Aunt Peg’s Scotcharoo Bars

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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Emergency Preparedness

Here in Middle America, the last few months have been peppered with bouts of “severe weather” which translated means “possibility of tornados.” Even after four years in Kansas City, it’s still a new experience for this California girl. I don’t freak out when I hear the sirens, but there is a little sense of uneasiness. […]

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School Daze Help: Tapestry of Grace

Although my educational background includes a teaching credential and a Master’s degree, my husband and I decided years ago that we wanted to teach our children at home. After teaching high school for a couple years, I came home to care for my baby full time. And prepare for a journey of a lifetime. What […]

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Links of Love: Keeping Your Cool

Whether it’s the summer sun or the heat rising in family situations, here are some links to help you keep your cool. Let me know what works for you! Also, if you’ve got a great link — on any topic, send it my way for future Links of Love. Summer Cooking Tips: Cool Off in […]

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Toolin’ Up Tuesday: Motion Sensor Light

I have shared before that FishPapa is my Mr. Fixit. Whether it’s my mood or my garbage disposal, he can handle the job, Bob. And often, he takes care of something almost before I’ve even asked. (Not always, he’s still human — but he’s a pretty reliable dude, nonetheless.) Our home was not built all […]

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OAMC: Phase 1A, cont’d

I mentioned before that I’m getting ready for a two-day cooking bash so that when FishChick arrives, my freezer is full and I can put my feet up. Phase 1A consists of cleaning, organizing, and inventorying the pantry and freezers. I took care of the pantry and the refrig/freezer over the weekend. Well, the pantry […]

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A Bean Quartet

Pinto Beans

Jenn@frugalupstate is hosting a frugal foods series. Each week she hosts a carnival of recipes featuring a frugal ingredient. So far, she’s covered eggs and tuna. This week features beans. Beans are a great source of protein and fiber. They are also a great bargain, so far. (Who knows what the commodities market will do […]

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Book It! Houseworks

I found a great, all-purpose, get-your-act, or at least your house, together, kind of book. It’s called, Houseworks: Cut the Clutter, Speed the Cleaning, and Calm the Chaos by Cynthia Townley Ewer. Talk about a great find! Mrs. Ewer is affectionately known as CEO on the website, Organized Home. It stands for Cynthia Ewer, Organized. […]

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