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Stock Multi-Purpose Spices

Are you tired of the same old salt-and-pepper flavor combo for your meals? If you want to spice things up a notch, stocking your kitchen with a few basic, versatile spices can save you money and precious pantry space.

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites

Our February recipe of the month is currently one of my favorite Spend Smart. Eat Smart. recipes – Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites. This recipe combines peanut butter, mashed banana, an egg, a little sugar, vanilla, baking powder, oats, and dried fruit or chocolate chips to make a tasty breakfast, snack, or dessert. Peanut Butter Banana Oat Bites were very popular in my home when the days were super cold in January.

food waste

Foiling Food Waste Frustrations

There are a few things that frustrate me in the kitchen. Want to hear about them?

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian Chili

Welcome to a new year! As I start the new year I have a goal to get back into the habit of preparing food on the weekend that I can take to work for lunch during the week. A new recipe on Spend Smart. Eat Smart. that I find perfect for this is Vegetarian Chili. I find this recipe easy to prepare since it uses canned tomatoes and beans and frozen corn. The only vegetables I need to chop are some onion and bell pepper. Using canned and frozen items means I can keep them on hand to have ready when I want to make the chili.

baking Christmas cookies

Delicious Gifts!

The holiday season is in full gear now! I enjoy gift-giving and thinking of things that the people in my life will enjoy and use. I love cooking for other people and I think it is a great way to show your love and care for them. Food gifts can be an easy and inexpensive way to acknowledge someone at the holidays. Here are some that I enjoy!

minestrone soup

Minestrone Soup

Welcome to December! December is usually a very busy month for me. At work we tend to have some bigger meetings and deadlines. My children have music concerts, indoor sports, and parties to attend. My husband and I have our own social events to add in. Most importantly, we have a very special birthday in December – our youngest turns 8 this year. Just thinking about all this makes me want to forget about planning and making meals.