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Pumpkin Centerpieces

What I wanted to do was have centerpieces for a meal, and then to be able to use the pumpkins to make recipes such as muffins or pancakes.

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Apple Candle Holders

This project is a great accompaniment for autumn place settings, 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 apples can usually be purchased fairly cheap. Materials: apples […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Blueberry-Strawberry Parfait

I love parfaits during the spring and summer months. This berry based parfait is easy to make for a quick snack any time, and a little dark chocolate can be added if it is to be consumed as a dessert. Ingredients blueberries strawberries coconut cream flavored with pure vanilla extract unsweetened coconut flakes (optional) Paleo […]

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Earth Day Activities for Frugal Meal Preparation Throughout the Year

Happy Earth Day! The Earth Day Network wants to plant 7.8 billion trees as a way to combat climate change. What a wonderful thing to do! Want to help? Check out how to do so here. You can bet I’d be planting trees if I had the space to do so. There are many ways […]

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End of the Week Lunches

What do you do for lunches at the end of the week, when your food items are getting low? I use leftovers to make new meals. I also try to keep it simple. In the picture above you see yesterday’s lunch. I used some leftover beef roast at the center of the plate. Not a […]

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Using After Christmas Sales, Closing Sales, and Thrift Stores to Score Items for the Kitchen

Yesterday I posted on Single Mom Family: Loving Life Together about a girls day the bestest and I had last Thursday. The article, called  A Much Needed Girls Day, covers the reasons we needed the girls day, as well as what we did: Lunch at Governor’s and shopping! Because I live in a room, my […]

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Beef Stock

Making your own stocks saves money on your grocery bill. The bone of the roast are used, after it has been roasted and most of the meat removed. It is fine to leave small pieces of meat on the bone. The finished product may be frozen in ice cube trays, and then placed in a […]

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A Simple ‘Cereal’

Now that I’m eating healthier, I’ve let go of the thought that I ever have to have those cold cereals from a box. None of them seem to be truly healthy, or to fit in with the Paleo lifestyle I’m (mostly) trying to emulate. I mainly have smoothies or smoothie bowls these days, with the […]

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Homemade Honey Butter

Zowie and I like honey butter. We once made this for a Thanksgiving party we threw for the daycare when the children were young, though it can be used any day: Holiday, Sabbat or not. The recipe can be halved for normal table use. For larger gatherings, this recipe serves well. (Update 2017) I don’t […]

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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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Quick Tip: Reuse Tea Bags

When I was a young(er) adult, I remember sitting in my mother’s kitchen with my Nan. We were talking about little things, mainly, while making tea. She told me she always uses her tea bags at least twice. She explained that after one use, a tea bag still has plenty of flavor. This made complete […]

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Sausage & Apple One-Pan Meal

One-pan meals are easy to make, and there are so many food combinations you can try something new each time. You don’t always need a lot of ingredients to make a delicious meal. Whether you want breakfast, lunch, or dinner, a one-pan meal is a good way to go. I made one of these meals […]

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The Art of Casserole Creation

At the most basic level, a casserole is food items put into a baking dish and baked until done. It can be layered, or all the foods might be mixed together, a few ingredients or many. The foods, when baked together, make a delicious meal to be served any time. Most casseroles can even be […]

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Small Kitchen Appliances Save You Money

I live in a room, so small appliances are a necessity. I’m thinking that even when I do get my small house, smaller appliances may be the way to go. Why? Because they cost less to run. Right now, I have a toaster oven, 2 (3-quart) crock pots, a dorm-size refrigerator, a 2 burner hot […]

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Cooking for 1: Pre-Roasted Chicken

You know those already roasted chickens you buy at the grocery store? I picked one up last week for $4.99. These chickens are not large, but you can do a lot with them. This is what I did with mine: Day 1 I also bought a pre-made salad that day, because I was on my […]

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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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