My Freezer Cooking Plan for February

The Pantry Challenge, though wearisome at times, seems to have renewed my overall interest in cooking and in being more creative in the kitchen. It was certainly a fun ride in January. But, rather than cook everything from scratch every night, I know that preparing a lot of food at one time and storing it […]

Family Feasts and Once a Month Cooking: A Guest Post

Mary Ostyn is my hero. Well, one of them anyway. I haven’t read her blog, Owlhaven, for long, but I’ve read both her books over the last year. Reading A Sane Woman’s Guide to Raising a Large Family came at a time when I was feeling quite overwhelmed by the immensities of my “life as […]

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 […]

Meal Planning: What’s Left in the Freezer

This week my friend Crystal and I are wrapping up our Eat from the Pantry adventures and getting ready for a new one: February Freezer Cooking Days. No, life is never boring around here. But, keeping my family well fed in a timely manner is one way that I can simplify our life, save money, […]

Pantry Must-Have: Maseca

A must-have for my pantry is a bag of Maseca. It’s the go-to ingredient for making homemade corn tortillas. Check out my tutorial and see how easy it is to make these yourself. And don’t forget to come to Ultimate Recipe Swap on Thursday and share your favorite recipe based on Pantry Staples.

Pantry Challenge Updates: How are You Doing?

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Today marks the end of the third week for some who are “eating from the pantry.” To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure how this would go for the FishFam. I knew Crystal could pull it off because she’s way smarter than me. But, I had my doubts about myself. My kids eat a lot; […]

Meal Planning: Pantry Challenge Week Three

Since we’ve been “eating from the pantry,” our family has spent $219 out of our $400 grocery budget for the month. It’s been amazing all that we had in storage. I guess we had more than one kind of emergency fund. That is reassuring to me. Stockpiling and shopping from the sales can help us […]

Vegetables for a Healthier You – An Ultimate Recipe Swap

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Last week, we rounded up a great collection of healthier recipes. Wow! This week it’s time for the dish that folks dread the¬†world over – vegetables. It seems that veggies have got a bad rep. Time to change that, moms! When I asked my kids what their favorite veggies, I received a range of answers, […]