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Freezer Mix-Ups

What are mix-ups?  Well, to make a mix-up, all you do slice or chop fruits and/or vegetables for freezing. These will likely be different each time you freeze, depending on the available produce and the amounts. They are easy to throw together and place in the freezer for later use. This is a good way […]

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Homemade Vegetable Stock

By not having to purchase canned vegetable stocks, you’ll save money on your grocery bill.  Use the peels and ends of the vegetables from your cooking ventures, along with some pieces of whole vegetables, if necessary.  Herbs may also be used. Nothing has to go to waste completely. The finished product may be frozen in […]

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Homemade Chicken Stock

Use chicken bones and skin to make a stock for soup.

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New Year Goal: Organize

Yesterday I posted a New Year goal about how I’m getting back to eating healthy after getting off track during the holidays. Today I want to let you know about another goal, and my theme word for the year. ORGANIZE Yup, by the end of the new year, I intend to be far more organized. […]

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Smoothie Bowls

I recently received samples of Leap Organic Instant Smoothie Bowl Powders from their team. They want to get the word out to a wider range of people about their products, and I agreed to try these powders and write about my experiences. I was more than happy to help. I love smoothies, and have toyed […]

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Quick Tip: Now is the Time for Thanksgiving Savings

Gather the sales fliers and clip those coupons. It is time to be looking for deals on Thanksgiving and autumn related items such as foods, candles, and other kitchen needs. Saving money on these items now is a great way to stock your pantry for the coming winter and next year. Look for cans of […]

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Quick Tip: Freezing Chives

When my daughters and I moved into an apartment years ago, the woman who lived there before us had planted chives. I kept them growing, and planted other things as well. When we moved into the trailer, we brought out chives with us. When I moved from there, I had my mother take the chives […]

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Simple Ways to Eat Healthier While Saving Money

Consuming nutritious food is important to our health, but can also be darn expensive. I could easily spend around $60.00 a week to eat healthy, but can’t really afford to do so very often. There is only one of me! It would be far less expensive to eat Ramen noodles and boxed mac and cheese, […]

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Simple Chicken Soup

This is the easiest soup ever, and is made when I am low on food and funds during a given week. The base: 1 pre-cooked roaster chicken, on the bone, with the skin on, remove the string holding the legs together. water Place a pre-roasted chicken in the slow cooker, and cover with water. Cover […]

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

Stocking a Pantry for 1

This week we have been looking at shopping and cooking for 1. I’m going to continue the basic topic of doing things for just 1 person with this post, Stocking a Pantry for 1. A well-stocked pantry allows for a number of events, including: The ability to make meals for unexpected guests. Feeding those in […]

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The Freezer Pantry

Many people overlook the freezer when calculating storage space for their pantry. A stand-up or chest freezer will become a loved addition to your space as it’s filled with leftovers and freezer meals over the coming weeks and months. Even the small freezer above the refrigerator will come in handy. A freezer makes it easy […]

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Quick Tip: Freezing Eggs

This is simple. I crack an egg into a bowl, break the yolk and stir a couple of times, dump the egg into a snack size baggie, and gently squeeze out the air so I can seal the bag. I did this with the two dozen eggs, then put them all into a gallon size […]

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The Freezer Set-Up

If you are going to begin freezing your leftovers for later use, you’ll have decide how best to store the food that will be placed inside. It’s also necessary to do this when you decide to deliberately cook  foods to store in the freezer. By planning the placement of food ahead of time, you’ll become […]

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Hanging Herbs to Dry and Dried Herb Gift Jars

When my daughters were young, I’d bring them Trick-or-Treating each year. There was this one house we would go to, where the woman of the house always had multiple herbs hanging in bunches from her porch ceiling. She would invite us through into her kitchen, and the aroma of the porch was marvelous. I’ll always […]

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