When the temperatures rise, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven. Now you don’t have to. Whether you’re putting together a meal for lunch, dinner, a picnic or a party, summer salads are the way to go. Enjoy these delicious recipes which will please the whole family – and your wallet. Here are 10 Summer Salad Recipes to Try.
As a kid, it was a special trip when Grandma would take me shopping at Big Lots. My little eyes would wander the endless aisles of dolls, cookies, coffee mugs and radios. I didn’t visit Big Lots often because Grandma lived far away but when I did, I was allowed to choose one thing to bring home with me. The options were limitless (why didn’t
If you are a woman, or a husband/baby daddy of one, you cringe at how much you spend on feminine products. Between tampons, liners and pads, the costs add up. I estimated that I spend $125 a year on menstrual products. And then I discovered reusable menstrual cups and realized my days of staring at drugstore shelves of colorful boxes while frantically doing math equations
Pet food bills can really add up, especially if you have more than one four-legged friend living in your home. You don’t want to skimp on quality, since more expensive pet food is cheaper in the long run if you factor in how the lower quality (and less costly) brands are often bulked up with fillers. Also, it’s been my experience that better quality food may
We could probably eat out of our pantry for three months if we had to. Does that seem like a long time? According to ShopSmart magazine, you can actually freeze some items up to nine months. Tomato products can last up to 18 months. That’s insane! Good thing I’m no longer a freezer diva. We don’t have a second freezer, so while we stock up on
Laura Taylor is a tomato specialist who grows over 100 varieties of tomatoes and personally teaches over 30 classes each year. She has been featured in various newspapers and radio shows and is a repeat guest teacher at Los Angeles area cooking schools. I went to her for advice about growing your own tomatoes – can you really save money in the long run, or is it
Spring is right around the corner which means it’s time for flowers, farmer’s markets, and gardening! This year I’m planning on making my own raised bed garden so I’ve been doing TONS of research on different options. Raised garden beds give you more flexibility about where you can plant different things so you can get creative. With different beds ranging everywhere from $10 to over
When I first started cooking for my son’s doctor-recommended gluten free diet, it was a challenge. There was no nearby Whole Foods – or any health food store – and I bought most of my ingredients online. I had a pantry full of sorghum flour, tapioca flour, xantham gum, guar gum, garfava bean flour, quinoa flour, amaranth flour, arrowroot flour, potato flour…and other ingredients that
Looking for a dairy alternative? There’s soy milk, rice milk, almond milk, coconut milk, hemp milk, oat milk, potato milk, flax milk… and many other substitutes for cow’s milk. I’ll be honest, I love dairy. And so do my kids. But one of my kids can’t have dairy, so I’ve made it my mission to find milk alternatives that pass the kid taste-test and don’t cost a
Thinking about starting a gluten-free diet? Before you do, make sure all your questions are answered. Going gluten-free doesn’t have to be confusing – and you can eat gluten free for cheap. Be informed before you fill your shopping cart to save money and your health. Top 10 questions and answers about gluten-free foods.
During college I survived through my Dad’s generous Costco buys. Six girls living in one house….it’s no surprise we loved all those bulk buys and extra savings and that hasn’t changed for me! There are so many way to make your Costco membership worth it BUT there are plenty of BAD BUYS at Costco. 25 items to avoid at Costco
Announcing the winner of the Presto pancake griddle contest, sponsored by my desire to forget about the heaps of snow on the ground and focus on delicious, steaming, pancakes. My Presto griddle is a workhouse that makes pancakes and potato-bacon hash on the weekends. You can check out out here. (Price ranges from about $35-$49 on Amazon.) Never burns pancakes Cooks pancakes and bacon and
My son has been gluten-free for 12 years, so I pretty much have a Master’s Degree in trying to find deals on gluten-free products. When we started out, there wasn’t even a Whole Foods nearby – I was ordering everything online and it was quite pricey. Sales of gluten-free food and drink there have surged from $5.4 billion to $8.8 billion over the past two
What do you look forward to about weekends? For me it’s pancakes. Every Saturday is “pancake day” and on Sundays we use our griddle to make bacon-potato-red pepper hash. YUM! Our Presto Griddle is a workhorse. I’m buried in snow here in New England, so what better way to cheer up than share my love of pancakes. Plus, tomorrow is the start of Lent! (When folks often give