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A California-Meets-Midwest 4th of July Menu (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

When I think about the fourth of July, I think of childhood vacations in Minnesota and South Dakota. My parents were both born and raised in Minnesota and migrated west in the Great California Teacher Shortage of 1967. They’ve been Californians ever since, but both are threatening to move back to the Land of 10,000 […]

Crusts or No Crusts?

My three oldest children eat the sandwich, crust and all. My three youngest children treat the crust like they would the rind of a watermelon. They eat as far into the sandwich as their chubby cheeks allow and then they discard the rest. Since I hate waste more than I am bothered by picky eaters, […]

Eat Well & Spend Less in Summer

Grocery prices, they are a-rising. And if you’re not careful, the flood could overwhelm you. I remember four years ago when things started hiking up. We were deep in debt, and yet, somehow, we got out. But, I am determined not to get sucked under again. Particularly where food costs are concerned. Oh, no, I […]

A Cars 2 Birthday Cake & Easy Party Ideas

Hey race car fans, are ya ready? Cars 2 opens today in theaters all over. I’m excited about the adventure. The original Cars movie opened on the day of FishBoy9’s 4th birthday. We made a day of it and took the whole fam to the movies — something we rarely do or did — now […]

A Tale of Two Easy & Fun Themed Birthday Cakes for Kids (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Birthday cakes are a big deal is these here parts. It’s been interesting to watch them evolve over the years. We’ve traveled the world with our family’s birthday cakes to Egypt to Rome to the beach to the golf disc course. We sung Happy Birthday with Bob, Dora, and Rapunzel. We’ve explored the deep blue […]

Taking Freezer Meals on The Road (Eat Well, Spend Less)

The activity, hot weather, and entertainment factor of summertime can wreak havoc on one’s grocery budget. How can summer fun affect your food costs? In summertime we venture out and about more often; we have more random schedules than the rest of the year; we tend to avoid hot kitchens and want someone else to […]

The Easiest & Hardest Gift to Give on Father’s Day

Last month we talked about how easy it is to give mom a bottle of perfume instead of an act of service. Service costs us something more than money. And it’s difficult. The same kind of thing applies to celebrating our husbands on Father’s Day. True, the “holiday” is about children acknowledging their fathers, but […]

Making Connections with MyHeritage.com

When I was a senior in high school, I took a basics economics class, required for graduation. It was pretty easy (Thanks, Mrs. Clark); the teacher (Hi Mrs. Clark!) was very nice; and I honestly don’t remember anything from the class. (Sorry, Mrs. Clark.) What I do remember is turning the page of my econ […]