Making a Convivial Home: The Need

Whether it be Chinese-Are-Superior Mothers or French-Are-Superior Mothers, these foreign parenting-commentators point out that American mothers are afraid to be in charge, and that’s why they raise hellions. That is a particular side of the ditch, but it is not my temptation. My husband and I are both rather authoritarian parents, and happy and comfortable being so. My mom was a “mean mom,” not afraid to make unpopular decisions or enforce them. She told me (and I needed to be … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: First Week of March

It’s granola season again! Wahoo! We’re tired of oatmeal and ready for a change. Monday Breakfast: granola Lunch: pbj Snack: pretzels Dinner: *chicken & black bean soup, rolls, salad Tuesday Breakfast: granola Lunch: rolls, cheese, pears Snack: popcorn Dinner: *asian penne, salad Wednesday Breakfast: muffins Lunch: tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches Snack: pretzels Dinner: *baked potato bar Thursday Breakfast: granola Lunch: pbj Snack: pretzels Dinner: chicken stir-fry Friday Breakfast: granola Lunch: grilled cheese sandwiches Snack: pretzels Dinner: *orange black … Read More

Simplified Pantry is Online! – Simply Convivial

My eBook and cooking blog are now available! Many thanks and kuddos to my amazing web-developer husband. Isn’t it a great-looking site?! Stay tuned for giveaways and such, on both this blog and on the Simplified Pantry.

Digital Home Management “Binder”: Lists & Notes

Home Management Binder, Control Journal, Household Notebook: It doesn’t matter what you call it, having it helps keep all the tasks involved in homemaking in front of your face when you need them to be, but off your mind when you don’t. It’s usually done with paper, but can it be adapted for the technologically savvy? Or at least the technology-owner? Can it be done with an iPad, Netbook, smartphone, iPod Touch, Android tablet? It certainly can. Series to Date … Read More

Capturing Contentment

Pretty Birthday cupcakes! Mr. Knox Sir turned two on Saturday, with much fanfare. I love two-year-olds. Happy My four-year-old volunteered to wash the silicone muffin cups! She thought it was play, and I thought it was a bargain — she washed them and they occupied her. Funny My six-year-old was staring blankly out the window while doing his math fact sheet. I called him back to the present by reminding him that he could go get the blocks if he … Read More

Seven Laws of Teaching Your Own: Law of the Learner

John Milton Gregory, author of the Seven Laws of Teaching defines education as “embrac[ing] all the steps and processes by which an infant is gradually transformed into a full-grown and intelligent man.” There are two facets of this transformation: development of capacities and acquisition of experience, and one way we guide experience is by “furnishing the child with the heritage of the race.” History, literature, art, and science are all means of giving our children a rich inheritance of human … Read More

Transcendent Order

This post is a part of the book club Cindy of Ordo Amoris is hostessing on Russell Kirk’s Roots of American Order. This week’s posts are all collected here, and my previous post was “Order, the First Need of All.” Civilization, culture, is an outworking of religion, of shared beliefs about the order of the universe. That is true whether we are speaking of a small society of a family or of a church or the larger society of a … Read More

Essential Kitchen Tool: Whisks

I have a thing for whisks. I love them. I collect all kinds and all sizes. Did you know there are multiple kinds? Balloon Of course there is the traditional balloon whisk. Everyone should have a couple sizes of this essential. Sauce But have you ever seen this kind of whisk? It is a sauce whisk. It is best for incorporating something into a liquid — concentrates into water, chocolate into cream, cornstarch into melted butter, jello into water. Flat … Read More

Menu Plan Monday: February 27-March 3

Monday Breakfast: leftover cinnamon rolls Lunch: cheese, apples, bread Snack: biscotti Dinner: chicken vegetable soup, no-knead bread, salad Tuesday Breakfast: oatmeal Lunch: pbj, pears Snack: biscotti Dinner: crockpot short ribs, roasted potatoes, salad Wednesday Breakfast: muffins Lunch: with friends Snack: popcorn Dinner: tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches, salad Thursday Breakfast: oatmeal Lunch: pbj, pears Snack: leftover muffins Dinner: homemade pizza, salad Friday Breakfast: biscuit ring Lunch: leftover pizza Snack: biscotti Dinner: at the in-laws This post linked at Streamline … Read More

Recipe: Not-Spaghetti

My husband doesn’t care much for spaghetti. I think it’s the tomato sauce that puts him off. Then one night we went to a friend’s house for dinner and she served a tomatoey pasta dish. He liked it. “It was spaghetti,” I pointed out. “No, it wasn’t,” he countered. So, now it’s one of my go-to easy family dinners and I call it: Not-Spaghetti A recipe for people who think they don’t like spaghetti. In a skillet, brown: equal parts … Read More

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