Category Archives: Budget

Mayocoba beans and chicken red chili

I was shopping in Hattiesburg, in the bean aisle.  Usually, there is nothing surprising or unusual to be found–I am reasonably certain that we have tried about every bean sold in Southern Mississippi at least once.  Beans are cheap, easy … Continue reading

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Sugar Coma-No Bake Cookie Cheesecake

I make things up as I go, and I do the same thing with food often.  I don’t wake up in the morning, and think to myself, “Today, I must invent a new recipe for a no-bake cheesecake.” Not me, … Continue reading

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Skippy peanut spread with dark chocolate taste test

After trying whipped peanut butter with s’mores flavoring recently, and because we’re huge peanut-butter-and-chocolate fans here, we tried Skippy peanut spread with dark chocolate.  It sounded great, right? This time, the taste test was on our own dime too.  It … Continue reading

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It’s my birthday, so here’s a gift for YOU!

My birthday is the 19th of this month, and while I’m going to leave my age a bit mysterious (ladies are like that…) I am going to be celebrating it with family and friends on a camping trip.   So … Continue reading

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SNAP (aka food stamp program)

On social media, I see a lot of commentary about the SNAP program and its recipients.  Most of these are assumptions that have no basis in truth.  Here are a few: Food stamp recipients are lazy and don’t want to … Continue reading

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Staying on budget

Face it–we’ve got a tough economy.  Prices are rising, while wages and incomes either are not rising or are actually shrinking.  The only flex point in most family’s budgets that is left is the food budget. So what can a … Continue reading

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Tie Dyed Groom’s Cake

Greg & I have been married just over two years now, and I recently received a comment about the tie dyed cake asking to know how it turned out. The tie dyed cake was the groom’s cake, and because it … Continue reading

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Dinner on a flash with a shoestring

Cheap eats are all the rage these days, which is probably a less-than-thrilling indicator about the real state of the American economy.  Most of the slick magazines’ versions has a dinner for 4 costing $10 and call that cheap. I’m … Continue reading

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New Orleans Sloppy Joes

This is a recipe I created a while back, and it works just as well today.  It’s also my favorite version of sloppy joes–not too spicy, not too bland. It’s a great way to serve a crowd, whether it’s tailgating … Continue reading

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Butterscotch brownies–candy or cookie?

I’m married to a chocoholic.  He’ll eat anything if its chocolate. I like chocolate, but…I’m a lot pickier than he is, as well as there are times when I want a sweet that is anything but chocolate. For some reason, … Continue reading

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