Dollars and Sense, Edibles

Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Have you ever felt guilty about buying convenience foods? We assume they're usually much more expensive than if we make the item ourselves. One convenience food that I tend to buy is frozen lasagna- on busy days it is definitely nice to just put it in the oven and use the prep time to do… Continue reading Is Homemade Lasagna Really Cheaper? | A Comparison

Edibles, Parties

Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

I made these goat cheese stuffed dates on a weeknight when the light was fading and the kitchen was messy. "These would make a great item for celebrating something special," I thought. I remembered then that my daughter had taken her first real steps earlier in the day, and that was a reason to celebrate!… Continue reading Honey, Basil & Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates

Beauty + Wellness, Dollars and Sense, Edibles, Gifts

Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

(This is not a sponsored post and does not contain affilliate links.) Have you ever read through the Oprah Magazine's list of "favorite things"? I used to love looking through it. However, I noticed that many of the items were very expensive and not practical for most of us- if you look up the 2016 list, the… Continue reading Favorite (Fabulously Frugal) Things | Spring 2017

Edibles

Blackberry Pecan Salad

  Meal planning has kinda gone out the window so far this month. Like many things, it was easy to do for awhile, and then busyness got in the way. So one day with the "what's for dinner?" question on my mind, I put this salad together from what I had on hand and it… Continue reading Blackberry Pecan Salad

Edibles

Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

  I didn't like tomatoes, broccoli, avocados, and a variety of other things as a kid, which is kind of ironic now that I'm a vegetarian and love all of them. I hope my daughter will enjoy a variety of foods as well, so it's been fun to come up with new mixes and see… Continue reading Need Some New Baby Food Ideas? Try Some Of These!

Edibles

Sweet Corn Salad

  Once upon a time, I attempted to grow my own vegetables on an apartment balcony. I bought dirt and containers and bell pepper seeds and a watering can, then patiently waited all summer for a bell pepper to appear. One. One pepper grew out of all of those seeds. It was the world's most… Continue reading Sweet Corn Salad

Edibles

Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

  These are a tasty way to get a ton of protein, fiber, iron, and vitamins in one meal. You can combine an endless variety of flavors and textures to suit your tastebuds! I was hungry and this sweet potato bowl looked good, so no pretty photos with this one 🙂 . This is a very versatile… Continue reading Cinnamon Sweet Potato Power Bowls

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

  I love chocolate with pretty much anything- fruit, ice cream, pretzels, nuts, in candy bars, etc. But one time I was reading a chocolate label ("Don't do that," my husband likes to joke) and noticed that the last ingredient was something called "vanillin." After looking at other candy labels, I noticed that it was… Continue reading Chocolate Cranberry Clusters, Or: What Is Vanillin?!?

Dollars and Sense, Edibles

A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

I usually throw away last week's meal plan (which I am rethinking since it's hard to come up with meal ideas sometimes), but I decided to keep last month's meal ideas in case you need some new ones! I typically eat leftovers or sandwiches for lunch and a frozen pizza once or twice a week for dinner, so… Continue reading A Month’s Worth Of Dinners

Beauty + Wellness, Edibles

Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Flaxseed is widely touted as a health food- it contains fiber, and is a great source of Omega 3's, which is great if you are vegetarian or don't like fish. Flax seeds aren't cheap though- a tiny container of them from the grocery store can be $8.00. I always wondered if the seeds have any… Continue reading Why Flax Seeds Are A Waste Of Money

Edibles

Sweet Corn Enchiladas

    The secret to these is the Corn and Chile salsa from Trader Joe's. It's a little sweet, a little spicy, and very addictive. If you don't have a Trader Joe's nearby, subsitute a can of drained sweet corn, but consider taking a road trip to stock up on the Trader Joe's version :).  … Continue reading Sweet Corn Enchiladas

Edibles

Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

"May I help you?" Her voice sounded so familiar that I had to do a double take. I told her thanks, I was just browsing; we talked about where the clearance section was. I was curious though so I had to ask: "Where are you from originally?" Then it made sense why the store associate sounded exactly… Continue reading Ute’s Stuffed Mushrooms

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Salted Chocolate Apricots

I had a bit of chocolate left over after making chocolate covered Nutter Butters, so I decided to make these salted chocolate apricots. They are delicious! And adding fruit to chocolate makes it healthier, right? All you need is chocolate chips, wax paper, coarse sea salt, and apricots. The directions are similar to the ones… Continue reading Salted Chocolate Apricots

Edibles, Gifts, Parties

Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

  Two of these are from Kilwin's, and two are homemade. Which is which? Ok, I made the ones on the right. But they tasted exactly the same, for less than half the cost. Because the ones on the left were $1.50 each, my husband and I only bought two when we were at Kilwin's recently.… Continue reading Chocolate Covered Nutter Butters

Edibles

Yogurt Popsicles

When my sisters and I were kids, we would peel the lids off of single-serve snack size yogurts (the kind that came in a 6-pack), stick a spoon in each, and freeze them overnight to make "popsicles." They were so good that I wondered if I could do the same with greek yogurt (since it… Continue reading Yogurt Popsicles

Edibles

Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers

Usually most omnivore weddings don't have many vegetarian options. So I was pleasantly surprised to attend two weddings this summer with two delicious vegetarian entrees- one had baked mac & cheese, and the other had polenta & goat cheese stuffed peppers. The peppers were so good that I made a version of my own. I… Continue reading Polenta & Goat Cheese Peppers

Edibles

One Pot Veggie Chili

  I've had this recipe for ages so I'm not sure where it's from, but it's very easy to make and quite tasty so I wanted to share with you.  It is "medium spicy" with the amount of spices called for in the recipe. It tastes great the second day, too. The ingredients are pretty basic/inexpensive… Continue reading One Pot Veggie Chili