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In the Kitchen

  • Your bag lady days are numbered

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

     

    If you have been having problems getting rid of your clutter, it could be because you have a disease known as the Bag Lady Syndrome. When we start out housekeeping, we have the cute filing cabinets that hold our important papers. It does not take long to fill those paper consuming monsters with every scrap of paper that we think is important. Soon with those drawers bulging, we start piling those “important papers” on every flat surface in our home.

  • Be freezer frenzied no more

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

     

    A few years ago (quite a few years ago, actually), a new cooking trend — Once A Month Cooking (OAMC) was born. The whole idea was to spend a day cooking, freeze what you make, then reheat it as needed; sort of DIY Stouffers concept.

  • Simplify your meals

    By LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    In pursuit of saving money, we find ourselves scouring the world and the web for ways to cut corners and expenses. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our weekly quest to feed the family.

    We kill ourselves searching high and low for coupons. We seek out the bargains, willingly investing gas and time to get the lowest prices, even if it means a big drive. We’re saving money, we say to ourselves.

  • If you’re driving in a fog, slow down

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

    When we get overwhelmed our brains keep trying to play catch-up and in the process, this brain frenzy short circuits our actions. Now don’t get me wrong we are working like crazy but we don’t seem to be accomplishing much because we are trying to do too much too fast.

  • Not your mother’s tuna casserole

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    All home cooks appreciate the ease of accomplishment of doing dinner the one-pot way. When your family is busy and going in a million different directions, being able to make dinner in one pot, plunk down a salad and yell, “Dinner!” in the time it takes to boil pasta, is critical mass for any hectic family’s arsenal of timesaving tricks.

  • Treat your body to some sprouted grains

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    There’s a lot of talk these days about gluten sensitivity. Celiac disease, a digestive disease that damages the small intestine and interferes with the absorption of nutrients, has become more common in recent years.

    And while gluten sensitivity is one thing, celiac is quite another. Grains that are sprouted can often be tolerated by gluten sensitive folks, while those with celiac just need to stay clear, unless of course, they have the go-ahead from their doctors.

  • Safe places become black holes

    MARLA CILLEY

     THE FLYLADY

    Did you ever put something in a safe place never to find it again? I have many times. It is almost a joke in our home when I say those black hole fateful words, “I need to put this in a safe place.” There are car titles that have been lost in the vastness of my safe places. One time I was flying across the country I lost two items all because I didn’t want to misplace them on the flight.

  • Tips for decorating on the FLY

    MARLA CILLEY

    THE FLYLADY

    Did you ever glance at those well-lighted pictures in a magazine and wish for a room that looked as inviting as the images on its pages? We want the feel of those pictures but we have no clue where to start to accomplish it. Don’t feel bad because I can help you get started on your dream home and it can be done in babysteps.

  • It’s out of control

    LEANNE ELY CNC

    THE DINNER DIVA

    One of the most frustrating things in the kitchen is dealing with the plastic stuff. You know what I’m talking about — Tupperware, Rubbermaid containers — whatever brand or style you use, all of us have it.

  • Kids in the kitchen

    LEANNE ELY CNC
    THE DINNER DIVA

    The kitchen is the perfect place to be together with your children. This is where the meals are made and, if your dining table is in the same room, it’s where they’re eaten, too. Giving children the opportunity to learn how to cook and prepare meals has amazing side effects. Believe it or not, you’ll even find your picky kids are more willing to try something they’ve made themselves.