When Life Messes up your Menu Plan

What's For Dinner (195)
We’ve been experimenting with a paleo diet lately so I haven’t bothered making detailed menu plans.  I’ve pretty much just been shopping the perimeter of the store for meats, vegetables, fruits and nuts. But cooking without recipes and menus and making dishes that are really, really plain gets old and boring.  So last week I actually looked through a bunch of paleo websites and found some recipes that looked good. Unfortunately, most of them were the type of recipes I hate – the ones that can’t be made ahead.  My preference is to throw something in the crockpot or in the oven. I don’t like making things I have to babysit. Anyway, I came up with a great menu of paleo meals for David. Continue reading “When Life Messes up your Menu Plan”

Battling With My Apron

Battling with my Apron

I wear an apron every time I cook.  I do it because I don’t have a lot of clothes and I’m a messy cook.  But my apron and I don’t always get along.

My current apron has very thin ties. I like that because they’re light and I’m kind of freaky about things I wear – too much weight (like layers, for example) makes me feel claustrophobic. Continue reading “Battling With My Apron”

Are a Grocery List and Menu Plan Really Necessary?!

Grocery List

Well, it depends.  Just like most homemaking tasks, there are lots of ways to do things and rarely a one size fits all approach.  That’s definitely true regarding grocery lists and menus.

I used to go to the grocery store with a list and menu 99% of the time.  Once in a while I went without the list and hoped for the best.  I usually did that when I had run out of time or energy or I was just sick of doing it.  It rarely worked out well.  I usually ended up over budget and without the right ingredients to make anything. Continue reading “Are a Grocery List and Menu Plan Really Necessary?!”

Christmas Cookies and Mexican Cornbread

christmas cookies and cornbread

I have a confession. I am not a good cook. I don’t even bake well. There is an incident that happened the first time I tried to cook vegetable soup that is legendary in my family. Even though I do not feel I am remotely good at cooking it, my favorite memories surround food.

For instance there was the time in fourth grade that each student was asked to choose a country to study. After studying that country for weeks we were asked to fix a dish native to that country.  During the course of that project is the first time I remember realizing that my mother’s childhood was lived in a different world. She was an army brat, and she hated it. I had lived in the same house since very early childhood, and I hated that. Even though I had not been diagnosed ADD at the time I had been struggling with symptoms even at that age. Continue reading “Christmas Cookies and Mexican Cornbread”

Why I Feed my Family Venison


With the following disclaimer I will share with you why I feed my family venison. This post is either going to go really well or really bad. There are so many ways that each of us try to take care of our families. We all come from different cultures and different backgrounds. I am not the most politically correct person. And if I am being honest I don’t want to be.  Continue reading “Why I Feed my Family Venison”

What’s For Dinner (No. 191) & Cooking Tips, Too!


This week’s What’s For Dinner is a bit different since it includes the Thanksgiving meal. There are lots of things I want to share about some of the foods I made this year.  Plus I found a few really great recipes you might be interested in. So let’s get started. Continue reading “What’s For Dinner (No. 191) & Cooking Tips, Too!”