The most common ingredient – me!

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Welcome! If you’ve found your way here, you’re probably getting ready to cook up something amazing. I hope you find some inspiration!

Why I’m Doing This

A little about me… I’m a mother of two beautiful kids – Dean, who is almost 4, and Bay, who is 7 months. I recently left a wonderful career to focus on raising my children. While we were planning for this change, my husband Asa and I figured out pretty quickly that a large portion of our disposable income goes to food and dining out. Because of this, we have had to figure out a way to cut back on out spending while not cutting out on the quality of our meals. I. LOVE. FOOD. Maybe a little too much. Bland and boring meals are simply not an option. I also love to cook, and now that I don’t have an office job to run to, I have time to do more of it.

My Method

I haven’t always been a good cook. It wasn’t that long ago that my parents would have certainly raised their eyebrows at that proclamation, and – knowing my dad – most likely some smart ass comments would be made about my ability to turn an entire tray of cookies into a single giant cookie cake… unintentionally. However, over the years I’ve taught myself to cook and feel like I’ve become pretty good at it. I rarely use recipes. I like to cook by taste. If you’re wanting a measured out, step by step exact process to follow, you might be disappointed. However, if you can deal with more old school measurements (a handful of this, a pinch of that) then we will get along just fine.

Saving Money and Eating Well

One thing you will learn about me pretty quickly is that on top of being a self-proclaimed foodie, I’m also extremely frugal. That is the basis of this blog. I want to help you save money while still eating well. Every week, I will find a common ingredient to use in the recipes I share. Most likely, it will be something I found on sale or something my garden gave me a surplus of for that particular week.

A garden is an awesome way to save some money while getting beautiful fresh produce. Historically, I don’t have a very green thumb. Somehow, my garden has always been pretty successful. Trust me when I say that if I can maintain a garden so can you. You can choose what size garden will work for your household. Even if it’s limited to a couple of containers on your porch, you’ll fine tremendous value in fresh produce.

There’s no reason for good food to have to be expensive. I’ll explore ways to save money on cooking for a family without feeling like I’m missing out on eating at the world’s best taco shop that was literally a two minute walk from my old office… ok, maybe sometimes. Each recipe I share, I’ll break apart how much the meal cost. That way, you can see how easy it is to dine on a budget.

I look forward to sharing ideas with you and finding ways to help you save money and eat well!

 

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