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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

Hello! Sorry it’s been so long but this momma was on the struggle bus. Nothing serious just a couple weeks of survival mode, so there’s lots to catch up on.

First up, I turned our large banana bread recipe into muffins and added walnuts a few weeks ago (the walnuts were not a huge hit with some of the kids, oh well its food in their bellies if they’re hungry). It ended up making 4 dozen regular muffins with a few jumbos to send to work with Doug. Two weeks later now, we still have a dozen in the freezer for a quick easy breakfast or snack. We usually pair them with fruit and or yogurt. If you want me to share my version or any other recipes let me know in the comments.

We also had a birthday in the beginning of the month, baby TAZ isn’t so baby like anymore… cue momma crying. Birthday’s around here usually mean pancakes or waffles for breakfast. The blackstone has certainly changed our breakfast game around here, especially in the nicer weather. We decided to do cinnamon banana pancakes, which the majority of the family topped with peanut butter and syrup.

Doug got me an air fryer for my birthday this year and I am loving it! I use it mostly for my lunches to do a quick frozen fish lunch like this salad. I also like to throw veggies in, such as okra, broccoli and brussel sprouts. We typically use frozen for ease and affordability.

I’ve got plenty more food pictures to share but I will end this here to not bombard you with my love of cooking of food. Be prepared for more posts as we have been very busy getting ready for chicks and the garden season, also have a few pictures to share of our birthday boy this month. I’ve also been busy with some new crochet projects that I can share as well.

May God bless you today and please share with me your favorite meals to make/eat!

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Prepping Ground Beef

We did the biggest shopping trip we’ve ever done at Sam’s Club.  It included a case of ground beef…. I did quite a bit with it, some of it we froze raw, ready for any creation. I also cooked up 20 pounds of it on my black stone grill (10 lbs at a time).

I also cooked up 10 lbs of taco meat one day. Followed a few days later by 10 lbs of THM sloppy joes for quick easy meals! I couldn’t believe how much sauce it was!

In addition, to spice up leftover night I have been making big batches of cookie dough and freezing it. I made peanut butter chocolate chip this time around.  I also decided to put my mixer to the test… 4 batches of my recipe makes 8 doz large cookies. we ended up making 4 doz this past weekend for church potluck and super bowl Sunday.  Here’s what my mixer looked like