Food Waste Friday + Freezer Challenge – 11.28.14

Food Waste Friday keeps me responsible & accountable for my family’s food & finances…thanks to The Frugal Girl!food-waste-with-leaf-v2.1

It’s been over a year since I participated in Food Waste Friday.  Even though I haven’t blogged about it I’ve still been doing my best to keep from throwing out food.  In fact, a critical way I avoid food waste in my house is that I freeze ALL OF THE THINGS.  Not joking.  I’m a serial freezer.

Which brings me to a couple of weeks ago.  I’ve been trying to get better at Costco shopping to save money, which means my fridge has been packed with way more food than I’m used to.  In fact, it was so crowded that when I went through it I found an entire pound of ground turkey I completely forgot about and had to throw out.  Add that to all the random odds and ends cluttering up my freezer and I decided ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.  I decided to do a freezer challenge to clear out the freezer (and fridge) and use up all the stuff that’s accumulated in there.

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They’ve Got It Easier


She sat across from me as we went over the more mundane points of enrolling – registration, financial aid, scheduling.  Her preschoolers, having lost their interest in the boring process long ago, were climbing all over her and begging to leave.

She wasn’t phased.  She was determined to get through the information.

She did.

As our meeting ended we exchanged pleasantries.  She apologized for not having childcare and for bringing her small children.  “It’s okay,” I told her.  “I have kids, too.Continue reading

Monday Mom Confession

Monday Mom ConfessionDoing a Monday Mom Confession a couple of weeks ago was so fun and freeing that I think I’m going start doing it weekly, at least until I’m out of ideas to share.  I’d love for you to join me – I’ll start doing a link-up so feel free to jump on board, or just share your own confession in the comments!  Let’s throw off the weight of perfection and get real around here.

I play the worst game ever with my kids.

You know how sometimes you get silly and say “I love you.”  “I love you more.”  “I love you most!”?

Basically, I do the opposite.  

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Surviving Dinner – Turkey & Stuffing Casserole

Lots of recipes claim they can be cooked in 20 minutes or less.  Some nights are so busy, even that’s too long.  “Surviving Dinner” is a series that is not about good wifeing, mothering, or cooking.  It’s about surviving.  It’s for those nights when you’re tempted to write “fast food” on the menu, but cooking at home will save you a few dollars, a few hundred calories, and loads of mommy-guilt.  Recipes found here can be cooked quickly and have minimal prep and clean-up.  Some may require a little pre-planning, but many won’t.

{Edit:  I finally have a picture of this casserole so I decided to update this post from 2011 – just in time for Thanksgiving!}

thanksgiving leftovers turkey stuffing casserole


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Proverbs 31 and the Working Mother – Part 3

proverbs 31 working mom

This is the final of a three-part series looking at The Wife of Noble Character from Proverbs 31 in the context of the contemporary working mom.  Check out Monday’s and Wednesday’s posts to learn more!

Quick review from the first post in this series – the “Wife of Noble Character” passage from Proverbs 31 was initially written from a mother to her son advising him to choose a wise woman as a wife.  Subsequently it has been used in Jewish culture simply as a blessing that a husband would recite over his wife in appreciation for her.  Not necessarily for doing all those things in the passage, but simply as an expression of love and gratitude for her and the blessing that she represents.

I loved, loved, loved learning this because it switched the perspective of the passage from a place of deficiency and attempts to earn worthiness in the eyes of our husbands to celebrating our inherent goodness and value.  Continue reading

Proverbs 31 and the Working Mother – Part 2

proverbs 31 working mom

This is the second in a three-part series looking at The Wife of Noble Character from Proverbs 31 in the context of the contemporary working mom.  Check out Monday’s post, and return Friday for the conclusion!

On Monday we established the origins and intent of the Proverbs 31 passage and learned that it’s not necessarily a laundry list of activities for Godly women.  But that doesn’t mean that we can’t still have a little fun with it.  Here are the reasons I’ve come across that it isn’t necessarily a one-size-fits-all guideline for how women should conduct themselves. Continue reading

Proverbs 31 and the Working Mother – Part 1


proverbs 31 working mom

This is the first in a three-part series looking at The Wife of Noble Character from Proverbs 31 in the context of the contemporary working mom.  Check back Wednesday and Friday for other posts in the series!

I’ve got a bunch of things I’m going to work on “someday.”  I’m sure you do, too.  Way in the back of my mind is a list of very worthwhile projects I’d love to find time to tackle.

One of those efforts I’ve been longing to take on has been to study the Proverbs 31 woman in-depth to get a clearer sense of her income-generating efforts and how that fits into the whole “working mom” discussion in Christian circles.

Turns out, it’s completely unnecessary.  Continue reading


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