Tag Archives: frugal living

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Memorial Day is an important holiday to me. It’s about more than just a day off and great food. My Grandfather’s funeral was on Memorial Day. My Grandfather was very important to me. He and my Grandmother lived within walking distance of my teenage home. I spent many hours with my Grandparents. My Grandfather took …

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Baked Squash Casserole, food from my garden

Squash casserole is one of my favorite comfort food dishes. When I was a teenager, my Mother and I would go to a restaurant called “The Black-eyed Pea” and order veggie plates. Plates full of broccoli rice casserole, fried okra, cheese-y broccoli soup and the most amazing squash casserole. It was one of our favorite …

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Homemade Vanilla Almond Milk

We’re not dairy free at my house, but we’ve got family members who are dairy, gluten and soy free. Trying my hand at Almond milk, well it just made sense. Making your own almond milk takes some time, but most of that time is soaking time. The “milking process” was not that lengthy, once I …

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How to succeed at pie making without really trying

Take one semi-lazy baker. One text conversation about desserts. And 1 hour. What do you get? Mixed Fruit Pie. This recipe will make 2 pies. 5 cups of random frozen fruit from said baker’s freezer 1 cup all-purpose flour (or preferred flour) 1-1/2 to 2 cups sugar (depending on how sweet you like your pie) …

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Big G MyBlogSpark Curvy Straw Giveaway

What’s better than fun bowls, curvy straws, and blinking cups? Free cereal too! For more information, check out the Whole Grain Nation Website “There are six different colorful straws featuring beloved Big G cereal characters The participating Big G cereals include Cinnamon Toast Crunch® (17 oz.), Lucky Charms®(16 oz.), Reese’s® Puffs (18 oz.), Honey Nut …

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Chicken Taco Salad

Taco Salad, remade.   When I was young,  my mother made taco salad all the time.    Ground beef, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pinto beans, Catalina dressing and Doritos.   We had this version of taco salad almost weekly. When I married and became the “cook” I began making the salad too. It’s very kid friendly, it’s …

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Chicken Migas

Generally I agree with The Pioneer Woman on most food related issues. To me though, Migas is not Migas without Chorizo. Chorizo is really greasy and fatty though. 😦 A local market, I adore Sprouts Farmer’s Market, sells ground chicken chorizo. I decided to give the chicken a try and boy, howdy I’m glad I …

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Slow Cooking Monday, Back to Basics

Back to Basics This week, I want to focus on basic slow cooker uses like cooking frozen meat. Many times I use my slow cooker to make full meals, other times I use my slow cooker to cook frozen chicken. The slow cooker makes cooking frozen meat so easy. I sometimes shop in bulk, I …

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Rainy Day Garden Gab

Welcome to rain-apocalypse 2012 at least that is how the weather team on T.V. is treating it.   It’s  been raining here for a little over 12 hours.  Storming, wind howling, thunder booming, lightning flashing, big, cold drops of rain falling. Since we just planted the garden, this is a blessing and a curse.   Water …

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Slow Cooker Monday, this week in FAIL

Cream of Leek and Potato soup I wanted to make something that could be made for meatless Monday or could be made Vegan. I decided to make Julia Child’s recipe. I made a few small changes. Instead of water I used homemade veggie stock, I used little potatoes instead of large russets and I did …

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