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52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Kitchen Talks

52 Weeks of Talking to Our Kids: Kitchen Talks

Not long ago my twenty-one year old son was helping me clean and cut fruits and veggies. This is a rare sight nowadays. The boys are either in college all the time or working very full time jobs (well, actually, they both do both at the same time!). I miss those times of cooking and cleaning in the kitchen with my kids.

However, I didn’t expect the boys to miss it! Josiah, the twenty-one year old pediatric nurse I just referred to, said, “You know what I miss? I miss those times that we used to gather around the table with tons of potatoes, carrots, apples, and other fruits and vegetables and peel, cut, clean, and prep them while you read aloud to us for hours!”

So do I, baby, so do I!

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Cook’s Illustrated: Two Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen (and Two Things to Teach Our Kids)

2 Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen

Cook’s Illustrated: Two Things All People Need to Know in the Kitchen

In a recent Cook’s Illustrated book, I read a “rule of thumb” that I have long upheld for cooks in general but especially for teaching kids to work in the kitchen.

Their thinking (and mine) is that these two “conversion skills” will lead to unlimited other conversions and understanding in the kitchen. (Yes, I did love it when I read this since I have taught my kids this for twenty years!)

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Don’t Overthink Meal Planning

Don't Overthink Meal Planning!

In a previous podcast episode called Simplified Menu Planning, I encouraged listeners to not overthink meal planning. (You may listen to that episode here.)

In this audio, I described how my original freezer cooking, in which I plugged all of my entrees into categories (based on meat types), led me to look at meal planning in a more simplified way. I made my master list of most of the entrees that I fix under each category, and then I can see what meats are on sale, scan my master entrée list, and choose meals to make.

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Getting Ready For School 2015: Become More Efficient in Your Kitchen

 

Getting Ready for School 2015 - Become More Efficient in Your Kitchen

 

I have been doing some podcast episodes about efficiency in the kitchen and freezer cooking. I wanted to have this as part of our back-to-school 2015 series, but I knew that auditory presentations would work better.

There are many things in the summer that you can do to set your kitchen up so that you can work more efficiently during the school year thus giving you more time for homeschooling, school activities, and heart training.

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Podcast Handout for: “How to Implement Cycle Cooking for Freezer Entrees”

How to Implement Cycle Cooking for Freezer Entrees and Starters

The following post is from this week’s podcast handout: “How to Implement Cycle Cooking for Freezer Entrees”.

 

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Wondering Wednesday Podcast: How to Implement Cycle Cooking for Freezer Entrees and Starters

Podcast: How to Implement Cycle Cooking for Freezer Entrees and StartersDonna Reish, author of forty curriculum books for homeschoolers and Christian schools and co-author/co-presenter of “Raising Kids With Character” Parenting Seminar (and blog), brings you another practical episode of Wondering Wednesday! In this week’s episode, Donna explains her “cycle cooking” for freezer entrees and starters, including how to freeze entrees, how to freezer cook efficiently, how to utilize “meal starters” and “soup starters,” and much more. She takes the listener through all of her cycle types—shredded chicken, whole chicken breasts and fish pieces, crumbled ground meats, and shaped beef/roasts and teaches the ease in which a cook can get started and continue to fill the family freezer with meals.

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Podcast Handout For “Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Freezer Cooking”

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Freezer Cooking

The following post is from this week’s podcast, “Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Freezer Cooking”.

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Wondering Wednesday Podcast: Ten Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Freezer Cooking

10 Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Start Freezer CookingDonna Reish, author of forty curriculum books for homeschoolers and Christian schools and co-author/co-presenter of “Raising Kids With Character” Parenting Seminar (and blog), brings you a practical episode of Wondering Wednesday! In this week’s episode, Donna answers some of the questions that she is often asked about freezer cooking—with ten questions you want to ask yourself before you begin freezer cooking. Donna gives you insights into freezer cooking by looking at areas such as what stage you want your freezer meals in when you defrost them, what containers can you afford, what types of meals do you want to end up with, and what kind of cook are you. By answering these (and several other) questions, you can be ready to dig in to freezer cooking and get organized for healthy meals for your family.

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New Series: Ten Ways to Get Things Done FAST for Families

Ten Ways to Get Things Done FAST for Families

 

I am doing a new series on “back to school” (see the first post here), and as part of that, I am encouraging moms to learn some efficiency and organizational strategies to make the school year better. I look back on my thirty-one years of homeschooling so far and realize that each year, each season, each month was really another opportunity to add another skill, another layer to my organization, efficiency, and home management strategies.

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Low Carb Pizzadillas

 

Low Carb Pizzadillas

Once I got on to using crepes (and/or tortillas, depending on your preference) for so many things (advice from DJ Foodie of Low Carbing Among Friends), I went crazy! There are literally dozens of things to do with crepes (savory or sweet) and/or tortillas—low carb or other!

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