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Freezer Inventory: How To Keep Track of What You’ve Got

Keep a freezer inventory so you can keep track of what you’ve got — and enjoy it before it loses its freshness, taste, and texture. Making many meals ahead of time or doing a full day of freezer cooking is a great thing — provided that you use what you’ve made in a timely manner. […]

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

This easy to prepare slab apple pie takes just minutes. It’s delicious and simple, and a huge hit for fall. Apple pie is probably one of my favorite foods ever. My Gramma John used to make it when she’d come to visit, but it was one of my mom’s specialties as well. Making it is […]

Meal Planning: Planning More than One Week of Meals at a Time

Once you get into the habit of meal planning for the week, you may want to get a little more ambitious and plan for a longer length of time, like a fortnight (2 weeks) or a whole month. How to Plan for a Month 1. Print a calendar – I like to print out a […]

How to Fry an Egg (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breakfast)

Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. (Didn’t you watch those nutrition cartons in elementary school?) After a night of “fasting,” breakfast is the opportunity to refuel your body for the morning ahead. This is important for everyone, but particularly for children. Studies have indicated that kids perform better in […]

Why You Should Love Your Crockpot

The crockpot, or slow cooker, is the busy family manager’s best friend. Or at least it should be! Unfortunately, over time it’s been the most maligned kitchen appliance ever invented. This would be due either to A. its misuse — just throwing any old junk in a pot doesn’t make a good meal. B. its […]

The Week’s Meal Plan: Enjoying Make Ahead Meals

It’s been so fun to pull a few things from the freezer every few days and know that most of dinner was already prepped. Coming home from a weekend away makes these make-ahead meals all the more valuable. Makes me feel like a World Series All-Star. Up to bat this week: Chicken FajitasChimichangasPasta w/ Grilled […]

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 […]