Meal Prep Shortcuts

As a self-proclaimed food snob, I love food! And, I really do love to cook. It’s something that helps me relax (the cooking, but especially the eating.) Unfortunately, I don’t have two hours to make dinner every night like I did six children ago. While cooking has been a very welcome activity for me this […]

Marinated Flank Steak (Recipe Swap: The Meat and Potatoes Edition)

These recipe swaps can really make a girl hungry, ya know? Last week’s pumpkin carnival had me rushing out for canned pumpkin only to come back and read more recipes with ingredients I didn’t have. So this week’s shopping list includes cream cheese for Janel’s Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes and a vat of oil for those […]

Streusel-Topped Pumpkin Pie

I hated pumpkin pie until I had this one. Now, I will eat no other. This is the best pumpkin pie EVER. This recipe is by far the holiday family favorite at our house. Gramma Marilyn made it for our Thanksgiving Dinner back in 1998, and it is a regular on our table every year without […]

Sauerkraut and Spareribs (Recipe Swap: What’s in Your Crockpot?)

One thing that’s true about the approach of fall is that the days get busy. And dinner is the last thing you want to think about in between carpools, homework, and soccer practice. That is where one of my best friends can save the day. Remember the handy dandy crockpot? Well, bust it out, ladies, […]

Chocolate-Mint Snow-Top Cookies

These double chocolate cookies are flavored with mint and rolled in powdered sugar. The result is a chocolate mint dessert that resembles a mountain top of snow. Christmas Cookies are the best. Snowballs, gingerbread, thumbprints — every family has their favorites. And it is so fun to be able to serve an assortment come holiday […]

Egg-stra! Egg-stra! (Recipe: Easy Omelets)

Read all about it. Jenn at Frugal Upstate is doing a series on frugal foods, starting this week with eggs. Check it out for a plethora of egg recipe links. Recently, I’ve scored great deals on eggs, stocking up when they’re inexpensive. With five kids, we go through a lot of eggs around here. One […]

Meal Planning: 31 with 31

So, in order to avoid McDonalds and StuffMart everyday, we know it’s best to have a meal plan. I’ve mentioned how I’ve been doing it recently and how I (and multitudes of mothers) have done it in the past. Last year I devised a different method based on putting together a “staples ingredient” list to […]

Meal Planning 101

So, we need to apply good principles to the management of our homes. One of those is to keep everyone well fed. As much as I enjoy a run through McDonald’s (or Chipotle or Taco Bell or Subway), making that a regular habit is not good for my family’s health or our budget. There’s no […]