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PB030964Welcome to Cooking During Stolen Moments!

My name is Kate Miller and I’m a work-at-home mom to 5 kids and wife to one wonderful man. Our kids are 11, 6, 5, 3 and baby #5 was born September 30, 2010.

The dinner rush hour used to be the bane of my existence. Hungry toddlers strapped to my leg…impatient older child…fussy baby…you know the drill. I knew I had to find a better way. So I fumbled and fought with my kitchen until I found a system that worked for me. I now take advantage of stolen moments throughout the day to prepare dinner and I have completely eliminated those dinner hour crazies.

That means that most days dinner is done by 1:00 pm and I can shut down the kitchen. However, that rarely happens because the kitchen is my playground and I love experimenting with new recipes. I’m usually surrounded by little helpers who love being in the kitchen as much as I do.

I try to cook from scratch all the time, although there are those days when a convenience item or two are a neccesity. (I am known to break my own rules at times.) However, canned cream of… has become a dirty word in our house.

Our monthly grocery budget is $400 (recently bumped up from the previous amount of $350 – these kids just keep getting bigger!) for the 6 of us. That total includes cleaning supplies, toilet paper and diapers. As a result, all of the recipes I post will be fairly budget-friendly.

I like to keep it real around here so I post the occasional (ahem) flop and failure.

You can reach me at stolenmomentscooking@gmail.com

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