Too Tired To Cook? Simplify Your Kitchen in 3 Easy Steps

I am one busy woman, and I bet you are too. If you know me, you know that  cooking and meal planning are high priority for me and I am hell bent on making almost all of my meals come straight out of my kitchen.  The more I cook the less tolerance I have for overly salty, fat laden takeout.  I want to know exactly what is in my food and how it is prepared.  I want vegetable heavy dishes. No restaurant is going to tell me that or do that for me.  It's all on me....more

Sloppy Toms (Turkey Sloppy Joes) and a Weekly Menu

With football season in full swing, my mind has been wandering to tailgating favorites! Even though our weather has not been very fall-like until the last couple days, my thoughts have been on crockpots full of hearty meals to fill tummies up during the pregame festivities! An easy, classic, and crowd pleasing favorite at any tailgate is Sloppy Joes....more

Tasty Tuna Melts and a Weekly Menu

While I love tuna, I often overlook it when planning my meals. Tuna is rich in Omega 3's so it's good for your heart and your brain. And it's fairly cheap. So in an effort to get out of my current meal rut feeling, I decided to add in some things we haven't had in a while....more

52 Weeks of No-Repeat Meals

Do you meal plan?  Maybe you've thought about it but didn't want to take up a bunch of time putting a meal plan together on your own....more

Pizza Dinner Paradox

When I was a kid, Friday was my mother's favorite day. Not only was it the end of her work week, but it was also pizza night. No cooking for her. Just five thrilled kids and a satisfied husband wiping their greasy grins with their sleeves, humming a unified "Yum" at the first hot gooey bite of the thin crust sausage just-delivered pizza.Extra easy. Extra decadent. Extra special....more

Menu Planning in the Digital Age — or, Domestic Nerdiness

So, like everyone else, the question of “What’s for dinner?” comes up a lot. Between homeschooling, domestic nonsense and my general inability to stay organized, I’m often down to the wire and calling up our favorite pizza place. Did I mention we got a Christmas card from them with a personal message inside? Yeah, that’s how you know when you order too much pizza....more

Let's Talk About Meal Planning for the Disorganized!

When I worked full time I somewhat planned the week's menu.  I cooked some type of casserole or large dish on Monday, Wednesday was religiously crockpot day (usually chicken stroganoff), Tuesdays and Thursdays were usually leftovers, Friday was pizza or something else easy and fast. But it was not really stressful to me because if I didn't have time to think about it, we could just go out or order out....more

Simple Recipes for Weeknights

Here are my best tips for getting dinner on the table in a quick, easy (and sometimes even healthy) way. Simple Dinner Tip #1 Make use of leftovers. We hear it all the time, we know it’s a good idea, but then we forget all about it. But seriously, if you’re roasting a chicken for Sunday dinner, cook an extra one alongside it. ...more

Family Dinners and Small Kids

I was moved by this question on Casual Kitchen - Ask CK: Finding Time to Cook…With Small Children. ...more
Luckily I am a work-from-home-mom BUT squeezing in healthy dinners is still a challenge. I ...more

Mommy Confessions: Meal Planning and Grocery Shopping

To start off this post, I want to say that I don't consider myself an expert in saving money... I have made a lot of mistakes with budgeting in the past but when we moved a couple of months ago we decided to get REAL serious about getting out of some debt and spending our money more wisely. So this post is about some of the changes we've made recently that really seem to be helping us! ...more