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Whether you’re cooking or remodeling, there are certain steps to take that will save you time, money and sanity.
After 20 years designing and renovating hundreds of homes and pouring all the knowledge of kitchen remodeling into my book
… I’ve got the remodeling steps pretty well down pat.
But once upon a dinner time, getting dinner on the table every night wasn’t such a cake walk!
These days, the evening meal prep isn’t much of an issue for me, since my son is grown and has flown the coop (for now!). But I vividly remember the days of getting a nutritious dinner on the table
night after night,
month after month,
year after year,
sometimes had me pulling my hair out!
I tried to always be creative, and not default to the same three things over and over, but honestly, when you have to get dinner on the table in minutes before dashing out to guitar lessons or French tutoring or soccer practice, it can be easy to run out of steam.
That’s why I’m full of admiration for my friend, cookbook author and busy mom, Aviva Goldfarb, who’s created an AH-mazing solution to help busy families get nutritious meals on the table faster and even eat together at least 3 nights a week AND save money on their grocery list! I wish she’d been around when I was scrambling every night at six o’clock to get dinner on the table.
In fact, that’s what her solution is called: The Six O’Clock Scramble! The Scramble gives you a ready-made, healthy dinner plan for the week, including easy recipes, side dishes and even a grocery list, sent right to your inbox! All Scramble recipes take 30 minutes or less to prepare and are family tested and approved. In fact, my husband and I have tested several of the recipes and loved them, so you don’t need to have a house full of kids to get great use out of this! Many of the recipes can be prepared ahead of time or are great for a slow cooker and there are lots of vegetarian and gluten-free options as well.
Aviva has helped tens of thousands of families transform their dinner stress into family dinner success so I hope you’ll check it out too! You can try The Scramble for free right now by taking the Family Dinner Challenge and committing to eating dinner with your family at least 3 times a week for 4 weeks between now and the end of September.
And this week, to help busy families who may want to renovate their kitchens, Aviva is featuring a guest post by yours truly, with the THREE THINGS THAT WILL SAVE YOU TIME, MONEY AND SANITY DURING YOUR KITCHEN REMODEL…
We’ve all heard the horror stories of home remodeling…you know the ones: “…took three times longer than we thought” “… cost twice as much as we budgeted” and “…was so frustrating I thought my husband would bust a gasket!” Surprising to most homeowners is the fact that the business of renovation is actually more an art than it is a science, which is why detailed planning is so critical to the whole process and could save you thousands of dollars, months of time and a boat-load of aggravation.
The three most important things to have nailed down before you start are:
1. The budget
2. Working drawings
3. A written scope of work and specifications
You can read more on The Scramble!
I hope I’ve helped you stop the scramble in your house whether your cooking or remodeling!
Today I’m going to make a yummy chicken dish that I found on The Scramble and stick it in the slow cooker so it’s ready at 6:00. Gotta go get started! Let me know what your favorite go-to dinner recipe is to avoid the scramble in your house!
See you in the kitchen!