Your 12-pack Toting Days are Numbered

 [image via the Purple Sprout]Why are we buying all those bottles and cans of soda? Oceans of corn syrup, mountains of glass and plastic waste, money, fossil fuels; this is wrong on so many levels I don't know where to begin....more

Recipe Monday - Rocky Road Brownies

You have a picnic or party to go to in an hour, and you've just remembered you're supposed to bring a dessert. The kitchen goes into crisis mode as you scramble to find something -- anything -- that means you don't have to bring a pre-made, I-just-stopped-at-the-grocery-store food item. Time is ticking. It seems as if you're done for.Wait, not quite yet. There's a box of brownie mix in the back cupboard there. But everyone's going to bring brownies. They're the easiest. Plus, they take 45 minutes to prepare and bake, even from a mix.Not anymore they don't....more

easy peasy

By now you must surely know that "left-overs" are actually opportunities in my kitchen. Remember that asparagus? Well, after eating several batches pretty much out-of-hand I was wondering what I could do with the little bit that was left over. Then suddenly I needed a fast dinner solution for two, and this was it....more

Three Things That Made My Day Less Than Stellar

I'm a list girl.  Always have been.  Always will be.I like a chore list.  I like the focus it gives me during the day and I love, love, love being able to cross things off my list as the day goes on.I live by a grocery list.  I don't understand how people can go to the grocery store without one.  Unless you have a list in your head of the 3 to 5 things you need, but then again, that's a list.  A mental list?  Yes.  But a list, nonetheless.  Walking through the aisles arbitrarily tossing things into my cart?  So not for me....more

Frugal Eating

I have found the coolest menu website!!  It's called ReadySetEat.com and it is not your usual recipe website!Oh, it has recipes.  And a recipe box to save them in, etc.  But this site has an added feature that is just incredible!! When you first go to the site, you will need to register.  They'll ask for your location and the three grocery stores you shop at the most.  Why?  Because those grocery stores are the key to eating frugal!!...more

friends with benefits

Now listen, I don't choose my friends by what I can get out of the relationship, really I don't! But, this year my fig tree failed me (or maybe I failed it, given the drought) so when my friend called a few days ago and said her tree was giving her more figs than she could manage to harvest, and would I like some, well... you know where this is going already, right?I went over and picked the next morning and came home with more figs than I could safely eat before they went bad. In casting about for a different use for figs, I came across this... ...more

East meets West Arancini

Arancini is an Italian specialty, from Sicily to be precise, dating back to around the 10th century. The word Arancini actually means “little orange” as the traditional fried rice ball are very round and resemble small oranges. You will find many recipes online giving you the supposed original version but as any Italian family can attest, every Italian mother or grandmother has her own secret recipe....more