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Frugal Recipes Happenings ~ Autumn 2018

Happy Autumn! It is my favorite time of year. Last night, Zowie and Devan brought my grandchildren for a Halloween visit. Little Man was a witch, and Little Miss a pumpkin. I made up treat bags for Little Man and his parents, and gave Little Miss (almost four months old!) a little stuffed witch. Before […]

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Happy November & December! <3

Hello Everyone! I wanted to check in with everyone, to see how you are doing and to let you know that I am taking a couple of months off from blogging and many of my other writing activities. In November, I’ll be publishing my last fiction story of the year. I’ll also spend the next […]

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Frugal Recipes Happenings ~ Summer 2018

Happy Summer! The nicer days make me so happy 🙂 How about you? Skye and her boyfriend and I have been taking advantage of restaurants where we can sit outside and eat. It’s been a real culinary adventure. I’ve tried a few new places since Skye moved back home last fall, starting with the our […]

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Busy Cooks Guide to Easy Meal Prep

I know what it’s like, being so busy you don’t have time to prepare healthy meals and snacks at home. Things get crazy-busy sometimes, and there does not seem like enough time to do all that we have to do. But there are things that will help to make meal prep easy during the busier […]

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Quick Tip: The Pesky Smoke Detector!

I hate having a smoke detector in the kitchen, but they are supposed to be there – or at least real close. It’s so irritating when you’re not even burning food and the thing has to go off. I think it has just as much to do with heat as with smoke. So here is […]

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Dirty Dozen & Clean 15, And Me

I assume since you are here, you’re trying to eat healthy/ier, as I am. Each year I read the Environmental Working Groups Dirty Dozen and Clean 15 list to see where things stand. I always hope for the best, and I’m always dismayed at the amount of pesticides in our food. Today was no different. […]

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Cucumber-Banana Smoothie

Cucumbers are a great addition to most smoothies. Their water content is high, so you might not need as much milk in this recipe as you do in others. Use what greens are in season. You’ll save money if you grow them yourself. Use organic ingredients whenever you can. This recipes uses leftover ingredients from […]

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Vegetable-Banana Smoothie

Another leftovers type of smoothie for you to try. A lot of times I just use whatever I have on hand. Add more milk if it isn’t smooth enough. Smoothie recipes pack quite the nutritional punch at snack time, or with your breakfast. Ingredients 1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (may need more) 1 egg […]

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Tropical Vanilla Smoothie

I love throwing whatever I have into the blender to see what happens. This is one of the food combinations I came up for a recent smoothie. Smoothie recipes are especially tasty, and certainly more healthy, when using organic foods. Feel free to use bits of leftover fruits and vegetables in this smoothie, as I […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright January 2018.

Frugal Recipes Happenings ~ Spring 2018

Yesterday was the first day of spring, but you wouldn’t know it with all the snow and cold. I took out the trash this morning and there was no hint of spring in the air or on the ground. Brrrr. But I know it will be here soon enough. The warmer days. The buds on […]

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Fruity Cocoa Goodness (Smoothie)

Once in a while I have a chocolate craving. I find smoothies are a great way to take care of this. Making them thick and adding ice is also a nice treat. Doing so almost makes a smoothie seem like a milkshake. I use organic ingredients when I can. They really do have superior flavor. […]

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Quick Tip: Using Leftovers to Make Smoothies

I know, it sounds gross. But those aren’t the type of leftovers I’m talking about. I am talking about using those leftover bits of raw fruits and vegetables. You know, that half of a banana your little one didn’t eat at lunch, or the three pea pods he neglected. The chopped vegetables, such as carrots, […]

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USDA Thrifty Food Plan, January 2018

Not everyone has a large budget for food. Even those of us needing to eat healthy have to keep costs down. Doing so is not always easy. A few years back I came across the USDA Thrifty Food Plan, and wanted to share it with you. There are weeks when I’m lucky if I have […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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