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Freeze Compound Butters for Easy and Instant Flavor

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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. A compound butter is […]

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Freeze Meal Components for Extra Variety

Freezer meals can take on extra variety when you prepare components that can be mixed and matched in different ways. Traditionally, freezer meals were just a stack of casseroles in the freezer. Kind of like a stack of TV dinners, freezer meals were considered “complete”. That was part of the convenience package. I love casseroles. […]

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Meal Planning at Our House This Week

Having a meal plan will help your week go smoothly and your budget to stay controlled. One of my weekly rituals is to make a meal plan. It’s one of my super-tools to home management. If I have meal ideas for the week, then I can grocery shop effectively. We save money, eat out less, […]

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Win a Copy of My Cookbook

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Time is money. Saving time in the kitchen is a great way to eat well and spend less. And winning a copy of my book is a great way to do it all! Each month on Life as MOM, I collaborate with a great group of bloggers to bring fresh inspiration to the topic of […]

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Grocery Geek: Old Lady in the Grocery Store

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So, the weeks just keep puttering along, don’t they? We’re more than halfway into October. What?! I must officially declare myself the Old Lady in the Grocery Store as time is just flying! I actually am the old lady in the grocery store, who are we kidding?! OK, I kid. I know that 40 is […]

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Forget Canned Soup. Freeze Your Own.

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Forget the can. Make your own soup and freeze it. It tastes better and it’s healthier for you, too. Soup is good food. It’s been years since I bought canned soup on a regular basis. My family doesn’t even like it anymore. Homemade soup is so much better tasting and better for you. Why buy […]

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Freezer Bags & How to Seal Them

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I use freezer bags to pack many of my meals and meal components for freezing. Last year, I bought a ton of them on Christmas clearance and paid a couple pennies a bag. I wash and reuse the ones that I’ve used for baked goods. If raw meat or messy sauces have been in them, […]

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Get a Freezer Alarm

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A freezer alarm can alert you when the things get too hot in the freezer. Once upon a time, our freezer was connected to a GFI outlet. And the breaker popped. And we didn’t know it. Three days later when I went to get something from the freezer, I found a big soggy mess. I […]

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Win a Gift Card from Subway

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Enter to win a $25 gift card from Subway. This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winners: cindyjensen@,  gde@ Subway is one of my best friends. You see, I love to let someone else do the cooking. But, when we started counting calories a few months ago, many of my options were wiped right off […]

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Chill Foods Completely Before Freezing

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For best texture and reduced freezer burn, chill foods completely before freezing. This is what my refrigerator looks like on a busy freezer cooking day. When I tackle a large freezer cooking session, I find refrigerator storage to be a challenge. I need to use the fridge to store all the groceries I’ve bought, thaw those […]

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