Every Day Baked Beans

every day baked beans

Summer eating is so much fun! When it’s time to fire up the grill for some tasty burgers, everyone gets excited. My family gets especially excited when they know I’m making baked beans, which is one of their faves. But I definitely do not want to create an overheated house by turning on my oven. My ‘Every Day Baked Beans’ recipe uses the microwave instead. They are quick, easy, and oh, so delicious! And I Continue Reading

Cut Your Grocery Budget – Without Coupons

cut your grocery budget

One of the biggest things my fellow Mamas I complain to each other about is … grocery shopping.  No one likes doing it, and everyone feels like they spend way too much money when they do.  Almost all of us feel stressed, overwhelmed, and unprepared when we head into the grocery store, and the result is too often a cart full of stuff we don’t need – and a huge bill at the register.  Sound Continue Reading

St. Patrick’s Day Shamrock Punch

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Punch

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY! Today is a day that our family really enjoys celebrating – from the wearing of the green to the eating of the corned beef, and especially the drinking of the Guinness!  😉 One of our favorite things to make our St. Paddy’s Day feast fun is making a ‘Shamrock Punch’.  Since none of us is a huge fan of the exactly 2 Kool-Aid flavors that are actually green, nor are we overly fond Continue Reading

Using A Menu Planner

Here’s an update on how using a menu planner is working out … I decided to test a customizable, two-week menu planner, first – I found it here.  I thought it would be a good way to begin, two-weeks at a time, and with a plan that I could customize before printing. (Do you LOVE that I had to Google how to take a screenshot of this to show y’all??  I swear I’m trying to learn some new tricks!  lol) Continue Reading

Organized and Orderly: Meal Planning

Christmas Sunrise

It’s time to enact some of my exciting plans to be more organized and orderly in this new year. There are actually so many areas where I want to be more organized … it was a mind-scrambling challenging task to figure out where to begin.  I made a list of all the things I felt I could be doing better:  Meal planning; home school record keeping; house cleaning; blogging; Mama Time.  I thought about which of those areas I was ‘managing’ Continue Reading

Fool Proof Homemade Bread

Our family of six eats a lot of bread products.  Bread at the grocery store can be crazy expensive, which is why I always wanted to make my own homemade bread. For years I tried both traditional methods and bread machines, but never produced anything that was very good.  For a long time, I grudgingly bought bread for my family.  Until I finally discovered this amazingly simple, yet fool proof homemade bread recipe. Homemade Bread Brings Continue Reading

5 Summer ‘Can’t Live Without’ Items

It occurred to me the other day that there are a few items I just can’t seem to get along without, especially in the summer.  I know everyone has a favorite ‘stuff’ list:  A lipstick shade that always makes your smile look fabulous, for example; or a pair of sandals that go with absolutely everything and never, ever make your feet hurt no matter how many laps walked around the fairgrounds.  I thought it might be fun to share with all Continue Reading

Summer Friendly Meals: Grilled Veggie Sandwiches

summer friendly meals

Summer gets so, so, so hot here in southern Kansas. Because I don’t want to heat up my house by using the oven, we do a lot of grilling, slow cooking, and other summer friendly meals.  It’s easy to please everyone around here when the meal is your basic ‘meat & potatoes’.  But finding a light, summer friendly meatless meal is a little more tricky.  So when I threw this grilled garden veggie sandwich together one Continue Reading