Meal Planning: Favorite Fall Dinners

Fall begins this week. And while autumn in San Diego isn’t quite the same as it was in Kansas City, we’re still experiencing a change in weather, and I definitely notice the amount of daylight hours lessening. The nights are cooling off and it’s almost time to bust out the footed jammies. Almost. I love […]

A Fall Festival of Fun, Food, and Friends

Where did the summer go? Autumn begins next week. Well, Fall is one of the best times of year, anyway. So, let’s make the most of it! Why not celebrate, plan ahead, exchange great ideas, traditions, and recipes? Join us for a great week of autumn-themed festivities. Five blogs, five days, five great ways to […]

What I Did On My Summer Vacation

Is it gone already? Where did it go? My 42 days of summer vacation are spent before I even got warmed up. And I had such big plans! How did I spend it? – I cleaned the schoolroom from top to bottom. My dreams to do the whole house fell by the way-side. I’m so […]

A Salad Buffet (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Salad’s On!)

Summer is the perfect occasion for salads. It’s cool and crisp. It makes the most of fresh produce which are in abundance during this season. And a salad can be prepared ahead of time to keep the cook out of the kitchen on a hot summer day. For some bizarre reason, I have always been […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Digging for Dinosaurs

Today is the 40th anniversary of man’s walk on the moon. Check out last week’s Camp Wannalaffalotta for all sorts of movies, books, and activities to share with your kids in honor of the lunar landing. This week’s Camp W is Dino-themed. Dinosaurs seem to be every kid’s fascination. They’re pretend, but they’re real at […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Blast Off Into Space and Celebrate the Lunar Landing

Did you know that next week marks the 40th anniversary of the Lunar Landing and the success of the Apollo 11 mission? I’m amazed. I wasn’t born then, but FishPapa remembers watching it on TV when he was a young child. Man’s first walk on the moon was a pinnacle event for the United States […]

Frugal Friday: Making the Most of In Season Produce

One of the ways we cut costs at our house is to stock up on grocery items when they are on sale. Regular readers are familiar with my weekly Grocery Geek posts and can testify to the fact that if it’s a good price, I’ll buy a lot of it, like 100 pounds of flour. […]

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]