Midwestern Stromboli

When I was growing up, I was a very picky eater.

I hated sauces and condiments. I still can’t stand it if people lick a condiment off of their fingers. This just happens to be something my daughter does often. Gag!

Now a days I’ll eat tomatoes, but only if the seeds are gone. Usually they aren’t, unless I prepare them, so as a rule, I avoid them.
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A Forbidden Side Dish

Lately the husband has been obsessed with the ever so creepy looking black rice. Also known as “Forbidden Rice.”

I was skeptical the first time I made it. Since I’m useless with a rice cooker (I’m no longer on your “Domestic Goddess” Pedestal, am I?), I cooked it on the stove. It ended up being pretty tasty, hence the new found obsession.

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Easy Chicken Freezer Meals

On my quest for staying within an actual grocery budget, I have started to buy things in bulk.  With the non-perishables, it’s no big deal.  The perishables are a whole different story.

I have thrown away my fair share of rotten fruits or vegetables, and meat that has gone bad.  Maybe I should start throwing cash away too, because it’s pretty much the same thing.

Now when we shop for groceries, I try to have a (tentative) plan in place for everything.

I buy berries.  We enjoy fresh berries for a few days, then I either freeze them, or make freezer jam (so easy and amazing!!). Continue reading

Cauliflower Pizza Crust

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That’s right, Pinterest, I finally broke down.  I actually swore to myself a month ago that I would never waste my time on something so ridiculous.

Then the other day, I suddenly HAD to try it because I was so intrigued by the concept.  Or because I’m trying to watch my calorie intake and I really, really wanted pizza.

So I scoured Pinterest for a recipe and took different bits and put together this concoction.

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Soooooo, What’s for Dinner?

I originally published this post in May, and now, a month and a half later,  I need a reminder to plan out my meals better. 

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If you’re anything like me, you have to try to keep an eye on your monthly monetary input/output.  Otherwise known as your budget.  (Ugh!)

We’ve been trying to keep a monthly grocery budget and we always seem to go over.  So this month, we thought we would keep a really close eye on it and be a bit more strict.

Well.  It’s the 22nd of May and we have gone $150 OVER our budget.  With two Costco runs this month and the purchase of a Keurig, (which was $125-but it’s going to save me a ton of money on coffee runs!) Continue reading