Cookin’ in My Kitchen — Or Not

Grill Thermometer

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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Not-So-Random Acts of Kindness

Whoever brings blessing will be enriched,and one who waters will himself be watered.– Proverbs 11:25 God’s word promises that the one who “brings blessing will be enriched.” As mothers we have ample opportunity to give, so it is such a reassurance to know that God sees what we do and that He does intend to […]

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Summer Salad Triumvirate

As the weather warms up, I love to have cold salads ready and waiting in the frig. They are generally filling thanks to all those glorious carbs, making them great for side dishes or a midday snack. Here are three of our favorite summer salads. Bon Appetit! Macaroni Salad1 pound salad macaroni, small macaroni, or […]

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Time for Mom: Go to Sleep

Jumping on Bed

One of the biggest things that can affect my success and failure as a mom is the amount of sleep I am getting. I can’t function at my best if I am exhausted. I am slow to respond, lackadaisical, grouchy, and plain ol’ ineffective. Lately, I’ve been burning the candle on both ends: getting up […]

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Grocery Geek Reports: Memorial Day Sales

There are several good things about the coming of Memorial Day. My birthday is right in the thick of it. As a child I didn’t appreciate the holiday that drove all my friends to vacation rather than to my birthday party, but today I’m good with it. People are a little more relaxed, always a […]

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TGIF: Time to Pop Some Corn (Recipe: Junk Food Popcorn)

make cinnamon sugar popcorn

I’m hoping that no one’s going to tell me there’s a worldwide shortage of popcorn. ‘Cause it is one great snack to enjoy with your family. It’s relatively inexpensive, easy to make, and tastes great. We enjoy it a number of ways: air popped with butter, cooked on the stove for kettle corn, baked in […]

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Frugal Cooking: Make Ahead Mixes

I love to cook and bake from scratch. It tastes so much better than store bought baked goods or mixes. And I think it’s healthier, usually. But the convenience of a mix is hard to beat. On the flip side, however, mixes generally cost a lot more that the bare ingredients. I get the best […]

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Presenting the Indiana Jones Birthday Cake…

Well folks, to make your own Indiana Jones cake start with this: Do a little mixing, baking, cooling, crushing, frosting, sprinkling and placing, and get this: This cake really was one of the easier ones to make. You can do this, too! Here’s a quick how-to for all you Indiana Jones fans. You will need: […]

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