11 Herbs and Spices for the Holidays

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As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer The holidays are a wonderful time to enjoy herbs and spices. There are so many opportunities to use them in baking and cooking as well as medicinally. Today we are going to look at eleven herbs and spices and how they […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (and Simplifying Menu Planning for Busy Times)

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Snow is lovely. Except when it delays my flight home from Pennsylvania by 24 hours, keeping me from my family. These things just happen, though, and so here I sit in the Harrisburg Sheraton hotel, attempting to come up with a suitable meal plan filled with simple meals for a week of transitioning back to regular life and coming home to an empty fridge! Unexpected circumstances and hectic times don’t have to mean that we can’t still meal plan effectively. By definition, the whole purpose […]

Treat Yourself to Healthier, Real Food Desserts (A Giveaway!)

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Does eating healthy, real foods mean giving up all desserts and other sweet treats? I definitely don’t think that the eating well and enjoying dessert have to be in opposition to one another. In fact, it’s really about the ingredients that you use, far more than about the particular dish that you’re creating. So in theory, we should be able to swap in some better, alternative ingredients and simply enjoy our goodies. One challenge, however, can be finding dessert recipes using those wholesome ingredients, that […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (And Recipe for Okonomiyaki)

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Welcome to the 3rd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! How are your meal plans coming along? Is it getting easier to put them together? Do you find that you are saving money? Time? Dinnertime sanity? I’d love to hear how the challenge is going for you! Our Favorite Japanese Recipe: Okonomiyaki (As-You-Like-It Savory Pancakes) Although I promised more grocery budget tips, I found that I had so much to say on the topic (yes, that’s why I wrote the book- […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge (Plus Grocery Budget Tips)

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Welcome to the 2nd week of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! I was so excited to see so many of you participating actively in the challenge, whether by sharing a link to your own meal plan or simply posting your meal plan up on the Facebook page. I personally love the accountability of this challenge and how all of you spur me on to keep going. I took a look through quite a few of the meal plans for my own inspiration […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: The Official Start of the Meal Planning Challenge

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Welcome to the “official” (see last week) start of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! This challenge will be running for the next 6 weeks (Sept.26- Nov.7). Every Monday I will be posting both my own menu plan for the week, some tips on aspects of meal planning OR some recipes I want to share with you, as well as a link-up for any bloggers to join in with their own meal plans. Unsure of what this challenge is all about? Go back […]

Plan It- Don’t Panic: Week 1 of the Meal Planning Challenge

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Welcome to Week 1 of the Plan It- Don’t Panic Meal Planning Challenge! What? You’re not ready? You thought it started next Monday, the 26th of September? Oh, you mean the date on the pretty graphic I had made? Ahem… you know you’ve got pregnancy brain when you plan a challenge to start on the 26th, and then you go ahead and start it on the 19th. I was convinced that this Monday was the first day of the challenge, spread the word, got pumped up, […]

Resources and Recipes to Make Your Meal Planning Successful

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With the Plan It- Don’t Panic meal planning challenge beginning this Monday morning, now seemed like the perfect time to share some really helpful resources to help you succeed with your menus. Learn more about how to make meal planning work (and some different methods for doing it), find tons of my favorite online recipes and cookbooks, and score some great resources for planning and tracking all of your meal planning efforts. The How-To of Meal Planning: Healthy and frugal meal planning help Part 1 […]