Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday, is a time of great celebration where people throw parades and parties. Want to celebrate in style without breaking the bank? We’ve got you covered. Tips for a budget-friendly Mardi Gras party. Hit your local dollar store. At my local Dollar Tree (pictured), I found assorted Mardi Gras masks, beads, crowns, feather boas, colorful hairspray and other items for only a dollar apiece –
Candy conversation hearts are cute, fun, colorful… and everywhere this time of year. These sweet craft ideas and recipes won’t cost you much, but are sure to be conversation starters. 6 Clever Ways to Use Conversation Hearts 1. Strawberries and Cream Cake. We “heart” this delicious dessert idea from Gimme Some Oven. You can make the cake from scratch, or just use their decorating idea. Either
There are many ways to express your love this Valentine’s Day – in a fun and frugal way. With a little do-it-yourself-creativity, you can make it a special day for those you love. 6 Ways to Show Your Love This Valentine’s Day 1. Valentine’s Day Breakfast (above). Wow your love with this sweet breakfast idea by Wilton. There are so many ways you can vary this
I am every bit as enthusiastic about my Instant Pot as I was when I first bought it about 18 months ago. It is rare that I go more than a day or two without using it and there are days when it is used two or three times for one thing or another. To be honest, I am seriously considering buying a second Instant
This February 14th, show your family members you love them by serving healthy festive treats. The kids will be getting enough sugar and Red Dye #2 at their school parties – why not offer a better alternative? And how about serving your Sweetie a natural Valentine’s Day treat made with fruit, cheese or other alternatives to chocolate? 14 fun and frugal ways to celebrate Valentine’s
Mealtime is never not a challenge when it comes to cooking for a busy family. Being ultimately responsible for three meals a day 365 days a year gets old really fast. So, when I feel like I’ve served spaghetti one too many times or when even the old favorites don’t impress the kids any longer, I like to shake things up with something new. January is a great time
There is a lot of friction in the world right now, along with a lot of stress and worry. That’s why it’s important to learn to be kind to yourself in what may feel like an unkind world. Here’s how you can treat yourself better. 1. No internet an hour before bed. Social media increases stress. Instead of scanning Facebook before bed, allow yourself the time to
Maybe you’re planning a Christmas or New Year’s Eve party. Or maybe you’re just looking to serve some holiday drinks for the adults after the merriment of Christmas day has wound down. So grab a Christmas cookie or two and drink in these delicious cocktail recipes that you and your guests will love. Holiday Cocktails: Beyond Eggnog 1. Melted Snowman Martini (above). This Cocktail, from A Cozy
It’s finally fall! One of the reasons I love October and beyond is that I can finally start ladling out steaming bowls of delicious soup for dinners! Hooray! There is nothing more gratifying than a hearty bowl of soup on a cool fall evening….and by gratifying I mean: easy, healthy, and cheap (the mom’s recipe trifecta)! Although I love the classic bowl of chicken noodle or chili,
You’ve eaten your share of healthy pumpkin foods made with this incredibly versatile vegetable (which is technically a fruit), but now it’s time for dessert. We’ve compiled a list of unusual pumpkin recipes that go beyond your typical pumpkin pie. 1. Pumpkin Cannoli. Mama Mia! Filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin ricotta filling, the classic Italian dessert gets a fall-themed twist in this recipe from A Treats Affair.
You’ll see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, from pumpkin-flavored foods, to pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice scented air fresheners and candles. Most people know pumpkin is a healthy food packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and nutrients. But did you know it’s also good for pets? Pumpkin has many health benefits for your pet, including: Urinary Tract Support. Veterinarians believe that the oils contained in the seeds and flesh of
It’s that time of year again… pumpkins are everywhere. Today I popped into my local grocery store and saw a large display of pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies and mini pumpkin pies. Just looking at these mouth-watering items made me feel like the holiday weight was already starting to form on my hips. But don’t blame pumpkins! Pumpkins are dense with nutrients while offering little in
I don’t know many people who will choose whole wheat bread over white based on flavor alone. My own family is very reluctant to give up their beloved Trader Joe’s sourdough bread. But this whole wheat bread recipe has made me a hero in my household. So many whole wheat breads are heavy and dense, with a crust that feels like it might dislocate your jaw.
The branches of our plum tree are heavy with fruit this year, more than we can eat. It’s a nice problem to have because as luck would have it, one of my all time favorite cakes is Marion Burros’s Plum Torte. It is reportedly the most requested recipe from the New York Times, which seems unbelievable when you look at the ingredients. It’s all very mundane:
I have a confession to make. I love looking at all the creative ideas that people post on Pinterest… but it’s rare that I actually attempt to copy these recipes or crafts – even when I fully intend to. I can look at these elaborate bento box inspired lunch ideas and know, without a doubt, that I will never make them. But that’s okay. I can