Ingredients for a Fun Friday Night

A cookout with homemade hot dog buns! Just be careful. You may never eat storebought again.

German Cut-Out Cookies (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Christmas Must-Haves)

This week’s Ultimate Recipe Swap is a guest post from my cyber-friend and designer extraordinaire, Katie from goodLife {eats}. I enjoy learning how other families “do Christmas” at their house.The FishKids enjoy decorating cookies as well. I’m looking forward to trying Katie’s recipe sometime soon. Last December we hosted a fun Christmas activity at our […]

A Salad Buffet (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Salad’s On!)

Summer is the perfect occasion for salads. It’s cool and crisp. It makes the most of fresh produce which are in abundance during this season. And a salad can be prepared ahead of time to keep the cook out of the kitchen on a hot summer day. For some bizarre reason, I have always been […]

Great Plans Create Great Meals

Well, sometimes, anyway. I mentioned last week that I was participating in All You’s Grocery Challenge. The competition is one-fourth of the way complete. The mission? Feed your family for $25/person/week in creative and healthy ways. That means I have $175 for my food budget, including eating out. (Babies under one year of age don’t […]

Drive In Movie Theater Cake and a Birthday Cake Round Up

Today’s the day to show off your birthday cake creations. Can’t wait to see what your kids have convinced you to make in honor of their birthdays! This week the FishFam didn’t celebrate any birthdays, but I did decorate a cake to keep you company. And since they like cake more than pie, I didn’t […]

On a Meal Planning Mission

Monday is the start of the All You Grocery Challenge. I’m playing, are you? One of the keys to staying under the budget for this game ($25/person/week) is to have a meal plan and stick to it. In fact, I think I need a meal plan and then some. Just in case Plan A backfires […]

Frugal Friday: Making the Most of In Season Produce

One of the ways we cut costs at our house is to stock up on grocery items when they are on sale. Regular readers are familiar with my weekly Grocery Geek posts and can testify to the fact that if it’s a good price, I’ll buy a lot of it, like 100 pounds of flour. […]

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]