• How to Meal Plan for the complete beginner meal plan helps | meal planning tips | how to start meal planning | how to save money on food | save money on groceries | frugal tips | frugal living

    Start Meal Planning For The Complete Beginner

    What do I need to do to begin meal planning so that I can save money??? This is a question I receive regularly.  Meal planning is something I have been doing for over 15 years, and it has become second nature to me.  I meal plan every single week, without fail.  But… I actually hate meal planning.  There, I said it!  I really don’t like to meal plan.  I feel like I plan the same things every week.  It feels impossible to ever find something that everyone in the family will be happy with (there is always a complaint from someone).  Meal planning feels like a chore, trying to come…

  • Save Money on Groceries With this one simple grocery hack! #savingmoney #groceryhack #grocerytip #foodtip #preservingfood #savingfood #frugaltips

    8 Foods You Should Freeze in an Ice Cube Tray

    Do you want to know one of my very favorite kitchen secrets?  The one secret that I use multiple times each month to help me save money and prevent food waste???  It has everything to do with an ice cube tray!  Instead of tossing excess foods, freeze those foods in an ice cube tray to extend the life and use at a future time.  There are many different foods you can freeze in an ice cube tray, truly the skies the limit! “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to…

  • How to Blanche and Freeze Your Garden Peas

    “Sweet Frugal Life is an Amazon Associate.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.”  I have been spending a lot of time in my garden this week, and it just makes me so happy!  It takes a lot of work and effort to get those little seeds to grow; but harvesting brings the greatest reward.  I’ve learned if I freeze my garden peas I get this reward year round! Peas are one of my favorite vegetable to grow.  There is just something about shelling peas that warms my heart and brings some old fashioned nostalgia.  Plus, you will never taste a pea as delicious as one straight from…

  • Grandmas Famous Banana Bread Recipe

    I had a few bananas starting to brown this morning and that mixed with the cloudy skies out my window put me in the baking mood! I decided to whip up some of my Grandmas Famous Banana Bread Recipe! My sweet grandmother shared this Banana Bread Recipe with me years ago, and we have been loving it ever since! There is just something so sweet and special about making a recipe that I know has been made for generations.  I’m going to be keeping this recipe close to my heart and can’t wait to one day make it for my own grandchildren. Print Recipe Grandmas Famous Banana Bread Recipe This…

  • Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup Mix Recipe

    Did you know that you can make your very own Cream of Chicken Soup Mix?  Yep!  You can!  And guess what, it’s also incredibly easy, quick and frugal to whip up.  (hooray!) I really don’t like buying the canned soup in the store, but sometimes I just want a good old fashioned recipe with Cream of Chicken Soup in it, ya know??? I came across this recipe years ago and have been using it regularly ever since.  It tastes so much better than the cans, and is a lot less processed.  I use it in soups, stews, casseroles, etc.  All you need is a little water added to the mix…

  • Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffin Recipe

    My friend shared this whole wheat banana chocolate chip muffin recipe with me years ago and I have been hooked on them ever since!  We eat them for breakfast, for after school snacks and I add them in my kids’ school lunches. These muffins are quick and easy to make, fairly healthy thanks to the whole wheat.  They are also super easy to make a large batch to freeze for later….and my ENTIRE family LOVES them.  So, basically just a win all around! I will usually double the recipe and put half of them in the freezer.  To freeze you simply place the baked muffins in a ziplock freezer bag…

  • Light and Fluffy Pancake Recipe

    I love to make my kids pancakes for breakfast!  They are easy to whip up, VERY cheap to make, and always a huge hit with everyone in my family.  The only problem is that I am extremely picky about my pancakes! I have spent YEARS (seriously.) trying dozens and dozens of different pancake recipes.  Some have been to sweet, others have ingredients I don’t commonly have in my house.  A few of the recipes had pancakes turn out way to flat. I came across this recipe about 8 years ago…and we haven’t looked back since!  The pancakes are easy to make, ingredients are always stocked in my cupboards, and they…

  • Stock Piling your Freezer: How to freeze Pancakes for a Quick Frugal Breakfast

    “We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.” I really think my mom was supermom.  Granted, I didn’t think that when I was growing up….but now that I have become a mom myself, I am able to look back and realize just how hard she worked for our family. I feel fairly confident when I say that many of you are supermoms as well.  You wake up early, spend all day serving your family, and go to bed…

  • Cinnamon Hard Candy Recipe. The best Christmas Candy Recipe to try this year! christmas candy | christmas recipe | easy christmas treat | cinnamon recipe for Christmas | quick and easy Christmas candy #christmascandy #christmasbaking #christmastreat #hardcandyrecipe #easyrecipe

    Christmas Hard Candy Recipe

    Cinnamon Candy Recipe Years ago I went home with my now husband for Christmas.  It’s always interesting to me how different families celebrate each holiday.  On this visit all those years ago I was introduced to many new traditions (they open all of their presents Christmas Eve, was, ALL the presents.  Anyone else do this???) and lots of new foods!  I fell in love with this Cinnamon Candy that my mother in law made. As a result I asked her to teach me how to make it the same weekend and I have been making this recipe every year since!  Also, it takes less than 30 minutes and we were…

  • Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe. This fun christmas treat is cheap and easy to make! hot cocoa recipe | hot cocoa mix recipe | easy hot chocolate recipe | how to make hot chocolate | hot cocoa mix recipe | easy hot cocoa mix #hotcocoa #hotchocolate #easyrecipe

    Easy Hot Chocolate Mix Recipe

    A good hot chocolate mix recipe makes everything better! Hot cocoa is such a fun staple to have in your home during these cold winter months.  My kids will spend hours playing outside in the snow and the first thing they ask for when they come inside is some hot chocolate!  Back in my “spender” days I use to buy hot chocolate mix at the store like it was nobody’s business!  Once I started learning how to save and live a frugal life I learned how to make hot chocolate mix from scratch with this easy hot chocolate mix recipe and I have never looked back!  Not only does making…