The Beauty of Casseroles

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. When critiquing freezer cooking, […]

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Grocery Geek: End O’ Month Report

abundant harvest organics

I’m calling this the end of the month. I know, it’s only the 27th. But, I’m going to be doing a big freezer cooking fill on Monday, so my mind and my budget will be in November by this time next week. The Eat-Down-the-Freezer experience went fairly well. We chipped away at quite a few […]

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Fill the Freezer with Pumpkin Love

Celebrate National Pumpkin Day and fill the freezer with these tasty treats. Today is National Pumpkin Day. Who knew, right? In honor of that noble squash, I present some of our favorite pumpkin recipes that can be made ahead and frozen. Yeah!

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Freezer-Friendly Desserts

I confess. I have a sweet tooth. And I’d much rather indulge it with homebaked goods. I might have liked storebought in high school. Heck, storebought might have been tasty back then. But, today? It’s usually a disappointment. Homemade is better. And if you’re watching what you eat, it’s better for you, too. I like […]

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Fair Trade Coffees and a Chance to Win a Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

cup of coffee

Win a Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System.  This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, dgsimpson45@ We are coffee people around here: hubby, me, our 15yo. The three of us are the “big” coffee drinkers, but the young ones have no problem taking sips of my mochas. If it’s decaf, I let them. Now that […]

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Keep Track of What’s in the Freezer

freezer inventory

It’s great to have a full freezer, but unless you know what’s IN your freezer and actually serve it for supper, it’s not really a help to you. And if you have a large freezer, it can be easy to forget what you have or how long it’s been there. I defrost my freezer at […]

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Store Up Apples for Winter — in the Freezer


Apple season is one of our favorites. I’ve lost count as to how many pounds of apples I’ve bought so far this year. But, I think we’re up to at least 100 pounds. At 77 cents/pound, it’s a steal. We’ve eaten lots of apples fresh. But, I’ve also stored up apples for winter, spring, and […]

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Freeze Compound Butters for Easy and Instant Flavor

Mashed potatoes with gorgonzola butter 375

A compound butter is nothing more than good old fashioned butter, softened and combined with herbs, garlic, citrus zest, fruit, and/or cheese. They are fabulous additions to grilled meats or vegetables dishes; the butter melts and creates an instant sauce. They are delicious stirred into mashed potatoes or soups. They are tasty spreads for breads […]

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Freeze Meal Components for Extra Variety

Freezer meals can take on extra variety when you prepare components that can be mixed and matched in different ways. Traditionally, freezer meals were just a stack of casseroles in the freezer. Kind of like a stack of TV dinners, freezer meals were considered “complete”. That was part of the convenience package. I love casseroles. […]

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Meal Planning at Our House This Week

Having a meal plan will help your week go smoothly and your budget to stay controlled. One of my weekly rituals is to make a meal plan. It’s one of my super-tools to home management. If I have meal ideas for the week, then I can grocery shop effectively. We save money, eat out less, […]

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