To the Mom Who Struggles With Making Meals

This is dedicated to the mom who is struggling to put a meal on the table. Is this you? Guess what? This was me, too. With a husband who is finishing school, kids who need to be driven to their activities, and homeschooling four days a week during the school year, it can be a struggle to keep … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Potato, Ham, and Corn Chowder

Did you know that soups and chowders are one of the most frugal ways to feed a family? It is also a great way to get some extra vegetables and things that maybe your kids would prefer not to eat into your kids. I share more money saving tips like this in a post called How to Be Frugal In the … [Read more...]

Instant Pot Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

I love a creamy tomato soup. Maybe it’s because I live in Michigan, or, maybe it’s because it screams comfort food like nothing else does, but whatever the reason I love it! What’s even better is making it in your Instant Pot. I’ve also got a secret ingredient in mine that gives it a depth of flavor … [Read more...]

Perfect Steak Fries at Home (with spicy dipping sauce)

It is no exaggeration to say that I have worked on this recipe for steak fries for no less than five years. I love a good steak fry, but I want it to be baked and not fried, but I also don’t want to sacrifice that crumbly middle and outside crisp that comes when they are fried. After playing around … [Read more...]

30 Spring Cleaning Projects You Can Tackle in 30 Minutes or Less!

It’s that time of year where the sights and sounds of spring begin to unfold, which is an especially welcome sight for those of us who live in the North. After being cooped up behind closed windows and doors for six months or more, I am more than ready to see things sparkle and shine … [Read more...]

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 Using Your Instant Pot

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...]