Frugal Food: Taco Soup

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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Celebrating the Fourth of July

I have wonderful memories of the Fourth of July growing up. Sure, there were plenty of dud years; like the firecracker that fizzles without a bang, there were times when our family didn’t really do much. But, the years that were exciting live in my memory. Some Fourths were spent in Minnesota with the cousins […]

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Making Do Menus

I have mentioned how I’m gearing up for a big Once-A-Month Cooking Bash in preparation for FishBaby’s arrival. Part of that is using up what we have in the deep freeze so that I can defrost and clean it. I was pleased to find out that I had quite enough to make dinners for this […]

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Yummy Raspberry Muffins

In case you’re inspired to bake muffins (and share them with a fellow mama) here is one of my all-time favorites. It’s from my stained and tattered (as all good cookbooks should be) copy of All the Best Muffins and Quick Breads by Joie Warner. This is the recipe “straightup.” But, you can make them […]

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Camping Out Tonight?

Don’t forget! Tonight is The Great American Backyard Campout. Pitch a tent out your back door and sleep under the stars with your kiddos tonight.

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Grocery Geek Presents: Just a Tad Over Budget

Bright and early Wednesday morning (when the sale ads came out) I checked my grocery total for the month. At my last report, it was $348.72. Oh woe is me! Only $51 to get me through next week. Hmmm…. what’s a girl to do? For those just tuning in, I am on an ambitious mission […]

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TGIF: Read!

My husband and I are both voracious readers. He prefers nonfiction, while I’ll take a good novel anyday. Sometimes, our interests overlap which is fun for discussion. And sometimes one of us will give the other’s favorite a go. Like when he started to read Pride and Prejudice this past winter. He didn’t get very […]

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The Long Defeat

This past week, my husband was gone for a few days. The house didn’t burn down. I made zero trips to the ER. I never had to call poison control. And I lived to tell about it. And I am glad he’s home. As I went to bed the night before his return, however, I […]

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