$5 Dinners and Freezer Cooking: A Guest Post

BarbMcMahon kitchen

Photo Source: Barb McMahon Today’s post is brought to you by fellow mom and foodie, Erin Chase, also known as the $5 Dinner Mom. Erin recently wrote a book called The $5 Dinner Cookbook, a great complement to your arsenal of tools for crafting  good eats that fit the budget. Here Erin shares how her […]

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Going My Way? Travel Tips for the Old and Young


Photo source: kthread I’m in the midst of planning my first trip without my family. Ever. Ever. Did I say ever? Oh, I was supposed to fly to see my sister after she had her first baby, but I got the Flu from Hell and stayed home, dying a slow painful death. And I have […]

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Pirate’s Booty: A Giveaway

Pirate's Booty

We discovered Pirate’s Booty about ten years ago as a baby-friendly snack that the whole family enjoyed. Now, it’s not designed for babies, but its crunchy texture was one that we all loved and one that a baby could easily eat. It was a great alternative to chips, pretzels, or popcorn that would require me […]

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A Freezer Alarm Could Save Your Bacon

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Perhaps you’re heard stories from friends or acquaintances who came home to find that a power failure — or careless child leaving the freezer door open — had caused the contents of their freezer to thaw completely, leaving a soggy, sad mess. You commiserated with their plight, but inwardly you were sighing, I’m so glad that’s not […]

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Birthday Cake Round-Up – This Thursday

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One of the joys and challenges of being a mom is celebrating the milestones of your child’s life: his first steps, first words, school days, and, of course, birthdays. One of the special things that we do in the FishFam is celebrate birthdays with a fun and festive birthday cake. It’s more fun to make […]

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Pantry Challenge: How We Did

empty pantry

This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

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February Freezer Cooking Days: Coming Soon!


I realize that January is not quite over and that many of us are busily creating fabulous meals from what’s in the pantry. However, February begins next week and it will be time to cook up a mess o’ meals to stash in the freezer for the coming month. I have done this for three out […]

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Meal Planning: What’s Left in the Freezer

pancakes and syrup

This week my friend Crystal and I are wrapping up our Eat from the Pantry adventures and getting ready for a new one: February Freezer Cooking Days. No, life is never boring around here. But, keeping my family well fed in a timely manner is one way that I can simplify our life, save money, […]

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