Grocery Geeking Out: TP, and Coffee, and Oranges – Oh My!

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Ready to save some money and eat great meals? You will find everything you need to know here at Good Cheap Eats, from meal planning to savvy shopping to eating down the pantry. Join thousands of people who’ve decided to eat well, spend less, and enjoy time at the table a whole lot more. Become […]

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Using Pinterest for Tasty Inspiration

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A few months ago I signed up for a Pinterest account. I had no idea what I was doing. And since I typically fail to read directions, chances were that I wouldn’t ever really know what I was doing. But, it was fun and slowly I figured out how things worked. It’s proven to be […]

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Mom’s Relish Tray


Holiday appetizers can get so complicated. We fool ourselves into thinking that we need to make a big froofroo spread before the bigger froofroo spread we call Thanksgiving dinner. Times have changed. The appetizers, hors d’oeuvres, amuse-bouches, snack, whatever you want to call them, were always a pretty simple affair when I was growing up. […]

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Sauteed Corn with Fresh Thyme

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When I started this produce box gig, I quickly realized that Wednesday (delivery day) is the day that I have to process everything. Whatever can be frozen gets cooked and/or packaged for freezing that day. We don’t want no blackened basil around here. I also realized what my grandmothers before me had realized: stockpiling nature’s […]

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Cookbook Review: A Feast of Soups

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This is one of my favorite cookbooks. Yes, really. It doesn’t look like anything special, does it? It looks like something you’d find at the Goodwill, doesn’t it? Or your gramma’s basement. We got it for a wedding gift with a large soup ladle. That’s my kind of gift! But, A Feast of Soups is […]

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Tortellini Soup with Sausage and Vegetables

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This whole produce box thing is really giving me a workout. And I don’t mean just lugging it from car to kitchen. I have met some vegetables and fruits in real life that I never knew existed! Well, I take that back. I knew they existed. But, not in my kitchen. Sorrel? Yu choy? Turnips? […]

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Once a Month Meal Planning: November

Tortellini Soup 2

November always seems like a short month. With two FishKid birthdays and a long Thanksgiving weekend, the month seems to fly by in a flash. And it always seems like daily life is full! A look at the calendar tells me that in addition to the regular schedule of school, piano lessons, Biology lab, and […]

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Grocery Geek & Good Cheap Eats


I’ve always been one to enjoy grocery shopping. I love food. I love cooking. I love to find great deals. I’ve been posting my grocery finds over on Life as MOM for the last three years as a way to encourage others to save more on groceries — as well as just brag on the […]

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Get that Slow Cooker to Work for You


The slow cooker is one of my best friends. Who else will prep a hot meal for you, while you go galivanting about? Truly, a must-have in your kitchen. Now, years ago, I started looking for recipes that were crockpot friendly. I was sorely disappointed in what I found. And I must say that not […]

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Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing


I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing. There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways. Orchard Chicken Salad […]

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