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5th Anniversary Meal Planning Sale!

What a ride! It’s hard to even believe it’s been five years already and we are so grateful to be ...

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Can You Afford to NOT Plan Your Weekly Menu?

Your life is busy. Super busy. And probably the last thing you want to do at the end of a ...

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Meal Boredom Busting

Do you ever get into a rut and find yourself making the same thing for dinner almost every week? Tacos. ...

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Goals for 2017: Save Money and Get Healthy

The end of the year is just a few days away and many of us are pondering New Year’s resolutions, ...

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Curb Side Grocery Pick Up. Is it worth it?

If you haven’t heard of it yet, you will soon. Many of the larger grocery stores are now offering this ...

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Building your Family Heritage with Recipes

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Are you familiar with all of the various Build A Menu features? If you are new member, or even if you’ve been a subscriber for a while, you may not be familiar with a couple of the features-the ability to add your own recipes to your Build A Menu page, and share them with friends and family members.* An excellent way to start creating your recipe legacy. The other day my eighteen-year-old daughter and I were chatting. “Do you know what I want when I get married?” she said. I studied her face, feeling like this was somehow a trick question. [&hellip

Super Salads for Summer

Posted on July 5, 2017 by Marla Schultz

During the hot and humid months of summer there is something enticing about skipping hot dinners and opting for cool meals. Summer conjures up images of picnic tables covered in red-and-white checked tablecloths laden with bowls of potato or macaroni salad, and platters of fruits or sandwiches; a glass pitcher of iced tea, lemon slices floating on the surface, and condensation forming on the sides; children running around in lush, green grass playing chase or hide-and-go-seek; dads and their offspring, hands tucked into worn baseball gloves, shouting cheerfully at one another as they toss a baseball back and forth. Essentially, the [&hellip

Summer Meal Ideas

Posted on June 21, 2017 by Marla Schultz

When summer weather arrives, it can hit with a vengeance—especially in our part of the country. Currently, we’re in the middle of eight days straight, 100-plus degree weather with no promise of a reprieve until the last week of the month. Keeping the house cool can be a challenge, so this time of the year it’s even more important to plan ahead with summer meal ideas. Hot weather can be a temptation to eat out. Why heat up the house? But with proper planning, it doesn’t need to be that way. Go ahead. Ask me if I’m turning on the [&hellip

Berries for Dad for Father’s Day

Posted on June 14, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Father’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by utilizing the fresh fruit that are currently in season? Special breakfasts and desserts with dusky boysenberries, ruby red strawberries, or the powdery blue of blueberries–yum! I have to admit, here in the Central Valley of California we’re spoiled. Fresh fruit and vegetables grow almost year-round. Currently, peaches, and nectarines, cherries, and loads of berries perch on the painted wooden shelves of local fruit stands waiting to be purchased. Stalls at our bi-weekly farmers’ market offer delicious produce as well and, during the summer months, there [&hellip

Easy Mexican Meals

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Marla Schultz

Do you have an easy, don’t-have-to-think-about-it, go-to type of meal? A meal that, generally, the ingredients are always in the house, even if the recipe didn’t actually make it to your menu that week? For some it’s frozen dinners–chicken, fish filets, or lasagna. For others it’s some form of pasta, like spaghetti or Chicken Alfredo. And, depending on someone’s nationality, there are a myriad of other quick and easy meals. If you ask the members of my family, you’ll quickly discover that my easy, homemade “fast food” meal is Mexican food. Tacos. Burritos. Enchilada casseroles…yum! It’s delicious and, usually, inexpensive, as well. [&hellip