The Perfect Steak in 4 Simple Steps

Cooking steak is brutally simple, what’s hard is resisting the urge to overthink it. I have the privilege  of working in a great steakhouse, and I promise you, if you follow these instructions, you too can serve a kick-butt steak. Step 1: Season Salt (course salt works best) & pepper (freshly ground tastes best) are you’re only essentials….

Cinnamon Banana Breakfast Toast

If your kids love french toast, they’ll lose their mind over this dish! Ingredients: Whole Wheat Bread Butter Condensed Milk Cinnamon Banana Toast and butter bread. Set aside. Slice banana and sautée in buttered pan until golden brown on both sides. Spread evenly over toast. Drizzle condensed milk over toast (I like to dip a spoon…

How I got rid of dandruff for life…for $30.

I once overpaid for a haircut. For a guy who likes a simple clean up, $30 was way too much. But as it turns out, it wasn’t a total loss. The old, temperamental know-it-all Italian woman who cut my hair that day made a groundbreaking discovery: I had dandruff. I rolled my eyes and explained…

Craving Sushi? Here’s an affordable, tropical alternative.

While sitting outside dance class yesterday my daughter and I were debating what to have for dinner. We were both craving sushi, but I didn’t want to spend what would have likely been $60+ on dinner. So I asked myself, what was it about sushi that had us craving it (besides the seafood) so badly,…

Can’t afford Organic?

A co-worker recently pulled me aside to ask how I could possibly afford to feed my family on a single income. “Organic is so expensive,” she complained. “I don’t know how you do it.” I smiled and said “it’s simple, I don’t always buy organic.” Knowing me and how I feel about food and what I…

New Year’s Resolution: Skip the Gym

My wife and I count ourselves among that particular group of reso-losers, you know, the “let’s get into shape” kind, but we’re not going in with any expectations other than to loosen up these aging bodies of ours. Still, it got us to thinking, how many people are going to sign up for a gym membership this year? It’s…

Merry Christmas!

This year we had a little fun making our Christmas card, having Nora take the kids hostage for her very first Christmas. Enjoy the GIF, and more importantly, the holidays!

Keeping the magic alive

It’s been a long week. Keeping up with our Advent calendar, holiday parties, packing for our trip back to New Jersey. Tonight, Vanessa, our daughter, offered to stay awake to help me finish cleaning the house and pack and do laundry. After I put the others to bed, I joined her in the schoolroom. I…

Holiday Bookmarks

This month is booked with holiday activities, and one of our favorites has been making holiday bookmarks for use with our holiday library collection. We don’t own a laminator, but we didn’t let that stop us, and nor should you! You’ll need: Construction paper (green, red, or yellow) Crayons Hole Puncher Holiday ribbon A Printer Packing…

Dance Like a Boy

The most rewarding aspects of homeschooling aren’t found in high grades or academic achievements, but in unexpected moments of character. The latest occurred just last night, outside of our daughter’s dance practice. Our seven year old son, Jacob, struck up a conversation with another boy his age. That boy was a proud dancer, going so far as to wear a shirt that…