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. […]

Throw a Birthday Cake Theme My Way! Challenge Me!

Because I’m bored and have nothing better to do (like find a new house, pack up, and move), I thought I’d ask my readers to challenge me with a birthday cake theme. Last time we played this game, I was stumped to create a Fancy Nancy cake and a Breakfast Cake. Theme suggestions will be […]

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 […]

Save the Date! Birthday Cake Round-Up

You are cordially invited to the third Birthday Cake Round-Up, hosted by LifeasMOM. It’s true. And I hope you can come. Who: YOU and all your friends, cousins, and enemies. (Well, don’t tell your enemies. They can stay home.) What: a carnival rounding up birthday cakes of all walks of life, all sizes, all shapes. […]

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!)

Frugal Friday: Save Money on Birthdays

This post was originally published on May 30, 2008 Birthdays are meant to be a celebration of the guest of honor and a time to thank God for him or her. But, children’s parties can take on a life of their own if you aren’t careful. Being on a budget has forced me to calm […]

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. […]