Just in the last few months, I’ve noticed something interesting start to happen each time I enter the kitchen that I didn’t necessarily initiate. My daughters follow me in there, curiousity getting the best of them, and they stick around to “help” me cook. © jackfrog – stock.adobe.com Now, you should know that I’ve alwaysContinue Reading..
About 7 weeks ago, I gave you the recipe for the most delicious pizza dough you will ever make. For reals. But I left you hanging, because I didn’t offer a nice pizza sauce to compliment it, now did I? I’m going to rectify that today and give you some delicious options for homemade pizzaContinue Reading..
When I got pregnant for the first time over 4 years ago, I was not ready for the sudden changes morning sickness brought to my life. I wish I had known then what I know now, since I just went through morning sickness for a third time. I had no idea that morning sickness couldContinue Reading..
I’ll tell you what. I have been looking forward to spring for one reason, and one reason only: all the fresh, springy produce available to eat! © zoryanchik / Dollar Photo Club It seems as though winter is left with far fewer delicious fruits and veggies than any other season, and spring is a greatContinue Reading..
The first few years of our marriage, I was all over the place with our meal plans. There were a few meals I would make over and over again because my husband loved them, but I loved exploring the kitchen and learning how to cook. So most nights, I was cooking something we had never had before.Continue Reading..
Here’s what happens when you marry the man of your dreams…with a mother who cooks like an Italian chef. First, you try, try, try again. Every meal you make is silently compared to the mother-in-law’s, and you know you likely will never win. Until you make something that mother-in-law doesn’t specialize in. Then, you’re golden.Continue Reading..
When we cut back on how much we were spending on groceries, there were just some foods I was not willing to stop buying. I make pretty much every meal from scratch, and that means I need to use several different foods to add more flavor and help the dish out a bit. I amContinue Reading..
When you start a family and know that your financial burden will naturally increase, it’s easy to wish that you were in a better situation and could afford just about everything under the sun for that little bun in your oven. I am grateful we didn’t have a lot of money when starting our family,Continue Reading..
Now that I have two toddlers in the house, I really want to get more variety into our diets. Like most families, we have certain foods that we tend to buy over and over. That really is great for keeping the grocery bill down, but it’s not so great for little growing bodies and keepingContinue Reading..
I’ve mentioned before that my dad taught me how to budget after I got my first real part-time job in high school. Budgeting seemed easy enough, especially because my expenses were fairly low and I had two goals in mind: to pay off my adorable new-to-me VW Cabrio and save as much money as possibleContinue Reading..
I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of putting together a recipe binder. I would love to gather all our family favorite recipes and put them into one easy-to-access cookbook, but it’s been hard to visualize how it should come together. Do I put the recipes in alphabetical order? Wouldn’t recipes by meal make moreContinue Reading..
I looked at my sweet baby girl, just two months old, and I realized that I didn’t know her. These past months I had been feeding her, rocking her to sleep, and changing her diaper, but she still felt so distant. It was almost like I was just a caretaker and not her mom. Disclosure: This postContinue Reading..
After I gave birth to both of my daughters, people in my neighborhood and some family members brought over meals for about 3 days. It was wonderful. No, downright glorious. I didn’t have to think about cooking, and I got to taste some really yummy stuff that others made. Since I know what it’s likeContinue Reading..
We bought a house 2 1/2 years ago. When I say bought, I mean we borrowed a large amount of money, forked over a small amount of cash, and landed ourselves a 30-year loan with a payment that includes the cost of the mortgage, home insurance, taxes, and private mortgage insurance (or PMI). © IrianaContinue Reading..