Author Archives: Wendy
A few nights ago, we had an impromptu dinner with friends for which I provided the main dish. Many people I know have at least a couple of dishes that they can throw together in a hurry out of things that they usually have on hand, and what I prepared was indeed from my standard repertoire.
This post includes a recipe for a scalable, vegetarian- or veganizeable pasta sauce that’s very flavorful and can be made to be quite spicy. It’s followed by a more simple sauce for young kids or those who prefer something a little more mild. Continue reading
Ready or not, for those of you with kids in school – or going to school for the first time – it’s time to turn your attention to preparations for the coming year.
There are deals to be had and bargains to be found everywhere when it comes to school supplies, but even so without utilizing a few tricks and strategies your purchases can quickly add up and infringe upon other earmarks in your back-to-school budget.
In our latest dispatch, Wendy shares a few tips from a seasoned veteran, followed by some advice for those of you who may not be able to afford some or all of the items on your child’s back-to-school list. Continue reading
Over the next few weeks, Wendy and her son will be trying their hand at making toys, some modern and some old-fashioned. She’ll be sharing the how-to and their results with you along the way, working on projects suited to his age (7), though many activities can easily be enjoyed by both older and younger kids as well. To begin, have a scavenger hunt to see who can find the most items on the master supply list. Ready, set, go! Continue reading
As Jo previously mentioned, one easy way to trim your budget is by eliminating or reducing routine purchases by making items from scratch or replacing single-use items with reusables. One of the easiest ways to put this idea into practice is by using cloth napkins instead of paper, which you can make even if you don’t sew. Continue reading