Carrot Salad with Cilantro and Pepitas

Carrot Salad

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.Shredded carrots get oomph from a simple dressing of orange juice and spices with pepitas adding some crunch. Years ago, almost twenty in fact, I lived […]

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Easter Dinner Inspiration

spicy grilled chicken dinner

Gather Easter Dinner inspiration from these simple courses. One year, many moons ago, I planned a fancy Easter feast right out of a magazine. Featuring grilled leg of lamb, it was definitely a departure from my regular cooking repertoire. It also took a lot longer than I expected. We ate hours later than I thought […]

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A Grocery Spending Audit

grocery spending audit

A grocery spending audit is a great way to analyze your grocery spending habits and to see if you can reduce expenses to save money. As I mentioned on Saturday, I went over budget this month on groceries. I was frustrated because I didn’t feel like I’d been wasteful or extravagant or shopped at expensive […]

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I’ve decided never to write a meal plan again.

breakfast birthday cake small

I’ve decided never to write a meal plan again. April Fool! That statement is as preposterous as serving this for breakfast every day. (It’s really a cake! Loaded with sugar, I might add.) But seriously, a meal plan is necessary to making our days run more smoothly. In fact, if I spend a few minutes to […]

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Grocery Geek: Just Keeping It Real


Grocery prices are rising. Is it realistic to buy healthier food in an already tough economy? When I posted my first grocery geek post, it was a delight to brag on my couponing successes and how little I had spent on groceries in the previous week. This is not that post. This is the post […]

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What in the World Are Pea Tendrils? (Recipe: Orange and Avocado Salad with Pea Tendrils)


Pea tendrils are a delightful taste of spring and a great way to use the thinnings from your pea patch. Early in the month, I instant messaged a friend the following: i have weird vegetables coming out my ears: kale, collard greens, pea tendrils, and arugula flowers Yes, indeed, those four cultivars were not things […]

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Using Balsamic Vinegar to “Fix” a Sauce

balsamic vinegar

Got a sauce that needs fixing? I’ve got the answer! Balsamic vinegar saved the day and my dinner. The other day, I made my typical pot roast in the slow cooker. The house was full or good smells all day long. But, when I went to mix up the gravy, it wasn’t as flavorful as […]

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Meals to Make Your Vacation More Relaxing

With spring break and vacations in the air, it’s time to enjoy some vacation meals. Easy to pull together and tasty to boot, these dishes will help you take a break from the kitchen. Maple Granola with Oats, Nuts & Seeds Spring has sprung! Hopefully, you’re getting a chance to enjoy it with your peeps. […]

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Meal Planning: March 25 – 31

Get your meal plan on so that there’s one less thing for you to think about this week. In the immortal words of Calvin, “the days are just packed.” And while my family is trying to simplify, dejunk, and otherwise stop and smell the roses, feeding a small army of eight can be a lot […]

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Grocery Geek: The New Normal?


As I try to improve the nutritional quality of our diet, I find myself having to play with our grocery budget and find the new normal. This week I went over budget. Oops! A few years ago, I set out on some baby steps to improve our diet. This was after we paid off our […]

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