Frugal Friday: Budget Birthday Ideas

When FishBoy12 was just a wee tot, I went all out for his birthdays. At the time I wasn’t sure I could have more children, so why not? And even once I had three or four children, the Creative Birthday Party Queen in me just didn’t know how to give it a rest. Most sane […]

Birthday Cake Scheming….

FishBoy8 will celebrate his 9th birthday on Monday. One of our family birthday traditions is to have a cool birthday cake. The birthday kid usually chooses the theme. This year? He chose this thing. I’m not really sure what it is. (Go ask your 8 year old sons.) But, we’re gonna have a birthday cake in […]

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

I experimented with my traditional apple pie recipe recently by baking it into a 9×13-inch pan, thus the name, Slab Apple Pie. This dessert has several things going for it: It’s super easy to throw together. I’m not worried about fluting edges or getting the topping in a perfect mound. Just layer the ingredients and […]

How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough —¬†about an hour before dinner. At first […]

Baking / Freezer Cooking Day Tomorrow!

Interested in learning more about freezer cooking and baking? Well, this is your week! MoneySavingMom and I are going to be live blogging and tweeting our kitchen adventures on Tuesday and Wednesday. We’ve even got a Facebook Event page set up as well as a Twitter hashtag to follow (#BakingDay). (Aren’t we fancy?) It’s a […]

Petit Dejeuner, Anyone?

Who would have thought that bread and jam could hold so many memories for us? Here’s the scoop on one of our favorite breakfasts.

Pretty Cool Cake: Make a Pirate Cake

Special birthday cakes are near and dear to my heart. I love the challenge of putting my kids’ latest interests atop a cake. The looks on their faces are just priceless. And being challenged by my readers is almost as much fun. I’ve even written an e-book with all sorts of creative, easy, and inexpensive […]

TGIF: Be a CopyCat

Growing up my favorite place to eat was a local pizza restaurant that made the best Italian salad. It’s too far and too expensive to go there often, so I’ve found a way to copy it at home. Love it! It goes great with our Friday Pizza Night. A wonderful way to celebrate the weekend. […]