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Step-by-Step Guide to Charcoal Grilling

Grilling is one of the things that makes summer so wonderful. The flavors, the open air; it just can’t be beat. Being a single mom, though, makes it a little more intimidating to fire up the grill. After all, what happens if you set the house on fire? You may have a fire safety plan, but that doesn’t mean that you want to test it out. I assure you though, with all the hype our male counterparts put to it, it is not that hard, and with a little bit of caution, it is not likely that you will set the house on fire. (more…)

Just a Little Dance with Dirt

When you think of Mother’s Day, it’s usually a scene of light, airy colors, flowers, and tasty brunch. It’s not like that around here. About 20 years ago, my mom hung up her airy colors and exchanged them for bright red. If you know her, you might think I’m talking about the crimson red of Indiana University, the site of her college years and now retirement. That red, however, is too deep. This red is the bright bold red of the Ironman triathlon symbol, a goal of my mom’s to complete since her early 40s.   (more…)

Single Mom Diary: Top 5 Money Secrets To Remember

 By Lily Hayes of TheBabyLands.com

Yes, we have all heard this: single moms tend to be poorer than married mommies out there. But, should this be the case? I’d love to answer this with a resounding NO!  Being a single mom is no fairy-tale, but you can achieve that comfortable life you have always dreamed of for yourself and for your children. (more…)

Re-defining a Word

To correctly classify an animal, there are seven layers of taxonomy that describe in full detail who they are. Humans, scientifically speaking, require the same level of detail to correctly outline their lineage and their connection to other beings. However, we typically use one layer and term to identify the core of who we are. Family. It’s the foundation of where we came from, our history, those who we are linked to by a set of genes. At least, that is how I defined it until four years ago when a series of events widened my view. (more…)

Scallops in Sage Brown Butter with Spinach Risotto

In the previous month, while completing my typical Aldi shopping for the week, I noticed something new in the frozen food section. Aldi is great at adding different selections periodically, which is #1001 on my list of things I love about it. This week it was scallops. Fortuitously, I needed to plan our March dinner, and I’ve always wanted to try scallops. (more…)