The 10 Pantry Staples that Keep Our Grocery Budget below $300 a month

The first few years of our marriage, I was all over the place with our meal plans. There were a few meals I would make over and over again because my husband loved them, but I loved exploring the kitchen and learning how to cook. So most nights, I was cooking something we had never had before…. Keep reading →

11 Ways to Prevent Food Waste in Your Home

*This is the 15th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* The other night I made a big pot of soup and wasted more than half of it. © Elena Milevska / Dollar Photo Club On purpose? Of course not. We had… Keep reading →

How to Get 9 Meals from Two Whole Chickens

We are a chicken kind-of-family all.the.way. Maybe it’s because chicken is one of the cheapest meats, or maybe it’s because we just genuinely like it. We eat it about 60% of the time – the other 40% of the time we eat beans and eggs and small amounts of pork, beef, and fish. We eat… Keep reading →

Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quesadillas

Quesadillas are traditionally just melted cheese on a tortilla. But you can pretty much add anything under the sun to make it to your taste. We do that for lunch and dinner a lot around here. That’s why I like to call our quesadillas Everything But the Kitchen Sink Quesadillas. I usually just grab whatever… Keep reading →

19 Yummy Ways to Use Up Half and Half

If there is one ingredient that almost always goes bad in my fridge, it’s half-and-half. When I need it for some recipe, I always buy the small container, yet there is usually some left over. Since I hate wasting food, and I love finding new recipes, I have decided to come up with a list… Keep reading →

Money Saving Spice Cabinet Solutions

I think I have too many spices. Is 35 too many? Ok, so maybe I actually have 41 due to duplicates. At least I’m no longer in denial. 😉 If you’re like me, and you hoard spices, this post is for you. Do you have a cupboard full of spices that you rarely touch? Do you… Keep reading →

Save Moolah on Groceries with Substitutions

Years ago, when I first started cooking, I taught myself how to cook by reading recipes and following them to the T. It’s actually a very effective way to cook if you have a great recipe. Not so much if the recipe is terrible! After much trial and error, I am now to the point… Keep reading →

Ingredient Highlights: Peaches

Every summer, it seems, my grandma brings a large box to my mom just brimming with gorgeous, ripe, and juicy peaches. This year, we’re going to head up north ourselves to get in on this deliciousness. Brigham City Peach Days are something my mom looks forward to; she grew up in Brigham and the surrounding… Keep reading →

Ingredient Highlights: Watermelon

This is the summer of watermelon for us. We normally only buy one or two watermelons every summer, but we’ve already bought four! Our daughter loves it, it’s a great way to get some more liquids into our bodies, and it’s super refreshing and healthy! Last week, my husband brought home two watermelons from the… Keep reading →

Leftover Ingredients: Blueberries

When I was planning the itinerary for our vacation to Seattle last August, I wanted to make time to go berry picking with our 13-month-old.  In my search for a berry-picking farm, I came across numerous farms in both Oregon and Washington, but I settled on a few in Washington since we wanted to see… Keep reading →

Leftover Ingredients: Red Cabbage

Before two months ago, I had never bought red cabbage. So why did I suddenly decide to buy it? I found a recipe that sounded yummy. Even though I knew I would only use a small amount of the entire cabbage, I bought it anyways. After I made the recipe, and the cabbage sat in… Keep reading →