Menu Plan: The First Heavy Snow



As I type this, a very heavy snow is blanketing our yard. They called off school already yesterday evening in anticipation of the Nor’Easter set to hit us. Six to sixteen inches, the Weather Channel said, which just made me laugh because, really? That’s a crazy range!


Anyway, for now, the children [...]

Mid-November Grocery Shopping with JL



I know everyone prefers the nice, clear table shots, showing all the food. I’ll be honest– it was “feels like 8 degrees” yesterday and I was in a hurry. I’ll still list everything out for you, though– promise. Fair enough?


Alrighty, let’s go shopping!





1 qt. vanilla [...]

Menu Plan: Friday Excitement!!





Well, Hallelujah!



That’ll help a bit. Still, groceries aren’t cheap, but I carry on with trying to make the best of it. It helps immensely that my piggy children are all huge fans of rice, beans, and eggs. So glad they’re not demanding!


The menu plan [...]

Menu Plan: Stretching Meat





What the heck happened to the prices of meat and butter, anyway? Landsakes, it’s terrifying out there! Okay, so it’s not THAT bad, but, still, butter is easily twice what it was this time last year and meat prices around here are enough to make me cringe. I could mope around [...]

Menu Plan: Putting Off Shopping



I realized at the end of last week that the first of the month fell on a Saturday. Now, if given the choice, I prefer to avoid grocery stores on Saturdays. When the beginning of the month AND a weekend collide, chaos is bound to ensue. (Plus, I didn’t feel like tripping over [...]

Menu Plan: New Horizons



Oops! I’m typically pretty good about getting my menu plan up for you all to peruse on Tuesdays. That day works well for me and I like to be consistent when I can be. Yesterday, however, was not a typical Tuesday and, well, it never got posted. Sorry about that!


What was [...]

Feta-Studded Braided Loaf

Homemade bread is such a delicious treat alongside soup, pasta, or even a big salad. Don’t be intimidated at the thought of making it yourself! This lovely loaf comes together quickly and easily and requires absolutely no special equipment.

Print Feta-Studded Braided Loaf Author: JessieLeigh Prep time:  90 [...]

Menu Plan: Lots of Meatless Meals



Let me cut to the chase here– the grocery budget is not doing what it used to. Between rising food costs and (significantly) growing appetites, I’m finding myself scrambling by the last third of the month. Don’t get me wrong– we’re certainly not going hungry and I’m not complaining. I’m just consistently amazed [...]

Spanish Rice with Chicken and Corn

Way back, well before we had children, when both of us worked in banking and I was just learning to cook and try new things, this was one of my favorite dishes to make. Of course, back then, I made it by buying the Spanish Rice & Sauce packet and a [...]

Menu Plan: Oh, the beauty!





The first half of October is spectacular here.


I know people have lots of hometown pride and like to argue about why their neck of the woods reigns supreme. Having lived a lot of different places all over this country, I’m one of the first to admit that there [...]