Last Updated July 16th, 2007

Cooking When the Kids Won't Cooperate

There’s an image people have of stay at home moms. A part of that image is the perfectly cooked dinner for her family, each and every day. But we stay at home moms know that it’s not always all that easy to do, especially when the kids are young and uncooperative.

There are some days when kids just don’t want to be out from underfoot. Or you just have too much going on with them that day, and despite being home it’s really hard to find a way to get dinner cooked.

No parent ever claimed that it was easy every day.

If you’re wanting to provide your family with a home-cooked meal every day you have to figure out how to make it work. If you plan ahead and have a few tricks up your sleeve, you can do it.

Rule 1: Plan ahead.

You don’t always know when the kids are going to be difficult. But that doesn’t mean you can’t plan ahead. Knowing early on what you’re going to make for dinner or lunch can keep you from making rushed decisions and allow you to make healthier meals for your family.

If you can plan your weekly menu on a convenient day for your shopping, you ensure that you will have the ingredients you need for each meal. There are few things when you’re cooking more frustrating than to think you know what you want to make and realizing you’re out of a vital ingredient. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated March 1st, 2007

Source of Peanut Butter Salmonella Found

They don’t know exactly how the contamination happened, but officials did finally figure out which processing plant actually had the contamination.

I was very relieved to not have purchased any peanut butter from the brands impacted by this recall. Gage loves peanut butter so much, and is pretty much the main one in my home who eats it. If I had had to get rid of his peanut butter, there would have been screeching until I replaced it.

I’m just really glad to hear they’ve found the most likely source. I’m sure there will be a major cleanup at that plant and discussion of safety measures. Something failed for a contamination this serious to happen.

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Last Updated January 6th, 2007

Turkey Soup for Dinner

I bought a turkey just before New Year’s because they were on a great sale – $5 for up to 16 lbs. Nice price for something that can provide a major ingredient to many meals.

Tonight it’s turkey soup because we’re getting to that point where that makes the most sense. Boiled the scraps and bones for hours today. It’s also good since we’re all still getting over that bug.

If you haven’t tried it, turkey soup is not that hard to make so long has you have the time to boil the bones and scraps for the broth. That takes a few hours but can be used for a wonderful variety of soups. This time I have enough meat left over to make just basic turkey soup but when there’s less I generally make a meatball soup. Read the rest of this entry »

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Last Updated November 25th, 2006

What to Do with All Those Leftovers??

I did this post last year too and confused a forum friend who saw the title of my post last year. Yes, it was on purpose. He made the natural assumption about such a title until he read it.
Last year, I called my post Quitting Cold Turkey. That’s the name of the recipe my sisters invented to take care of Thanksgiving leftovers. You know how boring turkey sandwiches get, but there’s much more you can do with excess turkey.

This year, since we weren’t hosting anyone we only have the leftover turkey my mother-in-law foisted off on us. That was about enough for a lunch and a dinner, so I don’t get to make that recipe… yet. I am thinking about buying a very small turkey sometime in the next few weeks to make. After all, it’s very cheap meat and the bones are a great soup base.

What do you do with turkey leftovers?

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Last Updated October 29th, 2006

Sneaking Vegetables into Your Family's Diet

Most families will at one point or another deal with someone who doesn’t want to eat their vegetables. It’s not always the kids either. Sometimes it’s the husband. Sometimes the wife too, I suppose, although I haven’t met many women who don’t eat vegetables.

I’ve been pretty lucky so far with my own children. Everyone does pretty well with vegetables. My kids often take them as snacks. My husband can be a bit more challenging, as he’ll gladly skip the veggies and go for the meat, but all I have to do is remind him he’s setting the example and he’ll eat what I put in front of him.

But there are some tricks to get your kids to eat veggies they don’t particularly care for. One of my simplest techniques is to simply make a sauce for stir fried vegetables, a kind my kids really like. I’ve noticed that kids who like vegetables pretty well will eat them even faster with a good sauce. You can also use catsup or salad dressing to encourage kids to eat their vegetables. Read the rest of this entry »

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