Category Archives: tips

Top Ten Tips to Build a Better Burger

by Deborah Taylor-Hough
Excerpted and adapted with permission from The Original Simple Mom’s Ideas Book (Simple Pleasures Press, 2015).

f5729759bb3611be0976db6ae68236f6Summer’s here and if you’re anything like me, you’ve already made that annual trip to the store to refill the propane tank on your backyard grill.

One thing I often hear from guests is that my barbequed burgers actually taste good rather than just being hard and dry as hockey pucks like so many of those traditional family reunion barbequed hamburgers we’ve all endured from time to time. Continue reading


Uses for Soap Slivers (or bathtub fun for kids)

SUBMITTED BY:  Betti-PA (who is not a soap welder)

All those soap slivers you made fun of me for saving last summer … (bathtub fun for kids). Even though DH threw out most of my soap sliver collection (can you imagine!?), I managed to salvage a quart Mason jar full of them. Continue reading

Simple Frugal Meal Ideas


One of the things our family does regularly with leftovers is we prepare a meal we call  “Party Tray.” I’ll take all the collected leftovers out of the refrigerator and freezer, reheat them, and then divide the food items among our plates. Everyone gets a little dab of this and a little dab of that — maybe only a bite or two of each item, but after the plate is filled with bits and pieces from past meals, it takes on the look of a plate from a party buffet line. I usually add some sliced cheese and crackers, plus a few cut-up fresh veggies, to complete the party theme. Continue reading

Homemade Baby Wipes

I found a recipe for making baby wipes out of paper towels. It called for cutting a roll of paper towels in half and I remember the mineral oil, but nothing else. I know there was more to it, I printed it out and have lost it. If anyone knows where to find this or has the recipe, please let me know. Continue reading

Quick Apple Ideas


Quick Apple Ideas

  1. Add chopped apples to rice prior to cooking.
  2. Add diced apples to homemade chicken salad. Continue reading