Easy Baked Fish: Budget Food Tip

For a quick weeknight dinner, fish is a good and healthy choice. A 3.5 oz Tilapia fillet contains 2.4 grams of fat and 98 calories, and packs 21 grams of protein. Plus, it’s healthy, sustainable and low in mercury (see the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch site to learn more about making healthy and sustainable […]

Tea Party: Entertaining on a Budget

Light tea cakes, sweet treats, steaming tea in paper thin china cups, and of course, flowers. Lots of flowers. Tea parties celebrate all the loveliness of spring and femininity and make a fabulous theme for a wedding shower, baby shower, or birthday party. Or have one just as an excuse to wear that vintage hat […]

Fresh Herb and Tomato Frittata: Budget Food Tip

For a delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner, try a frittata. They are simple to make and a great source of protein. This recipe calls for leeks and basil, but any variety of herbs can be used. Fresh thyme or winter savory could replace the basil, and yellow onions or even scallions could be used in […]

Meals for Four under $15: Budget Grocery Tip

We’re always looking for a way to save money on groceries and still make delicious meals. So when we found out that Whole Foods offers a booklet online, Meals for Four for under $15, we had to check it out. From ready-to-top pizza crusts and easy baking mixes to scallops in a delicious sauce, the […]

Pyrex and Corelle Love: Entertaining on a Budget

(This vintage Gooseberry Pyrex bowl set is available from domestikate’s Etsy shop for $44) The perennial problem of entertaining: How do you make a casserole look good? Let’s be honest, some of the best food, isn’t pretty. Green bean casserole, au gratin potatoes, the foods that made your guests feel comfortable, full and completely at […]

Make Your Own Flavored Sugars: Budget Food Tip

Flavored sugars are expensive and sometimes difficult to find. The next time you need vanilla flavored sugar, make your own. Simply take 1 cup granulated sugar and add a vanilla bean. Store the sugar in an air-tight container, and let sit for about a week before using. To use, give it a stir to evenly […]

Twinlight Collection at Illuminations:  Daily Deal

The Deal: Soy candles from the Twinlight Collection at Illuminations The Lowdown: Pick up a few great scented candles for your Spring cleaning exploits with the latest collection at Illuminations. The Twinlight Collection is made with botanicals and soywax fora clean and fresh scent that will liven up any room. Take your pick from votives, […]

Natural Easter Egg Dyes: Budget Food Tip

Instead of buying the packaged dyes for your Easter eggs, why not try a natural approach? Using nature’s rainbow you can create eggs in a wonderful variety of colors, and using products you most likely already have in your pantry or refrigerator. Before hard boiling, wash eggs with a mild soap and water to remove […]