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Category: In the Kitchen

Delicious Comfort Food:  Soup Recipes for a Cold Winter Day

Delicious Comfort Food: Soup Recipes for a Cold Winter Day

February 14, 2014

Here are 3 of my family’s favorite soups that are truly comfort foods.  There’s just something about making a big pot of soup on a winter day that makes the cold so much more enjoyable. Tortellini Soup This is a hearty soup.  I have 5 boys (4 are teenagers!) and they love it.  I serve [...]

Loving My Dehydrator:  Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

Loving My Dehydrator: Dehydrate Frozen Vegetables

January 10, 2014

This week I have been going a little dehydrator crazy.   Did you know that you can dehydrate frozen vegetables?  Well you can, and I am here to tell you that it is amazing.  This week I have dehydrated 8 pounds of frozen corn that is now being stored in 2 1-quart mason jars.  What [...]

Frugal Mom's Guide to Once a Month Cooking

Frugal Mom’s Guide to Once a Month Cooking

November 13, 2013

If you are working harder and enjoying your family less… …could be you are spending extra time in your kitchen that could be better spent enjoying your life.  You’ve had a busy day, running errands, carpooling the kids, or maybe you’ve been at work all day. It is 5:00 and you’re finally home. As you [...]

Camping Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip Part II

Camping Recipes For Your Next Camping Trip Part II

July 6, 2013

    Grilled Cinnamon Pineapple: one of many great camping recipes! Everyone loves good camping recipes! It has been a while since the last camping recipes were posted . Here is another collection of scrumptious camping recipes that I have gathered. Many are kid friendly too! Pigs in Blankets on a Stick INGREDIENTS: Package of hotdogs [...]

How To Stretch Meat Further with Bonus Recipe

How To Stretch Meat Further with Bonus Recipe

May 28, 2013

Stretch Meat Further Wouldn’t it be great to stretch meat further? Meat is a big expense in the family grocery budget. I do everything I can to try and stretch that dollar. The first thing that comes to mind in trying to stretch meat further is to have meatless meals a few times a week. Well, if [...]

Raising Chickens for Eggs

Raising Chickens for Eggs

April 12, 2012

When I married a country boy, I should have known that something like this could have happened.  But honestly,  I never thought I’d be raising chickens for eggs.  And now I wonder – does having chickens make me a country girl? Hubby: Green acres is the place for me. Farm livin’ is the life for [...]

Shannen and Sam’s Super Coupon Shopping Spree

Shannen and Sam’s Super Coupon Shopping Spree

March 14, 2012

So tonight after work, my friend Sam and I decided to combine our coupon efforts and coupon shop at our local grocery store, Sullivan’s.  Sam and I have both been coupon shopping for a while, and usually call each other several times a week to talk about the deals or coupons we have to swap. [...]

Low Cost yet Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Your Sweetheart

Low Cost yet Thoughtful Gift Ideas for Your Sweetheart

February 7, 2012

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that you either love or your dread. Obviously if you are single, you do your best to ignore the cheesy commercials on TV, the cute teddy bears in the stores, but don’t worry – you have the advantage of heading back to the candy aisle the day after [...]

5 Practical Foods to Always Keep on Hand

5 Practical Foods to Always Keep on Hand

January 31, 2012

A good bargain is hard to find… or is it?  When it comes to our food, it’s not so much about finding a good bargain, but learning how to utilize basic ingredients for dishes that not only fit our budget but taste good at the same time. If you grew up like me in an [...]

Learn Once a Month Cooking in 7 Easy Steps

Learn Once a Month Cooking in 7 Easy Steps

January 17, 2012

An Overview of Once a Month Cooking What follows is a simple overview of once a month cooking.  Once a month cooking (also called once a week cooking or freezer cooking) is an incredible way to save money and time each month.  The concept is very simple – you cook all of your meals for [...]

The Joy of Monkey Bread

The Joy of Monkey Bread

November 10, 2011

Monkey Bread Recipe Last week a friend posted pictures on Facebook of the monkey bread she made for her family.  Ever since then I’ve had monkey bread on the brain, but the torture ended today.  I have to admit mine didn’t turn out nearly as pretty as hers did, but my monkeys didn’t care. It [...]

Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

Camping Recipes for Your Next Camping Trip

October 6, 2011

Want to talk about camping recipes and cooking?  Join our KOA live chat tonight at 9:00 EST! I’ve scoured the web and found a mouth watering collection of camping recipes that will be perfect for your next camping trip! BBQ Potatoes Makes 8 servings. Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes Ingredients: 4 medium [...]

Chicken Verde Wraps:  Frugal and Delicious!

Chicken Verde Wraps: Frugal and Delicious!

September 15, 2011

This recipe is a variation of the one that is in my cookbook, The Everything Freezer Meals Cookbook.  It is a delicious recipe that is easy to make and one that is a favorite of my k ids. Ingredients 3  pounds fresh tomatillos (you can substitute 3 cans of tomatillos) 3 pounds cubed chicken, uncooked [...]

Frugal Meals: How You Can Stretch One Ham into Four Meals

Frugal Meals: How You Can Stretch One Ham into Four Meals

September 14, 2011

For those of you who don’t already know, I have 5 boys (4 are teenagers!) and I am always on the lookout for frugal meals. My kids eat a lot, and they eat often.  So recently when I was able to turn 1 ham into 4 meals, I considered it a great success. I totaled [...]

Are You Making These Three Common Mistakes While Grocery Shopping?

Are You Making These Three Common Mistakes While Grocery Shopping?

September 12, 2011

Who doesn’t need to save money while grocery shopping these days? If you want to save more at the grocery store, you don’t have to be an extreme couponer. You just need to save where you can and learn to shop smart. In reality, most moms are aware of what they need to do in [...]

Broccoli Salad Recipe

Broccoli Salad Recipe

September 6, 2011

One of the best things about going to a Labor Day picnic (aside from spending time with friends!) is getting to taste the delicious dishes everyone brings.  And this year was no exception.  I happen to have friends who are amazing cooks and I they never cease to amaze me with their cooking.  I happen [...]

Breakfast is the New Dinner:  Perfect Cheap Meals

Breakfast is the New Dinner: Perfect Cheap Meals

September 1, 2011

We are always on the lookout for cheap meals and easy dinner recipes!  One tip that I use often is to have breakfast meals for dinner.  Here are some easy dinner recipes that won’t break the budget. Pancakes from Scratch Make up a batch of this pancake mix – it can last for several months [...]

One Month Frugal Menu Plan

One Month Frugal Menu Plan

August 30, 2011

One of the best things you can do for your grocery budget is to put together a menu plan.  You can do your menu plan by the week, or by the month – whichever works best for you. Some like to do their menu plan according to what is on sale at the grocery store, [...]

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