Delicious Potluck Dinners

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.Potluck suppers can be a […]

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Meal Planning: March 18 – 24

Meal times can be a great way to reconnect as a family. Meal planning helps you do that a little more easily. sandwich bar Meal times are a crucial part of our family’s day. Sometimes it’s just for sustenance, but usually it’s our chance to gather together and catch up with each other. The girls […]

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Buying Better Food on a Budget (Grocery Geek)


Finding affordable sources, stockpiling, and readjusting my shopping mentality all help me buy better food on a budget. I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and eating this week. In my brain are ideas of food sourcing. Four years ago my grocery shopping was dictated by the bottom line. We had limited funds, a growing […]

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The Eating O’ The Green

A reader made the suggestion of taking Saint Patrick’s Day eating to all new levels: Have a green feast! But this isn’t any green feast produced through artificial means. No, ma’am. No sprinkles or food color here. This is how many green fruits and veggies can you put on your plate. I love it! I […]

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Paso Mom Tacos

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Fried tortillas make the perfect vehicle for homemade tacos. You won’t stop at just one. Hubs and I both grew up on these tacos. They are, by no means, authentic Mexican fare. But, they are good. Simply home-fried tortilla shells filled with seasoned ground beef and topped with whatever suits your fancy, these tacos are […]

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3.14 – Celebrate Pi Day with Pies!

Berry Pie with cream

Today is a great day to eat pie! After all, it’s Pi Day. (3.14) Mixed Berry Pie with Cinnamon and Lemon I love pie! It’s homey, comfort food that reminds me of my Gramma John. And today, March 14th, is known as Pi Day. You know: 3.14, pi, get it? Even if you don’t have […]

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Mixed Berry Pie with Cinnamon and Lemon

Mixed Berry Pie

A mix of berries in the filling and cinnamon and lemon zest in the crust make for a practically perfect pie. My family loves cake. I prefer pie. I used to bake pies with my Gramma John in her basement kitchen when I was a little girl. She lived in Minnesota; I lived in California. […]

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Grab and Go Meals

Mexican Rice Pasta Salad

Having a repertoire of “grab and go meals” is a great way to save money and eat well on busy days. When I lived in France, I loved grabbing their version of a sandwich: a baguette dressed simply with ham and butter or cheese and some vegetables. It was an easily portable meal that satisfied […]

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Meal Planning: March 11 – 17

Burrito Pizza

Following a formula for meal planning can help you simplify your meal times as well as your grocery shopping. burrito pizza These days our nights are filled with hockey. Two of our boys are playing which means two days for games and 1-2 other days for practices. Thankfully, the rink is not far from home. […]

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Grocery Geek: Big Eaters Abound!


I feel like I’ve been extravagant in our grocery spending lately. But, really, I haven’t been. My family is just eating a ton. I guess this is what it is to feed a small army of eight? In case you didn’t know, the good cheap eaters at our house are 2 adults, 14, 11, 9, […]

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