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Set Up Your Cooking Space to Save Time in the Kitchen

practice mise en place

This is Day 24 of the Kitchen Time Savers series where we’re chatting about ways to save time in the kitchen. There’s a culinary term, a French one, mind you, that makes a ton of sense. It’s called mise en place. It basically means “set up everything you need to create the dish so that […]

Use the Big Pot to Save Time

Use a big enough pot Life as MOM

Use the right size pot for the job. You’ll save time and loads of frustration. I have a tendency to be lazy. Ok, maybe lazy isn’t quite the right word, not when it feels like most minutes of every day are filled with something to do. I guess I have a tendency to cut corners. […]

Make It a Sandwich Night

Make it a sandwich night and save time

Sandwich Night is a quick dinner that will help you save time in the kitchen. Sandwich Night is one of my favorite meal plans. It often happens when I’m too exhausted to do much else. But, it’s also a great thing to plan for. Typically, we serve a Sandwich Bar which means that I lay […]

Prep Vegetables for the Week

prep veggies for the week

This is Day 20 of the Kitchen Time Savers series. Save time in the kitchen with these quick and simple tips. If you’ve planned your meals for the week and hit the grocery store, like we’ve discussed before, then you already have a jump on the week. Take it one step farther: Prep your veggies. Do […]

Label the Pantry Shelves to Save Time

Label the Pantry Shelves to Save Time

If you label the pantry shelves, it will save you time.  This is Day 18 of the Kitchen Time Savers series. So far, nothing I’ve shared is all that difficult, but like sands through the hourglass, they add up to make the days of our lives a little bit easier. Sorry. I couldn’t resist. Today’s […]

Serve a Breakfast Bar to Save Time

Serve a breakfast bar copy

Set up a breakfast bar before you go to bed to save time in the morning. A few years ago I realized how very much my children enjoyed the breakfast bars at hotels. There they encountered an array of options, all pretty much self-serve, and they were in heaven. In heaven. Enter the breakfast bar. […]

Get the Morning Beverages Ready the Night Before

Set up the morning beverages to save time

This is Day 16 of 31 Kitchen Time Savers. Go here to see the tips you’ve missed. Just as making dinner in the morning will help your evening, getting your morning beverages ready at night will help your morning tomorrow. Funny how it works that way. Doing things in advance helps you out. It’s a […]

Make Dinner in the Morning to Save Time Later

Make dinner in the morning to save time

If you make dinner in the morning when you have a spare minute, you’ll save time later in the evening when you don’t. Saturday evening was full of hockey games. Full. In two cities. At dinner time. I spent Saturday morning in the kitchen, making breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It was brilliant, if I do […]