Hearty BBQ Fare


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.BBQ, cooking out, grilling — […]

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Monthly Meal Planning for May

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Monthly meal planning is a great way to make daily life easier as well as plan for special events. 1994 – can you believe it?! May is a very important month in the fabric of our family. We celebrate the great trifecta of celebrations, one that should make every man shake in his boots: the […]

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Grocery Geek: Ending Out the Month Under Budget


I scrimped in some areas this month in order to come in under budget for grocery spending. I also found some math errors. This means our average for the year is more in my desired range! This week’s shopping basically rounded off the month. Monday I’ll be doing another round of freezer cooking, so it’s […]

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Try Mini Pizzas for a Fun and Easy Pizza Night

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Mini pizzas make for a fun and easy pizza night. Make a big batch for freezing and cold-pizza breakfast, too.

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Enjoy Homemade Pretzels in Lots of Fun Ways

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Homemade soft pretzels are delicious on their own. But, mix up several toppings and offer some creative dips, and you’ve got the makings of a fabulous pretzel bar. April 26 is National Pretzel Day. Who knew? But, since we love pretzels around here, I’m not complaining! Love pretzels? Nay, we adore them. In fact, a batch […]

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Salad’s On!


An assortment of salads can make a delightfully filling lunch or supper. Create a buffet for all to enjoy! Years ago we lived in Santa Barbara where we were part of a young, vibrant church. Not only were the people loving and caring, but they were good cooks, too! I was just an ignorant college […]

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Creamy Rice for Easy Breakfasts

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Rice cooked in milk and cream has a creamy texture and offers a great start to the day, especially when topped with fruits, nuts, and syrups. Sometime last year on a cold wintry day, a friend was waxing eloquently about the rice pudding she was making. I’d never had it, so I looked up recipes. […]

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Meal Planning: April 22 – 28

With warm weather and the scent of flowers in the air, I want some easy meals. Spring has sprung. And we can now leave our windows open 24/7. Despite living in Southern California, it tends to be chilly near the coast. So, the windows have been tight shut for months. Except in the teenager’s room. […]

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Grocery Geek: Trying Hard to Stay in Line

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Budget grocery shopping can be tricky. Especially if you want to eat well and spend less. But I’m gonna try my darndest. After really keeping the shopping to a minimum last week, we were out of a lot of things this week. I was starting to feel like Mother Hubbard. We had “food,” certainly. The […]

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Serve a Breakfast Bar

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Serve up a breakfast bar in the mornings for easy prep and good eating. My kids love it when we stay at a hotel. It’s not the free cable or the free wi-fi. The pool is cool. But their biggest attraction is the all-you-can-eat breakfast bar. Typically an array of baked goods, fruit, coffee, cereal, […]

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