Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp: Food on a Stick

If you love seafood, or love Red Lobster’s Shrimp Scampi, you will love this Grilled Lemon Garlic Shrimp! You don’t typically think of shrimp when you are planning your budget friendly meal, but actually most seafood including shrimp is a good frugal option. You can find the Shrimp for this delicious treat for under $7.00 […]

Chef Salad: Food on a Stick

We continue our Food on a Stick series today. You won’t have to worry about getting your kiddos to eat their veggies, with this fun Chef Salad On A Stick! Or adults, for that matter! Food on a Stick is everywhere…and I mean everywhere! Have you seen all the amazing food they serve at State […]

Asian Meatballs: Food on a Stick

We have a fun week planned for you!! Food on a Stick! Every day we will share a fun recipe and some ideas for creating Food on a Stick. Inspired by Matt Armendariz and his new book, On A Stick, we thought it would be fun to create some fun food to inspire you also. […]

Maple French Toast Casserole

We love Breakfast food, so much that we will schedule it at least a couple times per month on our menu plan. It’s very frugal and you can change what you are serving from time to time so it doesn’t become boring.  However it can be a demanding meal to make, trying to coordinate everything […]

Pork Fried Rice

Rice is one of the most budget friendly ingredients you can cook with. Whether you are making an easy side dish or a main dish, it’s quick, easy and taste great too. One of our favorite dinners is Take-Out from our local Chinese Restaurant, but to feed the whole family, it can cost around $35. […]

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits with Homemade Biscuit Mix

Mmm…Red Lobster! It’s my favorite restaurant ever! And the warm Cheese Biscuits…I could make a meal on them! Many, many years ago I came across this recipe in a local fair cookbook and our family has been enjoying them ever since. We wanted to share the Homemade Biscuit Mix with you, and had actually never […]

Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole and Weekly Menu Plan

Happy Labor Day! I hope you are all enjoying your holiday and a little relaxing. We took the weekend off, so we will be working today. Over the weekend we made this delicious Cheesy Mashed Potato Casserole and just had to share it with you. It’s simple enough for weeknight meals, but special for holiday […]

Grilled Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs aren’t really your typical budget friendly meal, but occasionally you need to splurge and stretch your budget. To get the most for our money we like to use Spare Ribs, there is a little more waste to them but the cost savings balances it out. Besides, Doug got the chance to try out a new […]

Grilled Chicken with Cucumber-Peach Salsa

As I’ve said before, I’m more of a traditional cook, probably because that is how my Mom cooked…like a Midwestern. But Doug likes changing things up a bit, and sometimes I just have to give in and let him try a recipe. And usually…it turns out. This is one of those recipes. Living in Northern […]

Fresh Green Beans

Growing up with parents that cherished their yard and garden is something that I hold dear to my heart. I remember sitting under the big maple tree and stemming Green Beans for hours so that my Mom could can them. She would always make enough for a big pot of fresh cooked green beans to […]

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