Frugal Friday: Freezer Cooking on the Cheap

Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. This week I spent a few days in the kitchen. I was […]

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Ultimate Recipe Swap: Make Ahead Meals


I don’t have enough time, arms, or sleep. Such is the life of a mother. So, in order to make my “life as MOM” as pleasant as possible, I’ve been trying to develop ways to save time. More than two arms would look weird, and sleep will come eventually. Over the weekend I put together […]

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Freezer Cooking Day #2 – The End Result


Very cute cookies, thanks to FishBoy8! Oh, I’m tired. Two days in the kitchen all the while juggling the running of a full household can be fatiguing. But I know that this will be worth it throughout the month. I think this counts as “working hard during the week in order to enjoy family time on […]

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Freezer Cooking Day: Mid-Morning Update


I bought myself sometime this morning by letting FishBaby play in the cupboard. It’s not my favorite trick for cooking with kids, but it sure did make her happy. She’s now snoozing in her bed, so it’s time to book it. Right now the kids are enjoying applesauce hot from the crockpot. FishBoy7 peeled the […]

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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


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 […]

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