Buying Kitchen Equipment Inexpensively

Want the dish on delicious ways to act your wage? Subscribe to GCE in a reader or via email. In a former life – prekids and prior to going debt-free – one of my favorite pasttimes was browsing kitchen stores. Since we lived in Santa Barbara, CA, there was no shortage of frou-frou kitchen boutiques. […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 13: Experiments? Hmph!

A garlicky, lemony salad with garbanzo beans and salami. I tried an experiment tonight that I thought would be really wonderful, but it was not. So, instead, here’s a shot of my lunch. It was good to try to make a tamale pie that tasted like tamales, but it was a disappointment. Thank God for […]

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Yogurt-Dill Dressing

The Pantry Challenge has certainly stirred some creative juices in me – at least most days. Thanks to great produce sales, our family has been eating lots of fresh fruits and veggies. Truth be told, my kids don’t really care for cooked vegetables, so we eat a lot of salads and veggies and dip. Having […]

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Save at Amazon Grocer – Up to 40% Off Manager’s Specials

Many people think that Amazon only sells books. Oh, no, no, my friend. It’s amazing what you can find there. We’ve purchased toys, books, camera batteries, and even a bathing suit through Amazon. You can even buy groceries and diapers. And with careful shopping, you can even save some coin. Save up to 40% off […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 12: Sandwich Night

I confess, I’ve lost a little of my initial enthusiasm for creating “delicious and nutritious” meals from what’s in the pantry. I haven’t given up. But, as we approach the halfway mark, I’ve lost some of my mojo. I think it was the turkey and the chicken that did it to me. But, tonight’s dinner […]

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Garlic Focaccia

I can’t take all the credit for this recipe. The basic ingredients list is based on a recipe from my all-time favorite bread machine cookbook and then I tweaked it a little. It is a regular staple around here and there are rarely leftovers. But, when there are, they make great croutons. Want the dish […]

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Pantry Challenge, Days 10 & 11: Crying Fowl

Last night I didn’t get a chance to post as I was having a baby. This baby. It was a nailbiter, for sure, hoping that redirects and transfers and hosts and whatsits would do what they were supposed to do. I felt like the dad in the labor scenario, just helplessly watching the action and […]

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Pancakes – An Easy Pantry Staple

From tortillas to lefse to crêpes, flatbreads are popular in every culture. And for good reason. Not only are they quick to prepare and simple to eat, they are also very satisfying. This makes them winners for a family menu.  Economical and easily made from scratch, they can also feed a crowd with very little […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 9: The Grandparents Came A-Calling

BBQ Sandwiches with Shredded Beef on Homemade Buns, Potato Salad, Orange Slices, Green Salad The girls (age 3 and 1) were both up by 6:15 this morning, so I was bright eyed and bushy tailed when the phone rang at 6:45. My parents were packed and ready to come see us. They surprised us with […]

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Pantry Challenge, Day 8: Pizza Night

Food is still fun. And with the great haul on fresh produce today, I think we’re good to go for quite some time. Breakfast: cereal, Streusel Topped Pumpkin PieLunch: frozen fish sticks, pasta salad, Cous Cous SaladDinner: Homemade Pizza and Salad – I made pepperoni for the kids and a Jalapeno Burn Pizza (with mushrooms […]

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