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Meal Plan Challenge

People are often surprised when I tell them that I plan my dinners for each day MONTHLY. The main comment I get is “Isn’t that really hard to plan?”. The answer NO! I have created a spreadsheet in Excel, I love Excel, there’s nothing you can’t do with a spreadsheet and I didn’t earn the […]

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Candy, Made-from-scratch

Homemade Vanilla Fudge

Who doesn’t love FUDGE!!!! There’s something wonderful about this creamy sweet treat. I remember a little fudge store that was in the mall we went to when I was a kid. It was the quaintest little confectionary shop, with the walls lined with handmade chocolates and fudges. Every flavor you could imagine. My favorite was […]


Welcome to Home Cooking Mama!

Hi I’m Lesley. I am a stay-at-home mother to 3 wonderful boys. When I got married in 2003 and took on the ‘housewife’ role I had to quickly learn the art of delicious home cooking. My local library became my best friend and I’m pretty sure I’ve checked out every cookbook at one point or […]


Homemade Vanilla

Today’s adventure on my road to Control is homemade vanilla extract. Somedays I feel really dumb. About a year ago I was reading a recipe book and there was a recipe for vanilla extract. And the thought popped into my head ‘you can make that yourself?’ Like I said it was a dumb moment because […]