Country Chicken and Biscuits

When I crochet, I don't like to use patterns. I like having the freedom of finding a way to make the yarn do what I want. A lot of times, with cooking I am the same way. I know what I want to accomplish and what ingredients I want to use. I don't need no…

Splurge A Little

I bought myself a dozen roses this week. Absolutely gorgeous orange/apricot/yellow/pink petals, a sweet scent, and they were on discount. Oh yeah. $2 for the whole dozen. Being laid off, I typically avoid unnecessary spending. Michael is still trying to bounce back after losing Poppy. Lina is still trying to shake off the heartbreak of…

Performance Pancakes

Dance recital was this weekend and although it didn't go as planned, it started with a special breakfast for dress rehearsal. Need: 1 1/2 cup pancake mix 1 egg 1 banana, mashed 1 tbsp peanut butter water chocolate hazelnut spread, to taste *optional* Add the egg and peanut butter to the mashed banana. Mix well.…

Made a Quiche

Me. I did it! I totally made a quiche and it was YUMMY!! I love quiches. When we go to the Old Mill in Pigeon Forge, it's the only thing I'll order. When we go to Mimi's Cafe in Mason, OH, it's the only thing I'll order. I've been addicted to the stuff since I…

Gift Cards

I love gift cards. I love to give them. They can be personalized to a person's tastes (give my hubby GameStop or none at all) or simply a generic card to a gas station. I love to get them. I can do a lot of damage with sales and gift cards. Recently, I got a…

Surviving Food Insecurity- accepting help

This is the sixth part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. 41 million Americans struggle getting enough to eat. Households with children are more likely to be food insecure. 59% of food insecure households got help through a federal program. [Feeding America] Only 59%.…

Surviving Food Insecurity- grow your own

This is the fifth part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. When we lived in an apartment, I would roll my eyes at every blog that made it seem like everyone can just grow a garden. Then my husband's job was outsourced overseas and…

Surviving Food Insecurity- ending the day

This is the fourth part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. My grandma hated chicken. Like a deep-seated loathing. Like she would gag when she even thought about eating chicken. I get it now. She was born in 1941; at the end of the great…

Surviving Food Insecurity- The time between

This is the third part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. Lunch doesn't really have a set time around here. It's really just the moment when the kids realize that breakfast has worn off and it's time for a "pick-me-up". It is literally…

Surviving Food Insecurity- All meals are important

This is the second part of a series covering my experience with food insecurity. For the introduction to this series, please click here. We have all grown up hearing that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Turns out the origin of that saying has more to do with lobbyists and politicians than…