Planning is Key to Success! — jeanne in the kitchen

The weeks I have had the most success sticking to my meal plan are the ones where I have planned and prepped ahead. While it does take a little time up front, I enjoy not having to cook for myself every day and having grab and go options. So, at my place Sundays are for […]

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Menu Planning 101

I love this post. I especially like the comments about ‘family mealtime’. One additional suggestion i would add is to include your family, particularly kids, in the meal planning process. It stimulates conversation and helps to ensure the meal planning is success.

Does it matter what you eat?

90% of every American food dollar is spent to buy processed food (Food inc.)!  According to a study, published in BMJ Open March 9th 2016, much of that money is spent on what is called ultra-processed food. That study revealed that on average 57.9% of the calories people eat comes from ultra-processed foods.

Why? Why should we care? Continue reading “Does it matter what you eat?”

Sunshine Blogger Award

A couple of days ago the storytellingcook nominated us for the Sunshine Blogger Award!

To be honest this came as a complete surprise. We only started our blog a few months ago. In fact the first post we ever did was on March 13. To think someone would actually consider our blog worthy of such an honor at this early date in our growth is truly mind-boggling.

In fact, we really had no idea what this award was all about until we did a little research. From what I was able to determine it appears that the Liebster Blogging Award and the Sunshine award may have been the same thing in the past. At some point they split in two. The purpose of the award seems to be a virtual ‘pat on the back’ for a positive or creative blog that inspires others or brings ‘sunshine’ to their world. The idea being that the recipient does the same for other bloggers they find inspiring, and so on down the line. (There doesn’t appear to really be a ‘true award’. Rather it is recognition from your peers of a job well done.)

If that is the case, then, thank you so much storytellingcook. Our goal has been to do exactly that, to bring joy or sunshine with our blog. There have been many topics that we have considered that have had to be abandoned or rewritten because they took a negative turn during research and development. There is already plenty out there to bring one down. So rather than publish those articles it seemed better to move on. Your recognition is truly appreciated and gives us encouragement to continue.

The rules for this ‘award’ are simple I answer the questions I was asked in a post. I pay the honor forward to other bloggers I find inspiring and generate a list of questions I hope they will answer.

Now on the the questions:

1. If you weren’t blogging, what would you be doing with your free time?

Nothing useful. Probably watching T.V.

2. If you had the chance, would you move? Where to?

Yes, Vancouver B.C. (Been there several times. Love it.)

3. Best lesson in the kitchen?

Don’t be afraid to try. Generally, even a ‘failure’ is tasty. Even if you ‘fail’ you learn from it.
4. Hardest recipe/dish you’ve ever made?

The first time I cooked spaghetti after we were married. Getting the seasoning right was really tough.

5. Best cook you personally know, and what makes them good?

My grandma. She could make anything taste good.

6. When did you get into blogging, and why?

March 13 this year, We wanted to find a way to work from home. We wanted to find something that we already enjoy doing, shopping and cooking for the family and sharing what we try.

7. What is your dream job?

A job that would allow us to work from home as a couple. Maybe this 🙂

8. What is a challenge you’ve given yourself lately? Have you achieved it yet?

Actually, to start a blog. We are off to a good start. Time will tell how successful we are.

9. you had to go back and study something totally different from anything you’ve ever studied, what would you choose?

The culinary arts

My blogger nominees are:

The Story Telling Cook

The Nouurished Peach

What’s for Dinner Moms? (Koolaidmoms)

Rice and Dine

The Richmond Avenue

Peters Food Adventures

I Accidently Ate The Whole Thing

Fueling the Badge

Passion Cook

Blogtastic Food

The Honey Hunter

Each of these bloggers have been kind enough to provide encouraging feedback and are themselves great examples that we have been privileged to learn from and emulate.

My questions are:

  • What is your best money saving tip?
  • What is your favorite home cooked meal?
  • Best lesson in the kitchen?
  • Hardest recipe/dish you’ve ever made?
  • Who is your target audience for your blog?
  • When did you get into blogging, and why?
  • Did you get help setting up your blog?
  • Do you have help writing your blog?
  • How do you gather insights about blog usage?

#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the week of 4/25/2016 and 5/2/2016

The last several shopping trips we have made have gone quite well. We have been under budget.

Technically this week we were too, if you only look at the menu items for the two weeks (week 1 menu, week 2 menu). However we all know there are incidentals associated with cooking and real life that are not menu items but still should be included with the food budget. Things like Continue reading “#groceryshopping results for the #menuplan for the week of 4/25/2016 and 5/2/2016”

What do Expiration Dates really mean?

Surprisingly little.

On 04.07.16 JANET RAUSA FULLER published the article “The Truth About Those Expiration Dates on Your Groceries”  on In that article she reveals that most of the dates on foods we buy are truly meaningless.

For instance what does “Sell by” really mean? According to the article Continue reading “What do Expiration Dates really mean?”

Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 4/13/2016

As we mentioned before its been kinda crazy. So we did not have a chance to do our usual menu planning. By the time we had the menu plan done (for the weeks starting 4/11 and 4/18) it was too late to do any ‘real’ shopping. We knew it would be that way so we picked simpler crock pot meal for this evening and picked up only what we needed for that meal until we could do ‘real’ shopping. We decided Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner tonight 4/13/2016”

Clean a Cast Iron Pan with a Potato

This originally came to me as a tweet from Food and Wine. Here is a link to the original article.

What you need: Coarse salt, oil and a potato.

What you do: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle a generous amount of salt into the skillet. Cut the potato in half so that it fits in the palm of your hand. Place the spud, flat side down, onto the pan and scrub, pretty vigorously, in a circular motion. Once the pan is clean, rinse with water and pat dry.

Almost there: To season, pour a small amount of oil into the skillet and spread evenly with a paper towel so that the whole thing is covered in a thin layer. Place the skillet in the preheated oven for one hour. Remove from the oven, wipe off any excess oil and you’re ready to go.

Guess #whatsfordinner using #leftovers tonight 4/1/2016

We had some changes to our schedule this week so this should probably be called #whatsforbrunch. Anyway, I waited to see how well it warmed up for breakfast today. I’m glad I did I was as good warmed up as it was straight out of the oven. Over all a success. So what is it?  Continue reading “Guess #whatsfordinner using #leftovers tonight 4/1/2016”