A Grilling Chat Inspires a Make Ahead BBQ Meal

Summer is going by WAY too fast. It’s been so crazy around here that we’ve barely had the chance to enjoy it. The hubs has been traveling a lot. I’ve been traveling a lot. The kids have been running around a lot (yes, even the wee one. She’s beyond crawling already and is pulling up and cruising the furniture)....more

A Make-Ahead Party Perfect for Sunday Afternoon

My hubby recently started teaching Children's Church on Sundays at 9:00 am, and I've been helping him. This means we are often out the door by 8:30 am, and then we actually attend our own church service at 11 am. That means, we often don't get home until after 12:30 p.m. ...more

Homemade Instant Oatmeal

Imagine it: A bowlful of *real*, healthy, fiber-filled, nutrient packed, squidgy, warm and comforting oatmeal in just one minute (time required to add brown sugar, blueberries and a drizzle of milk not included).What a discovery! This has truly revolutionized our mornings.It’s so easy that I can even manage to get everyone’s porridge ready before the coffee’s brewed. And then I sit down with my hot mugga, my sweet bowlful, my hot hubs and my sweet kids to begin our day. Yes, it’s true: There really are days when it’s that perfect (or at least, there was that one time….)...more

cry me a salad

The other evening, as I was fixing my dinner, my neighbor brought me a very nice treat. She's like that, she loves to cook, bake and share. This gift was perfect in timing and yumminess. I smelled the onion almost before I opened my front door....more

10 Recipes to Make Today That Will Taste Better Tomorrow

Call me determined to convert circumstance into the culinary equivalent of cream. (Huh?) Let me explain. My food life has two extremes. Either supper needs to be on the table without notice, pronto-tuit suite-NOW, or, harder, supper must be made today but served tomorrow. So I'm on the hunt for make-ahead recipes that actually taste better the next day. Time lets the flavors in these dishes meld, what I like to call 'getting to know one another'. ...more


This one is tough because I love leftovers...any kind of leftover:) ...more

Cream Soup Free Make-Ahead Meals

I was a stay-at-home Mom when my kids were little. When I headed back to work in Corporate America, in one fell swoop my kids' diets went from grilled chicken lunches to baloney sandwiches, homemade jam on toast made from homemade bread to Smuckers and Wonderbread. My kids were not happy, and neither was I. ...more