Cooking for a Smaller Family

Meal planning can be tricky when you’re cooking for a small group. Here are some tips for making your intimate dinners easier and more economical. I regularly cook for a small army. With eight mouths to feed and a milk ration exceeding one gallon a day, you can imagine that I know the meaning of […]

Planning Meals to Match the Grocery Sales

We’re all looking for ways to trim the budget. Meal planning and working around sales are great ways to save money. Food keeps us alive. Cheap meals keep us solvent. Good cheap eats keep us happy. And really, that is the order of the day. We don’t need great food to live, but it sure […]

Add Variety to Your Meal Planning

Add Variety to Your Meal Planning - Tired of the same old, same old? Try these easy and economical tips for spicing up your meals.

Tired of the same old, same old? Try these easy and economical tips for spicing up your meals. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase indirectly helps support this […]

Meal Planning for Picky Eaters

 Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken Sandwiches One of the biggest challenges to meal planning is when your food preferences don’t match those of the people you cook for. My husband says that I like frouffy food. That apparently isn’t his favorite. When we got married, I had to completely rework my meal planning. The new […]

Meal Planning: Q&A


The Meal Planning 101 series will be winding down in a few weeks. But, I wanted to make sure that we tackle all the possible scenarios and quandaries.  Scratch that! You all have submitted such great questions, we’ll be covering a few more topics in the next few months. Want to learn to meal plan […]

I’ve Got a Meal Plan. Now What?

So, you’ve got your fancy meal plan of carefully chosen and paired recipes. Either you or a meal planning service put time and energy into said plan. And yet, here you are. Staring into the fridge, wondering what to make for supper. But, I thought you had a plan? Having a plan and executing a […]

How to Meal Plan on a Budget

Eating good food, both nutritious and tasty, shouldn’t preclude staying under budget. They aren’t mutually exclusive, but they do take a little work and planning. Our recent pantry challenge was so successful, in part, thanks to meal planning. I took a survey of what we had, planned meals around our supply, and supplemented with what […]

Learn to Meal Plan Better

Is one of your New Year’s Resolutions to plan better meals? Perhaps you get supper on the table in a timely manner but you’re not really pleased with what you make? Or maybe you stand in front of the fridge with a blank look on your face, wondering what you could make? Or maybe you […]

6 More Easy Meals to Make When There’s “Nothing” to Eat

Here are 6 ideas to get you cooking when there’s “nothing” to eat. They call for simple pantry ingredients that are easy on the budget. Last year, I shared my list of stand-by meals to turn to when Plan A fails. Oh, Plan A fails a lot around here. I get distracted. I forget to […]

Meal Planning for Freezer Cooking

Green Salsa Chicken

We are going to fill the freezer this next week or two. I am coming up against some heavy duty deadlines in Cookbook Hell, I mean in Happy Cookbook Land. That means that there are some days this month when I’ll be cooking like a fiend, making sure that the final tweaks are just right […]