La Salsa!

Salsa is a regular staple in my refrigerator. Since my husband and I both grew up in Southern California, we’ve tasted some mighty fine salsas in our time. Years ago when we moved to one income, I realized that I couldn’t spend $4-6 every week on fresh salsa from the store. Nor could I continue […]

Egg-stra! Egg-stra! (Recipe: Easy Omelets)

Read all about it. Jenn at Frugal Upstate is doing a series on frugal foods, starting this week with eggs. Check it out for a plethora of egg recipe links. Recently, I’ve scored great deals on eggs, stocking up when they’re inexpensive. With five kids, we go through a lot of eggs around here. One […]

What’s There To Eat, Mama?

Vegetable Kabobs 3

That is a question I hear a lot around here. We are a family of gluttons, er, I mean, foodies. I have one child who inquires at bedtime every night, “What’s for Breakfast?” Let’s just say we enjoy our food. One great tip that I read on Organized Home is to make up a box […]

Chocolate, Anyone? (Recipe: Chocolate Cheesecake)

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

Earlier this week I posed the question: What Make You Joyful? If you haven’t had a chance to read the comments section, please do! They are excellent: insightful, encouraging, compassionate, and creative. I really felt like, “Hey! What great advice! We’re in this thing together! “ Please feel free to keep the conversation going. One […]

Good, Cheap Eats This Week

Snacky Lunch

In my efforts to curb our grocery spending, I have had to simplify my cooking habits. I came of age in Santa Barbara, CA where fancy restaurants and gourmet food abound. Since I have always been a glutton, er, I mean, foodie, this was a fun place to enter adulthood. The families at church and […]

Meal Planning: 31 with 31

grilled chicken dinner couscous green beans

So, in order to avoid McDonalds and StuffMart everyday, we know it’s best to have a meal plan. I’ve mentioned how I’ve been doing it recently and how I (and multitudes of mothers) have done it in the past. Last year I devised a different method based on putting together a “staples ingredient” list to […]

Trail Mix Cookies

I made a batch of these last night, without the chocolate chips. (I needed those for my birthday cheesecake. No scrimping there.) But since these are supposed to be a little healthy, I figured it was ok. FishBoys didn’t agree. Chocolate is necessary, they say. Well, they’ll live. Enjoy! 1 c. canola oil 3/4 c. […]

Berry Me, Please (Three Berry Recipes: Scones, Smoothie, Coffeecake)

blueberries

Berry season is beginning throughout the country. In my old stomping grounds, the local berry favorite was the olallieberry. Unfortunately, those don’t grow in these here parts. But, blueberries do very well here on the Kansas-Missouri border. So, we’re learning to adapt. Here are three of our favorite recipes featuring blueberries: Blueberry-Pineapple Smoothie You can […]