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Simple Is Sometimes Best

Last night for dinner we had something simple. I grilled boneless skinless chicken breast and brushed them with barbeque sauce. I made some 40 minute rolls to use as buns and we had chicken sandwiches. I served it with lettuce and tomatoes. We also had salad and canteloupe. Usually when I grill chicken I use a marinade with all kinds of ingredients. I like to […]

Favorite Tool-Grill

My favorite tool for this week is the grill. I think a lot of people would say they really like their grill. Where we live, we can grill about nine months or more out of the year. But this time of year, when it is hot, we use it a lot. We cook on it at least twice a week, sometimes more. The main reason […]

Black Bean Burgers

I started making black bean burgers quite a few years ago when we were living on a very tight budget. They are cheap to make because they are meatless. I continue to make them because they are frugal but also because they are healthy, quick and easy, and good.

Buying Rice

Has anyone else noticed the price of rice lately? Like everything else, it is going up in price. Rice is still a frugal thing to cook but not as frugal as it used to be. We eat a lot of rice. My husband really enjoys rice. He will eat the brown rice but he prefers me to fix the white rice. I like the flavor […]

Frosted Banana Bars

Frosted Banana Bars is a simple and delicious dessert to make and a great way to use up overripe bananas. We eat a lot of bananas around our house. My kids really like them. One of my daughters thinks she could live on bananas and carrots alone. Even though we all enjoy them there seems to always be one or two that end up being […]


I have a large basil plant growing in my garden. Having fresh herbs is great. This year I only have basil but it is doing so good it is making up for not having any other herbs. One of the things I like to use my basil in, is pesto. We love pesto. It is so easy to make and it so flavorful. Most pesto […]

Tuna Burgers

This is a great frugal meal. It is quick and easy. It says it serves four. We have a family of five and I usually double it and make six burgers. This recipe came from a Taste Of Home magazine from 1993 or 1994. I just love the old Taste Of Home recipes. For more frugal tuna recipes see frugalupstate. I usually like to post […]

Father’s Day

I posted this on Sunday for Father’s Day. I decided to link to it for GratitTuesday. I am very thankful for all my dad taught me. In honor of Father’s Day, I wanted to talk about my dad. My dad has taught me so much. One of the most important things he taught me growing up was the value of hard work and money. We […]

A New Favorite Granola

I have been trying out different granola recipes over the last few months. I think we now have a new favorite. The original recipe came from allrecipes but I tweaked it a little. You can really change this recipe around to your tastes. Add raisins or other nuts, dates, or coconut. I even think some peanut butter would be good. I hope you enjoy

A Favorite Kitchen Tool

I decided to post this measuring cup for my favorite kitchen tool this week. I have an old version of the measuring cup. It came from Pampered Chef. I keep my all purpose white flour in a large tupperware container. In my flour I keep, or I should say kept, this measuring cup. Mine recently broke. That is why the picture came off the pampered […]

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