18 everyday hacks for cooking from scratch

Photo by Kerri 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 simpler and pleasant. But many people, especially those who didn’t (read more…)

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Menu planning resources :: useful links, sites, & a free download

In the comments yesterday, Sarah asked, “I would LOVE to see some actual grocery lists and complete two-week menu plans! Also, how frequently do you shop with a two-week menu?” Photo by Angie Tjoelker I’d be happy to share what I’m currently doing, though it changes often. I love seasonal cooking, so my current recipes (read more…)

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A basic guide to menu planning

Photo by The Bitten Word Menu planning saves hours of time, energy, money, and headaches, but it’s easy to overcomplicate the process. And when that happens, it becomes a burden instead of a blessing. So why do it at all? My daily life can get crazy, as I’m sure it can for you. Cooking is (read more…)

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Link love :: the Hooray for Freedom! edition

Photo by Trey Ratcliff I’ve always loved the 4th of July (that’s my hometown‘s celebration, above), and it has become even more special to me as an American expat living overseas. I’ve grown tenfold in my appreciation for other countries and cultures, which was expected – but I never expected to grow more in love (read more…)

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More blogging thoughts, today at Blissfully Domestic

Photo by Milivoj Sherrington Just a quick memo to let you know my new post on blogging is up over at Blissfully Domestic! In this article, I list out some steps I’ve taken to increase my subscriber base here at Simple Mom. And since we’re on the topic, I want to shout a hearty thank (read more…)

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