Frugal Friday: Gifts for $10 or Less

muffin tin crayon

Overwhelmed by the high cost of gifts this year? Wondering how you can eke out a few nice presents for little money? Is a gift possible for $10 or less? Yes, Virginia, there is a way. Many moons ago when FishPapa and I were earning two incomes and had no children, we often spared no […]

Fun Kids Gift: Muffin-Tin Crayons


Muffin tin crayons are so easy to make, even a kid can do it. In fact, FishChick3 and FishBoy9 were my assistants on this project last week, though I think they could have done it themselves. These are great crayons for toddlers to grab hold of, but even my big boys thought they were cool and […]

4 Books That Teach


We are book fiends at our house. My dad used to complain that I always had my “nose in a book.” Thankfully, my kids are no different. They all love to read. Little Man (FishBoy5) is just starting to read and you wouldn’t believe how happy he is to tell someone that he read a […]

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, […]

Freezer Cooking: Crazy Woman Lives to Cook Another Day


Would you talk some sense into me next time? Yes, at about 5 pm, I realized that I was in deep. Due to a missing roasting pan, a long-cooking turkey, too much beef to cook in one round, etc, etc, my afternoon stretched into evening. When FishPapa came home, I still had beef to shred, turkey […]

Freezer Cooking: Noontime Update


My big morning of freezer cooking has gone off with fits and starts. I haven’t made as much progress as I hoped. But, you knew that would happen, didn’t you? A few things to report: Don’t EVER try to cook a turkey on a rimmed cookie sheet. I almost attempted it because I couldn’t find […]

4 Helpful Freezer Cooking Cookbooks


I love me a good cookbook. Last time I checked I had three shelves full of them. And counting…. I think it’s time to purge.   Or not. I could spend hours in a book store, especially if it’s the cookbook section. It’s a family obsession really. Even FishBoy5’s eyes light up at the sight […]