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, February 13, 2014
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, many people find themselves
scrambling for gifts or new and unique ways to impress their loved ones.
Below are a few free ideas that will help you spread the love of the
holiday regardless of who your Valentine is!...
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
This past holiday season had to be one of my more enjoyable ones.
Compared to previous years, there was minimal stress, we stayed within
our budget and we had a family vacation to look forward to at the
beginning of the New Year. However, on Christmas Eve, the unexpected
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Whether you’re looking to serve breakfast in bed for your significant
other, or just wanting to make something easy and delicious for the
kids, this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pancakes is the key to anyone’s
heart. These pancakes are easy to make and only take about 25 minutes to whip up...
Thursday, February 6, 2014
“Fondue,” a well-known European dish that is generally made with cheese,
became more generalized as “Chocolate Fondue” in the 1950’s as it rose
in popularity. Nowadays, you can find chocolate fondue served at most
restaurants, but what people might not know...
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Ice cream is a favorite treat for most, but scoop it into a cone dipped
in chocolate and covered in sprinkles and you’ve taken your cone to an
entirely different (and delicious) level. My pantry always seems to have
an excessive amount of both chocolate and sprinkles left over from
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
January is the perfect time to wipe your slate clean and create New
Year’s goals, especially in the kitchen. During the busy weeknights,
eating healthy and clean often falls off our radar as we’re too busy
playing chauffeur with our kids and making sure our homes are in tip-top
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Entertaining at home is always fun, but for many it can also be
stressful. There's a lot that needs to happen in order to host and
execute an event, so it's not surprising that it can be overwhelming for
a lot of people. That said, with the right mindset and adequate
planning, you, too, can...
Looking for a healthy, yet flavorful, side dish? There is something so
satisfying about this recipe for Roasted Cauliflower and Brussels
sprouts. The combination of the two main ingredients develops a nice
roasted earthiness that pairs well with most proteins and is hearty
enough to eat on its own...
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Is it just me, or is it relatively easy to go overboard when planning a
child’s party? Whether it’s spending money on extravagant party décor or
setting up an impressive dessert table, our “big ideas” can often add
up to a costly celebration...
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
I was recently looking for the perfect canister to use on my office
desk. I began searching around my house to see what I could repurpose,
when I had the idea to transform discarded soup cans into new chic
decor. I started by gathering a set of three cans in a variety of sizes...
When I’m shopping at thrift stores or antiques shops, I often stumble
upon sweet vintage plates and platters that are inexpensive due to their
less-than-desirable condition. Hairline cracks and surface crazing can
put an otherwise pretty plate right into the bargain bin...
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Serving greens and black-eyed peas during the New Year is a southern
tradition that is thought to bring good luck and prosperity. This recipe
for Balsamic Glazed Collard Greens is a wonderful side dish that is
deliciously drizzled with balsamic and toasted pecans...
Wednesday, January 15, 2014
There are many outlets you can go to for inspiration when you are
throwing a party; however, planning one can get overwhelming – and
expensive. The good news is, with a little creativity, you can easily
add some flair to your next get-together while avoiding spending a
fortune at party and craft stores...
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
In the spirit of making New Year’s resolutions, why not start the year
off right with a healthy recipe like this Pineapple Spinach Smoothie.
With just four simple ingredients you can create a tasty green smoothie
that even your kids will enjoy...
This year my family and I will be experiencing a first together: holiday
travel. Sure, there have been plenty of trips to the Caribbean and
Disney World, but never a vacation during a holiday. After a great year
of financial wins and blessings, I am thankful to be able to indulge...
Thursday, January 9, 2014
As we welcome 2014 most of us are focused on our New Year’s resolutions
and debating on our goals for the New Year − but what about our kids?
This year, I decided to do something different, and I asked my children and their friends to make a list of resolutions of