TGIF: Make Homemade Pizza

One of the things that our family loves to do is to eat pizza. Personally, my very favorite pizza is served up at the corner of Bouquet and Soledad Canyons in Santa Clarita, CA. However, I live in Kansas City, so I’ve had to learn to make do without my hometown pizza. When we’ve got […]

Frugal Tip: Don’t Be So Loyal

I grew up with a father who was a marketer’s dream. He was/is the King of Brand Loyalty. Only Heinz ketchup. Only Roman Meal bread. Only Scott toilet paper. The list goes on. And I must confess I jumped on that band wagon. For years I felt compelled to reach for the Heinz, under pain […]

Three Cheers for the FBA!

As I mentioned earlier, having so many boys in succession contributes to a certain sense of camraderie and identity, male-bonding at a young age. By the time we had FishBoy4, we had coined the term FishBoys as a way to call them to attention when we were leaving church, the park, or a friend’s house. […]

Black Bean and Cheese Pie

Several readers commented on wanting to know about the Black Bean Pie I was making for my OAMC bash. It’s not anything too fancy. The South Beach/Zone people would probably tell me it’s high in carbs. Blah, blah, blah. I think there’s a fair amount of protein, and I don’t see how it’s terribly different […]

Preschool Play: Monkey Treats

Years ago when the first FishBoy was a toddler, we met Monkey. I think it started on car rides home, trying to keep FishBoy awake until naptime. You know, when you want the kid to have a good, 2-hour nap in his bed and not a 10-minutes’ catnap in the car? You’ll do anything to […]

Christmas is Coming….

And my giveaway pile’s gettin’ fat! That’s right. I’ve been scheming this last couple weeks to put together some very cool, Christmas-in-July giveaways. Corporations and individuals have been so generous, that I will be able to give away something fantastic everyday next week and several more as the holiday season gets closer. Christmas? That is […]

Surfer Beach Cake

Some frosting, some candy, and a few toys make for an easy birthday cake that any surfer or beach bum would love. Hosting a Summer-themed birthday party? Want a little beachtime fun? Have I got the cake for you! Last month one of the FishBoys chose “ocean” for his birthday theme. We made an ocean […]

(My Brood) Works for Me

I mentioned earlier in the week that my kiddos are now of the age that they can take on some household responsibilities. We are firm believers that all children, no matter sex or age, participate in the workings of the household. We don’t know what the future holds for each of them, but we want […]