Canning · Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Our Family’s Favorite Homemade Jam

This is the absolute best ever strawberry jam.  It’s a freezer jam, which means that the flavor is better preserved — no canned strawberry taste.  Yeah, it’s got way too much sugar in, but it’s fantastic. You’ll want to start with ripe strawberries.  Take the caps off, then mash them with a potato masher. Make… Continue reading Our Family’s Favorite Homemade Jam

Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Kids Love this Kind of Meatloaf!

  Here’s a fun variation of the traditional meatloaf that kids love. I remember this recipe from the kids cookbook we had when I was growing up.  I don’t have that particular recipe, but the idea is the same; it works with any meatloaf recipe.  Instead of forming it into a loaf, you just put several dollops of meatloaf… Continue reading Kids Love this Kind of Meatloaf!

Housekeeping · Organization

Organize Your Family Car (or – Never Be Unprepared Again!)

One day recently when I looked at my Motivated Moms to-do list for the day, I saw “Straighten First Aid Kit/ replenish if necessary” scheduled as one of the day’s tasks. Hmmmm.  That got me thinking.  I don’t have that kind of stuff in our car.  In fact, there are a good many things I don’t have in… Continue reading Organize Your Family Car (or – Never Be Unprepared Again!)

Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Our Two Favorite Made-from-Scratch Pancake Recipes

I don’t know why, but we rarely make pancakes from a mix.  Maybe it’s because Anthony and I both grew up on made-from-scratch pancakes, so it’s what we’re used to.  Maybe it’s because I can’t justify spending the extra money to have the dry ingredients already mixed up for me.  Whatever the reason, we always turn to these two recipes… Continue reading Our Two Favorite Made-from-Scratch Pancake Recipes

Cleaning · Housekeeping

Sparkling Clean, Streak-Free Windows

Okay, excuse the corny caption, but I bet you’ll remember it better now that I put it that way! I’ve been cleaning my windows lately, and let me tell you, they needed it.  Windex and paper towels are hardly adequate for the kind of dirt my windows see.  With all the spiders and flies, not to… Continue reading Sparkling Clean, Streak-Free Windows

Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

‘Tis the Season for Strawberry Shortcake!

I’m always happy when strawberry season arrives!  Our all time favorite way to eat strawberries is with shortcake.  And not just any shortcake.  We love this hot milk sponge cake recipe because it is incredibly soft and just the right amount of sweet.  It’s best while it’s still warm, and it tastes just as good re-heated.… Continue reading ‘Tis the Season for Strawberry Shortcake!

Housekeeping · No-Fuss Home Cooking

Our Three Favorite Bar-Cookie Recipes, Featuring……the Best Brownies Ever!

Seriously, until this recipe, I’d never found a made-from-scratch brownie that tasted as good as brownies from a mix. But these brownies are just what brownies should be — rich, chocolatey, and moist. We came across them sort of by accident. Megan wanted to make brownies, so she looked up a recipe, mixed them up,… Continue reading Our Three Favorite Bar-Cookie Recipes, Featuring……the Best Brownies Ever!