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 […]

$20 off $200 or more at Daily Deal

The Deal: $20 off $200 or more at The Lowdown: Schedule yourself a shopping spree for the kitchen at and enjoy this exclusive discount on all purchases of $200 or more. From woks to tea kettles, you’ll find hundreds of items to freshen up the kitchen in no time. Pick up the OXO […]

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 […]

Make Your Own Baking Powder: Budget Food Tip

Bread, muffins, biscuits, scones, cakes, if you frequently bake any of these from scratch, you probably have all the necessary ingredients on hand. But did you know that baking powder, the leavening agent that goes into these (and many other) recipes to help them”rise” can be made from scratch as well? Many bakers make their […]

Entertaining on a Budget: St. Patty’s Mocktails

Last week we featured our favorite beverages for boozing it up on St. Patty’s day. But this week, we thought, what about those who don’t chooze to booze? The answer: soda and mocktails! First up, consider stocking your shelves with festively colored Jones Soda and Izze. Get the Green Apple Jones Soda and the Sparkling […]