Taking Breathe, Sleep, and EAT Baseball to a Whole New Level

We've always been a big baseball family, and if it would EVER stop raining here in the Midwest, we will be out practicing, playing, and viewing several games a week (little league, pick-up, White Sox games, etc.). And since I'm thinking ahead, with Father's Day coming up, I decided to look into some fun ...

If It’s “Vintage” Tupperware, Does That Make It Cool?

When my second son was in preschool, another mom used to pick him up for me in the winter so I wouldn't have to leave the house with the baby.  One day, she told me that he had been telling "family secrets" in the car, and had related a story about dinner the previous evening, ...

Kobo Reading Life Gives Me the Validation I Crave!

I never thought an eReader would become such an integral part of my life.  But since I acquired it, I have been happily using the Kobo eReader app on my iPhone to help with a particular domestic problem of mine.  I've mentioned before that my husband is the primary grocery shopper in our household due to my, ...

Star Wars in the Kitchen: Very Little Use of the Force Required

No one has to ask my kids twice if they want pancakes. Or cookies. Or cupcakes. Or pretty much anything sweet. Combine their passion for goodies with their obsession for Star Wars (my three boys range in age from 10 to 6, and "obsession" is putting it mildly), and just try and keep them out ...

Grooming My Future Competitive Eaters

Living in the midwest, we don't cook outside anywhere near as often in the winter, and I really miss the taste of grilled food, as well as the expanded menu offerings that come from outdoor cooking.  So when I stumbled across the Nathan's Reversible Stovetop Grill & Griddle while Christmas shopping, I just couldn't pass it up.  ...

Have you tried the sous-vide solution?

This cooking method practiced by top chefs is the latest rage, and I had never heard of it till I watched the how-to video that came with my Foodsaver vacuum sealer appliance (which I LOVE! See my other blog post on the topic). What a convenient, time-saving way to plan and prepare meals. It's so much easier and they ...

addicted to vacuum sealing

I have a new favorite kitchen appliance--it's a Food Saver, which vacuums out all the air from your food so it lasts much longer.  You can buy in bulk or make a big dinner, then seal the leftovers into individual packets that you just nuke later or drop into simmering water. This is just the greatest gadget for saving money ...