A Bean Quartet

Pinto Beans

Jenn@frugalupstate is hosting a frugal foods series. Each week she hosts a carnival of recipes featuring a frugal ingredient. So far, she’s covered eggs and tuna. This week features beans. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are also a great bargain, so far. (Who knows what the commodities market will do […]

Le Menu Chez Moi

I wish I could say that we were having exotic French cuisine at my maison this week. But, FishPapa’s going out of town for two days, so things are going to be simple around here. But, truth be told, the food I ate in France, back when I was une jeune fille americaine, was pretty […]

OAMC: Phase 1A

Since I brought home a big load of groceries on Thursday and Friday, I was motivated to organize the pantry. Here is the before: Here is the after. I even labeled the shelves with my cool lime green sharpie in the hopes that my little minions will know where things go and actually put them […]

Meal Planning: On My Way to Once a Month Cooking

Full freezer

Years ago I made “once a month cooking” a regular practice. Every 4-6 weeks, I would spend 2-3 days shopping, planning, and cooking so that I could save hours of time, volumes of stress, and a few pennies by making many meals at one time. Every year I’ve done this about once or twice in […]

What We Got Cookin’ This Week

Zucchini Waffle

Now that the birthday season is over, I feel like I can breathe a little more freely — and gear up for FishBaby’s arrival in 10 short weeks! Wow! Stay tuned, ’cause I’ll give you a peek or two at Once a Month Cooking as I endeavor to stock my freezer before my new FishChickie […]

Egg-stra! Egg-stra! (Recipe: Easy Omelets)

Read all about it. Jenn at Frugal Upstate is doing a series on frugal foods, starting this week with eggs. Check it out for a plethora of egg recipe links. Recently, I’ve scored great deals on eggs, stocking up when they’re inexpensive. With five kids, we go through a lot of eggs around here. One […]

What’s There To Eat, Mama?

Vegetable Kabobs 3

That is a question I hear a lot around here. We are a family of gluttons, er, I mean, foodies. I have one child who inquires at bedtime every night, “What’s for Breakfast?” Let’s just say we enjoy our food. One great tip that I read on Organized Home is to make up a box […]

Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going. One […]