Menu Week of February 1, 2016

I often find myself singing or humming part of a tune that fits the circumstances. We’ve been in Oklahoma for the last several months and many times the song “Oklahoma!” comes out of my mouth. My husband is often singing “You’re the Reason God Made Oklahoma” or “Living on Tulsa Time“.

This week the […]

Menu Week of June 15

This week we’re still focusing on eating out of our food storage and enjoying the few items we produce ourselves. Our freezer is emptying out rather quickly which is normal for this time of year. We stock it up in the fall during hunting season and when processing chickens and ducks. At this point we […]

Menu Week of March 23

We’re celebrating! With the longer days the chickens and ducks have started laying again. We’re getting between 10 and 12 eggs a day which means I’ll be planning meals using eggs. After this long winter of almost no eggs, we’re pretty excited.

This week I’m trying lentils. I started an elimination diet back in December […]

Menu Plan Week of July 28 & a Challenge for August

I’m very happy to be back home in Wyoming!

Little Boy and I were gone for just under two weeks. The first week we went to Oregon for my work. I’m happy to say that the work went well. On Friday of that week my oldest girl and my youngest girl both joined us at […]

Menu Plan Week of June 16

I have a confession to make. I have been avoiding going to the grocery store. For several weeks now I’ve only stopped by the market when absolutely necessary and only to pick up things that I think we can’t live without. Usually that is fresh produce but even that has been sparser than it probably […]

Menu Plan Week of June 9

I hope you are having a terrific Monday! We had a great and very productive weekend. We finished putting in the garden, planted a few small trees, and put some grass seed in a bare spot. Now that the garden is in our focus will be on fixing more of the bare spots in our […]

Favorite Meat-Free Meals

In my post yesterday, 5 Ways to Afford Real Food on a Meager Budget, I talked about how we ate less meat but still had high quality meals. In this post I share a few of our favorite meat-free meals.

Creamed Onions with Thyme and Sage

This is a dish that we love and […]

Menu Plan Week of March 31

Spring in Wyoming. Saturday was a perfect example of a spring like day for here. We woke up to rain. A little bit later that rain become a sleet/hail type thing. Then we had big fat snowflakes. That kept up until around noon time. Once it stopped it suddenly warmed up and everything melted rather […]

Menu Plan Week of December 2

This week’s menu plan actually features two separate plans.

On Saturday (December 1) I left town for my work and my family remained at home to fend for themselves. Considering that one of my titles at home is Head Chef there was some concern that they all might starve while the Head Chef was gone […]

Super Flexible Stuffed Burritos

While we were on our family vacation this summer we ate out at Chipotle’s. We each had a huge stuffed burrito and while dining Joe said we should eat more burritos. I was surprised by that since we often have some sort of burrito, taco or tostado as part of our Stretchy Bean dishes.

My […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience: Almost the End

$172 per week, two weeks, family of 5, real food.

That is the current experience as part of the series Someone Else’s Shoes. We’re starting completely from scratch following the monetary guidelines put out by the USDA for the Cost of Food at Home Thrifty Food Plan. The USDA attaches a weekly dollar amount […]

Lentils: Cooking and Favorite Meals

I thought I had a post on here about how much I love lentils. And while I do mention lentils quite often I don’t seem to have a post completely dedicated to these little gems.

I did not grow up eating lentils and to be quite honest the first time I made them I wasn’t […]

Lentils: Menu Week of May 1

Last week I mentioned that I thought spring was just about here. About an hour or so after that posting, it started to snow. And continued to snow off and on through Saturday. So maybe I was mistaken. A little snow is okay. My prayers are with all of those affected by the devastating […]

Lentils: Menu Week of March 6

Week 10 of my 13 Week Rotating Menu Plan. This week features Lentils as our Stretchy Bean.

I do my lentils a bit different than most of the other Stretchy Beans. After soaking the lentils instead of cooking them, I let them begin to sprout (click here for sprouting directions). That night I use […]

Stretch Your Budget with Stretchy Beans


I know that I have mentioned Stretchy Beans quite a bit lately as part of my 13 Week Menu Plan. It occurred to me that every time I mention them, it is part of another post or a page. I was thinking today that Stretchy Beans being incredibly popular and useful at my […]