Pizza Night


Ever since the girls were very little, Friday night has been pizza night at our house. It's a nice way to wind down a busy school/work week, and it's easy for me because the amount of prep is minimal. I'd like to give you a peek into pizza night at our house, and I'll start […] Keep Reading

Recipe for High Protein “Power Bars”


Several readers have requested this terrific recipe, but please note that while I have personalized it somewhat, I cannot take credit for it. When we had health insurance through Wellmark this recipe was in their monthly magazine for members. I first made it with protein powder from Wal-Mart, which is full of chemicals and tastes gross, but I […] Keep Reading

Back to School, 2014


My kids went back to school on Tuesday, and I've spent the last several days walking around in an exhausted fog. Bee is in 7th grade now, which means that she's very busy, and when she's busy, I'm busy. In addition to her core classes, she's also in choir and LEO (what our school calls […] Keep Reading

The Family Table in Real Life


In my What I Do post, I mentioned that I try to cook most of our meals from scratch, and this prompted a reader comment, "As much as I like cooking, I get so tired of the planning and cleaning up, day after day. It's so much easier to go out." Me too. I completely […] Keep Reading

The Annual Back-to-School Kid Room Clean-up


Fortunately, I don't need to spread this project out over 3 full days like I used to. Now that the girls are older they're a big help, but this is still an enormous undertaking, and I'm always very tired (but relieved) when it's over. I usually do this about a week before school starts, and on the […] Keep Reading


I was wondering if you could write a post on toy/ art supply storage. I love the toy library idea, but I have mixed ages and I dont really know where I should store my 1 year olds toys, and things that she cant play with yet like markers, legos, puzzles, etc. I was also […] Keep Reading

Well, I thought I could finish up the Q & A today, but I can't....there are too many questions! So, watch for Part 3 on Monday! i would love to get more information from you how to handle my daughter 23 left just after her graduation with her boyfriend.she is still gone.she told me […] Keep Reading

Your Questions Answered – August, 2014


I receive a lot of questions, both in comments and by email, and sometimes on Facebook. I always wish to offer a thoughtful response, so I have an unfortunate habit of reading and "filing" them away to be answered when I have more time. Sadly, I have a knack for "misplacing" questions that I've intended […] Keep Reading

What I Do…and What I DON’T Do

It seems like whenever I write a post about making something from scratch, or doing some creative project perhaps, I receive an email asking me how I "do it all." Though this is, of course, not the intention, these emails make me feel somewhat guilty because I never want my blog to give anyone the […] Keep Reading

Easy Homemade Nut-Free Granola Recipe


One of our favorite breakfasts is Greek yogurt topped with a little drizzle of honey and some granola. The frugal zealot in me objects to paying $4.50 for a 28-ounce box of granola because it works out to 16 cents an ounce, which is not within my acceptable price range for prepared breakfast cereals (see […] Keep Reading

Life in Pictures


Last night I realized that I had a whole bunch of random photos on my camera. They aren't related, and they aren't from any momentous event, but there are too many cute ones to not post them! First, a whole bunch of pictures from Vacation Bible School: I feel that all of my children have […] Keep Reading

Our 2014 Summer Scrapbook, Volume 3


The kids start school in 3 weeks. 3 weeks!  I have mixed feelings about this. Part of me is absolutely ready for them to go back, but I also feel like I've barely even seen Bee this summer, and we haven't had time to do anything special as a family. I also feel like it […] Keep Reading