Easy, Spicy Blender Barbecue Sauce (Vegan)

Homemade barbecue sauce is so incredibly easy to make. You control the ingredients, salt content, and the added oils and preservatives. Not only that, it freezes beautifully, making it easy to thaw and use in a matter of minutes. It’s the perfect condiment for topping sandwiches, baked potatoes, rice, pasta, or bread. This sauce is … Read more

Mid-Winter Comfort $50 Weekly Menu Plan

When the winds are blowing and the snow is falling there is nothing better than some good, old-fashioned comfort food. This $50 weekly menu features a vegan version of the All-American hotdog, hot stuffed baked potatoes, and squash stuffed with rice and then cooked in tomato sauce. The only thing better than the menu is … Read more

Chocolate Coffee No-Bake Dessert Bars (Vegan)

If you want a quick, easy dessert that reminds you of no-bake cookies, then this updated, grown-up version is for you. This recipe goes together in less than 30 minutes. After cooling, they are easy to cut into small, bite-sized nuggets of unbelievable goodness. It was a blustery, winter, Saturday evening when I decided that … Read more

Easy, 20-Minute Vegan Creole Green Beans

As a child, I begged my mother to make classic Creole green beans, flavored with ham or bacon. I would eat them by the bowlful. Many years later, as a vegan, I wanted to recreate that flavor without any added fat, salt, and cholesterol. Grabbing my faithful black cast iron skillet, the two junior sous … Read more

Lemony Sugar Snap Peas Over Rice (Vegan/No Oil)

This recipe was designed by my son, Daniel and inspired by a comment left by Marybeth over at Making Cents of It All.She mentioned that she loves sugar snap peas sauteed with garlic and olive oil. That got our creative juices flowing. Daniel and I made some alterations and threw it all over brown rice, creating … Read more

How We Increased Our Home’s Energy Efficiency By 48%

Nearly two years ago, I scheduled an energy audit with my utility company, Ameren Illinois. I was actually inspired to do so because I was preparing for an interview with the Citizens Utility Board.  Since I was disseminating advice on reducing utility bills, I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to schedule an energy audit of … Read more