How to Substitute Baking Ingredients

I love to cook. I bet you never knew that. Lol. Cooking is very therapeutic for me. I find baking bread, making a pizza that tastes good, or attempting just about anything baking- or cooking-wise relaxes me and gives me confidence. I have spoken repeatedly about how little my grocery budget is. I have a crazy small budget that has to cover pet food, personal products, paper products, and just about anything else you can think of that can possibly be put on the grocery budget. Making great-tasting meals from that budget has become a worthy goal....more

Small Portions!

Small Portions!  Beware of products "suggested serving size" They may not always be as accurate as they appear on the box.While Preparing Dinner for my family, upon opening the box, this is what I found~ in the box with the suggested serving size of 4. Really What 4?  If everyone just take a spoon? #smallportions...more


Hockey season is over. Can I get a ‘Yay!’?Honestly I didn’t have it all that bad, we could have been much busier with hockey than we were. Still I’m happy to have my weekends back … at least, until Soccer starts on April 20th I have a few precious Saturdays....more

Homemade Ketchup: Healthy, Easy, and Way Better Than Heinz

Yesterday, as I was cooking lunch, my oldest daughter asked the all-important question “What’s for dinner?!” (Apparently lunch isn’t important.) I informed her that I would be making chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries, and steamed vegetables. She looked at me for a second and then promptly ran to tell her little sister, “Hey Adalynn, we’re having chicken nuggets for dinner!! That means we get to have ketchup tonight!!” At first, I smiled at her excitement. What a thing to get excited over! ...more
Nothing beats homemade items. It's so delicious and fresh without all the added preservatives. ...more

What Do I Do With Those Easter Eggs?

I know, I know. Everyone knows that the best, and most traditional, way to get rid of those colored Easter Eggs the day after Easter is to throw them at your neighbor's house because their Christmas lights are still up. But did you know you can actually eat them?...more

Save the Veggies!

According to, Americans through away nearly a third of all the food they buy and about 11 billion pounds of that amount are fruits and vegetables.  Now that is some scary number.  While we argue over organic, non organic, GMO, or no GMO, we are wasting 11 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables.  We are throwing away 11 billion pounds of food that nourishes our bodies and our children’s bodies.  Not only are we throwing away and wasting all that food, we are wasting all the money that bought the food we throw away.   Something has to change.  ...more

Washing Up In Style

Do you hate doing dishes?  I do…but with these bright, colourful dishcloths, it makes the chore somewhat cheerier…. ok, maybe not, but you’ll love the look of them anyway.If you can knit and purl, then these 100% cotton dishclothes can be made in no time.  Literally, all you need is a couple hours to do one, something you can putter away with while watching The Amazing Race or better yet, get 2 done while watching the Super Bowl Hoopla next Sunday (incidentally, that is what I will be doing)....more

A Portable Pantry for Fruits & Veggies

The other night the kid and I were camped out in front of the tv with a frozen pizza baking in the oven. I was in full-on 'bad babysitter' mode since the hubs was out of town. I caught a whiff of onion-y goodness and headed into the kitchen. And as I rounded the couch I saw this guy... ...more
I love the orange. Love, love, love, love, love it.more

A Chai-Spiced Granola So Delicious You'll Be Eating It by the Handful

Editor’s note: Making homemade granola is one of those things that takes little effort and yields incredible results. Sarah from Baking Serendipity bakes up a Chai-Spiced Granola, with oats, cacao nibs, vanilla, maple syrup, and two kinds of nuts. But it’s the chai spices--ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg--that send it over the top. I’ll be eating this granola by the handful.--Jane ...more
oh gosh this sounds so goodmore

Can You Get 5 Meals and Lots of Chicken Stock Out of 2 Chickens? Yes You Can

I have had some friends ask me about how I make my homemade chicken stock, so I thought I would share it with you all today. I will warn you it is a lengthy post! First, I make chicken stock because we prefer to use organic chicken and chicken stock in our home. Yes, organic chicken is much more expensive but in our house we believe that eating organic is important to our health (we are not overzealous about it, just try to stick with organic as much as possible). ...more
@KarenLynnn It cures what ails you ;)more