Author Archives | Shannon L. Buck
Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright January 2018.

I Bought Me Presents!

Over the holidays and for a little after, I worked a lot of overtime. It was tiring, but worth it because regular pay + holiday pay + overtime = a lot of money! Yay! So I bought me a few nice things for my kitchen! This does not happen every day, month, or even year. […]

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Quick Tip: Keep a Few Homemade Single-Serve Meals on Hand

You never know when you may need one. In a hurry and need a meal for work? Grab a container of chili-topped squash or sweet potato from the freezer? Not feeling good and don’t want to go? Take out a container of chicken noodle soup.

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Photograph copyright January 2017 by Shannon L. Buck.

Invest in Containers for Meal Prep

And don’t worry about spending all outdoors on them. I found the containers I mention in this article at Walmart at reasonable cost. They are BPA free, and will be perfect for my work meals. These containers can go into the freezer, on the top shelf of the dishwasher, and even into the microwave if you have one, and are reusable.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2015 http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Quick Tip: Save Money on Herbs & Spices

A while back I wrote a quick tip for you on growing your own herbs, but there are other ways you can save money on these delectable additions to meals. First, go through your pantry and see what you have. Make note of which herbs and spices you use the most of, and which you […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 13, 2015. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Quick Tip: Plan Meals AFTER You Shop

Sounds strange, doesn’t it? But hear me out. I don’t always shop with a list, especially if I’m on a tighter than usual budget. Why? Because I can shop, finding the items with the best prices, and create meals from those foods when I get home. If I only have $25.00 to spend, I take […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Would You be Interested In…

I have an idea for the Frugal Recipes blog, and I’m wondering how many of you would be willing to help me out. I don’t have all the details worked out yet, but what I want to do is feature readers every-so-often who are trying to keep it healthy on a tight budget. If this […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright February 25, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Frugal Recipes Happenings, Winter 2018

Some of you will remember when I used to publish this newsletter right here on the blog. It was a long time ago. I’ve tried two other platforms for publishing since then, but neither was the same as posting straight to this blog. So I am posting here again. It feels more comfortable. The way […]

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Photograph copyright 2017 by Shannon L. Buck. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Peppermint Coconut Cream

Here is another coconut cream recipe that is quick and easy to make, and can be catered to your own tastes. Some of you will like more peppermint flavoring than others, so experiment to see what works for you. The creams I am making, such as this one and the vanilla coconut cream, are far […]

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Photograph copyright 2017 by Shannon L. Buck. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Vanilla Coconut Cream

This coconut cream recipe is so quick and easy to make, and can be catered to your own tastes.

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Yule Napkin Rings

Part of kitchen wizardry is decorating the table, especially at holidays and sabbats. Napkin rings allow you to add a little extra flair to the table. Different types of greenery and spices make decorating for Yule a simple, fragrant task. You can make these with real greenery to use once, or make them to last […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Chocolaty Good Banana-Cranberry Cereal

They are so simple to make using different types of things. This is a simple one that I made using cranberries to celebrate the autumn season. Oh, and I was also having a chocolate craving.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Banana-Pear Smoothie

For this smoothie, I used the leftover pear and banana from the Pear and Blueberry Cereal I shared with you. Smoothies are a great, healthy way, when done right, to add essential nutrients to your diet. I love coming up with new combinations of ingredients for these drinks.

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Pear and Blueberry Cereal

I had so much fun experimenting with these healthy cereals throughout the spring and summer months. It’s hard to express just how refreshing these are after a long winter of heavy meals. And they are so tasty with the various flavors of the different ingredients. I love how I can switch things up according to […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Paleo Chocolate Sauce

Brownie delights are one of my favorite desserts. I can get them locally at Governor’s restaurant, but it will have far more sugar than any one person should ever have at one sitting. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve allowed myself one a year from there, because these desserts are amazing. But for home, I wanted […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Homemade Food Gifts: Baked Goods

The most frugal way to make these foods is from scratch. Admittedly, I often use boxed items when I’m able to purchase them on sale, with a coupon. They can be pretty affordable just before and during the holidays. The trick to doing this in the most frugal manner possible is by figuring out whether […]

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Mantle Decorations

Decorating the mantle at Yule is a big thing. It is at Christmas as well. Food and greenery can be used for this. I like to use reusable items as much as possible for sabbat and holiday decorating, but I also enjoy the scent of fruits, and spices like cinnamon. It’s possible to combine fake […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Dried Herbs

Throughout the summer and autumn months, you’ve harvested and dried organic herbs to use in your culinary ventures throughout the winter. As is usually the case, you have far more of these dried herbs than you’ll be able to use before the next harvest season. Why not share your bounty with family and friends? Hopefully, […]

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Leftover Turkey Nachos

(Update 2017) As you can probably tell, I’ve spent some time this year experimenting with and trying out new versions of recipes. I’ve changed them here on the blog to reflect how I am eating now. For the most part, I’m keeping the recipes healthy. But you’ll notice a few family favorites here and there […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Homemade Food Gifts: The Cooks’ Gift

If you’ve taken the time to make the homemade vinegars, oils and butters that have been featured here on the Frugal Recipes blog, then you have a great base for a cooks’ holiday gift. If you have made dried herb gifts, you will be able to add them to this. All of these items, combined […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Leftover Thanksgiving Mini Casserole Cups

(For when you do not have enough ingredients for a whole casserole) Children who can use an oven by themselves will find this easy. Younger children can put the casserole together for you to bake. To make this recipe even easier, you can prepare it when cleaning up after your Thanksgiving meal, and pop it […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright December 29, 2017. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Leftover Thanksgiving Fry Pan Meal

This recipe is frugal because it uses leftovers from you Thanksgiving meal. It’s easy enough for an older child to make. Leftover Potatoes: You will want to make sure that these are warmed when the pan-fried food is done. You can do this in the oven. Sweet potato is a good choice. Ingredients to put […]

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Pumpkin and Marigold Centerpiece

This centerpiece is not difficult to make using a mid-size pumpkin, or even one a bit larger. It can be placed on the dinner table. A second can be made to be used as a mantle decoration. Materials 1 pumpkin sharp knife flower-pot to fit inside the pumpkin large spoon organic potting soil fresh Marigold […]

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