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How To Make The Perfect Pie Crust

how to make homemade pies from scratch starting with the crust

What is the first thing we say when asked:  “How’s the pie?”  We always comment on the crust:  “The crust just fell apart and was so flaky and tender.”  That is what every pie baker wants to hear.  And THAT is what scares many people away from making their own pie crust, and possibly their own pies. […]

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The Frugal Instant Pot Cookbook

My latest Kindle Cookbook - The Frugal Instant Pot Cookbook - Available on Amazon

A few short weeks ago I published a cookbook that’s become one of my most popular ones yet. It’s called the Frugal Instant Pot Cookbook and something I’ve been working on for quite some time. I’ve used my instant pot for the past two years. When it first arrived, I made room for it in […]

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Free Printables For Meal Planning

Get your weekly and planning meal planning printables. Two simple sheets that help you plan your meals.

Over the past few months I haven’t been as diligent as I used to be about planning our dinners ahead of time. I’ve gotten busy, or at least that’s what I’m telling myself to justify the fact that I stopped making out a weekly meal plan. Of course that’s not true. Planning ahead actually saves […]

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Why I’m Growing Tomato Plants In My Yard

Why we grow our own tomatoes each year and how we do it.

I just came in from planting 35 little tomato plants in the garden. I love being able to grow my own tomatoes each year. We started growing tomato plants a few weeks ago from seed and they finally grew big enough to be planted outside. And now the hard part starts… waiting for them to keep […]

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Use That Bacon Grease

Saving bacon grease in a jar for cooking and frying

It’s Saturday morning and I have a big batch of bacon cooking in the oven. It already smells amazing and I know we all look forward to bacon sandwiches for breakfast with a side of cantaloupe. Yum! But to be honest, the main reason I’m cooking bacon today is because my bacon grease jar is […]

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3 Simple Ways To Make Housework Easier

Here are three simple little tips to make keeping the house clean a little easier. They may seem deceptively simple, but have made a big difference for me.

Keeping the house clean and organized with a busy family and an even busier schedule isn’t easy. Some days it seems that things get misplaced, used, and dirtied much faster than I can clean. This year I’ve implemented 3 simple new routines that have made housework so much easier and more manageable. I can’t believe […]

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A Fun Little History Of Valentine’s Day

Curious how Valentine's Day became what it is today? Here's a fun little history lesson for you.

Each year, couples from around the globe celebrate their love on February 14. They exchange cards, flowers, chocolate and other gifts, and go out for special dates. But have you ever wondered why we do this? There were actually three saints with the name Valentine, all of whom were martyred on February 14. This makes […]

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How To Make Bone Broth

Here's how easy it is to make that first batch of bone broth. All it takes are the leftovers from that roasted chicken, some water and a splash of Apple Cider vinegar if you have it. The only other ingredients are heat and time.

Bone broth is the liquid you get from boiling bones in water for several hours. It has a lot of nutritional value, is full of minerals and is said to help boost your immune system. It’s also very tasty and makes a wonderful base for all sorts of soups and stews. The easiest way to […]

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New Year’s Day Lucky Meal

Here's what we're cooking (and eating) each New Year's Day for Good Luck. It also makes for a mighty tasty dinner.

Down here in the South we cook a traditional New Year’s Day meal that’s supposed to bring good luck, fortune and wealth in the new year. For us there are four components to the New Years Meal. Pork, Greens, Black-Eyed Peas and Corn Bread. Let’s break them down according to what they mean. This is […]

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