January Meal Planning & the Pantry Challenge

brats and peppers

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.A pantry challenge is a […]

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Post-Christmas Clearance Finds (Grocery Geek)

after christmas

Post-Christmas clearance sales can provide ample supplies for certain items that you use all year long, especially on paper and plastic goods. We’ve been out of town for most of the week. But, before we left Dodge, I did make after-Christmas shopping stops at both Target and Ralphs, my Kroger affiliate. I was disappointed that […]

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Year End Review & a Few Questions for YOU

Hopefully, you’re not sick of recaps of 2011. Yet. Because I’ve got a tasty year end review for you today as well as an opp for you to give your two cents! Most Popular Good Cheap Eats of 2011 I scanned through the stats to find the most popular recipes of the year. And it […]

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Join Me for a Pantry Challenge

pantry challenge sm

An “eat from the pantry” challenge is a great way to rotate your pantry’s stock and to save money on groceries. It’s that time of year. I’m ready for a fresh start! And so is my kitchen. The pantry and freezers around here are pretty much bursting at the seems. I’ve stockpiled a lot of […]

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Celebrate the New Year with Appetizers!

Sour Cream Onion Dip

Appetizers are perfect New Year’s Eve or Day foods! They are often very make-ahead, and can be varied based on the textures and flavors involved. Try out some of our favorites at your next party or fun night! Stuffed Mushrooms Sour Cream Onion Dip Easy Jalapeno Poppers with Rice and Bacon Cactus Salsa Garlic Lime […]

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Meal Planning: Dec 26 – 31

Quickest Chili in the West

Easy meals and planned take-out make for some great dinners during vacation week. This week is our official vacation week. Hubs’ work closes for the week, so we get to enjoy a little rest and relaxation. As such, I planned for dinners out and things that we really like. Except for the chili. That’s an […]

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The Bread of Life

Cranberry Christmas Bread

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty…. For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise them up at the last […]

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Stock Up on Groceries during Post-Christmas Clearance Sales (Grocery Geek Alert)

Keep an eye open for clearance sales at your local grocery store next week. Many regular grocery items will be marked down to amazing prices making for a great time to stock up. In no way do I want to detract from Christmas itself. But, at the same time, I do want to alert you […]

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Hospitality Reminder: Dinner Mishap? Have a Backup Plan

Not every meal you serve will be picture perfect this holiday season. While mishaps can happen to derail dinnertime, you can save the day by preparing a backup plan. As my husband and children can testify, not every meal I plan goes the way I want it to. In fact, one Christmas Eve when the […]

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Build a Better (Holiday) Breakfast

breakfast buffet

Breakfast is not only the most important meal of the day, it’s also a perfect meal to celebrate with friends and family at the holidays. Christmas, New Year’s Day, and all the mornings in between are ideal moments to gather with friends and family to share a meal. Whether you have house guests, are visiting […]

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