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Quick Tip: Using Tea in the Garden

After reusing tea bags a couple of times, add the liquid and tea leaves to your garden. Let the liquid cool after pressing all the liquid from the tea bag, then add the liquid to the water you’ll use to water the plants with. Then, cut the tea bags open and add the leaves to […]

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Successful Harvests

My parents had a successful harvest this year, and they always seem to plant enough to share with my siblings and me. It started with the cucumbers that mom brought over, a couple of times. Once, because she knew I was visiting with my daughter, she sent some for me to take to her. There […]

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Harvest Salad

My parents had a good harvest this year, and they passed some of their bounty on to me and each of my siblings. I love fresh produce from the garden. Mom was proud they weren’t using anything toxic on the food. Homegrown food tastes so much better than store-bought. Of course, I had to make […]

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Even More Workweek Meal Prep, Plus

Autumn is the time of year I start to cook and bake more. Makes life feel more homey 🙂 And I love the way it makes my place smell. This was the time, when my daughters were young, that we would stock up on foods so we could make what we wanted on a whim. […]

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Best Ways to Save Money on Food While Keeping it Healthy

It’s difficult to eat healthy while sticking to a small budget, but it’s important we try. Our medical bills later on will be astronomical if we don’t, and the future of health insurance is unsure at this time. Grow as much of your own food as possible. Having an indoor window garden for growing herbs […]

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Harvest Soup

Autumn is my favorite season. I love watching the leaves change, photographing yards dressed up for the autumn months, and creating new recipes from the foods local farmers are harvesting. While Farmer’s Markets may seem expensive, you really can find good deals when shopping them just before closing time. In-season produce is often on sale […]

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Zucchini and Cucumber Salad

There’s nothing better than fresh produce and herbs from your garden. If you do not grow your own, the grocery store carries everything you’ll need, as does the Farmer’s Market. Many things can also be found at roadside stands, usually quite affordably. Salads are a great way to highlight fresh produce, and can serve as […]

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Create an Herb Garden on Your Windowsill

Having an herb garden will allow you to save a lot of money over the years, and will give you healthy seasonings for your meals. A windowsill herb garden can be grown year round. If your pantry or kitchen has a window, use that. If not, choose another window or two within the home. A […]

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Quick Tip: Save Money by Growing Your Own Herbs

As a quick note, I want to point out that it is far cheaper to grow your own organic herbs than to purchase them. Keep in mind that organic foods are healthier, and are not significantly more costly to grow than the alternative. Use organic soils, and organic seeds that have not been genetically modified. […]

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Food Bill

Food prices just keep going up, and there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight to these increases. While grocery shopping the other day, my sister mentioned that her coffee went up $3.00 since the last time she purchased it. The vanilla wafers I used to get for a treat have gone up more […]

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Deer Meat Casserole Made with Leftovers

For those who enjoy venison, deer meat is a delicacy. Each year I hope my step father will get a deer so I can have a roast and some steaks. All I can think about is how I will prepare meals using this type of meat. This is a leftovers casserole, right down to the […]

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Tomatoes, Cucumbers, and Mozzarella Cheese

Summer salads are the best. Fresh produce picked in your own garden adds scrumptious taste to any salad, including this one which uses tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs you can grow yourself. (Update 2017) I used to eat a lot of cheese, but not so much these days. It does not fit in with the Paleo […]

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Tomato Slices with Mozzarella Cheese

I love trying new things, and this is one of the recipes my nephews and I enjoyed for the first time last week. It is simple to prepare. I purchased a block of Mozzarella which was used in more than one recipe. (Update 2017) I used to eat a lot of cheese, but not so […]

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The $3.15 Garden

Yes, it can be done. There are ways to do it. This type of garden is not generally used when trying to eat in the healthiest manner possible, because it doesn’t account for organic seeds. But it will feed a family on significantly less money than what would be spent on the same produce at […]

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The No-Cost Food Garden

It’s all fine and dandy for me to tell you to use only organic seeds and soils, and that said seeds should be heirloom ones when possible. However, what is to be done when you have absolutely no money to start with, and you must get a garden in to help you with food costs […]

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Top 10 Vegetables for Your Frugal Garden

Growing vegetables, even organically, allows for saving a great deal of money at the grocery store each year. There are many choices available when deciding to plant a vegetable garden. Obtain seeds for the vegetables that you use most often as sides, in soups and stews, and in roasts and casseroles. The most important rules […]

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Top 10 Herbs and Spices for Your Frugal Garden

Herbs are expensive. When purchasing them dried in their little bottles or canisters, you don’t know exactly how old they are. When purchasing them organic, they still may not always the freshest. And just because something says it is organic, doesn’t mean there isn’t something added that is not. It’s tough to buy things and […]

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Planting Chives from a Pot

When you buy potted chives at a nursery, you may choose to transplant them into your garden when you get them home. These chives are ornamental as well as edible. Indeed, every part of the plant can be eaten, either as is, or in recipes. Chives will grow well in an area of their own, […]

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How Much Room will I Need in Order to Grow Food for My Family

You’ll want to figure out how much space to set aside for planting, before beginning your garden. This will depend on factors such as the size of your yard, and how many people are in your household. Be sure to take into consideration fresh-eating foods, foods that will preserved, and whether you will want to […]

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Serve Up a Healthier Yule or Christmas Meal on a Budget

The traditional Yule or Christmas meal served in many homes is not always the healthiest. Sure there are healthy aspects to meal. Turkey is healthy. Peas are healthy. But there are also a number of unhealthy items served at this time. For those who are looking for healthier choices this holiday season, these recipes will […]

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Feature Article: Top Ten Tips for Eating Frugally

By Sheila Buck With the price of food  increasing, and parents making the same or less money than usual, it is getting harder for families to keep themselves fed. Eating frugally is a good way to save on your food bill and have cash on hand for other necessities that your family will need. Here […]

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Herb Profile: Chives

Popular among Greeks, Egyptians and Romans, chives are easily grown in any garden, or even where there is no garden.  They are part of the lily family, like onions and other types of herbs. Chives originated from Asia and Europe, coming to the United States later. Both the leaves and the flowers are edible. Chives […]

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