Two Week Meal Plan and An Epiphany

We all make meal plans, right? Some weekly, some monthly. For years now I have made meal plans on a two-week budget. Anyone of you who has to do this knows how hard it can be. We inevitably run out of milk and bread a couple of days before the next payday. I love my big freezer in the garage. I try to get at least one day of freezer cooking in each week- whether … Read more…

Turkey Burger with Olive Relish

Doesn’t this look delicious? This was one of the best, most fresh dinners we have had in a while. My husband, Renato, whipped this up in less than half an hour. I do love that man. Want a closer look? Oh yes, it was fantastic. His olive relish atop a turkey burger on a bed of organic greens. Oh my soul- be still!   Here’s the recipe for the relish: Renato’s Olive Relish 3 tomatoes … Read more…

Perfect Spot for Books- Repurposing a Dish Drainer

I have a fifth grader and ninth grader-  and of course the one and two year olds. Our school room is a library/ workspace/ research center/ playroom/ craft room all rolled into one. I am always looking for new ways to organize and maximize space. I have tried workboxes, cubes, shelves,  plain old stacks of books, everything I think of to store the kids’ books. I desperately wanted to keep each child’s books together, easily accessible and, of course, … Read more…

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins

Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins with Cinnamon Oat Topping I made some delicious muffins the other morning. Now when I say muffins, you probably think some kind of white cake mix with a frosting, right? Wrong! These are blueberry oatmeal muffins with a cinnamon crumble topping. Oh. My. Word. My oldest son ate 6 of the 12! Here’s the super yummy recipe… Muffins 2 cups oats 1/2 cup honey 1/2 teaspoon sea salt 1 teaspoon baking powder … Read more…