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I Want My Two Dollars (Smoothie)

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.Smoothies for $2? Sign up […]

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Maple Vanilla Almond Granola

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Homemade granola is easy to make and a great way to save money on breakfast fare. Flavored with maple and vanilla, this recipe is a hit at my house. My family loves cold cereal. That is clearly one of their comfort foods. It used to be that I could pick up boxed cereals for less […]

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Mother’s Day Meal Ideas

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Mother’s Day is quickly approaching. Plan an easy yet festive meal for the mothers in your life. Can it really be that Mother’s Day is upon us?! As you may remember, Mother’s Day is one of the FishMama Trifecta. Mother’s Day, our anniversary, and my birthday all fall into one 15-day period. Whoohoo. Don’t worry, […]

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Grocery Geek: A New Month & a Full Freezer

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I’m still amazed at how well a little scrimping helped our grocery budget last month. Of course, finding a math error in your favor doesn’t hurt either. Sheesh. Apparently, I need to brush up on my math skills a little bit. Anyway, I’m glad to know we’re ahead of the game a little. My sister […]

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Meal Planning: May 6 – 12

Having a meal plan is a great way to get a head start on the week. You gotta eat, right? Plan for it. spicy chicken rub Today I’m in the air and airports heading home to my fam after a few days away. I do this very infrequently, but I know that our regular schedule […]

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Spring Vegetable Soup

Spring Vegetable Soup

Spring has arrived! And with it come a variety of spring vegetables to toss into the soup pot. Getting a weekly produce box has really grown on me. It’s also grown me as a cook. I’ve been compelled to try vegetables and fruits that I might never have purchased at the store. The culinary world […]

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Good Cheap Eats in California – New Feature!

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Looking for good cheap eats in California? I’ve got you covered with reviews of the best restaurants and food shops to enjoy on a budget. As you know, I’m a California girl. While my parents are both Minnesota-born and bred, they moved west in 1967 when there was a teacher shortage in the Golden State. […]

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Sauces for Artichokes

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Artichoke season has arrived! Enjoy those beautiful green globes now, peeling off their leaves to dip in one of two sauces. There’s something to please everyone. I played my cards right in teaching my kids to like foods that my husband doesn’t love. He is not picky, but he doesn’t loooooooooove the same foods I […]

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Hearty BBQ Fare

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BBQ, cooking out, grilling — depending on where you live, they evoke thoughts of hearty meats, cool salads, and tasty sides to enjoy in the great outdoors. Here in Southern California, we call it “grilling.” But, whatever you call it, it’s tasty! Here are some of our favorite recipes to serve on a night of cooking and […]

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Monthly Meal Planning for May

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Monthly meal planning is a great way to make daily life easier as well as plan for special events. 1994 – can you believe it?! May is a very important month in the fabric of our family. We celebrate the great trifecta of celebrations, one that should make every man shake in his boots: the […]

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