Archives for February 2016

5 Ways Married Women Can Support Their Single Friends

In the years before I met my husband, I watched my good friends meet, date, and say “I do” to the men of their dreams. As the only single woman among my friends, I often felt alone and misunderstood. I promised myself at that time that if I were ever in their place that I would go out of my way to … [Read more...]

12 Flavorful Ways to Marinate Chicken

We tend to eat a lot of chicken. In fact, we eat so much of it that sometimes I get tired of it! Without a little creativity, it just gets old. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to jazz up chicken so it’s not boring. One of the easiest and most affordable ways to do this is to use marinades. … [Read more...]

Building a Functional Command Center

Until recently, my husband and I had a chronic problem with clutter on our dining table. Mail, pens, coupons, coins, grocery lists, etc. were always scattered on the tabletop. Our solution to this problem was to create a command center, which is an area in the home designed to keep the family … [Read more...]

When Public Restrooms Have No Changing Table

I’m not sure that I ever paid attention to whether or not there were changing tables in restrooms until I became a mom. Now I definitely notice! While we were driving across several states for Thanksgiving this last year, we encountered numerous restaurants and gas stations that did not have … [Read more...]

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Shells

I’ve mentioned before that cheesy dishes tend to be hits in my house. This easy-to-prepare one is no exception. Ingredients 32 oz. chicken broth 1 1/2 cups water 16 oz. small shell pasta 2 garlic cloves, minced 2-3 cups frozen broccoli, partially thawed and chopped 2 chicken breasts, … [Read more...]

How to Keep Internet Technologies from Becoming Time-Wasters

Email, social media, and blogs are useful for staying in contact with loved ones and for entertainment, but they can easily become significant time-wasters. Thankfully, by being judicious in our use of these technologies, we can reap their benefits without being distracted from the many … [Read more...]

Why Do Fruits Ripen so Quickly When Placed in Paper Bags?

I’ve always heard that you can accelerate the ripening of fruits by placing them in paper sacks. I know from personal experience that this works quite well, but why is this? The curious side of me can’t help but wonder what is so special about paper sacks. According to this cooking website, … [Read more...]

What Exactly Is Romance and Why Does it Matter in Marriage?

Back when my husband and I were dating, he asked me what I thought about romance. I don’t need flowers, chocolates, and Hallmark cards to make me feel loved, so I told him I wasn’t that romantic. This exchange occurred via email, so I was able to keep his response to my statement. It was … [Read more...]

Revisions and Customizations to My Cleaning Schedule

After sharing back in October of 2013 about my inability to find an effective cleaning schedule, I quickly learned that many of you shared the same struggle! My solution was to develop a cleaning schedule that was unique to my needs. My biggest quibble with the cleaning schedules I had seen … [Read more...]

Nacho Soup

Traditional favorites like chicken noodle soup will always be popular in my house. On occasion we like eating soups that are a little less predictable, though, including this zesty Nacho Soup. Ingredients 1 pound lean ground meat (I use turkey) 1 medium onion, chopped 2 tablespoons spicy … [Read more...]