Sausage Pepper Ziti (A Make Ahead Meal)

If you saw my post on Friday then you knew that we were having Sausage Pepper Ziti this week. Well, tonight was the night, however, when the time came to get things cooking, I couldn’t find my recipe. I realized… I’ve made this at least a dozen times, I don’t need the recipe! So, I made it, tweaked it, and I tell ya, it’s the best batch I’ve ever made. This happens to be Oscar’s favorite … Read more…

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…