Frugal Foodie Gift: If You Give a Mom a Muffin Kit

You’ve probably read the book, If You Give a Moose a Muffin or its predecessor, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. If so, you’ll love the poem, “If You Give a Mom a Muffin.” It tells the tale of how a mother can get (way too easily) sidetracked in her life as mom. It’s […]

Legoland, Bob the Builder, Bionicles, and Tinkerbell: The FishKids’ Birthday Review

For better or worse, my kids’ birthdays come lumped together. Three in late May/early June and two in November. Yes, FishBaby is all by her lonesome in August, but that’s okay. These two “birthday seasons” are full enough. Last week FishBoy9 and FishChick3 celebrated their birthdays. Or should I say we celebrated FishBoy9 and FishChick3? […]

Bob the Builder Birthday Cake

We love Bob the Builder around here. We really do. You would think that now that the toddlers in the vicinity are girls that we’d have moved on to My Little Pony or something. But, no. FishChick loves Bob. It may be that we just have more Bob the Builder movies than any other character or […]

Lego Bionicle Thornax Birthday Cake

Remember this? It’s the Lego Bionicle “thing” my son wanted his birthday cake to look like. You know I’m always up for a birthday cake challenge, right? (Just for the record, it’s called a Thornax.) Well, I’m pleased to report that I came, I saw, I baked that cake! The frosting job wasn’t the best, […]

Frugal Friday: Budget Birthday Ideas

When FishBoy12 was just a wee tot, I went all out for his birthdays. At the time I wasn’t sure I could have more children, so why not? And even once I had three or four children, the Creative Birthday Party Queen in me just didn’t know how to give it a rest. Most sane […]

Birthday Cake Scheming….

FishBoy8 will celebrate his 9th birthday on Monday. One of our family birthday traditions is to have a cool birthday cake. The birthday kid usually chooses the theme. This year? He chose this thing. I’m not really sure what it is. (Go ask your 8 year old sons.) But, we’re gonna have a birthday cake in […]

Slab Apple Pie – Perfect for Fall, Perfect for Freezing

I experimented with my traditional apple pie recipe recently by baking it into a 9×13-inch pan, thus the name, Slab Apple Pie. This dessert has several things going for it: It’s super easy to throw together. I’m not worried about fluting edges or getting the topping in a perfect mound. Just layer the ingredients and […]

How to Cook With Kids (Or Inspite of Them) During a Big Cooking Day

Those who know us well know that the FishFam loves to eat. Everyone in the family loves good food and all enjoy cooking. My home is full of little chefs. Case in point: Saturday afternoon FishBoy7 surprised us all with a HUGE platter of PB&J — on sourdough – about an hour before dinner. At first […]