What is H.S.C.H.?

The main reason I started this blog was to share my tips and tricks that I use in the kitchen. I'm not claiming to be an expert in any way, shape or form, but I DO have a lot of ideas that I'm excited to share with you. I'm constantly finding myself saying things like, "Don't buy that, you can totally make it!" when I'm shopping with a friend, or "This is so easy!" when I get complimented on something I've cooked. I think that if we had ideas of how to cook delicious things simply, and could find tips on how to save time and money in the kitchen, more people would be cooking and enjoying dinner with their families. Also I think we just get stuck in a rut of making the same things over and over again, but don't know what else to make.

I will be writing about freezing meals. Seriously the biggest time saver ever! Even I, who love to cook, have those days when the last thing I want to do is put dinner together. Since I'm working on losing weight, and my husband and I try to keep a watchful eye on our budget, we don't eat out very often. Because of that, I have some fantastic recipes for meals that can be frozen ahead of time. So when those days come around when I don't feel like cooking... I've got a healthy backup plan!

I'm pretty passionate about making things myself. For instance, I don't tend to buy a lot of prepackaged foods. Notice I didn't say "I never buy prepackaged foods", but for the most part I don't. The long list of ingredients in some foods is scary for one thing, I feel much better about what I'm giving my family when I know what's gone into it. Also you can save SO MUCH money by making things yourself. Who doesn't like saving money? Anyone? No? Didn't think so. This covers more than just food, I've got medicinal things you can make (Allison's Garlic Lolli), cleaning products (do you know how AWESOME white vinegar is?), craft/sewing projects (crib sheets, pillow covers, picture frames) and beauty products (Scrubs, masks, lotions, etc).

I love to do little projects around the house that make it seem more cozy and homey. I have an affection for vintage/antique/retro decor. I find things all over the place (Goodwill, Craigslist, Target, Antique stores), so I'll be sharing my adventures in shopping for little treasures, and maybe fixing or re-purposing them.

I'll also be sharing my day to day activities with you, whether it's a sporadic trip to Target, grocery shopping, out to eat at one of my favorite restaurants, or anything else I think you might enjoy or find useful!

I hope you enjoy this blog as much as I enjoy writing it. If you have any ideas for posts or any questions you'd like answered, I would LOVE to hear from you!
Until the next post,
Haley

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