Fresh Guacamole: It’s a Fine Thing!

Lately, we’ve scored major big time in the avocado department. Not only have they been a great deal ($0.49 each), but they’ve also been beautiful, creamy, and delicious. It was almost a shame to turn some into guacamole. But, we like our avo dip. So, I did. Years ago, FishPapa had a run in with […]

Fancy Nancy & A Birthday Cake Round Up

See how FishBoy’s eyes are glued to his new toy? No doubt about it, birthdays are exciting milestones in the life of a child. And as moms, we each want to make those days as dazzling as ever. While a trip to the bakery is sure to provide some dreamy concoction, it’s not always the […]

Cake Cheating

Personally, I like pie. Lemon Meringue Pie. Apple Pie. Berry Pie. Cheesecake. Yeah, that’s a pie more than a cake in my book. And since I’m a food snob, I’ve been making pies from scratch for a long time, since I was 10 and my dad conned me into it. But, awhile ago I found […]

Meal Planning: Hoping for Fair Skies Ahead, Yet Preparing for Stormy Weather

We saw several ships like this one yesterday in San Diego Harbor. Magnificent! This week is a busy one: The regular routine of school, housework, life, plus some important writing projects, a playday with friends, FishPapa’s Birthday, and of course, my Birthday Cake Round Up on Thursday. I am hoping for “sunny skies and fair […]

Budget Living: Giving Bisquick & Other Mixes a Boost

As you may already know, Fridays are Waffle Day around here. And under usual circumstances, I make them from scratch. But, in case you hadn’t noticed, flour is kinda pricey these days. I stocked up in November, but it only lasted a few months. Recently, however, I found Bisquick (on sale after coupons) for $.25/box! […]

Easiest Mac and Cheese (Recipe Swap: Comfort Food)

Food is a great comforter. There is just something about the connection between our taste buds and our brain that can do wonders. I don’t pretend to understand it, but the right foods can make us feel better when the rain has spoiled our parade, when the dog has eaten our homework, when no one […]

5 Dinner Time Savers

One of the ways that I’m trying to become a Mom You Can Count On is to manage my time a little better. If I don’t make a list each morning of what I need to do, I am like a sailor out at sea without a compass. And if I don’t stay on my […]

Meal Planning: Moving to Plan B

A few weeks ago I planned out a month’s worth of meals. It’s not hard to do. I just quizzed my family on their favorite meals and wrote them down. (Why their favorite meals? Because I grow weary of wheeling and dealing at dinnertime. Eat four more bites and you can be done. You know […]