Cutting the Fat When Times are Lean

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I just cut $1000 a year of “fat” from our budget. And it wasn’t horribly painful. I’ve let a few fun “me” things slip into the budget that I absolutely love and use. But my husband has been unemployed for nearly 2 months now. It’s time to tighten the belt a bit more, because I don’t know how long that’s going to last, and every little bit really does add up. Continue reading →


Roasted Sticky Chicken Legs

Roasted Sticky Chicken Legs, one of our family favorites!

Roasted Sticky Chicken Legs, one of our family favorites!

Sticky chicken. Mmmm. It’s really amazing. This has been a family favorite of ours since I found the recipe online over 17 years ago on Mimi’s Cyber Kitchen. It was also one of the first recipes in my Once a Month Cooking Chicken Plan, which I’m working on revising for the new site. You can find the old version here.

The original recipe calls for a whole chicken. Over the years, I’ve adapted this for my family and our budget. We’ve successfully used it with whole turkeys, turkey breasts, and chicken legs. I’ve adapted the recipe so much that it’s not much like the original, though some of the spices are the same as well as the method of slow roasting. And it is GOOD.

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Pineapple Mint Smoothies

There's just something wonderfully sunny and refreshing about citrus and mint, especially in summer.

There’s just something wonderfully sunny and refreshing about citrus and mint, especially in summer.

Introducing, the “other” green smoothie. While I love smoothies full of kale, spinach and other greens, there’s nothing like a smoothie made with handfuls of freshly picked mint. It’s easy to grow, and once you have it, you usually have more than you can handle. This is a very good thing if you’re crazy about it like I am. Continue reading →

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Meals & Deals: Week of 6/28/2015

Our frugal meal plan for the week of 6/28/2015

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Meals: 

Do you have one paycheck a month that is squeaky tight? Or all of them? The one that especially gets us is around the end of the month, when our mortgage comes out. The payment isn’t bad, but when you add in daycare for two kids, gas and groceries, there’s not much left over, especially when you factor in unemployment.

On top of all of that this week, my teenager is turning 18! While I’m excited about this, it’s a bit of a stretch and a challenge but we’ll still find ways to have fun. I’m planning on taking the day off and spending it with him. He’s asked to go to his favorite Chinese buffet for lunch, which is doable when it’s just the two of us. We might hit a movie or go hiking. Depends on our crazy weather. Continue reading →


The Someday Garden Part 2: Baby Steps and Micro Gardening

What would a Frugal Moms garden be without some daisies?

Ah, baby steps. Do you remember them from the movie “What About Bob”?

Bill Murray plays Bob, a dependent mental health patient who stalks his egotistical psychiatrist (Richard Dreyfuss) down on vacation because he couldn’t get through even a couple of days without him. The psychiatrist had written a new book about “baby steps” that he gave to Bob to try to get rid of him. Instead, Bob uses the book to overcome his fears and drive his psychiatrist crazy! It’s a hilarious movie, as Bob is constantly muttering to himself, “Baby steps! Baby steps!” Continue reading →