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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?)

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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

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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 […]

Recipe Swap: What’s a Dish that You Deliver?

Having a baby is a wonderful occasion on many points. Sweet cheeks, soft skin and hair, no more Braxton-Hicks contractions. Another is that neighbors and friends love to cook for you. How nice is that?! Over the years I’ve been blessed to know a number of great cooks, and as a result, our recipe collection […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

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One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]

Easy Eatin’

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I know, awhile ago, I said I needed to get back to healthier menu options and fewer convenience items. But, that was before last week’s uterine activity. (I suppose the words menu and uterine don’t really go together, but HEY, this is a MOM blog, isn’t it? You’re used to combining this kind of talk, […]