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Cooking with Little Kids

Wednesday April 18, 2012
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Cooking with Little Kids

I was recently asked me how to get the cooking  done when you have little kids underfoot.    I remember well how stressful and challenging the meal prep/dinner hour can be (also known as the “witching hour”) with little ones, so I thought I would put together some lessons learned and tips.  I should...

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Paleo-Friendly Hot Sauces

Tuesday April 3, 2012
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Paleo-Friendly Hot Sauces

We enjoy a good kick on our food and hot sauce is a great way to add some flavor.  Unfortunately, most contain icky ingredients, like soybean oil or high fructose corn syrup.  Mike is partial to habanero-based sauces (many are cayenne-based), so whenever I see one with good ingredients, I buy it.  Here are...

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Ideas for Spring Break Fun with Kids in Northern VA

Sunday April 1, 2012
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Ideas for Spring Break Fun with Kids in Northern VA

This week is Spring Break and I’ve been scrambling to come up with ideas to keep the kids occupied during our week off.  Here’s a list of ideas I’ve come up with — thanks goes to my local mom’s group and Facebook friends for giving me some great ideas.   I’m cheap, so most of...

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My Paleo Picks from Trader Joe’s

Wednesday February 29, 2012
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My Paleo Picks from Trader Joe’s

A while ago, I shared my favorite frugal picks at Trader Joe’s.  Now that we are focusing on eating paleo/primal foods, I thought I’d share what I like to buy that is paleo appropriate. Some of these items are, IMO, a really good value.   Others aren’t quite a steal, but are worth picking up...

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Coping Strategies for the Stomach Bug

Thursday February 16, 2012
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Coping Strategies for the Stomach Bug

So, the stomach bug hit our house last weekend, and didn’t leave until Valentine’s Day.   It started with our middle child puking Thursday night/Fri morning, and then progressively moved through our other two children. It also hit Mike pretty hard for a few days, while I remained operational.  Just when I thought I was...

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WFMW: Buy Bulk (Grass-fed) Beef

Wednesday February 1, 2012
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WFMW:  Buy Bulk (Grass-fed) Beef

Beef!  It’s What’s For Dinner! Yesterday, I picked up ~80lbs of grass-fed beef from a local farm.    Grass-fed beef is considerably more expensive than your average grocery store beef, but it is so much better (for you and the cow).  If you’ve never seen it, I highly recommend watching Food, Inc. to get a...

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WFMW: Dealing with Dry Chapped Hands

Wednesday January 11, 2012
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WFMW:  Dealing with Dry Chapped Hands

Well, with winter in full swing, my hands are cracked and miserable again.  I used to have a hand lotion I kept in the car I really liked, but it ran out, so I finally got out and bought some more and my hands are feeling better. Here are my tips for preventing/treating dry...

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A Quick and Easy Teacher Gift

Thursday December 22, 2011
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A Quick and Easy Teacher Gift

When it comes to teacher gifts, I like to give something homemade and also hopefully useful.  For the second year in a row, we gave our teachers some holiday goodies packed in a reusable lunch container. I like the BPA Free, bento-style EasyLunchboxes container — a 4 pack is only $13.95. This year I...

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Fun and Meaningful Christmas Season Activities

Wednesday December 7, 2011
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Fun and Meaningful Christmas Season Activities

A few years ago, I posted a list of advent ideas to provide inspiration for daily fun activities with the kids. I’m not organized enough this year to have something planned for every day, but I do hope to do many fun and meaningful activities with the kids.  Some things are just fun to...

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Cookware Alternatives to Non-Stick

Wednesday November 9, 2011
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Cookware Alternatives to Non-Stick

When we married in the late 90s, I requested and received a set of Circulon cookware.   Over the years, I have become disenchanted with non-stick cookware in general, and my Circulon in particular.  So, I’ve been slowly converting over to other styles. One of our first non-stick purchases was a pair of cast iron...

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