Kickin’ Carolina Cheesesteak

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Meat eater? Fan of cheese? Looking for something a little different & a lot delicious? Here’s a southern twist on a Philly Cheesesteak sandwich recipe. Prep. time: 25 minutes. Cost: Less than $20. Serves: 6. You’ll need: 2 pounds of beef round steak (sliced into strips) or beef shaved steak 1/4 teaspoon pepper 1 tablespoon salt […]

chicken noodle soup

The. Best. Chicken. Noodle. Soup. Ever. Period.

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  Ever had one of those days when you just want to curl up with some comfort food? Maybe your kid/spouse/boss/in-law/insert-someone-you-can’t-take-a-break-from is getting under your skin? Or a deadline is looming and you’re not even close to being done? Or maybe you’ve just about had it with everything and you need a little something warm to […]

Salted Caramel Latte Love Potion*

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  This is delicious, delicious, delicious! Turned out better than I imagined. You could probably get someone to love you just by giving them this.* Yes, it really is that good! Prep. time: 25 minutes. Cost: Less than $10. Serves: 6 big mugs. You’ll need: 2 cups sugar 1/2 cup water 1 1/2 cups heavy […]

Homestyle Mac & Cheese

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  Well, apparently today is National Cheese Day! Who knew? So in honor of that, here’s a recipe that turned out great (according to the toughest critics ~ my kids!) Creamy & delicious. Awesome comfort food. And easy, easy, easy. Inactive prep. time: 12 hours. Active prep. time: 20 minutes. Cost: Less than $10. Serves: […]

Hearty Bean & Ham Soup

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  So my husband loves bean & ham soup. He tells me this turned out delicious. Then he called me awesome. So this one’s a winner. Prep. time: about 20 minutes. Costs less than $10. Feeds 6 – 8. You’ll need: 1 1/2 cups small white beans, soaked overnight in cold water 2 tablespoons vegetable […]

Decadent Homemade Hot Chocolate

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Well, if you’re a chocoholic & can’t ever get enough chocolate (like me!), then this is the recipe for you. Prep. time: about 5 minutes. Costs less than $10. Feeds 8 – 10. You’ll need: 10 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips (60% cacao) 5 ounces milk chocolate chips 1/2 cup heavy cream 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract […]

Cheddar Cheesy Potatoes

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Need an easy side dish that tastes great & doesn’t cost too much? Here’s a fantastic choice. Prep. time: about 10 minutes. Costs less than $10. Feeds 6 – 8. You’ll need: 8 medium potatoes, peeled & sliced thin 1 cup bacon, cooked & torn into small pieces 2 cups Cheddar cheese (1 1/2 cups, […]

Garden-Fresh Spaghetti Sauce

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So my lovely neighbors brought over a bunch of fresh vegetables from their garden & I was in the mood for pasta, so I came up with this. It takes about 20 minutes prep time, but that’s mostly cutting up the vegetables & browning the meat (if you add meat to it). Cost me next […]

Scrumptious Sunday Brunch

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So this one’s always a winner. And crazy easy. And delicious. Takes about 10 minutes prep. time. Serves 8 – 10. Costs less than $10. You’ll need: 3 slices bread, torn into small pieces 3 cups Cheddar cheese (2 cups then later 1 cup) 2 medium potatoes, peeled and diced 8 ounces ham steak, diced 3/4 cup […]

Oh So Yummy Banana Cake

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Have a bunch of too-ripe bananas that nobody will eat? Don’t want to throw them out? Well, here’s a recipe that was supposed to be banana bread but somewhere along the line I made a mistake & it ended up a yummy banana cake. My youngest son declares it a winner! Feeds 8 – 10. […]