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.

food storage box with aromatics and vegetables to make stock

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! Just load a pot — or even a slow cooker — with the leftover bones and drippings as well as some vegetables, aromatics, and water. Simmer and in a few hours you’ll have liquid gold.

Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it?

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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.

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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 than one thinks.

Grocery items just add up.

In fact, in the old days, it was typically the well-to-do who invited people over. No one else could afford to feed those outside their household!

Back in the day, savvy home cooks found ways around it. They knew that they didn’t have to throw a 6-course dinner party to entertain. Instead, they could entertain in creative ways that didn’t cost a fortune. Continue Reading »

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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What I spent on groceries in October

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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. Did you know…. when I started this blog, this girl was a baby. We were still paying off consumer debt so that we could live debt-free. When she accompanied me grocery shopping, she sat in a […]

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Crispy Chicken Patties

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Chicken Patties on white platter

Ready for a fun and flavorful dinner? Cook up a batch of fried Chicken Patties. Better than any chicken nuggets, they make a hearty main dish protein or a tasty filler for sandwiches. You know how some meals just seem more fun than others? One doesn’t look forward to an “experience” when served a bologna […]

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Ready to Celebrate Simply this Year?

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Would you like to celebrate the season more simply this year? Take this intensive 2-week workshop to help you streamline your celebrations to suit your season of life. Years ago when we had one child and a really tight budget, I decided that I was going to make all our Christmas gifts, all our Christmas […]

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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Maple Glaze

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Pumpkin Cake with Maple Glaze on cake stand

Looking for an easy cake recipe? This Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake with a luscious maple glaze comes together easily and quickly, perfect for dessert or snacking. Got a hankering for cake? Prefer not to spend a pretty penny nor fill up on hydrogenated fats and preservatives? Then it’s time to get baking! Baking and cooking […]

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