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Category: Frugal Cooking & Recipes

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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, [...]

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

October 23, 2010

After you’ve carved your pumpkins , roast the seeds for a delicious and nutritious snack. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Remove all of the seeds from the inside of the pumpkin. Clean the seeds – remove all of the pumpkin and stringy pieces with cold water. Dry seeds off and lay them on a cookie sheet. Spray [...]

Make Your Own Blend of Herbal Vinegars

Make Your Own Blend of Herbal Vinegars

October 12, 2010

Making your own herbal vinegar is very easy, and the flavors you create can be used to spice up marinades, sauces, salad dressings, or anywhere you want to add extra flavor.  Try combining white-wine vinegar with tarragon, or thyme, or red-wine vinegar with sweet basil, dill, or mint.  Experiment with different types of vinegars and [...]

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

August 27, 2010

I made 2 dozen of these muffins today and they were a huge hit with the kids.  Personally I thought they were a bit dry, and quickly realized my mistake.  We have our own chickens and quite often we get eggs with double yolks.  Sure enough that was the case today and I counted the [...]

How to Make Homemade Pizza

How to Make Homemade Pizza

August 5, 2010

Ordering pizza from the local delivery place is a convenient dinner solution for those nights when I have nothing to fix, but it is so expensive.  I have 5 boys and a husband, and for everyone to get enough food we order 4 pizzas.  The bill easily comes to $50.00, and honestly it isn’t worth [...]

Spicy Hawaiian Sliders for the Freezer

Spicy Hawaiian Sliders for the Freezer

July 16, 2010

A few days ago I made a batch of these sliders and they were a huge hit with the kids. Keep them on hand for a quick and easy snack, lunch or dinner! If you want to spice them up even more, try substituting sliced banana peppers for the pickles. Ingredients: 3 lb. ground beef [...]

Quick Tip:  Easy Brownie Clean up

Quick Tip: Easy Brownie Clean up

July 7, 2010

The next time you make brownies, try this tip for fast and easy clean up. Line your baking pan with aluminum foil so it covers the bottom of the pan as well as the sides.  Spray the foil with cooking spray, or spread Crisco or butter on the foil to keep the brownies from sticking. [...]

Italian Eggplant Bites for the Freezer

Italian Eggplant Bites for the Freezer

July 3, 2010

This is a delicious once a month cooking recipe for all you eggplant lovers.  I absolutely love eggplant parmigana, but I am the only one in my family who enjoys it.  So instead of making an entire casserole just for myself, I came up with this recipe.  It is almost like an eggplant pizza!  I [...]

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