Three Budget-Friendly Date Ideas

by Monday, February 10, 2014 19 Permalink

HI! This post from the archives ran last year around Valentines Day. Although dating our spouse should be a high priority all year round, it's especially relevant during everyone's favorite (or least favorite!) romantic holiday.   > > > Those of us in the early stages of raising kiddos might not have the extra money or energy ...

The Art of Leftovers Wizardry

by Friday, April 26, 2013 12 Permalink

I don't claim to be an expert in anything, but there is one thing I'm not too shabby at and that is effectively concocting meals using leftovers. My mama taught me well; she is the queen of making leftovers into casseroles that taste gourmet. Using up leftover food helps to squeeze more meals out of ...

Honey Whole Wheat Bread (for Good Friday)

by Friday, March 29, 2013 17 Permalink

This morning I woke up and immediately wanted to bake bread. So I did. I opened my spice cabinet door where my favorite honey whole wheat bread recipe lives, allowed Red to pull up his stool to "help," and then we measured and stirred and kneaded until two steaming golden loaves sat atop my counter. ...

Three Not-So-Obvious Reasons to Recycle

by Wednesday, March 13, 2013 20 Permalink

I am pleased (and slightly ashamed) to announce that we recently started regularly recycling household goods, for the first time in my life. And I mean really recently—like since the beginning of the year. Of course I've been wanting to start recycling for a while now, but excuses always stopped me. We don't have enough ...

Seeking the Minimum Level

by Friday, February 1, 2013 19 Permalink

A while back I told you about The Tightwad Gazette. I warned you that I'd be sharing more jewels of wisdom from this oldie-but-goodie, and today I'm dishin' Dacyczyn. She wrote an article entitled "Seeking the Minimum Level," which describes practical ways of scaling back our usage of everyday items in the name of pushing ...

A note from the Oil Cleansing Method

by Monday, January 21, 2013 10 Permalink

Howdy. I'm the mixture of caster oil and olive oil sitting in a plastic bottle on the Shoebox bathroom counter. They call me the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I'm new round these parts; been here 'bout a few months, so I thought I'd write up somethin' describing my job in this place the humans call ...

A homemade pumpkin spice latte

by Saturday, October 20, 2012 4 Permalink

It's no secret that people love a good pumpkin-anything this time of year. And with good reason! The orange color and the scent of accompanying spices truly capture the essence of the season. I made my first pumpkin pie of the year this past week. It's not that I can't wait until Thanksgiving... I just ...

Why I don’t use coupons

by Monday, September 17, 2012 9 Permalink

Thanks to sdc2027 for this image Couponing can be turned into a game for the frugally minded. I have friends who are so coupon-savvy, they've actually had the store pay them to bring home a bag full of goodies. They match sales and deals and coupons like master poker players—always knowing which card to play, ...

How to cook dry beans

by Thursday, August 23, 2012 10 Permalink

Cooking dry beans is ridiculously easy, although the process seems to sometimes intimidate even the most seasoned cook. (Hah! Pun absolutely intended.) The preparation steps may take a little longer than the cooking you're used to, but the majority of that time is soaking. It's like growing while you sleep—completely effortless and so productive! I'll ...

How to get a great patio set on a budget

by Wednesday, July 25, 2012 3 Permalink

I've been wanting a patio set for 6 years now. When we lived in the house, we said we'd buy some each summer. Then summer would roll around and we'd say we couldn't afford a set. (Instead we'd haul our kitchen chairs outside and use cardboard boxes as a table. We're classy like that).  Then ...