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

Take Advantage of Your Resources!

It’s no secret that a mom’s best resource is other moms.  I am so fortunate to have close knit group of girlfriends who have coached each other through just about everything.  I had my first baby later than some of the others, so I was fully prepared for everything – and I mean everything – that would come my way during pregnancy, delivery, and post-birth.  Some people aren’t comfortable sharing or hearing that level of detail, but I’m so glad I was…  I had few, if any, WTF moments as a result....more

Can't Decide What's For Dinner? Try The Side Dish Solution

I’m so embarrassed to admit this to you. How can I possibly have such a huge problem? Me! The person who:keeps a copy of Fine Cooking Magazine in the car to read at red lights;has friends calling to ask if homemade corn dogs should be frozen before or after cooking;comes back from a holiday in Switzerland jabbering non-stop about röschti and raclette only to go completely silent when asked about the mountains.has a freaking food blog, for crying out loud!But honestly, it is me who has this problem: I can never figure out what to make for dinner....more
 @emmycooks Like @CookTheStory , I looked at your description of that quinoa dish and thought, ...more

Grocery Shopping: It's Kind of a Drag

I don’t know how people with more than a couple of kids are buying groceries these days. Has anyone else noticed the prices creeping up and up? In the last couple of weeks most of my old standbys have almost doubled in price. It’s making grocery shopping kind of a drag....more
 @Laine Griffin Yes...I have not established that balance here, I can tell you. A fine line to ...more

The March Meal Plan is Simple and Satisfying (as is the pizza dough challenge!)

So I admit it. February’s Meal Plan was a tad too ambitious. Erm…well, a bit more than a tad. It would have been hard to stick to it if life was normal but my life has certainly NOT been normal lately. The most abnormal part: The Hubs has been traveling for work A LOT. Three weeks worth last month, another week+ coming up this month.Do you blame me if I’m not finding the energy to make seared sea scallops with preserved lemon slivers? Ha!So March’s goal is two words: SIMPLE and SATISFYING...more

The February Meal Plan (Including a Lemony Week and a Barley Challenge)

[Editor's Note: At the beginning of 2012, Chris of Cook The Story decided to embark on a new challenge: She would create a menu plan for each month of the year, and try to follow it. She builds the plan in an Excel spreadsheet, and is reporting back about how well she sticks to the chosen menus, plus other tips and techniques for making meal preparation easier. Since she's the mother of a three-month-old, this challenge is helping her stay on top of her game. Read on to find out what's on Chris' February menu. --Genie]...more
@Szescula Eating what's in the freezer...oh, RIGHT! I need to do some of that... It's so ...more