Presentation is Everything

Food doesn’t need to be expensive to look special. In fact, the way you present the simplest, cheapest eats can deliver a powerful punch.  This post was originally posted on June 26, 2009. The lessons still hold true. Years ago I worked in a catering kitchen, assembling deli and cheese trays, preparing cocktail sandwiches, and […]

Spicy Sausage Burgers

Spicy Sausage Burger - Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer

Despite all the back to schooly stuff going on, summer’s not over. Live up the lingering days of the season with these Spicy Sausage Burgers. Despite the fact that the kids and I are finishing our first week of school, the calendar and the warm weather both concur that summer is still here. Fall doesn’t […]

How to Audit Your Grocery Spending

How to Audit Your Grocery Spending - Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit.

Think you should be spending less on groceries and other food costs than you are? Wondering if your food budget is a realistic one? Then it may be time for a grocery spending audit. Six years ago when I was pregnant with my sixth baby, we spent $400 a month on food. That’s right. A […]

A Review of the Ninja Ultima Blender

A Review of the Ninja Ultima Blender - The Ninja Ultima Blender mixes up the best of all worlds in my smoothie-making economy: high speed, bulk blending, and individual to go cups.

The Ninja Ultima Blender mixes up the best of all worlds in my smoothie-making economy: high speed, bulk blending, and individual to go cups. Ninja sent me their Ultima Blender. All opinions are my own. I’ve owned a blender of some kind for about twenty years. I remember when FishPapa and I bought our first Oster at Costco. […]

Making Homemade Pickles

Making homemade pickles - Ever wonder if you could make pickles yourself? If I can, you can. Or in other words, if I can can, you can can, too.

Ever wonder if you could make pickles yourself? If I can, you can. Or in other words, if I can can, you can can, too. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, […]

Frugal Pantry: Favorite Refrigerator Items

Frugal Pantry: Favorite Frugal Fridge Items - Building a great tasting pantry on a budget can take a little time and research. Here are my favorite frugal refrigerated staples.

Building a great tasting pantry on a budget can take a little time and research. Here are my favorite frugal refrigerated staples. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. Your price does not change, but your purchase […]

5 Great Ways to Prepare for Quick Summer Meals

5 Great Ways to Prepare Quick, Summer Meals - Enjoy your summer daze a little more by making meal times quick and easy.

Enjoy your summer daze a little more by making meal times quick and easy. The following content is sponsored by Good Food Made Simple: I don’t know about you, but my summer days are just packed. If it’s not the summer school I assigned myself my kids or the weekly outings or this whole writing […]

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Appetizers

12 Easy, Make-Ahead Apps - Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers.

Want to entertain easily and effortlessly? Or just wind-down with a fun little app for the fam? Check out these easy, make-ahead appetizers. The weekend approacheth! That means time to tone down the activity — at least a little — and get ready for some relaxation and/or socializing. I’ve been working like a fiend this […]

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer

Making Burger Patties for the Freezer - Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks!

Want some easy freezer meals without heating up your summertime kitchen? Well, burger up, folks! Today I took the kids down to Balboa Park for a free museum visit. San Diego County residents get free admission to select Balboa Park museums on Tuesdays. We’ve lived here for 5 1/2 years and NEVER done it. I’ve always […]

Homemade Spice Mixes (Recipe: FishMama Spice)

Homemade Seasonings and FishMama Spice Mix - Add a little spice to your life with homemade seasoning blends. You

Add a little spice to your life with homemade seasoning blends. You’ll save money by buying spice in bulk and save time by having a multi-purpose seasoning at the ready. This post does include affiliate links. If you make a purchase through those links, I am paid a small amount in way of advertising fees. […]