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After School Snack – Healthy, Easy, & Proactive

By | April 14th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

I don't know about your children, but when ours arrive home after school they are hun-gry. *laugh* Even after having had a great lunch at school, it's time to eat again for these growing Muffins! And to avoid them raiding the pantry and choosing to eat less-than-nutritious options *smirk*, it's good to be ON PURPOSE [...]

School Lunches: Normal, Simple, and Yummy – With a Plan

By | March 13th, 2017|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Organization, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

When we were preparing to begin this year with public school, I really wanted a great plan for our children's lunches. As simple as it sounds, I wondered how I could make sure our children have enough nutrition in that little bag? How can I make sure they'll eat it and not give it away or [...]

School Breakfasts – Planning Ahead for Healthy, Delicious, Satiating, and Simple

By | February 19th, 2017|How Do We Do That, Public School, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Can a mom really get all of those adjectives into her breakfast menu?! We can if we plan ahead! *smile* It is always important to send kids into the day with a strong start, especially when they are growing so much physically, mentally, and emotionally. And we moms have to think carefully about this especially when the [...]

Gluten-Free Granola

By | February 7th, 2017|Favorite Recipes|

My wonderful sister gave this recipe to me, and not only is it healthy and delicious, but we don't have to compromise taste or texture even though it's gluten-free. Mmm... *beam* I love to eat this with my Cold Breakfast Oatmeal! In a large bowl combine: 5 c. Rolled oats 2 c. Coconut flakes, unsweetened 2 [...]

Overnight Oatmeal

By | February 7th, 2017|Favorite Recipes|

This oatmeal recipe is prepared the night before and can be served cold the next morning with fresh fruit, granola (or gluten-free granola), and chopped nuts. Oh my taste buds... it is super delicious. Extremely healthy, filling, and satiating, takes only a few minutes to prepare, and can even be modified to be gluten-free, dairy-free, [...]

Favorite Recipes: Honey-Garlic Angel Hair Pasta

By | April 20th, 2016|Favorite Recipes|

Serves:  10-12 I found this recipe in Quick Cooking Magazine (by Taste of Home) years ago and it's been a family favorite ever since!  Sooo yummy!!!  One of our current favorite summer dinners is to serve this pasta dish along with a separate dish of spinach salad tossed with Italian salad dressing, bacon bits, and chopped red bell pepper.  Our whole family gobbles it [...]

Large Family Meal Planning & Grocery Shopping

By | November 16th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, How Do We Do That, Large Family - Small House, Organization, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Striving for organization, time efficiency, and for a low grocery budget... *smile* My meal planning strategy Using a Master Grocery Shopping List Using an Inventory Chart Minimize and rotate Utilizing additional freezer and refrigerator space Having a "deep pantry" for longer term food storage How I do shopping with the kids Creating a food pantry [...]

Mom Tips – For Cooking, #2

By | September 25th, 2015|Favorite Recipes, Mom Tips, Organization, Time Efficiency|

I so enjoy the little "mom tips" that I've come across in life - those little things that I've learned from my mom, or a mom friend, that just make life a little nicer.  Things that make the "daily-daily" just a little easier, or make me smile a little more, or maybe will be a [...]

Creating a Food Pantry From a Coat Closet

By | August 3rd, 2015|Large Family - Small House, Organization, Surrender and Blessings, Time Efficiency|

The layout of our home The new vision for the coats  The new vision for the pantry *********************************** From what I have heard from most all of our readers, living in a smaller home is actually very average and common. And many people have tried the expansive homes, and ended up down-sizing because the huge [...]

Charts & Lists That Save My Sanity

By | January 28th, 2014|Organization, Parenting, Schedules and Routines, Time Efficiency|

Here’s an inventory of some of my lists: Master Grocery List Dollar Store list Weekly Schedule Morning Routine Chart Bedtime Routine Chart Kitchen Clean Up Chart Activity Ideas List Preschool Activities Idea List Homeschool Check List Meal Ideas List Do you ever find yourself making multiple trips to the grocery store because you forgot a [...]

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