Build a Smoothie Station (Make-Ahead and Freeze)


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.Freezer cooking doesn’t always involve […]

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Freezer Meals for Work Lunches

freezer meals for work lunches chicken bacon

Pack individually-sized freezer meals for easy lunches to take to work. My husband often takes a lunch to work. And usually I pack it. But depending on how crazy my days are, I don’t always pack a great lunch. But, it’s a small thing that I can do to make his day easier and help us […]

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Overnight, Slow Cooked Chicken (Freezer Cooking)

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This week I’m spending a few hours every day to fill the freezer. By spreading it out over several days, I avoid overtiring. And our week is just too full to leave it all for one big cooking session.  On Sunday I pulled two whole chickens and a pork roast from the freezer to thaw […]

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Breakfast is in the Bag (Freezer-Friendly Morning Meals)

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Make your mornings easier by prepping some easy baking mixes, instant oatmeal packets, and granola. This afternoon my two little girls and I set out to create a bunch of breakfasts for the month. As you may know, I love having a breakfast bar each morning. It’s an easy way to serve the whole crew […]

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Grilled Chicken for the Freezer

chicken for grilling and freezing

Grilling chicken for the freezer is a great way to save money and time. It also allows you the luxury of tasty grilled meats at a moment’s notice. Yesterday we unplugged the deep freeze to allow the ice crystal build-up to thaw. A few hours later when I went to wipe it down, my girls […]

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5 Days of Freezer Cooking This Week!

Fix Up Some Freezer Meals | Good Cheap Eats

Now that I have an empty and thawed freezer — and school is starting this week — I’m ready to get cooking! Literally. Every day this week I’ll be cooking a few things to add to my freezer. I’ll be sharing the updates every afternoon and then posting a big ole’ round up at Life […]

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The End of the Pantry Challenge

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A Pantry Challenge is a great way to use what you have, save money, and be more creative in the kitchen. One of the things that I love about a Pantry Challenge is that it forces me to be creative. In this last month, I created several recipes with what we had on hand that […]

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Grocery Geek: Pantry Challenge Ends

ralphs final pantry

This was the final week of the Pantry Challenge. We did pretty well; the numbers crunch in a nice way. But, I’m done! So this was the final week of the Pantry Challenge. I can’t say that it was a stellar performance, but it wasn’t too shabby either. I tried to stay out of the […]

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What to Do with Peaches (Recipe: Peach Salsa)


Summertime is peach season. Take advantage of the bounty with these peachy ideas. Along with our regular produce box delivery comes the option of “add-ons”. This year one of the regular add-ons has been cosmetically challenged stone fruit. (My farmer has a sense of humor.) Spring storms pretty much thrashed a lot of the crops, […]

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Christmas in July at Life as MOM

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Over at Life as MOM today, we’re celebrating Christmas in July. It’s a yearly tradition of mine, gives me a chance to think of cold weather and presents and See’s candy. Mmmmm. Hop on over for a day full of giveaways and Christmas ideas! Plus, I’ve released my latest ebook, entitled A Simpler Season, designed […]

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