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  • $45 Emergency Meal Plan?

    $45 “emergency” meal plan for a week for a family of 4-6! This is quite a bit older, so I was curious how much the shopping list would cost in today’s dollars. ********************************************************************************************************* UPDATE 2023 It’s time! It’s time! Time to do another re-calculation of this ~20 year old emergency meal plan!! I last calcuated…

  • Laundry Hacks

    Here is a series of my latest and favorite laundry tips for simplifying life, and also maybe saving some money. I’ve been through a laundry revolution recently!! This is life-changing stuff, I tell you!! *** I gave up fabric softener. In my saga for fresh-smelling clothes, I saw a lot of information indicating that fabric…

  • Easy Instant Pot Caramel Sauce

    This recipe is so easy, so affordable and so fun ~ you’ll want to make it all the time. It’s a favorite of my husband’s…he loves it if I make this when we have apples! Gala are our favorite but we love to try unusual varieties sometimes too. They all taste good with this sauce,…

  • This is the way to go Keto at Cafe Rio.

    My new fast food go-to. Chicken soup with extra chicken, no tortillas, cheese, guac and pico on the side. Sooooo good.

  • Oh yeah…

    I officially have MASTERED Keto-friendly cold brew. I bought a $13 filter cone that fits a 2qt mason jar (anyone who knows me well knows I have a million mason jars of all shapes and sizes). I also bought Walmart brand coffee (I know, I know) in Mocha and Hazelnut. Just infused with flavorings, no…

  • Messed Up, Again

    I had an indiscretion with some Atkins bars earlier today and my blood sugar shot up 60 points and has been slow to come down. I skipped dinner to try to make up for it, but haven’t been able to sleep for all the stomach growling. I finally made myself a ham/cheese omelet. And now…

  • Capsule Wardrobe Update | Two Years In!

    I can’t believe it’s been two years since I MASSIVELY purged my clothes and went to a simple capsule wardrobr! I’m 35 pounds lighter than when I started two years ago, and still am losing, so I finally parted with some old, worn and now too big tops and dresses. It feels great to have…

  • Minimalist Kitchen ~ Part 3

    ~ We had seven pitchers and five vases taking up a whole lower cabinet ~ funny how these things accumulate over many years of running a household. I got rid of all but two plastic pitchers and I kept two glass vases. I later found two glass beverage dispensers on sale for $5 each at…

  • Homemade cleaners, and the work!!!

  • Bean day results!!!

    I like to store my drained, cooked beans in quart-sized glass jars in the fridge.  Beans should be refrigerated as soon as they cool enough to handle safely.   They should be used within 2-3 days…anything left at that point can be moved to the freezer.  (Note: If you plan to freeze in mason jars, you…