8 Weeks to a Less Cluttered Home

Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you? Several years ago, my husband and I discovered that the clutter in our homes was eating away at our peace and enjoyment. It distracted us, made us grumpy, created extra work and messes, and just generally detracted from our lives. During that season, we began to really tackle all the stuff in our home and view it with new eyes. We asked questions like: Do I truly find this beautiful or useful? How long […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 4

To those who’ve been doing this challenge all along, way to go! You’ve reached week 4 and your family hasn’t starved yet. Your creativity has been stretched to the max, no doubt, but I hope that you have some excellent savings to show for your hard work. To those who have joined us at some point during this month or have done any variation on the challenge, thank you for joining us! I’m sure that you’ve seen that even just a week or two of […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 3

Welcome to the third week of the Eat From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge! Find out what it’s all about or read my post from Week 2. My update as I head into week three: This afternoon, we went to Costco with some friends. Walking around was pure torture for my husband, who kept noticing all sorts of tempting and yummy-looking items. Each time he would look at me and go to put something in our cart, I said, “No, we don’t have any extra grocery money this month”. […]

Eating From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge: Week 2

Welcome to the second week of the Eat From the Pantry and Freezer Challenge! Find out what it’s all about or read my post from Week 1. My update as I head into week two: The first week of these challenges are usually the easy ones. Last week it just felt like I was trying to focus a bit more on using up some things we have a lot of. My meal plan still came together easily for this second week, although I’m starting to get just […]

Eating From the Freezer and Pantry Challenge: Week 1

That’s it. No more shopping for you. Or me, for that matter. It’s time to begin our “Eating from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge“! What I’ve spent so far I had about $230 remaining for the rest of May out of my $450 budget (the other $220 had been spent at the beginning of the month). I’ve set aside $150 cash for my savings, which I’m not allowing myself to touch. The other $80 is being used for: Raw milk, free range eggs, sour cream […]

Let’s Save Some Money: The Eat from the Pantry and Freezer Challenge!

Would you like to join me in saving literally hundreds of dollars on your grocery bill over the next month? It’s time to eat from our freezers and pantries! The impetus for this challenge was the fact that each summer I save up extra cash for purchasing fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables for preserving. And maybe also the fact that my pantry and freezer are both in need of a good cleaning. An actual scrub down, yes, but also cleaning out foods that we have […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Last Week of the Meal Planning Challenge

We’re on week 6 of the meal planning challenge (well, 7 for some of us). So many of you have participated so faithfully and consistently, and I have loved doing this alongside of you! It has challenged and spurred me on to get back on track with my planning. This may be the last week of the challenge, but I truly hope and pray that it has become a habitual effort. That’s the whole point. As we keep doing this, week after week, and reap […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with a suitable meal plan filled with simple meals for a week of transitioning back to regular life and coming home to an empty fridge! Unexpected circumstances and hectic times don’t have to mean that we can’t still meal plan effectively. By definition, the whole purpose […]