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fridge, freezer and pantry apps

How many times have you gone to the grocery store, made your purchases and returned home only to find you already had one (or more than one!!) of those items already in your fridge, freezer or pantry? Or stored leftovers from a meal in the freezer only to forget you had them there in the first place… until many months later when they are covered in the freezer fuzz? I’ve been there way too many times myself and a conversation with a friend today prompted me to search for apps that can help with that. Here are a few free …

saving time // grocery shopping tip

One simple step I’ve been trying to take lately is to bag the items I buy at the grocery store according to where I need to store it when I get home. Since cloth bags are *the thing* these days, it makes it so much easier. I’ve found this saves me time when I’m unpacking and shelving and storing everything when I get home. With four kids and many things on the go, every minute saved on routine tasks is a huge blessing. How about you? Do you pack your own groceries at the store? Do you have a time-saving …

project pare, where I’ve been, where I’m headed

Yes I’ve been a little MIA here. Summertime, and a season to adjust to all kids in school and a new job for my husband and well, the days quickly add up to months which usher in a new year. Not that I will rehash the last six months in detail, but generally, I’ve been doing much thinking and praying about this site and where God would use me and the time He’s provided. So in addition to dusting off these pages, I’m also inching toward the goal of applying my life coaching certificate to helping people reach their healthy …

timely lessons

It takes courage to move forward. That courage fails me more than it finds me of late…it’s much easier to talk myself out of writing a post than to it is to begin one. The excuses are numerous… The kids are home for summer vacation There’s not enough time to write and finesse a post I have an idea for post but do not have immediate access to the technology to write said post There’s swim lessons, baseball practice, errands, exercising and choreschoreschores But what’s really at the root of it all is a fear that I will pour myself …

project pare: creating a pantry list

I like organize and streamline and simplify. As I shared yesterday, because life is complicated, especially with having four growing children, I look for areas in our lives where we can cut back here so we can spend more there. However, I’m learning that sometimes simplifying is not so simple, especially when it comes to planning meals. I thought it would be fun to capture this journey in real time, to share with you my challenges in pruning our grocery expenses and paring back the time I spend thinking about what our family will eat. And what would a challenge …

whole grain pizza dough (reduced gluten)

When my children were little, we discovered this book at the library. It included a recipe for pizza dough in the back and we decided to give it a try. Friday pizza nights with the “Pizza for Everyone” crust quickly became a family tradition, one that was often accompanied by a movie. Though we don’t strictly adhere to this tradition all the time, I usually plan for pizza night once a week (and make a few extra personal pizzas to tuck into school lunches). I’ve adapted the original recipe to include whole grains and reduce the gluten content. I’m also …

toasting nuts

I’ve burned many a thing in the kitchen either due to impatience or lack of attention…including my fingers. And sometimes I forget to account for minor, yet important, details in recipes. Like roasted nuts. Roasting brings out their flavor, adding new dimension to a recipe which is why it’s  a good idea to use roasted nuts when a recipe calls for them. To save time, you could buy pre-roasted nuts, but it often costs more to do so and it can be hard to find certain roasted nuts which are free of added salt and oil. Sooo…that leaves roasting them …

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