Christmas Morning: Breakfast in a Stocking


one of our more sedate moments (I’m on the left) Growing up, Christmas morning was a mad affair for our family. Excited children plus presents plus the ubiquitous box of See’s Candy produced a somewhat chaotic atmosphere. Sure, Dad eventually cooked up a pan of Lil’ Smokies and there was usually an orange in the […]

Meal Planning: Special Christmas Vacation Edition


Christmas Tree Scones Friday was the last day of school for the next two weeks and my whole family is sighing with relief. It is so nice to have one fewer plate to spin, even for a little while. I love our little school, but we’re all ready for a rest. Except for moving week, […]

Make a Memory with Christmas Tree Scones


I’m kinda goofy in that (among other reasons) I love to make fanciful food for my kids. Fun cakes at their birthdays, star-shaped cake pops (sort of) at the 4th of July, turkey-shaped cinnamon rolls at Thanksgiving, and this week: Christmas Tree Scones. Pop over to Good (& Cheap) Eats and see what we’ve got […]

Meal Planning: Making the Mundane Work for You


Busting out of the same old, same old this week. I’m featuring someone else’s meal plan! Amy from The Finer Things in Life has graciously provided me with her meal plan for the week as well as some tips for you. It’s so nice to get a perspective other than mine, is it not? If you’re […]

Grilled Turkey & Brie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Quick Winter Dinners)


Wintertime calls for hot, filling meals that warm you up and keep you energized. And it seems that family life is super busy during winter as well. You know what that means. The family cook needs some quick, cozy menu ideas. At our house it might be beans and rice or a bowl of chili. […]

Meal Planning: Easy Meals for Busy Nights


Although I am the quintessential food snob fairly particular about my food, my home has become fuller and busier over the years, and thus, my cooking habits have had to change. I no longer have hours to spend leisurely crafting a gourmet meal. That is for another season of my life. Although I love to cook […]

Cranberry Orange Granola (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Food Gifts)


I love browsing in chi-chi food boutiques. I don’t like the prices they charge. So, instead, I’ve chosen to make my own delicious gifts to give to friends and family. I’ve shared the muffin kit with you. Today’s gift of good taste is one the boys and I experimented with just this morning. We took […]

Freezer Cooking Day: The End


Hanging it up for the night They say that if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it everytime. And while we both know that I aimed a little higher than humanly possible, it was good to dream a big dream for this freezer cooking day. In the interests of my family’s comfort and my sanity, […]