Cooking on a Shoestring: Poor Man’s Lasagna Recipe

Poor Man's Lasagna Recipe Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Poor Man's Lasagna Recipe In our family, we have two different lasagna recipes.  Grandma's lasagna (my mom's) is a delicious traditional one, but with all the meat, cheese, and other ingredients, the cost can add up.  Nana's (my mother-in-law's) recipe is equally delicious and gets just as many … [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Chicken

Easy Cheesy Chicken

Here's another great chicken recipe to get us ready for Zaycon chicken next week (or just to keep on hand for whenever boneless skinless chicken breast is on sale!).   It's a recipe that looks like more work than it really is.  A little prep work with the chicken breasts helps these cheese-filled … [Read more...]

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup–Tastes like Olive Garden!

Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

With cooler weather coming to Northeast Ohio this week, my kids are requesting that I make this knock off recipe of our absolute favorite soup from Olive Garden: Chicken and Gnocchi Soup.  This recipe is a cross between a few others I found online.  It's a creamy, garlic-y soup with chicken, … [Read more...]

Kielbasa, Potatoes and Peppers


Kielbasa, Potatoes and Peppers As a mom who works two full time jobs (yes, the site is a full-time job :) and has a family to take care of  - meal planning is essential. Here's one of my easy fast-five meals on the rotation.  I always have potatoes around and smoked sausage or kielbasa in the … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Recipes: Heart-Shaped Meatloaf and Chocolate Cheesecake


It's Valentine's Day, so I thought I'd share a few recipe ideas to make the day special.  The first one isn't so much a recipe as an idea of something fun to do for the kids.  A few years ago we came up with the idea of a heart-shaped meatloaf for Valentine's Day, and it's become a tradition.  (My … [Read more...]

Cooking on a Shoestring: Plan a Soup Swap!

There's a chill in the air with the official start of fall this week, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share this Soup Swap idea again, along with several of my very favorite soup recipes.  Soup is a hearty and frugal meal, and it's even better when shared with friends! So what’s a … [Read more...]

Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole

  This is the first in a new series of posts sharing recipes that take advantage of coupon deals and stockpile items.  We use coupons to save money, but that doesn't mean we want to eat the same old things week after week.  We'll try to present a variety of recipes that use items that you … [Read more...]