Cookin’ in My Kitchen — Or Not


This week promises warm temps and more than one thunderstorm. I am hoping that this is, once again, one of those weeks when it’s tough to forecast the KC climate. That’s to say, I hope they’re wrong. ‘Cause I’ve got a mess of meals that I want to grill instead of being cooped up in […]

Summer Salad Triumvirate

As the weather warms up, I love to have cold salads ready and waiting in the frig. They are generally filling thanks to all those glorious carbs, making them great for side dishes or a midday snack. Here are three of our favorite summer salads. Bon Appetit! Macaroni Salad1 pound salad macaroni, small macaroni, or […]

Time to Pop Some Corn (Recipe: Junk Food Popcorn)


Popcorn is a great snack to enjoy with your family. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to make, and tastes great. Consider all the ways you can dress up your popcorn, including this recipe for Junk Food Popcorn. Popcorn has long been one of my favorite snacks to feed the kids. With a reliable air popper at my side, it’s […]

Presenting the Indiana Jones Birthday Cake…


Well folks, to make your own Indiana Jones cake start with this: Do a little mixing, baking, cooling, crushing, frosting, sprinkling and placing, and get this: This cake really was one of the easier ones to make. You can do this, too! Here’s a quick how-to for all you Indiana Jones fans. You will need: […]

Meal Planning the 1950’s Way

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I mentioned before that there are lots of different ways to approach meal planning. I’ve experimented with different methods as seasons of life come and go. One way that I often fall back on is the Regular Weekly Menu, or in other words, Meal Planning the 1950’s Way. Back in the days, moms often assigned […]

Remembering Romance: A Picnic for Two

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photo source: Jamie Getskow Voeltz Now that Spring is here, one fun date night idea for you and the hubby is to go on a picnic. Pack up a cooler or basket of yummy food, grab a blanket, and some cool drinks and head for your favorite park, lake, or beach. Being outside is so […]

What’s Cookin’ At Our House This Week


Last week I talked about the basics of meal planning. You have to have a plan or you will get fat on Big Macs or waste money and gas running to StuffMart everyday. This is not the road to Joyful Motherhood. Spending a few minutes thinking through your week and glancing at what’s already in […]

Whistle While You Work: Dinnertime Prep

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I got the idea awhile back to make dinnertime prep a little more fun and relaxing. (Read it on a blog somewhere and then embellished it to fit me.) The suggestion was simple and very doable for anyone. Here it is with my tweaking. Feel free to tweak as you see fit. Regardless, I hope […]