Category: food

My Cookbook Obsession – That’s Totally Free

My Cookbook Obsession - That's Totally Free

I’m not gonna lie. I’m not a great cook.

Ok, I’m not even a good cook. I kind of stumble my way through recipes until they’re edible. Ok, maybe it’s a small step up from that. Sometimes my creations are kinda tasty.

And I will say, one secret to a good marriage is a partner who makes you feel like you just cooked a meal worthy of Wolfgang Puck, even if he’s doing it through wincing eyes and gritted teeth. I’m lucky to have one of those.

But you know what, I love to try!


Easiest, Last-Minute, Budget-Friendly Holiday Treat Ever!

Easiest, Last-Minute, Budget-Friendly Holiday Treat Ever!

Of course, I wait until the last minute to make a treat to take to a holiday party. The day of the party. 🤦‍♀️ But never fear, if you’re a procrastinator like me, I have a go-to holiday treat that is super easy and budget-friendly. And I should mention it’s the yummiest thing ever and you can make it dozens of different ways. Can it get any better?!

It’s chocolate bark. Here are the super quick and easy steps and five delicious combinations.


5 Frugal Kitchen Gadgets For Cooking Healthy

I went on a bit of a shopping spree at the grocery store recently. I was standing there looking at all the kitchen utensils and gadgets and thinking, “Wow, those are cool.” So I grabbed a few (several) of them.

But I’m not one to buy gadgets that sit in the drawer and don’t get used and therefore waste money. So what I got was super affordable and they make a big impact on cooking healthier meals for my family. (more…)

5 Things You Should Stop Buying

I hope you’ve gotten some helpful tips from me over the last several months on saving money. But sometimes saving money -though it’s great- isn’t the only motivation to try something new. Another great reason is to make things healthier for you and your family. That’s why I want to show you how to make five cooking staples on your own instead of buying them… for your wallet and your health. (more…)

Recycled Feast – Free-For-All Veggie Pizza

Unless I’m following a fancy Pinterest recipe, my cooking is usually very basic with fresh, healthy ingredients. And as I explained in my previous Recycled Feast post, Anything Goes Quesadillas, I often morph leftovers from various meals to make a new meal. It saves money by pushing grocery shopping back another day and it uses food that would otherwise go to waste, which is a big pet peeve of mine.

I recently used a drawer full of leftover veggies to make a flavor-packed pizza. (more…)

No Need To Order Out – Cook Like a Restaurant Chef At Home!

I try to make my family home cooked meals each night with healthy ingredients. But let’s face it, who’s that good ALL the time? Not me. And sometimes you just crave take-out because it tastes so good.

These recipes below are some of my favorites. They give you the same great taste as your favorite restaurant and you can control the cost and the ingredients, which can make it much cheaper and healthier. (more…)

5 Favorite Crock-Pot Recipes

Moms already have a lot on their ‘plate’ even before it comes to making dinner. Among our other jobs of house cleaner, bus driver, tutor, cheerleader and shopper it’s sometimes hard to also squeeze in master chef.

My secret to culinary sanity is Pinterest. If you’ve read some of my other posts, you know I love it and use it all the time for meal planning. And one of my regular searches is ‘easy crock-pot recipe.’

As cooking goes, I think crock-pots are the coolest thing since sliced bread. I can throw in the ingredients in the afternoon, pickup the kids from school, take them to their sports activities and come home to a fully cooked dinner.

Here are five of my go-to favorites. (more…)

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