If you Can’t Decide on a Planner . . .

planner choices

There are SO many planner choices out there these days that it makes it really hard to decide which one to choose.  And even after you choose, you’re still drawn to other options . . . in case it’s THE ONE. I stuck pretty faithfully (not perfectly) with my Franklin Covey Compact for years but then I hit a wall and wanted something different.  I played around with different options until it made … [Read more...]

Lemon-Butter Brussels Sprouts

Lemon Butter Brussel Sprouts

If you like brussel sprouts, you’ll probably like this recipe.  If you don’t like brussel sprouts, you still might like this recipe.  It’s good! Ingredients 1 pound fresh or frozen Brussels sprouts, thawed (1) 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 garlic cloves, minced ¼ cup white wine (2) ½ cup chicken broth 4 teaspoons lemon juice ½ teaspoon dried thyme ¼ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 21


Wow!  We got a lot done this week – both inside and out.  So let’s get started: Toilet Seat Yes, we finally replaced the disgusting toilet seat in the main bathroom.  The new gray toilet seat doesn’t match perfectly – we knew it wouldn’t – but it’s in the same color family so it works.  We accidentally got one of those seats that doesn’t slam – it closes slowly by itself.  Once I get used to it, … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 116)

place setting

I didn’t get much cooking done last week.  We had lots of schedule changes and complications.  Fortunately we had enough leftovers so we were able to still eat at home despite the crazy schedule.  As a result, I have several things left over from last week. (1) Turkey Burgers Sweet potato fries Roasted asparagus (2) Greek Tuna Casserole (NEW)  (3) Baked Lasagna in a … [Read more...]

Product Sizes are Changing – And It Might Affect Your Cooking!

Krusteaz Muffin Mix

If you haven’t noticed, product sizes have been changing for the last several years.  On some products it doesn’t make much difference.  But on others, it can make a HUGE difference. I was making a dessert the other day that used crushed Oreos as a base.  The recipe called for an 18 ounce package of Oreos (obviously an older recipe) but I could only find a 15 ounce package.  I didn’t want to … [Read more...]

Trash Can Liner Won’t Stay Put? Here’s an Easy Fix

trash can

When I bought a new trash can for the kitchen, I went for cheap.  Now I wish I hadn’t.  The cheap can won’t hold the trash bag in place and the bag constantly slips down into the can.  I’ve tried several solutions but nothing has helped. David to the rescue!  He came home yesterday with a very simple and effective solution.  He put one of those plastic hooks on the front of the trash can and … [Read more...]

Dull Kitchen Knives? Try This Solution!

knife sharpener

Sharp knives are amazing.  My mom offered me a “tomato knife” recently but I declined.  So she gave it to my daughter-in-law, Ashley.  While I was at Ashley’s house a while back, I used the knife.  Oh, my gosh!  It was the best knife I’ve ever used.  EVER!!!  I was really sad I hadn’t accepted it when my mom offered it.  So my mom, being the awesome mom that she is, gave me her tomato knife and … [Read more...]