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Frugal Friday: Making the Most of In Season Produce

One of the ways we cut costs at our house is to stock up on grocery items when they are on sale. Regular readers are familiar with my weekly Grocery Geek posts and can testify to the fact that if it’s a good price, I’ll buy a lot of it, like 100 pounds of flour. […]

Asian Chicken Noodle Salad (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chicken)

I remember when I was growing up we ate a lot of chicken. Often it was simply baked chicken with crisp, salty, peppery skin. Yum! Other times Mom mixed it into casseroles, like in my favorite, Curried Chicken Divan. We didn’t know any better and we just called it “Chicken Curry.” Regardless of what you […]

Bye, Bye My Sweet Cherry Pie!

Check out what I made this weekend over at Good (& Cheap) Eats. (And, yes, that really is my picture!)

Ultimate Recipe Swap: The Fourth of July Edition

I am not Betsy Ross. Nor am I Bakerella. But, I really wanted to be. At least for a day. For the last month, I’ve been scheming this fantastic Fourth of July cake pop that I was going to wow you with. I had such great plans. I envisioned candy coated, star-shaped cakes on a […]

Summertime…. And the Cooking is Easy

It’s been a fun, but hot, summer day. Maybe you’ve been out and about most of the day and are now getting everyone home from the day’s activities. The shadows are growing a little longer. The breeze is starting to pick up. The kids are laughing and enjoying their play outside. And tummies are rumbling. […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: The Good Ole’ USA

Though it’s easy for our lives to get caught up in economics, the latest fashions, and the price of hot dogs at the local Stuff-Mart, the truth underlying it all is that we experience great freedom in being able to pursue those very things. The freedoms that we enjoy every day in the United States […]

Camp Wannalaffalotta: Heading to the Great Outdoors

In case you didn’t know this coming Saturday is the Great American Backyard Campout. Sponsored by the National Wildlife Federation, it’s a community event designed to encourage families to get outside and connect with nature. You don’t have to go far — just outside your backdoor. At to help and inspire you, this week’s Camp […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Summer Desserts (Recipe: Grilled Lemon Poundcake)

Summertime lends itself to easy cooking that doesn’t make you sweat. And while wintertime dessert plates might feature warm and spicy dishes like pumpkin pie or apple streudel, summer dictates something light, fresh, and cool. Last night we made something new! Using a Sara Lee frozen pound cake, fresh berries and whipped cream, FishPapa and […]