Yearly Archives: 2018

12 posts

Last-Minute Christmas Ideas for Busy Families

  I know it’s already mid-December, but I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to encourage you in this holiday season, so here are a few past posts/articles I thought were worth a reprise!           Giving “Thanks” The holidays are just around the corner, and that often means gift-giving […]

Apple-Stuffed Puff Pancake

This apple-stuffed puff pancake is a quick-and-simple breakfast — serves 2-4 from a regular skillet, so you may need two skillets (or use a larger baking pan and double the ingredients). I use a cast iron skillet for this — I have both Griswold and Lodge — but you can […]

Blessing Blankets – Yet Another Update

I’ve had a lot of interest in the Blessing Blankets I’ve been making for my grandchildren. You can see the how-to post with instructions and a few photos, and then the follow-up post with more photos, such as this one: Today I finally finished my most recent granddaughter’s blanket, and […]

The Life-Changing Gift of Friendship

A young mom recently expressed her confusion as to why so few families participate in local support group activities but so many women lament being lonely. I was reminded of this post that showed up in my social media feed a while back: We have lived in [a fairly small […]

Quick Sandwich Rolls from a Dinner Roll Dough

Some days I want rolls for sandwiches, but I don’t feel like divvying the dough, rolling them up, etc. So here’s the “cheater” method that gets sandwich rolls from the flour (or grain) bin to fix-a-sandwich in about 60 minutes. I started with the 60-Minute Dinner Roll recipe from Everyday Cooking. […]

How to Freeze Dough for Make-Ahead Rolls

I used the 60-Minute Dinner Roll recipe from Everyday Cooking (but this should work with any standard bread or dinner roll dough). The basic recipe makes 2 round pans of dinner rolls (or other configurations–but let’s go with the two pans of 8 rolls each, for now). Because I wanted […]

Rosemary-Lemon Chicken with Roasted Cauliflower

After a run to our local Sam’s Club (well, 45 minutes away/ two states over… Sam’s Club, take the hint….we need you closer), I found myself needing to cook a couple of chicken breasts. Jim had just shown me that the groundhogs had managed to miss chomping on my rosemary and […]

Scrambled Eggs in a Stainless Steel Pan

I know I showed you the photos of the egg fried in my stainless steel skillet, but some folks asked about scrambled eggs. And even worse–CHEESE eggs. So I finally got around to a quick video of the scrambled egg process in stainless steel.I had to video in three parts […]

9 Ideas for Children’s Artwork

  All those art projects and other hard-to-file artifacts . . . If your child is older than two, you’ve probably figured out that the artwork just keeps multiplying. Between coloring pages, noodle necklaces, gingerbread houses, Lego creations, Mr. Potato Head statues, and fingerpaintings, even a toddler can keep you […]

Low-Carb Chicken and Mushroom Bake

  My friend Robin S. shared this recipe with me — looked so yummy, I had to give it a try! Click here for the recipe: https://cookpad.com/us/recipes/537004-chicken-spinach-and-mushroom-low-carb-oven-dish Step-by-step in my kitchen: The recipe calls for six thin boneless skinless breasts — so I used two thick breasts, sliced horizontally into […]