Earlier, I posted about the Motivated Moms chore planner (It should be in the “related links” at the bottom of this post in case you missed it.) and how amazing it is. What would be more amazing is if I actually kept up with it. Still, I love lists. And I love checking off boxes,


Remember the last time I made Asian noodles? I had an extra steak which I threw in the freezer… Well I used it in another incarnation of the noodle bow. This time I did it a little differently… my veggies were bamboo, baby corn, mung bean sprouts, and snow peas (which I blanched). Man, I


I have an issue with crockpots… I love the idea (and love when I actually plan and use it for something) but it means I have to be thinking about dinner 4-8 hours before dinner happens. I’m more of a fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants cook, so freezer marinating is a great deal for me. When we buy a


I’m just curious about how other people pay their bills… I’ve heard of people putting envelopes in dated sections of a mail organizer, then filling each one on that date, stamping, and mailing… that seems more than a little antiquated to me. For us, we just have a few bills. I have a bookmark folder


Today was Invest Safely Day. I’m no investment expert, but I know that everyone’s definitions of “safe” investments are going to be different. Fool.com gives explanations about several different places to “park your cash,” along with pros and cons for each. What are your investment/savings plans? Do you have a favorite “parking space” for your


I had never heard of National Thrift Week until I read JD Roth’s post in Get Rich Slowly today (love that blog btw). An excerpt from the history of National Thrift Week reads: In 1916, with the First World War looming imminently on the horizon, the leaders of America’s major civic organizations launched an ambitious


I don’t know what “real” stroganoff is, to tell the truth. I think it’s usually made with beef strips or chunks, not ground beef. But I have to tell you, one of the things I remember loving as a kid was the stroganoff hamburger helper my dad would occasionally make, with an extra dollop of


Jan 14 2009

So it’s time to do 2008 taxes… or at least start getting everything together if you aren’t the model of organization (I know I’m not). I pulled out all of my Joyful Abode files and receipts for 2008 and realized that really, I hadn’t done too badly with keeping everything filed and entered in my


Preface: I don’t know anything about Asian cooking. But I love Asian food. I didn’t use a recipe for this, or even read recipes in preparation… and let me tell you. This trial was not an error. It was a success. Delicious. But probably not “authentic.” First, I started marinating some beef in the fridge


Let me tell you a few things about myself. I’m a person who loves lists. And I love how-to books. And bullets. And boxes to check off. And things to strike through. I’m the type of person who will add something she’s already done to her to-do list, just to be able to cross it


As I said before, I’ve never been a very physical person, but something about the idea of archery always seemed really cool to me… so in 9th grade, when my gym (ugh) teacher opened the supply closet and I saw ARCHERY EQUIPMENT, I was so excited. I asked if we were going to use it


I was going to post yet another non-recipe post… and you may have to get used to that for a little while, because lately I’ve been cooking “reruns” or semi-meals that don’t count for much as far as blogging goes. BUT I had this one saved up (well, the photos anyway) so I figured I’d



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