Win a K-Cup® Pack Countertop Storage Drawer (CLOSED)


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.This giveaway is closed. Congrats […]

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Serve a Breakfast Burrito Bar

breakfast burrito fixings

Everybody loves breakfast burritos for a hearty and tasty first meal of the day. The chances are good that you’ll have occasion to feed people breakfast over the next month. It might be extended family visiting for the holidays, friends passing through on their way to their family, or simply the peeps who live under […]

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Meal Plan: Dec 9 – 15

This is the week to make tamales! Years ago my husband said, “We should learn how to make tamales.” For the first few years, we really meant me. He disavows all knowledge of this, but my memory says this is how it went down. In recent years, however, he’s come to the plate and smacked […]

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Grocery Geek: Starting December


As I reported last week, we went over budget in November, but the average is still holding strong at just a smidgen over $800/month to feed our family of eight. This month I have lots of freezer meals still at my disposal from last month, so that is a help. I did a full holiday […]

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A Safe Harvest Seed Bank Giveaway (CLOSED)

safe harvest seed

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: mtcowgirl_22@, peggy4000us@, chopf712@ Look at my people! Those are my two biggest boys when they were five and two. Now they are 15 and 12. How did that happen?! Ten years ago we lived on two acres in the country. It was mostly flat and weedy. […]

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Samwiches: Brie and Bacon Panini with Mushrooms and Onions (A Meal Any Hobbit Would Love)

Bacon and Brie Panini with Mushrooms and Onions

One night a few months ago, my meal plan didn’t go the way I, well, planned it. I checked the fridge and cupboards and concocted this amazing sandwich from bacon, onions, mushrooms, and Brie cheese. Amazing. As I was munching, I realized how Hobbit-like this meal was: good bread, a few rashes of bacon, onions, […]

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A Giveaway from Real Salt (CLOSED)

RealSalt Gift Set Clip2

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: widescreen78@, acanderson555@, Rbngndl@ photo source Earlier this year, one of the books that I completely devoured was The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kat Flinn. I’ve told you about it before. It’s on the top of my “must-reads” list. If you haven’t read it already, add it […]

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A Month of Meals

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Plan a month’s worth of meals to save time and money this holiday season. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is. December has begun. Unbelievably, we are in the final stretch of 2012. How did that happen? It worked so well to have a month-long meal plan in November, I did it again this […]

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Grocery Geek: Something’s Gotta Give

aho end of november

This week I ramped up things at home. We’ve got four weeks of school until our Christmas break. I don’t want it to be a lackadaisical month. Instead I want to finish the year with a bang. That meant that I had to reconsider some of my priorities: namely, how I spend my time and […]

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Mushroom – Tarragon Dressing

mushroom dressing

Forget the boxed dressing! It’s easy to make your own. This Thanksgiving I decided to bust out of the box and make everything from scratch. I’ve slowly been making this transition over the years. But, I have always relied on Mrs. Cubbison’s boxed stuffing mix. This year I broke with tradition and made my own […]

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