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Mom’s Talk Monday~Submit Your Questions!

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Mom’s Talk Monday~Submit Your Questions!

Posted on 17 July 2012 by noelskitchen


Hi Everyone! I thought it might be a great resource for everyone to start sharing a Mom’s Talk Monday where I share your questions to those daily tasks moms face on a variety of topics. It seems like most of the questions I receive fall into these five categories:

  • family mealtimes, meal planning, cooking, recipes
  • kitchen tools and organization
  • balancing work, family and just being a mom
  • getting the kids in the kitchen
  • money saving tips

So if you have any questions to add in any of these five categories, bring them on!

Whatever comes to mind — the more the merrier! Feel free to send them in an email (go to the Contact button in the top left), leave a comment below in the comments section, on Twitter, or on Facebook. Then check back on Mondays for some A’s for your Q’s. :)

Can’t wait to hear what’s on your minds!

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5 Super Solutions for a Family’s Weeknight Bliss

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5 Super Solutions for a Family’s Weeknight Bliss

Posted on 16 June 2012 by noelskitchen

As moms, we all know the challenges we face in preparing satisfying meals for our families after an extremely busy day. There are 5 Super Solutions on my task list that guide me and my family to weeknight bliss.

Get Organized

Store commonly used ingredients and kitchen tools in the same place every time. If you make it a habit, you’ll quickly see how efficiency can save you time and teach your kids the value of staying organized.

Make Meal Plans

Prepare and do your grocery shopping for supper meals before the chaos of the week sets in. Set aside some uninterrupted time (for me, it’s the early morning) – about 15 minutes – to plan a week’s worth of meals and your shopping list. Remember to shop from your pantry first. This process will take less time, once you have a routine in place.

Cook Quickly

Work faster, not harder by taking advantage of your grocery and kitchen resources. You can do this by reading through your recipes or package instructions  and gather your ingredients before you begin cooking.

Cook Healthy

Put these simple tips to work to improve nutrition and encourage smart eating habits.

  • Select canned fruits in their own juices rather than in syrups
  • Use low fat dairy products, salad dressings and other condiments
  • Avoid adding salt to recipes when possible. Experiment with using salt-free seasoning blends or fresh lemon juice over foods
  • Sneak in more nutrition into your foods like broccoli, more fruit, veggies instead of chips, or fresh fruit for snacks
  • Broil, grill, or steam your foods
  • And of course there’s portion control

Promote A Sense Of Family

Joining together for a meal has a greater purpose than simply eating. No matter what the size of your family, mealtime is for talking, sharing, listening, learning and supporting one another.

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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration: Your Presence In The Family Is Important

Posted on 08 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Your presence in the family is important.  Have a family meal together to celebrate just being together.

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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration: Managing My Time

Posted on 07 April 2012 by noelskitchen

Today I will make sure I have planned my time wisely and have left nothing out. I will take the time to eat healthy foods, manage my time at work, take time to relax and feed my energy level. I love myself by managing my time.

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Daily Family Kitchen Inspiration: A Cook In The Kitchen Is Not Alone

Posted on 06 April 2012 by noelskitchen

 “No one who cooks, cooks alone. Even at her most solitary, a cook in the kitchen is surrounded by generations of cooks past, the advice and menus of cooks present, the wisdom of cookbook writers.” 
― Laurie Colwin

Enjoy the kitchen!

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