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    More Gift Ideas and Peanut Butter Cups

      Hope everyone enjoyed Black Friday and Cyber Monday and netted yourself some wonderful bargains. I’m almost done with my holiday shopping so now I can concentrate on making treats and goodies. I’ll be sharing some of the recipes with you. One uses just three ingredients and makes a perfect stocking stuffer too. To kick things off, here’s a recipe I saw online for homemade peanut butter cups. They’re my weakness and I’m ashamed to say a bag of these goodies I bought for holiday snacking has already disappeared- http://www.popsugar.com/food/Homemade-Chocolate-Peanut-Butter-Cup-Recipe-6577927 This time of the year there’s so much going on that putting together dinner can be a chore. I know…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-A Guest Recipe and Book Giveaway

    Remember The China Study cookbook? The publisher has gathered together recipes from all their plant based recipe cookbooks and come up with The China Study All Star Collection. I think it’s the best one of all because you get a selection of all their authors’ recipes. There’s a chance to win a copy. All you need to do is say why you’d like to own a copy and either post a comment or send me an e-mail. Contest will end midnight Eastern on April 30th and I’ll announce the winner on Friday. Here’s one of the recipes from the book to try this Meatless Monday. BARBECUE PORTOBELLO SANDWICHES MAKES 6…

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    Ramblings From A Budget Smart Girl and a newsletter…sort of

    My apologies for falling behind on the postings on the site and for the lack of newsletters for the year but it’s been a busy time. I’ve been teaching writing workshops, doing edits for some upcoming books, and recently was lucky enough to get two non-fiction book contracts. (Yep, I’ll be having some book giveaways on the site for you when they’re released) So today I thought I’d spend  time catching up and sharing with you all the good stuff that’s been landing in my e-mail inbox and to tell you what’s coming up next week. First of all here’s a late Valentine’s Day recipe for you from Pringles….the weekend will be a…

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    Fresh, Frozen or Canned?

    One section of the supermarket with steadily rising prices and yes, less than top notch quality is the produce department. So should you ever feel guilty about opting for frozen or even canned veggies? Most health experts say as produce is usually frozen or canned as soon as it’s picked we shouldn’t worry too much because the vitamin and mineral content remains intact. I have to admit I used to feel really guilty if I relied on too many frozen and canned vegetables, but seeing how some of the produce doesn’t look that great I now base my decision on the following- Buying in Season Wouldn’t it be great if all…

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    April is Soyfoods Month

    You know I often promote things like tofu as a low cost ingredient for meals. April is soyfoods month and the perfect time to give at least one soy food a try. The Soy Foods Council of America sent some information to pass along to you and also a couple of recipes to try. Before I get to that here are some of my favorite ways to incorporate soy food into meals and tips for using them- Tofu   Just in case you missed my tips for using tofu (which I know all by itself doesn’t look or taste that appetizing) is to freeze it for a few days. And then…

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