Make Ahead Freezer Meals {Everyday Made Easy}

Make Ahead Freezer Meals- White Chicken Chili

It's that time of the year again when busy just gets busier! As mentioned in the Holiday Countdown, I like to clean and stock my kitchen now before the line ups at the grocery and big box stores get unbearable (one can only flip through so many magazines at the checkout, right?). What I didn't mention is that it's also a good time to prepare large batches of meals, say on a Sunday afternoon, to freeze and pull out on those days when supper is the … [Read more...]

Household Chore Tips {Everyday Made Easy}

Household Chore Tips- Make the Everyday Easier {Satori Design for Living}

Last week I posed a few questions regarding household chores, and I wasn't too surprised when so many of you chimed in. I often go in waves when it comes to the day-to-day tasks of managing a household. Some weeks laundry really gets on my nerves and I want to go on a cooking strike, and other weeks I'm inspired to try new recipes and I find cleaning somewhat therapeutic. Whatever mood I'm in on any particular day, the thought of making any … [Read more...]

Back to School {Everyday Made Easy}

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It's that time of year again when the kiddos are heading back to school. My son is in grade 12, so he's pretty self-sufficient. Over the years, I've stepped back more and more, allowing him to share a bigger portion of the day-to-day responsibilities that come along with getting to and from school and everything else in between. Basically, if I keep the fridge and pantry stocked with healthy food, he's good to go! Although we're at the far end … [Read more...]

Rearranging for Simplicity {Everyday Made Easy}

Tea Station

I was reading Julie Morgenstern's book Organizing From the Inside Out and I came to the realization that, although my home is quite organized, there were many changes I needed to make. I've always had the idea that 'like' needed to be grouped with 'like'. Julie challenges this notion with her smart, but obvious suggestion of putting things away where you need to use them. Sounds simple enough, but when I thought about the daily tasks and … [Read more...]

Meal Planning {Everyday Made Easy}

Tomato Basil Pizza via Country Living

Back in my days as a teacher, there are a few things I added to my weekly routine to keep my home life running smoothly (or at least to keep my sanity). In the early days when I was lucky to keep my head above water, I’d think about what we were going to eat for dinner when I arrived home from work or my son's hockey practice. Needless to say, out came the hamburger helper, frozen chicken fingers or another less than healthy or desirable option- y … [Read more...]