetry youtubePernilArroz con gandulesyoutubeChristmas scavenger huntMake your own ugly sweaters


4 ways you can cook a turkey to clear up space in your oven

Clear up oven space with one of these 4 unique ways to cook a turkey outside of the oven Last year's podcast and post all about what to meal prep for Thanksgiving with FREE guide including recipes! Link to Post and Podcast: Make-ahead thanksgiving menu and timeline Notes on brining your turkey: wet brine dry brine Turkey Recipes: Deep-fried Turkey Smoked Turkey Smoked Turkey Perfect electric roaster oven turkey Equipment: turkey fryer propane burner turkey fryer kits campchef...


Mindset shifts to help you *actually* cook dinner even when you don't want to

The Feeding your Family Ebook A comprehensive guide byRebecca Mudrick and Sarah Mahaffey of Shift for Health and Amanda Spackman of the Planned, Prepped, and Productive Podcast. Get your copy here! Use code PODCAST10 for $10 off! Hi everyone! This episode is an exciting interview with Rebecca Mudrick of Shift For Health Inside you'll hear: Also in this episode we are announcing an exciting collaboration between the shift for health team and, yours truly! Rebecca Mudrick is a health...


I tried hellofresh, here's what I thought!

Ever wonder what these box meal delivery services like hellofresh are all about? If you are a busy mom ( all of us) and you are looking for mealtime solutions you are probably super curious if a box meal delivery kit could be the answer to all of your mealtime woes. Give this episode a listen to find out what it's good for, what it's not, and if it lives up to all the hype!


A fill in the blank template for planning balanced meals

Meal planning can feel really daunting especially when we are trying to make sure our family is getting everything they need and there's so many conflicting messages. Listen to this episode for a fill in the blank template for planning your own balanced meals to take that part of the stress out of meal planning. Useful Links: meriam webster definitions of healthy Read: #16 The 5 Powerful reasons we eat that aren’t nutrition Podcast on being being considerate but not catering Read:...


How to preserve your summer harvest (without canning)

Love gardening, but hate figuring out how to care for all that produce when it's ready? This episode details 3 ways to preserve your summer harvest without canning! Listen in and get confident about taking care of your produce instead of overwhelmed by the abundance of it all! Helpful Resources: Cold storage chart for fruits and vegetables Root Cellars 101 – Root Cellar Design, Use and Mistakes to Avoid Eat by Date (Resource for determining how long foods last) How to cure...


How to make beautiful gourmet caramel apples

Caramel apple making is one of those activities that always seems fun, but in reality is just a huge mess and you end up with caramel apples that look like your 5 year old made them (hey, you can blame them, I won't tell) But after years of trial and error I've learned all the tips and tricks for making caramel apples that taste amazing, are made from scratch, AND look like you could have purchased them from your local candy shop! Try these methods on for yourself or throw a party this...


How to feed your whole family the same meal (without whining, crying, and complaining)

Many parents are frustrated that they can't get their kids to eat what they make, or they end up making a bunch of different meals every night to meet everyone's needs. If this is you, find out how you can end the cycle with the 8 ways to make one meal for your whole family discussed in this episode of the podcast! This one's a game-changer! Resources: Ellyn Satter division of responsibility and considerate without catering cacfp guidelines for serving children


The secret to making beautiful layer cakes without stress

Ever wonder how the pros make those beautiful layered cakes? It's actually so much easier than you think. Find out how you can become a master baker yourself with all the tips and tricks in this episode. Resources: How Sugar and Salt inhibit microbial growth Marshmallow Fondant Recipe Stabilized Whipped Cream Meringue Powder Fox cake inspiration


How to foster great dinnertime conversation with kids

If you're like most moms, good conversation is the last thing you are thinking about at dinner time. Instead you are thinking about how to get your kids to stay in their seats, eat their dinner, and finally get in their beds so you can relax. But what if good conversation is what your meals are missing and what can help you actually enjoy mealtime instead of just getting through it? Listen to this episode to find out how you can find more peace and bonding at mealtime through positive...