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The View From My Window

This Spring we have had rabbits living under our deck. We see them coming and going but they always hurry away when the see us. This afternoon my daughter noticed this out the window. The rabbit had come right up next to the house. It was looking right at us. I ran to get the camera but was only able to get this one picture […]

No Bake Chocolate Cookies

No bake chocolate cookies are one of my favorite childhood cookies. They are a classic no bake cookie that everyone loves. I know there are many versions of no bake cookies out there. These are my favorite. We made these cookies often when I was a kid. The original recipe came from an old cookbook put together by the school in the small town I […]

Grilled Black Bean Quesadillas

We enjoy quesadillas at our house. We like to change it up a little so a few years ago we tried grilling them. We really enjoyed the results. They do get crispier with a slightly different texture but it also gives them a smokey taste. I made a black bean version last night for dinner. Since it was a bean recipe I decided to add […]

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 […]

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