Menu Plan: Monday Prep to Save the Week


More activities join the pack this week! Church school for two kids, I’m teaching a class (to prepare for First Holy Eucharist– SO excited about that!), chorus, plus a curriculum night, and a new bible study. It is a busy, busy season, but it’s fun. We’ve got another couple weeks before cello and orchestra [...]

Menu Plan: And so it begins!



This is the week when all the extracurriculars kick into high gear. We are adding gymnastics, cross country, horseback riding, and a Shakespearean play this week with more starting next week. And so it begins!


This week’s menu plan isn’t terribly complicated. I’m well aware that I’m going to be running to [...]

Menu Plan: Bathroom Reno



I hope you all had lovely, restful Labor Days!


It was nice to have a long, relaxing weekend wtih my people. Well, it wasn’t exactly relaxng for my husband. Have I mentioned that he’s redoing our master bath? He redid our main bath a year ago (with my beloved green accent tiles!!) [...]

Easy Oven Nachos, featuring Progresso Chili




You know what makes me giddy and little-kid-excited? Getting packages in the mail. Fun mail is the best, isn’t it??? Kids adore getting mail too, but, especially when you’re a grown-up, it’s such a pleasure to receive something that’s not a bill or a solicitation!



So, as you can [...]

Menu Plan: Back to School + Shopping with JL



School started back up yesterday!


As I said yesterday, I was not thrilled about this. Nonetheless, change happens whether we’re ready for it or not and, when all was said and done, we all had great days. I was so, so excited to see their smiling faces climbing off the buses! Today [...]

S’mores Treats

Is it just me or do kids seem to have an awful lot of activites these days? I swear. My kids don’t even participate in that many different things, but, by time we add in school, a sport, church school, and maybe a club here and there, it feels like we’re [...]

Menu Plan: The Last Hurrah



It is our last week of summer vacation.


Boo hoo!!!!!!!


I know many, many people are more than ready for the school year to being. And I know many of you have already started. I have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into every new school year. I love the summer! [...]

I love these mixes. Yep, I said it. #spon



I bake a lot. A whole heck of a lot. I love it and, if I’m honest with you, I’ll tell you that my family has come to pretty much expect it. We have a lot of baked goods around here.


I’m a “scratch baker” for a multitude of reasons. I’m a [...]

A Little August Shopping with JL




It’s been awhile since I shared my grocery shopping! I did another “medium” shop this week, so I thought we’d take a look at that together. Sound like a plan? Here we go!



So, the first place I shopped this week was our tiny local market. You know, the kind [...]

Homemade Chocolate Frosting (using chocolate chips)

I love frosting.

I am one of those people who truly considers most cakes to be merely vehicles for getting the frosting to my mouth. My mom would tell you I come by it naturally– my dad loves frosting so much, he individually frosts each bite of a [...]