What’s Cookin’

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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MOM Deals This Week: More for Christmas

The Christmas Shopping Season continues. But, how overwhelming it can be! To be honest, I’m thankful that our budget is tight these days. In a way, it lets me off the hook from too much gift giving, gift making, and general running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I can tend to […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: More than Just Groceries

Thankfully, the sales haven’t been so good that I’ve been tempted to go over budget. This week two local stores had 8 hour sales so FishPapa hit one on his way from work while I took the kids there on our way home from our playday. It can be wearying to continue this “cherry picking,” […]

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TGIF: Our Family’s Fun This Week

Overall, it’s been nice to enjoy 60 degree weather. I feel as though I am in a time warp. I know that KC, my town just two short months ago, is experiencing chilly weather these days. It’s surreal to set up the Christmas tree in sunshine and bare feet. Man, I need a pedicure! Usually […]

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Book It! The Dangerous Book for Boys

Last winter our boys received this wonderful book as a Christmas gift. It is full of stories and projects, and well, dangerous things for boys to do. Timers and tripwires to construct, knots to tie, potato cannons to build, you name it, the directions are there. This book is the all-around BOY handbook. And since […]

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Budget Living: Adjusting Your Food Budget Goals

As moms, we wear a lot of different hats. It’s not enough to feed, clothe, and love on our children, but we also need to “stay in the black” and teach fiscal responsibility to our children. Let neither us nor our children be the ones who need to be “bailed out.” Yet, budgeting is not […]

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Home Ec 101: Soup from Leftovers

Soup is a wonderfully frugal, potentially delicious meal to serve your family. And it can successfully be made from leftovers. What a great way to exercise the “waste-not-want-not” mentality that will keep us all in the black these days. Now, don’t go thinking you’re gonna throw everything in a pot, Pippi Longstocking-style. There’s a method […]

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Thursday Night Soup

This is a great recipe adapted from the book, A Feast of Soups. It is an all around fantastic cookbook, by the way. I received it as a bridal shower gift and it is a keeper, though it’s copyrighted 1982. Some of the ingredients and language in the book are a tad outdated. By the way, […]

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