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Why I Love My Waffle Maker

Food shouldn’t be complicated. Or bad for you. Or expensive. I’m working to craft good cheap eats that we can both enjoy. You can read more about this site here. Check out my cookbooks if you’re needing some budget-friendly inspiration. Read about how to make healthy eating work for you here.Wondering if a waffle maker […]

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Meal Plan for My Last Week of the Whole 30

protein style burger

I’m finishing up a Whole 30 nutritional reset this week. Here’s the meal plan. Can you believe I only have one week left in my Whole 30? The last three weeks have really gone by quickly. While I can’t say that I’ve had a huge improvement in the areas I was hoping to improve (aches […]

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Vegetable Beef Soup

Vegetables and cubed roast beef play happily together in this soup to warm the tummy. When I was growing up, canned soup was a staple in our home. It was easy to open a can, pour it into a pot, and reheat. Yes, the convenience was awesome. It went to college with me. And into […]

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Save Money by Saving Food

From Garbage to Gourmet

Believe it or not, most of us waste up to 25% of the food we buy. Scary, huh? Can you imagine cutting your grocery bill by 25% just by making sure you use up what you have. The Pantry Challenge is one such effort to help you do that. This new ebook from my friend […]

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Meal Planning Despite the Busyness

Shrimp Tacos

I’ve been reading how some people revel in their busy-ness, almost brag about it. I am not in that camp. I love having nothing to do. I’d much rather have a cleared calendar than a full one. However, that’s not my season of life. While I like to keep it as trim as possible, there […]

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Grocery Geek: February’s End

We have a target number of $800 per month to feed our family of 8. Sometimes we’re under. Sometimes we’re over. It usually evens out over the course of the year. When the month started, I never intended to give my diet a complete overhaul. In fact, I shopped for the freezer and thought I’d […]

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Coconut Mango Banana Smoothie

All natural, real food ingredients blend up into a tasty, sweet concoction that kids of all ages will love. As I continue on this dairy-, soy-, sugar-, grain-, and alcohol-free diet, I find myself considering my own children’s regular fare. I thought they were eating pretty healthfully, but my recent label reading has revealed that […]

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Why I Love My Immersion Blender

An immersion blender is a super duper helper in the kitchen. Plus, it stores well. For years and years I scoffed at the immersion blender. Whatever the info-mercial promised, I wasn’t interested in. I had a food processor. What more did I need? Fast forward a few dozen years and I found myself recipe testing […]

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Book Signing in Santa Clarita, CA – Saturday

I wanted to let you know I’ll be signing copies of Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook at the Barnes and Noble in Valencia this coming weekend. It’s my hometown. (Cue Springsteen music.) It’s near LA. You should come. There might be chocolate. Plus, there will be cookbooks and me. What more could you ask for?  Barnes and Noble […]

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Monkey Salad

A simple fruit salad of cashews, bananas, and coconut chips packs a sweet, yet filling punch. This Monkey Salad is perfect for breakfast next to an egg or two. First up. No, this salad does not contain monkeys. That would be gross. It contains ingredients that I imagine a monkey would like to eat. If […]

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