Grocery Stores are Hard Sometimes

Why is it that sometimes leaving the house feels like a monumental task? When it is chilly outside and you have 2 kids in tow, sometimes the motivation just isn’t there. I may or may not have had one of those weeks last week. I typically go to the grocery store once a week, but I managed to get by without going for two weeks simply because I didn’t wanna go. There are a lot of recipes that require fresh veggies, and there there are gems like this one that are perfect when only the basic pantry staples are remaining in your home.

Shepherd's pie

Shepherd’s Pie


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (no need to thaw)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups mashed potatoes*


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Start boiling your potatoes.
  2. Cook beef in a large skillet until no longer pink.
  3. Add onions and garlic, cook until onions are translucent
  4. Add thyme, ketchup, and flour; stir until combined. Add 1/2 cup water and frozen vegetables. Cook until vegetables are warmed through and liquid has thickened, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper
  5. Spoon beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish. Spread potatoes evenly over beef.
  6. Bake until potatoes are lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy!

*I typically make my mashed potatoes using chicken broth, salt and pepper, and dairy-free butter (I like Country Crock spreadable), but using coconut milk or the water used to boil the potatoes will do in a pinch

Also, can we just take a moment to note that it snowed in Michigan yesterday. Come on April- give us some sunshine! The Katy Perry style weather has really got me down (ahem… hot ‘n cold, see what I did there #momjoke). I’m SO ready for some fresh air and a change in scenery for the boys. Hurry up spring!

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