Creamy Rice for Easy Breakfasts

Tray of Creamy Rice sm

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.Rice cooked in milk and […]

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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

grocery plan

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

breakfast bar

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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Tastiest Scalloped Potatoes

Scalloped Potatoes

Thinly sliced potatoes nestle in a bath of cream, milk and butter, resulting in the tastiest scalloped potatoes on the planet. Friends, meet the best scalloped potatoes on the planet. I’ve been making these for almost twenty years. They are easy to make and there are rarely leftovers. If there are, I wake up early […]

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Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions with Balsamic Vinegar

Sauteed Mushrooms and Onions

Mushrooms and onions sauteed in a bit of oil and balsamic vinegar add punch to pizzas, grilled meats, and pastas. Mushrooms are one of my favorite foods on earth. Definitely in my top ten. Pizza? Mushrooms, please. Steak? Mushrooms, please. Pasta? Mushrooms, please. I have at least one child who shares my affinity for mushrooms. […]

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Enjoy Some Afterschool Snacks


Make some homemade snacks for an afternoon pick-me-up. So much better than the packaged variety! spiced carrot bread We try to round up our homeschool day by 3:30 each day. Hubs usually cruises in at about 4. Everyone is ready for a little snack. Whether your kids school at home or away, an afterschool snack […]

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Meal Planning: April 15 – 21

Having meal components in the freezer ready to go makes meal time prep so much easier. For quite some time, my people have been requesting one of their favorite meals: Chicken Pot Pie. This week I’m going to deliver. Unless you just fixed a large roast chicken or turkey dinner, it’s a fair amount of […]

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Grocery Geek: Staying Away from the Sales

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Staying away from the stores — and yes, even the sales, is a great way to save money. As I mentioned earlier this week, there’s not much that we “needed” from the store: Milk, kosher salt, and flour were top on my list. I knew we’d want some more fruit, and incidentals popped up. While […]

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Spiced Carrot Bread

Large Glazed Carrot Bread lo res

Carrots add flavor, texture, and fiber to this spiced quick bread, making for a quick snack or elegant addition to the breakfast tray. Quick breads disappear pretty quickly around our house. Recently, I baked two bulk batches of this spiced carrot bread. I even burned four of the eight loaves. But, that didn’t stop my […]

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