Freezer Cooking Day: Mid-Morning Update

Unless you’ve got a nanny, a housekeeper, a chauffeur, and a chef, it’s hard to manage a home and family–and still keep a smile on your face. But, it’s worth trying. Because nobody wants a crabby mom. Join me while I try to navigate these choppy waters and keep smiling. Subscribe to my RSS feed […]

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Win a Copy of Susan Branch’s Book, Autumn Giveaway Closed

If you read yesterday’s review, you know that I am a BigTime Fan of Susan Branch. So, you’ll understand how fun it is to be giving away her book, Autumn, on my site this week. One lucky reader will receive a copy of this beautiful book. It is chock-full of beautiful drawings and delicious recipes. […]

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Freezer Cooking Day #2

I went to bed exhausted last night. But, since I’m getting a good habit going this month, I was in bed by 10:30 instead of my usual 1 am. I feel rested and ready to take on the world — or at least my kitchen. Yesterday I got quite a lot accomplished. Remember my list? […]

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Freezer Inventory: How To Keep Track of What You’ve Got

Making many meals ahead of time or doing a full day of freezer cooking is a great thing — provided that you use what you’ve made in a timely manner. There’s no time, money, or effort saved if you end up pitching unmarked or old, unused food. Labeling well is one answer to this dilemma. […]

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Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

I experimented with my traditional apple pie recipe recently by baking it into a 9×13-inch pan, thus the name, Slab Apple Pie. This dessert has several things going for it: It’s super easy to throw together. I’m not worried about fluting edges or getting the topping in a perfect mound. Just layer the ingredients and […]

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Freezer Cooking Day Update

Here’s what my kitchen looks like at the moment. I’ve been working pretty steadily since about 7 am, with a myriad of stops to answer the phone, put FishBaby down for nap, make sure the kids are on task with math lessons, start a history video, drink my coffee, and feed hobbits. The kitchen is […]

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Planning a Freezer Cooking Day

The key to success when “freezer cooking” is planning. Sure, you can just pull things out of the fridge and pantry and start cooking. But, the point of an “all-day cooking bash” is to economize on time, ingredients, and energy. So, a plan is key. You’ll save motions and that’s important. For instance, if you’re […]

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How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough — about an hour before dinner. At first […]

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