Do two jobs at once – mix a batch of cookie or biscuit dough as you prepare a meal. Refrigerate the dough and bake later. Or, straighten a drawer of shelf while getting a meal.

Make double recipes when possible; serve one, freeze the other: spaghetti sauce, chili, soups, rolls, pie crusts, sweets. Label each with name of item and date it was made.

Make more than you plan to use, refrigerate the rest for later in the week: hard-boiled eggs can be deviled, use as sandwich filling or in salads; rice and macaroni can be rinsed with cold water before refrigerating and used in salads or puddings.

Keep cleaning as you go. Have dishwasher prepared or rinse and put dishes in dishwasher so your kitchen will be relatively clean as you sit down to a meal.

Serve meals on nicely set tables. Do not serve milk in the carton or food from the pan in which it was prepared. Observe “company manners” at each meal, e.g.: Hotdogs by candlelight and a single flower; “sometimes, we just can’t see the forest… for the trees,” and need to be reminded.

When I’m not doing something that comes deeply from me, I get bored. When I get bored I get distracted and when I get distracted, I become depressed. It’s a natural resistance, and it insures your integrity. ~ Maria Irene Fornes