Pimento Cheese, Not Your Grandma's Spread

Pimento cheese is one of those foods that has been so corrupted by the food industry that it has become synonymous with other crappy foods like Spam.  I'm not even certain what store bought pimento cheese might contain, nor do I want to find out.  It's a shame because pimento cheese can be a delightful treat, even if it does Read the full post…

Plum Good BBQ Sandwiches

In a few days it will officially be fall but the temperatures are still warm enough for me to continue swimming for a few more days.  The breeze was a little cool but that didn't stop me from swimming several laps this morning and I felt great afterwards!  Have you exercised lately?  With fall's cooler temperatures and fewer insects, you Read the full post…

Shingles Vacine and Treatment

A friend of mine was recently diagnosed with shingles so I felt I should discuss this nasty virus once again.  If you ever had chicken pox, you are at risk for getting shingles and believe me, you don't want it.  Shingles is a painful rash with blisters that scab over and may take 4 weeks or more to heal.  The Read the full post…

Vegetarian Tacos are muy delicioso!

There are times when I think I could easily become a vegetarian, especially when I try a new dish that is as good as the vegetarian tacos I had at Local Lime restaurant in Little Rock and the tofu fried rice at Sai Tai here in Jonesboro.  My husband and I celebrated our 23rd anniversary this past weekend by spending Read the full post…

Midyear Health Check

Summer is winding down , the year is more than half way over and our January resolutions are long forgotten.  It's time for a health reality check.  First of all, how is your health lately?  If you have enjoyed good health, are you thankful?  Take some time to appreciate how wonderful it feels to be healthy, for your family to Read the full post…

Vacation Lessons For A Healthier Life

  I'm back from a lovely beach vacation and I wish I was still there with all my heart.  Wouldn't it be nice if our every day life was as nice as a vacation?  If we could relax, eat well, sleep and exercise just enough without having to worry about bills, work, illnesses and school, our lives would be perfect.  But Read the full post…

Getting Organized For New Moms

[ Post by Lisa Tedder ][ Post on June 20, 2012 ][ In For new Mom's ]

Some of my regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been adding posts for new Moms.  Having your first baby changes everything dramatically and preparing any kind of food seems like one more unmanageable task.  Moms need to eat right so they will be healthy, feel good, and lose that baby weight.  Last time I mentioned that having an organized kitchen will help tremendously.  If being organized doesn’t come naturally to you, it is definitely a skill you need to acquire as it means the difference between feeling in control and feeling overwhelmed.



Once I had children, I found I really needed a schedule so I could accomplish tasks like paying bills, grocery shopping and laundry.  If you plan to go back to work, a schedule is even more useful.  When there are just two people, you can be much more relaxed but now your baby consumes any free time plus much of your sleep time as well!  I know many people will say “She’s so anal”, when they read this but hey, my bills are paid on time, everyone has clean clothes and no one goes hungry at my house.  If you can live with chaos, fine.  If you are feeling a loss of control over your life, read on.  First, you and your spouse need to divide chores.  I didn’t work (for pay, anyway) after we had children so that meant most of our household chores fell to me.  My husband does do things like take care of the cars, the lawn and generally our investments.  He also helps out with the kids in every way possible when not at work.  That included diapers, baths, feeding and incidental cleaning, driving kids around and animal care but of course, our teens no longer wear diapers and can bathe themselves.  I always take care of bills and the check book, plus cooking (we’d eat take out if left to my husband!), grocery shopping, laundry, cleaning and anything else you can think of.


I like to have major chores done on certain days of the week.  I wash all our clothes on Monday (sheets and towels get done as needed) and pay bills every Wednesday.  This means less stress for me as no one ever comes along on a school morning and says, “I don’t have any clean jeans!”  I also like knowing there won’t be any late charges because someone forgot to pay a bill.  I also know how much money we have in the bank and my tax file is pretty organized come tax prep time.  I keep a grocery list going by writing down things when they are used up and then shop on the same days twice a week.  Of course, I plan the meals in advance so I know what we are eating each night.  So if my method sounds like too much work, consider how much extra work you do staying up late to wash clothes because no one has clean underwear for the next day or how aggravating it is in August to find the electricity shut off, or how awful it is to drag hungry, crying children through the store at 5 p.m. because there is nothing to eat for dinner.  And remember, this is an equal opportunity situation – Moms don’t have to do all these things, Dad can do his share.  Divide them up by who is better suited to do them.

For more tips on organizing your kitchen to make meal prep easier, read my posts titled, “Start The New Year Right – Get Organized” and “Getting Organized, What To Have In Your Pantry”, written in January of 2010.


Upadated on June 20, 2012

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