What’s Cooking? Not Me


Last week’s menu plan got hijacked by the stomach flu. A lot of what I had planned wasn’t really the best for those in the midst or in the aftermath of upset tummies. This week we’re getting back into the swing of things. And one way to make it easy is that I’m not going […]

Chicken Enchilada Casserole (URS: Hot and Spicy)


Since I grew up in Southern California, Mexican food was always a regular part of our diet. Though my dad was a Minnesota farm boy, he moved to California in his twenties and developed a taste for spicy foods. As a result, they were flavors I grew up with. But Mexican food is not the […]

Make Your Own Freezer Meals

Freezer Meals You Can Give as Gifts casserole

Bulk cooking has been a periodic practice of mine for about twelve years now. I was pregnant with my first born when I first heard about the book, Once a Month Cooking. My friend Jessika and I spent two-three days shopping and cooking and had a freezer full of food. I have great memories of […]

How to Plan a Meal


I like to think of myself as a happy-go-lucky, spontaneous kind of MOM. I have never been one to schedule naps or stick to rigid time frames. I like to go with the flow. However, as our family has grown, I’ve had to learn to embrace structure. The children do better. I do better if […]

Speaking of Dinners….

Freebies4Mom has a great collection of cheap eats in this post.

Dinners, Drive-Throughs, and Dimes

Tables and chairs in 50's style diner

Dinners are on my mind this week as I endeavor to fill our freezer with some premade items. I’m hoping that I can invest some time and energy on the front end in order to have a few nights off in the coming weeks. My end goal is to avoid the drive through and save […]

Supersize Your Suppertime!

Hungry Boy at the Table --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

If you have kids, you know that behavior tends to plummet with their blood sugar. Though it is not an excuse for grouchiness, hunger can certainly contribute to a lack of self-control – yours and the kids. How about when you’re stuck in the grocery check stand line at 6:00 pm, and your baby is […]

Meal Planning: Going to Fill My Freezer


This past week I reduced my grocery spending and relied on what was in our pantry, frig, and freezer. It was nice to see some clean surfaces as we used up some things that had been lingering too long, especially in the freezer. It was a nice break. My sweet husband calls on his way […]