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Meal Planning: May 27 – 31

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. You say it’s your […]

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Grocery Geek: End of the Month Assessment

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I was sweating it a little one night at the grocery store, hoping that I could keep my end of the month purchases under my limit. The freezer is still full of meals to carry us into next month, but we were out of milk and other basics. So, I did go a tad over. […]

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Mushroom and Goat Cheese Pizza with Bacon and Leeks

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I am a huge pizza fan. A huge pizza with mushrooms fan. Recently, I threw a pizza party and invited mushrooms, goat cheese, bacon, and leeks to the party. So amazingly good. What’s not to love? Hop on over to the Mushroom Channel for the recipe. You’re going to want to make it this weekend. […]

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Cool Food for Memorial Day

Family picnic fruit plate

Cool off this weekend with some picnic-friendly fare. Memorial Day holds a special place in my life’s experience. My birthday almost always falls on one day of the long weekend. So celebration has always been linked to this day that honors those who’ve gone before us. And, thankfully, as I age, I appreciate them all […]

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The Broken Yolk: Good Cheap Eats in California

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Looking for a great breakfast in San Diego? Try The Broken Yolk. Breakfast out has been a tradition in our family since before we were a family. Some of my first dates with hubs were breakfast dates. It’s hubby’s favorite meal of the day — and his favorite for dining out. While some may eschew the […]

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Meal Planning: May 20-26

A great read has inspired me to keep on cooking and to remember the value of meal planning, eating from the pantry, and simple, homecooked fare. Queso Fundido I just finished reading The Kitchen Counter Cooking School by Kathleen Flinn. It’s a great book about learning to cook simple, wholesome fare, but more importantly it’s […]

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Grocery Geek: Getting Back on My Game

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Adding a few creative ingredients to your grocery cart can help you regain your passion for cooking and help get back your mojo. (Heads up! If you make a purchase through any Amazon links in this post, I do receive a small percentage of the sale.) It’s been a quiet couple weeks around Good Cheap […]

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Meal Planning: May 13 – 19

Having meal plan is a great way to stay on the ball throughout the week. It also helps you save money. As I mentioned last week, I’m trying to do more baking. Not only does it save money and let us choose the ingredients, but it also tastes soooo much better. Especially these homemade hamburger […]

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Grocery Geek: Tired Week

Spring vegetables produce box

The month so far has just been a whirlwind. With a visit from the grandparents, freezer cooking, and an out-of town trip, not to mention everyday life of school and hockey, I’ve been moving, moving, moving. And now, I’m tired. This week I took a break from major shopping and cooking, trying to get us […]

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Bake Your Own Bread to Save Money

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Baking your own bread can save you a tremendous amount of money. At the end of March, I set out to audit my grocery spending. I wanted to make sure that I was doing what I could do to stop up any leaks in our budget. One of the conclusions I came to was that […]

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