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Stock a Make-Ahead Pantry

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Are you on board with cooking less? Is your kitchen equipped for make-ahead cooking? Great! Now let’s talk pantry. Allrecipes.com has a nice list of good items to keep on hand in your pantry. If you routinely keep your kitchen stocked with their recommendations, you can feel quite confident of your ability to make a wide range of recipes from your cupboards any given night. Here are a few tweaks we’d recommend to cut down the time you spent in the kitchen.

Stock a Make-Ahead Pantry

Have you got the dinner blues?

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Let’s face it: dinner can be a serious chore. We love our families, we love knowing that they’re eating well, but actually making the meals and getting them to the table can be a full-time job this week. Help us help you help each other! Answer our quick poll about your family’s dinner habits so we can share the great ideas you all have with our community of readers and home cooks.

Equip a Make Ahead Kitchen

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Get in on the make-ahead movement to make family dinners less stressful! Last week, we highlighted some great advice for planning to cook less frequently during the week. This week, we recommend that you take stock of your kitchen equipment with the help of America’s Test Kitchen, which has a thoughtful and nicely explained list of essentials for eating on a make-ahead schedule.

Equip a Make Ahead Kitchen

Cook Less, Eat at Home More

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Home cooked meals are better for your health. It’s no secret that when you have handled every ingredient going into a dish, you have completely control and knowledge about what you’re feeding your family. When we don’t cook at home, it’s often because we don’t have the time or energy on a given night. Andrea Dekker has a wonderful blog post detailing her tricks for cooking less while still getting home-cooked food into her family. Here are a few tips we particularly like:

Cook Less, Eat at Home More

Sportsmanship Across the Net

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We’ve been looking about bringing tennis home for your family during August, and as with all competitive sports, tennis presents an excellent teaching moment for good sportsmanship. The abilities to lose graciously, win humbly and, perhaps most importantly, persevere under challenging circumstances are all skills that will serve your kids in life and in sports. Dr. Darrell J. Burnett has shared a list via P.E. Links 4U designed to help parents and teachers alike discuss good sportsmanship.

Sportsmanship Across the Net

Tennis Camp 101

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Are you looking for advice on structuring tennis activities for a camp or other large groups of kids? SportsScotland has developed a curriculum (PDF) designed to help you teach specific tennis skills to kids. Their PDF covers a wide number of fun exercises designed for pairs and small groups to help you choose the best game for your class structure and learning goals.

Tennis Camp 101

Building a Backyard Tennis Court

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August is the heart of pro tennis season, and with plenty of inspiration available, there’s no better time to introduce a child to the sport. With plenty of action and scope for practice hand-eye coordination, tennis is a wonderful sport. Many communities and schools have courts that are open to the public for free, but if you’ve got space and a passion for the sport, Realtor.com has some solid advice for building a court of your own, so you and your family can easily pop outside to play any time you like.

Building a Backyard Tennis Court