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Tutorial: Making Butter

Butter.

It’s a wonderful fat. However, buying GOOD butter (grass-fed, organic) is expensive. We’re talking anywhere from $5 – $9 a pound. That can get expensive, especially if you go through butter like we do (about 1 – 1.5 lbs. per two weeks). However, making it yourself is MUCH cheaper! And it’s easy, too. Today I’m going to show you how.

Recipe Collection: Herb-Roasted Potatoes

As I was roasting a chicken to make the week’s meals (gravy, stock, etc.) I thought…I bet some yummy herb-roasted potatoes would be great with this. I’d just gotten some very delicate, organic Yukon gold potatoes from our CSA so I was dying to try it. Ben wasn’t a fan, but the kids loved them and so did I. So here they are:

Recipe Collection: Zucchini Lemon Poppy Seed Bread

It had been on my plan to make lemon-poppy-seed bread anyway when I started getting lots of zucchini from my CSA.  So I thought, I ought to make some zucchini bread too!  However, I didn’t have a recipe for either that really worked for me yet.  Then I got the brilliant idea to combine them into one delicious, healthy bread.  I had also sampled some cheesecake that had nutmeg in it and the flavor had reminded me of lemon zest, so I thought, I bet that will be the perfect spice for this bread.  I probably could have even added more than I did.  The result was fabulous — moist on the inside and chewy-crunchy on the outside!

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Peaches’n’honey Tea

The other day I got a craving for peach tea, and decided to see what happened if I mixed some things together. This is what I came up with.

Recipe Collection: Fried Potatoes with Broccoli and Cheese

Recently I’ve tried two new recipes that I loved.  One was something I sampled while on vacation that I’m hoping to replicate soon (and share with you if it goes well; early attempts are…hmm…) and something I created tonight.  Fabulous!  So wonderful I couldn’t stop talking about it while I was eating it.  So I have to share it with you today.

Meal Planning: Taking Inventory and Meals List

It’s actually kind of scary.  I do major grocery shopping every two weeks, and I spend two or three days before each shopping trip carefully making my meal plan and then checking and re-checking it to make sure it meets our family’s current goals and needs.  Then I make my grocery shopping list based on the meal plan, checking and re-checking that too.  It doesn’t NEED to take this long, especially not now that I’ve got a good routine going (I’ve been doing this faithfully for over a year), but I actually enjoy it.  Am I strange?  Probably.  But that’s okay.

Real Food on a Budget: Introduction

This series is because we are ALL on a budget (though some of us stricter than others) and we all want to feed our families the best food we possibly can.  That means we have to get creative.  It means we have to make sacrifices.  It means we have to plan, shop, and prepare food as carefully as we can. 

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I’m Kate, mama to 5 and wife to Ben.  I love meeting new people and hearing their stories.  I’m also a big fan of “fancy” drinks (anything but plain water counts as ‘fancy’ in my world!) and I can’t stop myself from DIY-ing everything.  I sure hope you’ll stick around so I can get to know you better!

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