Christmas Gift Idea: Make Your Own Gifts, No Crafts Needed

When I shop, and especially when I Christmas shop, I search high and low for gifts that are unique and fit my recipient’s personality.  I want the gift to really make them light up with excitement.  I’m not looking for expensive or big, but fun and out-of-the-ordinary.  My three tenets of gift shopping are unique, […]

Eating Healthy(er) During the Holidays

Our Thanksgiving meal is just about complete, so I’m taking a few minutes to voice a few thoughts about making the holiday meals somewhat healthier.  I know some people successfully transform the traditional meal into something approaching healthfood nirvana.  For the rest of us, it’s about making smaller substitutions.  I thought about this when I was […]

Do’s and Don’ts for Thanksgiving Meal Shopping

I finished most of my Thanksgiving meal shopping last night.  Hate me, if you want.  I was in town near my favorite grocery stores.  I was childless.  A winter storm is predicted for the next few days, which in Central Texas means it is 40 degrees with a little light rain thrown in.  It seemed […]

Beat the Holiday Bloat With Portion Control

Holiday meals could more appropriately be called binge-eating on steroids.  I admit that I have coordinated my Thanksgiving day clothes with elastic waistband pants.  It’s better than putting someone’s eye out with a ricocheting button. While losing weight is probably one of most people’s top three New Year’s resolutions every single year, you can get a […]

I’ve Been Busy in the Kitchen

Fall is a great time to get busy in the kitchen.  It’s not 500 degrees, and there are usually great deals on produce to can, freeze, dehydrate, or otherwise stock.  Let me show you what I’ve been doing. My garden was pitiful this summer.  I didn’t plant a large one, but the grasshoppers ate what […]

FREE Ebook Offer from Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures

One of the blogs I read pretty faithfully is Lynn’s Kitchen Adventures.  Lynn lives in the country.  Just like us.  Lynn homeschools.  Just like us.  Lynn likes to cook from scratch.  Just like me.  Lynn has food allergies.  We have some suspected allergies we are trying to pinpoint and control.  We’re practically twins, except that […]

Mom’s Monday Mingle Blog Hop – Come Have Fun!

I’ve been blogging at MomToManyGirls for almost two years now.  I’ve had so much fun meeting new people and reading other blogs.  One way to find new blogs is to visit Blog Hops or Linky Parties or whatever someone calls them.  Lots of bloggers get together and leave links to their blog or particular posts, […]

11 Ways to Zip Up Any Meal With Mushrooms

In  honor of National Mushroom Month, #Fall4Mushrooms, I am posting a few ideas on using mushrooms.  Not exactly a hard thing for me to do. As I have incorporated more vegetables into our meals, mushrooms have been an easy addition to many dishes.  Here are just a few tips for slipping that versatile veggie in: […]

Mushrooms in the Morning

I scream. You scream. We all scream for mushrooms.  Doesn’t have quite the same ring, huh?  But I do love mushrooms, and that’s why I jumped a the chance to promote them during National Mushroom Month,  #Fall4Mushrooms.  Who knew there was such a thing? How do I love mushrooms?  Let me count the ways!  First, for breakfast.  […]

What’s better than FREE?

If you’re planning on camping this weekend, or any weekend for that matter, go grab this FREE e-book, The Family Camping Handbook: Real Food in the Big Woods.  Regularly $4.95, it’s free just for the weekend. The Family Camping Handbook is full of tips and recipes for tent camping with children.  Can it get better […]