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How much food do you think we throw away because it goes bad in our refrigerator?  Why?  Because no one wants to eat leftovers?  Because we got tired of it before it expired?  I can’t watch food go to waste, but it happens.  I hope to inspire you to have fun with leftovers and use your creative muscles to get ahead.  Here are a few meal makeover ideas:

Yogurt Smoothies

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Better than delivery!

I’m on this kick, it seems, with the kitchen on my mind.  It was recently reported that the price of basic ingredients such as flour and sugar is rising, and that will be reflected in the prices of prepared foods.  So, here’s another frugal recipe idea for you.  As with most of my recipes, it’s more of a process… an art, let’s say.  (more…)

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PUMPKINS!!!!

Did you make some into Jack O Lanterns?  Otherwise known as squirrel food and juvenile delinquent fodder? (more…)

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Making Chicken Stock

In my quest for frugal dinners, I have found that I can stretch a chicken further than any other type of meat.  A whole chicken fryer or roaster will frequently go on sale for under 70 cents per pound.  Just $5 worth can be expanded many different ways.  While I love it slow roasted using this method, the quick and easy weekday route is just to plop it in the crockpot.  Nothing fancy, just get it cooked.  Add your favorite seasonings, or nothing at all.  From there, you have the beginning of a beautiful thing.   (more…)

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As tomato & pepper season kicks off, we’re storing up the garden goodness in our favorite way!  We slightly modified this great recipe from A Man Named Muffin who also gave us generous amounts of vegetables from his sister’s harvest.  Our gratitude goes out to both of them.  

Is cooking and canning a chore?  Not if you enlist the help of loved ones to share the work.  We hopped over to Mom and Dad Frisbie’s and made it a family project.  While all of us split up the work, we shared recipe ideas and heard tales of “the old days” when the only way to feed a large family (my father-in-law being one of 12 kids) was to grow a large garden and make it last all year.  Growing and preserving food may seem like a lost art, but it’s making a comeback in these tough economic times.  Even if you don’t have a garden of your own, it’s wise to buy up local produce at a great price while it is in season and “put it up” for leaner times.  It saves money, tastes better, and – as my mother-in-law says – “at least you know what’s in it.”    (more…)

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Locally Made, Eco-Friendly, Organic Bath Products that Smell WONDERFUL!

Michelle at Heavenly Hair Studio pampered me with products from Danielle and Company!  She used a luxurious lotion on my hands that smells sooo good, I can hardly stop sniffing myself!  But when she told me about the products, I had to write about them.  Danielle and Company is a Scranton-based business that manufactures their bath and body care products by hand, using organic ingredients and authentic scents.  All of their products are certified organic, sustainable, renewable, biodegradable, and non-toxic.  The products are not tested on animals and the packaging is eco-friendly.  In addition to all  these great features, 10% of your purchase will be donated to support Penn State University’s bee colony collapse disorder research program. (more…)

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We recently compared our electric bill from this past March to March 2009 and we were pleasantly surprised!  While last year, we used 830 kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity, this year we used only 554 kilowatt-hours (kWh) through conscious efforts to reduce the amount of energy we use each day.  That’s a difference of 33.25%.  We attribute this savings to 3 things:

  1. Line dry clothes instead of using the electric dryer
  2. Replace the lightbulbs in the fixtures we use most with compact flourescent and LED bulbs
  3. Make better use of the programmable thermostat

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