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Frugal Fridays: Free Smoothies and Getting Back into the Swing

Frugal Fridays: Free Smoothies and Getting Back into the Swing

| July 16, 2010 | 2 Comments

Happy Weekend! We have big plans for pickling cukes from the garden and picking tons of berries this weekend … what about you? But before we shove off to have fun, here’s how things went this week … and how you can save. My Spending Diet: Sigh. After weeks of not reporting my progress, it […]

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CSA Day: Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad and Other Great Ideas

CSA Day: Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad and Other Great Ideas

| July 14, 2010 | 3 Comments

Welcome customers of Shortt’s Farm CSA! Scroll down for a delicious Caramelized Onion and Kale Salad recipe and other fabulous recipes to use today’s produce. Last summer, on a clear August evening, my cousin popped over to my house and dropped off a container of a delicious, refreshing curly kale salad made with whisper-thin red […]

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Mustard Greens and Beet Greens Salad Recipe with Herb Vinaigrette

Mustard Greens and Beet Greens Salad Recipe with Herb Vinaigrette

| July 13, 2010 | 3 Comments

When mustard greens appeared in my CSA box last week, I didn’t even have a chance to groan before my beloved farmer told me to just try them. My farmer knows me well — anything with the word ‘mustard’ in it is sure to send me packing. However, I do believe in trying everything once, […]

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Cooking with Kids: Smoothies!

Cooking with Kids: Smoothies!

| July 13, 2010 | 1 Comment

If there is one thing my kids love, it’s options. So, when I suggested that we make our own smoothies this afternoon, they were both totally psyched. We were in the grocery store when I mentioned it and Will’s reaction was priceless. “Smoothies? Really?!? Yay!” Then, when they saw the array of ingredients spread out […]

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Frugal Fridays: The New Version of My Spending Diet

Frugal Fridays: The New Version of My Spending Diet

| July 9, 2010 | 2 Comments

For much of this year, I’ve shared my journey of going from overspending to living on a budget (in case you missed the series, catch up on My Spending Diet here). The act of writing about my financial challenges, especially when it comes to budgeting for our food, has helped me save a lot and […]

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Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Homemade Ketchup Recipe

| July 6, 2010 | 5 Comments

That’s ketchup. Homemade ketchup! Yum. A few years ago, when I first started to rid my house of processed foods, I pondered making my own condiments like ketchup, but that seemed like too, too much when there were acceptable organic versions available in most stores. Of course, we soon learned that some of those organic […]

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Citrus-Black Bean Salad with Two Peppers

Citrus-Black Bean Salad with Two Peppers

| June 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

I couldn’t bring myself to cook yesterday. When I opened the door to see how it was outside, it was like stepping into a sauna. The air was thick with humidity and it was so hot, despite a late afternoon rain shower. Thank goodness for air conditioners and take out. Today is milder, less humid. […]

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Caramelized Onion Orzo Recipe

Caramelized Onion Orzo Recipe

| June 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

It was only earlier this year that I tried making orzo for the first time, and I quickly discovered that I (and my kids) adore it. The tiny bits of pasta make a fabulous side dish. This particular orzo is made with caramelized onions, giving it a wonderful sweetness that gets savory boosts from freshly […]

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Cooking with Kids: Mango Iced Tea Recipe

Cooking with Kids: Mango Iced Tea Recipe

| June 14, 2010 | 0 Comments

Our family is off having fun this week (check in Friday for pics, details and more!), so we’re pretty busy. But don’t worry: There is a whole great line-up of recipes that will post this week. Today’s is a great, easy homemade iced tea. We all love iced tea and this one is a wonderful, […]

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My Spending Diet: Week 13

My Spending Diet: Week 13

| June 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

You know that feeling when you know that what you have to say isn’t what you would like to say? I have that right now. I almost didn’t write this post at all, since I really am unhappy with my progress this week. But part of becoming financially responsible is being honest about where you […]

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