Stock the Pantry: Planning for Frugal Soups and Stews

Creamy Carrot and Apple Soup

As I’m writing this post it’s late-June and I have a pot of soup on the stove for supper. Two days ago it was quite warm and more salad weather than soup weather but last night a storm came through and has left a cold dreary day behind. Once again perfect for […]

Favorite Less Beef Meals

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The cost of beef is going up. I’ve read a few different articles that peg the increase anywhere from 4% to 10% and this is a following a record increase of 5% in 2013! When I was in Oregon last week I bought beef at Trader Joe’s I was shocked at the prices. Almost […]

Black Beans: Cooking and Favorite Meals

Black Beans

You may know that I have a slight obsession with beans. Beans are a wonderfully frugal whole food, they have an excellent nutritional profile, and are extremely versatile. There are hundreds of varieties of beans/legumes available which really helps keep things interesting. Beans also make an excellent addition to your food storage.

For ease of […]

Farmer Boy Pancakes

Farmer Boy Pancakes

Most of our breakfasts are quite quick since someone is always trying to get out the door. But on weekends or days without school or work we’ll have a more leisurely breakfast. Pancakes are often requested. Due to cost, we very rarely have maple syrup with our pancakes. Sometimes I’ll make Buttermilk Syrup but […]

Potato and Salmon Patties

Potato and Salmon Patties

This is a tasty lunch that we enjoy as often as we can. Leftover mashed potatoes combined with wild caught canned salmon and an egg or two to hold it all together makes a super easy and delicious patty. These are great fresh out of the pan or served cold making them packed lunch friendly.

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Menu Plan Week of November 11

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It is quite cold here! We had snow and single digit temperatures over the weekend. I think it is supposed to warm up later in the week.

Last week’s menu plan kind of fell apart. Christopher came down with a flu bug Sunday night. He was sick all day Monday which meant my day was […]

5 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

5 Ways to Cut Down on Food Waste

Did you throw $6.23 in the garbage can today?

According to the Natural Resources Defense Council’s food and agriculture program the average American family of four throws away the equivalent of $2275 annually in food (1). That is $189.58 each month or $6.23 each day!

Keeping food out of the garbage can will help […]

Menu Week of August 26

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Week 2 of school but the first full week. We seem to be adjusting to our schedule. Christopher really missed his sisters last week and kept asking where they were. This week he and I will be starting preschool (homeschool) so hopefully that will help pass the time. A friend told me about Before Five […]

Super Flexible Stuffed Burritos

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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 […]

Menu Plan Week of June 24

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One thing that I used to do on this blog was share a weekly menu plan. I stopped doing it some time ago but lately have been thinking of returning to sharing a weekly menu plan at least temporarily. One question that is often asked of me in ‘real life’ is “what do you eat”. […]

New Giveaway/Sweepstakes!

Are you looking for great ideas to help stretch your food budget? This eBook is for you!

Recently I had the pleasure of previewing a new eBook by April Lewis Patel of An Apple a Day Wisdom. When she emailed with a description of this book I knew it would be right up my alley […]

Thrifty Food Plan Experience

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This eBook is an in-depth look at the 2 week Thrifty Food Plan Experience that my family did in March of 2012. 67 pages of thoughts, tips, and ideas plus a 2 week menu plan, over 40 recipes and links to many more.

 

This experience was based off of the USDA’s food cost guidelines. […]

Sourdough Donuts

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I started thinking about making these when reading one of the books in my favorite series from Lauraine Snelling (I can’t remember which one but it is one of the later ones). In the book they have bread out to rise and decide to ‘steal’ some of the dough to turn into a treat […]

Naturally Leavened Muffins

Design a Dish Muffins

A few weeks ago I made a double batch of muffins. I realized as soon as they were in the oven that I’d forgot to add any baking powder or baking soda. Oops.

I expected to end up with stones instead of muffins. I was super surprised to pull beautiful muffins with a terrific rise […]

Design a Sourdough Muffin

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A few years ago I shared my basic muffin formula. This is an adaptation from the muffin formula in The Complete Tightwad Gazette by Amy Dacyczyn. I changed the original formula to allow for soaking the grains (in order to reduce the phytic acid and other anti-nutrients). I expanded on the details of this basic […]

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