Auntie Jamie the Chef

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 Plan

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 […]

Menus and Moving

We have been holding this moving idea very loosely for the last few months since FishPapa applied for the job. The employer wasn’t moving very fast, and we figured it was a long shot anyway. Why did I want to pack all summer and not get the job? But, now we’re on the fast track. […]

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

Sauerkraut and Pork in the Crockpot

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’

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, […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week

Well, I mentioned that food has been a bit of a battle this past week or so. Casseroles aren’t the biggest hit around here, I guess. It fluctuates from season to season. I’m not giving up on requiring kids to eat what is placed in front of them. But, I’m also not going to torture […]

A New Sunday Morning Ritual

It all started when Crystal posted about making cinnamon rolls for the 4th of July. And since my dad had bought me this, I knew I could do it with some degree of success. And now it’s been about four weeks and we are sucked in. Completely. From FishPapa to FishChick. Cinnamon Rolls are right […]