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Pantry Basics: Frugal Pesto {with a Secret Ingredient}

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…to make taking a just few minutes to whir together in a food processor. And of course making it at home is very frugal. But that’s not what I mean by calling it frugal pesto. The pesto I make has an alternative (aka, secret) ingredient that drastically decreases the cost of the most expensive ingredient in traditional basil pesto, pine nuts. I use sunflower seeds. Not walnuts (too strong) or some other seed or nut, just mild-mannered sunfl…


Fresh And Frugal Cottage Ideas, Part 1- A Better Homes And Garden Comparison

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…d, and crafts. As I was checking out their website the other day, an article that caught my eye titled Fresh and Frugal Cottage Ideas. Can you guess why it might have appealed to me? Frugal and cottage in the same sentence- be still my heart! As I was reading, I started mentally checking the list with my own cottage to see how I compared. And I thought it would be fun to share what I found with you and ask what you’d add to the list- or wha…


Holiday Traditions

…otherwise! Now my daughter likes to help with this, which I LOVE, so we make this time a priority. 3. That other Thanksgiving Thing While we’re on the subject of Thanksgiving, Brian wanted me to mention that the day after Thanksgiving we celebrate NOT going out to all the sales. I know frugalista’s are divided on this issue, but you couldn’t get me out there if you paid me (well…OK, maybe for a LOT of money!). 4. Celebrate…


A Video And A Guest Post About Searching For Frugal, Nutritious Dog Food

You may remember (or not…) when I told the story of our dog a few months ago. No matter how I was drug into dog ownership, he is a big part of our lives now, especially my husband’s who is definitely the “master.” So who better than to do a guest post on our search for inexpensive but nutritious dog food than the master himself, Brian (some would say my better half, and come to think of it, maybe I would, too). After…


Can Healthy Food Be Frugal? Part 1

…;evil” if you don’t. And don’t even get me started on packaged “convenience” foods labeled organic…if something’s been processed, freeze dried and run through machines, does it matter? I’ve actually seen a label with “organic modified food starch” as an ingredient. I just can’t pay more for this stuff. Although I do have a caveat: I find I need to buy organic on things like cereal…


Monday’s Menu- The Thanksgiving Edition

Isn’t it amazing that Thanksgiving is this week? Are you guys ready? Do you host or take a dish to someone else’s house? We are going to be spending the holiday at other’s homes this year and I’m taking a couple of my favorite things to make: These 100% Whole Wheat Dinner Rolls (spelt works, too). They are so soft and tender, you won’t believe that they’re make with only whole grains. And they’re easy…


Simple, White & Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape

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Happy day before Thanksgiving! I thought I’d share with you my Simple, White, and Natural Thanksgiving tablescape so you could see that a beautiful table doesn’t have to be: expensive complicated over-the-top take a lot of time Of course it can be, but that’s not what we’re about here at AOC! We like things simple and easy, yet beautiful. The best way I know to achieve that is to use a lot of natura…


Happy Thanksgiving

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends- I hope you all have a wonderful time celebrating the holiday! Btw, I’m loving the book-page banner and how easy it was to make one that said “give thanks” to replace the “fall” banner. The song from this Psalm (100:4-5) always goes through my head on Thanksgiving: Enter His gates with Thanksgiving and His courts with praise; give thanks to Him and praise His name. For…


Frugal Friday: Straw Vacuum Sealer

I’ve always been wary of lots of kitchen gadgets. First, they cost money and second, I never seem to have enough room for everything I’ve already got, let alone add another thing. I know I’m alone on this in many areas and some people would never do without their ________ (insert favorite gadget here: rice cooker? steam juicer? bread machine?), which is fine, too – each of us has to determine what works for us vs. cost, t…


Kitchen Saga…and a Thanksgiving Week Menu

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Does this photo look familiar? That’s because it was in last Monday’s post as well. Why am I showing it again? Because this last weekend was a complete re-do of the weekend before. Painting every cabinet I thought I had finished. Again. Ugh. I had really debated sharing this with you all – I mean, how much are you gonna be interested in my little kitchen issues. But as much as I want to keep it upbeat and in…


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