Christmas Week Meal Plan

Ham Dinner

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. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here. I decided to make […]

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Grocery Geeking for the Holidays

produce box

It’s been a quiet week around here. The kids are still recuperating from illness. There’s been lots of rain. In light of recent events, I decided not to sweat the small stuff. Let’s have some peaceful days when we can. We went to the book store, we went to Costco for lunch, and we baked […]

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Bilbo’s Seed Cakes

Seed Cakes

Bake an authentic seed cake and read The Hobbit. Of all literature, JRR Tolkein’s Middle Earth tales, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, top the list for enrapturing my entire family. From my little girls to my older-than-me husband, we Fishers all love the hobbit folk and their funny ways. Sometime this month, […]

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$5 Ebook Bundle Benefit Sale

Through Friday, December 21, you can get a great deal on ebooks and at the same time help a homeschool family who has taken on the care of ten additional children, ages 2-16, who need a safe and loving home. Head on over to Five J’s for more details and to purchase the ebook bundle.

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Win a Holiday Cooking Gift Pack from Nakano, Holland House, and Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze

freezer cooking giveaway

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: mnhilburn@. Long, long ago, in a state far, far away, my friend Amy agreed to do some recipe testing for my cookbook. I was so blessed to have her on my team. I also laughed a lot about how different our cupboards must look. She, a Kansas […]

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Cherries Jubilee

flaming cherries jubilee

Make this easy, flaming dessert: Cherries Jubilee for your next holiday get-together or special occasion. Congrats to the winner of the giveaway: linseyclair@ I am a creature of habit. Or I suppose another way to look at it is that I embrace tradition. Especially when it comes to food. My family was like that when […]

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Meal Planning: Last Week of School for 2012

Despite my best intentions, this month of school has not been stellar. Illnesses have plagued us. So much so that we postponed our trip to visit the grandparents. Instead, we hunkered down at home this weekend and tried to recuperate. Kinda threw my meal planning off…. We did make tamales, but not enough to hold us […]

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Grocery Geek: Mid-December Purchases


The month hasn’t gotten much easier with this week. More family illness, home and garden issues, weather, and of course, yesterday’s tragedies in Connecticut. From big to small, life proves that it’s harder than we’d like it to be. Food is a comfort, though. I’m thankful that while God obviously made it for sustenance, He […]

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Win a $25 Gift Certificate from See’s Candy (CLOSED)

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner: k.albright@. See this? This box of lusciousness just screams Christmas morning to me. Every year for as long as I can remember, my dad opens a box of See’s candy on Christmas morning. And, he makes sure that no matter where I am on Christmas morning, […]

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Win a K-Cup® Pack Countertop Storage Drawer (CLOSED)


This giveaway is closed. Congrats to the winner: kentmm@. We’re big coffee fans around here. Hubby and I love a hot cup of java in the morning. During hockey season, I was continually loading travel mugs full of decaf to keep us warm while we cheered in the stands. While there’s a coffee drive-thru on […]

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