Butternut-Squash Pasta Sauce

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34wJt3pRY0w My Dad (and many, many other people) misquote this Life cereal commercial when describing our eating habits. As he says, "Give it to Mikey; He'll eat anything." Since my idea of what is edible is skewed by an impaired sense of taste, foreign travel, and lack of enthusiasm about cooking, I'll eat just about anything.…

Living on a Dime

Now that we are exiting "poverty", I want to make sure that I write down some of the resources that helped us in the past few years before our new relative prosperity makes me forget. I feel like it's important to put poverty in quotes because while we have technically been poor by government standards,…

Freezer Cooking Dinners

The Once a Month Mom Whole Foods March menu included six dinners. We decided that the rack of pork wasn't our style, so we left it out. I forgot to mention that we didn't handle the chicken the way the recipes describe. My friends and I like buying whole chickens and cooking them in a slow cooker.…

Freezer Cooking Lunches

This post is leftover from April. None of the meals made it through the month though because they were so good. The lunches in the whole food menu were all winners! Fairly easy to assemble and fantastic eats. Italian White Bean Soup Recipe I added some macaroni when I reheated this soup and it was Eliza's favorite…

Freezer Cooking Breakfasts

I'm making notes on our latest freezer cooking extravaganza. Because everyone else agreed they never want to cook so many different recipes at one time, I'm going to write up breakfast, lunch and dinner separately instead of writing about the whole experience. I actually like having so many different meals in the freezer, but it…

Freezer Cooking

Last year, Kate, Adrienne and I did some freezer cooking for Justice and Zuzu. I really liked having meals in the freezer, but it was a lot of work! I think time amplified the benefits and minimized the exhaustion, so we decided to try again last weekend. This time, my neighbor, a friend (family of…

Homemade Laundry Detergent

Thanks, Dustin, for asking about this. I've been meaning to write a post about it, but not sure if anyone would be interested. Back when I started using cloth diapers, I followed the rules pretty closely. Cotton Babies, the brand of cloth diapers I use, discourages using detergents containing pure soap, enzymes, fabric whiteners, fabric…

Grocery List

I am not a fan of grocery shopping. If I could, I would buy our food in bulk and store it so I only had to go to the store every few months. I daydream about pantry storage and deep freezes. However, there isn't enough room in our kitchen for that much food, so I'm…

Thanksgiving

I finished my "Give Thanks" banner! For the purpose of this blog, finished has been redefined as "able to be read and hung from nails" instead of the more traditional "completed" meaning. I ran out of coordinating thread, realized I didn't have time to square up the blocks, needed to get to home group, and…