Cookin’ in My Kitchen — Or Not

Grill Thermometer

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 […]

Frugal Cooking: Make Ahead Mixes

I love to cook and bake from scratch. It tastes so much better than store bought baked goods or mixes. And I think it’s healthier, usually. But the convenience of a mix is hard to beat. On the flip side, however, mixes generally cost a lot more that the bare ingredients. I get the best […]

Meal Planning the 1950’s Way

clean kitchen

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

heart beach

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

Valentine Oatmeal

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 […]

Frugal Friday: Meat in Budget Meals (Recipe: Peanut Butter Chicken)

chicken on the grill

My boys love the different names for eaters: carnivore, omnivore, herbivore, dessertivore, etc. Most of them would choose to be carnivores, if they could. (OK, dessertivore is in close competition.) When we have grilled meat such as tri-tip, those nearby need to stand back. The FishBoys go after it like a pack of hungry wolves. […]

Whistle While You Work: Dinnertime Prep

little girl canning in her kitchen

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

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

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 […]