Meal Planning During a Pantry Challenge

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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.Meal planning is an integral […]

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A Pantry Challenge – How Will It Work this July?


A pantry challenge can be a great way to reduce expenses, use what you have, and waste less. Twice a year for the last several years, I’ve spent the months of January and July doing a “pantry challenge“. This is a time when I try to make good use of what we have in the […]

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Grocery Geek: End O’ Month Report

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This week was a struggle as concerns cooking and groceries. I tried to stretch what we had instead of going to the store. We have a lot. But, a lot of that lot needs significant preparation. One night early in the week, the mystery freezer items that I had planned to experiment with just didn’t […]

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Coconut-Millet Snack Bars

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These no-bake cereal bars make for an easy snack. They are a tasty one, too, with millet and coconut to give substance and flavor. For the last few months I’ve been playing with variations of no-bake cereal bars. The kids have eaten untold numbers of bars as I try different combinations of brown sugar and […]

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Reusable Salad Dressing Cruet

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Reuse a vinegar bottle to create a reusable salad dressing cruet. Prevent wasted dressing by using a bottle with a shaker-type stopper. I have always been a huge fan of salads. I love the fresh, crunchy combination of flavors. For the last dozen years or so, I’ve made it a habit to make my own […]

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A Review of Pizza Port

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Check out one of four Pizza Port locations for tasty grub and grog. Now that our kids are getting bigger, it’s easier for hubby and I to go on regular date nights. It helps that we’re out of debt, too. What’s funny is that our typical expenditures don’t exceed $20 for a date now that […]

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5 Great Breakfasts for Summer

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Yogurt Berry Parfait As I type, my children are off enjoying a breakfast bar I set up a short while ago. Today the offering includes fresh strawberries, homemade granola, and zucchini bread. Milk and yogurt are in the fridge for them to grab. I’ve found that the Breakfast Bar is my easiest way to please […]

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Meal Planning: June 24 – 30

End the month off with a bang! Serve easy BBQ or make-ahead meals for delicious nights when you’d rather be out playing ball in the street. We are blessed to live on a cul-de-sac with a dozen or more children. Afternoons and evenings are often spent playing hockey or shooting baskets, often after dark. I […]

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Grocery Geek: Well, Hmmm….

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So, I have some good news and some bad news. Which do you want first? The good news is that I’ve got lots of pickles and jam for the coming months just waiting in the cupboard. Also, if you blend up ripe plums and lemon juice and lemon zest and sugar and churn it in […]

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Serve a Salad Bar for a Cool, Summer Supper (& a Salad Bar Checklist)

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Summer nights are perfect for a cool, salad bar dinner with family and friends. I have always been a big fan of salads. And salad bars? Oh my! Takes me back to the days when Sizzler was a cool place to go for dinner. I was in grade school and it was so fun when […]

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