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How to make Cinnamon Knots

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Just want the PDF printable cinnamon knots recipe? Click here! For the last few years, I’ve made cinnamon knots to give out at Christmas, and apparently, I’ve never posted the recipe.

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I’ll be back.

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Just a small note to say it’ll be quiet here on the blog while I’m away at my grandpa’s memorial service, largely because I didn’t write any posts ahead of time. (I I am super professional.). (my my grandpa and me in 2007).

What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s Lisey’s birthday week!

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I spent $138 at the grocery store and I did not take pictures. That seems to be a theme this week. I forgot to take a picture of my new recipe and I didn’t take a grocery picture either. Who even am I?? I got a $15 box of produce, and I DID take a picture of that. Yay me!

52 New Recipes, Week 12 | Shitake Steak Stir Fry (except not Shitake)

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Guys, I’m sorry to say this, but I didn’t take a picture of our meal! Whoops. But I did make it, and it was quite successful. It uses pretty much a whole head of Chinese cabbage, so if my produce box sends me one of those, I am ready. <flexes bicep> Bring it on!

Some things that are making me happy

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It’s Monday, and I thought you and I could both benefit from a little looking-at-the-bright-side time to combat the Monday blues. Ok, well, I know I could use it at least. And if you could too, then join in by leaving a comment. It’s light out when I grill at dinner.

Five Frugal Things

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I made croutons. I had a couple of whole wheat rolls that were getting a bit dry. So, I cut them up into cubes and threw them into my bread cube bag in the freezer. But then I though, hey, why not just go ahead and make croutons now? And that’s what I did.

You don’t need a million dollars (+ more miscellany!)

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You don’t need 1 million to retire. Mr. FG sent me this encouraging article about how you can retire on less than 1 million. Some of the points in the article were similar to the ones I made when I wrote about retirement. (It’s

What I Spent, What We Ate | A haphazard shopping week

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What I Spent. The previous two weeks, I did a great job with an organized shopping trip to start off the week. This time around, not so much. Let’s see. Last Friday, Sonia and I made a shopping trip to buy some birthday meal necessities, like Jello. That trip was $42.09.

52 New Recipes, Week 10 | Chicken with Pesto Cream Sauce

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This week I tried a recipe from my ATK library book. We gave this pesto chicken a 5/10, not so much because it was awful but because it was kind of bland. The sauce was good, but the chicken itself was just…meh.

Frugal Plants for Black Thumbs

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Amazon links are affiliate links. Email and RSS subscribers! The links in this post aren’t going to work properly via email (due to Amazon’s rules), so you’ll just need to click here to be taken to the actual blog to read them. _. I am not a gardener. not my flowers, believe me.

How to homeschool a kindergartener when you have a preschooler too

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Sarah wrote in last week with this question, and initially thought I’d already written about it. I couldn’t seem to find a post about it in my archives, though, so I wrote this post. Mea culpa if I’m repeating myself! I have a question about homeschooling.

What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s another birthday week!

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Sonia turned 13 yesterday, but we’re having her birthday meal tonight. And now 3/4 of my kids are teenagers. But let’s talk about my grocery spending before we get to birthday food. What I Spent.

52 New Recipes, Week 9 | Pulled Turkey Sandwiches

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My new-recipe-trying was right on schedule this week! I thawed a turkey breast from my chest freezer to make these sandwiches. This called for boneless, skinless turkey breasts, but mine was bone-in. So I just cut the breasts off the bones, froze the bones for stock, and proceeded with the recipe.

My #1 tip for being on time

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Running late has a number of unhappy consequences, and some of them are financial in nature. For instance, if you are too late to a doctor’s appointment, you can face missed appointment fees.

Joshua’s sheets, the TubShroom, and more!

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This post may contain affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at no extra cost to you. Happy last-day-of-February, frugal people! It’s been so unusually warm here these last few weeks, I’ve sort of forgotten that it’s still February. Weird.

10 frugal and filling snack ideas for hungry kids

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Reader Monica recently left a comment asking for frugal and filling snack ideas for her kids so that she can keep them full between meals (without them resorting to cold cereal, which doesn’t keep them satisfied for long). So Monica, this is for you!

What I Spent, What We Ate | Time for an end-of-month wrap up!

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What I Spent. Last Friday I took Zoe out for a shopping trip ($67.83) so she could pick out some birthday food that we don’t normally buy (ice cream, orange juice, sun chips, juice boxes, and pop tarts!).

52 New Recipes, Week 8 | Sausage Pasta

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This post may contain affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at no extra cost to you. This Week’s Recipe. I originally saw this recipe on Kevin and Amanda’s blog , but I read that they got the recipe from an ATK cookbook, which I promptly put on hold at the library.

Five Frugal Things for the third week in February

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Well, really it’s mostly just from the past two days, since we’re not very far into the week! I cut up stale bread for future crouton-making.

Q&A | Vitamix Issues + How many clothes do kids need?

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So my wife and I recently took the plunge, and we love the Vitamix , when it seems to work, that is. Before we got it she saw videos where it seemed that anything would just get pulled down and blended for smoothies.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I wanted to be under budget…

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And I thought I might make it this week! But I needed to go to Costco (just for frozen fruit) and we all know how that ends up. Unpictured produce box ( $35). Aldi ( $58). A run to a local store ( $22). And not pictured are four big bags of frozen fruit from Costco ($39).

52 New Recipes, week 7 | Arroz con Pollo

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Since I didn’t do any flying on a jet plane this week, I did actually try a new recipe! As promised, I made the Arroz con Pollo recipe from a recent Cook’s Country magazine.

I’ll be back tomorrow (I think!)

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I know I don’t normally skip two days of posting in a row… so I thought I’d let you know that nothing terrible has befallen my family and me! Real life is just keeping me super busy right now. I should be here tomorrow with a 52 New Recipes post, though. The post I’ll be back tomorrow (I think!) appeared first on The Frugal Girl

Five Frugal Things | Chalkboard paint, freezer saves, a Valentine’s card and more

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I made overnight French Toast. I was cleaning out my freezer and found a bag of slightly dry honey-glazed pan rolls. So, I used them to make a pan of the Pioneer Woman’s overnight French toast for a slightly special Valentine’s Day breakfast. No one complained.

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I signed up with Mighty Fix over a year and a half ago after I saw an offer on Money Saving Mom.

What we eat for lunch + all about my childhood homeschooling

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Hi Kristen! I just read your latest five frugal things and you had leftovers for lunch–I always try to make sure there are leftovers for lunch but I’d love it if you wrote a post on what you have for lunch when you don’t.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I didn’t do a lot of cooking!

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As I told you yesterday, I had an unusual week , so my grocery shopping and cooking routines were a little out of whack. But mostly for good reasons! What I Spent. Let’s see…before I left for Florida, I spent $61.67 on unpictured groceries.

52 New Recipes |Welp, I flew to Florida this week.

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(Alternately: Why I Did Not Try A New Recipe This Week). So, Mr. FG’s birthday is this month. And since he hates winter with a passion, I thought he’d like a birthday gift in the form of a quick little trip down to Florida.

Molasses Oatmeal Bread

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Just need the recipe? Click here for a printable Molasses Oatmeal Bread recipe. I made this bread a few times back when I was a teenager, but I’d kind of forgotten about it.

This and That | Hot chocolate, from-scratch faves, and more

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This post contains affiliate links, which help keep the lights on around here at no extra cost to you. Hello, readers! Today seemed like a good day to gather together some miscellaneous bits and pieces. Ready? Hot chocolate mix.

Q&A | High School Dating and Window Mildew Cleaning

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My mom referred me to your blog because I keep telling her how unsatisfied I am with the school system. My oldest child is a freshman in high school. My only hesitation, besides the amount of work involved, is that he will not be interacting with kids his age as he does now.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Starting off with a bang!

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It’s a new month, so I’m working with a fresh pile of grocery money. What I Spent. On Monday, I made a small stop ( $11.95) to pick up a few things that we needed. Plus a persimmon, which we did not need , but which Lisey wanted. Update: she tried it and thought it was disgusting.

52 New Recipes, week 4 | Skillet Chicken with Orzo

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Amazon links are affiliate links. In 2017, I’m trying one new recipe per week…so, 52 new recipes over the course of a year. This Week’s Recipe. This week, I tried another recipe from my ATK Quick Cooking cookbook (I can’t stop!!!).

What I’m Into | January 2017

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Amazon links are affiliate links. Linking up with Hopeful Leigh to share what I was into in January! Reading. I read Matilda, a children’s book by Roald Dahl. All of our kids read this book at various points, and they all recommended that we read it. So, we did!

Five Frugal Things | Some saving, some earning

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I ate leftovers for lunch. We had leftover Japanese Pork and Ramen soup , so I heated it up for lunch. And I had the end of a loaf of molasses oatmeal bread, so I cut that up and toasted some for us to eat with our soup. I activated a rebate card.

Why I Love Turbo Tax (and why I think you will too!)

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This post is brought to you by TurboTax. While this post was sponsored by TurboTax , I’ve been a happy paying customer of TurboTax for almost 20 years. So, all content, opinions, and enthusiasm expressed here are legitimately my own. I heart TurboTax so much!

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What I Spent, What We Ate | a belt-tightening week

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What I Spent. I was a bit over budget for the first couple of weeks in January, so this week, I tried to pick some meals that weren’t super expensive (and that used some ingredients I already had on hand.).

52 New Recipes, Week 4 |

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This week’s recipe. Sooo, I still didn’t try that Thai Chicken Soup. <sheepish <sheepish face> I ended up making a soup on Monday night and then I didn’t feel like I wanted to make soup again the next night or two.

A little bit of this, a little bit of that…

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Time for a bit of miscellaneous stuff today. Sonia started a blog! She’s been wanting to try her hand at blogging for a while, and I helped her come up with an idea and name.

How to make homemade egg bread

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Just here for the recipe? Click here for a printable Egg Bread PDF. This has popped up on my menu plan a few times here and there and lots of you have asked for the recipe. But it’s taken me FOREVER to get around to posting it. Sorry ’bout that! This is a soft, slightly sweet white bread.