November Meal Plan

Last month was my second-ever endeavor to meal plan for an entire month, and it was SUCH a blessing! One less thing to plan. One less thing to ponder over. I simply wrote down ingredients I needed and went shopping. Easy-peasy. So, I'm doing it again because we're entering the busy season, and I know supper will be the last thing from my mind amidst all the activities, baking, crafting, shopping, eating, and running from place to place. While it's tempting to chunk the meal plan when … [Read more...]

October Meal Plan

I'm a meal planner. While a weekly meal plan is usually my go-to, I'm finding that planning meals for the month frees up my time during the week. I know some people prefer to be spontaneous, but that doesn't work for me. I enjoy cooking but need a plan or else when 5:00 rolls around, I lose my cool. It's not pretty. Usually, I plan meals for the week. On Friday afternoons, I sit down with my computer and family cookbook and look at what's on sale at the local grocery store. Then, I plan … [Read more...]

How to Attract Butterflies to Your Yard

My girls and I recently did a unit study on butterflies. Using this kit we watched our caterpillars go through metamorphosis, becoming chrysalids and finally lovely Painted Lady butterflies. Feeding, watching, and taking care of these precious creatures linked us very closely to them -- so close that when we released them, we all shed tears. My girls wanted their butterflies to stay in our yard. So we did a little research and discovered a few ways to not only keep our butterflies around our … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {June 1-7}

I can't believe we're already in June! The weather is definitely warming up here in Tennessee, so we're venturing outside in the early morning hours to play and then coming in for school. This week kicks off our official "start" of the school year. Yes, I know most people are finishing up now, but we've had a 6-week long break, and we're eager to get back in to our routine. So, here's what's on our menu this week: Sunday B: Cinnamon rolls (store-bought), sausage links & eggs L: … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {5/25-31} + Frugal Chicken Tips

We are gearing up for a spectacular week! This weekend we celebrated Daniel's niece's high school graduation and on Sunday traveled to my hometown for a friend's wedding. This will be our last week of "summer break" as we plan to start back to school on June 2. My girls are eager to get back to work, so we will probably do a little math, reading, and handwriting this week to ease back into our routine. Later this week, I hope to post our curriculum plans this week as well as a look at our … [Read more...]

Weekly Meal Plan {5/18-24} + A Thrifty Tip

My parents kept our children this weekend so my husband and I could go out for our anniversary dinner. As a result, we were able to grocery shop for the week -- sans kids. Plus, we had a romantic and very quiet dinner out. I'm very excited because we finally ordered the deep freeze we've been wanting, so now I will have room to store all our freezer meals. I cannot wait to see if this freezer will really hold the 480 pounds of food it claims :) This week's meal plan consists of a few new … [Read more...]

What’s in Season: April Produce

My wonderful Dad turned up our garden last month, and I'm eagerly awaiting warm weather so we can plant. So far, we've sown seeds of frost-resistant veggies like lettuce, peas, spinach, and broccoli. I think I waited too late to plant my broccoli but oh well. The chart above lists what's in season, that is, the most prominent fruits and vegetables you will find growing in April. As I've mentioned before, buying seasonal produce is an excellent way to save money because these foods are usually … [Read more...]

Spinach Strawberry Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Spring has finally sprung here in Tennessee, and with all the daffodils blooming and everything turning green, I've been craving salads. The March produce has been bountiful (and cheap!), so I just had to share with you one of my favorite spring salads. There's just something about the combination of sweet (from the strawberries) and tangy (from the balsamic vinaigrette) that makes this salad so delicious. You can throw in whatever ingredients you have on hand, but here's my favorite way … [Read more...]

Seasonal Produce: 1 Simple Way to Improve Your Family’s Diet

One of my 2014 personal goals is to improve our family's diet. I'm a "from-scratch" cooker and generally avoid canned soups and convenience foods because of their high sodium, preservative-laden ingredients, and, frankly, I don't like them. However, recent bouts with morning all-day sickness have quashed my desire to cook, eat, or do anything food-related lately, and I've fallen prey to those convenient jarred sauces, frozen dinners, and quick-fix meals to get my family fed. I'm not … [Read more...]

Dress-Up Gifts for Children {Unique Ideas for Christmas}

Join me each Thursday in December as I will be sharing some unique Christmas gift ideas that move beyond Toys-R-Us, won’t break the bank, will outlast 2013, and, hopefully, create beautiful memories for your children. Not a day goes by that my little girls don't dress up. While the sky's the limit for what or who they become, they typically pretend to be princesses, fairies, kitty cats, or Princesses Hildegarde & Sofia. The stories they create as they prance around in flowing gowns or … [Read more...]