• Budget Smart Girl's Guide

    Items for the Holiday Gift Guide and a New Line of Frozen Dinners

    I’m beginning work on the Annual Budget Smart Girl Holiday Gift Guide so if anyone has any suggestions for items feel free to leave a comment or contact me. It could be something you think is a good deal and a great product, something you make and sell on sites like Etsy, or if you have a friend or relative who sells something that might be a perfect fit for the guide. I can’t promise that I’ll include every single one, but I’ll try. And if you’re sticking with Meatless Mondays and enjoy Quorn products, some of their items have mail in rebate forms on their packages so basically you…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cheese Soup with Mustard Crusted Cauliflower

    I love soups all year round but there’s nothing more comforting than stepping into the kitchen on a fall day and knowing you have some homemade soup ready to eat. Last week I was in soup making mode and thought I’d share this recipe with you for Meatless Monday. I had some cauliflower florets that I didn’t know what to do with…too few for a side dish so decided to use them as the topping for this soup. I think it worked out perfectly and now I’m going to try this topping as a holiday side dish when I have larger amounts of the white veggie to work with. While…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-‘Pumpkin’ and Chickpea Curry

    Sometimes recipes are created by looking at a vegetable and wondering what you can make with it. That’s how this week’s Meatless Monday dish came about. Inside the CSA box was what I initially thought was a pumpkin. It was in fact, a red kabocha squash. Either way I was tempted to keep it for Halloween as it looked so festive sitting on the table. However, I got curious as to how it would taste and what I could do with it. As the weather’s turned cold with some snowflakes in the air, something warming like curry came to mind. So this is what I came up with, a Thai…

  • Friday Round Up

    Friday Round Up-A Sweet Treat for the Weekend

    Fall means apples and today I found a way to use them, the other half of the artisan loaf of bread, and some caramel candies I had in the pantry. Caramel Apple Bread Pudding. I almost used the loaf to make breadcrumbs but thought this was a much better way to use it. Like the savory bread pudding I made on Monday, this one also uses the slow cooker. 2 1/2 cups chopped apples(peeled) 1 cup caramels 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon 1/3 cup sugar(more if you like your desserts really sweet) 4 eggs 2 cups milk 2 1/2 cups cubed bread Spray the slow cooker with some non-fat cooking spray. In…

  • Meatless Mondays

    It’s Meatless Monday-Herbed Mushroom and Smoked Cheese Bread Pudding

    I hate wasting food but sometimes we all make mistakes. Case in point, an artisan loaf of bread I bought for $1.75. When I got home and took it out of the wrapper, it looked like a block of cement. Not wanting to risk broken teeth or a lost filling, I thought the only thing to do was toss it. Conscience about throwing away good food got the better of me so it sat on the countertop waiting for a better solution. Bread pudding seemed to be the answer. Not a sweet one but a savory one, and being short on time, the slow cooker was another easy solution. So…

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    October Bargains with Georgine

    Here are Georgine’s tips for saving big in October In sales talk that’s after back-to-school but before the holidays, especially Black Friday. It also means that you can stock up on lots of supplies as well as find some great bargains. Believe it or not, it’s the best time to buy jeans. You can save up to 50%, because retailers are trying to get rid of the back-to-school leftovers. Halloween costumes are already on sale and you can find coupons for them on the Internet and in newspapers which are good at party stores, and other places that sell them. Find change-of-season lingerie on reduction too. Save for next year…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cheese Ravioli with Mushroom Stroganoff Sauce

    Sometimes recipes are created after a case of sticker shock. A few weeks ago I spotted a new line of ravioli and pasta sauces at the supermarket. These ready-made meals looked inviting but the $8 price tag didn’t. I walked away, shopping cart empty, but in the back of my mind thought about creating my own combo of delicious pasta and sauce. While I don’t have a pasta machine, or the patience and time to make my own, I had seen lots of recipes for ravioli using won ton wrappers. So this is what I came up with. Cheese ravioli with a mushroom stroganoff sauce. Any leftover sauce…should you have…

  • Budget Smart Cook

    The Best of Fall Produce

    One way to save money is to buy what’s in season, and right now that’s goodies like apples, pears, cabbage, beet and squashes. The trick is to find ways to make them a meal. One thing I love to accompany sandwiches is coleslaw. However, after eating the same old, same old during the summer I was in the mood for something a little different. Just so happened that in this week’s CSA box there sat a red cabbage, and at the grocery store I saw bags of apples on sale for 97 cents a pound. Anytime something goes under a dollar a pound, I buy it and then decide what…