Italian Penne Bake

Italian Penne Bake recipe

We eat spaghetti with meat marinara each month because it is an affordable and easy-to-prepare dish. When I saw a recipe for Spaghetti Pie on a fellow blogger’s website (see the link below), I thought it was a neat alternative to traditional spaghetti with meat sauce. I made a couple of tweaks to … [Read more...]

25 Outdoor Activities for Babies to Enjoy During the Summer

25 Outdoor Activities for Babies to Enjoy During the Summer

After being cooped up indoors for a good portion of the winter and spring, my daughter and I are loving the summer sunshine and warm temperatures. She’s not capable of running and jumping yet, but that doesn’t mean she can’t enjoy playing outside. There are a number of age-appropriate outdoor … [Read more...]

Meatloaf Parmesan

Meatloaf Parmesan recipe

Every now and then I come across a recipe that I immediately know will be a hit in my household. When I saw a recipe for Meatloaf Parmesan—moist, flavorful meatloaf topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese—I knew it was one of these recipes! Ingredients (Adapted from this recipe.) 1 … [Read more...]

Why It’s Good for Kids to Roughhouse with Dad

Why It Is Good for Kids to Roughhouse with Dad

When I leave them alone for a time, I often return to find my husband swinging my daughter around and tossing her up in the air. Though this is sometimes scary for me, my daughter’s smile and giggles indicate she absolutely loves it! Dads often engage in this sort of roughhousing or horseplay … [Read more...]

Supporting Your Husband Through Job Changes

Supporting Your Husband Through Job Changes

Job changes are common throughout the careers of most men. As wives, we are uniquely positioned to support our husbands as they experience both positive and negative changes in their work. My husband recently found himself at a crossroads in regard to his career. When this happened, I began … [Read more...]

Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese recipe

I’m always eager to try new flavors of macaroni and cheese. For our current menu, I wanted to make a variety that contains a vegetable. I was taking a chance when I chose broccoli because my husband doesn’t like it that much. To my surprise, he was very pleased with the flavor of this … [Read more...]

Simple Guidelines to Help You Purge Your Home of Stuff You Don’t Need

Simple Guidelines to Help You Purge Your Home of Stuff You Don’t Need

Things are about to get really busy in my home. We’re moving across the country because my husband has accepted an amazing new job! We are thrilled about this, but it means we have a lot to get done in a relatively short amount of time. We don’t want to move with unnecessary stuff and we need … [Read more...]

Easy Ways to Increase Your Consumption of Vegetables

Easy Ways to Increase Your Consumption of Vegetables

Do you love vegetables or do you view them as necessary evils? I really enjoy a number of them, but there are also many that I don’t like. My husband enjoys far fewer than I do, so we struggle to eat recommended amounts of these very important foods. Because the health benefits of diets rich … [Read more...]

Common Household Items that Double as Baby Toys

Common Household Items that Double as Baby Toys

If you’re not careful, having an infant will cost you a small fortune. Some expenses are unavoidable, but many can be avoided. Toys are a great example. Babies don’t need fancy, expensive toys. They’re typically content with the basics: rattles, blocks, balls, blankets, stuffed animals, etc. … [Read more...]

Summer 2015 Menu

Summer 2015 Menu

Summer is about to arrive and we are excited for lots of fun in the sun and for our new menu! As I’ve shared many times previously, I periodically develop monthly menus. We use each for 3 consecutive months before moving on to a fresh one (see more on why and how I plan monthly menus … [Read more...]