Meal Planning: Easy Summer Meals

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Summertime says, “Slowdown and relax,” to me. It doesn’t mean that we really have a slower schedule. But fewer obligations, longer days, and warmer weather suggest a vacation mentality. Easier said than done. While the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t usually take the whole summer off, there are things that we can do to […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Have Fun with Your Peeps This Summer


One of the best ways to celebrate lazy summer days is to host a summer camp for your kids. Yes, your own kids. You may think that it is smooth sailing, once school lets out. Au contraire. Unless you’re up for unlimited video games and TV watching, you’re going to need a plan.

(I say this all the time, don’t I?)

Have Bag, Will Travel (or Go to the Beach, or the Park, or on a Picnic)

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Now’s the season for getting out and about. The weather is warming up. Spring fever has hit. And the outdoors beckons you to load up the family and head out for adventure.

But, do you ever find yourself…

at the beach or other fun locale, and the weather turns cold, and tshirts and shorts just won’t cut it?
on a family field trip at a location where budget-friendly meals are a foreign concept?
at the park for an impromptu outing and find that you have no balls or toys in the car?
on a road trip without sufficient activities for the kids to amuse themselves with?
on your way to a faraway special event only to find out that someone made it into the car without any shoes?

Grilled Turkey & Brie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Quick Winter Dinners)


Wintertime calls for hot, filling meals that warm you up and keep you energized. And it seems that family life is super busy during winter as well. You know what that means. The family cook needs some quick, cozy menu ideas. At our house it might be beans and rice or a bowl of chili. […]

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing


This easy to prepare slab apple pie takes just minutes. It’s delicious and simple, and a huge hit for fall. Apple pie is probably one of my favorite foods ever. My Gramma John used to make it when she’d come to visit, but it was one of my mom’s specialties as well. Making it is […]

Homemade Pie Crust – A Finer Thing


Some members of the FishFam have distinctly different tastes than I do. Many prefer cake to pie. But, me? Mmmm. I’ll take pie anyday, savory like Chicken Pot Pie or sweet, like Cherry Pie. It seemed appropriate to give you the low-down on homemade pie crust, for several reasons: 1. It tastes better than store […]

Fall Traditions: How ‘Bout Them Apples?


Probably my very favorite part about fall (besides Thanksgiving) is the apples. There’s nothing like a cold, crisp, sweet, juicy apple to sink your teeth into. Yum! Years ago when I was a svelte, young mother of one, we lived on the Central Coast of California, close to the beach, yet cool enough in winter […]

Falling for Fun: 5 Great Read Alouds


When FishBoy12 was a wee lad, I invested a small fortune in Scholastic books. While it may not have been the wisest financial decision at the time, we have more than got our money’s worth out of this little library we built of great read-alouds. And some of the most well-loved in the bunch are […]