Quench Your Thirst

Quench Your Thirst - Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you

Got a habit of buying a coffee drink or smoothie when you’re out and about? Save some coin and make it healthier at home. Chances are pretty high that when you’re out and about on a summer day, you’re tempted to grab a quick soda, smoothie, or frap before you head home. I know the […]

A Meal Plan for the Week

A Meal Plan for the Week: Having a meal plan that doesn

Having a meal plan that doesn’t require that I be the one to cook it is the best kind of plan. Friday night I saw not one, but three meal plans fail. I had intended to make a lovely French dinner for my family for French Friday. But, after shopping with four kids all morning, […]

Meal Planning for Our Pantry Challenge: Week Two

Meal Planning for Our Pantry Challenge: Week Two

We’re heading into the second week of our pantry challenge. It seems like we haven’t made much of a dent in the freezers. Oy! I do enjoy the white space in the fridge, though. I focused first on the most perishable items, the fridge, and am moving toward the next perishable, the freezers, with the […]

Keep the Kitchen Cool with Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

Keep the Kitchen Cool with Slow Cooker Recipes for Summer

As the mercury rises, keep things cool in the kitchen. Plan ahead and put that slow cooker to work for an easy and delicious summer meal. One of the wonders of the slow cooker is that it never goes out of season. While it’s an obvious go-to during fall and winter when you crave soups […]

A Meal Plan for Week 1 of Our Pantry Challenge

A Meal Plan for Week 1 of Our Pantry Challenge - We

Our meal plan during a pantry challenge comes (mainly) from what we already have. So, here we are ready to start another pantry challenge. Not sure what that is? Go here for all the details. The short version is that for the next two weeks, I’m going to try to create meals from what we […]

Easy Side Dishes to Go with Your Weekend BBQ

BBQ Side Dishes

Need side dish inspiration for your weekend BBQ? Check out this compilation of EASY side dishes that your friends and family will love. As the weekend approaches, you might consult the grocery ads to see what’s on sale in terms of meats suitable for grilling. At my Ralphs, there’s lots of beef and hot dogs […]

Enjoy Delicious Summer Desserts

Enjoy Delicious Summer Desserts - Summertime practically shouts for dessert. Make them healthier, make them yourself.

Summertime practically shouts for dessert. Make them healthier, make them yourself. I have wonderful memories of summer desserts. Whether it was the pie I helped my Gramma John bake in the basement kitchen or the pan of Scotcharoo Bars that Aunt Peg kept on her counter at all times, sweets are a necessary part of […]

Our Meal Plan for the Week

Our Meal Plan for the Week - Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily.

Create a meal plan so that mealtimes can happen inexpensively and easily. Last week I printed out the GCE meal planning calendar. Instead of using it for a month, I used it for a 4×7 meal plan. I mapped out the week in breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. I think it just may have been the […]

Trader Joe’s Meal Plans: $70 or Less for a Week’s Worth of Dinners

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I’ve got a new $70 meal plan up over at Life as MOM, if you’re interested. There are actually three now so far. They are pretty in-depth, offering lots of make-ahead options and cheats to saving money. Yes, Virginia, you can have dinner for $10 or less. #1 The Chicken Plan #2 Mostly Meatless #3 […]

5 Great Ways to Prepare for Quick Summer Meals

5 Great Ways to Prepare Quick, Summer Meals - Enjoy your summer daze a little more by making meal times quick and easy.

Enjoy your summer daze a little more by making meal times quick and easy. The following content is sponsored by Good Food Made Simple: I don’t know about you, but my summer days are just packed. If it’s not the summer school I assigned myself my kids or the weekly outings or this whole writing […]