Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Apple Pie (Recipe Swap: Pie Oh My!)


Pie is probably one of my very favorite desserts. I have wonderful memories of watching my Gramma John or my mom magically transform fruit, flour, sugar and butter into something amazing. I was about ten when I first tried to do it on my own. Lemon Meringue with fresh lemons from our tree in the […]

Family Day


Today just happens to be Family Day, don’t ya know? My son saw it advertised on the grocery store ad and inquired what it was. Basically, it’s “a day to eat dinner with your children.” The movement is based on research that suggests that the family who eats together does better in everything else- family […]

Menu Planning This Week and Next

Since we are heading West in less than 2 weeks, I’m dancing the fine line between frugality and making sure there’s enough – but not too much – food in the house. I don’t want to waste money on things we won’t eat before we leave. I’m a little sad to see the cupboards become […]

Meal Planning Monday

We love to eat over here at the FishHouse. And my children keep no secrets about what they like — and what they don’t. It’s a good day for the FishMama when they’re all humming at the dinnertable. Seriously. They hum. They eat and they hum. They all do it. It’s amazing. Can’t wait to […]

Baby Greens with Nuts, Cranberries, Turkey, and Blue Cheese (Recipe Swap: What’s Your Favorite Post-Baby Indulgence?)

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

Do you know how much the food rules have changed since I had my first baby? In recent years I’ve been amazed at the growing lists of taboo foods: no alfalfa sprouts, no soft cheeses, no caffeine, no tuna fish, no hot dogs, no lunch meat, etc. etc. My goodness! Most of those were encouraged […]

This Week’s Meal Plan

Thanks to my sister, generous neighbors, and my freezer, dinners should be easy this week. I’m also hoping to get the older two doing some of the food prep. We’re into crunch time now that September is here. The new job starts Oct 1. How WILL we pull this off???? Sunday – cinnamon rolls (from […]

Auntie Jamie the Chef


I have been blessed by a family that loves food. Both my sisters and both my brothers are fantastic cooks. I have been further blessed that one of them is here with me now to act as chief cook and bottle washer (as well as housekeeper and nanny) while I have a baby this week. […]

Frugal Tip: Have a BackUp Meal Plan

A Month of 30-Minute Meals

Normally, I plan out my menus for the week. This helps in a number of ways, particularly in budgeting. If I’m building from what’s in the cupboard and adding just a few ingredients, I can make do with less. Usually, this entails cooking from scratch which has proved to be the most frugal way to […]