How to cook up a winning Oscar party

Photo by Nick Plowman. The Oscars are a great excuse to bring your movie buff friends together, enjoy some simple food, and beat those February blahs.  Perhaps you’re toying with the idea of hosting a party to watch the Academy Awards. You’ve got the TV in place, you’re a huge Kate Winslet fan, and the (read more…)

Join the Conversation

Q&A Tuesday: How important are mom-and-pop shops?

Today, the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) goes into effect.  You might have read quite a bit about it already around the blogosphere, so I won’t reinvent the wheel – Cool Mom Picks has a page dedicated to this recent political move, and it’s become quite the hub of all information regarding this act.  (read more…)

Join the Conversation
starbucks and arm

Zero-based budgets for the home: a primer

This post was first published on June 19, 2008. Budgets have a bad rap because they’re seen as shackles. Instead of getting to do fun things with money, budgets make you do boring things, like pay the gas bill, and not go out to eat. Not necessarily. Whether you realize it, you do have a (read more…)

Join the Conversation

18 everyday hacks for cooking from scratch

Photo by 16th letter This post was originally published on July 10, 2008. As I wrote earlier, cooking from scratch has so many benefits. It’s healthier and cheaper than prepackaged food-in-a-box, and cooking provides a shared skill you can enjoy with your family. Once it becomes a lifestyle choice, your menu planning will become much (read more…)

Join the Conversation

No book club today

Well, actually, the Book Club is always open.  But I won’t be on there today, as I’m in the air headed for Blissdom this weekend.  I’ll be back the following Thursday, ready to discuss chapter five of Your Money Or Your Life. Use this “break” as a chance to catch up on your reading, add (read more…)

Join the Conversation