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Spring Meal Planning & Unpredictable Weather

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You know that meal planning can save you money, but what do you do when the weather doesn’t cooperate with your plans? It’s true. Mother Nature can make that grilled chicken unappealing or even impossible, depending on the conditions. Consider these tips for spring meal planning and unpredictable weather.

Spring Meal Planning & Unpredictable Weather | Good Cheap Eats

This past week has been filled with some meal planning fails, like forgetting to thaw the shrimp in time for Taco Tuesday. And some meal planning triumphs, like the rocking dinner we had on Friday night with grilled sourdough pizza. Yes, ma’am, that was good.

Some times the plan works, and sometimes I fail to work the plan.

As I type, the weather is crazy all over the country. The sun might be shining here in “Sunny” San Diego, but I’m still wearing a sweater. Friends in much less temperate parts are still getting dusted (or buried!) in snow. I kinda thought we were done with that, but no. Even in late April, we’ve got swinter.

Maybe you’d like to fill the week with bright, sunshiny suppers, but that may or may not happen depending on how fickle spring wants to behave. Continue Reading »

How to Store Berries of All Kinds

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Make the most of your berry investment this season. They’re too delicious to let them go to waste! Store berries so that you can enjoy them for days on end with these easy tips.

How to Store Berries of All Kinds | Good Cheap Eats

Ever buy a package of beautiful berries? Or spend the afternoon picking them straight from the field. Fresh berries are an absolute delight in spring and summer, so juicy and sweet!

However, if you’ve ever forgotten about those berries for a few days only to find them in the fridge covered in fuzz, well,  you know what a downer that is. Wasting such deliciousness is practically a crime.

As we enter into the season of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries, let’s refresh about proper berry storage protocol.

It’s one thing to get a great deal on fresh produce and eat to your heart’s content. It’s another thing to get a great deal on fresh produce only to have to throw it away due to improper storage. Maximize your savings on the original purchase by making it last as long as possible! Continue Reading »

This Spud’s For You: Crockpot Potatoes

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Recipes that let you “set it and forget it” are some of the best. These Crockpot Potatoes are no exception. Come home to a pot full of baked potatoes all set for dinner! It seems that in recent years I’ve become remiss in serving baked potatoes. I’m not sure why that is, but I’m ready […]

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Broccoli Slaw with Pecans and Cranberries

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Broccoli Slaw | Good Cheap Eats

This slightly sweet Broccoli Slaw is full of texture, thanks to pecans, cranberries, and red onions. It makes a delicious side salad. Sharing recipes is a little like playing a game of telephone. The story changes as it moves from person to person, as does the recipe. I first heard about this Broccoli Slaw from Small […]

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Chocolate Strawberry Scones to Rock Your Spring

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Scones are one of my favorite things to bake. They can be dressed up in so many ways, with fruit and chocolate or even cheese and formed into all kinds of shapes. Enjoy the bounty of spring in these delicate Chocolate Strawberry Scones. Bits of rich chocolate and sweet-tart strawberries add flavor and texture to […]

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Grocery Geek: What We Spent in March

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Grocery shopping is one of my very favorite pastimes. I love strolling through the aisles, imagining yummy meals and finding great deals. Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m grocery shopping and feeding eight people on the cheap: the Grocery Geek report for March. Whew, March roared in like a lion and left a […]

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How to Bring a Breath of Spring to Your Kitchen

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Are you ready for winter to recede into the past and make room for spring and all the good things it brings? Here are three great strategies for bringing a breath of spring to your kitchen and enjoying the season to the fullest. Welcome to April, my friends! I don’t know about you, but I am […]

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Pesto Turkey Panini – Perfect for Potlucks!

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Pesto Turkey Panini are super fun sandwiches to make. They’re uber-comforting, freezer-friendly, AND even great for potlucks! Grab the recipe and get pressing these gooey, cheesy, delicious, pesto-infused sandwiches. My husband works at a state university. His department often enlists the aid of student workers, and Paulette, a sweet lady in the department often works […]

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Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake

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Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake | Good Cheap Eats

Enjoy a flavorful breakfast or brunch with this Italian Sausage Potato Egg Bake. It’s very make-ahead, making it a great way to start the day. Breakfast is one of my children’s love languages. Seriously. They come by it honestly. My husband’s favorite meal of the day is breakfast. It’s pretty sweet. One of our first […]

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What Can You Make with Beans?

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Beans are an affordable ingredient with great main dish potential. Eating beans adds fiber and nutrients to your diet and may even help you reduce the risk of certain diseases. But what can you MAKE with beans? I’ve gotcha covered. A few weeks ago, I told my family we were going to eat meatless more […]

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