Packing Spices for Travel



I am a big lover of being able to prepare some of our own meals when we travel. Whether that’s having a mini-fridge and a microwave, a campfire, or a full-blown kitchen, I love to be able to help our budget while fixing some favorites.


I am not, however, a big fan [...]

June Grocery Shopping with JL



Well, hi there! You might be thinking, “Gee whiz, it’s been a long time since JL showed us a shopping trip pic!” You would be correct. But, to be totally honest, that is NOT because I started slacking off. (Promise!) It’s because I truly haven’t had any kind of significant shopping since that [...]

Hiking With Little People




If you had told me ten years ago that mine would be a hiking family, I probably would have hurt myself laughing. I was definitely more of an “indoor sport” unless we were talking about a moonlit beach or something.


Over the years, however, I’ve become a total convert and [...]

(More) Frugal, Outsourced Birthday Party Ideas


So, let’s just get this out of the way first– you don’t have to have a birthday party for your kid. That will, clearly, be your cheapest option.


Also, you can definitely host a party at your home and this may save you some cash (though not necessarily.)


I, for one, have [...]

End of the Month Soup



Around here, we operate on a “monthly budget” system. We allocate a certain number of dollars to certain categories and, then, that money is what we have for the month. Unlike some families, we don’t really “roll over” funds from one month to another– to be perfectly frank, while we’re sticklers for our [...]

Simple, Elegant Snowflake Wreath (for about a buck)


Holiday decor doesn’t have to bust the budget! You also don’t need to be super crafty. This simple, elegant wreath comes together in about 15 minutes and costs only a buck or two.



I am NOT crafty.


There, I said it.


I mean, I’m creative in the kitchen. And [...]

Turkey Ranch Pizza

A pizza crust can really serve as a base for all manner of flavor combinations! This ranch-y turkey pizza is a huge departure from plain old pepperoni, but the flavors are universally popular and well-received. (Plus, you work in lots of veggies!) Turkey Ranch Pizza Ingredients: 1 batch of pizza dough (your shopping list [...]

Turkey, Broccoli, & Cheese Roll-Ups

Turkey sandwiches are a given when using up a whole turkey, but this simple warm wrap adds new character with bright green broccoli and sharp cheddar. A drizzle of honey mustard adds flavor and keeps the turkey moist.


Turkey, Broccoli, & Cheese Roll-ups



8 flour tortillas, soft [...]

Turkey & Mushroom Gravy over Buttermilk Biscuits


Turkey and gravy are classic Thanksgiving fare, but they’re also just good ol’ comfort food. This rendition comes together lickety-split and the addition of mushrooms adds rich flavor and texture.




Turkey & Mushroom Gravy over Buttermilk Biscuits




for biscuits:

1 stick cold butter 1 cup [...]

Apricot Ginger Turkey Stir-Fry


A little sweet and a little salty, with just a hint of spice, this dish is a hit with the whole family. The flavors taste exotic, but all the ingredients can be found at any grocery store.




Apricot Ginger Turkey Stir-Fry




1/2 cup soy sauce [...]