Friday, February 23, 2007

Status on the 'Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage' Webinar

On February 28, Wednesday, at 9 am PST, I'll be joining Dr. Laura, along with many others, at a Webinar, to discuss her new book, "Proper Care and Feeding of Marriage". Perhaps some of you have also registered for this event.

I'm really excited about the opportunity and will definitely be back to post about the highlights.

Eating Together: Mealtimes For Your Family at

Last night, I decided that we needed to break a bad habit, of not eating dinner together. I set the table, while my husband was finishing up our meal. When I advised our teen to join us, he looked at me with a bewildered look, on his face. "Yes, we're eating dinner at the table tonight, together." , I exclaimed.

Read more about why it's so important that we eat our meals together, at Fatherhood 'Eating Together: Mealtimes For Your Family' gives you good reasons of how it benefits the kids and parents.

When you have teens, it's a great time to 'check in' with them, about their day. For my husband and I, it gave us the opportunity to be really enjoy our meal, while discussing the day's events. I then realized that I must schedule my work hours for dinnertime. It's a good habit to maintain.

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Slow Cooking Thursday - February 22

Pork & Sweet Potato Stew
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
1 large onion, chopped
2 stalks celery
1 large Granny Smith Apple, cut into chunks
1 large carrot, sliced
1 pound pork tenderloin, trimmed of fat, and cut into chunks
1/2 cup apple cider
3/4 cup fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp sage
Freshly ground black pepper

Spray the inside of a 3-4 quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Lay vegetables on the bottom of the crockpot, followed by pork. Pour apple cider and chicken broth over the pork and vegetables, and add herbs.

Cover and cook on low for 7-9 hours. To thicken the juices, make a cornstarch slurry from 1/4 cup cornstarch and a 1/4 cup water, and stir into the stew about half an hour before serving.
Serves 4.

Per Serving: Calories 321, Calories from Fat 41, Total Fat 4.6g (sat 1.4g), Cholesterol 72mg, Sodium 119mg, Carbohydrate 43.2g, Fiber 6.5g, Protein 26.8g

De-Lurking Monthly Drawing at 'Marcus and Me' Blog

When you leave a comment or two at 'Marcus and Me' or 'BerryMorins Bits and Tips', you will be entered into a monthly drawing, for a Greeting Cake. These cakes make great gifts for yourself or to give to someone to make a special occasion.

I'll be selecting a name on the beginning of each month, starting in March. So, even if it's just to say 'Hello' you'll be enter.

Take a Look at Maine-ly Mom's Quilt

Take a look at Maine-ly Mom blog, to see the nearly finished quilt. Jessie has been keeping us updated with her latest project. I think it looks terrific.

Are you busy with any craft projects?

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Eating Healthy On A Budget by Judy Turner

We all know that we need to eat better but isn't it frustrating that the healthier you try to eat the more money you seem to spend? It doesn't have to be that way. Here are just a few tips to help you feed your family nutritious meals without breaking your budget.

1) Plan your meals around the sales. Stores routinely rotate sales items every 6 weeks so plan accordingly and stock up. Is chicken breast on sale this week? Instead of buying 1 pack purchase several packs, separate into family size portions and freeze. If you routinely purchased only what was on sale (besides the perishables you need each week) you will soon have a well stocked freezer and pantry as well as a smaller grocery bill.

2) Avoid purchasing boxed foods. Most boxed foods are full of preservatives and trans fats so it is best to avoid them. Do you like the convenience of boxed foods? There are several good cookbooks and recipes online for making homemade mixes to keep on hand. Everything from homemade cookie mix to macaroni and cheese and more. Put these mixes in a pretty jar with the directions to prepare and it also makes a nice frugal gift!

3) Use coupons wisely. How many times have you gone to the store with a fist full of coupons only to come home spending more than you planned? The key to saving with coupons is to only purchase the items you would normally use anyway. You will also find that the store brand may still be the better bargain. If your coupons are used at the same time an item is on sale you may also end up getting it for next to nothing, if not free!

4) Do a coupon exchange. Check with family and friends who get the Sunday paper and exchange coupons for ones you can use. That way you can really stock up when your favorite items are on sale and you have coupons.

5) Buy produce in season. It will taste much better and you will usually pay less. Also in the warmer months be sure to take advantage of farmers markets for low prices on produce. Buy items like peppers and onions when on sale, chop them and freeze them for quick recipes during the week. Zucchini can be shredded and frozen for zucchini bread and other recipes.

6) Make your grocery list and stick to it. Beware of those impulse buys!

7) Shop after dinner. You wont be tempted to pick up take out because you are too tired and hungry to cook when you get home.

8) Shop alone whenever possible. Nothing blows a budget quicker than when your kids are with you! You will also get out of the store much quicker which will actually save you money.

9) When buying meat think of recipes where you can get more than one meal out of it. Meatsauce is still satisfying with half the amount of ground beef. Slice up other cuts of meat for stir fries or to put on top of a nice salad and you have a quick healthy meal.

10) Don't be loyal to just one store. Most grocery stores have certain items priced really low to get your business. If you have several grocery stores in your area try and take advantage of what deals each store has to offer.

11) Have breakfast for dinner once in a while. An omelette, toast and fresh fruit is very economical and very quick to cook on a busy night. These are just a few tips to help you save money while eating better. I hope that you find some or all of them useful for your family!

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Judy Turner is owner of which offers frugal recipes and homemade mixes, money saving tips and more. Contests and free offers are posted often and your own recipes are always welcome!

Sunday, February 18, 2007

Menu Plan Monday - Let's Eat!

Thanks to for providing a Healthy Living section.
*mixed green salad is made with a variety of veggies each time. I usually have mixed greens and spinach as the base.

Monday - Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday - Baked Fish with red potatoes, mixed green salad

Wednesday - Pizza on Whole Wheat Crust

Thursday - Chicken and Veggie Potstickers, mixed green salad

Friday - Veggie Sandwiches from Subway

Saturday - Turkey Sausage Soup

Sunday - Steak, Collard Greens

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