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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…


Sourdough Tips

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…ugh or the starter languishing in my fridge… (update: this is a constant, though, and the reason why these tips are still relevant) All this has lead me to the conclusion that I am an occasional sourdough user (Updated to read: weekly – I just need more time and practice). Here are the sourdough tips that I’ve learned along the way: 1. Use an online guide to grow a starter. I made my original starter over a year ago by following th…


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…


Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Weight Loss

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…ommon sense things that I think we’ve lost sight of in our modern culture. What I hope you gain from these tips is a little more ammunition, in addition to portion control and eating real, full-fat foods, that will help you towards whatever your weight goals may be. *Note: As I was writing this, I realized I had 12 tips I wanted to share with you – plus explain – and that was making this post get way too long. SO, this is Part 1…


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…


Five Tips For Better Photographs

…ore than I expected. I think one of the reasons was because David was so approachable and real and gave us basic tips that we could use right away, no matter what kind of camera we were using: point-and-shoot or fancy DSLR. I think you all will find these tips helpful, too, because even if you only take pictures of your family activities, there are tips here that will make them stand out from the crowd. But promise not to look at the photos on my…


Cooking Tips

Through the years I’ve written a number of posts about the kitchen & cooking tips I use, as well as a whole year of seasonal cooking posts which include lists of produce in season for the month, what I’m using from my preserved foods and some recipes appropriate to the month. Many of these tips and recipe ideas are things I use daily or weekly – they really are my favorites. I hope they will help you streamline your cooking…


Tips To Edit and Simplify Your Wardrobe

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Do you switch out your wardrobe each spring and fall? I’ve found this to be one of the best ways to edit and simplify my wardrobe. Of course the real reason I do this change of cooler clothes for warmer is because I don’t have enough room in my closet or dresser for both seasons, but I’ve come to appreciate the excuse to examine my clothes and weed out the pieces I no longer wear, like, or need. For example,…


More Tips, Tricks, And Techniques For Weight Loss

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If you missed it, see the first six tips here. See other parts of this series to find out my history with weight, and how I lost more weight than I ever have eating real food. I hope you found something in the first six tips I shared to help you towards your food goals, whether that means losing weight or just eating intentionally for health. Regulating and caring about the food we put in our bodies should actually be a goal…