Cook Once, Eat Twice: Creamy Beefy Noodles and Cheesy Beefy Noodle Bake

I have loved having a stash of freezer meals available during the last couple of months as I’ve adjusted to life with a newborn and a toddler. Because of this, on my most recent menu I included a number of “cook once, eat twice” items that would yield freezer meals. Using affordable … [Read more...]

I’m Done Pretending I Have It All Together

I had some friends over a couple of weeks ago and, much to my embarrassment, I noticed halfway through our lunch that I had not served them anything to drink. I had a drink in front of me and my oldest daughter had one in front of her (I’d poured both earlier in the day), but I simply forgot to … [Read more...]

Instilling Good Dental Health Habits in Toddlers

My toddler has a bit of a love-hate relationship with her toothbrush. She enjoys chewing on it and sucking training toothpaste off of it, but she’s generally displeased with it when I use it to scrub her teeth. Though brushing her teeth can be an ordeal, I do it twice each day because I want … [Read more...]

Starter Kitchen Essentials

Have you ever come across a gadget or dish in your kitchen that you’re pretty certain you’ve never used? I recently heard from a reader who would like to avoid this. Elizabeth asked the following: “My fiancé and I both grew up in homes with single parents who cooked using mostly frozen and … [Read more...]

Fall 2016 Menu

Our summer has flown by so quickly! I can hardly believe it’s time to begin using a new menu. I’ve detailed the whys and hows of my menu planning previously (read about it here). In summary, I create a new monthly menu at the beginning of each season (fall, winter, spring, and summer). We use … [Read more...]

Dare to Prepare: Items to Use for First Aid When in a Pinch

We’re once again in the midst of National Preparedness Month. As I’ve done in the past years, I’m going to take advantage of this by taking a straightforward look at disaster preparedness. (Click here for links to the previous Dare to Prepare posts.) Today’s topic is both practical and fun. A … [Read more...]

Garden Fresh Freezer Spaghetti Sauce

Earlier this summer I had an abundance of Roma tomatoes from my vegetable garden. I decided to make spaghetti sauce with them. I don’t have the equipment to can spaghetti sauce, so I found a simple recipe for freezer spaghetti sauce. I will forever remember making this sauce for two reasons. … [Read more...]

Book Review: Under Our Skin

You’d have to be living with your head buried in the sand to be unaware of the racial tensions that Americans face today. In an attempt to deepen my understanding of these tensions, I recently read Under Our Skin, a book written by an NFL player and commentator on social media named Benjamin … [Read more...]

Achieving Mutual Victory in the Chore War

Many couples in our country experience tension and strife when deciding which spouse should complete which chores. This phenomenon is often referred to as the chore war. It’s quite possible that couples in past eras didn’t experience this because gender roles were clearly defined (i.e., … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

Today I will share a final recipe from our summer menu. Like several of the other recipes I’ve shared recently, this one is conveniently prepared in a slow cooker. No one in my household is a diehard fan of ranch flavor, so I wasn’t sure how much we would like this dish. We ended up enjoying … [Read more...]