Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
This time of year it seems we all have that fall craving for pumpkin
treats. Pumpkin is such a versatile ingredient – it’s great in
everything from muffins,
to soup, to the time-treasured pumpkin pie. I have recently discovered a
new way to serve pumpkin that can double as both a snack and dessert...
The next time you’re deciding on what appetizer to serve your guests or
which dish to bring to your next potluck, take a minute to rethink how
you will serve it. I love the idea of ditching the go-to pasta bowl or
veggie platter and opting for a more unique way to serve up crowd
Thursday, November 7, 2013
Chips have always been a popular snack, but lately its sweet potato,
kale and even apple chips that are getting all the buzz. This recipe for
Cinnamon Apple Chips really gives them the perfect crunch and flavor
that keep you wanting more...
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Fall is well underway and the season always tends to bring a bounty of
apples. If you’re looking for new ways to serve these delicious fall
fruits, consider incorporating them into your next appetizer...
Thursday, October 31, 2013
My oldest child is the pickiest of eaters, something I never imagined
I'd have to deal with since neither my husband nor I are picky eaters.
We learned that encouraging her to eat a diverse selection of food and
expand her palate is...
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
The idea of creating a cheese platter for guests can be a bit
overwhelming. Deciding between the many unique cheeses and trying to
come up with the correct flavor, texture combinations and serving sizes
can get to be difficult...
Halloween is such a fun time of the year and a highlight for many
children and parents. With obesity rates and cavities on the rise
parents, like myself, are always looking for some healthy tips around
this time of the year...
One of my favorite snacks to make ahead is a yummy snack mix. There is
something so tasty about the combination of salty and sweet that appeals
to almost everyone. Make a snack mix this Halloween to enjoy yourself,
give as gifts, or both!...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
The kitchen is an area of my house I feel in control of and know I can
easily maintain. Since I'm preparing meals daily, it’s important that I
keep it clean and organized. I've found there are little things I can do
throughout the day...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Smoothies are a great way to enjoy something delicious without all the
guilt of drinking a milkshake or indulging in a rich desert. This
smoothie is made with frozen bananas which gives it a very creamy body
that is super satisfying...
Thursday, October 17, 2013
...Over the years I’ve learned that homework does not mean hovering over
your child and asking them questions every minute. For parents, homework
means offering your little ones support and encouraging them to do
their best. Below are my favorite homework tips that have truly been
lifesavers throughout the years...
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Your home is your personal oasis and though it may not always feel like
the most relaxed environment, it is a space to unwind and enjoy your
family. Having a clean and organized home definitely plays a factor in
my mood. I've noticed when clutter builds up and I fall behind on
cleaning, I feel more stressed...
Who doesn’t love a great muffin? These baked treats are all relatively
low-in-fat and calories, and most are packed with fresh fruit, fiber and
“good-for-you” fats. With fall around the corner, we start to eat a ton
of pumpkin at my house...
...The key to hosting the perfect event is to find the balance of a
super-star hostess and laid back entertainer. Seem like too much to
figure out? Accomplishing the perfect hosting style is much simpler than
you think. The one trick that will help you pull it all off is to
...Upon returning home from this epic adventure, I was greeted with an epic
mess. My son’s room looked like it had been raided by wolves. Our
basement looked like the staging area of a postal company. My daughter
had slipped under the radar during all of this and hadn’t cleaned her
room in at least three weeks...
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Your child’s birthday happens only once a year, yet often party planning
tasks can seem tedious and drawn out. From deciding on where to have
the party to which guests to invite − the decisions can add up. One of
the most important choices you (and your birthday child) will have to
decide on will be the party theme....