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Baking / Freezer Cooking Day Tomorrow!

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Are you looking for a little instant ease when it comes to kids home for summer vacation? I totally get you. Check out the Summer Survival Guide . It’s chock-full of great ideas to organize your summer and enjoy great times with yours kids. Interested in learning more about freezer cooking and baking? Well, this […]

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Susan Branch’s Autumn: A Review

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For the past sixteen years I’ve been a great admirer of Susan Branch’s work and cookbooks. I have collected her books over the years, and the pages of Heart of the Home, Vineyard Seasons, Christmas from the Heart of the Home, and The Summer Book are well stained and dogeared, as all good cookbooks should be. […]

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Get a Good Habit Going! Challenge

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Ever find yourself a day late and a dollar short? Ever wake up one morning to realize that bad habits have infiltrated the comfort of your home and life? Ever find that life is passing you by because you’re not on top of things like you wish you were? Yeah, me, too. This past 14 […]

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Meal Planning: Planning More than One Week of Meals at a Time

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Once you get into the habit of meal planning for the week, you may want to get a little more ambitious and plan for a longer length of time, like a fortnight (2 weeks) or a whole month. How to Plan for a Month 1. Print a calendar – I like to print out a […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Holding Out for Pay Day

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Two weeks and I haven’t done much grocery shopping at all. In fact, we ran out of milk and I didn’t get more for a couple days. We survived. But, my big stocking up and our weekend away basically used up my grocery budget. Bummer! I think there were a few “nickel and dime” stops […]

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Frugal Friday: Follow Good Money Saving Blogs

FishPapa and I were always what we would call “frugal.” Even when we had debt, we didn’t go on fancy vacations or drive new cars. I did price comparison shopping and clipped coupons every once in awhile. But, we didn’t really see BIG SAVINGS until I discovered the wealth of money-saving blogs that are out […]

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How to Fry an Egg (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breakfast)

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Everybody knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. (Didn’t you watch those nutrition cartons in elementary school?) After a night of “fasting,” breakfast is the opportunity to refuel your body for the morning ahead. This is important for everyone, but particularly for children. Studies have indicated that kids perform better in […]

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Why You Should Love Your Crockpot

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The crockpot, or slow cooker, is the busy family manager’s best friend. Or at least it should be! Unfortunately, over time it’s been the most maligned kitchen appliance ever invented. This would be due either to A. its misuse — just throwing any old junk in a pot doesn’t make a good meal. B. its […]

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