Week in Review- May 22nd, 2015

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Heidi ho! Welcome back to the blog!  Would you like to see what was going on at our house??  Well, you’ve come to the right place. Let’s start with this girl, my dear Sweetpea.  For years her brothers have enthusiastically mowed our lawn to earn a little extra cashola.  Well, these enthusiastic brothers are not […]

Spring Favorites 2015!

Spring Favorites

It feels like Spring is finally here for good  in Wisconsin!  The grass has finally greened up, trees are leafing out and those darn dandelions keep coming up to say hi!  Sounds like a great day to share some products that I’m loving right now! Up first is the book that has really changed the […]

Week in Review- Mother’s Day Edition! May 15, 2015

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Mother’s day at our house is a day that Mom is pampered and spoiled and this year was no exception! We celebrated Mother’s Day last Saturday by having breakfast together at a local restaurant. Here is my precious Mom and I before the food came! Nope, we didn’t even plan our outfits, but they were […]

Saving Money: Cereal


When I was a kiddo, I got so excited to buy cereal at the grocery store!  Maybe it was the colorful packaging, maybe it was the SUGAR, but I think it was really the PRIZE that was waiting inside the box!!  Who’s with me?? These days I haven’t seen any prizes being given away in […]

Week in Review- May 8th, 2015

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My fabulous “5” for the week! (My attempt to forget the hard parts of the week and focus on the positives!!) [ONE] Having a son that actually knows what he’s doing on the computer and can help me when I push the wrong button!! Here he is working his magic!! [TWO] The first watermelon of […]

Ask Ms. Jilly- Basic Cooking Spices

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Back in March, a reader asked “What advice would you give for someone starting out in the kitchen? What are common spices to have on hand when you’re baking? Well, you can read about my favorite baking spices HERE. Today I want to share with you my basic COOKING spices.  These are the spices that […]

Week in Review- May 1st, 2015

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  It was such a busy and fun week for us!  Let’s start with last weekend!! We spent Saturday in Madison, WI for the National History Day “State” Contest.  My daughter and her friend made an exhibit board on Gandhi’s Salt March and they competed with other students around the state.  Unfortunately, they didn’t make […]

Menu Plan- April 27 – May 1, 2015


Hello and welcome back!!  One thing that I love to do every week is menu plan!  Every Saturday afternoon I sit down and plan 5 weekday meals that my family will eat.  I try not to choose difficult recipes that require crazy ingredients that I normally do not stock in my fridge or pantry.  Since […]

My Week in Review- 04-24-15 (5 on Friday!)

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Welcome to the end of the work week!!  Friday…..ahhhh!  If I didn’t know any different, I would swear on a stack of bibles that this week’s weather had been ordered straight from Mr. Winter!  We had snowflakes, people!  Fortunately, the sun DID finally come out on Thursday and the thermometer reached a tropical 49 degrees!  […]

World’s Easiest Spaghetti & Meatballs!

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This main dish can be made in 3 minutes flat. Here’s what you need… 1 bag of frozen meatballs (I chose chicken meatballs this time) 1 (26 oz.) jar of Spaghetti sauce (just 89 cents on sale last week!) Pasta *p.s.  please don’t look at the dirty crock pot, mkay?  Spray Crock Pot with cooking […]