Dips and Dippers

Super Easy Veggie Tray

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.Dips and dippers are a great snack or party food. Gather a repertoire of easy recipes and you will be a hit at your next BBQ […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Walnuts

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A crunchy chocolate chip cookie with coconut and walnuts added in for good measure makes a fabulous afternoon pick-me-up. I cooked up a storm last week. As one of my solutions to my current grocery shopping challenges, I did some extensive freezer cooking. Not only did I tackle breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but I also […]

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Grocery Geek: Starting the Month Fresh

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I’m starting the month fresh and trying to institute some new goals for shopping and cooking. I’m amazed at what great conversations we’ve been having about grocery spending and healthy eating. Y’all offered such wonderful encouragement when I shared my dilemma as well as when I posted my grocery spending audit. Thanks for the fabulous […]

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Meal Planning: April 8 – 14

Formula meal planning can help you make weeknight dinners quick and easy. Assign a certain kind of dish to each night of the week for ease of planning. Meal planning doesn’t have to be difficult. Or boring. You can apply a formula to your meal planning to make it easy — and mix up the […]

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Carrot Salad with Cilantro and Pepitas

Carrot Salad

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 in France for a year. It was a fabulous experience. I ate some of the best meals of my life while living there. One of the things that I […]

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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.

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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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