Meal Planning

I have to admit, I am not a very good meal planner. So like when I started this site to learn how to cook and how to build a website, I’m starting a meal planning section to become a better meal planner! Taking the time to sit down and plan out a week’s worth of meals at a time just makes sense. It gives you a plan for shopping and a plan for what you’ll be making each day.  I don’t know about you, but that sounds better to me at the end of a long day than running around stressing over what to make.

Meal planning might take a bit of extra time up front, but it helps save you time in the long run since you know exactly what to buy when you go to the store.  No more last-minute trips to the grocery to buy some spur of the moment ingredients.


meal plannerMeal planning can be as simple and low tech as sitting down and making a list, and as high tech as searching on the Internet or even using meal planning apps for your smart phone or tablet. Whether you are technologically savvy or still a bit leery of computers, there is a meal planning strategy that will work for you.

Grocery List

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Whether you need a master grocery list to use at the supermarket, at a big warehouse store, at your local farmer’s market or even for specialty items available online, you’ve come to the right place to download a list tailor-made to your needs.


g advanced pantryWhether you spend hundreds of dollars a week on groceries or not, it just makes sense to budget and look for the best deals you can get. This might mean shopping in bulk at warehouse stores, comparing the ad circulars in the newspaper and cherry picking the best deals or only purchasing less expensive cuts of meat. Minimizing waste and learning to use leftovers in creative ways also helps stretch your food budget.

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Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Chocolate with Almonds Gelato Recipe On a recent trip to State College, PA, my wife stopped at Tait Farms to pick up some local products including a Strawberry Dark Chocolate Sauce that my daughter thought would be a great ingredient to try in a new gelato or ice cream. I also had some Dark […]

August 13, 2014 0 Comments
Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

Chocolate Trail Mix Ice Cream

How About Some Chocolate Ice Cream with a Bit of Trail Mix While I was down in the basement working out, I heard my youngest daughter upstairs in the kitchen preparing something.  My daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a walker to get around so I could hear the wheels rolling back and forth as […]

July 25, 2014 5 Comments
Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

Hot Chocolate Ice Cream Recipe

 We Used Starbucks Hot Chocolate Mix For This One Maddie and I were thinking about making some homemade ice cream and since chocolate is her favorite, we thought we would give that a try. I looked in the recipe book that came with my new Cuisinart Ice Cream Gelato Maker and found a basic recipe […]

July 10, 2014 0 Comments
Strawberry Gelato Recipe

Strawberry Gelato Recipe

Fresh Seasonal Strawberries Make For Great Gelato By now you know I am the proud owner of a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker given to me by my neighbors Bob and Barbara for my recent birthday and I’ve been experimenting with it to learn how to make great homemade ice cream and […]

June 29, 2014 0 Comments
Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

Difference Between Ice Cream and Gelato

What’s the Difference Between Ice Cream & Gelato I celebrated a big birthday at the beginning of the month and my wife invited some friends over including my neighbor who gave me a Cuisinart Commercial Quality Ice Cream & Gelato Maker (ICE-100) as a birthday present.  This past weekend, my youngest daughter and I put […]

June 20, 2014 5 Comments

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