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What I Spent, What We Ate | Back after a hiatus!

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What I Spent. I didn’t do one of these last week, but I’m back at it this week! I went to Aldi and spent $117.40. And one day when I picked Lisey up from work, I spent $4.32 on flour, cornstarch, and parsley. I must say, it IS super handy to have a kid who works at a grocery store.

52 New Recipes | Chicken Francese

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Amazon links are affiliate links. I did not try the recipe I planned to try. I can’t even remember off the top of my head what I chose! Anyway, what I made came from my latest Cook’s Country magazine.

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Random randomness

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Let’s talk about some random things today, shall we? First up, I want to tell you that I’ve discovered, both by experience and by reading, that voles don’t eat peonies. I got this peony from Aldi a good five years ago.

Five Frugal Things | Schoolbooks already?

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I bought some 2017-2018 schoolbooks. Regular readers know I usually tackle the task of ordering schoolbooks somewhere around August. (!). Nothing like last-minute. But I got an email saying that the science books I want to use this fall were on sale for a few days.

A Limeapple Two-Day Sale!

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Limeapple sent Sonia and Zoe samples, but this post is not sponsored. Limeapple, a company I’ve blogged about a few times before, is a small company focused on making activity-friendly, high quality clothing for girls.

Some things that are making me happy

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A semi-regular Monday feature around here, because we could all use some cheerful thoughts on Monday mornings. The weather is gorgeous. After unseasonably cold weather, plus several days of rain, yesterday’s weather was heavenly. And today promises to be awesome as well.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I’m under budget again. Whee!

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What I Spent. I got a Hungry Harvest box , of course! This is the $15 size. If you want to give Hungry Harvest a try, sign up here and use code FRUGALGIRL to get 25% off your first box. I made a trip to Costco( $71.44) specifically to buy some mahi-mahi, but they had none.

52 New Recipes | some new fish tacos

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So, I’ve made fish tacos before…in fact, I even posted the recipe here! But as I was browsing through my ATK Best Mexican Recipes cookbook, I came across a grilled fish taco recipe that looked interesting.

Does RIT dye work on bleach stains?

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A few weeks ago, I was doing the seasonal clothing switch with Sonia and Zoe, and Zoe tried on one of our black Limeapple dresses to see if it still fit her. (It’s It’s the Gracie dress , which is on clearance right now. Not an affiliate link.).

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I saved on Joshua’s work shirts. The coffee shop where Joshua works is phasing in a new dress code, so Joshua needed a bunch of blue chambray shirts. Luckily, Old Navy makes shirts in slim, and they had a chambray one on sale for $20. Plus, I had a 40% off coupon code.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Also, did you have trouble with the code?

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Let’s talk about that first, actually. If you signed up for Hungry Harvest , did you have trouble using the coupon code FRUGALGIRL? If you did, could you leave a comment letting me know?

52 New Recipes | Carnitas

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This week, I tried a recipe for carnitas from my ATK Best Mexican Recipes cookbook. I’ve never made or eaten carnitas, so this was new on several fronts! ATK’s recipe called for braising chunks of pork butt in a citrusy broth for several hours.

All about Hungry Harvest (my new favorite produce box!)

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This post contains a discount code that’s tied to an affiliate program, but it is not sponsored. I was a Hungry Harvest customer before they reached out to me (and I still am a paying customer!).

Q&A | How do you motivate homeschooled kids?

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Several readers have written in recently to ask about how to keep their kids on task and how to handle kids who are less than enthused about doing their schoolwork. Since this isn’t a homeschooling blog, I know this is technically off-topic. But hey, it’s Q&A day.

52 New Recipes | Prosciutto-Wrapped Asparagus

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So, I tried a side dish for the first time during this project! I had some asparagus that needed to be used up, plus some prosciutto in my freezer, so this seemed like a perfect match.

The good, the bad, and the ugly from my ThredUp order

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In a recent Five Frugal Things post, I mentioned placing a ThredUp order, and some of you asked for a post about my experience. So, with thanks to Zoe, who graciously agreed to be my staff photographer, here’s how the last order went. Actually, let’s start with Zoe, shall we?

A nose update, 5.5 months in

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A reader recently asked how things were going with my nose, and that reminded me that I should do an update. (I I know it’s seriously off-topic for my blog, but never fear. I won’t be doing nose updates every month!).

Where do we store homeschool supplies? And how do homeschoolers turn in work?

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It’s a Q&A day! On Instagram, Marie commented, “Where do you keep your kids’ daily homeschool materials? In your pictures of homeschooling them, I never see a bookshelf or a desk or anything containing their supplies.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Oh man.

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What I Spent. A lot of times, I spend part of Sunday afternoon or evening planning out my week. But I didn’t do any of that this Sunday, which mostly is fine because on Easter, I hung out with my family and went for a bikeride with Mr. FG, and all of that trumps planning.

52 New Recipes | Shrimp Cobb Salad

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I know I said I was going to try a carnitas recipe this week, but I didn’t get myself out to the store in time to buy the cut of meat it called for, so I pressed an easier button and made a Shrimp Cobb Salad from my ATK Quick Cookbook.

Why I’m loving LED lighting

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Thank you to GE for sponsoring this post. All content and opinions are my own, aside from the infographic, which GE provided. When we bought our house, compact fluorescent bulbs were having their heyday, and we bought quite a few for the fixtures here.

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5 (er, 4) Frugal Things

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I froze avocado, pear, and pineapple. I had a mushy pear, which was no good for eating, so I froze it for smoothies. And I ended up with too many ripe avocados at once, so I froze some avocado chunks.

Some things that are making me happy

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Mondays always seem like a good time to make a list of things you’re grateful for, right? Like all of you, I could effortlessly make a list of things that aren’t making me happy. But finding the things that are bringing me joy takes more intentionality.

What I Spent, What We Ate | Not exactly organized

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What I Spent. Let’s see. I started the week off with my Hungry Harvest box ( $19.23 because I added berries this week): I made a small stop at Aldi ( $29.50) : On Tuesday, I went to Costco and bought a variety of things (mostly frozen fruit). That cost $83.41.

52 New Recipes | Herb-Marinated Kebabs

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Amazon links are affiliate links. This week, I tried a marinated chicken kebab recipe from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook. Happily, this used up the last of my cilantro and parsley, plus some chicken thighs that had been hanging out in my freezer.

Shrimp and Red Pepper Stir Fry

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Just need the recipe? Click here for the printable Shrimp and Red Pepper Stir Fry recipe. I’ve been making this stir-fry for years, so it’s been in my menu plan posts regularly. But for some reason, I’ve never posted the actual recipe.

Right now, I am….

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…drinking a green smoothie made with kale, berries, bananas, pineapple, and yogurt. Kale isn’t my first choice for a green smoothie (spinach is better!), but I got a bunch of it in a Hungry Harvest box, so I’m using it up.

What I Spent, What We Ate | It’s a fresh new month!

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What I Spent. I made a teeny trip to Costco where I bought 4 pounds of butter ($9.99) and a two-pack of bread for our panini ($5.99). That totaled $16. I also got a Hungry Harvest box for $15. Sorry, no picture of that! I still wasn’t feeling well when it arrived.).

52 New Recipes | Smoked Turkey Club Panini

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Amazon links are affiliate links. Well, after a week off of new-recipe-trying (due to my trip to South Dakota ), I’m back at it! I’m a big fan of sandwiches, so this week, I decided to try a new sandwich recipe from my ATK Quick Family Cookbook. (It’s

Some things that are making me happy

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I did a post like this a few weeks ago, and a lot of you commented/emailed saying you hoped this would become a regular feature. Apparently it’s not just me that could use a little meditation on happy things every now and then! So, let’s have a round of happy things today.

Five Frugal Things | post trip edition

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This past week wasn’t exactly a super frugal week between me being out of town and then coming home sick. Now that I’m feeling more like myself, I’m hopeful that this week will be a little more like normal. But there are a few frugal things to share.

I’m back from South Dakota!

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I’m not sure my blog has ever been quiet for an entire week in the last (almost) 9 years of its existence! We’ll be back to frugal stuff tomorrow, but today I wanted to tell you a little bit about my trip, if you’ll indulge me.

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.

What I Spent, What We Ate | I passed $200 (!)

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What I Spent. So, late last week, I made this trip, which I didn’t properly photograph because I was bringing a meal to someone and I needed to get busy cooking. I spent $106.81. Then I made a trip this week that cost $94.04.

52 New Recipes, Week 11 | Indian Spiced Chicken with Yogurt Sauce

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Amazon links are affiliate links. This week’s recipe is from my ATK Make-Ahead Cookbook. First, you marinate bone-in chicken breasts all day: Incidentally, when recipes say to marinate chicken in a plastic ziploc bag, I just use a glass container and things work out fine.

Vitamix vs. Ninja

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This post contains affiliate links, unless you’re reading the RSS version. No, I didn’t go buy a Ninja! I’m still quite in love with my Vitamix and I’m pretty sure I’ll never buy another blender.

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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.