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!

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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, […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week / This Month

It worked really well last month to plan an entire month’s worth of meals. Not all of them got selected, but it made my weekend planning so much easier. Basically, I brainstormed all the meals I could make with what I already had in the freezer or cupboard or that I could easily find cheap […]

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 […]

Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Desserts

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Dessert is the crowing touch to the Thanksgiving Meal. And everyone has a favorite. For FishPapa it is a toss-up between Pretzel Berry Dessert and Streusel Topped Pumpkin Pie. For the man who doesn’t love sweets, he says he could eat the whole thing. Of either one! In my discussions with my mom and sisters […]

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 […]