Cooking on a Shoestring: Hand-Dipped Chocolates–a fun and frugal gift!

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There’s one homemade gift that I love to give, and pretty much everyone I know loves to receive: chocolates.  So this time of year, I round up a few of my favorite little elves and churn out a variety of chocolate-dipped candies and treats that our family can give as gifts and share with others … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Chicken and Gnocchi Soup–Tastes like Olive Garden!

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Have some leftover turkey and turkey stock in the freezer from Thanksgiving?  Use this recipe to transform them into something completely different!  Just sub them in for the chicken and chicken broth!   If I'm sharing chicken recipes this week, I can't forget the knock off recipe of my … [Read more...]

How to Transform your Holiday Leftovers

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I'm totally game for a meal or two of re-running the Thanksgiving feast, but after a while, I think most of us get turkey-ed out!  So what's a frugal girl (or guy) to do when it goes against every frugal bone in our body to waste food? Freeze it!  I love having a few bags of frozen turkey on hand … [Read more...]

How to make Homemade Noodles, plus Sweet Potato Casserole and Awesome Stuffing recipes

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My husband says I’m a Thanksgiving snob…and he might have a point.  It’s not that I’m stuck up about Thanksgiving food, but I have a couple of Thanksgiving side dishes that I’ve adapted the recipes for over the years to the point that I like them the way I make them, and sometimes others don’t quite … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Make your own Applesauce!

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Today was applesauce day at our house!  It’s something we do every year, and I always look forward to a big bowl of warm applesauce made with freshly-picked apples.  Then I fill the freezer with the rest, and we have it for the rest of the year.  It’s an easy little something special to go with a … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Grandma’s Apple Strudel Recipe

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My Grandma Roth knew a thing or two about feeding a family on a Shoestring Budget.  She was the mother of eight kids, and famously scolded my mom once for paying full-price for bananas for Grandpa while she was in the hospital ("but Patty, they were 29¢ a pound at Save-a-Lot!").  I learned a lot … [Read more...]