Be My Frugal Valentine: Frugal Friday

Valentine’s Day is a week from Sunday — and it will sneak up on you right quick. Time to think what you’ll do for your sweetheart and children. Preplanning will help avoid high costs in a week or so. How can you celebrate what’s in your heart without spending an arm and a leg? Try […]

Freezer Cooking: The Final Analysis

Well, Monday morning, my list looked like this: Nutty Granola (check) mixes: biscuit, pancake, muffin, scone, and cornbread (check) crockpot applesauce Trail Mix Cookies (check) shredded chicken (check) marinated chicken (check) marinated pork strips (check) grated cheese (check) I was amazed that I got so much done, even though it didn’t feel like I attempted […]

Freezer Cooking: The Weekend Update

Normally, I try to leave the weekends open for “fun stuff” rather than housework. But, since we’re homebound nursing colds, it seemed natural — and wise — to putter around and get some things accomplished. So, freezer cooking and homekeeping chores actually happened. Saturday morning I whipped up a batch of Nutty Granola which turned […]

Freezer Cooking Day, Part One: Meats and Baking Mixes

I’m taking the slow train to freezer cooking. In months past, I’ve done my SuperWoman impersonation. This weekend, I’m nursing a sore throat and trying to get well for my trip. So, slow and steady wins the race sounded like a better way to approach freezer cooking this time ’round. (I realized that I’m the […]

Birthday Cake Round-Up – This Thursday

One of the joys and challenges of being a mom is celebrating the milestones of your child’s life: his first steps, first words, school days, and, of course, birthdays. One of the special things that we do in the FishFam is celebrate birthdays with a fun and festive birthday cake. It’s more fun to make […]

Pantry Challenge: How We Did

This week marks the end of our “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge. On Friday, I’ll get back to filling the freezer. Here are some of the things I learned this month: Money Matters – I spent $365 out of my budgeted $400 for January. In months past I’ve been spending $600 or more, so this […]

Why I Want to Live Debt Free

31 Days of Organizing for a Better 2010: Pay Off Debt

Almost three years ago my husband and I were convicted to stop using credit and to pay off our debts. Thanks to God, Dave Ramsey, and some hard work, we were able to do just that. Today we don’t spend money we don’t have and except for a mortgage on a rental property, we have […]

Grocery Geek Presents: FishPapa Shops!

I had to laugh — and take a picture — when FishPapa came home from Walmart the other night and started to stage a picture of his purchases. The poor man has put up with my wild antics, including a host of grocery pictures, for quite some time. I didn’t mind his teasing me. This post […]