June 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

June 2015 Tips, Tricks & Techniques

 In case you missed any of the daily tips or oldies posted on Facebook and Twitter, here they are on one page and grouped by category.  Enjoy. Don’t set it down, PUT IT AWAY! And it’s easier to put it away if it has a home. Don’t forget to occasionally dust up high – ceiling fan blades, tops of door frames, etc. Unfortunately, cleaning isn’t something you do once and are done. Pick … [Read more...]

Let Others Bless You

Let Others Bless You

McDonalds Play Place is one of my grandkids’ favorite places to go so my daughter-in-law, Ashley, and I took them there for some play time recently. My 4-1/2 year-old grandson, Calvin, is autistic.  He usually just runs around the Play Place and has a good time by himself.  But this trip he kept going over to another table where a grandma was having lunch with her four grandkids.  He wasn’t … [Read more...]

A Creative Way to Use Your Planner While on Vacation

A Creative Way to Use Your Planner While on Vacation.

By Ashley Gardner There won’t be a lot of logistics on your planner pages while you're on vaca, but alas, it feels wrong to leave it home by its lonesome. My husband and I just went on a little 4-day getaway to Omaha and I brought my planner along, even if only to take notes about our excursions. But then I got an idea. I used brochures and maps to create somewhat of a scrapbook page … [Read more...]

Why “Wing It” Menu Planning Doesn’t Work for Me

Menu Planner

Winging it seems to be a commonly used menu planning strategy.  I, myself, have been doing it a lot more than I used to.  In the past, I “winged it” about once a year and it didn’t turn out well. Lately, though, I’ve been doing it a lot.  I have several good reasons for this change in strategy: Frequently I don’t have time to make a menu. We’re pretty much eating the same things all the … [Read more...]

The Office is Getting a Makeover

Office Remodel

Well, it’s not really much of a makeover.  It’s the last room inside the house that needs to be fixed up, and all it really needs is patching, paint on the ceiling, paint on the woodwork and walls and a little (okay, a lot) of organizing.  But it’s finally underway! Prior to this phase of the makeover, David had already completed several tasks: New light switch and outlet covers; Removed … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 169) & Cooking Tips, Too

Chicken & Pasta Veggie Bake

I’m sorry to say this was another week of winging it.  You can probably tell that I’m winging it since my meals aren’t very interesting!  I’m telling you – I’m not good at this.  I need a recipe and a menu plan!!!  I did, though, much to my surprise, create a meal Thursday that turned out pretty darn good.  So maybe I’m getting better at this! Monday Leftovers NOTES:  David made a salad using … [Read more...]

Grilled Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

I’ve tried several recipes that involved foil packets cooked on the grill.  I like them!  They’re SO easy and they don’t heat up the kitchen! So here’s the latest and it’s super easy. Ingredients & Directions: In a big piece of foil, tightly wrap 1 small chicken breast cut into cubes, 1 chopped sweet potato, sliced scallions, a dash of sriracha, a palmful of sesame seeds (optional) … [Read more...]