CVS Primer for April 19-25

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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Grocery Geek Presents: A CVS Week

Since I decided to avoid the grocery store for the remainder of the month, this week I made a concerted effort “to CVS.” I haven’t done much of it since we have such a nice stockpile. However, since there were some freebies and I wasn’t going to do any other shopping, I figured now was […]

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Frugal Friday: Reusable Baking Mats

This week we’ve been baking up a storm around here. The kids and I spent Tuesday in the kitchen preparing all sorts of homebaked snacks. With four strapping young men around here, I need all the help I can get when it comes to KP. And that includes helpful gadgets and tools — not just […]

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Homemade Baguettes – One of the Finer Things in Life

During my junior year in college, I lived and studied in Bordeaux, France. As a French Literature major, it was really necessary to know what I was talking about – literally. It was an experience of a lifetime. I rented a small studio apartment, cooked all my own meals, shopped daily in quaint little shops, […]

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Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies (URS: The Cookie Throwdown)

This week flour flew in my kitchen as the kids and I baked up a veritable storm. Wow! And we lived to tell about it. We also filled the freezer with calzone dough, apple pies, french bread, quick breads, chocolate-zucchini cake, and cookies. One of the highlights this week was a Chocolate Chip Cookie throwdown […]

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Baking with Children: 4 Great Read Alouds

One thing that I’ve loved to do since my oldest was a toddler is to read books that follow some kind of theme. This has carried over into our homeschooling as well. The books that we read in any given week all fit some overarching theme. I’ve found that this helps reinforce concepts and ideas […]

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5 Great Books for Baking

In the market for a good cookbook? The following are tried-and-true books that I go to often, particularly for baking. Obviously, I like specialty books. I’ve found that if I want to prepare a certain type of food, a book dedicated to that genre is the best way to learn how to do it well. […]

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Gramma John’s Pie Crust

This recipe is so easy, it’s not even funny. And it’s a great recipe for kids to try. My two preschoolers loved this when we made pies this week. (You can smooth out the crust after letting them have a go at it. It’s what Gramma John always did.)

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