Food & Entertaining

Tortilla Pans: As Seen on TV…and In My Kitchen

by Julie October 15, 2012
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A year ago last August I posted this on my Facebook page: And they said it wouldn’t last. Tom and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary today. Marrying him = best decision I ever made. My sister replied: You said buying your Ped Egg was the best decision you ever made! Ha! I do […]

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Fancy, Frugal Deviled Eggs

by Julie June 22, 2012
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Deviled eggs are the perfect picnic/potluck/barbeque dish, and for good reason. They’re easy to make. Almost everyone likes them. And they’re super frugal. All you need is a dozen eggs and a few condiments, which you probably already have on hand. That makes them the perfect last-minute dish as well. Deviled eggs can look pretty […]

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Simplify Your Kitchen

by Julie April 17, 2012

Centsational Girl is having a Kitchen Gadgets link party today and the timing couldn’t be better. My latest decluttering target has been the kitchen. While sorting through what to keep and what to toss, I’ve noticed a few themes. Here’s what’s being shown the door: Duplicates or extras or too many of something These bowls […]

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Homemade Whole Wheat Croutons

by Julie April 12, 2012

I’ve been experimenting with making things from scratch that I usually buy already prepared. High on my list of things to try was croutons, because they are Expensive Not particularly healthy One more thing I have to remember to buy and keep on hand I hesitate to call what I’m about to share with you […]

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Bruschetta Chicken

by Julie March 13, 2012

Niki at Debt Free by Thirty put me onto this recipe, which she found at Budget Bytes, and I’m so happy she did. (By the way, Niki posts the most wonderful meal plans and recipes at her blog each week. They’re definitely worth checking out.) This particular recipe was an immediate “must try” for me. […]

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Lightened-Up Lemon Bundt Cake

by Julie February 23, 2012

Citrus is abundant in the grocery stores here. I’m a Midwest girl, so can someone tell me if this is the growing season for citrus? It must be. And I think the lighter flavors and scents are perfect for the first couple of months in the new year, when you want everything to be fresh. […]

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Poppy Seed Salad: One Recipe, 1001 Combinations

by Julie February 7, 2012

This is my favorite salad recipe of all time. I first had it at a bridal shower and the hostess was gracious enough to give me the recipe. Poppy Seed Salad 6 cups of the salad greens of your choice Combine with your choice of the following combinations: 1 c. pecans, 1 c. raspberries, 1 […]

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Frugal Cooking Ideas for Leftover Dinner Meat

by Julie October 3, 2011

The following is a guest post from Shaun at Smart Family Finance. Shaun is a former short order cook with 10 years experience. Every Friday, he features a weekly frugal recipe for a dinner that costs less than $1 a serving. He also uses his career experience to share family finance information. My family takes our “frugal […]

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4 Ways to Eat Healthy for Less

by Julie September 26, 2011

Last week I posted this on The Family CEO Facebook page: From the grocery ads: Fresh whole chickens 99 cents/lb; Fresh free range chickens, certified all natural, locally raised 2.79/lb. Seems I’m always debating the merits of cheap vs. healthy. Do you have the same struggle? How do you decide? There were some great responses: […]

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Save Money on Fresh Produce

by Julie March 23, 2011

Fresh produce is often a grocery budget buster. There are rarely coupons for it and it’s hard to stock up on as well. One method that works well, however, is to plan your menu around produce sale items each week. One of my local grocery stores has strawberries for 69 cents/lb this week and I’m […]

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