Trick or Treats: Post-Halloween Menu and a Zojirushi Treat!

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One of the things we strive for when planning our menus is making everything fit together. We look to use ingredients in different ways throughout the week so that we are making the most with what we have. We also benefit from a well-stocked pantry. P.S. We don’t always stick to the menu, but it […]

Enjoying Fall Pears with Jessica from Life as MOM

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‘Tis the season for pears, and Jessica from GoodCheapEats and Life as MOM is here to give you a few great ideas of what to make with them. I’m taking some time this week to get caught up on work, get my manuscript off to my editor and whatnot. If you follow me on Twitter, […]

Eat Well, Spend Less: Hearty Breakfasts for Cold Mornings

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This month in the Eat Well, Spend Less series we’re moving into fall with ideas to keep you fed and frugal all winter long. We’ll start with hearty breakfasts to keep you warm on those cold mornings. The return of cold weather means many things. Jackets will no longer be optional as my kids run […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa and Moving Forward

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This tomato salsa is roasted over the grill to add some depth and flavor to a homemade salsa combination. Can it for later or serve it fresh. I got up from the couch in a huff. The majority of my marital disagreements focus on two things: church and a clean house. They often come when […]

Roasted Tomato Salsa

5 pounds meaty tomatoes (about 7 cups) 2 large whole onions 5-6 jalapeños 5-6 garden salsa peppers 3 tablespoons olive oil 5 cloves garlic, minced 1 ½ cups lime juice (bottled) 1 tablespoon salt ¼ cup packed cilantro, chopped 1 tablespoon cumin Heat grill to medium-high. Slice tomatoes and onions in half. Remove seeds from […]

An Organized October and Unprocessed School Lunches

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This month I’m participating in October Unprocessed on Eating Rules. Today’s menu is a look at school lunches and what to pack for kids when avoiding fruit snacks, packaged cookies and juice boxes. Plus, how to manage busy home and work lives. I admit that Friday is not the day to be planning a menu, […]

Strawberry Groundcherry Jam and Summer’s Last Hurrah

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The last of the everbearing strawberries and groundcherries from the market find love as a sweet jam. It’s been warm here, the kind of warm that makes you want to take long bike rides through the trail system that runs just east of your house, stopping to enjoy the view of the lakes and swamps […]