Dare to Prepare: Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Dare to Prepare: Creating a Family Emergency Plan

Sometimes families have to rush out of their homes due to disasters. Though there is often warning that an incident such as a hurricane is about to occur, warning is rare for disasters such as wildfires and industrial accidents. If work, school, or other activities have your family separated when a … [Read more...]

Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwich recipe

Every now and then I come up with an idea for a truly unique dish—something that is unlike anything I’ve eaten previously. That’s what happened when I thought of Italian Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches while developing our menu for this fall. These tasty sandwiches are easy to prepare and hearty, … [Read more...]

How to Sew Simple Rod Pocket Curtains: A Tutorial for Novices

How to Sew Simple Rod Pocket Curtains: A Tutorial for Novices

When my husband and I purchased our home two years ago, we went in search of curtains. I was surprised at how pricy they were! Though I have very rudimentary sewing skills, I decided to purchase fabric and sew my own. Now that we are furnishing a nursery, I purchased some cute fabric and … [Read more...]

Why I’m Glad We Don’t Have Cable or Satellite TV

Why I’m Glad We Don’t Have Cable or Satellite TV

A few weeks ago my husband and I had access to cable television because we were staying in a hotel for a couple of days. Though we have a TV in our living room, we don’t have cable or satellite for it. We typically enjoy having temporary access to cable. My husband will watch a couple games … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Remaining Vigilant

Dare to Prepare: Remaining Vigilant

September is National Preparedness Month. As we did last year, we’re going to take advantage of the national emphasis on disaster preparedness to look at a couple of important topics. Public health experts recommend that all households create an emergency plan and assemble a basic disaster … [Read more...]

Fall 2014 Menu

Fall 2014 Menu

The official start of autumn is only a couple of weeks away. In addition to the changing leaves and pumpkin-flavored baked goods, I’m eager to start a new menu. As I’ve shared before, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before moving on to a new one … [Read more...]

Book Review: 52 Uncommon Dates

52 Uncommon Dates

I was thrilled when I was contacted earlier this summer about reviewing 52 Uncommon Dates: A Couple’s Adventure Guide for Praying, Playing, and Staying Together, a new book by Randy Southern. As many of you know, I’ve written previously about the importance of dating your spouse. It’s often … [Read more...]

Frugal Ways to Create Variety in Your Meals

Frugal Ways to Create Variety in Your Meals

If you have a limited grocery budget, chances are you eat many of the same foods over and over again. In my household we eat a lot of chicken, ground turkey, brown rice, apples, and bananas. These are some of the most affordable foods in the grocery store, so they’re our staples. Without a … [Read more...]

Going Without Makeup: Normal or Newsworthy?

Going Without Makeup: Normal or Newsworthy?

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I were somewhat speechless at an article we read on the news: Would You Go One Year Without Makeup? In short, the article is an account of a 20-year-old university student who is going a year without wearing makeup. She has undertaken this “experiment” to help … [Read more...]

Tips for Freezing Casseroles

Tips for Freezing Casseroles

With our little girl due to be born in just 10 weeks, I’m starting to freeze meals to help us make it through the postpartum period. My husband and I love casseroles, so I’m assembling a number of these. I’m drawing on my previous experience and suggestions in a decades-old Better Homes and … [Read more...]