Save Time and Money with Once a Month Cooking

At the end of a busy day, what’s the one thing you’re looking forward to? Relaxing on the couch, taking a long bath, reading a good book…cooking a home cooked meal? Yeah, right. Unless you consider cooking a treat, which most tired mothers do not, the idea of coming up with yet another healthy and […]

Here’s How To Make Frozen Fruit Smoothies

Frozen fruit smoothies are always a favorite in my kitchen. They are simple to make and are actually good for you. These delicious frozen drinks can be made with all sorts of fruit and of course you can also combine them and make your own personal creations. This is how to make the perfect frozen […]

Healthy Fruit Smoothies – Indulge In One Of These Today

Healthy fruit smoothies are the perfect snack during the hot days of summer. These delicious treats will not only cool you down, they are also full of vitamins, calcium and plenty of water. Get out your blender and create your own favorite version. Smoothies can be made with just about any fruit. Just try a […]

Soft Pretzels: Fun Baking for Kids

With three growing boys, the battle to keep healthy, easy and relatively inexpensive snacks in the house always seems to be one I feel I’m losing.  Combine that with the fact that the time it takes to keep up with the baking and cooking leaves me feeling like that’s all I do:  bake, bake and […]

No Bake Summer Goodies

Just because it’s summer, it doesn’t mean that the kids don’t want goodies.  It DOES mean you don’t want to have to turn on the oven and heat up the house!  Keep these kid-friendly recipes on hand for those days that you need a need a quick, easy no-bake treat.    Two recipes require a small […]

Food and Fun for Kids

Kids love helping out in the kitchen.  It can also be a big source of pride for them to tell you that they made the meal, almost all by themselves.  It’s also wonderful being able to combine fun, hands-on play time with meal preparation time.  My boys love helping me make gnocchi almost as much […]

7 Tips For Creating A Frugal Meal Plan That Works For You And Your Family

Groceries are one area in your family budget where you can easily save quite a bit each way. A perfect way to do that is to create a frugal meal plan each week that will help you spend less at the grocery store. But for this to work (especially in the long run), you have […]

7 Tips for Frying Chicken

There is no need to be an expert chef to get your fried chicken to come out just right. Discover the secrets and tricks experienced cooks use to get their fried chicken extra crispy on the outside, and soft and juicy on the inside.

Gifts For Cooks Under $10

I love to cook and bake.  My favorite place is to be in the kitchen cooking meals for my family.  And I’m always looking for new gadgets or replacement utensils for my kitchen.   I’m sure that there are many of you out there that also have cooks/bakers on your gift lists and you’re not sure […]

Quick Microwave Breakfast Ideas

I’ve come to love my microwave in more ways than ever.  We have three boys who are growing so quickly and always on the go with sports, school and playing in general.  They are always hungry and I have definitely found that starting them off with protein rich and fiber rich breakfasts keep them going […]

Making Your Slow Cooker Work for You

If you have never tried using a slow cooker, you don’t know what you’re missing.  It can be your best friend in the kitchen.  They now come in many different sizes, from a small dip crock to a 6-1/2 quart crock.  You can easily find one that fits your family’s size and appetite.  Some of […]

Tips for Making Your Holiday Dinner a Success

Everyone enjoys going getting together with family and friends for a big holiday meal, but sometimes the stress of preparation is almost too much to bear.  But, there are just a few simple things that you can do to help reduce and/or eliminate the stress. Plan A Menu: Since the meal itself is a vital […]

How To Make School Morning & Lunch Preps Less Stressful

It’s that time of year again – BACK TO SCHOOL! Besides what seems like endless shopping for school supplies, there’s the never-ending school lunches to prepare x 3 (well x 4 counting my husband, LOL). It takes a lot to make sure that everyone gets a well-balanced meal plus something they like. My children take […]

Menu Planning, Not As Hard As It Seems

I’ve noticed that a lot more people are talking about menu planning here lately. Some have been doing this for years, others a few weeks/months, and still others just flat out refuse! I love the excuses that I’ve heard for NOT planning a menu: I don’t have time I never stick to a menu My […]

Is Avocado A Fruit Or Vegetable?

I’ve always been fascinated by avocado. It is such a delicious, creamy and rich treat that’s pretty versatile. You can enjoy it savory as well as sweet dishes. It’s rather healthy but also incredibly rich and fatty. One of the questions that often comes up is this: Is avocado a fruit or a vegetable? Since […]

Family Recipes: Keeping the Memories Alive

I never knew my husband’s grandmother.  I never knew her like he did because by the time we started dating, Grandma N. was in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s. I only knew the shell that remained of this wonderful woman after the disease had robbed her of most of her memory.  What I do have […]

Easy, Overnight Breakfast Recipes

We don’t leave the house on Christmas and the grandparents frequently come over to watch the boys open their presents.  I don’t want to have to spend lots of time in the kitchen on Christmas morning, so I’ve been able to pull together some recipes which are prepped the night before and only require a […]

Soup: Simple, filling and frugal fare!

Soup making isn’t complicated, and it is a great simple, frugal, and filling meal, especially if you combine it with homemade bread (yes, I’ve included an easy homemade bread recipe as well)! There are some basics to soup making. The most important thing to remember is to relax and experiment! Soup is basically a liquid […]

Eight Time-Saving Cooking Tips

1. Plan meals at least a week in advance to incorporate the use of leftovers. For example, have baked chicken, mashed potatoes, and gravy for dinner Sunday, and then use the leftover gravy as the base of beef stroganoff Monday. 2. If you know you’re not going to have time to cook one evening, prepare […]

Buying in Bulk

Shoppers have enjoyed the convenience of buying in bulk for a number of years. My own bulk buying experiences have been hit and miss at best, but I recently discovered just how convenient buying in bulk can be. There are a number of advantages to buying in bulk: – some items are available only in […]