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The Waffle That’ll Free You From Diners For Good

Waffle: the bread of life. I have a very simple waffle recipe I'd like to share, but first I'd like to give you the secret to waffles--never make one batch. Make ten. Twenty maybe. Waffles are the type of food you should have on hand all the time. They're...

Take Out Series: Sushi 101

What do you do if you want to save money but you don't want to get rid of your take-out lifestyle? Learn to make your own sushi. One of the biggest take-out items I missed when I moved to the woods and left unnecessary spending behind was takeout. When I lived in the...

Bread Pudding: Why You Should Eat Stale Food

Make 4AM Bread Pudding Why do I call this "4AM bread pudding?" Because I'm up at 4AM writing. This makes it convenient for me to pop things in the oven and eat breakfast hot and fresh. The secret is prepping the dough, mix, or batter the night before so all I have to...

The Tomato Salad that Saved Me from Starving

Try this summer-fresh Russian tomato salad This make ahead meal is great for your late summer tomatoes. This was one of my go-to meals from my favorite restaurant when I lived in Moscow. Russia isn't well known for being overly vegetarian friendly, but there are some...

Waste Not Want Not Series: Canning 101

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest & Your Wallet Canning isn't just for your grandmother anymore. Whether you've got a survivalist bunker or you're a foodie crying because the last fresh blueberry dropped off the bush, canning is for you. Canning and food...

Baba Ganoush–the Healthy Dip (that feels bad for you)

Baba Ganoush--the healthy dip It's eggplant season! Time for baba ganoush. I picked my eggplants from the garden and got some B Grades--funny shape or blemished--really cheap. B Grades don't look pretty for the store--it's produce that's the wrong shape or slightly...

The 3 Cooking Secrets That Will Save You from Starving

Stop cooking now! Unless you know these cooking secrets, you are wasting time. From the minute you go back to school until the day you get out for summer, your time is not your own. Whether you love to cook or not, you may not have the time you to create a masterpiece...

Free Lunch Series: Zucchini

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch? Nonsense! There is--if you're eating zucchini in season. I grow a ton of my food, but even if you don't, there's a neighbor who wants to give you zucchini. You know it's true. Just look a little bit interested, and...

11 Things to Do with Ramen–Besides Eat It

You don't have to eat ramen to survive! Ramen is one of God's greatest gifts to the world.  Ramen lets adults save money, teenagers look like they're eating real food when I think it's really crushed up Doritos made into long flat noodles, and college students can eat...

Cashing in on Cleaning

Do you need to start cleaning out some things you never use? Cash in on your cleaning Your trash isn't someone else's treasure--it's yours.  Instead of throwing it all away, come up with a strategic plan to turn it into cash.  There are a ton of ways to do this. Have...

Egg Overdose: What to Do with Your 10M Eggs

Are you afraid of Easter egg overdose? Egg overdose is a real thing, something parents and teachers across the nation fear.  Everyone likes to color a million eggs, but no one wants to eat them.   If you cried every time someone boiled another dozen eggs to color,...

Flavored Water for Energy, Hydration, and Health

Admit it!  You drink too much coffee! You need water! I don't drink enough water.  I know it's healthy, and it's certainly free, but I always lean toward coffee during my day. Coffee's expensive and the extra calories and sugars add up, too.  I can easily drink a few...