Chicken & White Bean Soup

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Today I made a big ol’ batch of this soup, some we ate for supper, some I’m going to freeze.  Its both a  super frugal meal, yet very nutritios. It’s filling and everyone in our family likes it. You can top with tortilla chips, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, jalapenos and cheese. You can switch out [...]

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Canning Take 2

Canning Take 2

  You know how I recently learned how to can? Well I knew the next step would be to can something by myself, but I hadn’t decided what. I was looking at food that had been donated to the training center and noticed cucumbers and these handy-dandy packets of pickling mix! The only other ingredients [...]

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I Can!

I Can!

Canning is one of those things that’s always seemed daunting to me, and on top of that I usually prefer to learn by someone showing me hands on how to do it, not just reading about it. All that to say I’ve been saying I want to learn to can for years now. While we [...]

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Save the Scraps: Browning Bananas

Save the Scraps: Browning Bananas

Let me tell you something about Little Dude…he eats a lot of bananas. I almost always buy bananas and apples. Gracia happily munches away on apples, while Little Dude chooses bananas. So, since he’s been here, we have a lot fewer bananas that make it to the browning stage. But still sometimes we get those [...]

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Muffin Mania: Sour Cream Pumpkin Muffins

Muffin Mania: Sour Cream Pumpkin Muffins

I almost always have sour cream in the fridge that we didn’t quite finish before it went past its expiration date. I don’t like to toss things out just because they’re a little past the date stamped on the container, but on the other hand I don’t want to be eating something that’s really bad [...]

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Lentil Shepherd's Pie (No Cream Soups!)

Lentil Shepherd’s Pie (No Cream Soups!)

This shepherd’s pie is similar to my crock pot shepherd’s pie, but this version uses lentils along with the meat, and uses no canned cream of mushroom soup, which skipping that was easier than I thought. I didn’t even make up my own cream of mushroom from scratch or anything, all I did was substitute [...]

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Popcorn Bar - Frugal Party Idea

Popcorn Bar – Frugal Party Idea

I already told you about the cheeseball cake for my sister-in-laws birthday party, but we didn’t just have that. We also had crackers, veggies, dip, cookies, and a popcorn bar. If you want to throw a party, but don’t have lots of money to do it with, a popcorn bar is a fun and frugal [...]

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Cheeseball Cake

Cheeseball Cake

Have you ever wanted to make a cake that wasn’t sweet, but savory? We threw a birthday party for my sis-in-law and decided to be nontraditional and make a cheese cake, but not a cheese cake that you put cherries on top, a cheese cake made out of the same ingredients you make cheese balls [...]

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Fall Recipes

Fall Recipes

  My 99 Cent Pumpkin   Roasting Pumpkin Seeds   Pumpkin Muffins from Fresh Pumpkin   Pecan Cream Cheese Spread or Dip   Homemade Apple Sauce   Apple Skin Uses   Linked at A Blossoming Life.

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Save the Scraps - Vegetable or Bean Water

Save the Scraps – Vegetable or Bean Water

I put water, the steam basket and chopped vegetables in the pot. The veggies steam until tender, then I remove them for supper and dump the water out….down the drain it goes, never to be seen by me again. It’s green water if I cooked broccoli, asparagus or green beans and orange if it was [...]

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