Sweet French Toast Flexible Recipe for a Crowd, Plus Two Awesome Tips

French toast is one of our indulgences, it is inexpensive to make and very tasty. We love french toast. We plan to enjoy some for Easter brunch this year. This is a very sweet, almost dessert french toast. I have included two totally awesome tips to make the perfect french toast! Read more of this nifty post...

Free Subscription Goodies – Join My Email List for 6 Printable Freebies

Subscribe and get a free zip file of 6 printable goodies from my site! I have gathered the goodness in one place, just for you. Because I love you, man. In the confirmation email you receive there will be a link to download your goodies. Plus, you will automatically get an email every time I post one of my loverly, in-depth, quality, super spiffy articles. Read more of this nifty post...

April Real Food Monthly Meal Plan

Ideas and resources for menu planning in April, many seasonal spring and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch. As always, these are all frugal recipes intended for a tight budget. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. Read more of this nifty post...

Use What You Have Lightbox for Blog Photography

I have been working on improving my blog and making it more professional. One of the weakest links for many one-woman-show blogs is the photography. I have done some research to improve my photos without buying a new camera or investing in expensive professional equipment. One thing you can make yourself to help with lighting problems is a lightbox. My DIY light box is frugal, collapsible, and you can change the background. Read more of this nifty post...

March Real Food Monthly Meal Plan

The universe conspired against me for pretty much the entire month of February. I tried desperately to get the meal plan done before the 1st, which is always my goal, but this month it was not to be. The good news is the Pinterest board has over 230 pins, for your meal plan window shopping pleasure. Ideas and resources for menu planning in March, many seasonal winter (and a couple spring) and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch, frugal recipes. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. You can save so much money by planning your meals. Even if you only plan three days at a time, you can be more thrifty by planning ahead. Read more of this nifty post...

Valentine’s Day Dyed Eggs

Dyeing eggs is a frugal activity that can be practiced the whole year. You should already have all the items you need. This is a craft that is easy to scale to different age groups. Step 1: Hard Boil Your Eggs There are a gazillion ways to hard boil eggs. Use your preferred method, or use the Simply Recipes method. Quick version: Boil, sit 10 min covered, ice bath. I did this last time and they came out absolutely perfect. Save your cartons to store the eggs in when you're done, but don't put them in until they are completely dry or the carton will scratch off some of the color. Step Read more of this nifty post...

Valentine for One – Chocolate Cake In a Mug Mix

This Valentine's Day mix yourself up some love, whether you have a sweetheart or not. Have yourself a lovely little mug cake in less than five minutes. Even if you have to work, you can make the mix at home and bring this in (be warned, you may want to make the bulk mix to share - who doesn't want their own warm little cake at work?). Or if you are clueless and this is your first Valentine, this is super easy and makes a tasty gesture. You could even package this up as class gifts. And if you are a mom of multiple littles, you could sneak this into the bathroom/closet/car to scarf for your Read more of this nifty post...

Dinosaur Felt Play Mat – DIY Tips and Printable Templates

This Christmas I made several gifts for the little ones in my family. One of the things I made was a felt dinosaur play mat. I kept track of the process so I could share some tips with you, and a PDF set of templates. There are multiple posts for dinosaur play mats out there, but most of the ones with templates are for little ones. I must say mine is nice and big, and the templates make it easy to crank it out. This is how I did my DIY dinosaur felt play mat. Skip to the template download *This post was featured on BlogHer!* The first thing you do when making a gift like this is to go Read more of this nifty post...

February Real Food Meal Plan

Ideas and resources for menu planning in February, many seasonal winter and real food recipes. Very simple ingredients, from scratch, frugal recipes. Real food/from scratch/traditional diet/nutrient dense/whole food/blah blah blah. You can save so much money by planning your meals. Even if you only plan three days at a time, you can be more thrifty by planning ahead. Gasp! It's the beginning of the month and I'm posting the meal plan. You would think I was actually organized. Don't forget to read about how I meal plan at Frugal, Flexible Monthly Menu Planning *Attention real food purists Read more of this nifty post...

Not-Margarine Spread Recipe – Using Real Butter, Olive Oil, and Coconut Oil

In our gradual change over to real food, one of the things we needed to eliminate was tub margarine to homemade spreadable butter. This saves money as well as avoiding chemicals and processing. It is not frugal to buy foods that your body is not processing as nutritional. While margarine may cost less per ounce up front, your body will not use that food for the things it needs. When I first started making spread I just used olive oil and butter. I thought I would like the olive oil flavor but I found it was an acquired taste we had to get used to. Now I can't stand the margarine in tubs. Not-Margarine Read more of this nifty post...