Rolo Poppers – Salty & Sweet Snacks

Rolo Poppers = The perfect salty and sweet snack

Rolo Poppers are the perfect mix between salty and sweet and I do love me some salty and sweet snacks. How about you? My daughter’s best friend’s mother (that’s like 7 degrees of separation plus one family member’s friend) makes these every time she has a party and I love them, so I decided to [...]

Publix, Will you marry me?


I am in love with Publix. I’ve really never been fond of grocery stores.  They are on my list of “must do in order to survive”, like scrubbing the shower and cleaning the drain in the kitchen sink.  I don’t particularly like those tasks, but if I don’t do them, we’ll probably catch some flesh [...]

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity

Save Your Mornings and Your Sanity with Jimmy Dean Sausage & Pancakes on a Stick - Breakfast on the GO!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and Jimmy Dean, but all my opinions are my own. #PMedia #onthego   I am not a morning person.  Before I had children, people understood that about me.  My coworkers would steer clear until I had a cup of [...]

Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

Potato Cheese Soup Recipe

I’m becoming the Soup Master, not to be confused with the Soup Nazi, but every bit as prestigious. As a child, I hated soup, all except my grandma’s string-bean soup.  Other than that, in my ten year-old opinion, soup was for sick people and old people.  Through the years, something happened.  Somewhere along the line, [...]

Filled Shortbread Cookies

Filled Shortbread Cookies - Christmas Cookie Recipe

I love shortbread.  My favorite cookies are a little more on the buttery side than on the sweet side.  What can I say?  I love my fat (right up until the time I put on a pair of jeans, then, not so much). The other day I scooped out a spoonful of cookie spread and [...]

Pizza Dip & Garlic Croutons – Recipe

Pizza Dip and Garlic Croutons - The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe

This post is part of a National Frozen and Refrigerated Food Campaign. The recipe is my own.  All content, photos, thoughts, and opinions are my own.  I am working on this post with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network. Pizza Dip – The Ultimate Party Pleasing Recipe Every single day I hear someone complain about [...]

FruitsMax, Healthy Eating Made Simple

FruitsMax: Supplements Made Easy - Eat Your Fruit a Different Way

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group™ and FruitsMax, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #FruitsMax An apple a day keeps the doctor away and the teacher at bay. Despite the overwhelming good apples can do for your health and education, they often get [...]

Sausage and Beans Recipe

Sausage & Beans Recipe

The first time I made this recipe, I was desperate for a different meal.  I wandered around our local food co-op, kind of a health food store/farmer’s market, and picked up a bag of fresh, locally grown Brussels sprouts.  Then I grabbed three vine ripened tomatoes and walk out of the store.  I headed over [...]

Two-Step Pumpkin Spice Cookies

pumpkin spice cookies

After a few days of less than desirable dinners, I really tried to cook it up for my family.  I made meatloaf with mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans.  Then I thought I’d blow all their minds and bake a cake, but my daughter asked if we could make pumpkin cookies instead. Now, you [...]

Best Apple Cake Recipe Ever

Best Apple Cake Recipe Ever - You need a piece of this cake.

A friend brought us a big bag of apples the other day.  I was going to make apple crisp, but my daughter turned her nose up to it.  She’s not a fan. So, I made the second best thing – Apple Cake. This cake is chock full of apples and it’s moist, so moist it [...]

Cooking Over an Open Fire

Cooking Over an Open Fire

There’s a reason I avoided cooking for the first twenty-five years of my life.  I knew it would be dangerous. I should not be trusted alone in the kitchen, ever. I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how many kitchen fires I’ve started over the years.  The worst was in a cast iron pan.  The flames reached [...]

Save Money, Swap It

Swap It and Save Money - 31 Days of Cheap Tricks, Living for Less

About six years ago, I was contacted by the producers of the Wife Swap television show.  They wanted FringeMan and I to swap spouses for a week (or two, I can’t remember) and they would pay us a very sizable sum of money for being part of the television show. It was one swap we [...]

Wild Game

I grew up in the city.  My meat came from supermarkets, neatly wrapped in cellophane.  Then I married FringeMan and my world changed, so did my food.  Beyond the market, I had no idea where meat originated and to be honest, I just didn’t care.  I’ve always liked eating meat, but did not have much [...]

Inspired Gardening

Inspired Gardening: Save big money by growing your own food.

I should probably state that I know nothing about gardening, but I’m inspired by the idea of growing a garden.  Fruits and vegetables are ridiculously expensive in the supermarket, and besides, why am I growing grass that needs to be moved when I could be growing food that needs to be eaten. We hardly have [...]

Couponing – Strategies & Tips

coupon haul $28.74

    A few years ago I thought we needed to cut some items from our budget, save money somewhere. Do you ever feel like you’ve cut everything you can cut and there’s just no more cutting that can possibly happen? That’s how I felt.  There wasn’t anything else we could ‘give up’.  The only [...]

Low Cost Recipes – Less Money, More Food

Low Cost Meal: Beans & Rice

October is all about finding the Cheap Tricks that help us live for less.  We’ve talked about discerning needs vs. wants and how we can end impulse spending.  Then we talked about making DIY liquid laundry soap and shower cleaner, but this week our focus is in the kitchen. Food costs money, but with a [...]