Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.
Thursday, January 15, 2015
I absolutely love making no-bake desserts and when I find a no-bake
cookie recipe, I cannot wait to try it. I created this healthier version
of No-Bake Nutella Cookies, which just so happens to be filled with all
of my (and my kids’) favorite ingredients: almond milk, dark chocolate,
almond butter, oats and Nutella...
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Have you ever repurposed something ordinary into something completely
new? When you take a moment to think of new uses for old things, you
begin to think creatively and come up with ideas like turning used tin
cans into new office accessories...
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
If you don’t cook with barley very often, you are missing out. This
grain is versatile, going beyond the beef and barley soup and full of
health benefits, being called a “super food”. If you’re like me and
trying to start off the New Year right, add barley to your cooking
Thursday, January 8, 2015
Tabbouleh, a long time salad favorite of mine, is traditionally made
with fresh parsley, mint, tomatoes and onion, bulgur and seasoned with
lemon juice, olive oil and salt. Luckily, my three children really like
this Middle Eastern favorite, which is a healthy green herbal salad with
a hint of grain...
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Most often, hosting a party in your own home (versus renting a location)
is the most practical and affordable option. However, if you’re like
me, you might not have a large living space to entertain in. Personally,
one of the biggest challenges in hosting a party in my home is lack of
space. When I’m planning a party...
For my family, the holidays mean making a lot of Mexican food like
tamales, pozole, buñelos (Mexican fritters) and lots of yummy drinks.
Now that I have my own little family to create memories with, we always
love to add...
Friday, December 26, 2014
With the holiday season upon us, it can be difficult to
stick to your dinner routine. If you’re looking for a quick healthy
weeknight dinner, enjoy this lighter pasta entrée made with ground
Friday, December 19, 2014
Gifting gift cards doesn’t have to be boring. There are several ways you
can get creative with your gift wrapping this season. Gift cards are
small which means you have several options on how to present them...
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
With the holidays around the corner, there is one item that we can
expect to be on everyone’s menu this holiday season – dessert. Whether
it’s cookies, a pie, cupcakes or cinnamon rolls, setting up a dedicated
table for treats...
Monday, December 15, 2014
The holidays are upon us and my kids are ecstatic. We love the holidays
because we get to bake, decorate our three trees and craft ornaments.
When it comes to crafting, I love to involve my daughter as much as I
Friday, December 12, 2014
Do you want to create an impressive autumn dessert that only takes 20
minutes to prepare? These cinnamon apple sugar dumplings are so simple
and have only five ingredients. The most difficult part of the entire
recipe is deciding what type of apples to purchase and then coring them!...
Thursday, December 11, 2014
This time of year many of us find ourselves scrambling (and perhaps
stressing a bit) trying to get the perfect family photo. Holiday cards
seem to put the pressure on us to capture our family in way that looks...
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Get out the ribbon and tissue paper because ‘tis the season for wrapping
gifts! Recently, I was thinking about a nice gift I could give guests
at a small holiday party and the idea of a gift wrapping kit came to
mind. I like to give favors that are either practical or edible…
Saturday, December 6, 2014
During the holiday season, my family loves displaying all of our
different holiday decorations and our favorite is the tree. Putting up a
Christmas tree can be easier than you think....
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Since my kids actually like kale and broccoli, I combined the two to
make this Kale Broccoli Slaw, perfect for a healthy side dish. This
healthy side dish is fabulous with dried cranberries, almonds and the
tangy and sweet Greek yogurt dressing...
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Creating your own unique customized wall art can be both fun and
rewarding no matter what your level of craft or art skills. Using nine
panels of small stretched canvases from the craft store, here is a
project that can be modified in so many creative ways...