La Salsa!

Salsa is a regular staple in my refrigerator. Since my husband and I both grew up in Southern California, we’ve tasted some mighty fine salsas in our time. Years ago when we moved to one income, I realized that I couldn’t spend $4-6 every week on fresh salsa from the store. Nor could I continue […]

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 […]

Trail Mix Cookies

I made a batch of these last night, without the chocolate chips. (I needed those for my birthday cheesecake. No scrimping there.) But since these are supposed to be a little healthy, I figured it was ok. FishBoys didn’t agree. Chocolate is necessary, they say. Well, they’ll live. Enjoy! 1 c. canola oil 3/4 c. […]

Berry Me, Please (Three Berry Recipes: Scones, Smoothie, Coffeecake)

Berry season is beginning throughout the country. In my old stomping grounds, the local berry favorite was the olallieberry. Unfortunately, those don’t grow in these here parts. But, blueberries do very well here on the Kansas-Missouri border. So, we’re learning to adapt. Here are three of our favorite recipes featuring blueberries: Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie You can […]

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 […]

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: […]

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 […]