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The lazy days of summer are winding down and before you know it, lots of kids everywhere will be heading back to school. We're homeschoolers, so the whole "back-to-school" experience isn't quite what is for many of you, but still -- back-to-school time means getting back to routines.
As a mom who makes all the menu plans, the one who grocery shops, and the one who cooks for my family, it's clear to me that by making easy meal changes, I can make a positive impact on how my family eats. In the book Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think, by Dr. Brian Wansink, he shares how even small changes in people’s everyday food decisions can make a positive difference on their health.
But where do we start and can a small change really make much of a difference?
When my husband and I were first married, I never cooked with garlic. It's not because I didn't want to...it was because David couldn't handle it. None of my cooking used it. Well, except spaghetti sauce, but David has always been the spaghetti sauce maker in our house and he would use some garlic powder in that. That's all though.
The reasons for his dislike of garlic was that his grandmother made a baked chicken recipe that used "tons" of garlic powder. He says she made it a couple times a
It is that time of the year again - back to school! No matter if your children have been back for a while or if they are just started in the last week or two, you can never have too many lunch ideas!
1. Take leftover cooked chicken breast and make chicken strips. Pack dippers such as salsa, ranch dressing, barbecue sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, or pizza sauce. If you have leftover chicken thighs or drumsticks, remove chicken from the bone, cube, and pack with with a small cocktail fork for
At the end of the month, our family is moving from the East coast to the West coast. It's a big move, which means the items in our freezer and refrigerator must be used or we will have to give them away. The move is expensive, so while giving items away will make someone happy, it will make my finances much more happy to know that we have used what we have on hand. Needless to say, it's use it or lose it time.
We've had big moves like this before, so I have learned quite a bit, including how to
Like many people, I learned a lot of my cooking skills from my mom. She isn't a professional, but a home cook who has always been passionate about trying new things in the kitchen. She's learned and perfected so much: making all sorts of breads, cheeses, pasta, tamales -- you name it and she's probably made it.With my renewed interest in cooking at home more, I've been trying lots of new ingredients and techniques. With this, I find myself wishing I could just get in the car and drive over to my
One of the favorite places in my house is the kitchen. Big surprise, huh? I'm sure it's that way for many people. It's where you cook, bake, nibble, eat, chat about your day - and that's just the tip of the iceberg. It's #1 on my list as far as the room we use most often.If your home consists of little ones, I think having the kitchen be a fun space is very important. Our kitchen was never off limits to our children when they were growing up and I feel that by making it an inviting place for
I've always enjoyed having a meal plan each week. The week's that I don't do it, I am stressed and feel frazzled. I've tried so many things over the years, so I thought I would share a few ideas with everyone -- things I have personally done at points and times. Perhaps one of these ideas will be something you can use while creating your menu plan:
10 Simple Ideas For Making Meal Planning Easier
1. Plan one night per week to be your "YOYO" night, which means "you on your own". On this