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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Kitchen Saving Tips

Some of my favorite recipe books have great tips on how to reduce your time in the kitchen in all of their recipe books. Some of my favorite tips include:

• Plan a menu a week ahead, choose recipes accordingly, determine what perishable ingredients are needed for the week, and restock the pantry with items that are running low.

• When chopping vegetables for tonight’s recipe, chop a little extra for another meal in the next few days.

• When a recipe calls for a half pound of cooked pasta, cook the entire box and refrigerate the rest for another day.

• Freeze left over broth or wine in ice cube trays, then place cubes in freezer bags for quick flavorful pan sauces.

If you are interested in seeing more of these tips and recipes, send me an email at and I will tell you how to get them.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Essential Items for Working Moms

What tools do you use to make your life a little easier? Do you regularly use a slow cooker? How about your coffee pot, could you live without it? I know I couldn’t! The only thing that keeps me going most days is the first cup of coffee, and the second, and the third…etc…

I am a Smart Phone addict. I have it in my hand everywhere I go, almost glued to my hand. This little tool keeps me in touch with my 13 year old that is constantly on the go and I have both my kids’ teachers easily assessable because I can send them an email on the go. Amazing how much direct-selling business I can do just by text messaging certain customers. Granted, most customers I wouldn’t dare do business in that manner, but my younger generation customers prefer this method of communication.

Maureen Lipinski has a list of ‘Essential Items for Working Moms’ and I think she is right on target. Here are some of the things that she says are essential:

Slow Cooker
Smart Phone
Grocery Delivery Service
Warehouse/Discount Store Membership
A Good Support System
A Coffee Pot
Dependable Childcare
Solid Morning Routing
The Ability to Say “No”
Me Time
What do you think? Anything you see missing from this list?


Saturday, February 6, 2010


Welcome to my blog! 

I'm a busy mom hoping to share ideas with other people on how to spend less time in the kitchen cooking and cleaning so I can spend more time with my kids.  It always seems like if I am not running to a different practice/recital/game, I am in the kitchen cooking or washing dishes or even in the laundry room under an endless pile of clothes. 

Send me your favorite websites for household shortcuts or just general ideas on how to make life easier.  One site that I have enjoyed is  I tried signing up for the emails and it quickly became obvious that I would never be able to keep up with the numerous emails that weren't sent out daily.  Don't get me wrong, they have great tips and ideas on how to get your life organized and products available for purchase, but it would be fabulous if you could get a daily or weekly digest instead of 50 emails a day. 

I look forward to hearing your stories and tips!  Hope you'll visit my blog often!