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German Apple Pancakes

I’m sure you know how important it is to start the day off with a wholesome, nutritious breakfast. Not only is cooking from scratch good for the body, but it’s also good for my grocery budget. Skipping sugary cereals and instead cooking something from scratch helps me keep a relatively low {yet whole food & mostly organic} budget for my family of six. Today I’m sharing a wonderful breakfast recipe on Homegrown & Healthy.
German Apple Pancake

They have been one of our go-to family breakfasts has long been German Pancakes. They’re quick (about 25 minutes start to finish) and my kids love them. I’ve been baking these for years. Recently, I put a new spin on them. It adds a couple extra steps and increases the total time to cook, but they’re so good, it’s worth it!

Head over to Aubrey’s blog, Homegrown & Healthy for the recipe for German Apple Pancakes!

Quick & Delicious Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie Perfect for all Weather!

You’ll love this delicious fruit and vegetable smoothie that’s perfect for cold winter days. Featuring pineapple, banana, and orange and a secret veggie!
Quick and easy winter smoothie

Fruit and Vegetable Smoothie – Perfect for All Weather

A smoothie is a great day to start the day off right to make sure you eat the recommended number of servings of fruits and veggies. I always listen to the debate about the cost of eating fresh fruits and veg being higher than eating a processed diet, but I’m not sure I agree. We do a lot of things to keep our grocery budget low, yet still eat a healthy diet.

I love this recipe for a Pineapple, Banana, and Orange Smoothie. It’s a fabulous, quick, and easy smoothie using winter produce. Because it uses seasonal fruit, you can buy produce that’s on sale and keep your costs down! Think about in season produce and how to incorporate it into delicious food and you can keep your budget lower too!
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5 Minute Egg & Cheese Sandwich {with bacon, spinach & avocado}

The idea of cooking a hot breakfast on busy mornings sounds daunting. Who has that kind of time? Because let’s just get real, mornings are plain busy. But, given the choice, would you choose a real, hot breakfast {think bacon and eggs} or a bowl of cold cereal in the morning? I know what I’d rather have!

5 minute egg and cheese sandwich with bacon, spinach and avocado - in not too much longer than it takes to pour a bowl of cereal, make yourself a real breakfast instead!I’ve got just the recipe that will help you enjoy that hot breakfast! You can even make it on busy mornings: the 5 minute breakfast sandwich – loaded with healthy ingredients like eggs, cheese, bacon, spinach & avocado. Seriously folks, in just about FIVE minutes, you, too, can have a healthy, nutritious breakfast on your plate!

Why opt for a homemade breakfast? Well, despite the fact that breakfast cereal is expensive and not very healthy, it also doesn’t fill me up for very long. I like to start my mornings out right – and a nutritious meal is a great way to start the day. Quick recipes rule in my world – so this recipe for a quick egg sandwich has recently become one of my favorite breakfasts! Give it a try! You won’t be disappointed.

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Top 10 Posts of 2012

It’s hard for me to believe that 2013 will mark three years since I started blogging here at Simplify, Live, Love. My style has changed a lot these last couple of years and I am really excited for 2013. I’m working hard to improve my posts and I hope it shows!

It’s that time of year again to reflect on the most popular posts on my blog. Knowing what you you all enjoy most helps me focus my efforts better! So I was really interested to look up this information a couple days ago.

And here are the top viewed posts on Simplify, Live, Love in 2012, starting with the 10th most viewed post and working down to the post that’s been read the most! Did you read all of these?

#10. Homemade 9 Grain Bread

One of my most favorite breads of all time to make – it’s crunchy, delicious, and nutritious! 

#9. Overnight French Toast Breakfast Casserole

This is a relatively recent post of mine, and it’s gone crazy the last few months with the many holidays! It’s the perfect breakfast to make for company!!

#8. What to Eat When the Pantry’s Empty

I wrote this post, partly in jest, when I saw someone found my blog by googling “What to eat when the pantry’s empty.” What I know about my own pantry is that it’s never really empty – it just contains the less popular items… Apparently, a lot of people face the same thing.

#7. Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips in Toddlers

This post contains a lot of links and information about dealing with Developmental Dysplasia of the Hips. I’m always sad when when people find this page because I hate the thought of other families going through what we went through. But I’m glad they found it, too, because I know it’s helpful!

#6. The Lazy Person’s Guide to Canning Crushed Tomatoes

If you can tomatoes, this is a how-to for a really easy way to get the most out of your bounty!

#5. Top 10 Tips to Save $$ ~ At the Grocery Store

Even if you don’t coupon, there are a lot of tricks to saving money on groceries. Here are my top 10 tips.

#4. My Gutter Salad Garden

My husband built me this gutter salad garden last year! It didn’t yield anything for me…but I haven’t given up! I’ll be planting lettuce and spinach in a couple of months.

#3. Keeping a Low Grocery Budget by Shopping from Amish

We’re lucky to have Amish Bulk food stores not too far away, and I find lots of goodies there!

#2. Happy Birthday Fruit Cake ~ A Tutorial

One of my all time favorite posts – a tutorial for making a fruit cake!

#1. How to Freeze Avocados

And my most popular post of 2012 – how to freeze avocados!

Is your favorite post among the top viewed posts on my blog? If not, I’d love to hear if you have an all time favorite post on Simplify, Live, Love!