Happy weekend, folks! This week's meal plan is brought to you by the great meat sale at Safeway this week. While I don't have any soups this week, I have primarily casseroles, so I'm still not using a lot of meat. I'm also trying to utilize products already in my pantry, so that I can stock up on a bit of the meat that's on sale. I'm running low on some kinds of meat in my freezer-which is actually normal for this time of the year. We'll start seeing pork going on sale soon, and… Continue
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 21, 2012 at 9:00am —
Who here has never burned dinner? Show of hands, please? Great, no hands.
Has anyone ever misread a recipe and ended up with something not fit for man nor beast? Oh look, lots of hands there!
Have you ever forgot to take a crucial dinner ingredient out to thaw, or forgotten to pick it up at the store? Yes, I thought so.
Ever set your kitchen on fire, rendering your stove inoperable? No? Just me, then.
I've had all of those… Continue
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 20, 2012 at 12:17pm —
Last week in the Backwoods Kitchen didn't turn out quite the way I wanted it to. First, my husband was home most of the week, which means helping him on large projects rather than focusing on smaller things that can wait. Also, I've been majorly sleep deprived this week-which I'm sure most of you mothers, and many of you fathers, who are reading this, can empathize with. I also became obsessed with cleaning my walls. Since we use a wood stove for heat, the walls get grimy fairly… Continue
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 16, 2012 at 12:08pm —
My meal plan for this week is a little challenging. For a long time I've been doing the Sunday through Saturday plan, and I never changed it when my husband got a job that left him on call every day but Sunday, meaning that was the only day I could really count on to be able to go grocery shopping. Which left me in a fog come Sunday morning, trying to decide what to do for breakfast and lunch. It's not that it never occurred to me to change it, it's that it never occurred to me. Apparently,… Continue
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 11, 2012 at 5:00am —
I have always tried to feed my family healthy foods. Tried being the keyword. Cost is usually an issue for many families when they are trying to feed their families the best, and we have been no different. Moving to the backwoods reinforced this commitment for me, and I'm bound and determined to buy, and grow, the healthiest food possible for my family. I realize this will be an area that we will have to continue to grow in, but I'm all for that. Continue
Here's my list of things I…
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 10, 2012 at 5:00am —
Welcome to the first post in my new Groceries on a Shoestring series! Today I'm talking about how to set your grocery budget.
Setting a grocery budget can be a challenge for any family. If you're dealing with financial issues that mean you need to cut costs, it can be even harder. Cutting costs can be a challenge while you're trying to maintain healthy foods. As we get further into the series, we will be discussing ways to make your meals healthier while still keeping your… Continue
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 9, 2012 at 5:00am —
Happy New Year! I can't believe that I actually remembered to put "12" up there in the date instead of "11"!
This week in the Backwoods Kitchen I've been mostly out of the kitchen. At the beginning of each year, I sit down and do a plan for next year. This is kind of a long project and involves a lot of writing. I plan out several things for each year:
A meal plan
A "project" plan
A "when and how much to buy" plan…
Added by Annie Sullivan on January 7, 2012 at 12:23pm —
I'm guessing your kitchen was just as busy as mine last week, with holiday preparations in full swing. This week I am giving the kitchen a bit of a break. Here's what we have going this week in the Backwoods Kitchen...
Added by Annie Sullivan on December 27, 2011 at 10:31am —
Chex Party Mix has partnered with Food Network star, Ted Allen, to help party hosts put a modern spin on the traditional holiday cookie exchange by creating this season’s easiest way to get ready for the holidays while getting together with friends or family: the Chex Party Mix-Change(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OCkmPulhrvw). Leave the stress and mess of baking behind and stir… Continue
Added by Rebecca H on December 22, 2011 at 1:53pm —
Along with the millions of others who have stumbled upon my blog you may be scratching your head and asking, “What’s with the name, Diane? Why is this thing called ‘It’s All Good – Until You Burn Dinner?’”… Continue
Added by Diane Reiter on November 15, 2011 at 9:30am —
When you hear someone say "Chop Chop" -- I usually turn around and start to walk faster (hurry up, I'm thinking!)...But in Maryland, Chop Chop has a new meaning -- chop chop and cook...healthy! ChopChop Maryland is a new initiative to encourage fun and healthy cooking (and eating) for families. My kids and I were thrilled to be invited to attend an event with Maryland's First Lady Katie O’Malley, where she helped launch Chop Chop…
Added by Cleo on October 8, 2011 at 1:36pm —
Aside from blogging, I also do occasional articles for our hyperlocal online newspaper, TheAlternativePress.com. My latest assignment was to interview my neighbor, Wade Burch, who just won Round 1 of Food Network's "Chopped Champions."
I came home yesterday from spending the day at the beach with my three kids, fed them dinner, and put them to bed. Wade called to do the phone interview around 10pm and I wrote my piece last night in a quiet house. How cool is it that we get to do… Continue
Added by Stacey Biemiller Maisch on September 1, 2011 at 3:56pm —
If you want to shake things up a bit, try ordering one of these items on your next trip to In-N-Out. Some are standard knowledge; others may need to be explained to employees, but they should do their best to accommodate you.
In-N-Out's "Not So Secret" Menu
Added by Jennifer B on August 19, 2011 at 6:29pm —
When I found out that I would be given the opportunity to speak to Arjan Stephens, Executive VP of Sales and Marketing of Nature’s Path Organic, and the son of the Founder, Arran Stephens, I have to admit that I was nervous. Should I prepare some hard-core questions, jot down notes or…
Added by Johanna M. Cook on August 15, 2011 at 12:35am —
"May you always have walls for the winds, a roof for the rain, a meal beside the fire, laughter to cheer you, those you love near you and ALL that your heart may desire."
Irish Prayer for Power Mom Food Fund
Do you have enough food for your family? How many meals does your family eat?
1 person eats 3 meals a day, 21 meals a week, 90 meals a month or 1080 meals a year, plus water.
Family of 2 eats 42 meals a week, 180 meals a month or 2160 meals a… Continue
Added by Kim Power Stilson on July 7, 2011 at 6:30pm —
As a mom of two-within-two-years, I’ve had many learning opportunities to refine my coping skills. While this category of behavior includes healthy activities like working out or meditation, I tend to defer to other ones such as wine, junk food, and mindless television. The truth of the matter is that I have… Continue
Added by Valerie Korock on February 27, 2011 at 12:45am —
Today its rainy, and honestly I’m over the rain. Lately it’s been raining here more than it’s been sunny. I’ve almost forgotten what the sun looks like. Some days I believe I moved to the Pacific Northwest and maybe, just maybe, Edward will come running down my street. I kid. But, some days, a nice warm mac and cheese makes up for the cold I can’t seem to shake off no matter how warm I keep the house.
Added by Granola Grizzly Mama on February 18, 2011 at 2:07am —
Some days it’s more important to let the laundry go undone, the floors un-mopped and the dishes left in the sink. Today was one of those days and, since the weather was simply glorious, I opted to take the girls for a walk to the store and push back making dinner. In all honesty, we really did not need anything, but the dog and Baby Girl #1 both wanted a walk. So instead of starting a nice dinner, I defrosted shrimp while we walked to the store as the sun set. Once home, I made dinner in… Continue
Added by Granola Grizzly Mama on February 8, 2011 at 1:28am —
Added by Adelle Shiri on January 23, 2011 at 7:00pm —
Natural Food Friday is a first-of-its-kind obesity prevention program to encourage eating natural, nutritious foods to improve health and strengthen families. The program is aimed at helping moms and their families create healthier lifestyles through natural food… Continue
Added by Tonya Peele on December 13, 2010 at 11:51am —