Recipe: (Virgin) Piña Colada Smoothie

pina colada

So what if it is the dead of winter and the ground is covered with frost (or even snow in some places)! All it will take is one sip of this piña colada smoothie to remind you of the warmer weather [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 100: Victory!

family garden pic

I honestly can’t believe it. For 100 days our family of four (pictured) survived on real, fresh, whole, organic, local, non-processed food for less money than we would have if we were on food stamps. [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 97: Some Mistakes

EF 1-18

Our final week is coming to a close so this could very well be my last little bullet point list of all my groceries! I plan to keep blogging though…I am just not quite sure what the frequency will be [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 94: An Empty Refrigerator

chix nuggets

I can’t believe it. This is my last full week of only having $125 to spend on groceries! And just to clarify, we will absolutely still be on a budget when all of this is over. I will probably just [...] Keep Reading

Recipe: Peanut Squash Soup

Peanut Squash Soup from 100 Days of Real Food

I tried this recipe for the first time last weekend, and I cannot believe how incredibly easy it is to make. Not to mention soups freeze beautifully so you can double the recipe and prepare this meal [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 87: Almost Done!


So here we are with only 13 days left of our real food on a budget project. I haven’t stopped shopping at Earth Fare (which some people think is expensive), and I most definitely have not stopped [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 85: Scrounging for Dollars

biscuit pizzas

It was slightly embarrassing, but I had to return the only unopened grocery item I had on hand to be able to “afford” a main ingredient for our dinner on Friday. Sure, you could say it was poor [...] Keep Reading

Real Food School Lunches II


I have to admit that the holiday break from school gave me a much-needed break from preparing tree nut/peanut-free, real food, budget-friendly school lunches for my kindergartner every night. I truly [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 79: New Recipes


Long ago I had a goal to try at least one new recipe a week. I did okay with this for a while, but then I quickly fell off the wagon shortly after we cut processed food. I of course still try a lot of [...] Keep Reading

Budget Day 77: Ringing in the New Year


I don’t know if I’ve been living under a rock or what, but I just sort of realized that it is tradition (for good luck) to eat Black-Eyed Peas on New Year's Day. I heard a friend mention it last year [...] Keep Reading