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Flax & Chia Egg Replacers

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I have chickens, but I also have teenagers.

For our family, fresh eggs are a frugal protein source and something we eat a lot of! So, while we have chickens in the backyard, I sometimes find myself running low on eggs.

What is this mom to do when the mood to bake strikes, but the egg supply is less than stellar? I have borrowed a trick long used by vegan bakers. Enter flax and chia egg replacers. Continue reading →

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Roasted Potatoes & Veggies w/ Sausage

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One-Bowl Glazed Lemon Cupcakes

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My mother-in-law left a bag of lemons for me after her last visit here. As you might imagine, I am certainly making use of them, especially when it comes to dessert! That being said, I do have Chicken Piccata on the menu this week. It’s not something I make too often as it isn’t a favorite of the boys in my family, but it certainly is one of mine. Anyhoo, I digress.

Back to dessert…

Upon tasting these cupcakes, my husband commented that they taste like a Lemon Dream Cake from Coco’s Restaurant and Bakery. We no longer live anywhere close to that restaurant, but that used to be my requested birthday dessert. To have my husband compare the tastes is a huge compliment, especially when I can guarantee that this version is healthier.

But don’t take my word for it. Or his. Here’s the recipe: Continue reading →

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Did You Know You Can Freeze A Whole Peach?

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frozen-peachesIt’s true!

I read about it on one of my favorite blogs, Heavenly Homemakers. You can read Laura’s post here.

Shortly after reading her post, our family was blessed with a box of peaches that was turning quickly. We enjoyed them fresh, I experimented with several delicious recipes, and I knew I had to try freezing them whole. It is the easiest method I have found for freezing peaches. Continue reading →

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Buttery, Caramel-ly Peach Pancake Sauce

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Peach Flavored Simple Syrup

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I recently posted a recipe for Simple Fruit Cobbler. I’m sure enjoying coming up with fun ways to use my peaches.

We drink a lot of iced tea around here, so I thought it would be fun to make a Peach Syrup for a flavorful twist.

Simple syrups usually consist of water and sugar. The idea is that the sugar is boiled in the water in order to reduce the graininess of the sugar in your favorite beverage. They can have varying degrees of thickness based on the ratio of water to sugar. I went with a medium thickness here as I don’t prefer things to be too sweet. As usual, I will give you some options in the recipe.

If you have a bounty of summer peaches in your kitchen, be sure to give this a try. Continue reading →

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How To Stretch Buttermilk

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I use a lot of buttermilk!

While I don’t drink it, it’s my favorite milk for all baked products. I use it for pancakes, waffles, muffins, scones, cakes, etc. I also use it in my Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce and my Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns.

If I were to buy buttermilk from the store and use it in my recipes, as is, it would not be a very frugal option for my family. However, I have found a buttermilk hack! Continue reading →

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Simple Fruit Cobbler

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When your friends bless you with a box of peaches, well, you make cobbler and a host of other wonderful, summer dishes. We’ll get to the others later. Today, we’re talking cobbler.

There are about a zillion-and-one recipes on the web for fruit cobblers (and crisps). Mine is rather simple, but as always, I will give you a few ideas for fun additions to experiment with. Continue reading →

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No-Bake Energy Bites

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We had the privilege of enjoying a wonderful Father’s Day dinner with some very dear friends of ours. We were served BBQ beef sandwiches with homemade cole slaw and an incredible homemade berry pie complete with vanilla ice cream. The food was wonderful and the company even better.

In addition to all that wonderful food, my friend let me taste her No-Bake Energy Bites. Continue reading →

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The Only Tool You Need For Perfectly Boiled Eggs

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After my Grandmother’s Memorial Service, my mom, aunts, cousins, and I were going through her room cherishing our time together, sharing memories of her, and claiming the items that meant the most to us.

Among many precious things, my Aunt Patrice found a package with an egg timer in it. She laughed as she recalled how Grandma made sure all of her daughters had one in each of their kitchens. When I asked what it was, my aunt was surprised that my Grandma hadn’t given me one, so I got to bring that one home with me.

After using it for the first time, I was hooked. In all my years of cooking hard boiled eggs, I gave it my best, but I inevitably ended up with the greenish hue of the overcooked egg or a mushier-than-I’d-like center. Since using this timer for the last almost year and a half, they have come out perfect every time. Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Raspberry Muffins w/ Chocolate Chips

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When my family and I spotted a small patch of wild raspberries growing near the side of the road on public property, we made sure to go back to the area as soon as possible to pick what we could.

We ended up with about a half to three-quarters of a cup of small raspberries so I thought that the perfect use for them would be in a batch of homemade muffins. Judging by how quickly they were devoured, I would say it was a good idea.

Now I’d like to share the recipe with you. Continue reading →

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Easy, Healthy Chickpea Salad

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This salad couldn’t be easier or more flavorful!

I’ve shared with you my recipe for Easy, Healthy Corn & Black Bean Salad. One day, I was cooking up a huge pot of Chickpeas (also called Garbanzo Beans) for my Chicken Pot Pie (recipe forthcoming). I thought it would be interesting to see if I could combine some of my favorite flavors and come up with a cold summer salad.

What I discovered is now a new favorite. Today I’d like to share the recipe with you so you can see for yourself. Continue reading →

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What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

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I first tried Garlic Scapes earlier this year when my friend shared a jar she had pickled from her garden. (Thanks, Aemi!) Until then, I had never even heard of them.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend and neighbor brought me a bag of them that she had purchased from the Farmer’s Market. (Thank you, Cheryl!)

Today I’d like to share with you what Garlic Scapes are and a few ways in which you can use them. If you grow your own garlic, you will be able to use a part of your plant that you may have previously thrown away. If you come across these at the Farmer’s Market or in your CSA box, you will know exactly what to do with them.

What is a Garlic Scape? Continue reading →

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How I Prep My Kitchen For A Busy Week

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Today I’d like to share a simple tip with you.

You see, I have been planning the last few weeks knowing that next week will be a busy one for me. I am not used to having to leave the house everyday (I know – I’m quite spoiled!). Next week, however, I will be teaching Monday through Friday at our community Vacation Bible School.

It is such a rewarding time, but it is also quite tiring. The kids and I will arrive home each day tired, hot, and hungry. Hubby will be eagerly awaiting our arrival (and lunch!).

I will need to prep for the next day’s teaching, as well as make dinner and all the other tasks I never seem to have the time to accomplish in a day. I need to do something to make my week easier. Continue reading →

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Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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After sharing my recipe for the The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER, I thought I’d give you a delicious recipe on which to pour that decadent sauce.

Enter my Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles. This recipe is very versatile and can be adapted with what you have on hand. You can use berries instead of apples and cinnamon. You can even keep them plain, if that’s the way you roll. Use the recipe as a guideline and create your own favorite variety. Continue reading →

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The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

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A few years ago, I came across this recipe – Tasty Kitchen’s Liquid Gold (Pancake Syrup). You can click on the red text to read the original recipe.

I’ve adapted the original several times over the years until I have, in my opinion, perfected this recipe.

We enjoy this on our pancakes, waffles, scones, cakes, and muffins. It is also delicious on ice cream, popcorn, and in our morning oatmeal. We like dipping apple slices into it for a sweet snack.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

This syrup is so full of buttery goodness that we don’t use any additional butter on our pancakes, waffles, scones, or muffins! Continue reading →

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How I Roast 2 Chickens Without Heating Up My Kitchen

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We eat a lot of chicken in this house.

It’s one of the most frugal meat options, especially when you purchase the whole bird. Gone are the days of boneless, skinless, chicken breast being the star of dinner. I use still them, but only occasionally, sparingly, and with much thought.

Costco’s 2-pack of whole chickens cannot be beat when it comes to the price. At around $6 for each bird, it is the most frugal way I know to feed the meat-lovers in my family. When you consider that I can get 2-3 meals and chicken broth from each bird, it is no wonder I cook one a week.

Actually, with this 18 Quart Roaster Oven, I am able to cook 2 at a time without heating up the kitchen. This method saves me both time and money.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

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Health vs. Finances

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orange  pepper moneyOne of the biggest challenges for me, as a homemaker, is finding a balance between purchasing healthy food and staying within a reasonable, affordable budget. I consider myself a whole food lover, I prefer to eat organic food over conventional, and the health of my family is important to me.

However, there have been times where I have had to choose a less healthy option due to our financial limitations. Many times I have stressed about how my decisions to be frugal will affect the health of my family.

For me, I have decided to do the best that I can for my family, and realize that, ultimately, our health is in God’s hands.

For this reason, I consider myself a person who takes a balanced approach when it comes to the tension between healthy food and finances. I decide what price I am willing to pay for each item. Sometimes it will be the healthy choice, sometimes it will be the frugal choice, but I will always trust God in the end.

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The How’s and Why’s of a Pantry Challenge

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If not, this post will explain the what, why, and how of a Pantry Challenge. If you have, perhaps you will be encouraged to find your own reasons for trying one.

A Pantry Challenge is when you take stock of the items you have in your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator. You take an inventory of the food you have so than you can plan menus using what you have already purchased rather than making a shopping list and heading to the store. Continue reading →

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Cinnamon Skillet Apples

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Cinnamon Skillet Apples

Not that I ever feel guilty about eating an apple pie, but I don’t always want to take the time to make a crust. I’m kinda lazy that way.

Unless you have a countertop convection oven, you don’t want to be heating up your kitchen in the summer by baking a pie. If you missed my post on baking in the summer without heating up the kitchen, you can read that here.

My Cinnamon Skillet Apples are the perfect alternative. You can have the flavors of the All-American Apple Pie without the downsides.

As usual, don’t take my word for it. Give these babies a try. You won’t regret it. Continue reading →

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4 Tips to Saving Time in the Kitchen

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black & white clockIf you know me in real life, or have spent time reading my blog, you know that I spend a lot of time in the kitchen in an effort to stretch my husband’s paycheck as far as it can possibly go. As I have said before, I believe that the kitchen is the area we have the most control over in terms of how much, or how little, money we spend.

While I consider it my job to make his paycheck go as far as it can and I do enjoy working in my kitchen, I don’t want to be in it 24/7. Because of that, I am always looking for ways to streamline my kitchen activities.

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