Homemade Laundry Soap


Laundry has never been my friend. I need to make this perfectly clear.  I’ve never liked it; emptying pockets, washing clothes, drying clothes, folding and sorting clothes and putting them away.  Ugh.  I am not naturally inclined toward good housekeeping.  I’d much rather sit down with a cup of tea and a good book or…

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Bacon and Swiss Rye Muffins


These muffins won’t win any beauty contests.  They’re not the prettiest muffins on the block.  They have a muffin face only a mother could love.  But man-oh- man, they’re delicious.  Let me break it down for you… They have bacon.  That alone should be enough to convince you. They have Swiss cheese both in them…

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Some basic risotto ingredients

We’ve been enjoying a lot of the foods that go along with this season, hot teas and cocoa, soups, homemade breads and muffins, and I’ve been coming up with some interesting combinations as I work through my pantry.  In one of my ‘what will I find in here today’ searches, I found a lonely cup…

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Baked Potato Skins


My father has told me more than once that he has one huge regret about how he raised my siblings and me.  If he could go back and do it all over again, he would not teach us to love potato skins and the heels of bread loaves because he had to fight for every…

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Loaded Baked Potato Soup


Can we talk for a second?  I feel the need to tell you something. I love you.  Really, I do.  Let this soup stand as proof.  Because, baby, it is cold outside and this soup is going to warm you from your inside out.  From your toes on up to your nose.  If I could…

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Sausage Baked Beans and Grandpa’s Baked Bean Sandwiches

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I’ve talked a great deal about frugal foods and menu planning in my last few posts.  There’s no doubt about it, one of the most budget-friendly foods you can make is beans!  But that’s not why I’m posting this recipe today.  I’m posting it because it’s STINKIN’ AWESOME!  And because it’s cheap.  I thought you…

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5-Minute Homemade Creamy Tomato Soup


Today’s post is Part IV of the “Saving Money in the Kitchen” series that began Tuesday.  You can read Part I here ,  Part II here and Part III here. Wowza!  Who knew the response to being frugal would be so excellent?  I’m thrilled that so many of you are excited about stretching your food…

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Homemade Twix Cookies

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Today’s post is Part III of the “Saving Money in the Kitchen” series that began Tuesday.  You can read Part I here and Part II here. Although I intended to hit points four through nine today, I think I should stick with four and five.  Why?  Between the tips, recipe and giveaway I once again …

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Savoury Rice and Egg Pancakes


Looks tasty, doesn’t it?  It’s crisp around the edges with the perfect balance of saltiness and creaminess in the center.  It’s nourishing.  It’s delicious.  It fills you up.  It only takes five minutes to make from start to finish. But you know what else dings my chimes about this dish? It costs $3.42 for four…

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Chai Latte Tea Concentrate


I love tea. Part of the reason tea charms me so is the power it possesses to transport me to another place or time.  Whatever the stress, boredom or weariness is that hangs over me, it falls away in the time-honoured ritual of brewing and sipping a cup of tea.  In the best circumstances this…

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