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Frugal Recipes Happenings Issue #21: Summer Fun & Food

Just a heads up to let you know that the Frugal Recipes Happenings Newsletter Issue #21: Summer Fun & Food is now available for viewing. Full of seasonal stories and ...

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Shrimp Scampi Salad

Salads are common fare during the spring and summer months, as we try to eat lighter after a winter of hearty meals. Experimenting with different combinations of foods keeps our ...

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Lettuce Wraps: Shrimp Scampi & Veggie

In Lettuce Wraps: Keepin’ it Veggie, I mentioned I bought shrimp, and will be posting some recipes that use shrimp scampi as their base. I don’t often by shrimp, so ...

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Cheeseburger with Vegetables, and a Chocolatey-Good Smoothie

Buy organic when possible, but don't feel guilty when you can't. My ...
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Banana Blueberry ‘Cereal’

I’m getting tired of winter and winter foods, wanting spring to be ...
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Apple-Banana Smoothie

Smoothies are a great way to use up small bits of food. ...

Latest Additions

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Fruit Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I put them into the sundae cups for a nice treat. I have real tea spoons with long handles that I place in the cups to add just a little fanciness to this treat. Ingredients any type of fruit that you like, and you can mix and match them coconut cream flavored […]

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Easy Sun Tea for One

I’ve wanted a mason jar glass with a cover and straw for some time now, and finally picked one up at Renny’s during a trip to the coast with the bestest. The trip was a blast, and I came home with a few things for my kitchen. This always makes me happy 🙂 Once I […]

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Lettuce Wraps: Keepin’ it Veggie

I’ve wanted to get away from eating the heavier foods of winter, and back into eating lighter fare. I’m switching things out as I can, now that the winter stocks are almost depleted. The last shopping trip netted me many fresh fruits and vegetables at a reasonable cost. I love it when I can pull […]

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Blueberry-Strawberry Parfait

I love parfaits during the spring and summer months. This berry based parfait is easy to make for a quick snack any time, and a little dark chocolate can be added if it is to be consumed as a dessert. Ingredients blueberries strawberries coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla extract Paleo granola dark chocolate chips […]

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Chocolate-Banana Pudding with Berries, and a Smoothie

I admit it. I love chocolate. I don’t know too many women who don’t. However, I’m trying to eat healthier foods. Traditional chocolate desserts are a no-no, and I comply with that most of the time. When I really want chocolate and am at home, chocolate pudding is a dessert I enjoy. Because there is […]

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Melon Parfaits

I enjoy my parfaits with vanilla or mint flavored coconut cream when consuming them as a snack or dessert, but can also be used as a side at lunch or dinner. This is a refreshing dish to have on a warm day. Ingredients 1/8 cup diced cantaloupe 1/8 cup diced honey dew melon 1/8 cup […]

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Frugal Popsicle Ideas

Spring and summer are the best times for popsicles. Sitting on the front porch with the family on a warm evening, enjoying a popsicle, and watching the stars, was one of my favorite things when Skye and Zowie were little. These popsicles are easy for children to make, though mom or dad may need to […]

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Farmers’ Market Shopping by Shannon L. Buck

Shopping Locally is the Way to Go Shopping at a farmers’ market is a lot of fun. They offer many items and a lot of the fresh produce sold at these events is very reasonably priced, if you know when to shop. I shop in Orono, Maine, because it is close to my home. This […]

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Edible Flowers for Your Frugal Garden

Not every flower is edible, so it’s important to identify each correctly before consuming. Many flowers can be eaten raw or used in cooking, and quite a few are excellent for cake decorating. They are even said to have health benefits, particularly for emotional health. This list will be helpful when deciding which flowers to […]

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Earth Day Activities for Frugal Meal Preparation Throughout the Year

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network wants to plant 7.8 billion trees as a way to combat climate change. What a wonderful thing to do! Want to help? Check out how to do so here. You can bet I’d be planting trees if I had the space to do so. There are many ways […]

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Trying New Foods, Harmless Harvest, and Earth Day

During my journey into eating healthier, I’ve been trying new foods. It’s important to do this, to make sure we’re getting all the nutrients we need. One of the ultimate goals to healthy eating is to get almost all of your nutrients through food, minimizing the supplements we need to take. Another ultimate goal is […]

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Banana ‘Cereal’ with Chocolate Almond Milk

I’m still trying new ‘cereal’ variations, and loving each of them. I’m consuming healthier, lighter foods this time if year, eating more salads, trying new smoothies, and enjoying simple ‘cereals’ and smoothie bowls. And I’m feeling a lot better, in both body and mind. The ‘cereals’ I eat are simple, and pack a good nutritional […]

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Cookbook Review: No Excuses Diet by Megan Gilmore

I love cookbooks, and used to have a nice collection of them before I moved and had to downsize. I loved those old cookbooks, but they didn’t necessarily include many recipes that I would now consider healthy. I love that I was able to add the No Excuses Detox: 100 Recipes to Help You Eat […]

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Freezer: Using up the Winter Stocks

Since it is the time of the year when we spring clean, I thought it would be nice if we all considered our freezers for a few minutes. Do you have any leftover produce in the freezer? I know that I still have some frozen smoothie packs and berries in the freezer that need to […]

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Decorated Jars

I did a little fun-shopping the other day. That does not happen very often. One of the places I went was Wal-Mart, to get a few craft supplies. I thought it would be fun to dress up the canning jars I use for storing food. I bought 1/8 yard each of blue and red gingham, […]

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Fruit and Chocolate Trail Mix

I don’t eat snacks often but, when I do, I’m trying to make healthy choices. These mixes can be placed in small jars and stored in the pantry, so you can quickly grab one when putting together a meal for work or when you want a snack. Trail mixes are easy to make, and allow […]

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Chili with ‘Cornbread’ Topping

This is an easy one, but it takes time because it’s actually two separate recipes and one of them is made in a crock pot. I start this in the morning, by making one of the chili recipes I love so much. For this meal, I used chicken, ground beef, and a mild  ground sausage, […]

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Pancakes with Apple-Maple Syrup

During my healthy eating journey, I’m trying to refrain from saying ‘I’m on a diet’. What I’m really doing is creating a lifestyle change. One that will not only help me to lose weight and be healthier, but will allow me to keep the weight off and stay healthier. Diets don’t do that. Lifestyle changes […]

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Apple-Maple Syrup

I’ve decided to experiment with syrups. I’m trying not to eat the typical syrups found at the store, preferring to use maple. A guest at the inn brought me fresh maple syrup last spring, made by a friend of his here in Maine. I put it away for winter, because that’s when I usually eat […]

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Smoothie Bowl with Strawberries and Almonds

If you haven’t already seen my original smoothie bowl recipe and the Chocolatey Good Smoothie Bowl, now is as good a time as any! Check them out, try them, and let me know what you think. Ingredients (For the smoothie) 1/2 of a banana a handful of fresh baby spinach 3 slices of cucumber 1 […]

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Chocolatey Good Smoothie Bowl

I’ve decided I love smoothie bowls! And, since I mentioned I’d be sharing more with you, I figure it’s about time I do so. One day I was craving chocolate, but did not want to go to the store for candy or a dessert item (I don’t keep that stuff in the house!). A smoothie […]

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Fruit and Almond ‘Cereal’

Winter food is usually heartier food, at least for me, but I’m trying to eat lighter right now. After being sick so much in December and January, I just want to pack in all the nutrients I can. Holiday eating has a way of getting out of control, and my body pays for it in […]

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