10 Kitchen Hacks

My favorite tips  Some of these kitchen hacks might work for you, and some might be so far out in left field that it’s not even worth a try. You might not have freezer space. Your budget might be too tight to stock up on twenty pounds of hamburger on sale. That’s okay. These are suggestions that can be used if they work for you. Use these ideas to jump start your own, and you’ll … Read more

How Backwards Planning Helps Me Put My Best Foot Forward

Backwards planning. Backwards planning  might seem like a paradox to you, but it’s a guaranteed way to keep you oiled, lubed, and able to keep moving forward. If you think you spend a lot of time spinning your wheels, then these tips are for you. While on the outside I appear organized, I still meet more in-the-nick-of-time deadlines than I’d like. I clean off my desk and come across forgotten (important) papers. I’ve missed other … Read more

Get Me to the Church on Time!

church on time

But then, what is “on time”?. Does getting to church on time matter? Is it really important? And then, what is “on time”? If we arrive just in time to slide into the pew before the opening, is that on time? Are we really late if we arrive after the opening has begun? What constitutes being on time? When we answer those questions, we’ll have a gauge for the time we want to arrive in … Read more

Skillet Lasagna

Lasagna Born of Friendship More than twenty years ago, my friend Shirley shared this skillet lasagna recipe with me. When I make this dish, I remember her and all the fun times we shared. At the time I met Shirley, both of our families lived in the Charlottesville, Virginia area.  Shirley and I met in a K-Mart store one evening when both our families were Christmas shopping.  We kept running into each other and I decided … Read more

The Art of Being a Mother – Part 3 of 7

Effective Management Are you organized or spontaneous? Which one is the right way to manage your household? Is the key organization, or is it spontaneity? Both ways are right – with a balance.  Don’t stifle your spontaneity, and don’t attempt to be unstructured if you’re wired for structure. Do recognize that a balance can help make for a happier studio. Planning ahead can help save time and frustration later, yet spontaneity brings fun and breath … Read more