In the Kitchen

10 Pantry Staples to Always Keep on Hand

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Today I am happy to welcome back my friend Cherie Lowe from the Queen of Free, who has graciously joined us here at LWSL as a regular monthly contributor.  Cherie is the author of the amazing book, Slaying the Debt Dragon, which she wrote after paying off more than $127,000 in debt!  I am so excited to have [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 6

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Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bringing you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

How to Store & Organize Your Spices

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Being able to whip up any number of dishes based the pantry staples you already have on hand is a great way to keep your grocery expenses down, and a well-stocked kitchen should include at least a basic selection of frequently used spices and herbs. Like most things in life, spices and herbs are usually best when [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 5

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As you've hopefully discovered by now, here at Living Well Spending Less my team and I are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of [...]

Quick & Easy No-Mess Bacon

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Mmmmm....bacon. If you've ever avoided making bacon because you just didn't feel like dealing with the greasy mess left behind, this post might just change your life.  You see, my husband was the exact same way.  He loved eating bacon, but didn't love cooking it.  It was just too much cleanup. And then two years [...]

How to Deep Clean Your Fridge

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Our refrigerators might possibly be the most overlooked area in our home when it comes to cleaning.  Constantly in use, this essential appliance doesn't usually get a second thought.  Whether we just don't think about it at all, or assume that because food is kept cold or rotated through, that the fridge stays relatively clean, the [...]

Fresh Produce 101

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There is something just intrinsically right about seasonal produce.  After all, there’s nothing quite like a ripe juicy peach or bright red tomato in the summertime. Likewise, in the winter, it’s a comfort to cozy up to a beautiful butternut squash soup or a caramel apple pie with warm cinnamon, or to sip a hot pumpkin [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour: Part 4

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  Here at Living Well Spending Less we are 100% committed to bring you easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, especially as [...]

Sweet & Spicy Chinese Chicken

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My personal theory is that you can never have too many quick & easy freezer meals ready to go, especially ones that use budget-friendly chicken!  This juicy, flavorful sweet & spicy Chinese chicken was a huge hit with both my husband AND kids; in fact, my five year old, after cleaning her plate in about 2 [...]

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 3: Comfort Foods Edition

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As you all probably know by now, I am pretty much hooked on easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, [...]

Sunday Prep

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Like many other families across America, my kids headed back-to-school this week. As much as I’d like to think I am the picture of organization when it comes to setting up a school routine, the truth is that our weekdays can be hectic on a good day and pure chaos (and misery) on a bad [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 2

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A few months ago I shared my first 10 Freezer Meals in One Hour plan, which included 5 great recipes that could be prepared together in about sixty minutes to make TEN separate meals.  It was a huge hit, not only with my own family, but with many of your families as well! At this point I [...]

Easy Honey Dijon Chicken

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Ready for another amazing grilled chicken recipe?  This scrumptiously delicious honey dijon chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + grill friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the marinade & chicken into multiple bags, then throw it right into the [...]

6 Tips for a Budget Friendly BBQ

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  This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings To me, Summer means long days, warm nights, bare feet, and barbecues. It's one of my favorite seasons, and though it gets quite hot here in Florida, there nothing better than a day at the beach, charbroiled hamburgers, and a glass of ice cold [...]