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Meal planning, creating menus, budget-friendly recipes, how to shop, and printables to make it fun and easy.

Football Chili

Now that fall is here, I’m ready for some chili on the weekend during the game.  I mean, it’s cooled down to 70, y’all, bbbrrrr! This chili has a kick, so you can take one of the jalapenos out if you prefer a milder flavor.  It also calls for Chugwater Chili mix, which is made […]

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General Tso’s Chicken

This is John’s favorite dinner.  I can always feel the smile over the phone when my answer to “What’s for dinner?” is General Tso!  It has all of the flavors of the traditional restaurant dish with it’s sweet and spicy sauce, but I added fruit and vegetables so it would be a one-dish meal. It’s […]

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Magic Meat Sauce

First of all, let me just say that I’m not Italian.  This is not an authentic, Italian recipe.  This is just my go-to, all purpose meat sauce.  I use it for lasagna, spaghetti, baked ziti, etc.  It makes a pretty good amount, so I usually get two meals out of one batch.  You can use […]

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Classic Pot Roast

Here’s a very basic pot roast recipe to try.  No crazy ingredients, no difficult techniques, just yummy comfort food!  If you want to change it up, trade one cup of the beef stock for a cup of red wine.  Add celery or use new potatoes.  My favorite part about fixing pot roast is having a […]

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BBQ Rub Recipe – sweet, smoky and spicy!

Use this versatile BBQ rub on pork butts, chicken, ribs, pretty much whenever you need to rub your meat.  I make up a batch and keep mine in an airtight container so it’s ready when I need it.  It’s a little spicy, a little sweet and a little smoky.  You’ll find yourself wanting to barbeque every night! […]

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The 4 Commandments of Grocery Shopping

Learn to do your grocery shopping smarter and faster with good meal planning

I love going to the grocery store. Does that surprise you? Maybe it does if you’ve been going about grocery shopping the wrong way. The key to loving this chore is to always go in with a plan. If you wander in on your way home from work, with no list in hand, you’re going […]

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