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Pumpkin Napkins

The napkins will add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings, and will go with the Pumpkin Placemats we made a couple of weeks back. These can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. The napkins can […]

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Leaf Place Markers

These leaf place markers are so cute and easy to make. A place marker simply allows you to put each person at a specific place at the autumn-themed or Thanksgiving table.

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Mini Pumpkin Place Markers

Mini pumpkin place markers are so cute and easy to make. A place marker simply allows you to put each person at a specific place at the autumn-themed or Thanksgiving table. Materials scrapbook paper in a solid autumn color other than the orange of the pumpkin (or in an autumn print), cut to 5″ x […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Oils

Herbed oils can be made easily and used in small ratios (1/2 to 2 tablespoons) on salads and in stir fries. Experiment to find other ways these oils can be used. Make these when the herbs are harvested from the garden, so they are at their freshest. The oils will store for up to one […]

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Mini Pumpkin Candle Holders

This project is a great accompaniment for autumn holiday meals, and can be placed on the dinner or picnic table with the place settings. They are affordable to make, as you can often find bags of tea light candles for a couple of dollars, and the pumpkins can usually be purchased fairly cheap. Materials: mini […]

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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Vinegars

Herbed vinegars are not difficult to make. They add flavor to salads and other recipes, such as meat marinades. These are best made during the herb harvesting seasons of summer and autumn, when the herbs can be used fresh. NOTE: These vinegars will last up to a year if stored in a cool, dark place. […]

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Pumpkin Placemats

Placemats add a decorative touch to any holiday table, as well as to every day settings. They can be made or decorated with minimal effort and time, and will add a certain charm to the decor. These can be created with pre-made placemats, if desired, making it an even easier project. Materials: pumpkin stencil placemats, […]

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Tomato Bake

Here is a vegetable bake for you to try. This does not take much time, and can be served as the main component of a meal or as a side dish. The best vegetables to use are the organic heirloom variety you grow yourself. Same with the herbs. Heirloom varieties of each taste better than […]

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Chili-Topped Nachos

Have I mentioned yet that I love autumn? It is my favorite season. The colors. The scents. The feel of the air as the season changes. The foods and beverages. The trips to the orchard. I love it all. With the cooler temperatures comes a desire for heartier foods; and to cook more. I decided […]

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck, copyright August 2017.

Review: Beetology Juices + How to Reuse the Bottles

The thought of beets as a juice base just did not seem appealing. But I had them send me a few juices to try, because I’m all into trying more and more healthy things, and I’m so glad I did.

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Banana-Blueberry Smoothie

This is another basic smoothie, but a very good one. I’m trying to find produce at good prices, and to couple my coupons with sales for whatever other ingredients I’m using for each recipe. I want to spend as little money as possible, while still packing the nutrients into each beverage. I hope you enjoy […]

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Flower Petal Ice Cubes

These are simple to make using organically grown flowers. Try making them in season using the petals from flowers such as: Carnations Johnny Jump-Ups Lilacs Roses Simply place the petals into ice cube trays and cover with water. Freeze and use in water, iced teas, or lemonade. Shannon

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Berry Parfaits

I love Parfaits. I like to pretty them up for the children, to turn them into special treats. I put them into sundae cups for a nice treat. Or I use decorative bowls. I have real tea-spoons with long handles that I place in the cups. Berries are healthy and should be a part of […]

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Watermelon and Blueberries with Coconut Cream

I love melons and berries, and find combining the two makes for some tasty recipes. These combinations are great for spring and summer. This recipe makes a great side dish to any meal, but will also make a delicious snack or dessert. Ingredients 1 cup cubed or balled seedless watermelon ½ cup blueberries 2 to […]

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Strawberry Cream Surprise

I love strawberries, and I love coconut. I love mixing coconut cream with pure extracts to come up with different flavorings. This recipe uses pure mint extract. Add add different toppings to this for variety, choosing something different each time you make it. Ingredients Serves: 1 sundae cup long-handled tea-spoon coconut cream flavored with pure […]

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Tortilla Wrap: Shrimp Scampi & Veggies

I bought tapioca flour just to try this recipe, and I’m so happy I did. With a love of tortilla wraps, I was really missing the flour tortillas that I used for so many favorite recipes. But now I’ve found a non-grain, Paleo version. Yay! Eating healthier means I miss out on some old favorites, […]

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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 memories, and a guide to summer beverages and foods from the blog, and a few offers for readers. Check it out by clicking on the […]

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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 meals new and exciting. I don’t know about you, but I get so bored with food after a while I need to break out and […]

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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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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 this is a real treat. I get a bag frozen raw, deveined, tail-off, shrimp for $5.00, and it will last through multiple meals. I try […]

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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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