Planning a Month of Dinners

Plan Monthly, Shop Weekly I am a planner.  I like to know what’s in store, what I’m going to need, and how much it’s going to cost.  You can ask my children: I’m forever making lists, calculating expenses and plotting times.  I’ve typically shopped weekly, until fairly recently, but I have been making monthly menu […]

Artisan Bread For Sandwiches

I love grilled cheese sandwiches.  I make them all kinds of ways, with just plain cheese (seldom American), with added vegetables and herbs, sometimes even with a slice of lunch meat.  I love the warm, melty, crispy, butteriness.  Grilled cheese is an utterly satisfying sandwich, with or without a side of soup.  (I usually prefer […]

One Little Thing

When I switched around milking and dinner time, I opened up the whole day.  I have no idea why I hadn’t done this sooner.  All of a sudden, I’ve got nothing but time.  The afternoon is wide open, and the entire evening is deconflicted.  There is no hurrying.  After dinner, instead of hustling to get […]

Keeping a Pantry

The First Thing I Do That Makes Meal Management Easier I would like to tell you that I go grocery shopping every week, but I don’t.  It’s not that I don’t want to.  The weekly marketing used to be a pleasant part of our routine, and maybe it should be again!  But I don’t always […]

Meatless Fridays

One of my New Year’s resolutions was to finally get us into the routine of meatless Fridays.  If you aren’t Catholic, it’s a devotion of sorts, a small deprivation performed for the sake of doing penance for our sins and those of others.  It’s really small.  It’s pretty easy.  But we couldn’t maintain it at […]

Paper Chase

I print lots of stuff off the internet.  You too?  Lesson ideas, recipes, instructions… and then what to do with it all?  Often, I stack it up somewhere on or near my desk, planning to organize it at some later date.  Eventually, I get frustrated with the clutter and unorganized papers and toss everything.  Whatever […]

The Lost Week?

I haven’t been around this week, not online, and not in person! I’ve spent every single spare minute redoing the living room. Except we aren’t calling a living room anymore. Nope! It’s a library now! I’ve repainted all the walls a nice, sunny yellow. We built and painted several new bookshelves. I moved all of […]