Meal Planning: Cook Once, Eat Thrice


Thank you to everyone who took my Help Me Help You Make a Great Meal survey. You all asked such great questions about ways to feed a family. One recurring comment was in regards to making several recipes (either ahead or throughout a week) that use common ingredients so that you can reduce prep time […]

Downsizing Your Baked Goods (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Baked Goods)


Baking time is upon us. The weather has shifted in many parts of the country and it’s perfect weather to pop an apple pie in the oven. Plus, sales on baking ingredients have started to spread. Now’s the time to stock up! Everyone in our family loves to bake. FishPapa usually handles pancake duty while […]

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.

Meal Planning: Reaping the Fruit of My OAMC Labor


‘Member last week how I cooked up a whole mess of stuff to freeze? Well, this week, it’s time to put my feet up. It’s not that dinnertime will be completely devoid of work. I’ll still need to heat up main dishes and prepare sides, but the bulk of the cooking is already done for […]

Ground Beef in Bulk (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Beef)


Beef is on the menu today on URS. There are so many wonderful things about beef, namely Tri-Tip, Prime Rib, and Filet Mignon. Those would definitely be my favorites. But, those aren’t always the best for the budget. Since I know so many of us are pressed for either time or cash — or both, I thought […]

Make-Ahead Meals are Cool!


Seems like the blogosphere has exploded with cooking and baking ahead this week. Twitter’s been hopping with different bloggers’ updates. Like I mentioned on Sunday, my plan was to double and triple some big batches of dinners to stash away in my freezer. Well, I went to Costco after that post and well, I went […]

Once a Month Cooking Family Favorites – A Review


Years ago, like six kids ago, I heard a program on Focus on the Family about these two ladies who did all their cooking for the month in just a few days. I was dumb-founded. I was a high school teacher at the time and though I loved to cook, I knew that my minutes […]

Meal Planning: Double Batch Cooking


One of the things that happens to me during the Fall is that I get overcome by this urge to “squirrel away” food! It must hearken back to my pioneer genes or something, but I love to put up food for winter, as our great-grandmothers must have done. This summer I made jam for the […]