Quick and Easy Oven Roasted Tomato Sauce

I have been trying lately to seriously limit my use of canned goods because of BPA, however that has been hard with tomatoes.  I tend to use a lot of canned tomato products since my garden tomatoes never seem to last until the next harvest.  I have a yummy oven roasted tomato sauce recipe, but I usually don’t… Keep Reading »

Soaked Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins

Who says you can’t have chocolate for breakfast? These soaked Chocolate Banana Oat Muffins are absolutely yummy and a great way to start the day. Ever since reading , I have been trying to experiment more with soaking grains. I have found that baking with exclusively whole grain flour can make for dried baked goods. Soaking seems to eliminate… Keep Reading »

Easy Hollandaise Sauce in a Blender

Shhhh.  I have a secret…. When I make Eggs Benedict, I use a mix packet to make my hollandaise sauce.  There!  I feel so much better for admitting that! Eggs Benedict is one of my absolute favorite recipes but I have never even bothered to look up the recipe for hollandaise sauce.  As I am increasingly looking for… Keep Reading »

Cheesy Chicken and Asparagus Bake Recipe

Cheesy Chicken and Asparagus Bake Recipe 1 cup brown rice, cooked according to package directions 1 lb asparagus, chopped into 1 inch pieces 2 cups diced cooked chicken breast 2 cups cream of chicken soup (homemade preferable) 8 oz sharp cheddar, grated (Cabot’s 50% reduced fat cheddar is a good choice) 1/4 cup green onions 1/2 cup sunflower… Keep Reading »

Frugal Uses for Bread Heels – Don’t Throw ’em out!

If your kids are like mine, they won’t knowingly eat the bread heels.  If you throw them out, that is a lot of wasted bread over the course of the year.  During my internship with the student nutrition department at our local schools, I learned a neat little trick to get kids to eat the heels.  If you… Keep Reading »

Letterboxing – Outdoor Fun for the Whole Family

The Little One finding a letterbox. Does the warmer weather have you looking for a fun outdoor activity that your family can do for free?  Then you might want to look into letterboxing.  It’s similar to geocaching, but there is no expensive equipment to buy.  Letterboxing combines treasure hunting, puzzle solving, and a bit of art into an… Keep Reading »

Make Zhu Zhu Pet Clothes and Save Big

Have your kids been caught up in the Zhu Zhu Pet craze?  If they have, then I don’t have to tell you how pricey the clothes and accessories are. With a little bit of time and some fabric scraps, you can make zhu zhu pet clothes yourself. When you think about it, there’s not much to them. Yet… Keep Reading »

Free Plastic Canvas Patterns – Get Crafty Without Paying a Cent!

Plastic Canvas is a popular pastime enjoyed by people of all ages. People love it because of how quickly projects can be completed. Additionally, it is a multi-faceted craft that can take many forms. Unlike cross-stitch, you aren’t limited to just two-dimensional pictures. Plastic canvas projects can be three-dimensional. Popular projects include magnets, coasters, and tissue box covers.… Keep Reading »

Wordless Wednesday – Remembering the Reason for the Season

          I hope everyone has a wonderful and joyous Christmas! For more Wordless Wednesday Fun, check out the Wordless Wednesday Linkys at these blogs: Jolly Mom Go Graham Go Mom Spotted Cake Blast At Home with Auntie E 5 Minutes for Mom Wordless Wednesday

(Nearly) Wordless Wednesday – Homemade Christmas Village

I love Department 56’s North Pole Village, but don’t love the price. A few years back, I decided to make my own. So each year I make a building or two. The kids love seeing what I come up with each year. Here are this year’s additions:   Jingle Bell Lodge     the Reindeer Barn, complete with… Keep Reading »