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Easy Times, September 1, 2023

A tomato plant with six ripening tomatoes.

Dear friends,

Happy September! Even though I’m an adult, this month always seems to stir that “back to school” feeling. Can you relate?

It’s bittersweet to let go of flip flops, swimming pools, and the relaxed days of summer.

At the same time, I welcome the cooler temperatures and structure of our days that September brings.

Fortunately, Labor Day weekend falls at just the right time to help us transition between summer and fall. (And since it’ll be 96 degrees here in Denver today, I’m not quite ready to trade tank tops for flannel shirts!) 

Check out new recipes on the blog, including a dozen “desperation dinners” for those times when meal planning feels like the hardest thing in a busy week.

And if you feel like clearing some space for new directions this month, join us for a short decluttering challenge.

Until next month,

Eliza Cross

Old Fashioned Molasses Crinkle Cookies

a perfectly baked molasses crinkle cookie topped with white crystal sugar.

These spicy, sweet, crinkly cookies taste like all the best flavors of autumn. You’ll love how easy they are to make. Click here to read the recipe.

The BEST Italian Meatballs Are Also So Easy to Make

A batch of cooked Italian meatballs in a skillet with spaghetti sauce.

These Easy Oven Cooked Meatballs feature a tantalizing mix of Italian sausage and ground beef. Make a batch and you’ll have the makings for many great dinners, from meatball subs to pizza. They freeze well, too!

Bake Your Own Amazingly Delicious Cheez Its Crackers

For an easy snack that’s wholesome and not filled with preservatives or processed ingredients, make your own crispy, tasty Cheese It Crackers with our copycat recipe.

Check it out and you’ll see why this is our #1 most-clicked recipe!

12 Desperation Dinners, for When You Can’t Stand the Thought of Cooking

A white bowl of pasta noodles with Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.

We all have “those nights” when the thought of making dinner feels like the hardest thing we have to do all day.

These 12 Desperation Dinners have saved me more than once. They’re unfancy, dead simple, and they get the job done–so you can put your feet up.

A Quick Weekend Decluttering Challenge

A pretty, uncluttered bedroom.

Got 15 minutes? Set your timer and join us for a quick weekend decluttering challenge.

Sometimes a little empty space is just what we need to make room for peace and comfort. How much can YOU clear in 15 minutes?

Thank you for sharing your September with us!

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About Eliza Cross

Eliza Cross is the author of 17 books, including Small Bites and 101 Things To Do With Bacon. She shares ideas to simplify cooking, gardening, time and money. She is also the owner of Cross Media, Inc. and founder of the BENSA Bacon Lovers Society.

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