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Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.

After-School Snack: Halloween Pizza Bagels

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make something fun with the kids, these Halloween pizza bagels are a quick and easy holiday snack. Use the mini bagels as a base and make spiders using thin strips of bell peppers for the legs and olives for the eyes...

Fall Salad Recipe

Fall Salad Recipe

I’m a huge fan of eating salads for lunch and dinner, especially around this time of year when most vegetables are in season. This recipe for Arugula and Black-eyed Pea Salad starts with a simple lime and chipotle vinaigrette, combined with a black-eyed pea and black bean mixture...

Fall Treat: Honey-Pumpkin Baked Apples

Fall Treat: Honey-Pumpkin Baked Apples

The aroma of these honey-pumpkin baked apples is reason enough to give your baking skills a try! This delicious fall recipe will fill your home with the cozy smell of the fall season. Growing up I had baked apple treats for dessert a few times a week and now I love serving them to my kids as an afternoon snack...

Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Omelets

It’s back to school season, which means it’s the perfect time to make your children something healthy and filling for breakfast. This recipe for Mini Vegetable Omelets is not only easy-to-make, but also super nutritious, as it contains fresh vegetables and eggs...

Top Tailgating Foods

Top Tailgating Foods

Tailgating is one of the best parts of football season, especially in the south. Whether you are starting early for breakfast or holding off till mid-day, score big with crowd-pleasing foods like dips, sandwiches and more...

10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

With the new school year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to refresh your routine and get your children on track to a healthier lifestyle. If you start educating your children on good eating habits while they are young, there is a greater chance of it sticking with them throughout their life...

Game Day Recipe: Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Game Day Recipe: Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Chicken wings have become a staple game day appetizer for adults and children alike. Although there are many variations of sauces that wings are made in, this recipe for Honey Glazed Chicken Wings is one of my favorites...

Appetizers: Fresh Salsa Dip

Appetizers: Fresh Salsa Dip

Next time you’re at the grocery store scouring the chip and dip aisle, forget the dip and just grab the chips. Instead of buying canned salsa, try making your own! Follow this salsa recipe and you’ll have a tasty, fresh salsa dip ready in just 20 minutes...

Dinnertime is the Best Time

When my son left for him first semester of college last year his absence was so noticeable, the days couldn’t pass fast enough. Now, looking back, the past ten months passed in what can only be described as a blur. During the time that led up to his departure one of our family rituals – eating dinner together – came to a halt...

Playful Summer Centerpiece

Playful Summer Centerpiece

Entertaining during the summertime can be a lot of fun. I personally use summer as an excuse to play with bright colors and add a little touch of whimsy to my dinner table or party space. I was dreaming up some playful centerpiece ideas recently and decided that a pineapple would make a great flower vase!...

6 Tips for Entertaining Outdoors

Outdoor events are often a beautiful way to host a party or celebration. From natural light to a night time glow, to the fresh air and gorgeous scenery, outdoor entertaining can have many perks. Although there are many benefits to hosting events outdoors, there are also many details that need to be taken under consideration when planning an event...

Shrink Plastic Refrigerator Magnet Frames

I have more fun playing with shrink plastic as an adult than I ever did as a kid. There are several types now available on the market that can be found in craft stores and online, including inkjet printable shrink plastic sheets to simple shrink plastic sheets that are transparent with a frosted side for tracing images, letters, and other designs...

Summer Refresher: Coffee Milkshake

Summer Refresher: Coffee Milkshake

When the term “milkshake” was first used in 1885, it was actually referring to an alcoholic whiskey drink described as a healthy eggnog made of eggs and whiskey. Since then, the term has been updated and is used to define any drinks made with chocolate, strawberry, or vanilla syrups and of course, ice cream!...

10 Ways to Use Ziploc Brand Bags

10 Ways to Use Ziploc Brand Bags

As some of you may know, I have an obsession with all things Ziploc®. I think I got into this habit from my mom, as she swore by Ziploc® Brand items. She used baggies and containers for just about everything and anything you could ever think of...

12 Kid-Approved Ideas for Keeping Kids Busy On a Road Trip

With most schools out for the summer, many of us are already getting into vacation mode and planning the next family getaway. Whether you’re planning to arrive at your destination by plane or car, you're sure to have a wonderful time with your family – that is, so long as you can keep your children entertained long enough to get there!...

Simple Lemonade and Lime Cake

Simple Lemonade and Lime Cake

During the summertime, I like to incorporate as many fresh and bold flavors into my baked goods as possible. One of my favorites is this refreshing Lemonade and Lime Cake recipe. This tasty treat is simple enough for even the most novice baker to make...

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