Every Day Baked Beans

every day baked beans

This post was most recently updated on June 19th, 2018 Summer eating is so much fun! When it’s time to fire up the grill for some tasty burgers, everyone gets excited. My family gets especially excited when they know I’m making baked beans, which is one of their faves. But I definitely do not want to create an overheated house by turning on my oven. My ‘Every Day Baked Beans’ recipe uses the microwave instead. Continue Reading

Cut Your Grocery Budget – Without Coupons

cut your grocery budget

This post was most recently updated on June 19th, 2018 One of the biggest things my fellow Mamas I complain to each other about is … grocery shopping.  No one likes doing it, and everyone feels like they spend way too much money when they do.  Almost all of us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unprepared when we head into the grocery store. The result is too often a cart full of stuff we don’t need Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Punch

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Punch

This post was most recently updated on April 3rd, 2018 HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Today is a day that our family really enjoys celebrating – from the wearing of the green to the eating of the corned beef, and especially the drinking of the Guinness!  😉 One of our favorite things to make our St. Paddy’s Day feast fun is making a ‘Shamrock Punch’.  Since none of us is a huge fan of the exactly 2 Continue Reading

Using A Menu Planner

Here’s an update on how using a menu planner is working out … I decided to test a customizable, two-week menu planner, first – I found it here.  I thought it would be a good way to begin, two-weeks at a time, and with a plan that I could customize before printing. (Do you LOVE that I had to Google how to take a screenshot of this to show y’all??  I swear I’m trying to learn some new tricks!  lol) Continue Reading

Organized and Orderly: Meal Planning

Christmas Sunrise

It’s time to enact some of my exciting plans to be more organized and orderly in this new year. There are actually so many areas where I want to be more organized … it was a mind-scrambling challenging task to figure out where to begin.  I made a list of all the things I felt I could be doing better:  Meal planning; home school record keeping; house cleaning; blogging; Mama Time.  I thought about which of those areas I was ‘managing’ Continue Reading

Fool Proof Homemade Bread

This post was most recently updated on April 11th, 2018 Our family of six eats a lot of bread products.  Bread at the grocery store can be crazy expensive, which is why I always wanted to make my own homemade bread. For years I tried both traditional methods and bread machines, but never produced anything that was very good.  For a long time, I grudgingly bought bread for my family.  Until I finally discovered this amazingly Continue Reading

5 Summer ‘Can’t Live Without’ Items

This post was most recently updated on May 7th, 2016It occurred to me the other day that there are a few items I just can’t seem to get along without, especially in the summer.  I know everyone has a favorite ‘stuff’ list:  A lipstick shade that always makes your smile look fabulous, for example; or a pair of sandals that go with absolutely everything and never, ever make your feet hurt no matter how many laps walked around the fairgrounds.  I Continue Reading

Summer Friendly Meals: Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

Summer Friendly Meals

This post was most recently updated on June 7th, 2018 It’s hot outside.  And turning on my oven is sure to make it hot inside, as well. But for some reason, my family wants to eat every day.  (Go figure …) While finding light, summer friendly meals that please all my people can be a bit tricky, I do my best.  One of my biggest summer cooking success stories is this yummy grilled veggie sandwich.  Continue Reading