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Who doesn't enjoy a fantastic and delicious meal at a restaurant? We've had some great dishes and stories over the years that we cherish. (I'm still searching for cooking that came close to that hole in the wall Thai place in Los Angeles!) However, going out to eat can be pricey. We've learned, though, that with [...]

Food is a big deal in my house. Not only because we love to eat (we do!), but if you look at our budget, it's kind of a big deal. We're not big spenders -  If the quality and taste are the same, store brands are our preference. Still, with a family of four, groceries can [...]

I have a confession to make - when we were first married, I was known as the 'microwave queen'. I didn't really cook because I thought making the dishes I loved was hard and expensive. Turns out I was wrong on both counts. Though I'm no chef, I've expanded my skills and recipes enough that cooking [...]

Tonight's meal was done in 17 minutes. (Yeah, this is real time!) So this bug/not flu but sort of flu/ plague continues and dinner time was upon me. I'm not going to lie; there was a temptation to get some pizza delivered or call my husband see if he would pick up something on the [...]

There's a misconception that eating on a budget means ramen noodles and endless bowls of rice and beans. I'm not knocking the ramen (or arroz con gandules as they were known in my house) - you can quickly jazz them up and enjoy a good meal. However, being a frugal foodie means you have more [...]

For most people, food is a major monthly expense. Some days are just so hectic, it seems easier to grab something on the way home or go out for dinner. Even if you decide to make something at home, you're sometimes exhausted and stress so frozen boxed meals or having pizza delivered seems like an [...]

Gearing Up the Greenhouse

This winter we've been working on a project that I believe would not only make 2017 awesome in terms of simplifying our lives, but would also be a cool project to share here. Since we knew were going to sell our townhouse and get another place, we carefully spent time defining what we really needed [...]

Last week I had my cousin over for lunch. It was the first time they've been to our new place here. We grilled some hamburgers and relaxed outside. While eating they noticed our rain barrel and asked about it. Having a rain barrel can be a smart move for the environment and your own wallet. [...]

Free Books for You!

Are you looking for something new to read, but trying not to spend a ton of money? Good news - I'm giving away new and like new books! When Hurricane Matthew came up the coast a few weeks ago, we lost power. Without power, the sump pumps stopped working and yep, you guessed it, we had [...]

I've been struggling with making videos. Last month I recorded almost 30 clips and videos. You'd think my channel would be full of videos or at least have some awesome clips. But no. For most of last month, those videos were on my computer. I didn't upload any until a few days ago. My problem? Fear. [...]

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