10 Healthy and Tasty Meal Ideas for Families in Need

After I gave birth to both of my daughters, people in my neighborhood and some family members brought over meals for about 3 days. It was wonderful. No, downright glorious. I didn’t have to think about cooking, and I got to taste some really yummy stuff that others made. Since I know what it’s like… Keep reading →

A Frugal Gift Guide for Bread Enthusiasts

Do you happen to know a bread aficionado or someone who really wants to learn how to make bread? If you would like to get a gift for the bread lover in your life for Christmas or a birthday, you’ve come to the right place! Below I will share my gift guide for that special… Keep reading →

The Only Recipe for Cornish Hens You’ll Ever Need

My husband is no world-renowned chef, but when he wants to cook, he can cook. For one of our first dates, he invited me to his place for dinner. When he pulled the food out of the oven, I couldn’t believe my eyes. Tiny birds, or really tiny chickens, were on the baking sheet with… 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 →

30+ Foods to Start Making Instead of Buying

*This is the 7th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* I told you how much I used to spend on groceries on Monday. A hundred bucks a week was too much for our small family, at least when our income was slashed in… Keep reading →

Writing Out a Menu Plan Based Around Cheap Meals

*This is the 6th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* On the first day of the spending freeze challenge, I wrote out a menu plan through this coming Friday. Everything on my plan was based around food we already have as… Keep reading →

16 Quick Ways to Lower Your Grocery Budget

*This is the 5th day of the One Month Spending Freeze Challenge. Please click here to see all of the posts in this series.* Before we started our spending freeze last year, I was spending about $100 a week on groceries. Each week when I would get to the checkout and hear the cashier say how… Keep reading →

The Absolute BEST Way to Freeze Soup

One busy day, when I didn’t have time to make dinner, I decided to reheat some soup we had in the freezer. I had let the bag of soup thaw overnight in the fridge. When I went to dump the contents into a saucepan, a good amount of soup stayed in the bag, stuck to the… Keep reading →

8 Reasons You Hate Grocery Shopping (with solutions)

Grocery shopping is a necessary chore for any household. Where there are people, people must be fed. Unless you have a thriving garden on your property, you most likely have to make a choice about how you get food in those people’s bellies: from restaurants and the like or from the grocery store. © Kaspars Grinvalds… Keep reading →

Garbanzo Bean and Tomato Soup

Towards the end of last winter, I had soup on the menu for dinner one weeknight. I went to the pantry to get out the ingredients, and we didn’t have a few of the more important ingredients. Normally when something like this happens, I either change plans for dinner or I make substitutions. I wanted… 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 →

Basic {Secret Ingredient} Vinaigrette

Did you know making your own salad dressing at home is pretty simple? I grew up thinking you had to buy salad dressing, and then I met my husband. His family only ever made salads using olive oil, vinegar, and salt for the most part. Eventually I learned how to make a dressing or vinaigrette… Keep reading →

17 Kitchen Appliances and Tools that Can Save You Time and Money

The best way to save money on groceries is to obviously start cooking at home. Going out to eat even once a week can put a huge dent in your wallet. When you cook at home, you do need kitchen appliances and tools, but hopefully they will save you more money than they cost to… 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 →