Frugal Friday: Save Money on Birthdays

This post was originally published on May 30, 2008 Birthdays are meant to be a celebration of the guest of honor and a time to thank God for him or her. But, children’s parties can take on a life of their own if you aren’t careful. Being on a budget has forced me to calm […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: The Fourth of July Edition

I am not Betsy Ross. Nor am I Bakerella. But, I really wanted to be. At least for a day. For the last month, I’ve been scheming this fantastic Fourth of July cake pop that I was going to wow you with. I had such great plans. I envisioned candy coated, star-shaped cakes on a […]

Summertime…. And the Cooking is Easy

It’s been a fun, but hot, summer day. Maybe you’ve been out and about most of the day and are now getting everyone home from the day’s activities. The shadows are growing a little longer. The breeze is starting to pick up. The kids are laughing and enjoying their play outside. And tummies are rumbling. […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: The Good Ole’ USA

Though it’s easy for our lives to get caught up in economics, the latest fashions, and the price of hot dogs at the local Stuff-Mart, the truth underlying it all is that we experience great freedom in being able to pursue those very things. The freedoms that we enjoy every day in the United States […]

Ingredients for a Fun Friday Night

Homemade Pizza, Salad, and a Movie. Does it get better than that? (Throw in some lemonade or rootbeer and a few cute signs so you don’t go batty repeating what kind of pizza it is.)

Almost Free Family Fun

In the mood for some family fun but a little short on the funds to bring it about? Check out my guest post today over at Coupon Cravings for some good times that are practically free.

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Heading to the Great Outdoors

In case you didn’t know this coming Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, it’s a community event designed to encourage families to get outside and connect with nature. You don’t have to go far — just outside your backdoor. At to help and inspire you, this week’s Camp […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)

Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]