31 Days of Freezer Cooking

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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.Fill your freezer so that […]

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Meal Planning 101: Create a formula for the week’s meal plan


Create a formula for the week’s meal plan to make meal planning simple and easy. You’ll have a template to fill in each week for a quick menu plan. Meal planning is a proven means to help you improve your nutrition, increase quality family time, and save money. If you’ve got a meal on the […]

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Grocery Geek: At Month’s End

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Fluctuating grocery prices can make it tempting to overbuy. So, what’s the plan to conquer that? I knew that I would go over budget on groceries this month. Thankfully, hubs and I have always had a little slush fund to make up for that kind of thing. It’s a safety in case my math is […]

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Easy Marinated Chicken Without a Recipe

Easy marinated Chicken without a recipe

Creating your own marinades at home is not difficult. In fact, you can pull it off without a recipe even. We’re big on grilling around here. Lazy, sunny weekends just scream, “Fire up the barby.” But, since they are lazy, sunny weekends, I’d rather not do too much work. That’s when I just throw together […]

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5 Great Breakfasts for Fall (Recipe: Raspberry Cornmeal Breakfast Cake)

Raspberry Cornmeal Breakfast Cake

The chill of fall is a call to cozy breakfasts. Check out these great morning meals, including a recipe for Raspberry Cornmeal Breakfast Cake. Fall is supposed to be a little chilly. Fall started over the weekend. San Diego didn’t get the menu. Oh, we’ve had a chilly morning or two, but the afternoons have […]

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Meal Planning: Have a Back-Up Plan

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Having a back-up plan is key to successful meals at home. Remember how last week I shared 12 Easy Meals to Make When There’s “Nothing” to Eat? Well, except for the soups and chili — it was too hot to make those — I exhausted that entire list over the last seven days. Between lunch […]

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Grocery Geek: Apple Season is Here!

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It’s been a good week. We had beautiful, albeit warm weather; the kids did well at all their lessons and practices; hubby and I got a date in. And apples arrived! It’s so nice for apple season to finally settle in. I ordered thirty pounds of them to make applesauce and pies to freeze. The […]

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Roasted Garlic & Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer

Baked Goat Cheese and Roasted Garlic

Roasted Garlic and Baked Goat Cheese make an easy, yet elegant appetizer to serve to guests on the coming chilly nights.

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Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook – 19 Days and Counting

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19 days and Counting! I’m stunned and excited and a little nervous, too. Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook is available for preorder on Amazon and Barnes and Noble. It’s available in paperback, as well as Kindle and Nook. As you know, the world wide web makes travel so easy. I’m on tour without leaving the comfort of my home. […]

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Cool Drinks, Hot Drinks

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The weather just can’t make up its mind. With cool drinks on hot days and hot beverages on cool nights, we’ve got the best of both worlds. We had record temps here in San Diego over the weekend. I just stopped sweating yesterday. This week is supposed to see the 80’s but Friday and Saturday […]

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