Soaked Homemade Oatmeal

Soaked Homemade Oatmeal

Mornings are about smiles, hugs, coffee and my daily greeting to my kids “How did you sleep, my love?” as each of them wakes up and emerges from their rooms. As the aroma of coffee fills the kitchen, it becomes the place in our home that we busily pack lunches, get breakfast, chat about the days activities and to-do items … before my hubby rushes out the door and I chauffeur the kids to school. The chauffeuring is my FAVORITE part of the day! We chat about what happened the day before and they share what is on their...
Boxed-to-Basics: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Boxed-to-Basics: Homemade Foaming Hand Soap

Dirt … Mud … Dead Bugs … Toilet seats … Oh, I can’t take it anymore, yuck! Double yuck! I can remember before my kids, walking into some well known ‘bath stores’ to buy those bottles of hand soap that were brilliantly designed and smelled amazing! They always seemed to color coordinate with the season or holiday. Do you suppose that is WHY I had half used containers under my counter a year later?! I know for the most part, I paid over $5 a bottle but probably more like $8-ish for one hand soap container … I think...
Boxed-to-Basics: Soaked Homemade Rice-a-Roni

Boxed-to-Basics: Soaked Homemade Rice-a-Roni

Some things about growing up and eating dinner are just etched into my memory. The smells of Rice-a-Roni is one of those dishes. You would think we ate it once a week, which I know we did not, but the smell is something so grounding … so gives me the feeling of Fall and eating around the table. I can remember on Fall nights, that we would be playing outside while my mom was busy getting dinner ready! We would hear “Come wash your hands for dinner” and as we ran through the door … Bam! That smell …...
Boxed-to-Basics: our Homemade Laundry Detergent journey …

Boxed-to-Basics: our Homemade Laundry Detergent journey …

Dust Bunnies and Laundry are two things that continue to GROW at our house … regardless of whether it’s a good week, bad week, we feel great or we feel yuck! The dust bunnies are allowed to ‘sometimes’ get bigger for a week (or two!) but the laundry … well, it kind of can’t be put off! If you have kids, one of them will ALWAYS ask, “where are my favorite (insert piece of clothing name here)”. So … How do we keep up with the laundry, I mean what is our laundry rhythm? I grew up as a...
Preparedness: 12-Months of Traditional Food Prepping (October 2016)

Preparedness: 12-Months of Traditional Food Prepping (October 2016)

I don’t know about you, but we aren’t looking out the windows for Zombies or Aliens! When we talk about preparedness, we’re talking about preparing for both good times and bad. We all have times in our life when things are going really well with: our job, our finances, the economy and our local weather, etc. What about times when those same things are not going like we expected? I’m not sure about everyone else, but we’ve had more than one year when our income was less than we expected and still other times when our finances were restricted...
Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock

Homemade Chicken Stock… this should be called “liquid of the GODS”! For years and years, every time I needed some “stock” that a recipe called for, I reached into my pantry and pulled out a box. I can remember buying 4 boxes at a time, so I would never run out. (I know, it’s my stock the pantry mentality!) I can remember the day I stood in front of the “boxes” of chicken stock in my local grocery store and a NEW low-sodium box appeared … I stood there thinking? If they reduced the sodium, then what is in...
Meal Rhythm vs. Meal Planning (I hate the word Planning!)

Meal Rhythm vs. Meal Planning (I hate the word Planning!)

“What’s for dinner?” Why does everyone ask this daily during the bewitching hour? You know at 4:30pm … when you realize you totally forgot about dinner, or did you? Lots of you ask about my ‘Meal Planning’ and even though I’m VERY Type-A, OCD … I prefer to call it our ‘Meal Rhythm’. Why? Well, we all know how the week goes and somehow no matter how well we plan, sometimes 4:30 rolls around and we need dinner on the table, FAST! Right? Using a Meal Rhythm takes the ‘crazy’ out of meal prep and mealtime. I hope it...
Gluten-Free Morning Muffins, Basic & Delicious!

Gluten-Free Morning Muffins, Basic & Delicious!

Going from Boxed to Basics, isn’t really that hard! Just LOTS of little changes … helped us go from a “bagged” blueberry muffin recipe to Homemade! When I was a little girl, my family used to take a yearly car-trip to where my parents were from and that meant, 2 days in the car! I’m not talking about a few hours; I’m talking about two days, 16 hours of driving each day! My mom used to make the muffins on the left. I knew I could make something Basic and yummy … my Morning Muffins are on the right!...