Book It! The Hidden Art of Homemaking

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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Laundry Management

Food and clothing are the basic necessities of running a home. If those systems are working well, it’s okay if other things slide from time to time. Once upon a time I could do laundry once a week. Now that my family has grown to its current size, once a week just doesn’t cut it. […]

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Preschool Play: Library Day

Books are a mom’s best friend. If you can start early to read to your kids, you will open a world of entertaining and educational opportunities. One thing that my little ones and I have always loved is a Regular Library Day. Choose a day and time of the week that works into your family’s […]

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Round up: Fourth of July Fun

Got some great ideas planned for the Fourth of July? Please share them with us! Post them on your blog and then come back here and share the link. As for the FishFam, we’re going to read The Fourth of July Story and watch Johnny Tremain. Then we’ll enjoy our company and some burgers and […]

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Macaroon Crunch Pie

I first had this pie one summer visiting my cousins in South Dakota. It was served at a cousin’s baby shower. I don’t know how old her “baby” is but I’m guessing that I was fifteen or sixteen which makes my copy of the recipe about twenty years old. Ouch! Am I really that old? […]

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Delicious Ranch Dressing

Shannon at Rocks in My Dryer is hosting a “5-ingredients or Less, Special Edition of Works-for-Me-Wednesday.” Here’s my contribution: Homemade Ranch Dressing. We love this stuff, and it’s so easy to make and so much healthier than the store-bought variety. It’s great on salads or for dipping veggies or chicken strips. And yes, it’s technically […]

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Links of Love: Sanity Savers

Here are some quick stops to make this week. I hope they’ll help you find your groove and add some peace to your place. Alicia illustrates the great uses of an empty basket for keeping things neat and tidy. How do we keep our focus? Read what Amy says about keeping the main thing — […]

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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Bread Machine

Years ago when the first bread machine hit the market, I remember folks buying them and then complaining that it really didn’t do all that they expected. The result was that it sat on a dusty shelf somewhere and was neglected. Sounds a lot like the crockpot, doesn’t it? But I wanted one anyway. So, […]

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