Food and Clean Underwear

Salt Shaker

The new normal has been rather elusive this year. Survival is the name of my game these days. And, I think I’m okay with it. Food and clean underwear – if we’ve got those, we’re okay. But, I know from experience that if I don’t have a plan for food, we’ll be eating way too […]

Kids in the Kitchen, Joy or No Joy?


My mother-in-law was a big fan of including the kids in kitchen activities. She was always braver than most when it came to giving them jobs. And she always had a great attitude about it. So, as I think of ways to honor her, I’m particularly pleased to have today’s guest post, written by Jenna […]

Easy Meals – FishMama Style

I didn’t plan it this way. But, when I looked at our menus this week, I realized it’s going to be a pretty simple and easy week in the kitchen. I am thankful to have a plan because that makes for one less thing to think about. And since I feel as if I am […]

What’s Cookin’

May 1998 --- Red Carnations in the Kitchen --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

While I’ve approached meal planning in a number of ways in the past (here, here, and here), lately I am enjoying this plan out a whole month at a time. You can see my December Meal Plan here. I brainstorm all the different meals that I could make with what’s in the cupboard or what […]

Home Ec 101: Soup from Leftovers


Soup is a wonderfully frugal, potentially delicious meal to serve your family. And it can successfully be made from leftovers. What a great way to exercise the “waste-not-want-not” mentality that will keep us all in the black these days. Now, don’t go thinking you’re gonna throw everything in a pot, Pippi Longstocking-style. There’s a method […]

Dinner Kit Hacks – They Work For Me!

Image converted using ifftoany

A while ago, I stocked up on Macaroni Grill dinner kits. They’re kind of an upscale Hamburger Helper, definitely NOT what I would normally throw in my cart. Remember, I’m a food snob. But, you know how it is. I had all these great coupons. And Albertsons had a really good sale. They were $.40/box, […]

Homemade Waffles

Homemade Waffles

I’m not sure where or when I started making this yummy breakfast. But, it is one of our favorites. We usually wrap up the week by having waffles on Friday mornings. My favorite way to serve it is with whipped cream and berries. It’s probably more worthy of a weekend morning, but works for me […]

Home Ec 101: Planning a Big Dinner

May 1998 --- Fresh Peaches --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

Many of today’s women don’t know the ins and outs of home making. Most schools no longer teach home economics. And if your own mother worked outside the home, chances are you may not have grown up with much teaching in the way of housekeeping and meal preparation. These are not obsolute skills, no matter […]