How Can You Eat Cheaply in California?


Hey there! I’m Jessica. I think that motherhood should be savored, like a good piece of chocolate. But sometimes it feels like more duty than delight. Am I right? I’m working to change that. Read more about me here and this blog here. There’s this attitude out there that one must be rich to live […]

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Enjoying Family Movie Nights

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Photo Source: Eye of Einstein One of the things that we love to do as a family is to watch movies. It’s usually a weekly event. It’s rare that we go to the movie theatre, but when we do, it is a fun event. Regularly, we watch movies at home and we have a little […]

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See this box? I ordered two cases of diapers on Saturday night, late. (Yes, I’m slow to move on some deals.) Today is Monday. delivered in less than 48 hours, and shipping was free! Unbelievable! In case you missed it: Sign up for a new account at Spend $49 on diapers, wipes, or other […]

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Freezer Cooking Wrapped Up!

Gramma John's Cookies

Gramma John’s Blue Ribbon Chocolate Chip Cookies I can’t tell you how exhausted I am. Today was much harder than Saturday, in part because FishPapa wasn’t here to “ride herd” or to bring me that Vanilla Coke from Sonic in the waning afternoon. (And I SO wanted both of those things today). But, I got […]

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Freezer Cooking: The Weekend Update


So, I got a head start on freezer cooking this weekend. I wasn’t sure how it would play out, since we like to reserve weekends for family time. As it turned out – it rained. A lot.  So most of our family time was home based. Great time to get some meals going. Friday nights […]

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Recent Giveaway Winners

I just sent off emails to the following giveaway winners. Please reply with your mailing address as soon as you can. Winners of Sara Lee bread: Jessica at Moneyless Momma Abby H jhopfauf@ Alea aleasleftovers@ Courtney adamandcourtney@ Anne Marie Winners of Burpee Seedstarting Greenhouse: Vicki camkimom@ Brianne brianne121279@ cwaltz dazed1821@ Melanie rankin1997@ Julie essentailsimplicity@ […]

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Freezer Cooking Survival Guide


So, you’ve got your plan for freezer cooking. You’ve seen how an expert does it. You’ve done your shopping. You’re all prepared for a big day of cooking. Now what? Bulk cooking can be intimidating, but it’s so rewarding in the long run. You won’t have to do much cooking — or dishwashing — during […]

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Meal Planning: New Month, New Menu

chicken and wild rice bake

Chicken and Wild Rice Bake I love the start of a new month. It’s a chance to start over. I feel like I got a clean slate to work on. Plus, with freezer cooking this weekend/week, I’ll have a full freezer and hopefully, less kitchen work in the coming weeks. Here’s how freezer meals and […]

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