Those Snickerdoodle Bars


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.Snickerdoodle bars are easy to […]

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What to Make with Beef

Whether you’re in the midst of a pantry challenge, have purchased a side of beef or want to stock up on certain cuts of beef when it’s on sale, having a repertoire of go-to recipes is essential to making the most of great deals and good food. Salsa Verde Beef I could probably do pretty well as […]

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Pantry Challenge Finale

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Shopping your kitchen can save you money and be a great way to rotate the ingredients you keep on hand. Stick a fork in me; I’m done! Oh yes, I did my four weeks of pantry challenge. And it was good. I cleaned out the freezer and thawed that baby out. I worked through our […]

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Monthly Meal Plan for February

Cheese Pizza

Cooking ahead, shopping the sales, and meal planning all work together for easier meals and calmer evenings. Going into February the boys and I are doing a big freezer cooking day this week. I figure this is a great way to teach the older ones some kitchen skills, fill the freezer, and do our meal […]

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Grocery Geek: Final Week, Pantry Challenge

Ralphs final week pantry challenge

While a Pantry Challenge can save money on food costs, it can stretch you in terms of other resources, namely time and effort, depending on the contents of your pantry. I must confess, I’m so excited to see the end of this final week of the Pantry Challenge. It’s been good, to be sure. I […]

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The Butternut Squash Adventure

cooked butternut squash

Butternut squash can be easily roasted in the oven and pureed in the food processor. Use the puree as you would pureed pumpkin. Recently I shared how I needed to deal with the inundation of squash at my house. Yes, four butternuts, a spaghetti and three acorn squash have been sitting snug and cozy in […]

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What to Make with Fish

Whether you’re in the midst of a pantry challenge or want to stock up on fish and other seafood when it’s on sale, having a repertoire of go-to recipes is essential to making the most of great deals and good food. Spicy Fish Rub Last fall a friend of mine from our homeschooling group had a wealth […]

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5 Tips for Organizing the Kitchen (Kitchen Tip Tuesday)


This week I have the privilege of hosting Kitchen Tip Tuesday, typically a feature over at Tammy’s Recipes. How fun! Join us as we share tips to make life in the kitchen a little easier. One of my larger goals for the year is to reduce the clutter in our home and reorganize what stays […]

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Pantry Challenge Week 3 (Share Your Progress)

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We’re three-quarters of the way through our Pantry Challenge. Are you seeing bare shelves and better able to navigate your kitchen? Where has the month gone? Seems like we just celebrated Christmas, didn’t we? We’re three weeks into the Pantry Challenge. As I mentioned on Saturday, I stocked up on lunch fixings so that we […]

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Meal Planning:: January 22 – 28

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 the Pantry Challenge, eh? My kids love chili dogs with shredded cheese over the top. I buy kosher […]

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