Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant

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Share this: OK – I can hear some of you groaning from here: “Roasted eggplant? You’ve got to be kidding me – my kid won’t eat that!” So don’t call it “roasted eggplant.” Call it roasted dinosaur eggs, or roasted purple plant, or whatever it takes to get you and yours to give this dish… Continue reading Four-Thumbs-Up Roasted Eggplant




Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter

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Share this:It’s winter in the northern hemisphere, which is where most of you live, dear readers. Are you hibernating? Or are you out hunting for some comfort food? I recently stumbled across a collection of super-simple slow cooker recipes gathered for the New Year. As I scanned the pictures and titles, I could feel myself… Continue reading Comfort Food to Warm Your Winter




Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup

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Share this:As in, “everything but the kitchen sink soup.” In other words, this is another super-flexible recipe that can help clear out your fridge and eat up your leftovers. I first started making soups like this when I was a student, short on funds and time and looking for comfort food. As a mom, I… Continue reading Need Comfort Food Fast? Try Kitchen-Sink Soup




Do you need NO November?

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Share this:So it’s days from Halloween last week, and I’m dashing out to bulk up our candy supplies for trick-or-treating. Just one problem, though: I had a hard time finding the Halloween candy, thanks to all the Christmas displays already out in full force. Funny, I had the same problem when finishing back-to-school shopping –… Continue reading Do you need NO November?




Winter Squash Made Easy

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Share this:Most of the time, when I think of “hacks,” I think of the make-your-life-easier tips and tricks to which this website is devoted. But when I see all the winter squashes and fresh pumpkins that are now front-and-center in the produce displays at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, the last thing I want to think… Continue reading Winter Squash Made Easy




Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches

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Share this:Maybe this is your first fall making school lunches for your kiddo. Maybe you’re looking to revamp the routine. Maybe you’re realizing that the beloved PB&J’s of your childhood won’t work for your own child’s peanut allergy, or your school’s ban on peanuts. Whatever the cause, you find yourself in need of some back-to-school-lunch… Continue reading Ten Tips for Better Back-to-School Lunches




Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children

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Share this:My house is a mess of unpacking, my writing is behind schedule – can you guess that my family and I have just spent the past few weeks on various road trips? For many families, summer means travel. But the reality is that in two-parent households, parents can’t always coordinate limited vacation time with… Continue reading Sanity-Saving Hacks for Roadtripping Solo With Small Children




CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies

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Share this:The days are short, the outside temps are frigid, and what you’re going to eat this summer is probably the last thing on your mind. But ‘tis the season for CSA registration; if you haven’t already joined one for the upcoming growing season, now’s the time to act. The CSA bandwagon is one worth… Continue reading CSA and You: Save Money, Eat Better, and Get Your Kids to Love Veggies




Do You Have Your S#!t Together?

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Share this:Last weekend, a two-car accident left three people seriously injured and one woman dead. The woman was a friend of my family’s, and my mother’s entire church community is reeling with the news that she is gone and her husband has more broken bones than he can count. So am I, quite frankly. Dinah… Continue reading Do You Have Your S#!t Together?




My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets

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Share this:There are two items in my kitchen that make my life oh-so-much easier. These kitchen gadgets take a lot of extra time and work out of food prep. In the process, they make it easier for me to cook healthy meals from scratch, AND help me save money by cutting my own produce (instead… Continue reading My Two Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets




Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit

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Share this:You probably have your own toiletry kit that you keep packed for travel (if not, I strongly recommend one that hangs, so you can hang it up high, out of kiddos’ reach) – but do you also have a separate one for your littlest travelers? Keeping one packed, and reviewing its contents before each… Continue reading Traveling With Kids: Packing Your Kids’ Toiletry Kit




Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified

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Share this:First off, my apologies to those of you who will read this post and say “duh!” You’re probably at least ten steps ahead of me already on hacking mommyhood and otherwise simplifying your parental existence.   When I stop and think about what I’m about to tell you, part of me thinks, How banal! How… Continue reading Watermelon Made Easy: Summer Snacks Simplified




The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff

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Share this:First, a confession: Much as I might wish otherwise, much as I might aspire to live differently, my home does NOT look like a photo spread in Better Homes and Gardens. It’s a constant work-in-progress. And while I like to think I’m always moving forward, the reality is that it feels like an endless… Continue reading The Functional Home: Stay Organized and Clean, Even with Baby and Kid Stuff




Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag

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My eating-out bag is only about 8 inches tall, 6 inches wide, and 3 inches deep, but that's big enough to hold sippy cups, a Tiny Diner placemat, a can of wipes, and several bibs.

Share this:My kiddos and I seem to have at least one meal per week away from home. Usually it’s the weekly Wednesday night church dinner, before the kids’ choir rehearsal. Sometimes it’s lunch at Daddy’s office, or a picnic after preschool lets out. Prepping for these outings used to eat up half the morning, until… Continue reading Favorite Mom Hacks: The Eating-Out Bag