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Easy Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

Easy Chewy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Granola Bars

| October 10, 2012 | 3 Comments

Most weekday mornings go something like this: The kids wake up. I wake up — either thanks to the kids, my alarm or Snoopy trying to convince me to let him out. I drag out of bed. Get the kids breakfast (note to self: it might be time to empower them to get their own […]

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Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

Roasted Five Spice Squash Seeds

| October 8, 2012 | 2 Comments

These might look a lot like roasted pumpkin seeds. But they aren’t. They’re actually from a spaghetti squash. And they’re just as delicious. Ok. Are you ready for this? This might blow your mind a little … You can roast seeds from any squash for a delicious snack. Seriously. Squash seeds are edible and can […]

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Easy Crispy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

Easy Crispy Fruit and Nut Granola Bars

| September 27, 2012 | 6 Comments

Would you believe me if I told you these bars are pretty frugal and also easy to make? I mean minimal fuss. It’s true! Last school year, I got myself addicted to breakfast bars made with whole ingredients like nuts, dried fruits and honey. They’re so easy to grab and with simple ingredients, I could […]

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How to Spend Less on Groceries

How to Spend Less on Groceries

| September 6, 2012 | 6 Comments

How much do you spend on groceries each week? Each month? How much do you spend on eating out or take out? These numbers are important, and ones that I’ve been overlooking too long. How about you? Over the last year, my income has been on a roller coaster. It’s up, it’s down, it’s doing […]

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Making Easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn

Making Easy Homemade Microwave Popcorn

| February 14, 2012 | 5 Comments

Popcorn, anyone? On movie night (every Friday in our house!) popcorn is practically a requirement. I mean, how can you dig into a good flick without a big buttery bowl of popcorn? There’s something big to be said for traditions like that. The kids get so excited for our Friday movie and popcorn. ‘Course, making […]

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Slow Cooker Beef and Veggie Stew

Slow Cooker Beef and Veggie Stew

| January 6, 2012 | 5 Comments

When you plan your meals ahead of time, the evening goes much smoother. It becomes simpler to just finish up whatever you need to (work, laundry, whatever) and then move into a speedy dinner prep. Unfortunately, I fell back into bad habits recently and wasn’t planning dinners. Heck, I wasn’t even thinking about dinner … […]

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Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Sticky Orange Chicken Drumsticks

| October 12, 2011 | 18 Comments

Can I tell you something? Lately, I have had to work on meal plans and budgeting for food. I simply have to spend less on what we eat. For awhile there, my freelance writing business was booming. In fact, it was so big that I ended up letting go of a few lower paying clients. […]

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Family Meals: Poor Man’s Steak, Veggie and Mozzarella Sandwiches

Family Meals: Poor Man’s Steak, Veggie and Mozzarella Sandwiches

| May 3, 2011 | 3 Comments

  Do you eat your meals together as a family? The kids and I eat dinner together nearly every evening, usually around our kitchen table. Shawn’s not home for dinner often because he has to work late and has a lengthy commute, but when he is, we all eat together as well. I’m dying to […]

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Easy Split Pea Soup

Easy Split Pea Soup

| April 29, 2011 | 5 Comments

You know how flavors can bring back vivid memories? Split pea soup is like that for me. One whiff of it’s smoky scent, and I feel the chilly spring afternoon air as I sat at my family’s wrought-iron patio set. My grandfather had returned from a favorite deli with sandwiches and soups, and raved over […]

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Lemony Pasta Salad

Lemony Pasta Salad

| April 27, 2011 | 2 Comments

For years I haven’t watched the news at night. While I think it’s important to be informed (and I am), it’s easy to become enraptured with the frightening amount of bad things that happen every day everywhere. I like to believe in the inherent goodness of people, but also realize that for whatever reason some […]

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