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Meal Planning: 31 with 31

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

So, in order to avoid McDonalds and StuffMart everyday, we know it’s best to have a meal plan. I’ve mentioned how I’ve been doing it recently and how I (and multitudes of mothers) have done it in the past. Last year I devised a different method based on putting together a “staples ingredient” list to […]

Cookin’ in My Kitchen — Or Not

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This week promises warm temps and more than one thunderstorm. I am hoping that this is, once again, one of those weeks when it’s tough to forecast the KC climate. That’s to say, I hope they’re wrong. ‘Cause I’ve got a mess of meals that I want to grill instead of being cooped up in […]

Meal Planning the 1950’s Way

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I mentioned before that there are lots of different ways to approach meal planning. I’ve experimented with different methods as seasons of life come and go. One way that I often fall back on is the Regular Weekly Menu, or in other words, Meal Planning the 1950’s Way. Back in the days, moms often assigned […]

Remembering Romance: A Picnic for Two

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photo source: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Now that Spring is here, one fun date night idea for you and the hubby is to go on a picnic. Pack up a cooler or basket of yummy food, grab a blanket, and some cool drinks and head for your favorite park, lake, or beach. Being outside is so […]

What’s Cookin’ At Our House This Week

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Last week I talked about the basics of meal planning. You have to have a plan or you will get fat on Big Macs or waste money and gas running to StuffMart everyday. This is not the road to Joyful Motherhood. Spending a few minutes thinking through your week and glancing at what’s already in […]

Stretching Meats in Budget Meals

Peanut Butter Chicken Life as Mom Recipe

Wondering how to include meat in budget-friendly meals? It’s possible with a little creative thinking. Stretching meats in budget meals is a great way to save money and eat well! Cheesy Sausage Enchiladas My boys love the different names for eaters: carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, dessertivore, etc. Most of them would choose to be carnivores, if […]

Whistle While You Work: Dinnertime Prep

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I got the idea awhile back to make dinnertime prep a little more fun and relaxing. (Read it on a blog somewhere and then embellished it to fit me.) The suggestion was simple and very doable for anyone. Here it is with my tweaking. Feel free to tweak as you see fit. Regardless, I hope […]

Meal Planning 101

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So, we need to apply good principles to the management of our homes. One of those is to keep everyone well fed. As much as I enjoy a run through McDonald’s (or Chipotle or Taco Bell or Subway), making that a regular habit is not good for my family’s health or our budget. There’s no […]