easy peasy chicken tetrazzini

easy peasy chicken tetrazzini

we happened to have a sunday a few weeks ago where we had the entire afternoon at home. so what did i do? i spent my time making a big sunday dinner, of course! and my favorite kind of food - pasta. i flipped through my family's cookbook and found a recipe that my sister had put in for chicken tetrazzini. if i'm at a restaurant and the menu options … [Continue reading]

southwestern couscous salad :: with homemade dressing

southwestern couscous salad recipe

  i  love a good summer salad. this southwestern couscous salad is great for summer because it uses a lot of fresh ingredients and is a cold salad which makes it so refreshing in the summer heat and goes great with other summer favorites like barbecue! it's also a cinch to put together - with a few chopped vegetables and cilantro, some … [Continue reading]

free printable calendar :: july 2014

free monthly calendar :: july 2014

oh, this month is going to be so good! canada day AND the 4th of july, family in town, and lots (and lots!) of yummy bbq grub! yup, july is going to be a good month! we've got so many parties, events, and fun summer activities to plan out, so i'm printing out my calendar today and jotting it all in. my kids have their summer fun calendars … [Continue reading]

how and why i menu plan.

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menu planning has been around forever. and it's no secret why: planning out your meals makes life so much easier! here are 3 of my favorite reasons to meal plan... 1. it saves  time. the whole process of looking through grocery store ads for deals, planning out the meals we're going to eat for the upcoming week, and making a grocery list can … [Continue reading]

easy tie-themed father’s day crafts for kids

father's day crafts for kids

i used to love making little gifts for my dad for father's day when i was a kid. where i grew up, school wasn't out for the summer until the end of june so we got to make all sorts of fun things at school, like pinch pots (which my dad still has...and uses!), paper cards with hearts all over them, and hand-drawn pictures of "my dad." now i have … [Continue reading]

live craft eat calendar page now live!

free calendars

good tuesday morning everyone! do you know what's going on today? well, i don't know what you've got going on, but i've got my tuesday full of some fun activities (playing with kids) and other necessary to-dos (chores/errands). the only way i can keep everything straight is by writing it all down on a calendar. i swear by calendars - if  i don't … [Continue reading]

summer potato salad

potato salad with red potatoes

summer is my favorite season. it's hot out, we can wear flip-flops, and we get to eat all the amazing outdoor summer food we want (right?!). this is one of our favorite potato salad recipes. i always make it on a summer holiday like memorial day or the 4th of july because it goes along so great with whatever outdoor meal i have planned. philly … [Continue reading]

summer fun calendar for kids :: 2014

summer fun calendar for kids with free printables

summer is finally here, and i'm so excited about it! i love having my kids home with me, but admittedly, i do find it hard some days to keep them entertained! this year i made a file folder calendar for each of my kids to give them at least one thing to do and look forward to every day. we called it the "summer fun calendar" and it includes … [Continue reading]

budget-friendly philly cheese steak sandwiches

budget-friendly philly cheesesteaks - great for summer!

i love summer for all the barbecuing and salads and outdoor eating. we usually only bbq on weekends or holidays because a) that's when my husband can be home from work all day, and b) the recipes we make for barbecuing and smoking usually take quite a bit of time and prep. this recipe for philly cheese steak sandwiches, however, is not only nice … [Continue reading]

free printable calendar :: june 2014

free june calendar

yay! summer time is officially here! the weather is great, school is almost out, and we are ready for a fun-filled couple of months. we'll be needing this june calendar to jot everything in and keep ourselves organized - visiting family, splash pads, playgrounds and parks.... what kinds of things are on your bucket list this summer? click … [Continue reading]