Meal Planning: Hoping for Fair Skies Ahead, Yet Preparing for Stormy Weather

We saw several ships like this one yesterday in San Diego Harbor. Magnificent! This week is a busy one: The regular routine of school, housework, life, plus some important writing projects, a playday with friends, FishPapa’s Birthday, and of course, my Birthday Cake Round Up on Thursday. I am hoping for “sunny skies and fair […]

Easiest Mac and Cheese (Recipe Swap: Comfort Food)

Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one […]

5 Dinner Time Savers

One of the ways that I’m trying to become a Mom You Can Count On is to manage my time a little better. If I don’t make a list each morning of what I need to do, I am like a sailor out at sea without a compass. And if I don’t stay on my […]

Meal Planning: Moving to Plan B

A few weeks ago I planned out a month’s worth of meals. It’s not hard to do. I just quizzed my family on their favorite meals and wrote them down. (Why their favorite meals? Because I grow weary of wheeling and dealing at dinnertime. Eat four more bites and you can be done. You know […]

Budget Living: What to Do with Leftovers?

Waste not, want not. That’s what our grandmothers used to say. It’s the basic premise that if you use up what you have, you won’t find yourself in need. While I am not sure that one exactly follows the other, it is true that avoiding waste is good stewardship and will save you money. There […]

Recipe Swap: In the Kitchen with Kids

When I put together my ebook, FishMama’s Guide to Cooking with Children, my husband protested that it sounded like “Cooking with Fish,” as if the children were the ingredients. Well, they are the ingredients in so far as they are an important component to your life as MOM – in the kitchen. It’s just inevitable.If […]

Whatcha Got Cookin?

I really appreciate I’m an Organizing Junkie’s weekly roundup of meal plans. It’s a good reminder to “get my head in the game,” or the kitchen, as the case may be. Each week when I prepare this post, I am prompted to look over my plan (or make one if I haven’t done a monthly […]

Mustard Grilled Chicken (Recipe Swap: The Healthy New Year Edition)

Not only is New Year’s a time for goal setting and getting a fresh start, it’s also a time to purge that Christmas candy from the pantry. Oh my! We had a little too much fun around here the last month or so. My jeans feel a lot tighter than they did back in early […]