Versatile Fruit Crumble/Cobbler


This is another item you can make with whatever fruit you like and have an abundance of. You can also mix the fruits up. I made a pear & plumb crumble that was out of this world. You can add ice cream or whip cream if you want, or sprinkle a few nuts over it […]

Easy Refrigerator Jam (No Canning Necessary)


This is a super fast and easy way to use up summer’s delicious fruits. This jam will stay good in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. If you make this to give away, make sure you label it with the date and that it needs to stay refrigerated since we’re not sealing the jars […]

Labor Day Cookout…..Host A Hot Dog/Ice Cream Bar….Easy & Inexpensive..And A Hungry Bear!


I recently read an article about Nora Ephron (she wrote, among many screenplays, When Harry Met Sally, Sleepless in Seattle, Julie & Julia). A lot of the quotes I read from her friends talked about the fun parties she threw. And one particular party was mentioned most…when she threw a cookout and served hot dogs with lots of different toppings. And then had to throw my own hot dog party.

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetable Soup – $10 or Less Meal


This soup is delicious, versatile, inexpensive and easy! My friend Luz Shoemaker, who made the fabulous soups at The Cliff House in Manitou Springs for years, came over and showed me how to make this…thanks Luz! Roasting the vegetables gives the soup a rich flavor without a lot of calories and fat. What I learned […]

Watermelon Gazpacho – Refreshing, Easy, Vegan & Gluten-Free

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I’ve seen some good deals on watermelon lately and while I enjoy eating it simply sliced up, we have a hard time eating an entire watermelon with just two of us in the house. I recently saw a recipe for watermelon gazpacho on my friend JL’s Facebook page that she shared from that you can make […]

Coconut-Pretzel Crusted Shrimp with Orange Marmalade Horseradish Sauce & Tropical Rice – $10 or Less Meal For 4


When I tasted this meal, I felt like I should have a grass skirt and lei on…it’s tropical and perfect for a quick and inexpensive summer meal. The shrimp have a coconut pretzel crust that I serve with an orange marmalade dipping sauce. We jazzed up jasmine rice with pineapple and green onion, even though the jasmine rice […]

The Best Ever Barbecued Ribs…Easy & Fairly Inexpensive

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My husband and I had been wanting to cook ribs but they aren’t something I cook on a regular basis and I didn’t have a recipe on hand that I wanted to use. Then my husband found this recipe called “The Best Ever Barbecued Ribs,” from Bon Appetit magazine, and since it looked easy and […]

Veggies, Fruits & Herbs You Can “Re-Grow”

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Anytime I can save money on food, I’m all for it. I saw this really fabulous, easy-to-follow article from Wake Up World on how you can easily re-grow foods like onions, leeks, and even pineapple.

Barbecue Chicken, Corn Salad & Stuffed Potatoes – $10 or Less Meal


This would also make a great meal for your Labor Day cookout. To keep the costs down, we used chicken thighs and legs, which are actually juicier than the breast.

Zucchini…Some Great Recipes To Try, Two Personal Favorites…And How To Freeze


Some friends of ours gave us a huge zucchini from their garden (thanks Chris and Ruby) and I needed to use it before it went bad. My husband just so happened to be having a fantasy football draft here at the house with a bunch of other fantasy football “fanatics” so I decided to make them a couple of my favorite zucchini recipes. These are super easy and inexpensive….