This week, I challenged myself to cut our grocery budget in HALF. Eek! Between home remodeling projects, school starting, football season, grad school, and never ending piles of laundry, my grocery budget has grown exponentially due to lack of planning on my part. When the grocery store employees know you on a first name basis… Continue reading Monday Menu Madness: Week of 9/5/2016
Welcome to the birthday edition of How Do they Do It! Between July and September, we will celebrate ten of our 14 children's birthdays. Yup. 10. Ten sweet and treasured individuals to celebrate and a whole lotta cake! Honestly there have been some years when the birthday slide came around and I failed miserably.… Continue reading How Do They Do It: Birthdays
You know you have a big family when a regular sized bag of Krusteaz isn't enough for Saturday morning breakfast...not even kidding. Forget boxed cereal. I'm pretty sure that only feeds three or four. Not to mention the cost of convenience foods multiplied by many! We would literally break the bank if most of our… Continue reading Feeding the herd: Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes
We hear it all the time and sometimes it’s just written all over somebody’s face, “I don’t know how they do it”, when they see our large family. What’s typically not said, but generally in their undertone is this sense that we’ve got to be crazy. (And I don’t know that I would dispute that… Continue reading The Why’s
When you have a large family, one thing you quickly realize kills your grocery budget are foods that come out of a box or a bag already partially prepared. They are also not the healthiest choices out there...but that's another post for later. So Big Daddy and I we went on a quest to find… Continue reading Feeding the Herd: Big Family Brownies
We are used to stares and odd comments about our family. We get counted wherever we go and people often stop and ask us about our "story". We have fully embraced that we are different, but last week someone said something that was so offensive, I wanted to scream. Or bonk someone on the head.… Continue reading That’s Too Many Kids!
"How many times have we had this conversation?" I looked at my teenager in disbelief that once again we were having the same conversation about homework and chores that we had maybe a week ago. In between my frustration and a certain level of anger, I felt like a complete failure as a parent .… Continue reading The Curse of the Nags…