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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 weekend in the […]

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Got Leftovers?

Save money by making sure you don’t waste those tasty holiday leftovers. Need inspiration? I’ve got it. As a child, I loved Thanksgiving leftovers. I would pile stuffing, mashed potatoes, and gravy high on a plate, nuke it in the microwave, and make myself quite happy. Turkey sandwiches, on rye bread, with a thin layer […]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

turkey dinner with trimmings

I cooked for ten people here today. I’m exhausted. Even though I simplified by roasting turkey breast and chicken legs, I still spent the bulk of the day in the kitchen. Still contemplating that one. Meanwhile, I have the bones in the slow cooker to make homemade stock. In the coming days, we’ll be making […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Make It Easy and Homemade

Thanksgiving prep

Thanksgiving is just over a week away. We’re having my parents down next week and I’m really looking forward to the visit. And the meal. As such, I don’t want to spend all day in the kitchen, so I’m making a plan to make it easy as well as homemade. At least as homemade as […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: A Homebaked Bread Basket

Buttermilk Cornbread

My kids requested not one, but two kinds of homemade rolls for Thanksgiving. Considering that they specifically requested very few items, this is one I’m going to try to fulfill. Watch out! The flour’s a flying! Baking your own is not that hard. Bake a few days early and freeze the baked goods to enjoy […]

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Meal Planning for Turkey Week

Healthy Turkey rolls

Thanksgiving week is typically a fun week of feasting at our house. It’s a short school/work week. We often have house guests. We know that Christmas is just around the corner. And we eat well! This year, in light of our reformed eating habits, I’m trying to exercise some self-control. In past years I’ve made […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Appetizers

Thanksgiving Appetizers | Life as MOM

T minus four days and counting. Depending on what time your holiday dinner guests are arriving, you might want to offer a few nibbles. I recommend just enough to whet the appetite and stave off hunger, but not so much that they don’t want to eat your sumptuous feast that will follow. Try one of […]

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Grocery Geek: Plugging Along

aho mid nov

This month was the first in quite some time when I cooked and shopped for the month all at one time. Previously, I was doing a mixture of nightly cooking and “make-ahead and freeze”. I can’t tell you how nice it has been to have part or all of a meal made in advance! I’ve […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: 6 Great Side Dishes

truly homemade green bean casserole

It’s so hard not to go overboard on side dishes for a big holiday meal. The turkey dinner is such a simple meal: Turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing/dressing, cranberry sauce. Those are your basics. I think a family’s personality really comes out in the side dishes, though. When I was a child, my family had […]

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Thanksgiving Prep: Bake a Pie for Thanksgiving

Bake a Pie for Thanksgiving | Life as MOM

As far as I’m concerned, Thanksgiving is all about the pie. Cookies may reign at Christmas, but pie is where it’s at come Turkey Day. And can I say that it’s better to make pie from scratch? It really truly is. Those pies you buy at the grocery store or even Marie Callendar’s just don’t […]

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