Staying at home to raise your kids and loving it!

Here you will find recipes, hints, how-to’s, and hopefully more kitchen helps soon!

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Cooking HintsOld Fashioned Cooking

1. Start with a clean kitchen… end with a clean kitchen You will learn to love cooking and so will your kids. Cooking together is a great way to spend time with your kids and accomplish what needs to be done.  Besides you don’t want to think about doing dishes right before bedtime or get up to dirty dishes the next morning, do you?

2. Start with a sink half full of hot soapy dishwater, as you cook and use utensils wash them and put them up. Starting with just a half full sink will let you add hot water to it as you clean.

3. Always check first and make sure you have ALL of the ingredients in the correct amounts that it calls for in your recipe. Running to the store in the middle of cooking is just not cool!

4. Keep the utensils that you use the most in a convenient place and make sure to put them up every time.

5. Don’t be afraid to experiment with your recipes. Be bold but think about what goes good together.

6. Instead of buying the more expensive cooking sprays, use an “Oil-O-Pump”. You can put your own vegetable cooking oil in it and save money. You can keep a couple and fill with olive oil, canola, or corn Misto Oil o pumpoil. But you can’t put oil that will get hard, like melted butter. You can get them at any of the “home” stores such as Amazon, Linens and Things or Bed, Bath and Beyond. My sis got me one for Christmas, I love it! They sell these at some WalMarts now!

7. If you don’t have a spoon rest for your stove or counter, get a saucer and use it instead and keep your counter or stove from getting greasy! Also invest in good grease splatter screen for your pans.

8. Keep a good hand cream on or near the sink to do your hands with once you are finished washing up!

9. If you don’t have a vegetable brush to wash your potatoes, or other vegetables, use a scrungie, the kind they sell to wash Teflon pans, or you can get a softer small hair brush (new from the store) to wash off your vegetables when they come out of the garden!

10. If you want to keep your fruit salad or sliced apples a little fresher for your kids lunches, buy a small spray bottle in the sample isle for just under a dollar, wash it good, dry it good, put some lemon juice in it and keep it in the fridge! When you need to, just spay that fruit salad or those sliced apples or any fruit or veggie you want to keep fresh.  You an cut an apple and core it, put it back together using a rubber band and it stays fresh longer.

11. Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much more fun and easier for kids to eat. Definitely doing this for the grand-kids!

12. Microwave your own popcorn in a plain brown paper bag. Much healthier and cheaper than the packet stuff.

13. Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod under the sink to hang your spray bottles. Genius!

14. Turn your muffin pan upside down, bake cookie-dough over the top and voila – you have cookie bowls for fruit or ice-cream.  The fluted kind looks cool!

15. Freeze Aloe Vera in ice-cube trays for soothing sunburn relief. . .  once it is frozen you can take them out of the trays and put them in layers in freezer bags. Remember to label them!

16.  Rub white vinegar on your cutting board to keep from crying when you cut onions!


Please share your favorite household hints with us!



So: If you come here thinking you can ADVERTISE YOUR JUNK…. IT WON’T DO YOU ANY GOOD, SO DON’T WASTE YOUR TIME. 


On a much nicer note:  Thank you for sharing real and honest recipes, cooking hints or what ever helps you make your house a HOME!!! We will get them posted as soon as we can.


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