Stockpiling and Shopping In Your Own Kitchen


It’s so fun for me to read how other moms manage their households and to hear what they do to make ends meet. Today, Connie shares some of her tricks to “eat from the pantry” all year long. Being a stay at home mom with seven children means I have to be frugal in every […]

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Challenges, Challenges: New Year, New You


The new year can be such an exciting time to start fresh in some area of your life. Set a goal, envision a new and good habit, and then set off on an adventure in achieving it. It’s amazing how many blog-sponsored “challenges” are active right now. It could be easy to get overwhelmed. The key […]

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Creative Birthday Cakes: What Should I Make?

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Life is full of challenges, is it not? And the blogosphere is no different. Two weeks ago, Crystal and I decided to “eat from the pantry,” and we invited you to do it with us. Last week, I asked if you’d Book It with me this year and set some reading goals. Today? I’m asking […]

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Personalized Household Notebook – Doing It My Way

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Every successful woman uses some kind of organizational method. I’m not saying that she uses something complicated. But, unless she’s got a photographic memory or a million hired hands, the with-it woman has her ducks in a row, and someway to organize them. And I want to be a with-it woman. So, I’ve been working […]

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Keys to a Successful Pancake Breakfast — or Dinner


As we “eat-from-the-pantry” this month, I anticipate some creative cooking and menu planning. However, one regular feature on our menu that also makes good use of pantry staples is one that my kids will gladly embrace: Pancakes! My husband is usually the pancake chef around here, creating all sorts of cool designs. Whether you serve […]

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Meal Planning: Week 2 Pantry Challenge


One pleasant surprise from this Eat from the Pantry Challenge has been a renewed interest in cooking. Ask me again in three weeks’ time if I still like it. But, right now, it’s been a fun challenge to create fun meals for my family. I was dumbfounded when FishPapa and FishBoy12 asked several times if […]

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Grocery Geek Presents: Squeaking In Under Budget


This past week I’ve been trying to build the bulk of our meals from the pantry. My goals for this “Eat from the Pantry” Challenge have included spending $400 (or less) on groceries in the month of January and focusing on what we have. This is at least $200 less than I normally spend. Considering […]

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Frugal Friday: Organize Your Wallet


It sounds funny to say so, but one great way to keep money in your wallet is to look in your wallet — often. If you don’t have a good idea of what’s in there, you may be liable to spend more than you have or to let great savings opportunities slip through your fingers. […]

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