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 […]

Recipe: Steak Roll-Ups

Low Cost Recipe: Steak Roll-Ups

I’ve been in a cooking slump to end all cooking slumps. I refuse to admit how many meals I’ve ruined in a row, but it’s gotten so bad that last night I made macaroni and cheese from a box and heated frozen green beans as a side. I didn’t trust myself to ruin any more […]

Blueberry Jam Explosion

Blueberries for Jam

A bowl of berries + a lot of sugar = Blueberry Jam (or not)   I just finished making ten jars of syrup.  I was shooting for blueberry jam, but something went terribly wrong. I guess we’ll just have to trade up from toast to pancakes. I knew things were getting out of control when […]

Banana Split Cake – A Recipe

A recipe: Banana Split Cake

Hi! My name is Christy and I write the blog My Invisible Crown. I started in September of 2012 as a creativity outlet mostly since my kids are getting older and need me now in different, less time consuming ways than they did when they were small. My Invisible Crown is predominantly about food, it’s […]

Double Chocolate

chocolate sheet cake butter cream frosting

It’s Thursday, a double chocolate kind of day.  If you are from some alternate universe without taste buds and you do not like chocolate, I apologize.  Maybe we’ll have a double vanilla Tuesday or something, but today is all about the chocolate. And the garlic. Yup.  I said garlic. Chocolate + Garlic = Bad Bread […]

5 Cooking Short-Cuts

baked eggs frozen on the go breakfast

I know you are all leery about taking cooking tips from me.  I mean, I can’t even blame you.  I did show you a picture of my upside-down-chicken, and I admitted to baking whole cloves into a loaf of bread. The truth is I’m really not to be trusted in the kitchen, not alone anyway, […]

They Spoke to Me

Red Flower Plates

I have a weakness for kitchen stuff. It’s quite ironic really, because I’m just not that fond of the kitchen. Perhaps that’s why I enjoy pretty-ing the place up. If I can’t love cooking, at least I can love the room I cook in. When I was in Georgia, these dishes and bowls screamed my […]

Fresh From a Can – Soup You Can Trust

Soup You Can Trust

Today I’m joining Soupapalooza, mostly because I like the name; however, I also thought it would be the perfect opportunity to introduce you to a soup that you can trust. It’s homemade.  From a can. That might sound curious to you, but let me explain. Do you ever have those nights where you don’t feel […]

The Best Salad You’ll Ever Taste


I seriously have the best ever summer salad recipe for you.  You are so gonna thank me after you make this.  Understand I did not make up this recipe.  That alone should give you confidence to eat it up. Recently I was at a friend’s house and she gave a bowl to someone sitting around […]

Summer Food – Cool Fresh – Right This Very Minute


Photo courtesy of Sydney, The Charming Tyrants Summer Series – Day Four Summer Food Today I’d like to welcome Jennifer from Mama’s Minutia.  She is the most creative cook I know.  She and her family share a zeal for life that cannot be matched.  The antics of her children are always entertaining, and after reading […]

When Kids Want to Cook


This kid, my kid, want to cook.  Believe me, I’m all about someone else doing the cooking in my kitchen, but I’m having a difficult time encouraging his new hobby while at the same time making sure our groceries last for the entire week. You see, he doesn’t want to follow a recipe, he wants […]

Grab Him By The Neck & Kiss Him


My mother Some random blog reader recently complained that I don’t take any good pictures of my kids.  I have two very legitimate reasons for this photographic failure. I created that balloon masterpiece.  Is there no limit to a mother’s talent? Don’t answer that! 1.  I am not a photographer 2.  My kids are old […]

A Tale of Two Soups

Once upon a time in the charming land of domestication, there lived a fair maiden who was troubled all the day long.  You see, one  morning when the wind howled a story through her window panes and icicles threatened to kill, she ignored the cries of the laundry. “Wash me!  Wash Me!” She shut up […]

My Final Recipe…Finally!


I’m never posting a recipe again! That’s probably not true, but that’s how I feel this morning.  I woke up today and thought, Ahhhhhh!  Friday!!  ALREADY! This recipe is in honor of fall.  It’s a perfect side dish for Thanksgiving.  I’ve been making it for years, and most people like it.  It’s also easy. CANDIED […]

Rustic Potato & Sausage Stew


Several weeks ago I tried a great new recipe that included white beans and sausage.  Everyone in my family enjoyed it; however, everyone had an opinion on how I could improve on the dish.  After pooling ideas and tweaking ingredients, I’ve developed a dish that my entire family enjoys, even the FringeKids. This new dish shares little […]