Working Mom Weekly Meal Plan: Bowtie Pasta Bake and More

It has really surprised me how many people have given me feedback as I’ve posted my weekly menu plans. And it seems that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had time to post on the blog. I thought I’d write a little about the process I go through each weekend to help you start to create menus. Remember: every mom is a working mom, it’s just that some of us have less…

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Make-Ahead Meal Plan: Meatball Sandwiches and More

It’s true that all moms are working moms. Whether you work outside the home or in the home, juggling weekday meals with work, school, and evening activities is always a challenge. Last week I shared my meal plan, and several people said it helped them with ideas for their own families. Tonight, I pre-made my meals again. This time, I only had about an hour with which to do it,…

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18-inch Doll Crochet Hat Pattern: Flowered Cloche

I’ve tried many of the free patterns on the internet for doll hats that fit American Girls dolls. They always left something to be desired for me. Either they were really boring, or they fell off every 5 seconds. So I developed my own pattern that is super cute and actually stays on! This Flowered Cloche and Scarf for 18-inch dolls can be made with acrylic or cotton yarn. It…

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Southern Chow Chow from the Garden

When this Northeastern Italian/Irish gal married her Southern husband , she got a proper introduction to southern food.  I went from saying, “So… you just eat the pinto beans by themselves?” and “What the heck is Chow Chow?“, to insisting on stone ground cornmeal for my homemade cornbread and singing praises for beans in a crock pot with a ham hock. So here is my husband’s famous chow chow recipe…

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Easy Herb Gardening: Container Garden

As I was chatting on Twitter last night, I mentioned that I love cooking with herbs from my garden.  Some of my friends were very impressed, and I thought, “I bet they don’t know how easy it is!”  So I made this video, showing you my container herb garden, and how easy it is to make your own! In the video, you’ll see my Whiskey Barrel planter filled with Rosemary,…

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Backyard Barbecue Kits: Teacher Gifts under $5

There’s always a parent at each school. This parent is the one that elicits oohs and aahs from the teachers when they realize her child is in their class. She is always there to volunteer, and gives the best teacher gifts at Christmas and the end of the year. While I am not this mom, I’m not the one they groan about either (I hope). OK, now I’m paranoid, someone…

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Fool-Proof Homemade New York Style Cheesecake

New York Style Cheesecake has always been in the “I’ll never be able to make that, so I might as well not try” category, for me.  As I was having dinner with my dear friend Jamie, she told me about her first experience making a cheesecake from scratch.  I listened in amazement as she described her fool-proof method, and how easy it was! So I decided to try her method,…

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The Perfect Hard-Boiled Egg!

Just in time for Easter, you’ll have beautiful (and yummy) Easter Eggs.  If you still need some Easter ideas, check out this post with some great Easter books and ideas! OK, Folks! After years of perfecting the hard-boiling of eggs, I am officially going to share THE way to do it, avoiding cracked eggs, sticky shells, and green yolks! 1. Start with fresh eggs, but actually, the slightly older ones…

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