Spring Cleaning Away the Stress and Reclaiming My Time

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining, and my spring cleaning is underway.  I wouldn’t consider myself to be one of those people that enjoys cleaning, I just like the way things feel after the job is done and clutter is cleared out.  I’m pretty good about keeping the house neat and organized, …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, March 9, 2012

Life Hacks, Computer Glasses, Salt Art, Audio Books, and Beautiful Stores 1. Lifehacker I’m always looking for new ways to improve my life and make things easier.  Lifehacker.com is a website chock full of tips, tricks, and “hacks” focused on taking the stress and complication out of daily tasks.  Throughout the day they feature different ideas to …

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Just Like Mom Used to Make

Growing up, I never realized how important food was to my family life.  Almost every great childhood memory and experience involves food in some way or another.  Whether we were getting ice cream after winning the big game; having a barbeque when it was too hot to cook in the house; eating a four-course meal …

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A Good Reminder for Creating and Sticking to Our Goals

So, how are you coming on those New Year’s resolutions?  It’s only the beginning of March, and honestly, I don’t even remember what mine were.  Having this depressing revelation the other day, I realized I need to be more deliberate about my goals.  I am pretty concrete when it comes to deciding them off the …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, March 2, 2012

Money-saving Coupons, Knowledge Junkies, Budget Apps, Caffeinated Soap, and Touchscreen Gloves 1. RetailMeNot Saving money and couponing has never been more popular, competitive, and now never easier.  Unless you are one of the die-hards who has made couponing their full-time job and are preparing for your appearance on reality television, most of us don’t have the …

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How to Avoid Flat Chocolate Chip Cookies

As I meander along on this quest of finding my inner cook, I have been pleasantly surprised at the meals that I have been able to create.  However, a few days ago I encountered my first real disappointment. Trying to do a Good Deed To thank a neighbor for helping me out in a tough …

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Successful Sweet and Sour Chicken with Pineapple and Rice

*UPDATED – You can also prepare this recipe using your slow cooker by adding all ingredients (I omit for the flour) and cooking on low for six hours.  You can add rice or noodles, as well.  I like to use the frozen Lo mein noodles, and throw them in about the last hour or 30 …

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Top 5 Picks for the Week, February 24, 2012

Pinners, Test Tubes, Education, Gifts, and Groceries 1. Pinterest By now almost everyone’s heard of Pinterest, the online pinboard where people share what they love.  I was a little late to the game and only started using the service a few months ago.  Once I took the time to check out the site and what was …

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Easy Lasagna with No-Boil Noodles

Keeping up with my cooking journey, last night for dinner I made lasagna.   I got the recipe from a friend who clearly has a culinary gift.  She wrote this herself and has been gracious enough to share it.  I love this method because it’s easy and uses no-boil noodles, which saves a lot of time …

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Finding my Inner Cook

I never really thought of cooking as being “my thing.”  Stopping by a restaurant or picking up something to eat was far too easy and became our normal routine after working late and facing a long commute home.  After 5 years of marriage and only a handful of attempts at having dinner at the table, …

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