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 →

The Best Fool-Proof Garlic & Oregano Pizza Dough

Here’s what happens when you marry the man of your dreams…with a mother who cooks like an Italian chef. First, you try, try, try again. Every meal you make is silently compared to the mother-in-law’s, and you know you likely will never win. Until you make something that mother-in-law doesn’t specialize in. Then, you’re golden…. Keep reading →

Premium Ingredients You Should Be Buying to Make Your Meals Taste AWESOME

When we cut back on how much we were spending on groceries, there were just some foods I was not willing to stop buying. I make pretty much every meal from scratch, and that means I need to use several different foods to add more flavor and help the dish out a bit. I am… Keep reading →

Eating in Season: Winter Edition

Now that I have two toddlers in the house, I really want to get more variety into our diets. Like most families, we have certain foods that we tend to buy over and over. That really is great for keeping the grocery bill down, but it’s not so great for little growing bodies and keeping… Keep reading →

How to Use OneNote to Organize All Your Recipes

I’ve always been intimidated by the idea of putting together a recipe binder. I would love to gather all our family favorite recipes and put them into one easy-to-access cookbook, but it’s been hard to visualize how it should be put together. Do I put the recipes in alphabetical order? Wouldn’t recipes by meal make… Keep reading →

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 →

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 →

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 →