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Win Some Gelato from Talenti (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 now closed. […]

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Why I Love My Bread Machine

A bread machine can be a valuable asset to your kitchen. I can, but don’t want to, live without it. Once upon a time, I was a lost cause in a kitchen store. Santa Barbara was a fairly smallish town when I lived there as a college student, newlywed, and then a young mom. And […]

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Wholesome Energy Bars

Bake up a batch of these energy bars, full of whole grains, seeds, and dried fruit. They are a great way to start your morning. Years ago I worked as a server for a small Santa Barbara restaurant group. Brigitte and Norbert owned Brigitte’s, Brigitte’s Bakery, and Cafe B. I was fresh out of college, […]

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Meal Planning for a Busy Week, Mardi Gras, and Valentine’s Day

Multi Grain Pancakes

Hold onto your hats! It’s going to be a busy week. Let’s figure out a game plan so we can still eat well. Each week I sit down with a meal planning form (typically one found here) and plot out the week. Sometimes, I plan for the month. But, seeing as it’s the 9th already […]

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Grocery Geek: I’m Back

Did you miss me? I had every intention to be popping my head in this space at least a few times this week. But, last weekend’s freezer cooking session followed by some small family emergencies kept me from chatting too much. The best I could do was this awesome sandwich. Have you tried it yet? […]

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Turkey Cheddar Melt with Grilled Onions and Spicy Mayo

Melted cheddar, thick-sliced turkey, grilled onions, and spicy mayo combine into a hot and filling sandwich. So good! I am a sandwich, soup, and salad girl. Inevitably, at restaurants, I will order one or more of those options. At home, those are my go-to meals. With the right ingredients, I never tire of these easy […]

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FREE Downloadable Freezer Cooking Plan

Each month on Life as MOM, I share a freezer cooking plan that you can download and cook from. Grocery list is included. This month’s plan is suited for Cold Weather and Company Dinners. Here are plans from the last few months in case you missed one: Cozy Winter Breakfasts – stick-to-your ribs oat dishes, granola, […]

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Cumin-Scented Cabbage Salad

It’s a beautiful thing when you can make a cabbage salad that tastes just as good the second night — if not better — as it did the first night you served it. For some reason during the last week or two of the Pantry Challenge, I ignored the contents of my vegetable drawer. Probably […]

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How Much Did the Pantry Challenge Save YOU?

One of you lovely Good Cheap Eaters made the point that collectively we saved a ton of money and prevented a lot of food from going to waste during the Pantry Challenge. That is so true! We each can do only so much on our own, but I’m guessing we’d be astonished what we did […]

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Lessons Learned from the Pantry Challenge

Today as part of the Eat Well, Spend Less series, I’m sharing the lessons I’ve learned from the Pantry Challenge, both recent and past. Head on over to read the post and share your two cents.

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