Meal Planning: June 24 – 30

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.End the month off with […]

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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)

salad bar sm

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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A Review of Phil’s BBQ: A Good Cheap Eat

phil's bbq onion rings

Next up on our eating tour of California is a small BBQ chain in San Diego. Phil’s BBQ ranks as my brothers’ very favorite spot for ‘cue. I saw it flash up on their Facebook check-ins for months. My curiosity was piqued after multiple visits. Hubby, who isn’t big on sweet sauce, is even a […]

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Lime-Mint Cooler (Non-Alcoholic Mojito)

Lime-Mint Cooler

Cool off with this lime-mint cooler. This recipe for a non-alcoholic mojito is ultra refreshing! Ready for a cool drink? Summertime does that. Crushed ice, some slices of lime, and a tasty beverage just beckon to us. And while I am a huge, HUGE fan of Coke-Cola, it’s the high fructose corn syrup I’d like […]

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5 Easy Summer Lunches


For our family, summer means that our days are free to do — whatever. Well, not “whatever.” There are chores and such. But, the kids and I enjoy a lazier schedule. As I type I hear the happy sounds of the littler kids playing in the toy kitchen. They’ve adopted my smaller canning pot and […]

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Meal Planning: June 17 – 23

Summer starts this week! To celebrate, we’re going to “cook out” and dine al fresco. Summer officially starts this week. We’ve been enjoying lazier days for over a week now, but I always remember that Summer “officially” begins on my dad’s birthday. We tease him that it truly is the “longest day of the year.” […]

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Grocery Geek: The Canning Adventures Continue

Cherry Jam

I’ve become a canning fiend this week. I’m sure my husband wonders what’s come over me. I spent much of Sunday afternoon making jam: plum and cherry. And then Wednesday night, I burned the midnight oil making pickles. Yes, really. I’m just as surprised as you. I’m sure that if I were still heavily couponing, […]

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Get Grocery University

I’ve told you about Grocery University before. (Read my full review of Grocery University if you missed it before.) It’s an audio series put together by my friend Carrie. I thought I knew everything there was to know about saving money on groceries — until I listened to this. I found it to be extremely […]

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Momiversary Giveaway #4: The Kitchen Counter Cooking School

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. CONGRATS TO THE WINNER: slrdowney@ Today’s my Momiversary! My first baby turns fifteen today. And in honor of him and the last decade and a half of refining fire motherhood, I’m hosting a bunch of giveaways on both Life as MOM and Good Cheap Eats. So, stay tuned and be sure to enter them all […]

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