Stocking Up Can Save You Money & Time

Stocking up on regularly used groceries when you find them on sale is a great way to stretch your resources. Save time and money by stocking up in advance.

cans of chiles, tuna, artichokes, tomato sauce, and chestnuts on a shelf

You might love to cook and eat, but grocery shopping and paying the bill at the check stand are typically not so fun. You’re tired and would rather have someone else do the shopping. And the paying.

Why not dream big, right?

What if I told you you could have an unlimited grocery budget and a fully stocked pantry?

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The Banana Pecan Coffeecake that Tastes like Toffee

Dark brown sugar and pecans add flavor, sweetness, and crunch to this Banana Pecan Coffeecake. It’s like all that’s delicious about banana and toffee rolled into one.

square of banana pecan coffeecake on a plate with strawberries

Do you go through a lot of bananas at house? It seems like you can never keep them on hand long enough. Between Monkey Salad and Magic Monkey Bananas, who could ever let bananas go to waste?!

That said, inevitably one can overbuy. Or just forget that there was a beautiful bunch of bananas on the counter just a few days ago.

Never fear! There are plenty of ways to make good use of the bananas that might have browned a bit too much for just munching. Try using the very ripe bananas in smoothies, like this Coconut Mango Banana version or just freeze them sliced to stock your Smoothie Station.

Bananas are also the perfect baking ingredient, making a lovely appearance in Chocolate Banana Marble Cake,  Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting or Coconut Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips.

And of course this amazing, crumb- and nut-topped confection that tastes like banana and toffee all rolled into one. Continue Reading »

Making the Most of In-Season Produce to Save Money

Cut grocery costs by making the most of in-season produce. Here are some tips to get the best prices and enjoy the fruit of the season.

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Back to School Freezer Meals to Make Life Easier

Make some meals ahead of time and freeze them to enjoy later. Make school days and school nights so much easier with these Back to School Freezer Meals. Individual Chicken Bacon Subs It seems like the school year just ended, but here we are with school supplies and registration forms and all the busy-ness of […]

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The Taco Soup Recipe Your 5-Year Old Can Make

Taco Soup is an easy-to-prepare dish, so easy even a 5-year old can do it. And it tastes great, especially when you make it without the packets of junky mixes. Some days you just don’t want to cook.  You want to eat, to be sure. But, cooking? No way, Jose. However, in the life as […]

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Freezer Smoothies Make for Quick Snacks & Breakfasts

Build a stash freezer of freezer smoothies so that you can enjoy quick snacks and breakfasts without having to clean the blender every day! Do your kids love the sweet taste of smoothies? Do you love how smoothies lend themselves to life on-the-go — and how you can hide vegetables in them without the kids […]

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Snacky Lunch – Simple & Easy to Make Everyone Happy

The Snacky Lunch is just that – a lunch of snacks. Assemble a variety of proteins, vegetables, fruits, and breads for a DIY meal to please the masses. You need a quick and easy meal to feed your family. You don’t want fast food, but neither do you want a messy kitchen when you’re done. […]

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How to Make Frozen Chocolate Bananas at Home

Frozen Chocolate Bananas are a fun, whimsical treat that your kids will love to assemble themselves. What’s more fun than dipping bananas in chocolate and adding all kinds of yummy toppings? Who doesn’t have a fun memory of enjoying a frozen banana on a hot day, wiping melted chocolate off a cheek? The classic combination […]

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