Economical Eats

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I came up with this recipe after a visit to Panera Bread with the girls. I had their Autumn Squash soup, and loved it so much that I came home and went right to work creating my own version. Don't skip roasting the squash seeds! Their salty crunch is a perfect complement to the sweet […] Keep Reading

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

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Long-time readers will remember that Friday is treat day around here, and what could be better on this beautiful fall day than these delicious pumpkin cupcakes! It's pretty rare for me to make a recipe that I find on the back of a box, but I actually did find this recipe on a package of...something. […] Keep Reading

Pizza Night

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Ever since the girls were very little, Friday night has been pizza night at our house. It's a nice way to wind down a busy school/work week, and it's easy for me because the amount of prep is minimal. I'd like to give you a peek into pizza night at our house, and I'll start […] Keep Reading

Recipe for High Protein “Power Bars”

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Several readers have requested this terrific recipe, but please note that while I have personalized it somewhat, I cannot take credit for it. When we had health insurance through Wellmark this recipe was in their monthly magazine for members. I first made it with protein powder from Wal-Mart, which is full of chemicals and tastes gross, but I […] Keep Reading

The Family Table in Real Life

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In my What I Do post, I mentioned that I try to cook most of our meals from scratch, and this prompted a reader comment, "As much as I like cooking, I get so tired of the planning and cleaning up, day after day. It's so much easier to go out." Me too. I completely […] Keep Reading

Easy Homemade Nut-Free Granola Recipe

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One of our favorite breakfasts is Greek yogurt topped with a little drizzle of honey and some granola. The frugal zealot in me objects to paying $4.50 for a 28-ounce box of granola because it works out to 16 cents an ounce, which is not within my acceptable price range for prepared breakfast cereals (see […] Keep Reading

Easy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

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After I wrote about my infatuation with roasted brussels sprouts in my typical day post, several readers requested the recipe (probably because, like me, they've previously had a hate affair with this poor, much-maligned vegetable). The lowly Brussels sprout doesn't get much respect - it generally tops the list of most-hated vegetables - and until […] Keep Reading