February 2011

Roasted Shrimp, Broccoli & Garlic Pasta


My kids love noodles.  They would eat them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner if I left them.  They are probably just a few steps away from pasta rehab, if there is such a thing. And I gotta tell you, I'm not really a big fan of pasta.  Spaghetti with red sauce has always grossed me [...]

7 Ways to Save on Fresh Produce


"How do I save money on produce?" This is one of my most common reader questions. And, as a vegetarian and as a mom, it is a question that I personally face every week as well.  I save an incredible amount of money on my groceries with coupons, but I will readily admit that much [...]

How to Make a Pillowcase Dress


I did a little sewing this weekend, something I haven't done in a very long time.  It was cathartic in so many ways, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy it. I bought some fabric a few weeks ago to make a table runner.  Maggie saw it & asked if I was going to use [...]

How to Make Perfect Scrambled Eggs


My husband is normally the breakfast maker in our house, but there are a couple of things that only I can make.  One is Dutch Babies.  The other is really, really, really good scrambled eggs. I mean really good. Make-you-want-to-cry good. Okay, maybe you won't cry, but still.  They're good.  I promise. Scrambled eggs are [...]

10 Tips for Getting More Done Every Single Day


I have a confession. The list of things I want and need to do is always much longer than the list of things I actually accomplish.  I can't do it all.  I wish I could.  I am constantly striving.  But at the end of the day, I'm usually just a girl who drops more balls [...]

Valentine’s Day Brunch


A Sunday brunch just might be my very favorite type of party to throw. The mood is relaxed, the food is divine, and it is a great time to just sit and catch up with friends over a cup of coffee, mimosa, or bloody mary. Our little gathering was slightly impromptu--invitations were emailed only a [...]

Easy “Meaty” Vegetarian Lasagna


I love lasagna. Growing up, my mom never made it.  I guess probably because we're Dutch, not Italian.  We ate things like Hutspot and Pannekoek and Boerenkool.    In any case, I never even tried it until I was 14 or so and babysitting for one of the few non-Dutch families in my small town. [...]

How to Create a Stockpile


My husband makes fun of me sometimes because I use the word "stockpile" so often. But I can't emphasize enough the importance of having a well-stocked pantry for successful couponing.  Extreme couponing without a stockpile just doesn't work. What is a stockpile? For couponing purposes, a stockpile is your personal collection of food, toiletries, drugstore items, [...]

Roasted Vegetable Pot Pie Pockets


Maybe it's all this talk of blizzards everywhere, but for some reason this week I've had a major craving for pot pie.  Of course I live in Florida and it's not even remotely cold here.  But that's the thing about comfort food.  It's good all the time, no matter where you live. I honestly didn't [...]

Be My (Frugal) Valentine: 15 Gifts Under $15

It's February and you know what that means. (hint: think hearts) Valentine's Day! You all know by now that I am a holiday junkie and February 14th is no exception. I plan to bake cookies. I plan to do a few crafts & make some cards with my girls. (I even bought a Valentine's stamp [...]