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Everyday Water Filtration
Everyday Water Filtration
Practically Prepared
Mary Ann gives you some great ideas for getting the most from your filtering water bottles.  Saving them only for emergencies, isn't as practical as you might think...
Release Date: 5/22/2017

Family Biking Fun - Summer on Wheels
Family Biking Fun - Summer on Wheels
Family Adventures
Mary Ann shares her tips for safe and fun biking trips with your kids.
Release Date: 5/22/2017

Keeping School Skills Sharp During the Summer
Keeping School Skills Sharp During the Summer
Home and Family Organization
 Melanie shares some fun ideas for keeping our kids engaged during the summer months.
Release Date: 5/22/2017

Some Fun for a Rainy Summer Day!
Some Fun for a Rainy Summer Day!
Home and Family Organization
Melanie gives us a few more ideas to help keep summer boredom at bay on rainy days.
Release Date: 5/22/2017

Summer Doesn't Mean Abandoning Routine
Summer Doesn't Mean Abandoning Routine
Home and Family Organization
Mary Ann shows us how balancing a day between work and play can make all the difference this summer.
Release Date: 5/22/2017

Spring Fever
Spring Fever
Home and Family Organization
Springtime is a great time to do the same old things a different way. Try one of Pat's suggestions in this blog.
Release Date: 3/22/2017

Family Game Night Ideas
Family Game Night Ideas
Family Adventures
Mary Ann shares fun games to play in large groups or with the whole family. Free Yard Games Printable Included!
Release Date: 3/21/2017

Mary Ann's Sourdough Pull-Aparts
Mary Ann's Sourdough Pull-Aparts
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shows us how to make delicious pull-aparts with sourdough!
Release Date: 3/21/2017

Tips for the Bathroom
Tips for the Bathroom
Home and Family Organization
Keeping your bathrooms clean doesn't have to take all day, everyday.
Release Date: 3/21/2017

Tomato Powder Power
Tomato Powder Power
Cooking With Basics
You are about to get blown away with Tomato Powder.  Mary Ann gives you some great recipes in her upcoming class.
Release Date: 3/21/2017

Wheat Berry Recipes
Wheat Berry Recipes
Cooking With Basics
Several tasty recipes using wheat berries from your food storage.
Release Date: 2/2/2017

Your Shopping List
Your Shopping List
Home and Family Organization

Ya, ya, I know what you are thinkin, "why do I need to read about a shopping list?"  Because you want to spend LESS time in the grocery store, LESS energy, have LESS stress, and spend LESS money.  Am I right?  Using a shopping list will help you get in and out of the store faster and spend less money because you are NOT making spontaneous purchases, but rather buying what your family actually needs. 


Release Date: 2/2/2017

Tips and Tricks for Gluten Free Baking
Tips and Tricks for Gluten Free Baking
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann share the secrets she has learned this last year as she and Grace developed their new cookbook on Gluten Free Baking.
Release Date: 1/4/2017

Banana Nut Muffins: G-Free
Banana Nut Muffins: G-Free
Cooking With Basics
Our banana nut muffin recipe is a super easy and super tasty muffin recipe with g-free recipe options.
Release Date: 1/1/2017

Digitally Filed...Or Lost in Cyber Space?
Digitally Filed...Or Lost in Cyber Space?
Home and Family Organization
Melanie shows us a quick way to organize our files digitally so they are easily found and never lost again!
Release Date: 1/1/2017

DIY Custom Drawer Dividers
DIY Custom Drawer Dividers
Home and Family Organization
An oldie, but a goodie!  This repost is from 2014.  Melanie Shows us a fast and inexpensive way to make custom drawer dividers that really hold things together and keep you organized.
Release Date: 1/1/2017

Simple Toys that Do Double Duty
Simple Toys that Do Double Duty
Practically Prepared
Melanie shares some simple summer items that can save your bacon during winter car travel.
Release Date: 12/8/2016

Cooking from Your Car - Video
Cooking from Your Car - Video
Family Adventures
Mary Ann shows you how she uses a few nifty appliances that you use in your car.  They were designed for truckers, but even us common folks can use them to save big on family travel.
Release Date: 11/18/2016

Basic Sprouted Wheat Bread
Basic Sprouted Wheat Bread
Cooking With Basics
Bobbie shares how to make sprouted wheat flour that can be used to boost any bread recipe.
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Eliminating Stress During the Holidays
Eliminating Stress During the Holidays
Home Health
The holidays can be a stressful time of year for many of us.  Melanie gives us a few good ways to help eliminate the physiological symptoms of stress with essential oils.
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Flavor Dictionary 2
Flavor Dictionary 2
Cooking With Basics
Second installment of our Flavor Dictionary.  Want to know a little more about a specific herb or spice?  Look no further!
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Leafy Green Protein
Leafy Green Protein
Cooking With Basics
Melanie breaks down alfalfa sprouts...this is why you should be eating them!
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Short on Pumpkin?...It's Mary Ann to the Rescue!
Short on Pumpkin?...It's Mary Ann to the Rescue!
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann gives great ideas on substituting for pumpkin in your holiday baking.
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Washing and Caring for Sprouts
Washing and Caring for Sprouts
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shows us her fool proof method for getting a longer shelf-life out of your alfalfa sprouts.
Release Date: 10/27/2016

Winter Travel Plans are in the Bag
Winter Travel Plans are in the Bag
Family Adventures
Mary Ann's checklist for all your winter travel plans.  Prepare now so you don't get caught in the cold.
Release Date: 10/27/2016

A Better Game Plan for Game Day
A Better Game Plan for Game Day
Home and Family Organization
Whether it's soccer, football, rugby, lacrosse, or marching band, Mary Ann shows you how to keep everyone warm, comfortable, and ready for anything when it comes to fall sporting events.
Release Date: 9/30/2016

All Things Pumpkin
All Things Pumpkin
Cooking With Basics
This blog collects all our fantastic pumpkin recipes and our pumpkin preparation blog.  We also take the mystery out of Pumpkin Pie Spice.
Release Date: 9/30/2016

Bulk Cooking – A Huge Time Saver
Bulk Cooking – A Huge Time Saver
Cooking With Basics
Great time saving tips from Christianne about bulk cooking your families favorite foods.
Release Date: 9/30/2016

Family Favorites - Lets Go Dough - Nuts!
Family Favorites - Lets Go Dough - Nuts!
Cooking With Basics
Fall is the perfect time for sweet treats and warm drinks.  Britney uses our versatile doughnut ball mix as a tasty addition to all of your fall festivities.  
Release Date: 9/30/2016

Halloween Party Blog review
Halloween Party Blog review
Home and Family Organization
Bobbie shares some fun ideas for great Halloween Parties that both kids and grown-ups will enjoy!
Release Date: 9/30/2016

Scheduling Time for Interruptions
Scheduling Time for Interruptions
Home and Family Organization
Our live are filled with technological wonders, people, and information that can be very distracting.  More often than not, these distractions become interruptions at the worst possible times.  Melanie shares a few ideas that can help you manage your interruptions before they manage you.
Release Date: 9/30/2016

Super-size Your Stow-N-Go
Super-size Your Stow-N-Go
Practically Prepared
A re-post from Mary Ann last year.  Brush up on storing items you need on the go in your car year-round.
Release Date: 9/30/2016

The Lunch Box Bug-Out Bag
The Lunch Box Bug-Out Bag
Practically Prepared
Mary Ann shows you how to help your kids be prepared in case an emergency arises while they are at school.
Release Date: 8/16/2016

Packing a Punch with a Better School Lunch
Packing a Punch with a Better School Lunch
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shows you a few ways to save time and money while you provide healthier school lunches for your kids this school year.
Release Date: 8/5/2016

Thrift Store Strategies for Back to School
Thrift Store Strategies for Back to School
Dress Better for Less
Mary Ann gives some great tips on how to utilize thrift stores to get Back-To-School shopping done for less! 
Release Date: 8/5/2016

Back to School Night Tips
Back to School Night Tips
Home and Family Organization
Back to school night is a great opportunity to become an involved partner in your child's education.  Pat shares some tips on how to do this.

Release Date: 8/1/2016

Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup
Creamy Broccoli Potato Soup
Cooking With Basics
This is a great soup to make on a cold day when you want comfort food but don't want to do a lot of work.  It utilizes the things we pack away in the food storage and freezer as well.
Release Date: 8/1/2016

Easy Summer Cooking: Just Add Water
Easy Summer Cooking: Just Add Water
Cooking With Basics
Want to cook healthy and satisfying food for your family but don't want to take forever to do it?  Here is an easy review of the quick cooking methods and ideas we have here at Mary Ann's Cupboards.
Release Date: 5/11/2016

Lists are a Travelers Friend
Lists are a Travelers Friend
Practically Prepared
Christianne shares master packing lists to reuse each time you travel.
Release Date: 5/11/2016

Simplifying Laundry on the Road
Simplifying Laundry on the Road
Practically Prepared
Christianne shares her tips on doing laundry while on the road.
Release Date: 5/11/2016

Vacation Packing Lists
Vacation Packing Lists
Practically Prepared
Joanne shares several helpful packing lists for us just in time for summer travel.
Release Date: 5/11/2016

Boredom Busters
Boredom Busters
Home and Family Organization
This is a blog preview of our upcoming class series on Surviving Summer.
Release Date: 2/25/2016

Cheddar Bacon Chip Dip
Cheddar Bacon Chip Dip
Cooking With Basics
Another thing to add to the booming list of things to make with cheese powder: Cheddar Bacon Chip Dip!
Release Date: 2/25/2016

Surviving Summer: Prepare for Summer Fun
Surviving Summer: Prepare for Summer Fun
Home and Family Organization
You can be ready to hit the fun in 15 minutes or less—whether your day involves hiking, swimming, biking or picnicking. How can you do it?  it’s easy—preparation is the key.
Release Date: 2/25/2016

Emergency Lights
Emergency Lights
Practically Prepared
A remarkably useful resource from Cheryl and Greg on emergency lights.  Part of a longer blog titled "Bright Ideas to Keep the Lights On"
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Home Pharmacy Lists
Home Pharmacy Lists
Home Health
Following up on our Introduction to Alternative Medicine class we have a handy list of health uses for common household items.
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Mixing Cookies and Beans
Mixing Cookies and Beans
Cooking With Basics
Cookies for April!  This month something utilizing beans...
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Pantry Alfredo Sauce
Pantry Alfredo Sauce
Cooking With Basics
A simple Alfredo sauce you can make with our products out of your pantry at a moments notice.
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Pureed Black Bean & Bacon Soup
Pureed Black Bean & Bacon Soup
Cooking With Basics
Here we have a tasty simple black bean soup that is sure to impress your quests or any picky member of the family.
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Sanitation
Sanitation
Practically Prepared
Cheryl presents a tough subject: Sanitation.  It is a touchy subject in times of plenty but what do you do in an emergency?  Start getting prepared by reading this article.
Release Date: 2/8/2016

Homemade Granola Bars
Homemade Granola Bars
Cooking With Basics
A homemade alternative to store bought granola bars.
Release Date: 1/1/2016

Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
Cooking With Basics
Britney shares with us a super healthy, super tasty Whole Wheat Pancake Recipe.
Release Date: 1/1/2016

Wondering About Weevil
Wondering About Weevil
Cooking With Basics
One of our followers is having trouble with weevil in her food storage.  Mary Ann answers her question...HERE!
Release Date: 1/1/2016

Gluten-Free Flour-Power
Gluten-Free Flour-Power
Cooking With Basics
Bobbie shows us a tasty biscuit recipe, a delicious gluten free option, and protein boosting flour addition for all of your holiday baked goods.

Release Date: 11/1/2015

4 Great Tricks to Save on Holiday Baking
4 Great Tricks to Save on Holiday Baking
Cooking With Basics
4 Great DIY videos to help you save on some for your most used holiday baking staples.  Quick and easy recipes that will save you time, money and a trip to the store! 
Release Date: 10/31/2015

Wassail & Pumpkin Dip
Wassail & Pumpkin Dip
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shares two tasty holiday treats with us just in time for Holiday entertaining.
Release Date: 10/31/2015

Super Zucchini Jam, Cakes, & More
Super Zucchini Jam, Cakes, & More
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shows us how to make Joanne's Zucchini Jam and a few other tricks to use those over-grown zucchinis from your garden.
Release Date: 10/5/2015

Ice Cream from Powdered Milk
Ice Cream from Powdered Milk
Cooking With Basics
Making Ice Cream from Powdered milk video.
Release Date: 10/4/2015

Easing Kids Back to School With Essential Oils
Easing Kids Back to School With Essential Oils
Home Health
Helping your kids back to school can mean getting them ready physically AND emotionally.  Melanie spotlights 5 Great Essential Oils that can help your kids keep their cool while they ease back into school. 
Release Date: 8/5/2015

Kid and Lunchbox Friendly Recipes
Kid and Lunchbox Friendly Recipes
Cooking With Basics
Lunchbox favorites for school and picnics.
Release Date: 8/1/2015

Lunch in a Muffin Cup
Lunch in a Muffin Cup
Cooking With Basics
Melanie Shows us how to make yummy lunches for school and home that can make lunch time quick, easy and delicious.
Release Date: 8/1/2015

Deep cleaning with Children
Deep cleaning with Children
Home and Family Organization
Joanne shares some tried and true wisdom on getting your kids to help with cleaning.
Release Date: 4/20/2015

Cooking in Quantity Blog Review
Cooking in Quantity Blog Review
Cooking With Basics
Cooking in Quantity: saving time and money.
Release Date: 4/13/2015

Jazzing Up A Healthy Staple
Jazzing Up A Healthy Staple
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shows how to take oatmeal from drab to fab!
Release Date: 4/12/2015

From Basic Mixes to Fantastic Dishes!
From Basic Mixes to Fantastic Dishes!
Cooking With Basics
Some pantry basics in need of water and imagination to make fantastic dishes.

Release Date: 3/31/2015

Space Savings for Grocery Sack Storage
Space Savings for Grocery Sack Storage
Home and Family Organization
Plastic grocery sacks are a great item to reuse and up-cycle, but storing them can get a little out of control.  Mary Ann's new video post shows you how to make the most of your time and space with a simple "minute" project.
Release Date: 3/31/2015

Whiter Whites Recipe
Whiter Whites Recipe
Home and Family Organization
A super recipe for getting those white clothes sparkling white once again.
Release Date: 3/12/2015

An Organized Kitchen & Pantry Saves You Money!
An Organized Kitchen & Pantry Saves You Money!
Home and Family Organization
Sometimes we get overwhelmed by the clutter that over-runs our kitchens!  Mary Ann gives us some money-saving motivation for keeping our kitchens and pantries clutter-free.
Release Date: 12/25/2014

Gingerbread Mix Cookies
Gingerbread Mix Cookies
Cooking With Basics
A quick gingerbread cookie recipe using our gingerbread mix as a base.
Release Date: 12/20/2014

Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge!
Microwave Peanut Butter Fudge!
Cooking With Basics
A 5 Minute Fudge Recipe that is cheap and tasty!
Release Date: 11/25/2014

Did You Know the Difference A Teddy Bear Can Make?
Did You Know the Difference A Teddy Bear Can Make?
Home Health
Welcome to our newest contributor Michael Thomas.  He shares with us important suggestions on how to deal with the emotional stress of an emergency situation.
Release Date: 11/1/2014

Meat Substitutes
Meat Substitutes
Cooking With Basics
Three simple recipes for utilizing your wheat berries as meat substitutes or extenders.
Release Date: 10/20/2014

Preparing Pumpkin
Preparing Pumpkin
Cooking With Basics
Fresh pumpkin vs. canned pumpkin?  Come along and see how easy it is to get the best and tastiest pumpkin puree for your pumpkin-y needs this holiday season.
Release Date: 10/1/2014

Save 25% on Groceries Right NOW!
Save 25% on Groceries Right NOW!
Home and Family Organization
Do you need to save money on groceries RIGHT NOW?  Joanne shares 6 tips to help you save up to 25% on your grocery bill on your next shopping trip.
Release Date: 9/1/2014

Getting Back to Basics
Getting Back to Basics
Home and Family Organization
Melanie shares some ideas to help you get your family back to school and back to normal routines in a jiffy!
Release Date: 8/25/2014

Cowboy Roundup Adventure Day
Cowboy Roundup Adventure Day
Home and Family Organization
We have our wonderfully fun adventure days coming up this summer.  For June we have two Cowboy Roundup themed days.  The first went great, don't miss your chance to get in on the second on coming up on the 25th of June!
Release Date: 6/12/2014

Creating a Possitive Work Environment
Creating a Possitive Work Environment
Home and Family Organization

Release Date: 4/10/2014

Alternative Cooking:  Dutch Ovens
Alternative Cooking: Dutch Ovens
Practically Prepared
Just in time for classes, this blog on Dutch Oven Cooking will give you a basic run down of how to do it before you learn tons more at the Dutch oven class this week.
Release Date: 4/5/2014

Quantity Cooking: Sides and Salads
Quantity Cooking: Sides and Salads
Cooking With Basics
A blog full of side or main dish salad recipes to make ahead of time.
Release Date: 3/11/2014

Cooking in Quantity: Group Freeze Meals
Cooking in Quantity: Group Freeze Meals
Cooking With Basics
Making freezer meals in a fun group setting.
Release Date: 3/5/2014

Cooking in Quantity: Cakes
Cooking in Quantity: Cakes
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shares how to make a quantity of cakes to freeze for future sweet treats.
Release Date: 2/5/2014

Cooking in Quantity: Cookies
Cooking in Quantity: Cookies
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shares her tips for cooking in quantity and making cookie rolls.  You will always have an affordable and sweet treat in the freezer if you follow this post.
Release Date: 1/28/2014

Gingerbread Pancakes
Gingerbread Pancakes
Cooking With Basics
Make these delicious pancakes in a jiffy with our Gingerbread Mix.
Release Date: 12/17/2013

Candy Cane Sled Treats
Candy Cane Sled Treats
Home and Family Organization
Mary Ann shares this great, fun, and easy idea for Christmas treat presents for friends and neighbors this season.
Release Date: 12/11/2013

The Supermarket Classroom - Part 3
The Supermarket Classroom - Part 3
Home and Family Organization
Pat teaches us ways to embrace learning opportunities at the grocery store.
Release Date: 11/28/2013

Fun from the Party Box: Teddy Bear Picnic
Fun from the Party Box: Teddy Bear Picnic
Home and Family Organization
Melanie shares a fun rainy day party idea from her "Party" box.
Release Date: 11/10/2013

Quick & Easy Holiday Eats & Traditions
Quick & Easy Holiday Eats & Traditions
Home and Family Organization
Some of our Blogger's Best holiday recipes, activity, and gift ideas.
Release Date: 11/4/2013

How to Lose 10 lb in 1 Minute: part 6
How to Lose 10 lb in 1 Minute: part 6
Dress Better for Less

Release Date: 8/14/2013

A Party for Practically Nothin'
A Party for Practically Nothin'
Home and Family Organization
Melanie Shares a fun Birthday Party idea for a boy whose mom is on a budget.
Release Date: 7/17/2013

Homeopathic Home Remedy Kits – Part 2
Homeopathic Home Remedy Kits – Part 2
Home Health
Part 2 on Homeopathy Kits by Michael.
Release Date: 7/13/2013

What's a Supermarket Fruit loop?
What's a Supermarket Fruit loop?
Home and Family Organization
Continuing her blogs on teaching in the supermarket, Pat takes us through the fruit aisles.
Release Date: 7/11/2013

At Home Medical Care Kits – Part 1
At Home Medical Care Kits – Part 1
Home Health
Michael walks us through the basic homeopathy kit in this blog.
Release Date: 6/19/2013

The Supermarket Classroom part 2
The Supermarket Classroom part 2
Home and Family Organization
Pat takes us down the produce aisle with the kids in tow learning as we go.
Release Date: 6/17/2013

Wardrobe in your Pocket
Wardrobe in your Pocket
Dress Better for Less
Mary Ann shows us how to keep track of your wardrobe and how to easily add to it using an easy to make pocket swatch book.
Release Date: 6/14/2013

Pudding Cake
Pudding Cake
Cooking With Basics
Bobbie has a versatile and fast cake to make out of cake mix and pudding mix.
Release Date: 6/13/2013

Using Homeopathic remedies - Part 2
Using Homeopathic remedies - Part 2
Home Health
Part 2 on using Homeopathic Remedies from Michael.
Release Date: 6/6/2013

Lose 10 pounds in 1 Minute: Part 5
Lose 10 pounds in 1 Minute: Part 5
Dress Better for Less
Kinne show us how to use color to hide your flaws and flatter your frame.
Release Date: 5/31/2013

Weeknight Fajitas
Weeknight Fajitas
Cooking With Basics
You won't believe how easy it is to make delicious fajitas!
Release Date: 5/30/2013

Bed Time Routines
Bed Time Routines
Home and Family Organization
Joanne shares her families bedtime routines.
Release Date: 5/29/2013

Easy Cheesy Recipes
Easy Cheesy Recipes
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shares the recipes from her recent class on Homemade cheese at Food 2 Store in Meridian.  Enjoy!
Release Date: 5/16/2013

The Supermarket Classroom Part 1
The Supermarket Classroom Part 1
Home and Family Organization
Pat gives us a lesson in using the common grocery store trip as an education opportunity for your children.
Release Date: 5/14/2013

Snoop Shopping
Snoop Shopping
Dress Better for Less
Mary Ann shares how to update your style seasonally without breaking the bank.
Release Date: 5/13/2013

"Things that I learned from Hurricane Sandy"
Practically Prepared

Release Date: 5/7/2013

Rainy Day Box of Tricks
Rainy Day Box of Tricks
Home and Family Organization
Mary Ann gives us a few good ideas that will keep boredom at bay on rainy days.
Release Date: 4/30/2013

Babysitter help list
Babysitter help list
Home and Family Organization
Joanne gives a a great idea for a help list to leave with anyone babysitting your kids.
Release Date: 4/25/2013

Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Cooking With Basics
Bobbie shares a quick and easy family recipe favorite: Chocolate Fudge Sauce.
Release Date: 4/23/2013

Using Homeopathic Remedies – Part 1
Using Homeopathic Remedies – Part 1
Home Health
Michael presents us with part 1 of a series on how to use homeopathic treatments and remedies.
Release Date: 4/12/2013

Homeopathy an Introduction - Part 2
Homeopathy an Introduction - Part 2
Home Health
Part 2 of Michael's introduction to Homeopathy.
Release Date: 4/5/2013

Power Generators
Power Generators
Practically Prepared
Cheryl and Greg share some very useful information about generators and being prepared for lasting power outages with them.
Release Date: 4/4/2013

Window Treatments 5
Window Treatments 5
Home and Family Organization
Another beautiful window treatment from Mary Ann.
Release Date: 3/27/2013

Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 4
Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 4
Dress Better for Less
Kinne shares a great new trick for looking skinny in scarves.
Release Date: 3/26/2013

Wondering About Water Storage?
Wondering About Water Storage?
Practically Prepared
Cheryl from PreparedNest gives us some great ideas about how to get water in an emergency!
Release Date: 3/25/2013

Homeopathy - an Introduction
Homeopathy - an Introduction
Home Health
A new Blog from Mike introducing his new series on Homeopathy, what it is and how to use it correctly. 
Release Date: 3/22/2013

Agitator or Wash Board Washing Machine
Agitator or Wash Board Washing Machine
Practically Prepared
A wash board or a hand agitator are probably the best way to do laundry at home during a power outage or emergency.  They get your clothes really clean and allow you to wash a lot of clothes at a time.
Release Date: 3/5/2013

Window Treatments 4
Window Treatments 4
Home and Family Organization
Part 4 in Mary Ann's window treatment blogs, check out these cute and easy to hang drapes.
Release Date: 2/27/2013

Rolling Bucket Washing Machine
Rolling Bucket Washing Machine
Practically Prepared
This blog is about using one of those handy 5 gallon buckets to do the laundry in a pinch.
Release Date: 2/26/2013

Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 3
Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 3
Dress Better for Less
Part 3: How to lose 10 pounds in 1 minute: Hat Magic.  Kinne shows us how hats can be our most useful and memorable accessory!  Learn how to choose a hat that works for you.
Release Date: 2/25/2013

Window Treatments 3
Window Treatments 3
Home and Family Organization
This is the third in our series on easy and inexpensive window treatments.  This week we will give instructions for draperies using a dowel, clip rings and decorative rod holders.
Release Date: 2/20/2013

Garbage Sack Washing Machine
Garbage Sack Washing Machine
Practically Prepared
This is a great way to include family members in the laundry process during an emergency or while you are traveling.  With just a couple of inexpensive supplies you are ready to go—and everything fits in a quart Ziplock bag
Release Date: 2/19/2013

Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 2
Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 2
Dress Better for Less
Part 2:  How to lose 10 pounds in 1 minute: Smiling.  Kinne takes us on a quick review of how easily you can look and feel better in 1 minute.
Release Date: 2/18/2013

Pantry Organization Video
Pantry Organization Video
Home and Family Organization
Watch our Pantry Organization Webinar with HowDoesShe.com for free!
Release Date: 2/18/2013

Blackened Pork
Blackened Pork
Cooking With Basics
A basic tutorial on how to use our blackening spice rub.
Release Date: 2/12/2013

Window Treatments 2
Window Treatments 2
Home and Family Organization
A second installment on how to make fantastic drapes for your windows.  Mary Ann shares her know how in this article.
Release Date: 2/11/2013

Pita Bread
Pita Bread
Cooking With Basics
You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make pita bread. 
Release Date: 2/5/2013

April's Pantry Success
April's Pantry Success
Home and Family Organization
Let's celebrate the success of one HowDoesShe subscriber who sent us some pictures of her pantry overhaul!
Release Date: 2/2/2013

Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 1
Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Part 1
Dress Better for Less
Part 1: How to Lose 10 Pounds in 1 Minute: Body Language.  Our NEWEST Blogger, Kinne, shows us how body language communicates more than just how you feel.
Release Date: 1/30/2013

Basic Cream Sauce
Basic Cream Sauce
Cooking With Basics
A basic and very versatile sauce that you can quickly and easily match with anything.
Release Date: 1/29/2013

Window Treatments 1
Window Treatments 1
Home and Family Organization
Expensive looking drapes on the cheep, it's easy when you learn what Mary Ann has to teach in this article.
Release Date: 1/21/2013

Cardboard Box Ovens
Cardboard Box Ovens
Practically Prepared
Mary Ann shows us a great way to make an oven in a pinch!
Release Date: 12/4/2012

3-2-1 Cake
3-2-1 Cake
Home and Family Organization
3-2-1 Cake!  Cake mix, ceramic mugs, and creative wrapping is all you need to make a fun and comforting gift for family, friends, and neighbors.
Release Date: 11/27/2012

S'mores Cookies
S'mores Cookies
Cooking With Basics
A fun and simple use for graham cracker crumbs that brings some of the fun of camping indoors.
Release Date: 11/14/2012

Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
Homemade Sweetened Condensed Milk
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shows you how to make homemade sweetened condensed milk.
Release Date: 11/13/2012

Wassail & Pumpkin Dip
Wassail & Pumpkin Dip
Cooking With Basics
Mary Ann shares two tasty holiday treats with us just in time for Holiday entertaining.
Release Date: 11/10/2012

Pumpkin Cream Pie
Pumpkin Cream Pie
Cooking With Basics
Pumpkin Cream Pie: A No-Bake alternative to a traditional Pumpkin pie utilizing our bulk sale items for November.
Release Date: 11/7/2012

121 Fun Sayings for Simple Gifts
121 Fun Sayings for Simple Gifts
Home and Family Organization
Mary Ann shares a fun website that had some simple and fun gift ideas for the holidays!
Release Date: 10/31/2012

Homemade Chocolate Chips
Homemade Chocolate Chips
Cooking With Basics
Britney shows us a quick and easy way to make homemade chocolate chips in a pinch!
Release Date: 10/24/2012

Homemade Marshmallow Creme
Homemade Marshmallow Creme
Cooking With Basics
Britney shows us how easy it is to make Marshmallow Creme and save some money on our holiday goodies in the process!
Release Date: 10/24/2012

Halloween! part 4: Party Activities
Halloween! part 4: Party Activities
Home and Family Organization
So you have the costumes, the food, and the drinks.  Now what are you going to do at the party? 
Release Date: 10/19/2012

Halloween! part 3: Drinks
Halloween! part 3: Drinks
Cooking With Basics
An abundance of ideas for non-alcoholic party drinks.  Part 3 in our 4 part Halloween series.
Release Date: 10/18/2012

Halloween! part 2: Party Food
Halloween! part 2: Party Food
Cooking With Basics
Fun, tasty, and easy party food ideas. Part2 of 4 in our Halloween series.
Release Date: 10/17/2012

Slime Jello Creations
Slime Jello Creations
Cooking With Basics
Melanie shows us a fast and easy recipe for making Jell-o.
Release Date: 10/6/2012

Farmer Brothers Recipe Review
Farmer Brothers Recipe Review
Cooking With Basics
Just in time for the Farmer Brothers Order we have a review of some of the recipes we have featured that utilize these products.
Release Date: 10/5/2012

Halloween! part 1: Costumes
Halloween! part 1: Costumes
Home and Family Organization
Simple suggestions and resources for DIY costumes. Part 1 of our 4 part blog series Halloween!
Release Date: 9/25/2012

The Next Online Class - It's About Time!
The Next Online Class - It's About Time!
Home and Family Organization
Our Next Online Class will be It's About Time!
October 3rd at 10am.  Reserve your seat today!

Release Date: 9/19/2012

Tin Can Stoves Video
Tin Can Stoves Video
Practically Prepared
Mary Ann shows us how to make and use and tin can stove and oven!
Release Date: 9/1/2012

Cookie Fun 5: Cake Mix Cookies
Cookie Fun 5: Cake Mix Cookies
Cooking With Basics
These are some of the most versatile cookies In the world.  Made with a couple cake mixes and cream cheese, they are sure to impress any audience.
Release Date: 8/2/2012

Navajo Tacos
Navajo Tacos
Cooking With Basics
A family favorite and a delicious meal with a long history and infinite variations.
Release Date: 7/4/2012

Pumpkin Bean Mac and Cheese
Pumpkin Bean Mac and Cheese
Cooking With Basics
A savory supper dish using beans, pumpkin, and cheese.  The kids will love it and so will you.
Release Date: 6/27/2012

Custom Drawer Dividers
Custom Drawer Dividers
Home and Family Organization
A great quick lesson on making custom drawer dividers.
Release Date: 6/25/2012

COOKIE FUN part 4 - Oatmeal Candy Bars
COOKIE FUN part 4 - Oatmeal Candy Bars
Cooking With Basics
This week we have for you a tasty decadent simple cookie recipe that is great for travel and picnics.
Release Date: 6/20/2012

Evaluating Your Packing Techniques
Evaluating Your Packing Techniques
Practically Prepared
The last installment of our Summer travel tips from Christianne.
Release Date: 6/15/2012

Green Pizza
Green Pizza
Cooking With Basics
Getting more veggies into your diet doesn't have to be painful.  Check out this delicious recipe full of them.
Release Date: 6/13/2012

Tropical Pancakes
Tropical Pancakes
Cooking With Basics
Try this recipe for a fun and tasty twist on pancakes.
Release Date: 5/23/2012

Managing Clothing on the Road
Managing Clothing on the Road
Practically Prepared
Living out of a suitcase while traveling shouldn’t mean you have to resign yourself to chaos and clutter.  With a few simple packing and organizing strategies you can keep a handle on everything and make your trips more enjoyable.
Release Date: 5/14/2012

Make Your Own Magic Bullet!
Make Your Own Magic Bullet!
Cooking With Basics
Britney is back with a cool blender trick that you all will love!
Release Date: 4/27/2012

Bread Dough Options
Bread Dough Options
Cooking With Basics
What to do when you have a bunch of bread dough… Check out some of our favorite options.

Release Date: 4/24/2012

Pureed Laundry Soap
Pureed Laundry Soap
Home and Family Organization

Release Date: 3/2/2012

Spanish Rice
Spanish Rice
Cooking With Basics
Here is a tasty side dish that is as versatile as it is easy.
Release Date: 3/1/2012

Making Cheese from Powdered Milk
Making Cheese from Powdered Milk
Cooking With Basics
You will be surprised how easy it is to make cheese from powdered milk.  Have fresh cheese anytime you need it right from your food storage.
Release Date: 2/27/2012

COOKIE FUN part 2 - Chewy Chocolate Chip
COOKIE FUN part 2 - Chewy Chocolate Chip
Cooking With Basics
Whether you use all purpose gluten flour or our gluten-free blend below, these cookies are fantastically chewy, moist, and oh so tasty.
Release Date: 2/23/2012

COOKIE FUN part 1 - Oatmeal Drop Cookies
COOKIE FUN part 1 - Oatmeal Drop Cookies
Cooking With Basics
Today as part one of Cookie Fun, an ongoing monthly series, we have a time tested recipe that has been a favorite since the early 1900's.  Oatmeal Drop Cookies! Part 2 (tomorrow) is going to be a gluten-free chocolate chip cookie.

Release Date: 2/22/2012

Cauliflower Kielbasa Soup
Cauliflower Kielbasa Soup
Cooking With Basics
Chilly and rainy weather calls for a tasty warm soup.  So for this Valentine's day we bring you a super easy soup recipe to make and eat with your loved ones.
Release Date: 2/14/2012

Cabbage Pasta
Cabbage Pasta
Cooking With Basics
Super simple supper health and super tasty, this cabbage pasta is a great dish for the family any night of the week.
Release Date: 1/18/2012

Butternut Parmesan Pasta
Butternut Parmesan Pasta
Cooking With Basics
A tasty different kind of pasta sauce that is sure to please.
Release Date: 1/12/2012

Wildcrafting Review & Books
Wildcrafting Review & Books
Home Health
LET’S GO HARVEST OUR LAWNS !!!  Harvesting our lawns, ditches, fields, deserts, woodlands, and hedgerows can be fun, tasty and beneficial.   Part 1 of a Series.

Release Date: 1/11/2012

Planning is the Key to Great Family Fun!
Planning is the Key to Great Family Fun!
Practically Prepared
The key to getting these great weekends is planning.  Uggh…planning, I know.  We’d all love to be the spontaneous, creative, super mom types, but it doesn’t happen without a little planning.  It‘s pretty painless all in all and I’ll walk you through the whole thing.  C’mon!
Release Date: 1/6/2012

Gluten Free Flours
Gluten Free Flours
Cooking With Basics
The basics of your gluten free flour options with several resources and tips.
Release Date: 12/13/2011

Flavor Dictionary 1
Flavor Dictionary 1
Cooking With Basics
The first installment of Our Flavor Dictionary to go along with all the herbs and spices we now have to offer.
Release Date: 12/6/2011

Crockpot BBQ Chicken Dinner
Crockpot BBQ Chicken Dinner
Cooking With Basics
'Tis the season for quick meals, here is one with little work you can plan ahead and enjoy after a long day shopping, playing, or working.
Release Date: 11/29/2011

Volcano Collapsible Stove with a Dutch Oven
Volcano Collapsible Stove with a Dutch Oven
Practically Prepared
More alternate cooking methods with Michael.
Release Date: 11/16/2011

Pumpkin Desserts
Pumpkin Desserts
Cooking With Basics
So now you have pumpkin puree, what do you do with it?  How about a pie or two?
Release Date: 11/15/2011

Family Birthdays Made Simple with Traditions
Family Birthdays Made Simple with Traditions
Practically Prepared
Christianne has a number of tips and traditions for celebrating your children's birthdays. 
Release Date: 11/11/2011

EMERGENCY COOKING – An Introduction to the Solar C
EMERGENCY COOKING – An Introduction to the Solar C
Practically Prepared
Michael has an introduction to another of our favorite products:  The Solar CooKit.
Release Date: 11/9/2011

The Volcano Grill, an Introduction
The Volcano Grill, an Introduction
Practically Prepared
Michael introduces us to the Volcano Grill, one of our favorite products here at Mary Ann's Cupboards.
Release Date: 10/26/2011

Zucchini Pureed Soup
Zucchini Pureed Soup
Cooking With Basics
It’s time for another tasty Zucchini recipe, this one is sure to satisfy those winter veggie cravings.
Release Date: 10/25/2011

EMERGENCY LIVING – Sanitation – Critter Control
EMERGENCY LIVING – Sanitation – Critter Control
Practically Prepared
If a disaster happened where you, your family, and possibly your town were without garbage collection or adequate toilet capabilities, what would you do?  Michael shares more tips and advice on how to deal with these issues.
Release Date: 10/19/2011

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
Cooking With Basics
Just in time for the harvest holidays we have a tasty and simple pumpkin muffin recipe that you and your family will love.
Release Date: 10/18/2011

EMERGENCY LIVING:  First-aid For an Upset Stomach
EMERGENCY LIVING: First-aid For an Upset Stomach
Practically Prepared
Michael shares the importance of proper treatment for an upset stomach and other health draining digestive ailments.

Release Date: 10/12/2011

Chicken Alfredo Pizzadillas
Chicken Alfredo Pizzadillas
Cooking With Basics
Our recipe this week is another way to utilize and rotate some of that food storage.  Oh and it is also delicious!
Release Date: 10/11/2011

Children doing laundry
Children doing laundry
Home and Family Organization
Trying to teach your kids to do their laundry?  Joanne has some valuable tips to help you teach them quickly and easily.
Release Date: 10/7/2011

Laundry Sorting Made Easy
Laundry Sorting Made Easy
Home and Family Organization
Have a lot of laundry?  Have a lot of kids?  Joanne is here to the rescue with tips on handling that mountain of dirty clothing.
Release Date: 10/6/2011

EMERGENCY LIVING – First-Aid
EMERGENCY LIVING – First-Aid
Home Health
Michael shares sound advice on keeping your emergency supplies ready to use.
Release Date: 10/5/2011

Pancake Mix Biscuits
Pancake Mix Biscuits
Cooking With Basics
Today we share with all of you two easy and surprisingly fast additions to any meal.
Release Date: 10/4/2011

Laundry Bags
Laundry Bags
Home and Family Organization
Another time saving tip from Joanne on how to keep those little laundry items from being eaten in the wash.
Release Date: 10/1/2011

Matching Socks Time Saver
Matching Socks Time Saver
Home and Family Organization
Joanne shares a way to keep those socks in pairs through the wash.
Release Date: 9/29/2011

Banana Mousse Desert
Banana Mousse Desert
Cooking With Basics
This week we have a simply delicious desert that the whole family will love.  Banana Mousse atop a buttery vanilla wafer cookie crust, what could be better?
Release Date: 9/27/2011

The Car-bage Can
The Car-bage Can
Home and Family Organization
Is your car hard to keep clean?  Christianne has a recommendation that just might help.
Release Date: 9/23/2011

Italian Dinner Made Easy
Italian Dinner Made Easy
Cooking With Basics
Here is a great and easy Italian Chicken dinner idea from Joanne utilizing the crock pot.
Release Date: 9/22/2011

Corn Dog Muffins
Corn Dog Muffins
Cooking With Basics
A super simple recipe for Corn Dog Muffins kids and adults alike will love.

Release Date: 9/20/2011

Soda Pop Cake
Soda Pop Cake
Cooking With Basics
A quick, easy, and delicious cake recipe from Joanne.  This will get your kids excited to help you in the kitchen!
Release Date: 9/13/2011

Laundry Tips
Laundry Tips
Home and Family Organization
Tips on getting laundry done from Christianne.
Release Date: 9/9/2011

Zucchini, Zucchini, Zucchini
Zucchini, Zucchini, Zucchini
Cooking With Basics
Bobbie runs through the easiest way to preserve your squash and zucchini as well as giving us a tried and tested kid friendly recipe to use all that zucchini.
Release Date: 9/7/2011

Mock Strawberry Jam
Mock Strawberry Jam
Cooking With Basics
Joanne Gives us this fun and innovative recipe this week: Mock Strawberry Jam.  A tasty way to use those zucchinis and get a little more veggie in your diet.
Release Date: 9/6/2011

Battery Tester
Battery Tester
Home and Family Organization
Christianne has another time saving tip for us.  This week she shares tips about batteries and battery testing.
Release Date: 9/2/2011

Flavor Dictionary 3
Flavor Dictionary 3
Cooking With Basics
Another installment of our Flavor dictionary highlighting common herbs and spices.
Release Date: 9/1/2011

Flavor Dictionary 4
Flavor Dictionary 4
Cooking With Basics
From mace to rosemary, number four in our Flavor Dictionary series.
Release Date: 9/1/2011

Flavor Dictionary 5
Flavor Dictionary 5
Cooking With Basics
Issue 5 of the flavor dictionary, from sage to white pepper.
Release Date: 9/1/2011

Using water bottles to save money and time
Using water bottles to save money and time
Home and Family Organization
Joanne shares with us how she uses water bottles to help reduce dish clutter, save money, and help keep her family hydrated.
Release Date: 9/1/2011

Summer Salsa
Summer Salsa
Cooking With Basics
A simple and delicious recipe for late summer that uses seasonal tomatoes, peppers, and onions.
Release Date: 8/29/2011

Vitamin Space Saving Tips
Vitamin Space Saving Tips
Home and Family Organization
Another handy tip to save space and remove clutter, this one about keeping track of all those vitamins.
Release Date: 8/26/2011

Freeze Flat Time Saver
Freeze Flat Time Saver
Cooking With Basics
Joanne shows us how to store fresh ingredients in the freezer so you can use as much or as little of things like bell pepper, onion, berries, etc., whenever you need them.
Release Date: 8/23/2011

My Personal Clutter Free products: Dream Shredder
My Personal Clutter Free products: Dream Shredder
Home and Family Organization
Trying to deal with all that junk mail?  Christianne has some suggestions that will help.
Release Date: 8/19/2011

Dishes Routine… the Ol’ Job Wheel
Dishes Routine… the Ol’ Job Wheel
Home and Family Organization
Joanne shares her experience wrangling kids into helping set and clear the table and even doing dishes without moaning.
Release Date: 8/13/2011

How often do you replace toilet paper rolls?
How often do you replace toilet paper rolls?
Home and Family Organization
Christianne shares more simple tips on how to save big and stock up by dating your TP.

Release Date: 8/12/2011

Gear & Gadgets - The Super Scoops!
Gear & Gadgets - The Super Scoops!
Cooking With Basics
You don't need a lot of little or big gadgets cluttering up your kitchen.  Britney is back to show us how the cookie dough scoop is one of the most versatile gadgets you can have in your kitchen.  You can eliminate other "one-trick" tools and save yourself storage space, time and money by choosing tools that do double-duty.
Release Date: 8/11/2011

Radical Rhubarb!
Radical Rhubarb!
Cooking With Basics
An old family recipe from a dear friend, Pat Green (aka -  The greatest cook in the world!), with a new twist!
Release Date: 8/10/2011

Discover the Peace of Less STUFF!
Discover the Peace of Less STUFF!
Home and Family Organization
De-cluttering you home doesn't have to be done all at once.  Pick a drawer, a cupboard, or a bucket and start with that. Christianne is here to help you live Clutter-Free!
Release Date: 8/5/2011

Crazy Cheap, Healthy & Tasty!
Crazy Cheap, Healthy & Tasty!
Cooking With Basics
Fall harvest is coming up!  Our gardens are beginning to come in and there are veggies a-plenty!  Joanne is back to share a bunch of great ways to use your bounty to feed your family better for less!


Release Date: 8/4/2011

Mary Ann's Pot Roast
Mary Ann's Pot Roast
Cooking With Basics
My family loves this meal.   It has also been a huge hit among friends.  I use it when I have a big project to work on around the house, or when I need to get a lot of things done during the day.  I just put it in the oven around lunchtime, and forget about it.  I hope you enjoy it!
Release Date: 7/18/2011

Team Couponing
Team Couponing
Home and Family Organization
Joanne is one of our newest teachers here in Boise!  She has 7 children, 6 boys and 1 girl!  She has to be on top of everything all the time!  She as graciously agreed to blog for us every so often on how to feed your family better for less!  She will be sharing ideas for inexpensive, healthy eating and ways to cut costs without cutting corners.  This week her entry is on Team Couponing - soon to be an Olympic sport!  As we teach in our Eat Better for Less class, you don't need coupons to save money on food, but Joanne has some great ideas for those of you who like to coupon or may even be fed up with it. - Thanks Joanne!
Release Date: 7/8/2011

Celebration Park Adventure Day!
Celebration Park Adventure Day!
Practically Prepared
Just in case you missed out, here's what we did on Thursday!
What a fun day!

Release Date: 6/16/2011

How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken
Cooking With Basics
Christianne started buying whole fryer chickens because they are some much cheaper that way.  She put together a video to show you how to cut a whole chicken into it's parts so that you can see how easy and rewarding it is to use whole fryer chickens.  Enjoy! 
Release Date: 5/5/2011

Extra Recipes from Just Add Water Class
Extra Recipes from Just Add Water Class
Cooking With Basics

If you needed additional recipes from Tuesday's Just Add Water class, here they are!  These are some of my favorites that are not in that book!


Release Date: 4/29/2011

Christmas Traditions
Christmas Traditions
Practically Prepared
Our family fun traditions that help us cut cost and have more fun around the holidays!
Release Date: 12/1/2010

Park Hopping
Park Hopping
Home and Family Organization
Choose a different park each week to visit (as long as it isn’t raining)  Most parks have playgrounds and tables for picnics, but they often have different amenities that can open up worlds of fun creative play for small children.  The best thing about is that they are FREE!
Release Date: 10/15/2010

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