Cherry Chocolate Chip Valentine’s Day Cookies

Cherry chocolate chip cookies are the favorite around here. Made with real chunks of maraschino cherries and cherry chip cake mix, your family will LOVE these! They are a Valentine's Day tradition, which is why I'm sharing them with you now. Actually, these cookies are a favorite of mine since … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/15

It has been a fun and BUSY week for me in everything including my home here. There has been lots of exciting things going on here and on social media, and these are the things that have been keeping readers busy as the most popular posts this week! 10 Reasons You Want a Meal Plan Kitchen … [Read more...]

Zesty Pico de Gallo

I love a good pico de gallo. I like to eat it with chips, and I like to put a few dollops on as a garnish on a Mexican dish of nearly any kind. Honestly, this one is so good I've eaten it with a spoon! But like most of the recipes here, it needs to be quick, it needs to be easy, and it ideally … [Read more...]

Kitchen Countertops Cluttered? Maybe This Is Why

The kitchen counter is one of my three main hotspots that must be kept clean. For this reason, I have played around with thousands of solutions to keep the clutter under control. When cluttered countertops become a problem, one of these seven reasons is usually to blame. (this post may contain … [Read more...]

The 10 Most Popular Posts In 2016

It was an incredible year in 2016. Posts on cleaning, saving money, raising kids, managing time, and keeping our own sanity...they've all been here this past year. Here are the 10 most popular posts of 2016!   How to Clean Nasty Window Tracks Using One Simple Trick To the Mom Who … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs – Fast & Easy to Peel

So yes, I do love my Instant Pot, and it is seriously changing my life. Not only is whatever I make done so quickly, but even the same things I have always made somehow taste better made in the Instant Pot! And, this is so true for hard boiled eggs as well. Here's how to make Instant Pot Hard … [Read more...]

10 Reasons Why You Want a Meal Plan

If meal planning takes extra work, why would you want a meal plan? I feed my family for pennies on the dollar, and meal planning is one of the major ways that I use to do that. Even with a family of nine, I am still able to feed my family for $250 a month. I have learned so many tricks on … [Read more...]

Melt In Your Mouth Brownies From Scratch

There is nothing I love more than brownies. In fact, I can eat an entire batch myself in an evening, just ask my kids! Seriously though, I do love brownies, and I love Betty Crocker the best. Imagine my delight when I found a recipe that tastes just like them. Now I can still have brownies the way I … [Read more...]

The Five Most Popular Posts This Week 1/1/17

Yay!!! A new year! I love blank slates, and it can't get any more blank than it is today! But, here are the five most popular posts this week! It's the Day After Christmas, Now What? The 10 Commandments For Cleaning With a Family The After Christmas Financial Hangover 10 Reasons You … [Read more...]

Shredded Chicken in a Flash

Does shredding chicken frustrate you as much as it used to frustrate me? I'm guessing it might since you're here. Actually, this might be the best time-saving stress-saving tip you might read today. Or ever. Maybe you've discovered that chicken shreds easiest when still hot, but this can … [Read more...]

Basic White Bread Dough (using your bread maker!)

If you are looking for a simple and basic all around white bread dough, then I've got just what you need. It gets even better when I tell you that it can be made in the bread maker. Eating a lot of homemade bread items are a major part of feeding my family on a budget, so having a solid recipe … [Read more...]

How to Clean Your Glass Top Stove the Frugal & Non Toxic Way

Do you know the frugal way to clean your glass top stove like magic? And, it uses only two things you probably already have. I love a shiny stove, but I always hated spending $5 or more for the glass top stove cleaner. There had to be an easier and money saving way. So, I set about looking for … [Read more...]

Your Kids Can Cook?! (yes, and here’s how to teach them!)

Your kids can cook? I hear this question all the time from exasperated moms who are looking for just a bit of relief. Meals are never-ending in a family, and they are also one of the most mundane things we as moms need to handle. "Your kids can cook?" people ask. And I tell them, yes they … [Read more...]

The Ultimate Ham & Cheese Sliders That Feed a Crowd!

Sliders are the ultimate party food, aren’t they, and these ham and swiss cheese sliders are to die for. What makes this particular recipe a great party food is that it feeds a crowd with minimal effort, but you’ll be a superstar. Unless you’re like me and have to feed a crowd on any ordinary day … [Read more...]

Mexican Fried Ice Cream Dessert

I’m really not sure that there is any dessert item that is loved more in our household than this Mexican fried ice cream. I love it because it takes me back to when I was in high school when my best friend and I used to walk to a nearby Chi Chi’s restaurant and get some Mexican fried ice cream. I … [Read more...]