Irish Stew (URS: St Patrick’s Day Feasts)


One of my favorite parts about teaching my kids at home is the great reading we get to do together. A book that we read early on was St Patrick: Pioneer Missionary to Ireland. It tells the story of Patrick, how he was kidnapped by Celts, how God saved him, how he escaped from Ireland, […]

Memes: URS and Frugal Fridays


There’s all sorts of exciting things happening over here in terms of group participation these days. Not only have I got one fun meme, but now thanks to Crystal, I have two fun memes. How lucky could a girl be? And their subjects? Food and Money – probably the two most talked about topics in […]

Speaking of Dinners….

Freebies4Mom has a great collection of cheap eats in this post.

Dinners, Drive-Throughs, and Dimes

Tables and chairs in 50's style diner

Dinners are on my mind this week as I endeavor to fill our freezer with some premade items. I’m hoping that I can invest some time and energy on the front end in order to have a few nights off in the coming weeks. My end goal is to avoid the drive through and save […]

Red Sauce with Meats

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This delicious red sauce cooks quickly and deliciously. The meatballs or sausage poach in the sauce, adding to the sauce as well as absorbing flavor from it. Thank God that Marco Polo had the foresight to bring some noodles back to Europe when he travelled the Silk Road. The Italians took those noodles and have […]

Supersize Your Suppertime!

Hungry Boy at the Table --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

If you have kids, you know that behavior tends to plummet with their blood sugar. Though it is not an excuse for grouchiness, hunger can certainly contribute to a lack of self-control – yours and the kids. How about when you’re stuck in the grocery check stand line at 6:00 pm, and your baby is […]

Meal Planning: Going to Fill My Freezer


This past week I reduced my grocery spending and relied on what was in our pantry, frig, and freezer. It was nice to see some clean surfaces as we used up some things that had been lingering too long, especially in the freezer. It was a nice break. My sweet husband calls on his way […]

Budget Living: Home Baked Snacks (With Kids!)


Lately, it’s been pretty hard to keep food on the table. Not because we’re strapped for cash. But, because my kids have been eating such enormous quantities of food! A loaf of bread gets us through one meal these days. And, while I love to stockpile, I just haven’t been able to keep up with […]