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Easy Summer Freezer Meals

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on June 14, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

I have a confession to make: our family has been eating out way too much. Sometimes it is easier with all of us on different schedules to meet somewhere for dinner than it is for me to think about what to make for dinner. But I missed making dinner. I missed my kids fighting over [...]

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Graduation Party Ideas

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 19, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

So I am almost a year away from having had my first child’s graduation party, a party that I had planned for a couple of years. You see, I have been going to graduation parties that my friends are having for their kids and I am seeing what I love and seeing what short cuts would [...]

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Freezer Clean Out

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on February 8, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

After I cleaned out my fridge I knew the freezer was not far behind. I found the freezer much easier to clean and organize for some reason, and I am not sure why. Maybe it was because I knew some of the items have been in my freezer since the ice age, or at least [...]

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Clean Out Your Fridge

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on January 25, 2013 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

 So I purchased a new refrigerator a few years ago and since  then, how many times do you think I have cleaned out the door to my  refrigerator? If you guessed 10x you would be living in a fantasy world that I am  not a part of. If you guessed twice….you would be right! How [...]

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Who Needs S’More Organization?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 25, 2012 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

In the upper Midwest we have this small window of perfect weather. When the evenings are finally getting to be nice and when we can be outside and the mosquitoes are not going to carry us away. Now is the time for that window so it is best to make good use of your time [...]

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Spice Up Your Life

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 18, 2012 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

If you cook a lot, chances are you have more than 20 spices. If you rarely cook, chances are you have salt and pepper and maybe some cinnamon to make cinnamon toast. I fall in the camp of lots of spices; over 70 at last count so I have had to be creative in my [...]

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How To Organize Your Pots And Pans

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on July 12, 2012 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

When I have clients looking for more space in their kitchens one of the first places that I like to visit is where they store their pots and pans. What we usually find is that we can eliminate sometimes up to half of what they have and gain much needed space in that heart of [...]

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Graduation Party Planning Tips

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on April 17, 2012 in Family, Food, Moms |

    So I am a month and a half away from having my first child’s graduation party, but I have been planning it for years. You see, I have been going to graduation parties that my friends are having for their kids and I am seeing what I love and seeing what short cuts [...]

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Is Your Plate Too Full?

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on December 20, 2011 in Family, Food, life, Moms |

Let’s admit it, sometimes our plate gets too full. I know mine has. But this is what I know for sure, when I take something away I usually find something wonderful has taken its place. Metaphorically the plate can stand for just about everything in your life, work, food and relationships. My first brush with [...]

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Thanksgiving Throwdown

Posted by Melissa Schmalenberger on November 20, 2011 in Family, Food, Holidays, life, Moms |

While searching my blog for Thanksgiving menu ideas I found so many great ones of years past, I couldn’t pick just a few of my favorites so I thought I would put them all in one post for you to pick and choose. I have been collecting these for years from sources like Allrecipes.com or [...]

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