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Bread Machine Basics

What to do when your manual is missing. The Missing Manual People often ask me what to do with a bread machine that doesn’t have its own manual. It can be very frustrating, especially when you have never used a bread machine before. Some folks find used bread makers at yard sales. Other folks may […]

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Apron Evangelism

Dear Readers; This is a post written by Maggie, a ‘dyed-in-the-wool’ believer who sometimes takes a look back in time to turn things around.  Please enjoy this post and be sure to comment about your own “apron experiences.” Susanne – The Hillbilly Housewife One day not too long ago I was struggling with the boys […]

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$45 Emergency Menu for 4 to 6

I’ve seen various places around the web claim that in an emergency you can feed your family for only $10 or $20 a week.  While I appreciate their intentions, I have noticed that they all assume you have certain supplies already on hand.  In my experience this isn’t always the case. Forty-five dollars will seem […]

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Suggestions For School Lunches

An empty lunch box can be an intimidating thing at 6 am when you are wiping the sleep from you eyes and wishing you had taken the time to prepare and program the coffee maker the night before. To help you out of this predicament, I offer the following suggestions. You can mix and match […]

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Lunch Box Basics

Lunch boxes and lunch menus are a private obsession of mine. I can spend hours pouring over lunch box descriptions, thermos manuals and sandwich cookbooks. With so many of my brain cells invested in lunch box knowledge, this article is a personal favorite. Doing the Math There is a myth in some frugal circles that […]

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Frugal Staples

Ever wonder how our ancestors always seemed to have food on the table even in lean times? When we are visiting the grocery store every week to the tune of hundreds of dollars, we long to know their secret. In fact it isn’t a secret at all. It is actually good planning and preparation on […]

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Turning Leftovers Into Dinner

Leftovers – we all have them at least from time to time.  What do you do with them? Do you have them for lunch, or do they just sit in the fridge for a few days and then you end up throwing them out? You can start saving some time and money by learning how […]

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Honey Mint Lemonade

3/4 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup honey 2 cups hot tap water Cold tap water to fill the pitcher To prepare begin by combining the hot water and honey in a 2-quart pitcher. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Add the lemon juice and enough cold water to fill the pitcher. Add a few leaves […]

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Honey Lemonade

3/4 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup honey 2 cups hot tap water Cold tap water to fill the pitcher To prepare begin by combining the hot water and honey in a 2-quart pitcher. Stir until the honey is dissolved. Add the lemon juice and enough cold water to fill the pitcher. Stir and stir and […]

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Bean & Bacon Bit Soup

An old fashioned soup that’s sure to please. 2 – 15 oz cans small white beans, undrained OR 1 cup of dry beans, cooked tender (about 3 cups of cooked beans) 4 cups beef or vegetarian-ham broth 1/4 cup catsup 1/2 an onion, chopped 1 stalk of celery, finely chopped 1 carrot, finely chopped 1/8 […]

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Black Bean Soup

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 onion, chopped 2 carrots, sliced 2 stalks celery, chopped 1/2 a green pepper, chopped 1 tablespoon minced garlic 4 cups chicken broth 15 or 16 oz can black beans (1-1/2 cups cooked beans) Goodly dash pepper Heat the olive or other type of vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Add […]

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