What is Simple Good Ideas: Food Health Family Home?

There are literally millions of great food blogs on the Internet, with established and tested recipes, made by the experienced cooks telling a heart-warming story. Why make another blog? Well, besides Simple Good Ideas becoming a ten-million-and-first food blog, my main goal was to compile in one place a handful of recipes that have become traditional in our family with references to similarities of already established popular food brands and meal classics.

As our moods and taste buds had changed over the years, these recipes had remained our go-to meal plans: they never fail to please everybody. Without an exaggeration, my husband and kids are the world's top pickiest eaters. These meals are so straightforward, with so few basic ingredients, that if I can make these while being a mom, a wife, a business operator, a woodworker, a gardener, a fitness enthusiast, a runner, etc., then anybody can. Whether you are a newlywed, a teenager, a life-long cooking mom, or a chef hobbyist, please try out our recipes and let us know your thoughts! (Elaine Marcus)

Cooking and eating healthy on the go

Meal plan ideas including snacks for the road and appertizers.

10 top ideas to lose weight

Simple health guide for ultimate mood, energy, and brain function.

Homemade Chocolate Cake

Traditional chocolate cake from scratch. Really few simple ingredients that most people already have in the pantry.

Carrot Muffins

Healthy and hearty carrot muffins. Guilt-free dessertish snack!

Chocolate Chip Cookies Like a Pro

Chocolate chip cookies that taste sophisticated and make others wonder if you secretely work at a bakery.

Simple cooking: fresh clean food...

Yogurt making is simpler than you thought

Homemade yogurt for health and taste: hundreds of possibilities

Homemade No Knead Bread

Homemade artisan bread for beginner bakers: simple and hearty, great with soup, chili, or sandwiches.

Buttermilk Substitutes

How to make buttermilk yourself if you started a recipe and forgot buttermilk at the grocery store.

Sugar Types

Difference between granulated sugar, confectioners (powdered) sugar, superfine sugar, johakuto sugar, caster sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar.


Simple steps to grow herbs like basil, green onions, chard, kale, microgreens at home. Small radish, pepper, tomato garden. Zuccini and pumpkin is easy.

Backyard Chickens

Raising a small flock of chickens has many benefits: fresh eggs, weed and bug control, fun, mind relaxing, and inexpensive.

Start with simple colors

Beginner home decorators are safe with basic traditional colors: white, egg shell, or light version of gray. Stay away from dark tones and screaming colors (red or orange, for example) as they may annoy after a short period of time

Less is more: organizing and cleaning shortcuts for your home.

Consider organizing bath accessories like shampoos and body washes into a dishwasher utensil basket to clear the dust-collecting clutter on top of the bathtub.

Daily workouts and dieting

How to lose weight, achieve flatter stomach, & burn stubborn thigh cellulite. What to drink and not to drink, to eat and not to eat, and how to count calories!

Berries, nuts, fish, oils

How to help thinning hair and aging, sagging skin. A few natural ingredients for every day consumption for hair growth, youthful skin, and strong nails.

Discover the most delicious recipes.

Top classic recipes everyone should try.