A Good Cheap Eats Giveaway

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Need to make dinner quick and easy? Enter to win a copy of my new cookbook, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less! This post contains one or more Amazon affiliate links. When you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in advertising fees. Thanks for your support. I […]

Pizza Tools to Make Pizza Night Easier

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Homemade Pizza is tasty and cheap. Tool up with these must-have pizza tools so that pizza night comes together easily. Pizza Night has been a Friday night tradition at our house for about 18 years. It took some trial and error at first and some coaching from my friend Jessika. But, over time I’ve found […]

Spicy Pork Chili with Pumpkin

Spicy Pork Chili with Pumpkin

This Spicy Pork Chili with Pumpkin will wow everyone at your table. Tender chunks of pork simmer in a pumpkin-tomato sauce redolent with chile. Such a great way to warm up! This post is sponsored by the National Pork Board Porksgiving program in conjunction with One2One Network. I have received compensation for ingredients and time […]

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Get this fun little bundle for a BIG discount! As you might know, in addition to cookbooks and blog posts, I’ve also written a number of ebooks and designed a fair number of meal plans and planning pages. It’s been a lifelong effort to get my act together. Thankfully, these resources have helped me do […]

Holiday Baking Tools

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It’s time to get baking! Consider these great holiday baking tools to make your holiday baking fun and easy! I look at Thanksgiving as a feat of great, savory proportions. While the pies are certainly important — we had Pretzel Berry, Slab Apple, and Streusel-Topped Pumpkin — the savory foods, like mashed potatoes, stuffing, and gravy, […]

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Turkey Shaped Cinnamon Rolls Here’s wishing that your cinnamon rolls are light and fluffy, that the turkey gets done on time, that the gravy is full of flavor, and that dessert rocks your world. Thank you so much for keeping me company on this journey toward good cheap eats. I can’t tell you how much […]

Our Must-Make Thanksgiving Side Dishes

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The turkey may be the star of the Thanksgiving feast, but these must-make recipes are perfect Thanksgiving side dishes. Last week I spent a few hours getting ready for Thanksgiving. I put on some Christmas music and prepped for our big feast. We’ll be hitting the road early on Thursday to visit my in-laws and […]

Win a Copy of Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

Win a Copy of Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less!

Talk about your quick dinner ideas! Enter to win a copy of my latest cookbook, Good Cheap Eats Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less! This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: sandybeach_16@, rmtz96@, and jhales_finance@ In case you didn’t know, writing a cookbook involves a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. Each of […]

Recipe Sharing Sites to Help You Find a Quick Dinner Idea

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Need a quick fix? Your recipe sharing sites can help you find a quick dinner idea easily. Sometimes, despite our best efforts, there can be a five o’clock scramble. Everyone’s hungry. The kids are fussing. Tummies are rumbling. Not sure what to make, but your intention is to eat at home to save money and eat […]

Quick Pizza Nights

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Ready for a relaxing night of pizza and a movie? Need a quick pizza night? Follow these tips for tasty pizza without a lot of work. This post is sponsored by Bertolli in conjunction with Kroger’s Taste of Italy celebration. All text and opinions are mine. One of our family’s favorite traditions or weekly rituals […]