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Meal Planning:: January 22 – 28

Get this month’s meal plan while you can. A Month of Make-Ahead Meal Plans is available only in August.Easy meals and pantry menu planning work really well together. The average kitchen cupboard holds some nice basics for pulling together a simple chili. We’re obviously tackling an easy week in the food arena. Gotta push through […]

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Grocery Geek: Keeping Up with Their Appetites

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Shopping my kitchen is saving me at least $200 on groceries this month — and we still have food left to eat! So last week’s grocery basics trip did not last the week. We continued to have a wealth of dinner options, but lunches were sparse. In the words of my 14 year-old son, all […]

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What to Make with Venison

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photo source: The Happy Housewife While neither I nor my husband are hunters, nor anyone in the immediate family either, I do have several friends who are able to offset their food costs through hunting. And we’ve been the happy recipients of venison or wild boar sausage on one or two occasions. Hubs isn’t a […]

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Tips for Organizing the Fridge

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Keeping your refrigerator clean and organized can help you save money, waste less, and enjoy cooking. The refrigerator is probably one of the most used appliances in any household. What other appliance runs 24/7? Those refrigerators are trouble makers, though. They tell other people about your habits. They are notorious for becoming a mammoth cleaning […]

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Cinnamon Streusel Coffeecake

Cinnamon Coffeecake

Cinnamon and brown sugar form a crunchy topping that sits and settles into a spiced cake, making a perfect accompaniment to coffee, tea, or cocoa. This Cinnamon Coffeecake is quickly becoming a favorite at our house. The cinnamon and brown sugar form a crunchy topping, some of it resting on top, some of it sinking […]

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How to Cook a Chicken in the Slow Cooker

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Forget the expensive rotisserie chickens. Roast a whole chicken in the slow cooker for tender, delicious cooked chicken. In my neck of the woods, whole chickens go as low as $0.57/pound. Yes, really. There’s generally a limit of three, but yes, the price is that low. In southern California. Who knew? I buy the limit […]

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Pantry Challenge Week 2 Done (Share Your Progress)

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Shopping your kitchen entails a little more cooking and creativity than you would normally employ. But, a Pantry Challenge can save you money. We’re reached an impasse in the Pantry Challenge. This weekend, my 14yo said, “It seems like there’s nothing to eat but fruit and stuff you have to cook.” I knew he was […]

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Meal Planning: January 15-21

Meal planning doesn’t have to be complicated, but it’s a great way to make sure you make the most of foods you already have. The pantry challenge continues. I’m so thankful for having drafted a meal plan at the beginning of the month. Not only did this give me a game plan for making the […]

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Grocery Geek: $160.20 MTD

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A Pantry Challenge can help you reduce your grocery spending. We are down a significant amount this month thanks to eating what we have. After I organized our freezer last weekend, I realized that we could and should probably continue this challenge into February. I cringe when I open the kitchen freezer, the one in […]

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Tips for Organizing the Freezer

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Organizing your freezer can help you keep track of what you have and use it in a timely manner, avoiding waste. Having a deep freeze can be a great way to save time and money in the kitchen. Not only can you stock up on items on sale, but you can also practice freezer cooking […]

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