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Cooking at home vs. Buying at McDonalds – large family style

The math is simple and for as much as we would have to order out I believe cooking at home saves us time as well.

This morning I made what would be 18 sausage egg Mcmuffins for our crew. Here’s what we would’ve paid if we went to Mcdonalds…

Here’s what a grocery order would be and there would be left over cheese and sausage. I also tend to buy most of these in bulk or get eggs from our chickens!

Now, I know not everyone need to make this quantity but it really does show how different it can be. Which would you choose? To each their own!

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Large Family Pancakes

These are our favorite go to on a morning I haven’t bulked up my sourdough starter for sourdough pancakes! We top these with some basic syrup for everyday, or for birthdays we top with fresh fruit, chocolate chips or mini candies like those little lovely candy coated rainbow colored chocolate and whip cream. Sometimes we heat the syrup with frozen berries on the stove over a med-low heat. Possibilities are endless!

Feel free to add in what you like!


  • 6 cups flour (any kind works, I’ve tried white flour, fresh ground wheat flour or a combination of the 2)
  • * 3 tsp pink salt * 3 tsp baking soda * 6 cups buttermilk ( I usually make it with 6 tbsp vinegar in a 8c measuring cup then top off to the 6 c mark. * 3 eggs * 3 tbsp refined coconut oil, melted


  1. Mix the flour and salt together
  2. 2. Dump in the baking powder and milk, mix 3. mix in the eggs and milk 4. Lastly, add the oil 5. Ladleon to oiled cooking surface, we use a lot of cast iron around here, when pancakes are starting to dry at the edges and bubbles are popping, flip and let cook till golden

God bless and I hope you enjoy!

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Big Batch Banana Muffins

These muffins can be made and frozen to have for anytime!

These bake up much faster at muffins but feel free to use this as a banana bread, I can get 3 loaves in my 12×4 in loaves but in a standard 9×5 loaf pan you should be able to get 4. Fill the bread pans no more than 2/3 full though!


  • 3 c of sugar
  • * 2 c softened butter * 8 eggs * 8 ripe bananas, mashed * 1 1/3 milk ( regular, or unsweetend almond or cashew milk) * 4 tsp vanilla, homemade is my favorite and so easy! Honestly I don’t really measure… * 8 c flour * 4 tsp baking soda * 2 tsp salt * 2 c chocolate chips, or the mini ones, you could sup nuts here too, or do a combo of both!


  1. Preheat oven to 350
  2. 2. spray your muffin pans (i like the large 24 cup pans for this) – alternatively you could use paperliners, but why?! 3. Cream together your butter and sugar in a large bowl until light and fluffy 4. Add in eggs, bananas, milk and vanilla 5. Mix in the flour, baking soda and salt – DO NOT OVER MIX 6. Fold in the chocolate chips 7. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup or my favorite “cookie scoop” scoop batter into muffin holes and bake for 25 – 30 min 8. let cool in the pan for 10 min if you are not using the paper liners before removing to a cooling rack, or slathering on a bit of butter and sipping some black coffee

If you make these let me know how they turned out for you! I just remembered I need to go get my last bag out of the freezer for tomorrow. God bless!

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Cooking for Our Large Family, cont.

I don’t know about you, but I am not a big fan of cooked spinach, I think it tastes like dirt…

That being said, I and my children who also don’t care for spinach or other green veggies, gobbled up this lazy lasagna, *without* leaving the spinach on their plates! Seriously it’s sooooooo good. The children even asked if we could make it for our church potluck that was just a few days away at the time. How could I say no?

Somewhere between the time of making the first lazy lasagna and the second we had atleast 9 inches of snow fall. That morning was feeling like it needed a cozy breakfast. Doug stayed home this day so he actually got to eat it, I’ve been making it for years but I didn’t realize he had never had it!

Thursday morning, 7am, still with 5+ hrs of snowfall to go

Sunday morning nearly all the snow was gone already. After my first cup of coffee I got to work making the lasagna and roasted veggies. This day for my roasted veggies I tossed in a bunch of frozen vegetables including cauliflower, green beans, okra and a 2lb bag of broccoli florets. I lightly coated them in coconut oil, seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, nutritional yeast and parmesan cheese. With an hour and a half to spare I decided whynot whip up a batch of Italian bread, too. I ended up late to church by about 15 min but someone has to sacrifice for the fresh bread.

I have heard many of you loud and clear and will be sharing my banana bread/muffin recipe next week! I could share all. the. things. about food, but I want to know what you guys want to hear about. What we eat in a day/week? Meal prepping and/or planning? More recipes? Let me know!