Our little grill is just fine

April 29, 2014

I hope all my northern hemisphere readers are having a great spring!  Summer is trying its best to get here, and that makes us think about grilling.  So I have to tell you about our grill: Here she is on the inside: You can see how big she is in relation to the little propane […]

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Cherry Chocolate Creamsicles

July 23, 2013

I noticed this morning that Zulily has Tovolo popsicle molds on sale (plus a bunch of other Tovolo kitchen stuff, but the popsicle molds are the only things I personally use).  I’m a big fan of those popsicle molds.  I have three sets and they’re pretty much always all in use.  At any given time, […]

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Garden + Dry Beans + Solar Oven = Bliss

September 18, 2012

Our garden is producing all sorts of lovely stuff right now.  Like carrots.  We have a lot of carrots.  Yesterday I made a big batch of hummus using chick peas that I cooked in our solar oven.  I paired them with carrots from our garden, and it was a wonderful, simple lunch. I did cut […]

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Garden Update

August 27, 2012

One of my Facebook friends asked recently if I’d do a garden update post soon, and it was a good reminder (thanks Megen!).  I went out and took some pictures this morning, but I was strategic in what I photographed.  That means you’re going to see only the good parts of the garden.  Not the […]

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DIY In The Kitchen – Homemade Made Easy

August 20, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for very long, you know what a fan I am of making things from scratch.  “Homemade” could be my middle name.  Every week I make things like crackers, kale chips and almond milk.  I’ve found that it’s pretty simple to make things like cornbread and pancakes from scratch, and […]

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Freezer-To-Crockpot e-Cookbook – aka Kitchen Magic!

May 8, 2012

Remember a few months ago when I wrote about the brilliant idea of freezer-to-crockpot cooking that I discovered thanks to Stephanie at Mama And Baby Love?  It’s become a mainstay in my kitchen, and I can’t imagine not having bags of crockpot-ready food in the freezer.  Every few weeks I prep several bags of our […]

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Progress On Our Grocery Spending

April 13, 2012

I’ve been focusing more on our grocery bill this year than I usually do.  It’s the only area where we’re not particularly frugal.  And for the most part, I’m fine with that.  Food is one of the reasons we’re frugal in so many other areas.  By shopping at Goodwill for most of what we buy, […]

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$10 For You To Spend At My New Favorite Online Grocery Store

March 12, 2012

I have no idea how I’m just now discovering Vitacost, but I’m pretty darn excited about it.  Keep reading and I’ll tell you all about it – including how you can get $10 to spend there on your own groceries!  I’ve been focusing on our grocery bill this year, working to reduce the amount we […]

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A New Look And Some Great Links

March 9, 2012

My little blog got a facelift today, thanks to my awesome husband.  It was time for a change, and I love the clean new look.  Both the boys are in bed and my husband is down in his basement office working late tonight, so I’ve had some time to just browse around online.  Well, and […]

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An Amazing Sale On Kelp Noodles And All Sorts Of Other Great Food

March 7, 2012

Last year, we switched from regular whole-grain pasta to kelp noodles, and we love the change.  Kelp noodles have almost no calories (I think 6 per serving, or something ridiculous like that), and they absorb the flavor of whatever sauce you put on them (no fishy taste at all).  We like an Asian style sauce […]

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Our Frugal And Nutritional Breakfast

February 24, 2012

There are no boxes of cereal in our house.  No frozen waffles or toaster pastries either.  Sometimes there are homemade muffins in the freezer, but we usually eat those as dessert or a snack.  Breakfast around here is an oat/quinoa mixture that my husband makes for us every morning while I’m cleaning the house sleeping. […]

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Bringing Our Grocery Bill Under Control – At Least A Little Bit

February 16, 2012

I recently came across Mr. Money Mustache in my internet wanderings.  If you haven’t already discovered his site, I highly recommend it.  He reminds me a lot of myself – he’s like a guy version of me with a few more rants and some colorful words sprinkled here and there.  Oh, and he’s retired too […]

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Mocha Chip Muffins

February 3, 2012

Last week, I was browsing through a food magazine and saw a recipe for coffee-flavored muffins.  Although I’m not a big fan of coffee, I love coffee-flavored food (especially if chocolate chips are thrown into the mix!).  I used to be hesitant to even tweak recipes for baked goods, and I never would have thought […]

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Freezer To Crockpot Cooking

January 30, 2012

A couple weeks ago, I wrote about how I had finally caved in an visited Pinterest, and wasn’t sure if it was going to be awesome or a total time sink.  I’ve since found that it cuts way down on the number of tabs I have open in my browser at any one time.  Instead […]

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Kitchen Decluttering

January 5, 2012

If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’ve done a lot of decluttering over the past couple years.  I’ve taken numerous carloads of stuff to Goodwill, and have (except for last month when I was on a mission to find stuff for our son’s play kitchen) mostly stopped going in […]

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Great Deals (And A Coupon!) At My Favorite Online Health Food Store

December 26, 2011

Good morning!  I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.  We had a great day surrounded by family, and our son loved his kitchen and felt food.  We set it up in our dining room, and as I’m typing this he’s got an entire meal prepared and served at the dining room table.  And as […]

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The Harvesting Continues

October 7, 2011

This morning has been all about preserving garden goodies.  I started out with tomatoes.  I’ve been roasting and freezing them lately so that I can make roasted tomato soup this winter.  I harvested a huge tub of beautiful tomatoes. Then I washed them, sliced them in half lengthwise, and laid them in glass baking dishes.  […]

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Pumpkin Spice Cubes

September 28, 2011

For the last several weeks, I’ve been spending some time every few days preserving our garden harvest.  I’ve canned a few batches of tomato sauce, and this afternoon I’ll be roasting tomatoes to store in the freezer so that I can make this amazing soup during the winter when fresh tomatoes are scarce.  I’ve also […]

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Awesome Veggie Burgers And A Call For Questions

August 19, 2011

I’m thrilled to announce that I have found the perfect veggie burger!  I’ve probably tried about 20 different recipes over the years (plus several kinds of packaged veggie burgers, which are way too expensive to have on a regular basis).  Earlier this week, I wrote about the excellent burger buns that I made, and how […]

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Simplified Cooking

May 31, 2011

A while ago, I wrote about getting on board with the idea of a menu rotation in order to simplify life in the kitchen.  I doubt I’ll ever be able to really stick to a set rotation of meals, because I just enjoy experimenting in the kitchen way too much.  But I have found ways […]

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Garden Progress

May 20, 2011

We’ve spent all of our free time over the last week working in our garden, and we’ve got nearly everything planted.  We had a dumptruck full of compost delivered, so we spent last weekend with our shovels and wheelbarrow, mixing compost into all of our beds.  We did the same thing last year, and I […]

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This Creative Cook Is Ready For A Menu Schedule

March 2, 2011

After many years of resisting, I think I’m ready to get on board with the idea of a rotating menu plan.  I enjoy cooking, and I love finding new recipes to try.  Sticking to a schedule of meals always sounded boring, and like a good way to stifle kitchen creativity.  But with our second child […]

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Harvesting In Full Swing

September 22, 2010

For years, roasted veggies has been a favorite fall and winter food for us.  But we’ve never had the experience of roasting vegetables we grew ourselves, until now.  I found this recipe for a great roasted veggie marinade and wanted to try it with the day’s harvest.  Our son helped me in the garden, and […]

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Kitchen Projects

September 13, 2010

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  Between garden harvesting/preserving and all the outdoor projects we’re trying to finish before the weather gets cold, we’ve been pretty busy.  I have 19 quarts of tomato sauce canned now, and no longer have to hover over the directions to make sure I’m not making any mistakes.  We […]

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A Picture From Our Back Patio

September 3, 2010

For months now, readers have been asking for a picture of our garden.  Sorry it has taken me so long, but better late than never.  Across the front, the beds are filled with greens, beets, beans, peas, peppers, watermelons (we ate the first one yesterday – it was awesome!), and herbs.  The back row of […]

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Canning Tomatoes

September 2, 2010

Last weekend, my husband picked enough corn from our garden to fill our wheelbarrow.  He and our son sat on the back porch husking the ears while I blanched the cobs and then froze the kernels on trays.  We now have about 20 quarts of corn in our freezer. That part was easy.  I wasn’t […]

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More Ways To Use Zucchini

August 25, 2010

We have a lot of zucchini right now.  I think that’s the case for most people who grow it, and like most, I’m always looking for ways to use it in interesting and tasty recipes.  I’ve made several dozen zucchini muffins over the last week or so, and frozen them.  This is the recipe I […]

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Saturday’s Harvest

August 1, 2010

Everyday lately we’ve been harvesting a good chunk of our food from our backyard.  I’ve noticed that our grocery bill is less than half of our usual total, and the cart looks pretty empty when we get to the checkout stand.  Here are a couple of pictures that show most of what we harvested yesterday: […]

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Shredded Zucchini Salad

July 27, 2010

Did I mention we have nine zucchini plants?  And that they are all thriving?   We’re trying to stay on top of them and pick them when they’re small, but every once in a while we miss one and find it when it’s the size of a small dog (I think they go from small […]

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The Luxury Of Frugal Thinking

July 8, 2010

I don’t know the exact demographics of our town, but it’s definitely a lower-income area than the city where we used to live.  There is only one grocery store in town, and it’s not stocked with organic produce and ten dollar jars of coconut butter.  Houses here are lot less expensive than they were in […]

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Avoiding Nestle Without Even Trying

July 4, 2010

I was aware from a very young age that my parents didn’t buy any Nestle products.  They explained the reasons for the boycott, and it made perfect sense to me.  After spending two years in Africa with the Peace Corps, those reasons made even more sense.  I don’t knowingly buy Nestle products, but the boycott […]

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Sharing Some Great Recipes

June 7, 2010

Thanks for all the great feedback about creating a life that needs no escape.  Just to clarify, that post was in no way meant to be anti-travel.  I love to travel, and spent my 20s doing quite a bit of it.  Since our son was born, we’ve significantly curtailed our traveling.  We have no desire […]

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Nearly Ready To Put Plants In Our Garden

April 29, 2010

We are nearly ready to plan out seedlings outside.  Well, we’re ready, but mother nature has other plans, so we’re patiently waiting.  We should be able to plant them out next week, if the 10 day forecast is looking good.  If not, we’ll have to wait until the week after.  Ever since we unleashed the […]

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Seedlings Seedlings Everywhere

April 19, 2010

We have seedlings coming out our ears right now.  Here’s a picture of our hydroponic area in the basement: There are so many seedlings that they don’t even come close to fitting into the actual hydroponic trays.  A lot of them are just sitting around the edges, getting the benefit of the grow light (plus […]

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Our Homemade Strawberry Hanger

April 7, 2010

After I wrote about the hanger my husband made to hold our upside-down strawberry planters, I got a request for a picture.  Here it is: The angle of the picture makes it look like the planter on the left is resting on the ground, but it isn’t.  They’re both about eight inches off the ground.  […]

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Spring Fever

April 5, 2010

Spring is in the air!  We spent most of the weekend working in the yard, and we made a ton of progress.  We’ve planted several early crops (the ones that can be planted before the last frost) including potatoes, spinach, peas, and onions.  We also transplanted nine zucchini plants (that had been growing in the […]

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An Amazingly Easy, Tasty Alternative To Grated Cheese

March 29, 2010

I stopped eating meat almost two years ago, right after our son was born.  At the end of 2008, I decided to stop eating animal products all together, and gave up eggs and dairy, including cheese… almost.  I have always loved cheese, and I found that I would still occasionally buy it, although far less […]

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Adding To Our Orchard

March 28, 2010

We are so excited that spring is here, and are planning to spend much of today out digging in the dirt.  Yesterday, we ordered some additional food-producing plants for our mini farm, and I wanted to share, since we felt like we got a very good deal.  We got a catalog in the mail from […]

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Building My Glass Storage Container Collection

March 25, 2010

Several years ago, I started ditching kitchen plastic.  I slowly began acquiring glass storage containers, and these days pretty much all of our leftovers are stored in lidded pyrex dishes.  For dry goods, I have a huge assortment of glass jars, most of which would otherwise have been destined for the recycle bin.  Any time […]

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Homemade Salad Dressing

February 16, 2010

We eat salads just about every day.  That means we go through a lot of salad dressing.  I’ve found that salad dressing is usually either really expensive or a dietary nightmare.  The organic stuff made of good ingredients without a bunch of preservatives and crud mixed in, is usually at least four dollars for a […]

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