Once a Month Meal Planning: November

Tortellini Soup 2

Thanks for checking out Good Cheap Eats. You’ll find all kinds of solutions to your budget cooking woes. November always seems like a short month. With two FishKid birthdays and a long Thanksgiving weekend, the month seems to fly by in a flash. And it always seems like daily life is full! A look at […]

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Grocery Geek & Good Cheap Eats


I’ve always been one to enjoy grocery shopping. I love food. I love cooking. I love to find great deals. I’ve been posting my grocery finds over on Life as MOM for the last three years as a way to encourage others to save more on groceries — as well as just brag on the […]

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Get that Slow Cooker to Work for You


The slow cooker is one of my best friends. Who else will prep a hot meal for you, while you go galivanting about? Truly, a must-have in your kitchen. Now, years ago, I started looking for recipes that were crockpot friendly. I was sorely disappointed in what I found. And I must say that not […]

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Tarragon Balsamic Salad Dressing


I’ve always been a salad fiend. I would rather eat salad than dessert sometimes. My college roommate could not understand it. I don’t think I ever saw her eat anything green. Poor thing. There are so many delicious salad combinations, you never have to be bored. Ahem… Let me count the ways. Orchard Chicken Salad […]

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Operation Pomegranate Jelly 1.0

Pomegranate jelly supplies

So, I got this wild hair that I was going to make pomegranate jelly. I love the flavor of pomegranate — and it’s good for you, too. I also have fond memories of when our neighbor would bring a jar over every fall. It was so good! When pomegranates showed up as an add-on for […]

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Rustic Basil Sauce

Fresh basil

Fresh basil is the only herb that I ever grew successfully. This was years ago when we owned 2 acres in the middle of CA. Don’t be too impressed. Lots of areas of CA are not the fancy beachfront oasis that you see in the movies. It was mostly 2 acres of weeds, flat, and […]

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My Meal Planning for the Week 10/23 – 10/29

Meal planning has been a favorite hobby since hubs and I got married 17 years ago. Since I loved to cook, it was a way of planning out my entertainment for the week. I would sit down at our Ikea kitchen table in our itty bitty studio cottage and dream of all the yummy meals […]

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Win a Copy of Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola

A few weeks ago I told you about Not Your Mama’s Crunchy Granola by Crystal Collins. The book outlines a 7-week program for healthier living. Sounds scary? Yeah, that’s what I thought. But, I love what Crystal says in the introduction: You have just made an investment in your health! No, wait! Don’t run away! […]

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Malted Hot Cocoa Mix

Malted Cocoa Mix

You’ve heard the saying before: necessity is the mother of invention. It is so true. And necessity spurned this hot cocoa recipe. Not only were we out of traditional cocoa mix, but I also did not have enough powdered milk to follow this Alton Brown recipe exactly. So, I improvised. That’s code for: I used […]

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Soups and Stews to Love

I mentioned last week how much I love soup as an economical and filling food for cold fall and winter nights. Many soups freeze very well, meaning that you can divided them into individual servings and store them in the freezer for later use. Makes for quick and easy lunches and suppers! Here are some […]

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