Frugal Thanksgiving: Make Due or Don’t Make It At All

Posted by idawrites on November 25, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips, Spending |

It’s going to happen. You know it is. You’re going to be up to your elbows in cooking dinner tomorrow and realize you forgot that key ingredient to a dish on your menu. Ut oh! Time to send someone on  a mad dash to the corner store, Wal-Mart, or whatever is open on Thanksgiving day. […]


Ingredient Substitutions List

Posted by idawrites on November 20, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal Tips |

Next week, most of us are going to be on an insane cooking spree. In spite of the best laid plans, I suspect that we’re all going to forget SOMETHING on the grocery list. We can often avoid the emergency run to the corner store for some random (OVERPRICED) thing we forgot by just knowing […]


Life handed me rotten apples!

Posted by idawrites on October 30, 2009 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

Lessons learned from a bag of rotting apples: I’m a very goal oriented person.  I LOVE having a list of goals.  I make lists.  LOTS and LOTS of lists.  Lists of  things I’d like to do… places I’d like to go…  even 1, 3, and 5 year plans.  As a matter of fact, I get […]


5 Indoor Family Activities to Keep You Sane

Posted by idawrites on January 15, 2009 in Children, Cooking, Family, Frugal Tips |

In case you didn’t get the memo, here in the Northern Hemisphere, it’s winter. Even in the Deep South of Atlanta, it’s COLD! I dare not suggest that the children go “out there” for at least a month or two. So, what am I going to do to keep them from driving me nuts? I’m […]


Name Brand Versus Generic

Posted by idawrites on October 31, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

I learned an expensive lesson over the last week. Some Store Brands are NOT as good as Name Brands. Growing up in a house that only used Dollar General Store brand toilet paper, I learned fairly early that there were SOME generics that just didn’t stack up. This week, I learned a whole new lesson. […]


Frozen Assets, Ida Style

Posted by idawrites on October 30, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Frugal |

You may remember that I mentioned getting the book Frozen Assets last month. I love the concept. I’ve taken the author’s suggestions and modified the style to suit our needs. I don’t take an entire day for cooking for the month, or even the week. But I am slowly working up to a freezer with […]


Frugal Friday – Vegetable Chowder Recipe

Posted by idawrites on September 19, 2008 in Cooking, Coupons, Food, Recipes |

Before we started tracking our spending, and trying to make every dollar work for us, I never would have guessed that food is the biggest fluctuating expense in so many households. We used to spend $200 to $300 every week at Costco, Kroger and Publix. We always got caught in the “pick up one more […]


Best Brunswick Stew By Accident

Posted by idawrites on March 27, 2008 in Cooking, Food, Planning |

Before I left for work on Monday, I took the easy way out for dinner and put a pork tenderloin roast in the crock pot with some diced tomatoes, garlic, and spices. This pork roast is a favorite of Momma’s family, because it means one thing… CARNITAS! I always make 3 meals from our pork […]



Posted by idawrites on March 18, 2008 in Cooking, Family, homemade, Recipes |

I have a love of cooking and fun recipes. I have almost a dozen cookbooks, but only one that we use religiously. It’s a Better Homes and Gardens cookbook with all the basic instructions for types of food and base recipes in the front of each section. This has, many times, been invaluable to me. […]



Posted by idawrites on March 15, 2008 in Cooking, Food, homemade |

Saturday mornings are my late morning. I sleep in, sip my coffee slowly, read my favorite blogs, and then go to the kitchen and make one of my famous Waffle or Pancake concoctions. I always use whole wheat flour, and build from there. I don’t use a recipe, so it’s difficult to duplicate any of […]

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