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My Spending Diet: Week Nine

My Spending Diet: Week Nine

| May 14, 2010 | 3 Comments

It’s hard to believe that I have been on this spending diet for nine weeks now. My goodness. I have come a long way from that first week when I ran out of all sorts of important items, and spent like crazy. In the past nine weeks: I cut my spending in half. I’ve wasted […]

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My Spending Diet: Week Eight

My Spending Diet: Week Eight

| May 7, 2010 | 2 Comments

This week I picked up again and cut that spending down … Here’s the story: What Happened: I planned and did all our shopping on Saturday, so that went brilliantly. We had everything we needed for the week. Was it perfect? Nah. It never is. Breakfast needs to factor more into my planning, since I […]

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Meal Plan for the Week of May 3

Meal Plan for the Week of May 3

| May 3, 2010 | 2 Comments

Monday: Grilled Sirloin Steak with Parsley and Garlic Butter; tossed salad Tuesday: Mini Shell Pasta with Creamy Smoked Bacon and Pea Sauce (from Jamie’s Food Revolution: Rediscover How to Cook Simple, Delicious, Affordable Meals); tossed salad Wednesday: Ginger Soy London Broil; Orzo Salad with Peas Thursday: Pork Tenderloin with Soy, Ginger and Lime (from Everyday […]

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My Spending Diet: Week Seven

My Spending Diet: Week Seven

| April 30, 2010 | 6 Comments

Recently, a friend forwarded me an article (or was it a blog post?) written by a man who took control of his spending and started paying close attention to how he spent money. After years and years of living frugally, he cut himself some slack and realized that the habits he’d created were now ingrained […]

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Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette Recipe

Lemon Rosemary Vinaigrette Recipe

| April 27, 2010 | 4 Comments

When I served our salad last night, I was a little apprehensive. Shawn isn’t a big fan of lemon so I wasn’t sure he’d even try this dressing. But he tasted it on one piece of lettuce and then dressed his whole salad with it. “Rosemary is really the star,” he remarked … and it […]

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Cooking with Kids: Pasta with Things Mixed In (Aka Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes)

Cooking with Kids: Pasta with Things Mixed In (Aka Macaroni and Cheese with Tomatoes)

| April 27, 2010 | 3 Comments

Will is a boy who loves food, loves making food and loves planning things related to food. So do I, but he’s only four. This evening, he decided that he wanted a part in the dinner planning. “Mommy, can we have pasta for dinner tonight,” he asked. I plan our meals on the weekends, so […]

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Grilled Island Chicken Recipe

Grilled Island Chicken Recipe

| April 20, 2010 | 4 Comments

It’s Tuesday afternoon and I am sitting in my home office, with The Beach Boys’ Sounds Of Summer playing in the background. Outside my open windows is brilliant blue sky, bright sunlight and the sound of laughing children. It’s enough to make you throw open your arms and yell Welcome, springtime. This is weather that […]

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My Spending Diet: Week Five

My Spending Diet: Week Five

| April 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

Sometimes you stumble. Sometimes you fall. This week was all about stumbling and falling in My Spending Diet. As I mentioned last week, it was the first time where my kids had to do the big weekly shop with me. It turned out to be harder (on me) than I anticipated. Add in an intensely […]

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Fresh Chicken Florentine

Fresh Chicken Florentine

| April 15, 2010 | 1 Comment

Comfort food. It’s something that wraps its arms around you after a long, hard day, grounding you. It’s what we eat when we are uncertain or lost. It’s what we need when the chill in the air gets to be a little too much. It’s familiar. This chicken dish is all that. And with the […]

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Meal Plan for the Week of April 10

Meal Plan for the Week of April 10

| April 11, 2010 | 1 Comment

This week’s meal plan is … Monday: BBQ Pulled Pork from Everyday Food; Honey Maple Cornbread (new recipe); Sweet Potato Fries; Vinaigrette Coleslaw (new recipe) Tuesday: Pulled Pork Wraps (new recipe); Lime-Cilantro Red Beans and Rice; Corn Wednesday: Asian Turkey Burgers with Stir Fried Rice; Salad Thursday: Teriyaki Beef Kabobs; Roasted Green Beans; Grilled Potato […]

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