Recipe: Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread (bread machine)

easy homemade sandwich bread machine

I LOVE my bread machine, so I keep it quite busy! I usually bake one or two loaves each week, depending on what we need. I purchase 25-pound bags of bread flour and bricks of yeast at Sam’s Club to stretch the savings. This has become a tried-and-true standby recipe – and our favorite bread machine bread of all time. It’s a nice texture for sandwiches (including grilled cheese!), but also great to serve with soup or dinner.

Warning: This loaf of freshly-baked bread may disappear within 24 hours or less. In our house, it’s usually gone the same night.

No bread machine? Keep your eyes open and search Craigslist, garage sales and thrift stores for nice models that are barely used!

easy homemade sandwich bread machine

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Recipe: Orange Glazed Almond Poppy Seed Bread (nut-free)

almond poppy seed bread
Looking for a perfect, melt-in-your-mouth almond poppy seed bread sweetened with an orange glaze? This Orange Glazed Almond Poppy Seed bread is cake-like and smooth, with a crunchy orange topping. The nut-free quick bread looks fancy but comes together easily. It’s also freezer-friendly and can be made dairy-free!

My best friend’s mother is an extraordinary baker. So good, in fact, that we were delighted to get mini loaves of her Orange Glazed Almond Poppy Seed bread as birthday gifts. The bread looked and tasted so amazing that I assumed I would never be able to recreate it in my kitchen – and for years, as an adult, I was too intimidated to ask for the recipe.

The original recipe was recorded in an old church cookbook. She was kind enough to share it with me – and after a few adaptations, my family adores it just as much as I did when I was younger. It’s now a recipe I enjoy preparing in mini-loaves to give as gifts or donate to bake sales!

Try it in your kitchen – and see if you’re just as hooked on it as we are!

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$2.00/1 Jennie O Ground Turkey coupon + Deals and Recipe

meatloafMeijer has Jennie-O Ground Turkey on sale for 20% off this week. There is also a $2.00/1 coupon for the larger packs of 85% lean ground turkey, which makes it a very good price. My husband’s favorite dinner is meatloaf. Here is the recipe I make:

Gluten Free Glazed Meatloaf Recipe

Recipe notes:

  • It’s easy to substitute Rice Chex in place of the gluten-free crackers (and less expensive)! Put Rice Chex in a plastic zipper bag and roll with a rolling pin until crumb-like. I also use regular mustard instead of Dijon mustard and Italian Seasoning instead of sage.
  • Double the recipe to make 2 loaves and freeze one for later or save the extra 1 1/2 pounds of ground turkey for tacos or hamburgers. You could also bake mini meatloaves in muffin tins or mini loaf pans and freeze them for single-serve meals.
  • If you choose to buy the 16-20 ounce packages of ground turkey, just use a little bit less of each ingredient since the recipe calls for 1 1/2 lbs.


$7.19 Jennie O 85% Lean Ground Turkey, 3 lb
$2.00/1 Jennie O Ground Turkey printable coupon (zip 30303)
$5.19 after coupon

$3.74 Jennie O 93% Lean Ground Turkey, 1 lb
-$1.00/2 Jennie O Ground Turkey mPerks digital coupon
$3.25 each when you buy 2 with coupon

$2.50 Chex Cereal
$1.00/2 Chex Cereal printable coupon or (from 3-16 SS)
$2.00 each when you buy 2 with coupon


$1.99 Heinz Ketchup, 38 oz
$0.50/1 Heinz printable coupon or $0.50/1 Kroger digital coupon (limit 5, 1 use)
$0.99-$1.49 after coupon
Shopmium Offer: Get $1 back when you buy 1 Heinz Ketchup, exp 4-25 (limit 1 use)
FREE$0.49 after coupon and rebate

$1.49 French’s Mustard, 12-14 oz
-$0.30/1 French’s Mustard coupon (from 3-23 SS or printable)
$0.89 after coupon

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Recipe: Blueberry Muffins (lowfat + egg-free)

blueberry muffins

July in Michigan is prime blueberry-picking time! We love visiting a nearby blueberry patch with the family and picking as many as we can. This muffin recipe requires no eggs – and it works perfectly with fresh or frozen berries. The crumb topping adds a delicious crunch you’ll love.

Use a medium cookie scoop for mess-free batter distribution!

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Did you just pick berries or find a great sale price? Freeze fresh blueberries, unwashed, on a cookie sheet. Measure in 1-2 cup portions and place in freezer bags to use in future recipes.

Looking for a great full fat recipe instead? Try these To Die for Blueberry Muffins.

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Recipe: Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks Recipe

olive garden breadsticks recipe

I have always adored the breadsticks at Olive Garden – and with the help of my trusty bread machine, I’ve learned to make them quickly with just a few ingredients. There’s not a person in the family that doesn’t gobble them up – we especially love them with Chicken MarsalaLemon Pasta with Chicken or spaghetti (and we look for any possible excuse to make them). If there are leftovers, I cut them in half lengthwise and the kids eat “breadstick sandwiches” for lunch the next day (just like mini sub sandwiches).

My husband always insisted they were “better than Olive Garden breadsticks” and I thought he was being nice. But in the last year or two, I think he might be right – there’s just something about these when they’re homemade, soft and fresh from the oven that beats the restaurant variety. Try it for yourself and see!

If you don’t have a bread machine, don’t worry! Try this version from Finding Joy in My Kitchen that uses a stand mixer.

Some photos of the Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks recipe for reference:

Cut dough into strips

Cut dough into strips

Use dough strips to make garlic knots

Use dough strips to make garlic knots or breadsticks

Love your bread machine? Don’t miss this Easy Homemade Sandwich Bread recipe – it’s our favorite!

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Recipe: Lemon Pasta with Chicken


There’s something light and fun about lemon pasta, yet still remarkably comforting. The white wine in this dish gives it a depth that mimics restaurant quality. Serve with Better than Olive Garden Breadsticks and salad for an amazing meal that won’t weigh you down! Best of all, you’re likely to have most of these ingredients waiting in your pantry!


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Recipe: Sticky Lemon Quick Bread

lemon bread

This Sticky Lemon Quick Bread is tart, sweet, and very lemony – and one of my very favorite quick bread recipes! In spite of the rich taste, it’s lower in fat and can easily be made dairy-free.This lemon quick bread freezes very well (and tastes even better chilled!), so I always double the recipe. The glaze makes the recipe, so don’t forget that last step! 

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Simple Recipes for Bone-In Chicken Pieces


bone in chicken recipes

Do you ever wonder WHY you’d want to buy 10 pounds of chicken at a time? Yes, buying in bulk often has benefits – and a lower price is only one of them! Preparing meals in bulk ALSO has benefits (and I can’t recommend it highly enough, especially if the dinner hour in your house is as crazy as it is in mine)!

You’ll sometimes find chicken leg quarters or drumsticks on sale for less than $0.50 per pound – and that’s a great time to stock up and freeze.

Wondering what to do with all of that chicken? Then here are some easy bone-in chicken recipes to get you started! (I especially looked for recipes with common ingredients you’re likely to have in your pantry!)

Simple Recipes for Bone-In Chicken Pieces: Leg Quarters, Drumsticks, Thighs, etc.

April’s Chicken Marinade from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
A mix of soy, honey, oil, ginger, dry mustard & garlic

Basic Brine for Moist Grilled Chicken
Soak a whole bird or pieces in this mixture of sugar, salt and water – and you’ll be amazed!

Black Dog Marinade from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
A marinade of soy, lemon, vinegar & garlic – to freeze with the chicken & enjoy later!

Berry Delicious Barbecue from Taste of Home
Amazing what condensed tomato soup, cranberry sauce & onion soup mix can do!

Chicken Spaetzle (Dumpling) Soup (easily substitute rice or noodles)
Use skinned bone-in chicken in soups for great flavor and health benefits!

Chicken Taco Rice from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
Use cooked, shredded chicken to create a taco filling perfect for nachos, tacos or salad topping! Use this ice cube trick to create single-serving portions!

Creamy Paprika Chicken from 30 Day Gourmet (freezer-friendly)
Skinned chicken pieces coated in a sauce of chicken broth, paprika & sour cream. Prep and freeze, then slow cook later. Great served over noodles!

Moist Lemon Chicken from Taste of Home
Mild lemon zing that keeps the chicken tender.

Simple Coq au Vin from A Busy Mom’s Slow Cooker Adventures (slow cooker)
Brown chicken, then transfer to a slow cooker and let it cook for 8-10 hours for an elegant meal.

Slow Cooked Lemon Chicken from Taste of Home (slow cooker)
Brown chicken in a skillet, then let the crockpot do the rest – with garlic, lemon and oregano.

Tropical Island Chicken from Taste of Home
A marinade of soy, canola, garlic, ginger, and more!

Italian Chicken Bake from Stacey

  • 3 chicken leg quarters
  • 3 medium baking potatoes, diced
  • 1 c. baby carrots
  • 1 c. Lite Italian dressing (more or less to your taste)
  • 1/4 c. grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 t. black pepper

Arrange chicken, potatoes, & carrots in a sprayed 9×13″ baking dish. Pour dressing over the top. Sprinkle with cheese and pepper. Bake at 400 degrees for 40-50 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Do you have a bone-in chicken favorite? Be sure to comment and share your recipe!

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