Getting Started In Bulk Food Buying

February 11, 2010

Ever since I discovered Green And Crunchy, I’ve been envious of Sheri’s bulk food club.  It’s not available in our area though, so I just kept shopping at the health food store.  If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know I don’t compromise when it comes to food.  We don’t buy anything with […]

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Stretching Our Food

January 26, 2010

I love grocery shopping.  I have no interest at all in going to the mall, but I can happily spend an hour or so wandering around a grocery store.   We almost never eat out, and I cook just about all of our food from scratch, which helps to keep our total food costs reasonable. […]

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Sites I’m Loving Right Now

January 24, 2010

Hello all, and Happy Sunday!  I wanted to share a couple of links with you, to sites that I’ve been using a lot lately. I’ve mentioned that we’ve been transitioning to a mostly vegan diet, and I’m focusing a lot on raw food.  It makes sense, given that the vast majority of what we eat […]

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Frugal, Simple, Clean. Three Of My Favorite Words.

October 29, 2009

I’ve mentioned before that we use one credit card for pretty much all of our spending.  We get 1% cash back on the card, and it’s an easy way to keep track of our spending, since it’s all listed in one place on the statement.  Our billing cycle starts and ends around the 10th of […]

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Greenhouse Is Up And Running Again!

October 1, 2009

Remember last year, when we built a little greenhouse to go in our side yard?  When we moved, we had to cut it in half, and we just got it put back together this week.  Here it is in our new yard, protecting one of our garden beds: See why we had to move? That […]

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Our Orchard In Its Early Days

September 28, 2009

I promised a long time ago that I’d post a picture of the orchard we planted.  Here it is, under a rainbow: It’s hard to see all of the trees, because they are still pretty small.  Check back in a few years and it should be a more impressive sight!  In all, we have 14 […]

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Homemade Tortillas

August 24, 2009

Since my foray into baking bread has worked out well, I thought I’d try tortillas.  I don’t know why I never thought of this before.  Seriously, they are about as easy as baking powder biscuits, which I’ve been making for years.  I stopped buying big name-brand tortillas years ago, because of the large number of […]

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What Sun Oven Food Looks Like

August 23, 2009

Yesterday I baked a loaf of whole wheat bread in our sun oven. Then I decided to make eggplant sandwiches. I had a fresh farmers market eggplant, which I sliced up and drizzled with fresh garlic, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Then I put the eggplant slices in the sun oven and left them there […]

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Gardens And Compost And Digging, Oh My!

July 26, 2009

I have potatoes cooking in our solar oven out back, and clothes drying on a drying rack on the back porch.  I love using passive, free energy.  I have been neglecting my blog a bit lately, but it’s because the chores list these days is a bit overwhelming.  Last night my arms felt like lumps […]

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Eating Our Dandelions

July 21, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, our garden isn’t exactly anything to write home about yet.  We’ve been in our new house for three weeks, so our tallest seedlings are about three inches high.  We have lots of them, but they are quite small.  I find myself filled with chard envy when I visit Sheri’s blog.  And unfortunately […]

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The Before Shot Of Our Back Yard

July 10, 2009

Here is a picture of our new back yard, taken a couple days after we moved in: It’s one vast expanse of hard core weeds, which had been occasionally mowed in the middle, and pretty much left to do as they pleased around the edges.  It’s hard to tell from the picture, but the bank […]

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More On Kids And Food

June 11, 2009

Thanks for all the feedback on my last post about children and food.  We’ll see how things go as our son gets older, but for now we’ll just assume that he’ll be somewhat like his parents.  My husband and I will eat anything that is put in front of us (trust me – I ate […]

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Our Toddler Eats His Vegetables

June 10, 2009

When our son was born, I knew that I wanted to raise a child who would eat whatever was put in front of him. For nearly six months, he was just breast fed. When we first introduced “solids” we started with pureed veggies and water, which I froze in ice cube containers and defrosted as […]

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We Found A New House!

May 27, 2009

It’s been a whirlwind few days around here, between all the house buying and selling, and then a visit from my husband’s parents.  But I thought I’d post an update on what is going on with our housing situation. Everything is still looking good with the sale of our current house.  The inspection was last […]

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Crawl Space Is Back To Boring Old Storage

April 13, 2009

Since we’re going to be putting our house on the market, we decided we needed to reclaim our crawl space.  Having the hydroponic garden in there has been great for us, but most people would want the space for storage, and the garden was blocking off most of the storage area. Last month, we transplanted […]

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Frugal Entertaining

March 22, 2009

One of my husband’s college buddies is staying with us right now.  He’s only here for one day, and we’re glad that we get to spend time with him while he’s in town.  A few days ago, he emailed us and suggested that we go to a local restaurant for dinner tonight.  It’s a pretty […]

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Tomatoes In January

January 20, 2009

Thought I’d share a picture of the fabulous tomatoes we ate this evening.  Fresh from our hydroponic garden in the crawlspace, they tasted like tomatoes you get in July.  There were many more ready to pick, but I stopped when the bowl started to overflow.  Local, fresh, and always in-season.  Our hydroponic garden is working […]

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Vegan Food And A Crackdown On Used Clothing For Kids

January 5, 2009

I hope you all had a good weekend, and that 2009 is off to a good start for everyone.  I made this amazingly good vegan mac n cheese for dinner tonight, and wanted to share it with my readers.  Even if you’re not vegan, potatoes and carrots are cheaper and milk and cheese.  And better […]

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Worms And Ladybugs

December 19, 2008

We have worms.  And ladybugs.  The worms live in my husband’s office, and the ladybugs live in our crawlspace.  We’ve been composting our scraps, leaves, and grass clippings for several years.  But during the winter, not much happens in our compost bins.  They freeze by about the end of November, and although we do get […]

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A Thanksgiving Eve Dinner

November 26, 2008

We just spent a lovely evening with some friends who were passing through town on their way to a Thanksgiving celebration tomorrow.  We’ve known them for years (I met her when I was a sophomore in college), and always enjoy getting together with them.  They had called and asked if we wanted to meet for […]

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Adventures In Baby Food

November 5, 2008

We began feeding our baby solid food a few weeks ago, and he’s starting to get the hang of swallowing from a spoon.  He still gets most of his food from breastfeeding, but at each meal, he’s getting a bit of other food, and learning how to eat – which is probably a good skill […]

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I Finally Cracked A Coconut

November 3, 2008

Yesterday I decided to make these fantastic-sounding cookies that I found at Kristen’s Raw.  I had all the ingredients except coconut and lucuma (to be honest I’ve never even heard of this one, and since it’s not at our local grocery store, I made the cookies without it).  So I went to the store to […]

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Easy Homemade Pizza

October 25, 2008

We’re going to a Halloween party tonight, which will be the first time I’ve dressed up for the holiday since 1997.  My husband thinks he dressed up as recently as 1999.  So we’re obviously not pros at this.  Our plan is to head over to our local thrift store this afternoon (which just happens to […]

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Carrot Apple Salad

October 23, 2008

Welcome Almost Frugal Food readers!  I’m excited to share a recipe, because I enjoy cooking and experimenting with food just as much as I enjoy frugal living.  I came up with this salad last week when I was looking for a new way to use bell peppers from our hydroponic garden.  If you have a […]

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What We Eat

October 20, 2008

I got the following question from a reader today, and wanted to provide my thoughts and see what other readers have to say as well: “I would love to know where you get your information and knowledge about green/organic products and produce. I live a relatively eco-friendly lifestyle in almost every department but grocery shopping. […]

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The New Store And A Belated Blog Action Day

October 17, 2008

We went to the new health food store today, which my husband and I both consider a great form of entertainment.  Who needs a trip to the movies when you can wander around aisles full of hemp protein powder and sprouted breads?  We had fun, but I was a bit disappointed in the store overall.  […]

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No-Spending Days And A New Grocery Store

October 16, 2008

We got home from my husband’s knee surgery adventure on Tuesday evening, and other than several walks with the dog, we haven’t left the house since we got back.  Working from home makes the whole knee recovery process so much easier.  Especially with both of us working from home, since I’m able to take care […]

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The Jogging Stroller As A Grocery Getter

October 3, 2008

We live within a mile of two grocery stores, but the health food stores are a bit further away.  I always bike or walk to the grocery stores near our house, but we drive to the health food stores (we always try to include multiple errands in one trip to avoid extra driving).  There’s a […]

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A Frugal Supplement For The Hydroponic Garden

October 1, 2008

Our hydroponic garden is exceeding all of our expectations.  We’re harvesting greens on a daily basis (lettuce, spinach, swiss chard, mustard, basil, and bok choy).  We have lots of cherry tomatoes that are just about to turn red.  We have tons of pepper flowers, and a few tiny peppers starting to show up.  Our pea […]

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Substitutions In The Kitchen

September 13, 2008

I love it when I tweak a recipe and it turns out great.  Yesterday, we had a picnic with the people I work with at the library, and I decided to bake blueberry muffins to take along.  I had all the ingredients on hand except eggs.  The recipe called for one egg, and we had […]

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