Non-Frugal Things to Avoid When Moving

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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Apple Crowns (Recipe Swap: How ‘Bout Them Apples?)

The best source for apples on California’s Central Coast is Gopher Glen Apple Farm. (In case you didn’t know.) And one of the best varieties they grow is called a Spitzenberg. I had never heard of it ten years ago when I first visited what was then a tumble-down farm stand located in a wooded […]

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Links of Love

Some fun things I found on the web this last week * Where have I been? I guess Muffin Tin Lunches are a big thing out there and I’ve missed them. For the record, I do remember Dr. Sears mentioning them in this great book. Check out some examples here, here, and here. Great lunch […]

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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: MapQuest

If you’d ever gone on a road trip with FishPapa and me, you’d know that I make a lousy co-pilot. Usually I forget the map. I always assume that he will have one, since I think maps are a guy thing to have. But, since I’m generally responsible for loading the vehicle, a reasonable person […]

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Banana-Chocolate Chip Muffins

I made a big batch of these this afternoon. Popped them in the oven and then headed across the street to the park with the kiddos. What a nice snack to come home to! My big boy (almost 12) loved the independence of coming home by himself to check them and pull them out of […]

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Recipe Swap Revue

Over the last few months, I’ve really enjoyed seeing the recipes you all have shared in our Recipe Swaps. What a great resource to draw from! In the coming weeks, I thought we’d cover the following topics: Oct. 8 – Apples Oct 15 – PumpkinsOct 22 – Meat and PotatoesOct 29 – Halloween or Harvest […]

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What We Got Cookin’

Getting back into the swing of things around here. It’s wierd to be cooking after a week or so of McDonalds, In-N-Out Burger, and Starbucks. “Vacation” is over. FishPapa asked, “What vacation?” Yeah. Anyway, since we have no condiments and few staples, meals will be pretty simple until I can ramp up a little on […]

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MOM Deals and a CVS Primer

Months ago I prepared this primer for the benefit of my two younger brothers at college. I don’t think either one of them took advantage of their big sister’s advice. But, since I posted it to the blog, several moms have benefitted from it. Now that I live a mere two blocks from said brothers, […]

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