Free Printable January Dinner Menu (with Links)

January menu

Welcome to January 2013 and the first month of the Healthy Family Project! This month, our challenge is to eat a well-balanced diet while being┬áconscious of our portion size and drinking 8 glasses of water each day. (Be sure to pick up the free printable Nutrition Tracker for added convenience in watching your portions each […]

RECIPE: Meatloaf Meatballs

Easy weeknight dinner ideas

I was making meatloaf but had too much to fit into the pan. Silly mistake. Then, the thought that changed our night… maybe our life… popped into my head, “The children will not eat meatloaf, but they DO eat meatballs.” So, I grabbed a cookie dough scoop and went to work on the remaining meat […]

Free Printable November Menu with Blank Planner

free dinner menu ideas

November. A busy but wonderful month for our family. We will celebrate with Ruble and Lira on their birthdays and enjoy the closeness of family on my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. If you are feeling overwhelmed and need a helper to plan your menu, just use my dinner plan available as a free printable for you […]

Free Printable October Dinner Menu (with Blank Planner)

free menu planner

I am so ready to crank my oven up! I am in the mood for baked goods like fresh bread and cinnamon rolls. My taste buds are ready for cheesy casseroles too. But… In my part of the world, the temps are still high so I will have to carefully choose the days when the […]

The Ultimate Beans & Rice Recipe List (Linky Party)

ultimate list of frugal dinners with beans and rice

No doubt about it. If you are looking for a frugal solution for a tight dinner budget, beans and rice can solve the problem every time. However, eating a steady diet of beans and rice can be boring. So, I wanted to create a link up where you can share your beans and/or rice recipes. […]

Simple Dinner Solutions (Simplified Dinners Review & Giveaway)

simple dinner meals solutions for busy families

Tired of eating the same thing over and over again? Looking for new twists to old favorites? Learning to cook and need simple recipes? Want to cook REAL, uncomplicated food from scratch? Mystie Winckler, a homeschooling mom of four children, has the perfect cookbook for you. Simplified Dinners is… amazing. I don’t even know if […]

Free Printable September Menu (with Editable Planners)

editable meal planner calendar

I think… I HOPE that Fall is coming a little early in my part of the world. Temps have been cooler lately, partially due to the rainy afternoons we have experienced this year. I am really kicking myself for not planting a garden, but I thought it would be dry again. Regardless, football season is […]

Free Printable June Menu for Oven-Free Cooking

Oven-free menu

This month, I did something that I have not done in quite a while. I am going to feature a cookbook that is new to my kitchen. As one of my birthday presents, I received The Complete America’s Test Kitchen TV Show Cookbook 2001-2012: Every Recipe from the Hit TV Show With Product Ratings and […]

Free Printable May Menu (with Blank Planner)

May menu

May is here and the weather is getting hotter. Did anyone see Spring hiding somewhere? I must have blinked and missed it. This time of year, I stop stockpiling meat because of hurricane season. Nothing like a deep freezer full of beef and poultry when the power is out for three days. Yuck. I can […]

How to Teach Your Children Table Manners

fun ways to teach mealtime etiquette

I am so excited to be visiting today with Angie at Many Little Blessings for the 10 Days of… Series. ┬áPlease, stop by and visit with us as I share fun ways to teach your children mealtime etiquette. Here is a sneak peek ~ Teaching children table manners can be a challenge, but you do […]

March Free Printable Menu {and Planner}

March menu

Recently, when I asked our Facebook community for their tips on cutting a grocery budget, the resounding answer was to create a menu plan. If you are strapped for time, I hope you will find my menu for March helpful. The menu includes links to recipes as well as space for goals. Free Printables for […]

Family Fondue Dinner

Fondue Dinner Ideas

My children love dip. The day our pediatrician recommended giving Lira ranch dip to encourage her to eat her vegetables truly changed our lives. Recently, I was thinking about how much I love The Melting Pot… even though I have only been once in my life and it was almost ten years ago. Fond memories. […]

Christmas Menu Planning

planning a Christmas holiday menu

I love Christmas. You might think I am crazy but one of the things I love the most is having family in and out of our home all day and preparing wonderful meals for them. Yes, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on Christmas Eve and on Christmas Day but I do […]

Taste Test ~ Red & Green Dinner

Red & Green Dinner Dessert

  Yesterday, our Advent activity was for a Red and Green Dinner. The children were so excited about planning the menu, shopping, and cooking. We sat around the table making a list of foods that are both red and green. Then, we had to think about what would make a nutritious, well-rounded meal. The final […]


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