10 Fast and Frugal Recipes for the New Year

Happy New Year and Best Wishes for 2015!If you are looking for some fast and frugal recipes to start the new year, download 10 Fast and Frugal Recipes from Ketchup With That (it's free!)...more

Date & Tahini Protein Smoothie

It’s 7am and both the husband and the child are still sleeping. We’re on ‘vacation’ time now so the kid has been going to sleep at around 9pm, which means she’s been sleeping until 8ish and we are all loving every second of it. I thought I might steal a few quiet moments to myself this morning—fresh cup of brewed coffee, sitting chair all to myself—-to finish this post in peace. I’m kinda excited about it (well if that’s not the nerdiest thing to be excited about, I’m not sure what is). ...more

Simply Red Mexican Rice, Simply Delicious!

Hot, spicy, red, sour. This is the explosion of flavours that occurs when you bite into this rice dish. Mexican rice, although disputed to be Spanish in origin, reveals its own unique red and spicy characteristics through the use of cumin and tomatoes. Though commonly presented as a side dish alongside other mains, it is actually a healthy dish to savour on its own as a main dish too....more

Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?

The Issue: Is Eating Healthy Really More Expensive?...more

Easy Stuffed Mushrooms

3 ingredients.3 steps.1 amazing appetizer!This is one of our absolute favorite finger foods. Don’t ask me what took me so long to share this recipe with you guys, but you will be so glad now that I did.Check out the recipe here:http://gofryyourself.com/easy-stuffed-mushrooms/...more

Top Used Appliances in My Kitchen

You might be surprised to hear that when we hosted Thanksgiving a couple weeks back, only one thing went in our oven for any length of time: the turkey. Yes, the sweet potatoes went in for a little bit too, but that was only long enough to melt the marshmallows on top. In general, we rarely use our oven. It is a big heat and energy sink and is not necessary for a lot of the things we make. Oven meals also seem to take longer and we simply don't have the time. So, how do we eat? Simple, using our small kitchen appliances. Here are the ones we use most and why:...more

Claire Goes Foraging

I am Margaret Aycock.  This blog follows my life as an artist, organic gardener, forager, cook,and house concert host.  I am an author of 3 books, two are how-to books on the process of painting in oil and one is a soon to be released children's book written and illustrated by me on foraging.  I live in a family of musicians/songwriters/artists, Jesse Aycock, Dylan Aycock ( Scissortail Records)  Scott Aycock.  The book is in the editing stage right now and should be out early next year or possibly this year....more

DIY Garden Harvest: Leftover Mason Jar Freezer Parsley

The once small parsley plant I had, is now a giant bush.This weekend was the last weekend for the parsley bush, there was no way we would have been able to finish it all before the frost did. But… there are a couple special ways to savour your harvest....more

5 Tips for Saving Time and Money on Your Holiday Baking

Holiday preparations are in full swing, and for many of us that means a busy kitchen.  It can also mean a hefty grocery bill. Baking at this time of year often involves large quantities or more expensive ingredients, and that can add unnecessary stress to the season.  Here are 5 tips to help you save time and money in your kitchen this holiday....more
Try making the condensed milk with some of your homemade brown sugar. It will be a little less ...more