Pickled Leeks

A reader question about canning and pickling leeks. Lots of suggestions and advice from fellow readers in the comments.

Reader Question About Pickling Leeks A friend of mine recently asked me if I had a recipe for Pickled Leeks. He says his aunt used to make them using the wild leeks from her yard and they were very good. She told him they were easy to make “just pour brine on the clean leeks […]

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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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Gluten Free Sesame Chicken

Who knew making Sesame Chicken was this easy. We like this better than takeout.

I’ve been on a quest for the perfect gluten free sesame chicken recipe. My husband had been suffering from migraines for years. We’ve finally figured out that going gluten-free almost completely eliminates them. As a result, I’ve been playing around with a lot of gluten-free dishes. One thing we missed was the occasional Chinese take-out. […]

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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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How To Make Your Own Air Freshener Spray

Make your own homemade air freshener and fabric refresher. Just 3 ingredient and the only other thing you need is a spray bottle.

Do you remember watching the first few ads for air freshener spray like Febreze? I remember seeing them and think that it’ll never catch on and it certainly wasn’t something I would ever use. Boy was I wrong. I bought my first bottle a few months after we got our cat to get rid of […]

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Irish Brisket Crockpot Meal

A simple way to fix a traditional corned beef and cabbage dish in your slowcooker. Perfect for St. Patrick's Day

This is a traditional good luck meal that is served on St. Patrick’s Day. This version of an old favorite makes quick work of a delicious meal. If you want to make it for a larger group just double your ingredients and use a 5 or 6 qt. slow cooker. This is perfect for a […]

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How To Store Onions – Frugal Tip

Onions are something I almost always have around. They are so versatile and add a nice burst of flavor to soups, stews and sandwiches. The most economical way to buy onion is in a large bag, but how often do the last few start to rot before you get a chance to use them? The […]

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Plain Cornbread

Here's simple cornbread recipe you can make from scratch. As frugal as it is good and perfect with chili, soup or stew.

Cornbread is a staple around here. It comes together quickly and goes perfect with chili, soup or stew. And of course you need a cornbread when you make a big batch of pinto beans. Here’s how I make mine from scratch. 2 medium eggs 1-1/4 cups milk 1/4 cup oil or melted butter 1-1/2 cups cornmeal […]

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Extending Ground Beef

With ground beef prices soaring, use these tips to buy less meat but make your dishes just as tasty.

Do you remember when you could find ground beef on sale for 99 cents? I miss those days. Now I’m lucky to find ground chuck for $4.99 a pound. That’s a big difference and now more than ever it’s important to stretch that meat. That’s why I thought it was about time to re-visit this […]

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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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Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles

These old-fashioned snicker-doodle cookies are my daughter's favorite.

  1/2 cup margarine (1 stick) 3/4 cup sugar 1 medium egg 1 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1-2/3 cups flour 2 tablespoons white sugar mixed with 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon In a large bowl mash together the margarine and sugar. Add the egg and beat until everything is creamy. Add the baking powder, salt […]

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Curried Chicken

A fresh take on leftover chicken - turn it into curried chicken and serve over rice. Quick and simple weeknight dinner.

Here’s a fresh take on leftover chicken. We love roasting whole chickens or putting a large batch of chicken on the grill. Either way we usually end up with plenty of leftovers. Chicken salad is great, but sometimes you’re in the mood for something a little different – and need a quick and easy dinner […]

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