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Saving Money at the Grocery Store Part 1

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Guides | 0 comments

Saving Money at the Grocery Store Part 1

  My goal for 2015 has been to make saving a higher priority. I think The Husband and I do a pretty good job of living below our means and I will tell you in a heartbeat – I am cheap. But I am always looking for a way to trim our budget and squeeze a little more out of what we have. I have known for quite some time that we spent WAY too much money on groceries — about $600-700 a month for two grown ups and a preschooler! Determined to cut our grocery bill in half, I sat down a few months ago and began researching ways to do...

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Barbecue Baked Beans

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Side Dishes | 0 comments

Barbecue Baked Beans

A couple years ago I was asked to bring baked beans to a family function. It was then that The Husband’s cousin shared with me that baked beans – good baked beans – must contain three ingredients: ground beef, bell pepper, and bacon. I consulted a friend from church, who is a prolific grill master and makes some of the best dang baked beans I had ever had. He emailed me his recipe, which turns out wasn’t really a recipe at all. More of “a little bit of this, a little bit of that.” It took me a few times to get the measurements...

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Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic and Fennel

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Main Courses | 0 comments

Steamed Mussels with Roasted Garlic and Fennel

These days, most of my cooking comes in casserole form. So when my parents offered to take Big Brother for three blissfully quiet days, I knew on at least one of those nights my 8 x 8 needed to stay in the cupboard. Shellfish swimming in buttery, briny broth (say that five times fast) is a rare treat for us. It felt very nostaligic to come home from the store with one sack filled with the makings of a good meal rather than shuffling through the door laden with plastic bags full of milk, peanut butter,  Cheez-Its, you get the idea. I...

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Five Valentine’s Day Desserts

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Desserts | 0 comments

Five Valentine’s Day Desserts

  I’m not sure at what point I became anti-Valentine’s Day. It’s not that The Husband isn’t a romantic guy. He can totally put on the charm. But flowers die, chocolate makes me fat, and an overpriced dinner means I have to cut money elsewhere from the budget. No to mention the restaurants are over crowded, so instead of enjoying an intimate meal with my husband, I get to share it with 50 or so strangers. Can I please just stay home? I like to make desserts for special occasions. Valentine’s Day is a...

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Italian-Style Zucchini Boats [Low Carb]

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Main Courses | 0 comments

Italian-Style Zucchini Boats [Low Carb]

When I was pregnant with Big Brother, I really made an effort to eat healthy. When I was pregnant with Little Brother, all that went out the window. I was pregnant, in Mississippi, during the summer. FOR THE SECOND TIME! If I couldn’t enjoy a cold beer on the back porch on a hot August day, then dammit I would eat all the ice cream I wanted. I was going to get fat anyway, right? At one point I remember standing in the middle of my kitchen six days before the big day eating caramel apple dip from the carton like it was pudding. My...

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Chili Teriyaki Salmon

Posted by on Jan 19, 2015 in Main Courses | 2 comments

Chili Teriyaki Salmon

  So, it’s been awhile. A little over 10 months to be exact. I never thought I could stay away that long. I have a good excuse. Really, I do. There’s the usual stuff. I’ve been busy with my freelance work, family . . . Oh yeah, speaking of family. There’s this:     I realize if you don’t know me personally, this may come as a surprise since I never officially announced on the blog that I was pregnant. Meet Little Brother. He was born on August 14, just four days after Little Tot turned four. Speaking of Little Tot. He’s...

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Seafood Cornbread with Crawfish Cream Gravy

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Main Courses | 1 comment

Seafood Cornbread with Crawfish Cream Gravy

  Six years ago when The Husband and I moved into our house, I found this recipe written down on a forgotten slip of paper in the back of a kitchen cabinet. I decided to hold onto it until crawfish season rolled around again, and then forgot about it every year since. I decided this was the year I would finally give this recipe a try. However, the problem with handwritten recipes is that sometimes people leave out ingredients – whether intentionally or unintentionally, forget to write down measurements, or accidentally omit a step....

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Homemade Moon Pies

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Desserts | 7 comments

Homemade Moon Pies

  Holy sinful goodness ya’ll . . . If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you may have seen this picture a week or so ago. In our house, we don’t read story books. We read Garden & Gun magazine.     Seriously though, is this not one of the sweetest father-son moments ever?? After almost eight years of marriage, I have learned that if I send The Husband to the store for one thing, he’s going to come back with three other things that weren’t on the list. That’s why I don’t let him do the weekly grocery shopping. I...

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Banana Bread

Posted by on Feb 25, 2014 in Baked Goods | 0 comments

Banana Bread

  I realize that there is absolutely nothing earth shattering or trend setting about banana bread. Home cooks have been baking up this simple quick bread for comfort food or as a quick way to use up over ripe bananas for decades. This recipe is the one my mother always used and for all I know, it could have come straight from the pages of her worn and tattered Betty Crocker cookbook. But that’s not the point here.   Mom’s recipe in her handwriting   I decided to share this recipe because Friday afternoon I came across two...

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Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

Posted by on Jan 23, 2014 in Soups and Stews | 1 comment

Meyer Lemon Chicken Soup

  You might know this recipe as Greek Lemon Chicken Soup. It was one of the first recipes I tried when I was learning how to cook. The date on the recipe is from 2002. I used to make it quite a bit, and then for whatever reason I just stopped. I think it’s The Husband’s fault. He decided he didn’t like lemon in his chicken soup and that was that. A couple weeks ago, another variation of this recipe began circulating on Facebook. It inspired me to dig out my old recipe and give it another go. I made it for lunch one blustery, cold...

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