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This is just a little something that we’ve “cooked” up to make our lives (and yours!)¬†a little easier…Our 2nd Back-to-school guide!

There was so much excitement over the first one – and now we have more tried and true helpful tips and recipes it’s sure to get your school year started off right!

Feel free to print it out, post, and share away!

Enjoy Mamas! (and of course, Papas, too! ūüėČ

MAM Back-to-School Guide #2

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#2 and a "proper" British phone booth

#2 and a “proper” British phone booth

I’m sure you’ve heard your own mother say this from time to time… And, like all you mamas out there, this one¬†just got a little too busy.

So, let me update you on what I’ve been up to:

As of September of 2012, my husband accepted a new position at his company and it required our family of¬†5 to leave our comfortable house in Seattle, WA to move to London, UK…say, what??? I know…like, crazy!

Anyway, I put the breaks on all my make-ahead meals – mainly because we can’t take freezer items out of the country and because I haven’t had the mental capacity to take on anything else (let alone writing and posting) as my family required all of my attention. I am sure you’ve all been in similar situations. As Moms, we’re all in a constant state of growing and evolving – children getting older – their needs changing, husbands with their own agendas (some MAMs in our own group are dealing with husbands who’ve been deployed or¬†much worse, divorce)¬†leaving us with the challenge of trying¬†to keep everything moving and our¬†households running like clockwork.

Which brings me¬†here in London with my 2 1/2 year old waiting for the other kids to come home from school, wondering (like usual), “what will I¬†prepare for dinner tonight?”

On a side note: We’ve been here for a little over 2 weeks now and I’m already missing my American freezer, my large oven (count that two – here I have one smaller version of an oven) and my large whirlpool washer and dryer (sigh…). (And in my head: My dear friend, my MINIVAN! Ugh.)

But, despite all that I’ve left behind, I’m determined to be a “happy” wife and mother, and cook just as much as before and share more awesome quick tips and freeze-ahead recipes.

So, here’s to New Year and a new frontier – chock full of new recipes¬†and culinary delights!



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I know I haven’t written in a while…super busy with three kids and all of our craziness.

Just like all of you, I’m sure.

But, thank god for my MAM group! This last Wednesday, we gathered at our friend Sue’s house to cook 8 fabulous meals! This means 8 whole days/eves of NO cooking! And, after looking at May schedule, I’m going to need the boost.

Cooking party take home meals

These are the meals I am taking home in my cooler!

So here’s the recipes! (All completed, portioned, and bagged by 10 p.m.!)

1) Ginger Glazed Mahi-Mahi
2) Tandori Chicken (omit red pepper flakes)
3) Curried Lentils
4) Salmon Steaks W Hoison Glaze
5) Spinach and Smoked Gouda Crustless Quiche
6) Chorizo Cassoulet
7) Cuban Grilled Pork
8) Guiness Brined Lamb Steaks

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