Year of the Staycation

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Earlier this week on Life as MOM, I shared a round-up of family- and budget-friendly attractions if you live in San Diego or plan to […]

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A Culinary Staycation (or Vacation) in San Diego

daphne's gyro

Eat your way to happiness in San Diego. You know me. I love to eat. And eat to live. Not always in that order. But always with relish. (Not of the sweet pickle variety.) Sharing great meals is a big part of our family’s culture. Eating out is an adventure. And so is cooking together. […]

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Our June Meal Plan

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I can’t think of a time when I’ve been happier to welcome a new month. May was a blur. And I don’t feel very settled when time is racing like a chicken with its head cut off, with no place to go and nothing to show for it. So, I’m really excited to walk into […]

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Grocery Geek: Survival Week

Trader Joe's

April was a great month for me personally. Life seemed to have a good rhythm and our days went smoothly. May is just a blur. And so, here we are with June, and I feel like we’ve had a weird start (grocery-wise) to the month. This past week was a bridge week between the months. […]

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Chef’s Salad with a Garlicky Anchovy Vinaigrette

chef's salad with garlicky anchovy vinaigrette

A typical chef’s salad boasts hard-boiled eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat on a bed of dressed greens. This garlicky anchovy vinaigrette adds some punch to the melange. Said to have been created sometime in the 1930’s, the Chef’s Salad boasts a number of topppings: hard cooked eggs, cucumbers, tomatoes, cheese, and meat, such as […]

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How to Make Simple Syrup

Quench Your Thirst - Drink Recipes from GoodCheapEats

Simple syrup is the ideal concoction to keep on hand in your refrigerator this summer┬áto sweeten cold drinks, like tea or coffee. Simple syrup is just that. A simple syrup of sugar and water. It’s basically that supersaturated solution that Mr. Glahn had us make in 11th grade chemistry. Only it’s good. And you can […]

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Meal Planning: May 27 – 31

You say it’s your birthday! It’s my birthday, too! Yep, it’s the big day. The big 4-0. I’m just as surprised as you. Where has the time flown. So, since it’s my birthday, we’re having one of my favorite meals: grilled tri-tip and potatoes. Yum-O! And here’s the plan for the rest of the week. […]

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Grocery Geek: End of the Month Assessment

trader joe's disney

I was sweating it a little one night at the grocery store, hoping that I could keep my end of the month purchases under my limit. The freezer is still full of meals to carry us into next month, but we were out of milk and other basics. So, I did go a tad over. […]

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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Leeks

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I am a huge pizza fan. A huge pizza with mushrooms fan. Recently, I threw a pizza party and invited mushrooms, goat cheese, bacon, and leeks to the party. So amazingly good. What’s not to love? Hop on over to the Mushroom Channel for the recipe. You’re going to want to make it this weekend. […]

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Cool Food for Memorial Day

Family picnic fruit plate

Cool off this weekend with some picnic-friendly fare. Memorial Day holds a special place in my life’s experience. My birthday almost always falls on one day of the long weekend. So celebration has always been linked to this day that honors those who’ve gone before us. And, thankfully, as I age, I appreciate them all […]

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