12 Simple and Delicious No-Cook Summer Recipes

When the thermometer soars, the kitchen is the last place that any of us wants to spend time. Turning on the oven can overheat your kitchen and raise your utility bills. Planning your menu around fresh fruits and vegetables can lower your grocery bills, aid in weight loss, and increase your body’s ability to fight … Read more12 Simple and Delicious No-Cook Summer Recipes

How to Freeze and Cook with Kousa Squash

Kousa, a short, wide Middle Eastern squash, is the perfect size for stuffing. It is sometimes called Lebanese squash, Mexican zucchini, or gray zucchini and sports spelling variations like: coosa, cusa, or kusa. Whatever you call it, kousa squash is a true delight. Although generally treated as a vegetable, kousa squash is actually the swollen … Read moreHow to Freeze and Cook with Kousa Squash

Mid-Summer $50 Weekly Menu Plan for a Family of Six

Summer is now here in full force (and so is the heat index). This means that the farmers markets and our weekly CSA box are both bursting with delicious, inexpensive farm fresh produce. Not only am I beginning to fill the freezer to get us through the long winter months, I’m also expanding our menu … Read moreMid-Summer $50 Weekly Menu Plan for a Family of Six

How to Use Oodles of Zoodles in New and Exciting Ways

Zoodles are the newest craze, piggybacking on the current nutritional choices of people around the world. Simply put, zoodles are long, thin strands of zucchini. They are fresh, low-carb, colorful, and incredibly inexpensive. If your goal is to get kids to eat more veggies, then zoodles are a great way to get the job done. … Read moreHow to Use Oodles of Zoodles in New and Exciting Ways

Mediterranean Inspired $50 Weekly Menu for a Family of Six

For nearly two months, I’ve been feeding my family of six for just $200 a month. I use ingredients from our weekly CSA basket as the backbone of my weekly $50 menus. Before we begin, let’s review the “rules” of my challenge. Right now, I’m feeding my family of six on no more than $200 … Read moreMediterranean Inspired $50 Weekly Menu for a Family of Six

What’s a CSA and How do You Find the Best One for Your Family

The growing season is exciting for our family. Every Saturday morning we head to the farmers market and pick up a bushel basket of fresh (and I do mean fresh) produce. The great thing is, we already paid for this amazing bounty back in January! For twenty-five weeks, from mid-May to late-October, we feast on … Read moreWhat’s a CSA and How do You Find the Best One for Your Family

10 Important Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping

As states begin to relax guidelines, second-hand stores are, once again, open for business. I love a good thrift store find!  Nothing beats the feeling of finding the perfect accent piece or outfit at a price that is a mere fraction of what you would have paid for it at retail.  Thrift stores are also … Read more10 Important Tips for Successful Thrift Store Shopping