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Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Instant oatmeal in the microwave

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

You know how you feel when you discover that you've been doing something the hard way? This is one of those times for me.

Homemade instant oatmeal

When I heard about making homemade instant oatmeal packets by pulsing rolled oats in a food processor, I thought it was a great idea. And for a stretch, while the kids were eating cold cereal I was making myself a bowl of homemade instant oatmeal every morning in the microwave. (You know, the "I just had a baby so everyone makes their own breakfast" stage...) :)

Then one day recently Joshua told me he had read an article about oatmeal on a news site. The article suggested just using quick oats in the microwave. They cook almost as quickly as the "instant" ones.

But of course! Quick oats cook in 1 minute, right? So I tried it. My cereal bowl with 1/2 cup of quick oats, a sprinkle of salt, and some water cooks in about 2 1/2 minutes on HIGH in the microwave. Why did I not just do this in the first place?!

Along with the quick cooking time, I like the texture of the quick oats better than instant.

So, sorry if this is the dumbest kitchen tip ever, but I wish I had realized this back when we first got a microwave and used it for oatmeal. Does being a microwave newbie give me a pass? ;)

My morning oatmeal
My morning oatmeal with add-ins.
If you're on My Fitness Pal you can see my daily food logs. I've lost a bunch of baby weight in the past 4 months, with about 15 pounds left to go! :)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

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1. Tips for making butter (Black Fox Homestead)
2. Tips for grilled hamburgers (Western Warmth)
3. What to do with too much zucchini (The Local Cook)
4. Cooking/soaking beans tips (Simply Made Home)
5. Easy healthy food substitutes (Simply Made Home)
6. Flattening cookies (Living So Abundantly)
7. Frozen veggies tip (Sunny Side Homestead)
8. Low-calorie beverage tips (Recipes Happen)
9. Tip for crispy hash browns (Premeditated Leftovers)

10 Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies (Eat Well, Spend Less)

Fresh veggies

Vegetables! We all know they're good for the body, and summer is the perfect time to make sure we're eating plenty of vegetables. Here are my tips and tricks for making sure my family gets their fill of veggies!

Veggie sticks and homemade hummus (from the freezer)

1. Prep ahead. This one is key: Make sure your fridge is stocked with ready-to-eat veggies. Whether this means cutting carrot sticks by the bag-full or buying baby carrots, do what it takes. Celery, carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, and sugar snap peas are some of our favorite fresh vegetables. Have your favorites ready so when you're hungry, you grab them.

Tip: My boys (8 and 6) love to help me peel carrots or make veggie sticks! And kids love eating food that they're helped grow or prepare, so that's an added motivation to get them in the kitchen and involved.

Plan Ahead for Healthy Snacks

5 Ways to Make Food Prep More Fun

Salads for the week: Making time for healthy eating

11 Tips for Kids in the Kitchen Without Losing Your Sanity

Guacamole ingredients
Ingredients for Creamy Guacamole

2. Give fewer options at meal times or snack times, and include veggies. If you serve a dinner of three different foods, you'll end up eating more of each item than if you serve five foods. Unless you're serving several vegetable dishes, limit the choices for everyday dinners and snacks and your children will surprise you by eating more -- because they're still hungry! :)

Tip: Only buy/offer healthy snacks and if they're hungry, that's what they'll eat.

Dill dip
Veggie sticks with Dill Dip

3. Have a 1-bite rule. If certain family members don't like vegetables, require at least 1 bite of the vegetable being served, especially if you're offering dessert. Our children don't get dessert unless they have eaten each of the "regular" foods.

Tip: For foods they like, such as carrot or celery sticks, we often use their age as a requirement for what they should eat. E.g. the 8-year-old needs to eat 8 pieces, the 4-year-old only 4. If they're not hungry enough to eat that, then they don't get dessert (if we're having dessert). Left to their own ways, they would surely be "too full" for the veggies and hungry for treats or snacks later! ;)

4. Serve main dish salads.

Tip: My family likes it when I make main dish salads but don't combine everything. Joshua then makes his own salad, adding some extra meat or protein. The kids often have their "salads" as piles of separate ingredients on their plates and prefer to eat it that way rather than mixed together. I make my salad more along the lines of the original recipe. In the end, we're all satisfied and had fun eating dinner together. :)

5. Make soup; sneak them in. I'm not about being sneaky in the kitchen (Joshua's nose and eyes are much too keen for that!) but I've found that it's easy for us to eat bowl after bowl of vegetable soup or another healthy soup filled with veggies.

Other recipes can handle having a few extra veggies thrown in as well, especially if it's something in season and you're bursting at the seams with extras! :)

6. Serve and eat the veggies first at meal times. We like to serve small portions of the main dish with a hearty helping of vegetables, and the plate needs to be completely cleared before second-helpings of the main dish are given. This should be done age-appropriately, of course; our children almost always clean their plates and have seconds of whatever they liked best.

7. Serve veggies at every meal and every dinner. Having pizza? Serve veggies or a salad on the side. Don't let one-dish meals with a few veggies buried beneath cheese sauce or gravy be the only vegetable you serve at dinner!

Tip: Cook some frozen veggies, make a salad, or pull out your already-prepped raw veggies for a fast, healthy side dish. You'll eat less pizza that way, too. ;)

Chicken Squash Bake recipe
Chicken Squash Bake: one of our seasonal favorites that's on our menu this week!

8. Eat what's in season for the best quality. Vegetables are best when they're at their freshest, so eat what's in season (often also on sale!) or ready in your garden. This helps get some natural variety in your vegetable intake, as well.

Tip: Buy frozen veggies and mix for variety; buy frozen stir-fry veggies for a pre-done mixture that's a cinch to cook and serve.

Stir-fry veggies
Costco's Stir-Fry Vegetable Blend: Preheat cast iron skillet over medium-high heat; add oil and frozen veggies. Sprinkle with salt and sesame seeds. Stir frequently and saute until crisp-tender. Serve with grilled or baked fish, chicken, or meat of your choice!

9. Get creative with how you're serving your veggies. Don't just boil or steam them. Boil, steam, grill outside, saute on the stove top, or roast in the oven for more variety and flavor!

Tabbouleh, one of my top favorite summer salads

10. Find veggie alternatives for a less-healthful ingredient. Instead of serving tacos in flour tortillas, serve them in iceberg lettuce leaves or artisan lettuce "cups". Instead of stuffing tuna salad into a pita, serve it over a green salad. Load up that omelet with diced tomatoes, onions, and bell peppers and cut back the cheese.

Tip: If your family's not on board with lettuce cup taco tortillas, remember: you can serve everything separately and they can pick and choose. Maybe they'll want to try one after they see you enjoying yours! :)

Eat Well, Spend Less series

This post is part of the Eat Well, Spend Less series! I'll be back with more from this series in a couple days! :)

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Tip for garden-fresh salad dressing

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

This week's kitchen tip is short and sweet. (I'll be honest, I've been busy enjoying summer and spending time on My Fitness Pal!)

Garden fresh lettuce

My brother gave us a bunch of fresh lettuce from their garden! I love it. My mom gave me this tip for serving garden lettuce:

When making homemade dressing for garden lettuce, reduce the amount of water in the recipe. Then when you wash your garden lettuce, you won't need to bother drying it and the water left on the leaves won't water down your dressing! :)

My mom's vinegar and oil dressing recipe is here; that's the one she always makes for big garden salads. :)


July has brought warm summer sunshine to Seattle! Here's Moshe, asking me to put his shoes on so he can go outside. He looked so cute, I had to grab the camera before I put his shoes on him. :)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

Leave your tip links in a comment. I'll manually add them to this post!

1. Alternate uses for a punch bowl (Trial and Error Home Ec)
2. Tips for easily eating more veggies (Recipes Happen)
3. Thawing food without wasting time or energy (Living So Abundantly)
4. Easily cutting spaghetti for kids (Sunny Side Homestead)
5. Freezing green beans (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
6. Summer meals without the oven (Feel Good About Dinner)
7. Spaghetti tips (Wholesome Homemaker)
8. Freezing zucchini (Simply Made Home)
9. Tips for "real" breakfast foods (Simply Made Home)
10. Clean your kitchen in 5 minutes video tip (iDreamofClean)

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Hot weather kitchen tips

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

After weeks of 50's and 60's, we're finally getting some real summer weather here in WA! :) We're not joining the rest of the country in their insane heat wave though; 80 degrees is toasty enough for me! ;)

Here are a few summer weather kitchen tips, adapted from this post:

Don't bake in the morning, heating up your house as the day heats up outside! Bake after dinner instead. Run appliances in the evening, so your house can cool off overnight.

Cook outside on the grill (or safely use an appliance like a crock pot in your garage or enclosed porch). I like a hot dinner even in hot weather, and the grill is my favorite tool for that! :)

Experiment with main-dish salad recipes! I especially like salads that have a bit of protein while still being easy and refreshing.

Make lots of ice (water is free, after all!) and let the kids enjoy it often. :)

Hamburger salad (instead of sandwich)

For a lower-calorie meal, turn a burger into a salad instead of a sandwich. Pile a plate with the vegetable toppings you like (lettuce, pickles, sweet onions, tomatoes) and then add a burger, topped with a slice of cheese. Eat as a salad! :) I've been doing this lately as I still have some baby weight to lose. :)

Bonus pictures:

Shelling peas

My brother, sister-in-law, and nephew came over from eastern Washington last weekend and brought some peas from their garden. Early the next morning, my brother took the boys out to the deck and they shelled peas together.

Shelling peas

The peas drew quite a crowd! Soon everyone but Channah was out there helping (and eating). I made omelets for breakfast while they did the peas. :)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

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1. Using inexpensive canned salmon (Wholesome Homemaker)
2. Saving money on real food (The Local Cook)
3. Supper salad bar (Feel Good About Dinner)
4. Freezing bananas (Living So Abundantly)
5. How to tell when beans are done cooking (One Little Word She Knew)
6. Using cheese but cutting calories (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
7. Fried eggs tips (Recipes Happen)
8. Tips for from-the-pantry nachos (Western Warmth)
9. Quick kid-feeding tip (Sunny Side of Life)
10. Cooking chick peas faster (Trial and Error Home Ec)

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Tip for fresh fruit in the fridge

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

In a previous week's kitchen tip, I wrote about my soft resting place for fragile fruit that needs to ripen at room temperature.

When my fruit is ripe, I usually move it to the fridge for cold storage until we eat it. (Bananas are the exception.) Joshua prefers chilled fruit and I must admit, I'm starting to, too.

The fruit boxes at Costco come with soft trays for the fruit to nestle. I moved some juicy ripe peaches, tray and all, to my fridge drawer last week:

Fresh fruit storage in the fridge

As I'm using the peaches, I'm placing other fuit in the spots. Pears, oranges, apriums. The tray cushions the fruit as I open and close the drawer.

Fresh fruit tray

Strawberries are in season, along with peaches. I put this plate of fruit out for dinner last evening and had to snap a picture before we started eating; it was so pretty! :)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

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1. Spices in a small kitchen (Recipes Happen)
2. 10 tips for hosting a summer grilling party (The Local Cook)
3. Using leftover potato peels (Feel Good About Dinner)
4. Double boiler tip (Living So Abundantly)
5. Cross-contamination in the kitchen (Sunnyside Homestead)
6. Using up bread crumbs (Purposely Frugal)
7. Tips for making faster dinner rolls (Western Warmth)

Favorite snack: Yogurt with fresh fruit

Yogurt with sweet cherries

I added the last of our sweet cherries to some plain Greek yogurt. It was an amazing combo! Have I mentioned lately that I love Costco's Greek yogurt? :)

The delicious cherries and yogurt combo reminded me of the last time I had Yoplait cherry-flavored yogurt -- only richer and less sweet. After eating plain yogurt for so long, fresh fruit is the perfect natural sweetener. The store-bought pre-sweetened yogurts now taste overwhelmingly sugary when eaten alone.

I have fresh peaches from Costco in my fridge... maybe tonight for dessert I'll serve Greek yogurt and peach slices for a "peaches and cream" style dessert. :)

Huge nettle leaf

I had to take a picture of some of the huge nettle leaves I gathered recently! They were fresh growth, but were as big as the palm of my hand!! I think the shady damp environment here must be ideal for nettles. ;)

I've been adding nettles to lots of foods since discovering how tasty they are earlier this Spring. Soups, sauces, casseroles -- if you come to my house and spot some green bits in your food it may just have nettles added! ;)

Card-making: My supplies and recent cards (with tons of pictures!)

Homemade cards

One of my favorite ways to relax is to pull out my box of stamps and make homemade greeting cards! I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying (sometimes unsuccessfully!) to make my own cards and stationery. I use fairly minimal supplies and almost always turn out something unique and fun.

Before I talk about the cards I've made recently, I want to show you my supplies. I have a big stack of paper:

Homemade cards

These are large books of card stock and paper, sold at stores like Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, etc. I was totally out of card stock and also wanted the convenience of some designed paper for backgrounds. The 5 books pictures were $25 (about 10 cents per sheet).

Homemade cards

My other expensive item is this paper cutter. Joshua saw it at Costco for $26 last year and bought it for me! I LOVE it. It has saved me so much time, and makes it so easy to get everything straight and perfect-looking. I can't believe I was using just a scissors all those years... :)

Homemade cards

Here are all of my stamps. The animal stamps on the right are from GoodWill. All the other stamps were a gift from a friend.

Homemade cards

My ink pads. These, too, were all given to me from a friend. I've been using them for a long time and they work great! I do find it a challenge to have so many pinks (3) and purples (2) with only 2 "guy-friendly" colors, green and black. Some day I want to get yellow, brown, and blue for that reason. :)

Homemade cards

And, the rest of my supplies: Scissors, glue stick, fancy cutter inserts for my paper cutter (above), colored pencils, markers, and an art brush. I've used the art brush a lot for backgrounds and edges.

Homemade cards

Torn paper is one of my favorite, simple ways to finish an edge. It doesn't require anything special, but looks kind of random and 3-D. I tear paper a lot when I'm making cards! On these two cards, I used some cardboard cut-outs that my sister gave me. I added a blue rick-rack bow to the one on the left. These aren't anything too fancy, but I like having unique cards to send! :)

Homemade cards

More torn paper, fancy-cut edges, and cardboard "buttons" with rick-rack tied onto them. It was actually tricky to find good ways to use the cardboard cut-outs, but in the end I was really happy with the results! :)

Homemade cards

After much deliberation, I came up with this pink and blue color-scheme and loved how these two cards looked.

Homemade cards

Anniversary cards! I had been given a big bag of sewing supplies, including lace, rick-rack, and plastic strings of pearls. I thought the lace worked out okay on that top card, and was the best I could come up with for using the cardboard "buckle"! :)

Homemade cards

I tried to make something appropriate to send to dads or brothers. I used some small rick-rack and the cutter attachment that cut zig-zags to match. The bottom of the card is finished by rubbing it across a stamp pad, my other favorite way to do edges (besides tearing).

Homemade cards

These are some random cards with Bible verses on them.

Homemade cards

Two similar thank-you cards. I liked making cards on darker card stock, although I realized afterwards that I would need to put white paper inside to write on. If you have gel pens, you might not need to do that, though! :)

Homemade cards

These two cards used a flower stamp (I drew the stems and grass with a colored pencil) and the edges were rubbed on a stamp pad.

Homemade cards

Two more using cardboard buttons. Joshua said the top one makes him think of a broken heart. Hmmm...

Homemade cards

These thank-you cards have the same layout, just with different paper.

Homemade cards

Two more anniversary cards...

Homemade cards

Birthday cards! I made a big set of these, after it took me a long time to find the right paper and layout. It also took a surprisingly long time to glue everything together (rick-rack is sticky and tricky!) but I love how they turned out.

The inside of the birthday cards:

Homemade cards

I like putting something inside the cards whenever possible... and decorating the envelopes too, if I have time! :)

Homemade cards

More random cards (all are blank inside). My sister actually made the music note card and gave it to me to use.

Homemade cards

Lastly, more birthday cards. I thought these looked kinda dorky. But, considering how bad I am about sending birthday cards (usually), hopefully anyone who gets one will like it regardless. ;)

I use a shoebox to organize my cards by occasion. :)


Simple thank-yous for busy days (the realization that I could be much more efficient making cards of the same design, plus a tutorial!)

Making homemade greeting cards (a couple pictures and tips)

Making thank-you cards (preparing for the birth of our 3rd child!)

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays: Space-savers for a small kitchen

Kitchen Tip Tuesdays

We just got back from a lovely weekend at my brother's house in Moses Lake, Washington. The 3-hour drive from our place in Seattle takes us through the Cascades, out of our evergreen, cool, and cloudy territory to the hot dry rain shadow in the middle of the state. I love the diversity of Washington, and I really enjoyed seeing the sun all weekend. ;)

During "quiet time" one day when the little ones (and a couple "big people" too!) were all napping, I moseyed around my sister-in-law's kitchen. She has made good use of the space in their current home, which lacks counter space especially.

Here are a few things I noticed and liked:

Portable dishwasher draining into sink

Candy has a portable dishwasher that has counter on top. Sometimes it's in the middle of the kitchen as an island, sometimes it's pulled alongside the stove while she's cooking, and sometimes it's tucked around the corner into another room, out of the way.

One thing I noticed was that when the dishwasher was running, Candy would put pots and pans that needed soaked and/or washed by hand under the drain from the dishwasher into the sink. As the hot water drained, it soaked a lot off the pans and made them easier to wash. Looked like a good use for the water that was just going down the sink anyway! :)

My brother installed hooks on a beam between the kitchen/dining and living room where all the pots and pans could be hung. I thought it looked classy and filled the space better (and probably more affordably!) than a commercial pre-made pot rack would have.

The hanging utensil canister! I really, really liked this idea. Candy used this flat-sided hanging wooden bucket for some of her cooking utensils, keeping them within easy reach yet off the precious counter space.

Vitamin storage

Their vitamins and supplements are in this metal basket/bucket on top of the fridge. It's easy to pull the whole bucket down and rummage for what you need rather than losing things in the back of a dark cupboard.

Moshe enjoying the warm summer day

Before we headed home, we stopped at Tonnemaker Hill Farm, an organic farm in the area with wonderful produce. We got 10 pounds of sweet cherries that were being picked while we drove there! And do you want to know the price for those freshly-picked organic sweet cherries? $2 a pound! :) I'd love to live right down the road from Tonnemaker's... they are so friendly and always give the kids samples to munch on. :)

To Participate in Kitchen Tip Tuesdays:

Post a kitchen tip in your blog. Link to this post, and then leave your link in a comment here, so we know where to find YOU! :) No giveaways or non-tip posts, please! We need to be able to easily find/see what your kitchen/cooking tip is. :) Thanks for your participation! :)

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1. What to do with disposable cake domes (Trial and Error Home Ec)
2. Silicone baking mat tips (Feel Good About Dinner)
3. Stir fry is faster than drive thru (The Local Cook)
4. Pasta cooking tip (A Proverbs 31 Wife)
5. Fridge and garbage space savers (Living So Abundantly)
6. Silk-free sweet corn (Finding Joy in my Kitchen)
7. Crock pot tip (Purposely Frugal)
8. Gluten-free baking (One Little Word She Knew)

My breakfast oatmeal add-ins

My morning oatmeal
Oatmeal with coconut oil, cinnamon, and flaxseed

I've been mulling over the idea of blogging. More than once a week, I mean.

For months now, I've thought about doing shorter posts more often and just... writing. With pictures.

But weeks keep passing and I keep not blogging. Which is not all bad, since it means I've been sleeping 8-9 hours a night (I'm co-sleeping with Channah), I get to play outside all day when it's sunny, and the kitchen gets cleaned every night.

In the last 3 months I've also organized the whole house, kept the laundry caught up, went thrift shopping so all the kids are again in nice, non-stained clothes, made 3 dozen homemade birthday cards and a whole bunch of thank-yous, knocked out my mending pile, organized the whole house again, played piano just for fun, checked out 60 books from the library (not all for me, of course), lost 15 pounds, and did fun and educational stuff with the kids for hours on end (stopping only to throw a freezer meal into the oven for dinner!).

It's amazing how much I get to do when I don't blog about any of it and dinner's in the freezer. ;)

Anyway, on to the point of this post, which is: telling you about my current favorite breakfast.

I love oatmeal (and it's cheap). I've been making a pot of it every morning for our breakfast. Joshua eats his oatmeal (plus a hard boiled egg) before he leaves for work, and the children and I eat ours a couple hours later. I cook 4 cups of rolled oats for the 4 children and myself, and it's the perfect amount.

Oatmeal by itself isn't enough for me, so I've been adding in some yummy stuff and I must say, a bowl of this oatmeal is very satisfying!

I cook my oats with some salt added (very important since I haven't been adding sugar or honey to mine!), and then stir in ground flaxseed, cinnamon, and coconut oil. A full bowl of oatmeal served like this is about 500 calories and keeps me full for several hours.

Having the same things on hand for breakfast (and snacks and lunches) is one of the things that has helped me keep losing about a pound a week. Remember when I said I had some weight to lose? Well, I'm about half way there! Somehow it helps me control my love of food when I have a list of good choices for snacks (plus not buying junk or baking sweets!). :)

Tips for Summer Picnics (Eat Well, Spend Less)

I love picnics!

Yes, the frugal part of me is why I am constantly saying "Hey, guys, let's just do a picnic."

That sounds more fun than saying "Since it's expensive to eat out, I'm going to pack some food for us." ;)

Whatever you call it, I love take-along food. It's a whole lot cheaper than eating out, plus being yummy, healthy, and on-demand. Here are some picnic tips that work for us!

Porch picnic

Bring enough food, but not too much. This is especially important if you're carrying your picnic with you while you sight-see on foot or hike. I ask the older family members how much food they want (how many sandwiches, pieces of fruit, etc.) and try to take just what we'll eat. The eliminates needing to tote around leftovers or keep them cold.

Re-usable dinnerware

Use disposable wrappings/plates if you're carrying everything; use re-usable containers if weight isn't an issue. I freely admit that I use plastic wrap, sandwich baggies, and paper napkins for an on-foot picnic! If we're packing a big cooler and driving somewhere in the van, then I'll use my normal re-usable containers and some washable plates. (I have extra plastic plates purchased for large crowds, bbqs, and picnics!)

Summer picnic walk

Take finger foods so you don't even need dinnerware! Our favorite picnics are finger foods like:

Veggie sticks
Pre-washed/cut fruit like grapes, apple slices, pear slices, or bananas
Cheese sticks or slices

I like to pack serving-size baggies of the veggies, fruits, or nuts so no little dirty hands are reaching into one big bag. ;)

And speaking of dirty...

Don't forget a clean tablecloth (if picnicking at a table) and some wet wipes or washcloths for dirty hands! :)

We also like to have at-home picnics on the deck or in the yard. Eating out in the sunshine and fresh air makes the kids (and me!) happy while keeping the kitchen floor clean. The benefit of an at-home picnic is that I can serve most anything -- like leftovers, even -- with no extra effort. :)

Eat Well, Spend Less series

This week, the Eat Well, Spend Less bloggers are writing about summer fun! Check out:

Eat Well, Spend Less During a Staycation from Life As Mom

Grilled Salads from Simple Bites

Sprouted Lentil Salad Recipe and Dressings from Kitchen Stewardship

Easy and Tasty Summertime Snacks from Kingdom First Mom

Eat Well, Spend Less During Your Insane Summer Schedule from Food for my Family

...and more to come from Denver Bargains and Good Life Eats!


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