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Recipe Swap: Thanksgiving Appetizers

I love Thanksgiving! I mean what other holiday has eating as its sole purpose? That’s my kind of holiday. When I was growing up, we didn’t have family nearby, but, instead adopted neighbors from down the street to celebrate the big winter holidays with. We alternated; one year we had Thanksgiving and the Griffiths had […]

Meal Prep Shortcuts

As a self-proclaimed food snob, I love food! And, I really do love to cook. It’s something that helps me relax (the cooking, but especially the eating.) Unfortunately, I don’t have two hours to make dinner every night like I did six children ago. While cooking has been a very welcome activity for me this […]

What’s Cookin’ This Week

Recently I’ve been battling a fair degree of anxiety. Hormones, tight finances, a cross-country move, and managing a large family have all dealt a few blows to my nerves. One thing that helped this last week was cooking – for the fun of it. In recent months, I’ve looked at meal preparation as a means […]

Minestrone Soup with Sausage (Recipe Swap: Harvest Time)

I love fall! And even though California doesn’t truly have the seasons in the same way as the rest of the country, we’re really good at faking it. I’ve noticed many trees nearby that are a vivid red. I know they can’t be the same kind of tree as they have in New England. That’s […]

What’s Cookin': This Week’s Menus

We spent the last two days with my parents and four siblings. What a whirlwind trip! I’m hoping that this week we can really get our routines in place. Get back to whole-hearted schooling. Get the bathrooms cleaned. Get a box or two unpacked. Can we find the New Normal please? One thing that is […]

Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)

These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

Question for YOU: Can You Freeze Yogurt?

There are some screaming deals on yogurt this week in my neck of the woods. The grocery geek in me just can’t pass them up. But, can you freeze yogurt? I assume you can, since those Go-Gurts are freezeable. I wondered if any of you have experience with freezing large 32-ounce containers or the individual […]

What’s Cookin’

Having a plan for the week’s menus helps me:** save money – I’m not tempted to run through McDonald’s.** eat better – I can vary the foods that we eat, balancing out red meat, poultry, and vegetarian meals over the course of the whole week.** get dinner done in a timely fashion – too often, […]