Camping Out Tonight?

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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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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Frugal Cooking: Bread Busts The Budget

If you haven’t noticed, bread is expensive. Especially if you want to feed your family whole grains. This past winter I fell into the habit of buying really yummy, gourmet breads at Costco. Everything from bagels, baguettes, English muffins, delicious San Francisco style sourdough (just like back home) and regular whole grain sandwich bread. Well, […]

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Summertime Memories

When I was a young girl growing up in Southern California, we rarely spent the summer at home. Since my dad was a schoolteacher, he had all summer off. So, he and Mom loaded up our VW Bus (remember those?) with five kids and the makings of many peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and headed […]

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Aunt Peg’s Scotcharoo Bars

In honor of carefree summers, here’s Aunt Peg’s recipe for Scotcharoo Bars. May your next three months be filled with many a pan of them: Scotcharoo Bars1 cup sugar1 cup light corn syrup1 cup smooth peanut butter6 cups Rice Krispies cereal1 cup chocolate chips1 cup butterscotch chips In large, heavy pot, cook sugar and corn […]

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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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