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...]

Saving Dinner: 5 Rules to Prevent Mess-Ups When Measuring Ingredients

recipe ingredients

Have you ever gotten distracted while cooking and wondered whether you added an ingredient or if you added the right amount?  It happens to me regularly, especially when I violate my rules.  Yes, I have rules.  I have to if I want to produce edible meals.  I learned early on that getting distracted while measuring ingredients could have very bad results and I needed rules to prevent it. Rule … [Read more...]

How to Make a Grilled Cheese Sandwich

grilled cheese

If you didn’t think I was nuts before, you probably for sure do now.  “Really,” you’re thinking, “an article on how to make a grilled cheese??? Who doesn’t know how to make a grilled cheese???” But here’s the thing.  Probably 75% of the time I make a grilled cheese, I burn it.  It’s a two-fold problem.  I’m impatient so I turn the heat up too high, and I’m distracted, so I forget about it until … [Read more...]

Five Ways to Make Cooking Dinner Easier

dinner table

1.       Choose recipes you feel comfortable with.  I don’t think I’ve ever told you before, but I HATE stove top cooking.  I don’t mind boiling potatoes or something where I put food in the pot and let it do its thing.  But I HATE stove top cooking where I have to babysit the food.  I like to prepare a dish, pop it in the oven, and then clean up the kitchen while it cooks Last night I made … [Read more...]

How to Figure Calories for Homemade Food

Pesto Chicken Penne

When you’re trying to count calories, it can get pretty complicated when you’re eating homemade food.  When everything you eat is processed or packaged or simple (like fruit or bread), it’s easy.  But homemade stuff can get pretty difficult. However, there are a few things you can do to make it a LOT easier. 1.       Keep a calorie counting book handy.  I have two – one is much more detailed … [Read more...]

Trail Mix Made Easy

Homemade Trail Mix

Are you tired of watching your family snack on junk?  You probably can’t eliminate junk completely but you can make it easier to skip it by providing a jar of homemade trail mix.  Keep the jar filled up and in clear view!  The easier it is to grab, the better the chances they will better!!! I keep trail mix on my kitchen counter along with a couple other snack jars: Jar 1 holds random types of … [Read more...]

Dish Drying Mat: Alternative To Dish Drainer or Towels on the Counter

Dishes drying on towels

You know those times when you have LOTS and LOTS of dishes and you really want to get them all done? But the dishwasher and the dish drainer are both full so the only option left is a couple of towels on the counter?  I’ve been doing that a lot lately, and while it’s not a bad option, I discovered a better one. I was wandering through Wal-mart the other day and came across a dish drying mat.  … [Read more...]