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Christina Hitchcock It's a Keeper quick dinner ideas easy recipes meal planningHi! I’m Christina, the chief cook and bottle washer here at It’s a Keeper.  It’s a Keeper is a place where you can get quick dinner ideas, easy recipes, meal planning tips and cooking resources.

I’m a northeastern Pennsylvania food blogger and a self-proclaimed recipe hoarder who reads cook books cover to cover like most people read a juicy novel.   I’m also a wife and busy mom.  My school-aged son is active in sports and all kinds of extracurricular activities so we are always on the run.  Over the years, I’ve developed a system that allows me to get delicious, homemade meals on the table, despite our hectic schedule.

 

If you’re a busy mom like me, I can help you get dinner on the table too.  Dinner time doesn’t have to be stressful.  I promise.  With a little planning and a few easy recipes you can have dinner under control!  In my What’s for Dinner feature I share my weekly meal plans as well as quick dinner ideas and healthy meals to help you answer the question, “What’s for dinner, mom?”.

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6 Things You Will Find on It’s a Keeper

  1. Easy recipes, quick dinner ideas and easy crock pot recipes: This is probably the reason you stopped by in the first place.  While you’re poking around my site, make sure you check out my Slow Cooker Beer Braised Short Ribs recipe — it’s the most popular recipe on It’s a Keeper!Easy Crock Pot Recipes CROPPED It's a Keeper
  2. Meal planning : I’m a die hard meal planner.  It has revolutionized my life and I know it can revolutionize yours too.  You don’t need to be uber organized or have tons of free time.  Just a little bit of time per week and you can cut your dinnertime stress down tremendously.
  3. Cooking Videos & Tutorials:  Did you know it’s super easy to make your own healthy homemade granola?  I have a video to show you just how easy it is.  On my YouTube channel I share cooking tips, tutorials and product demos.Christina Hitchcock It's a Keeper quick dinner ideas easy recipes meal planning
  4. Dinner411:  This section has a good variety of quick dinner ideas and easy recipes that are perfect for dinner.  And most are ready in under 30 minutes! Whether you use it for inspiration or as your online recipe box, there are plenty of recipes to help you figure out what’s for dinner tonight.
  5. How to Cook with Kids:  This section has kid-tested and mother-approved recipes and ideas on how you can get your kids to help you in the kitchen.Every home chef needs a sous chef.  Getting your kids into the kitchen is a great way to teach them valuable skills and help them eat better.  It’s a proven fact that kids like to eat dishes that they’ve helped prepare.Grilled Pizza It's a Keeper
  6. Product Reviews and Recommendations:  Before a product can be deemed a “Keeper” by me, I put it through its paces.

If you’re looking for easy recipes that taste great, or inspiration for dinner or ways to get your kids more involved in the kitchen, you’ve come to the right place!

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About Christina

I love to cook.  Cooking is very cathartic to me.  I’m truly in my element in the kitchen.  Maybe it’s that I’m using all of my senses – the feel of the dough, the smell of the sauce or the sound of the vegetables being chopped. Whether I’m making an old favorite that I know by heart or trying a new recipe, it’s exciting to see it all come together.

It’s a Keeper is a look into my kitchen.  You get a first-hand look at what we are really eating.  Most of the things I cook are not fancy and I don’t use hard to find ingredients.  They are everyday recipes for everyday life.

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About It’s a Keeper

recipe pileIn 2010, as I was cleaning my home, I realized I had amassed hundreds of recipes.  I made a decision right then and there that I was going to try each recipe in the pile, decide if it’s a keeper (or not) and blog about my results.

Nearly four years later, I’ve grown It’s a Keeper to become a trusted authority for busy moms.

I’ve also had recipes published in numerous newspapers, magazines and websites, including Taste of Home magazine, Happenings magazine, The Scranton Times Tribune and The Moscow Villager.  I was also selected as the grand prize winner of the Williams-Sonoma “Easy Weeknight Meal” contest.

 

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