What’s for Dinner?

I think I’ve finally realized now how my Mom must have felt when I was growing up and she put dinner on the table in front of us only to hear groaning, complaining, and moaning. My Mom worked hard during my childhood, working full-time outside the home, and also cooking many meals for us as kids. I don’t remember eating out a lot, and I don’t remember many nights where we had to fend for ourselves. There was always a dinner of some kind, and we almost always ate together as a family. Recently, my 2 and 5 year olds … Continue reading

Tips for Eating Well on a Tight Budget

It’s no secret that I like food. I love to cook, and I enjoy preparing healthy and delicious meals for my family. The biggest challenge in getting food on the table around here is our budget. We want to eat tasty, wholesome foods but like many families, we have a fairly limited grocery budget. Today I decided to look into things that families can do to help their grocery dollars stretch as far as possible without sacrificing nutrition or taste. Anyone can slash their grocery bill by eating a lot of ramen noodles and other cheap, heavily processed foods. The … Continue reading

One Family – Two Special Diets

Right now there are two special diets to be satisfied in our family – well, three if you count the picky husband diet. I have gestational diabetes and on top of trying to eat a healthy diet, have had to cut way back on carbs. My daughter on the other hand has cystic fibrosis and has to eat a high calorie, high fat diet. So how do I please everyone’s tastes while sticking to everyone’s diet? It isn’t easy, especially with all of this Halloween candy lying around. However, here are some ideas for you if you are in a … Continue reading

Frugal Burgers

The pleasant weather outside brings lots of great spring and summer food, especially food cooked on the grill. One of the favorite types of grill food is the hamburger. It used to be that hamburger in itself was frugal, but that is no longer the case. Exotic ingredients and fixings, preformed burgers that have less actual meat in them and the rising cost of beef have all made having a burger almost a luxury these days. Here are some ideas on how to make your burgers frugal, and eat them frugally, too. Avoid the preformed burgers, especially the ones that … Continue reading

Skillet Pizza

This is not really pizza. That’s exactly what my kids told me. They said it was delicious but it was clearly not pizza and to call it pizza is a misnomer. (Gotta love those home schooled six year olds that use words like ‘misnomer.’) However to call it “Ground Beef Mixture On Top of Finely Shredded Potatoes” is a little cumbersome. So whatever you want to call it, this recipe is great because it doesn’t take long to prepare. Granted shredding the potatoes takes awhile. However, if you shred the potatoes ahead of time, this is easily on the table … Continue reading

Easy Post Thanksgiving Recipes

If you spent the better part of Wednesday and Thursday preparing your Thanksgiving feast, then the kitchen is likely the last place you want to be this weekend. I have no desire to cook up an elaborate Saturday night dinner, but only have enough leftover turkey for, maybe, a small lunch. If you are lucky enough to have leftover turkey or have some chicken in the freezer you can thaw for dinner, you might consider the following easy (as in less than 30-minutes to make) and affordable recipes. CRUNCHY TURKEY WRAPS Ingredients: 6 8-inch whole-wheat tortillas 1/4 cup sour cream … Continue reading

The Turkey Post

Turkeys were on sale this week at the grocery store and Thanksgiving is a mere two and a half weeks away. . .so I know it’s time to create the turkey post. This is a post of all of my collected tips, or self discovered tips, on roasting a turkey. I have to admit, I’ve never actually done a turkey for Thanksgiving. We are generally at my in-laws and if we’re not, I bake roasted chicken or ham instead. For some reason, we’re not big turkey eaters unless someone else is doing the cooking. However, I have collected my fair … Continue reading

Frugal Ways To Share The Cost Of Food

It is really not that difficult to get into the habit of sharing the cost of food. But how do you go about doing it, when you have never done it before. Well, there are a lot of different ways. Angel Food Networks First, in some area’s there are angel food networks, which require a set fee each month (typically around $50.00) and you receive $100.00 worth of food. They order the food in large supply, take the time separate the orders that they received and then distribute the food at a set destination. You then come pick up your … Continue reading