What’s For Dinner? (No 102)

Place Setting

For some reason, I didn’t do much cooking last week.  Oh, yeah, I remember – we were sick.  Instead of the meals I had planned, we ended up eating Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Soup, eggs and other odds and ends.  I did cook a couple of meals but mostly we just fended for ourselves based on how we felt and what sounded good in our various stages of illness. But this week will hopefully be a … [Read more...]

Need Menu Ideas? 8 Places You Might Not Be Looking

Cooking Magazines & Place Setting

Have you ever wondered where people who regularly plan menus get their ideas?  Of course, there are the obvious places: Cookbooks Cooking magazines Pinterest Those are great options but sometimes there's no time (or desire) to look through another cookbook or cooking magazine and Pinterest can be overwhelming. In that case, there are some other options you might not have thought … [Read more...]

Menu Planning & Cooking in Less Than Ideal Situations

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If you’ve been reading the blog recently, then you know we moved into a fixer upper about 3 weeks ago and it has no kitchen.  Obviously, not having a kitchen makes menu planning and cooking complicated.  But despite my complicated circumstances, I’m continuing to menu plan and cook meals. “Why?” you might ask.  “Why wouldn’t you just eat out?”  Well, there are several reasons: 1.       My … [Read more...]

How Often Should You Grocery Shop?

grocery shopping

Obviously the answer is as often as you need to or want to.  It’s an individual decision based on your preferences and needs and there’s no right or wrong answer.  However, there are a few advantages and disadvantages to the different options. Daily Pros: You won’t waste as much food because you’ll only be buying what you need. You can buy what you’re craving. You’ll have fewer bags to … [Read more...]

How to Keep Track of New Recipes You’re Planning to Make This Week!

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Have you ever made a menu plan for the week that included a new recipe or two, but when it was time to make it, you couldn’t find the recipe?  I’ve had that happen more times than I care to remember.  It causes major panic when it’s time to fix dinner and you have no idea where the recipe is. To avoid that problem, I’ve come up with several strategies to keep track of recipes I’ve scheduled for … [Read more...]

How to Go OVER Budget at the Grocery Store

Shopping List

I spend a lot of money at the grocery store.  That’s because: We eat nearly all of our meals at home. My husband always takes his lunch and several snacks to work every day. My husband likes to eat and eat well. I feed other people frequently. My grocery budget includes household items like cleaners, pet food (for one large dog and a cat), diapers for the grandkids, makeup, etc. I … [Read more...]

How To Whittle Down a Grocery List That’s Too Expensive


So you made your grocery list.  You added it up.  And it was $50 more than you budgeted.  Uh oh.  What now?!  When that happens to me, as it does frequently, here’s what I do to get it where it needs to be: 1.       Look for items you can put off until another week.  I had several items on my list this week that were getting low but weren’t out yet.  So I skipped them for a savings of … [Read more...]