How to Keep Work and Personal in the Same Planner


There have been many discussions about how to keep work information and personal information in the same planner. Some people eliminate the issue altogether by having two separate planners - one for work and one for personal.  But some of us need everything in one place.  I am one of those people.  I don't do well with two planners. Unfortunately, there are some professions that require … [Read more...]

An Easy Way to Gather Tax Information


It’s tax time!  Unfortunately that means a lot of work for most of us as we gather our tax information and actually do our taxes. But it doesn’t have to be a chore.  Years ago I discovered a method for gathering tax information that has worked really, really well for me.  It’s simple and effective – almost effortless. All you need is a file folder.  Label the tab with the tax year.  On the … [Read more...]

Progress Report: Fixer Upper Week 61

house exterior

The details make ALL the difference!  David finished a few more details on the house this week and it’s looking better every day! Here’s this week’s task list: Install the door knobs on the master suite, master bathroom and office. And for the first time since living here, we can actually close (and lock) the door to the master suite.  Nice! Paint and re-install the closet … [Read more...]

What’s For Dinner (No. 150)

Dining Table

I was pretty discouraged about trying to cook gluten-free and low FODMAP but I’m starting to get the hang of it.  This week’s menu was a lot of fun to cook and the recipes were pretty much all hits.  I love weeks like that!!! Monday Mediterranean Chicken & Potatoes (NEW) Salad Cheddar and Herb Biscuits (not GF) Note:  If you need bread for a meal but don’t have much time, these Cheddar … [Read more...]

Creamy Salmon Chowder

Creamy Salmon Chowder

I wasn’t sure about this one but David said it was a keeper.  And in case you’re wondering, no, I did not eat it.  I don’t like fish.  I made a half batch of Joe’s Crockpot Potato Soup for me. Also, you can easily make this gluten free by using gluten free flour. Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced 1 celery stalk, cut into ¼-inch pieces (1) 3 large … [Read more...]

Chicken Piccata Pasta

Chicken Piccata Pasta

Another great new recipe for the recipe box.  Easy to make and delicious. Ingredients: 8 ounces multigrain spaghetti (1) 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped 1 lemon, zested and juiced (about 1 tbsp. zest and 2 tbsp. juice) 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts Kosher salt and pepper 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoon capers, rinsed and … [Read more...]

6 Ways to Save Money at the Grocery Store

grocery receipts

Groceries are expensive!  Really expensive!!!  So anything we can do to save money is a good thing. Besides the normal techniques of shopping sales, using coupons, buying generics – there are a few other things that can make a big difference, too. Shop alone. We all know we spend more money when we take kids or spouses. Shop with someone. I know this is in direct contradiction to what … [Read more...]