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HOW DO YOU COOK FOR SO MANY? This is a question I am often asked. People wonder how in the world someone with a large family manages meals, assuming it’s ten times more the work. In reality, it’s not so at all. I have personally......

A sample of a grocery list that will help you keep organized while shopping....

Once you begin a family, there is no escaping laundry. It is constantly being generated and forever piling up. Get on top of the laundry by doing it regularly, systematically, and properly. ...

Housecleaning – can be a daunting task — whether you live in a one bedroom apartment or in a large home. Few people enjoy the task; however if it is left undone for too long, living becomes insufferable with dirt, clutter and chaos. One flourishes......

  When I’d houseclean with my small kids. I’d crank up some fun music, give each child a damp cloth for dusting and put them to work while I’d vacuum. Once they got fed up, I’d hand them the vacuum cleaner, while I dusted or......

I keep Christmas very simple.  I basically use the same menu plan each year, as I only use this plan once a year.   I do it pot-luck, where I get the other relatives that are coming to bring the dish they are good at.  One......

When I gave up doing a lot of extra baking for Christmas when my kids grew up, it de-stressed me and my older daughters. We used to do a lot of extra baking to pass around and now we gave that up. Mary O. We......

I send out a lot of Christmas cards and it takes a long time to write them all. To avoid spending hours at a time, I start doing them in early November, just four or five  each day. It breaks a daunting task down into......

We have a custom of celebrating Advent. We gather the family around and burn one candle on the first Sunday of Advent in the evening while we read a part of the bible that has to do with the Holy family. We do this each......

The topic of chores does not often strike a good chord with anyone in the family. Mom feels she’s a nag and Dad doesn’t want to be the bad guy always jumping down kids’ throats to get them moving. It often feels so much easier......

Excellent books and websites to help you organize your space, improve your effectiveness and have greater satisfaction in home management. ...

Do you often feel like a gorilla, constantly bending over to pick up toys? How thrilled is your husband to come home and roller skate across the hallway on a set of dinky cars? Do you often feel they’re everywhere and you can’t get away......

Although it is tempting to have the kitchen totally under your control and peaceful, kids love to come in and help out. Initially, you may feel it as a pain in the neck, but with patience, perseverance and practice, your kids will become as good a......

The kitchen is the nerve center of the house. Think like a waitress. Use a solid tray to help you carry all your cutlery and dishes to the table in one go. Also use a spray bottle with some mild dish detergent in it for......

Organize your kitchen according to your workstations: mixing area, sink area, fridge area. Now think of each object according to where you first use it. Store things there. So when you make a cake, put all related items within immediate reach of your standing position.......

Whether you live in an apartment or home, it is worthwhile to make your space work for you, rather than you working all day on your space. Many young families are so busy they do not take the time to think about this. I encourage......

Houses are not homes, they are mere shells. You make a difference when you set up a home. You take the bare walls and empty rooms and turn them into a part of yourself, an extension of who you are. There is no place like......

Check out some great resources to help you on the homefront!...

This is a question I am often asked. People wonder how in the world someone with a large, family manages meals, assuming it’s ten times more the work. In reality, it’s not so at all. I have personally found that the larger the family gets,......

As soon as children show interest and are able to do a chore, sign them up. Whether you have one child or several, kids need to feel needed and learn to help out. Chores help them to grow in life skills, responsibility, and good work......

Free up more of your time and energy. Don’t allow anxiety to creep into your day because you don’t know what to make for supper. Why run several times to the grocery store for ingredients when you have better things to do with your time?......

As moms, we are always learning and we never stop. Enjoy these tips from many women on how they save time and money in the kitchen. May it spark some new habits and get ideas churning. We have so much to learn from our parents......

Read more tips for Saving Time and Money in the Kitchen. Here are food tips to get you started. When kids don’t like vegetable soups, puree them. It will go over better. Cut up overripe fruit into a bowl. Top with some lemon juice and......

When I was growing up I longed to be a mother. I loved science and studying and dreamt of medicine as a career as many other children do at some point in their lives, but most of all I knew I wanted to be a mother....

If you're the parent of a picky eater, no doubt you can relate to the daily challenge of finding foods your child will eat. When faced with a child who shows no interest in vegetables - or in the family dinner, for that matter - even the most determined parents can be swayed into the role of a short-order cook....

It is at the family dinner table where most of the important parenting takes place. But with our hectic schedules how often these days does the family meal take place. It is up to the parents to make sure it happens and to schedule it in each day. It is a dying art that must be revived in our culture....

Every day across the world, moms prepare for the Olympic challenge – surviving the family meal with a smile on their face. We enter the mealtime prep tired, with low blood sugar, surrounded by hungry children. Supper time is one of the most draining times......

Daily life is full of choices. We often don't have much time to think before we act. How we respond mirrors our values, criteria and priorities in life. Really think through what's most important to you and clarify your priorities. You cannot do everything. ...

Ladies, you have such an eye for detail. Add meaning, warmth, and a personal touch to mealtime. Details make a difference. They show we care. Restaurants take great care to create a pleasant, welcoming atmosphere to ensure customer satisfaction and ultimately revenue. Your motivation is......

PLAYDOUGH– Melinda B. This is my favourite recipe….when I used to work in a daycare ( before my kids were born ) this was the only recipe they would use.  It NEVER gets sticky, I find the ones where there is no cream of tartar......

Do you always have the same thing for breakfast? Why not add some variety? There’re lots you can do to satisfy your appetite and enjoy a change. Have a big batch of various muffins in your freezer that you can pull out, warm up and......

ITALIAN HERB BREAD – use dough setting (Great with a pasta dish) 1 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp powdered milk 2 tbsp shortening 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 3 1/3 cups flour 1 tsp dried marjoram 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried thyme......

ROCKY ROAD SQUARES – Anya In glass bowl microwave 1/2 cup of corn syrup and 3/4 cup of chocolate chips. Mix well. Add 1/2 cup of peanut butter. Microwave and mix again very well. Add 3 cups of mini-marshmallows. Microwave and mix very well. Add......

Ambrosia – Stephanie 1 cup sour cream or yoghurt 1 cup drained fruit cocktail 1 cup flaked coconut (can omit) 1 cup mini marshmallows 1 can drained mandarin oranges or pineapples Mix. Chill. Serve.   CRUNCHY ICE CREAM SANDWICHES – Nadia Instead of Skor bits,......

CORNMEAL MUFFINS – Hilda 1 cup cornmeal (coarse or flour)  we use coarse cornmeal. 1 cup flour 1/3 cup sugar 3 tsp baking powder 1/2 tsp salt 1 egg beaten 1/4 cup olive oil 1 cup milk Oven at 350F.  Grease pan.  Mix cornmeal, flour,......

WESTERN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – Gillian 1 cup shortening 1 cup white sugar 1 cup brown sugar 2 eggs 1 tsp baking soda in 2 Tbsp hot water 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp baking powder 2 1/2 cups flour 2 cups quick oatmeal 1 package......

HOMEMADE PARTY PUNCH – Marie 1  2 litre bottle club soda 1/2  2 litre bottle ginger ale 1 can freeze concentrate lemonade 1 can frozen concentrate orange juice 1/4 – 1/3 cup of inexpensive table syrup that you use for pancakes frozen strawberries   STRAWBERRY......

Kids need a hearty, nutritious snack that gives them a boost over a long period of time. Suggestions include: milkshakes with fresh fruit or smoothies–check out the drink recipes on this website Yogurt mixed with sliced bananas and other fresh fruit/nuts different kinds of nuts,......

ROMANO BEAN SOUP – Marie one diced onion 1 tsp minced garlic 1 can romano beans, washed and drained 2 cups water 1 to 2 tbsp bouillon 1 tbsp chili powder dash cayenne (optional) 2 to 3 tbsp brown sugar 1 cup milk 1/4 cup......

BLACK BEAN SALAD – Helen 1 15 ounces can black beans, drained and well rinsed 1 large tomato, chopped half of a 16-ounce package frozen corn, thawed under running water 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped 2 ribs celery chopped 1 loosely packed cup......

HOT POTATO SALAD Christina several strips of cooked bacon 1.5 kg small waxy red potatoes 4 onions sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley 2/3 cup olive oil 1 tbsp dijon mustard 1/3 cup vinegar Chop bacon into small pieces. Cook potatoes 10-15 minutes. Drain and......

SLOW-COOKER LASAGNA – Maria D. 1lb.(450g) lean ground beef 1 jar (675ml) pasta sauce 1 cup water 1 3/4 cups ricotta or cottage cheese 1 3/4 cups shredded cheddar cheese 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese 1 egg 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley 6 to 9......

Lots of families love to BBQ in the summer months. Here are some tips, recipes and ideas to help your BBQ’ing days run more smoothly. I usually pre-cook my chicken and pork chops in the morning in a pot of water, just long enough to......

IMPOSSIBLY EASY VEGETABLE PIE – BettyCrocker.com 1 to 2 cups chopped broccoli or sliced fresh cauliflowerets 1/3 cup chopped onion 1/3 cup chopped green bell pepper 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese 1/2 cup Original Bisquick mix 1 cup milk 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon pepper 2......

GRILLED SALMON WITH CARAMELIZED LEEKS AND BRIE SAUCE– Csilla 2 tbsp unsalted butter 3 leeks ¼ cup dry white wine 1/3 chicken stock 1/3 35% cream 4 (3oz) pieces of brie cheese chopped 3 Peppers (yellow, red, green) Red onion Salmon Melt butter in a......

SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS – Dorothy W. : I usually use pork, but you can use also beef or turkey. 500g pork minced 1/2 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup milk 1tsp pepper 2 cups brown sugar 2tbsp flour 1/2 cup vinegar 1/4 cup water 2......

SLOW COOKER EASY TURKEY AND DRESSING – A.M. (yummy for a Sunday) 7.8 oz. pkg stuffing mix ½ cup hot water 2 T. butter softened 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, chopped into about ½ “ thickness 2 celery stalks, finely chopped 1 turkey breast (usually......

IMPOSSIBLY EASY CHICKEN POT PIE – BettyCrocker.com 1 2/3 cups frozen mixed vegetables 1 cup cut-up cooked chicken 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup 1 cup Original Bisquick mix 1/2 cup milk 1 egg Heat oven to 400ºF. Mix vegetables, chicken and soup in ungreased glass pie plate,......

CHIPPED BEEF POPOVERS– Mary, Kingston (Great recipe for leftovers from beef roasts) l tbsp butter ¼ lb leftover beef roast, shredded 1 can cream of mushroom soup ¼ cup white wine ½ cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 tbsp snipped parsley Popovers (below) Melt butter in......

ROUND STEAK IN SAUCE– Ursula, Toronto round roast thickly chopped onion, carrots, and celery Make small slits along fatty edges. Salt and pepper the steak. In a pan, melt some butter. Brown steak on both sides. Pour over ½ cup water mixed with 1/3 cup......

BEEF BOURGUIGNON– Helen, Charlo l pkg onion soup mix l can cream of mushroom soup l cup red wine l tsp minced garlic or garlic powder l cup water 6-8 mushrooms, sliced (I omit this) 1 – 1 ½ lb of stewing beef cut in......

SHELLS – Irene 1 box Jumbo Pasta Shells hamburger 1 chopped onion 4 slices of sandwich bread, cubed ½ cup milk or water 1 beaten egg 1 cup shredded mozzarella 1 can of spaghetti sauce 1 cup of water Cook pasta shells according to directions,......

BANANA COFFEE CAKE  – Christine ½ cup butter or margarine softened ¾ cup sugar 1 egg 3 Tbsp buttermilk 11/3 cups mashed bananas 11/2 cups flour ¾ tsp each of baking soda, AND baking powder ½ tsp salt. Streusel 1 cup semi-sweet choc chips(or less) ½......

GRANDMAS SCONES – Rob   1 cup sour cream 1 teaspoon baking soda 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup white sugar 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup butter 1 egg 1 cup raisins (optional)   In a......

ITALIAN HERB BREAD – Use dough setting (Great with a pasta dish)   1 1/4 cup water 2 tbsp powdered milk 2 tbsp shortening 2 tbsp sugar 1 tsp salt 3 1/3 cups flour 1 tsp dried majoram 1 tsp dried basil 1 tsp dried......

Lots of families love to BBQ in the summer months. Here are some tips, recipes, and ideas to help your BBQing days run more smoothly. I usually pre-cook my chicken and pork chops in the morning in a pot of water, just long enough to......