Category Archives: stretching your food dollars

Three Soups…One Ham Bone!

It must be fall. All of a sudden, we are eating soup again, and the oven is doing double duty as a house heater and cooking device (I will confess to having turned on the heat for an hour or … Continue reading

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It’s Spring! Time for Yard Work, and Planning My Trip to Virginia and the HEAV Convention (with a Giveaway)

It’s April and time for me to plan my annual trip to Virginia! I’m so excited to be spending a bit more than two weeks visiting friends and family (including a visit to my sister at Poplar Spring Farm) and … Continue reading

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Hosting A Soup and Bread Supper: Vegan Tomato Soup And Biscuits

Tomato soup! So warm and wintery and so easy to make from scratch! Start with two small onions and a few cloves of garlic. Chop and sautee in a neutral oil like corn or sunflower. Add a generous amount of … Continue reading

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Kitchen Kids: Mouse Makes Grape Nuts (Dairy Free)

We eat a lot of cereal around here. The truth is we just eat a lot and there aren’t even any teenagers in the house yet! Weekday breakfasts are almost always cereal since that means the big two can supervise … Continue reading

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How-To Feed Two Families With One Chicken (and have some leftovers)

The other day I decided to cook a broiler as I’m trying to eat down the store of food in the freezer! A friend of mine had had a weekend of sick children so I thought I’d stretch that bird … Continue reading

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Kitchen Kids: Chili and Brown Rice by Buggle

  Buggle has been a kitchen helper since he was big enough to sit in his highchair and peel garlic for me. Since he’s also a good reader and methodical by nature I decided to write instructions for his first … Continue reading

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Kitchen Kids: Glop by Mouse

PrintKitchen Kids: Glop by Mouse Ingredients1 pound ground beef 1 large can baked beans 1/4 cup of sweet relish or chopped sweet pickles 1/4 cup ketchup 2 T mustard 1 T brown sugar Salt to tasteInstructionsBrown ground beef over medium … Continue reading

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Indian Style Wedding Lentils (Gluten Free Dairy Free)

This recipe was invented on the eve of our wedding (after the rehearsal dinner) when we realized in a panic that there was nothing for the vegetarians and vegans to eat except oranges and bread! S rummaged in his pantry … Continue reading

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Potato Casserole and New Peas (Gluten, Dairy, and Corn Free)

Mondays are supposed to be meatless around here but I couldn’t resist adding a little bacon to this recipe. There were no leftovers. PrintPotato Casserole and New Peas Prep Time: 15 minutesCook Time: 30 minutesTotal Time: 45 minutes Yield: 9×13 … Continue reading

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Too Lovely For Indoors

We played hooky a bunch this week. The weather finally got warm enough to be really nice (and then in typical Virginia fashion got hot and humid!). The children played and played. We went to a church softball game, had … Continue reading

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