How to keep your fresh herbs fresh!

Fresh herbs in saver and ingredients

Times like these, every last bit counts. I HATE it when my fresh herbs go bad. Like, really, really hate it.

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Cheap and Easy Meals

Sliced no knead olive skillet bread

What to Cook When the Grocery Stores are Out of… Almost Everything.

I went to the store last week for a few things. You know, the usual, peanut butter, half & half, a gallon of water (for my cubicle at work for making coffee), and quinoa. I came home from the store with ONE of those things, peanut butter! All those other aisles were pretty much empty. There was sparkling water, and some of the pricy electrolyte water in bottles. Other than that, not much there! In 2014 there was a water crisis in Toledo and I remember not being able to buy water because the shelves were empty, but I’ve never seen entire isles cleared out of food or paper products. I didn’t go down every aisle, and they weren’t wiped completely out of all food items, but it was slim pickings! We’ll need to get creative with what we have during this coronavirus crisis, so I wanted to put together a quick list of cheap and easy meals for you. Lots of these are made from leftovers, a few ingredients, or even scraps! Some are quick and easy, some will use up leftovers, but all are delicious!

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Grain Bowls

Grain Bowl with Garlic Expressions

and One of the Funniest “Food” Blog Posts Ever!

I’ve been told several times to try a grain bowl from Panera. I like Panera for lattes, breakfast soufflés, and pastries, but lunch? No thank you. But I was intrigued by the Mediterranean grain bowl. I haven’t had one yet, but did some searching on Pinterest and saw a grain bowl with blueberries and quinoa that looked amazing. I went to my fridge and threw everything I had (well, not everything) in a bowl and voilà, a “grain bowl” was born!

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The Blog so Far…

eBookFoodie Year One

Hollie | eBookFoodie

I started this blog one year ago, after several years of going home from work, day after day to an empty house. I was tired of cooking wonderful meals that I ate by myself and packing up the leftovers for my husband. In December ’18 I decided to start this blog as a hobby, to quiet a nagging voice inside my head to be creative again and to be productive. It went live in January 2019! I did several things I never thought I’d have the courage to do in addition to this blog! I started using Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram and posting on Facebook, and went to two WordPress events. I’ve always been hesitant to post about myself or my life, but when it comes to recipes and books, I find that I enjoy it!

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Puffy Brazilian Cheese Bread Recipe

Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão de Queijo)

Cheesy Cheesy Bread Poofs, Magic & Macaroons!

A recipe for puffy cheesy Brazilian Cheese Bread that’s crusty on the outside and gooey chewy on the inside! Inspired by the Magical Bakery Mystery, Magic and Macaroons by Bailey Cates Cattrell.

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Food Blog & Reading Challenge Fails

Sometimes I just can’t seem to get much done, or things just don’t turn out quite right…

Regardless of getting it right or done, it’s what I learned along that way that matters. Husband says that some of my ugliest food is the best! Some of my prettiest dishes are terrible! I thought everyone may enjoy these behind the scenes food blog fails! I’ve mentioned that since I started blogging and documenting my quick weeknight meals & favorite dishes, I’ve fallen so far behind in my reading. But the good news is husband and I are no longer working opposite shifts! That means weeknight dinners for two & less time for me to read, but that’s ok. It’s nice to have husband back! (Husband is my husband’s nickname. In case you were all thinking my grammar was that terrible.)

Creamy Lemon Gnocchi with sautéed Swiss Chard
Creamy Gnocchi with Lemon = pasty chewy dry gnocchi FOOD BLOG FAIL
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The Year of Soup | Back-to-Our-Roots Soup

The Year of Soup Howard Reiss, reading the book.

This post about The Year of Soup by Howard Reiss was originally published in May, but I wanted to update it and combine it with the soup recipe post for Suicide Prevention Month. I started this blog in January 2019, and in the nine months of the existence of this blog, this post, “The Year of Soup” is still my top liked post by viewers. I felt that it needed to be updated and re-posted for you.

BeThe1To help them connect
Help connect others to a support system. beThe1To.com
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Coffee Glazed Banana Scones

banana scone with espresso glaze (optional blueberries)

Happy Favorite FoodieBook Friday! This recipe for Coffee Glazed Banana Scones was inspired by Ilona Andrews Innkeeper Series.


My recipe for coffee glazed banana scones made with white whole wheat, Greek yogurt, and an espresso glaze that would put a smile on any vampire’s face! I just realized this is the second vampire-inspired recipe on my blog so far… (I’m starting to see a theme. Refer to my vampire related previous post.)

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