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Penny Pincher: Freecycle


Okay… so this isn’t exactly food related, but it’s Penny Pinching related. I think that’s reason enough to include it on this blog. Tonight, we met for our first small group meeting for church. It was the official cook out kick off. During our cook out my friend, Stacey, mentioned that she is never going […]

Penny Pincher: They Say It’s Your Birthday…


“…it’s my birthday, too, yeah! We’re gonna have a good time!” I have no shame in announcing it’s my birthday today! No shame, because it means I get to, once again, share with you the deals that I got, and that YOU can also take advantage of on or around YOUR birthday. Click here to […]

Horse Cupcakes from Hello! Cupcake


My friend, Stephanie, and I hosted a hat decorating party on Thursday. We sent out invitations to some of our girlfriends to come over and decorate hats to wear to ladies day at the Arlington horse races on September 6th. Stephanie and I made a bunch of food for this party, and it was my […]

Leftover Chicken Salad Sandwich


I cooked up some chicken and had some leftover for lunch the next day. So, I just whipped up a quick chicken salad sandwich by adding mayo and some spices. I served it on some leftover toasted hamburger buns. Not bad… for being so fast and cheap!

The Lovebirds


Ben and I had a photo session done because we never had engagement pictures and we didn’t really get many good photos of us at our wedding. So, some friends of ours gave us a photo session as a gift. Nancy Beale was the photographer…right out of Chicago. She and her fiance, David Wittig, do […]

Lou Mitchell’s [Chicago, IL]


This weekend six girlfriends and I celebrated our friend’s 30th birthday in Chicago. We saw Jersey Boys and had dinner at Cafe Ba Ba Reeba. Later, we enjoyed the Chicago nightlife then spent the night at the Hyatt Regency on Michigan Ave. It was a terrific day, especially the weather. The Chicago Air and Water […]

Ground Turkey Casserole


When my sister was in town, we bought some ground turkey. It was on sale, so we bought a few packages. I do not have much experience cooking with ground turkey, so I headed to AllRecipes to find a meal. I needed something quick and easy, and something where the ingredients were all on hand. […]

Blueberry Crumb Bars


I originally saw the link to this recipe from Good Things Catered where Katie made her own alterations. She found the recipe on Smitten Kitchen, which linked to the original on AllRecipes. I used the recipe as it was listed on Smitten Kitchen and WOW these were good! We were bringing a dessert to two […]

Amano Chocolate Giveaway


Yes, another giveaway from BlakeMakes. And, yes, more chocolate! This is definitely MY summer! Amano’s chocolate came in the mail a few months ago…actually while we were on vacation in May. Since we were away, I asked my friend to pick it up at our doorstep and keep it at her home until we returned. […]

More TCHO Chocolate! What a Surprise!


If you remember, back in March I received free TCHO Chocolate as a giveaway on Blake Makes. To my surprise, I received another flavor of their chocolate bar in the mail a few days ago. The wonderful people at TCHO (pronounced “cho”) followed up with an email and a letter asking for some more feedback […]