Archives for January 2009

National Hot Breakfast Month

February is National Hot Breakfast Month. Let's pretend this holiday was not invented by Jimmy Dean and talk about benefits of a hot breakfast. For many years I was the cereal queen. I had more cereal in my cupboards than a small grocery store. I love cereal and if I was single I would probably eat it twice a day. Once I had a lot of kids I realized cereal was not the best option for our … [Read more...]

Food Organization, Storage and Menu Planning

One goal for 2009 is to tackle my house room by room. January's room is the kitchen. This was probably a bad room to start with since it needs the most work and we were gone for half of the month. Included in the kitchen are the cabinets, drawers, fridge, freezer, both pantries, and the desk. The desk really needs a month of its own, but I am not sure if that is going to happen. One way that I … [Read more...]

Mexican Chicken Skillet

You can add as much or as little rice as you like to this recipe. I used 3 cups of uncooked rice. I like to use more rice because then I can use less chicken. I also used brown rice. When mixed with the salsa, it tastes great and the kids don't seem to mind! My family eats this two ways. Some eat it just as it is and others put it on a tortilla with sour cream, lettuce and cheese. It is delicious … [Read more...]

Menu Plan Week of Jan 25th

Wow, I am loving my 30 Days of Meals. It has made menu planning so easy! I just look at the list and then pick 6 or 7 meals for the week. I wish I would have done this months ago! I decided not to assign days to my meals because I end up switching them around anyway. As long as I have the ingredients, the order doesn't really matter. Last week I mentioned that I was making oatmeal pancakes that … [Read more...]

Navy Bean Soup: Slow Cooker

Wondering what to make for dinner? Check out my family's favorite crock pot recipes for great dinner ideas! This delicious soup is healthy, cheap and filling on a cold winter's day! I cooked mine with the ham bone that still had some meat on it. By the time the soup was done most of the meat had come off the bone. I cut the rest off and left it in the soup. I used the soup flavoring packet, but … [Read more...]


A reader recently asked, "I enjoy seeing the meals you prepare for your children. We have four children under five and they frequently want to eat between meals. Is there “snacking” that goes on in your home? If so, what options are available?" To be honest I am not a big fan of snacking for my children and this is why. When I would have daily snacks my more picky eaters would eat less at meals, … [Read more...]