Menu Planning

Instead of a recipe this Saturday, I thought I would share a link to a handy service I use in the kitchen.  Visit here to take a look at the menu planners.  They are printable, downloadable, and free!  ...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

Thankgiving Guide: From the Hosting to the Menu

       Thanksgiving is one of those special occasions where you really try to get the whole family together.  It may actually be the only time of the year that you may see that aunt, uncle, or cousin.  There is something about just having family and, or friends together sharing food that everyone ha...more

{THANKSgiving} Plan for a (relatively) stress-free T-day

Thanksgiving is in a three-way tie for my favorite holiday, with the 4th of July and the Christmas season.  I start thinking about it in July, but only allow myself to begin talking about Thanksgiving at the end of October.I didn’t always love Thanksgiving, though.  I actually kind of dreaded it....more

My Menu for the Week on a Super Tight Budget

 This week is a tight one.  I had just $50 to spend on groceries.  We are a family of 5 and three of us are teenagers!  How in the world do I do this?  I took a deep breath and Emily and I headed to Wal-Mart to get groceries.  I didn’t even have coupons to take so this would be a serious stretch of the imagination.  But I knew we could do it! ...more

Planning Meals (or, trying not to cook the same thing every week)

In answer to a few questions I've received about meal planning...I have a confession to make. Meal planing is not my strong point. Seriously, it's a challenge every week. Breakfasts are usually some combination of yogurt, fruit, toast, smoothies, pancakes, cereal, eggs....more

Calling All Cooks!

 I was recently gifted the annual Food & Wine Cookbook, and I'm seriously loving all the amazing recipes (over 700) from some of the most renowned chefs in the country. Here are a few that we have had this week that have turned out awesome. ...more

How I Ate Cookies and Put $1,000 In The Bank

When the new year began, I wanted to rethink my grocery shopping. I was frustrated with battling crowded stores and frustrated by my lack of planning. And I didn’t like how much money I was spending each week just to feed our household of two. I decided I would reduce our grocery bill by $20 a week. ...more
I am going to give this a try!  Would you consider posting this to Time Out ...more

Meal Memo in a Jar

I'm not always good at meal planning. I forget to defrost the meat in time. Some days I'm too hungry to wait an hour or more for cooking. I get so busy that I just throw quick things together....more

Menu Planning on a Budget

If you're like me, working with a budget {most of the time} is a necessity. Grocery shopping has become so expensive, and I found that I was spending too much money on groceries then always seeming to have a hard time figuring out what to cook for dinner. A couple of ways I've already been working to save money on groceries is with coupon shopping and also grocery shopping on a budget....more
 @sassymonkey And don't feel guilty about those quick fix meals at all!  If I lived in a perfect ...more