Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Home-Ec 101 by Heather Solos

Home-Ec 101 - Skills For Everyday Living by Heather Solos

Chapter 20, Meal Planning is Not Just For Control Freaks.

I was given the opportunity to read this digital chapter from the new book. This chapter certainly held my attention, and I must say that I was delighted at how smart this book is, and how delightful the author is. I should have known that this book would reflect, and be just as good as the authors website. In this chapter, I found weekly meal planning advice, recipes, and tips.

This book is perfect for the young lady wanting to learn some good home ec skills, and for the seasoned ladies who want to polish up their skills. I am an avid reader and book collector, so I purchased this book. I found some new tips and recipes, and good advice. Clean It, Wash It, Fix It, and Cook It, are the four areas of home management you'll find inspiring information on.

This is one of those books that I keep returning to, really. That is my opinion and I'm sticking to it.

You can buy the book here:
Barnes and Noble

You can visit Heather's website here: Home ec 101 - Skills for Everyday Living 

Disclosure: I received a digital chapter of this book free from One2One Network for review purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Storm Clouds Rolling In

The storms seem to be more frequent these days. It's hot one day, and cold the next. I wish it would just stay warm, and the weather would get stable.

Those tall plants in the foreground are Swamp Sunflowers. They have beautiful yellow blooms in early October. Those are huge Pines in the background. The Owls love to roost there, and we can hear them nightly.

From the Garden

Orange Daylily, Tawny Daylily, Ditch Lily (Hemerocallis fulva)

Some people can't stand this daylily, but I like it. It's pretty, and it reminds me of time spent at my grandmothers way back when. Nanny had them growing all over her backyard. My mom got a start of this plant back in the 60's, and here it is still thriving today.

Very hardy and prolific. Fragrant. Dormant. Great for naturalizing.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ragu® Launches "Mom's the Word on Dinner" Program

Do you have regular dinnertime dilemmas? Those days where you just don't know what to fix that the whole family would enjoy. Something that is easy to prepare, and delicious. This is why Ragu® is launching "Mom's the Word on Dinner", an online community that brings moms together to laugh, learn and share their stories about what really happens at dinnertime. Parents can join the conversation by visiting 

Each month a group of mom bloggers from, as well as parenting expert and author, Dr. Michele Borba, and Registered Dietician, Dr. Felicia Stoler, will join moms across the country to talk about various dinnertime dilemmas. The topics discussed will range from how to deal with picky eaters, to getting kids to eat their vegetables to what dinnertime really means to you and your family.   

Throughout the year, the Mom's the Word on Dinner community on will feature various videos, photos, polls, quizzes and dinner ideas with quick and easy recipes.  Parents can also share their story with America for a chance to be featured in a Ragu® advertisement in PEOPLE magazine this summer. To join the conversation and tell your story for a chance to be featured in a Ragu® advertisement in PEOPLE magazine visit 

With two full servings of vegetables in every half cup of Ragu® Old World Style® Traditional pasta sauce, Ragu® continues to help moms in their mission to feed their kids well.

My secret to a quick and tasty meal? It's Ragu®. My family loves Ragu®, and when I cook with Ragu®, they know a warm, home cooked meal is about to be served. Check out the Ragu® website at to see a range of tasty recipes. My family loves the Ragu® Spaghetti Tacos. I add grated cheese or Parmesan cheese to the finished tacos. These are really good, and so easy to prepare. Kids love them!

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a RagĂș® prize package in exchange for this post.  No monetary exchange took place." Thank you, MomSelect.