Dinner Mishap? Have a Backup Meal Plan

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Not every meal you serve will be picture perfect. While mishaps can happen, you can save the day by having a backup meal plan.

It stands to reason that not every meal you plan will go the way you want it to. Life happens. The power goes out. You forget to thaw something.

Such is life in the modern age.

We don’t spend all day working out our sustenance like Ma Ingalls, so somethings slip our minds.

Even mine. 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 shrimp feast I had planned didn’t happen, we headed out Panda Express and made the most of it. Continue Reading »

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What I spent on groceries in November

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Want a peek into our grocery cart? Here’s how I’m buying groceries and feeding eight people on the cheap.

Hey hey hey! Here we are at the end of November. It was a whirlwind of a month. We celebrated two birthdays as well as Thanksgiving where we hosted an extra five in addition to our 8. My inlaws stayed for a few days as well.

The good thing is that though I did max out our groceries, I didn’t go too far over budget. Our average is holding strong for the year. You’ll have to scroll down to see where we landed.

As for December and keeping our average under budget, it will be a wee bit tricky. I’ve had some ongoing vertigo issues and the doc is trying to troubleshoot and rule out all kinds of things. Among his many tests and therapies, he’s also put me on a restricted diet.

Avoid salt, caffeine, chocolate, alcohol, and stress — in December!

Hahaha!

The one that will most impact my diet is, of course, the salt, so that means more eating at home, no fast food. Hopefully, it won’t have a negative impact on the budget. Just may divert eating out money to the grocery budget to compensate. We shall see! Continue Reading »

How to Roast Peeled Garlic

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Want to learn to roast peeled garlic? You’ll be pleasantly surprised to see how easy it is to have roast garlic at the ready for all your favorite recipes. Garlic is considered by some as a natural medicinal. Research suggests that it can help the body fight against heart disease and cancer. It also protects […]

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Pesto Pasta Salad with Cranberries & Feta

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hands holiding bowl of Pesto Cranberry Pasta Salad

Enjoy an easy supper or side dish with this make-ahead Pesto Pasta Salad with Cranberries & Feta Cheese. It’s packed with flavor and makes a colorful addition to your buffet. I like to think that pasta salads are God’s gift to the busy home cook. They are hearty, make-ahead, and so very versatile that you […]

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Prep Your Turkey Stock Ingredients in Advance

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Save time after your holiday meals by prepping your turkey stock ingredients beforehand. You’ll save motions and make stock-making so much easier. Everybody knows that homemade chicken or turkey stock is tastier than the can. And it’s a frugal way to stretch your original purchase of fowl. After all, making turkey stock is practically free! […]

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Create a Party Pantry for Frugal Entertaining

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Want to host friends and family without going broke? Build a Party Pantry so that you always have on hand the basic ingredients for fun drinks, appetizers, and desserts. You want to open your home to friends and family, but you also know that it can cost a pretty penny to extend hospitality. Much more […]

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How to Make Chicken Stock in the Slow Cooker

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jar of chicken stock with slow cooker

Make something delicious from almost nothing! Learn how to make Chicken Stock in the Slow Cooker for the best tasting soups, gravies, and sauces. Making homemade chicken stock is one of the easiest ways to make something from nothing. Okay, almost nothing. If you’ve roasted a whole chicken or baked chicken pieces, save the bones, […]

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6 Ways to Save Money on Holiday Meals

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Don’t go over budget this year! The holidays can be festive as well as frugal. Consider these savvy tips to help you save money on holiday meals. Remember the first time you hosted a holiday meal for the family? You were so excited. You researched for weeks which dishes to prepare. You checked the grocery […]

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