Use Marked-Down Holiday Chocolate

Used Marked Down Holiday Candy for Baking - When a holiday has come and gone, snap up that holiday-themed candy on sale! Use that in your baking instead of pricier baking chocolate.

When a holiday has come and gone, snap up that holiday-themed candy on sale! Use that in your baking instead of pricier baking┬áchocolate. In just a couple days parents everywhere will be raiding their kids’ candy stash. Don’t lie; I know you do it. My kids know that all Twix and Heath bars are my […]

5 Fall Fruit Recipes to Enjoy All Season Long

5 Fall Fruit Recipes to Enjoy All Season Long | Good Cheap Eats

Buy in-season produce to enjoy better tastes and lower prices all season long. Fall is probably my favorite time of year. It’s cool enough to wear pretty sweaters and jeans, but still warm enough not to chill the bones. Plus, the fall produce season is amazing! I definitely prefer fall food. Apples, pumpkins, pomegranates, pears, […]

5 Favorite Breakfasts to Help You Save Some Coin

Budget-Friendly Breakfasts - Save money on breakfast by making it yourself instead of opening a box. Try one (or all) of these five easy recipes this week!

Save money on breakfast by making it yourself instead of opening a box. Try one (or all) of these five easy recipes this week! Processed breakfast foods are hugely expensive these days.┬áMany of the varieties available┬áreally don’t offer much more than empty calories. My kids could eat through a box of Frosted Sugar Num-Nums and […]

Give Day-Old Bread New Life

Give Day-Old Bread New Life - Snap up that day-old bread at the store and give it new life in recipes!

Snap up that day-old bread at the store and give it new life in recipes! Bread is expensive, particularly if you want quality bread with few preservatives and additives. Since Trader Joe’s changed their distributor, my favorite Harvest Whole Wheat Bread is now off our radar. The replacement is, in a word, unsatisfactory. It’s been […]

Now, It’s Time for Pumpkin! 5 Favorite Desserts

Pumpkin time is officially here! Check out these delicious pumpkin recipes to bake someone happy this fall. I held off on the pumpkin post for as long as I could. I think I saw the first ad for pumpkin pie sometime in mid-August. While I absolutely love pumpkin pie, I just wasn’t ready for it. […]

Honey Whole Wheat English Muffin Bread

Whole Wheat English Muffin Bread - Homemade baked goods are significantly cheaper than store-bought varieties. Try this whole wheat bread that mimics an "English muffin" in texture and taste.

Homemade baked goods are significantly cheaper than store-bought varieties. Try this whole wheat bread that mimics an “English muffin” in texture and taste. My cousin Kelly is an awesome penpal. About 8 years my senior, she took pity on her younger cousin. There are 22 of us cousins and I pretty much fall on the […]

Going with the Grain

Poppy Seed Cakes

As the school year gets under way, I find my days much fuller than they were a month ago. Since I teach our six kids at home, I really have to hit the ground running. My days are full with lessons, chores, and writing projects. It can be extremely tempting to shrug off good nutrition […]

Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Spiced Zucchini Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting - Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting.

Bake yourself happy with this spiced zucchini cake topped with a luscious cream cheese frosting. When it rains zucchini, it pours. At least in my neck of the woods. And when it does, I have two lines of defense: Ratatouille (to appease FishChick7) and baked goods (for the rest of the family). We have some […]

Creating Beautiful Baked Goods

Beautiful Breads

Home baking can be simple, beautiful, and easy on the budget. It’s a great way to bring an artisan feel to a frugal table. Artisan bakery goods are certainly tempting to look at in the store. Eye candy for the bread lover! However, many cost several dollars for a loaf of bread or even per […]

How About Some Good Cheap Eats?

good cheap eats cover

It’s been great fun since our copy of my latest cookbook, Good Cheap Eats arrived. The publishing house gets a few boxes of “advance copies” before the official release date. I got one! Yay! It was a very great surprise in my mailbox that day. Since it arrived, I’ve still had my head down working […]