Enjoy Some Afterschool Snacks


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.Make some homemade snacks for […]

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Meal Planning: April 15 – 21

Having meal components in the freezer ready to go makes meal time prep so much easier. For quite some time, my people have been requesting one of their favorite meals: Chicken Pot Pie. This week I’m going to deliver. Unless you just fixed a large roast chicken or turkey dinner, it’s a fair amount of […]

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Grocery Geek: Staying Away from the Sales

groceries list

Staying away from the stores — and yes, even the sales, is a great way to save money. As I mentioned earlier this week, there’s not much that we “needed” from the store: Milk, kosher salt, and flour were top on my list. I knew we’d want some more fruit, and incidentals popped up. While […]

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Spiced Carrot Bread

Large Glazed Carrot Bread lo res

Carrots add flavor, texture, and fiber to this spiced quick bread, making for a quick snack or elegant addition to the breakfast tray. Quick breads disappear pretty quickly around our house. Recently, I baked two bulk batches of this spiced carrot bread. I even burned four of the eight loaves. But, that didn’t stop my […]

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Dips and Dippers

Super Easy Veggie Tray

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 or family get-together. Sour Cream Onion Dip Super Easy Veggie Tray with Homemade Ranch Dressing JalapeƱo Cheese Dip Garlic-Lime Hummus Homebaked Pita Bread – cut these into triangles, brush […]

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Chocolate Chip Cookies with Coconut and Walnuts

Chocolate Coconut Walnut Cookies sm

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

walmart april

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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