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 […]

Good, Cheap Eats This Week

Snacky Lunch

In my efforts to curb our grocery spending, I have had to simplify my cooking habits. I came of age in Santa Barbara, CA where fancy restaurants and gourmet food abound. Since I have always been a glutton, er, I mean, foodie, this was a fun place to enter adulthood. The families at church and […]

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 […]