Reusable Salad Dressing Cruet

salad cruet and salad

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.Reuse a vinegar bottle to […]

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A Review of Pizza Port

pizza port pizza

Check out one of four Pizza Port locations for tasty grub and grog. Now that our kids are getting bigger, it’s easier for hubby and I to go on regular date nights. It helps that we’re out of debt, too. What’s funny is that our typical expenditures don’t exceed $20 for a date now that […]

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5 Great Breakfasts for Summer

Yogurt Berry Parfait

Yogurt Berry Parfait As I type, my children are off enjoying a breakfast bar I set up a short while ago. Today the offering includes fresh strawberries, homemade granola, and zucchini bread. Milk and yogurt are in the fridge for them to grab. I’ve found that the Breakfast Bar is my easiest way to please […]

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Meal Planning: June 24 – 30

End the month off with a bang! Serve easy BBQ or make-ahead meals for delicious nights when you’d rather be out playing ball in the street. We are blessed to live on a cul-de-sac with a dozen or more children. Afternoons and evenings are often spent playing hockey or shooting baskets, often after dark. I […]

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Grocery Geek: Well, Hmmm….

Lemon Plum Sorbet sm

So, I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? The good news is that I’ve got lots of pickles and jam for the coming months just waiting in the cupboard. Also, if you blend up ripe plums and lemon juice and lemon zest and sugar and churn it in […]

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Serve a Salad Bar for a Cool, Summer Supper (& a Salad Bar Checklist)

salad bar sm

Summer nights are perfect for a cool, salad bar dinner with family and friends. I have always been a big fan of salads. And salad bars? Oh my! Takes me back to the days when Sizzler was a cool place to go for dinner. I was in grade school and it was so fun when […]

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A Review of Phil’s BBQ: A Good Cheap Eat

phil's bbq onion rings

Next up on our eating tour of California is a small BBQ chain in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ ranks as my brothers’ very favorite spot for ‘cue. I saw it flash up on their Facebook check-ins for months. My curiosity was piqued after multiple visits. Hubby, who isn’t big on sweet sauce, is even a […]

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Lime-Mint Cooler (Non-Alcoholic Mojito)

Lime-Mint Cooler

Cool off with this lime-mint cooler. This recipe for a non-alcoholic mojito is ultra refreshing! Ready for a cool drink? Summertime does that. Crushed ice, some slices of lime, and a tasty beverage just beckon to us. And while I am a huge, HUGE fan of Coke-Cola, it’s the high fructose corn syrup I’d like […]

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5 Easy Summer Lunches


For our family, summer means that our days are free to do — whatever. Well, not “whatever.” There are chores and such. But, the kids and I enjoy a lazier schedule. As I type I hear the happy sounds of the littler kids playing in the toy kitchen. They’ve adopted my smaller canning pot and […]

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Meal Planning: June 17 – 23

Summer starts this week! To celebrate, we’re going to “cook out” and dine al fresco. Summer officially starts this week. We’ve been enjoying lazier days for over a week now, but I always remember that Summer “officially” begins on my dad’s birthday. We tease him that it truly is the “longest day of the year.” […]

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