Build a Frugal Pantry with Whole Grains

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Whole grains are considered one of nature’s bounty. Not only are they a good source of fiber, protein and carbohydrates, but they are generally very affordable, especially when purchased in bulk. Add to that the fact that they are considered excellent components of a heart-healthy diet, and it’s no wonder that whole grains are a world-wide […]

4 Favorite Small Kitchen Appliances

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Back in the day — when I thought money grew on trees — I loved to browse kitchen stores and usually came out with some new gadget or dish. Over the years, however, many of those gadgets and dishes have gone the way of a garage sale. They just didn’t prove to be as useful […]

Restaurant Dining on a Budget

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Our family loves to eat out, but with eight mouths to feed, our restaurant adventures can be rather expensive — or simply limited. Attempting to establish healthier eating habits this year as well as to use what we have in the pantry, fridge, and freezer have been natural controls on how much restaurant or take out […]

Buying Kitchen Equipment Inexpensively

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In a former life – prekids and prior to going debt-free – one of my favorite pasttimes was browsing kitchen stores. Since we lived in Santa Barbara, CA, there was no shortage of frou-frou kitchen boutiques. And I paid a pretty penny building my cook’s kitchen. Due to lack of shopping options and the double-income-no-kids […]

Spicy Hummus and Veggie Wrap

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I’m not one to order a wrap when I’m out to eat. But over the last year, it’s proven to be a tasty lunch. This Super Secret Sub is great! This week I experimented with what was in the fridge and produced another delicious way to combine tortillas with healthy fillings. As you know, we’re […]

Baked Bacon

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I usually stock up on bacon anytime I see it for $2 or under. I store it in the freezer and when we’re ready for bacon and eggs, BLTs, or a yummy topping for Potato Soup, I pull a pound out of the freezer. And, this is the easiest way to cook it. For more […]

Red, White, and Blue Trifle

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If you have leftover pound cake for an earlier dessert — or a cake pop activity, save the scraps. They will make a delicious sweet dish when coupled with whipped cream and fresh fruit. What a fine thing it is! Per serving 1 slice poundcake or other cake 1 cup fresh fruit, like pitted cherries, […]

Spice Rub for Chicken or Beef

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We’ve used a spice rub for grilling twice this week with great success. I love it because it doesn’t take the advance preparation that a marinade does, it’s lower in calories, and it is packed with flavor. The following mixture is really versatile. I made it with thyme for chicken and with cumin for tri-tip. […]