Our Frugal And Nutritional Breakfast


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. […]

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

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 […]

Mocha Chip Muffins


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 […]

Freezer To Crockpot Cooking


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 […]

Kitchen Decluttering


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 […]

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

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 […]

The Harvesting Continues


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. […]

Pumpkin Spice Cubes


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 […]

Awesome Veggie Burgers And A Call For Questions

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 […]

Simplified Cooking

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 […]