Weekend Things

I've eaten the same freezer dinner three times this week! Be sure to check back next week for my new favorite pinto bean + corn veggie burger recipe (no food processor required) and burger buns that will knock your socks off. If you just can't wait, check out last year's Bulk Freezer Burger recipe.For now, a teaser: If you follow me on Pinterest, you may have seen some of these already ....more

Why I Finally Ditched the Scale

You guys have been telling me for years to stop nitpicking my weight. In theory, I wanted to -- really, I did. I'd go 3-6 months at a time without stepping on a scale ....more

House Notes // Vinyl Tile

We're chugging away at a few house projects before we decide to let it be for a while. Most notably, we've started re-"tiling" the entry area and kitchen/bathroom with the vinyl tile I wrote about in our Frugal Bathroom Refresh post. And wow what a difference it has made to our main level!First? ...more

6 Sneaky Ways to Fill Your Freezer

When I wrote all about our vegetarian month of freezer meals last year, I focused on a single bulk cooking weekend as the means to an end. This year, I've taken a much different approach, and it's one that I think you guys might be into. Instead of overwhelming myself with meal after meal after meal to freeze, I've built up our stash slowly over the course of a month (or thereabouts).Here are some sneaky ways to fill your freezer ....more

From The Trenches: The Terrible Threes

As we round the corner into three-year-old territory, things are changing around these parts. I thought we may well have skipped over that whole terrible two stage with only a couple months of trying behavior. Boy, was I wrong ....more

L'il Critters™ Fruit and Veggie Gummy Bears: Vegetarian Formula

I can't believe it's almost time for school to start back up again. As many of you know, Stephen is a high school English teacher, so he's already deep into his prepping for the next school year. But he's not the only member of our family headed back....more

Goodbye, Grandma

My grandmother (dad's mom) left us earlier this month after a somewhat short battle with cancer. She was diagnosed stage 4 pancreatic at the end of August, was given months, but died less than two weeks later. Last Friday we trekked home with other family for the funeral services and burial ....more

L'il Critters™ Fruit and Veggie Gummy Bears: Vegetarian Formula

I can't believe it's almost time for school to start back up again. As many of you know, Stephen is a high school English teacher, so he's already deep into his prepping for the next school year. But he's not the only member of our family headed back ....more

DIY Craft Kits (On The Cheap)

I keep seeing those clever + colorful craft boxes popping up on blogs and sidebar ads. I mean, they're cute and all, but I just can't see allocating that type of money for an activity -- art -- that can be so simple an inexpensive. And at Ada's age, I also don't care to follow directions ....more

Vegan French Onion Soup

This weekend I retooled one of my most popular recipes, Vegan French Onion Soup. I loved this sort of soup as a kid because it was often was of of the only meat-free options for me at restaurants only to find out as an adult that it -- and many other soups -- most often contains beef broth.So, as I played around with making my own mix in the past, I used a quick roux to thicken the broth and give it a nutty, fuller flavor ....more