12 Easy Summer Recipes

edible sand

Edible Sand via Household Ways Yoo Hoo Ice Cream by Southern Plate Shrimp Salad Easy Cucumber Salad Cucumber and Vinegar Salad Veggie Plate Avocado Egg Salad Guacamole Hummus Spinach & Fruit Salad Cookies & Cream Meal Plan: Just a Sandwich (whole lot of recipes!) My Egg-Free Tuna Salad (not made with mayo!) recipe at Food […]

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Rotel Cheese Dip


Sometimes when you come in from church, you just need something to munch on right away. Or you might need a good ol’ basic dip recipe for the upcoming Super Bowl. If you already know about Rotel Cheese dip, let this serve as your reminder of this tasty and simple snack. Rotel Cheese Dip Ingredients […]

Top Ten Slow Cooker Recipes of 2011


Because I love my slow cooker. And because my readers love these recipes, in my usual Fast Food for Slow Sundays spot I’m sharing the Hodgepodge top ten slow cooker recipes of 2011. Enjoy! A Month Long Slow Cooker Celebration Nana’s Homemade Slow Cooker Hummus Batch Cooking Chicken in the Slow Cooker Plus Recipes Potato […]

Easy Appetizer: Roll Ups Two Ways


Party food! Both frugal and easy to make in large quantities with just three to four ingredients. This recipe I learned from my Aunt Patti, is one of the most requested. And today I’m sharing two ways to make it at $5 Dinners!

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Slow Cooker Garlic Dip


My mother made this to serve her Birthday Club. We got the leftovers! Oh yum. Since many of our holiday, family get togethers happen on a Sunday, I’m sharing this recipe today. Just a few ingredients and you toss it in the slow cooker! A great recipe for the holidays. A great recipe for anytime! […]

Savings with Homemade Hummus at $5 Dinners


Raise your hand if you love hummus. Yes, yes, lots of folks out there. Me too! Ok. How many of you pay big bucks for one of those tiny tubs of hummus at the store? A few, yes. How many have this little problem of keeping food and snacks stocked in your house? Me too! […]

Nana’s Homemade Hummus

Nana's Homemade Hummus Recipe - the Frugal Way at www.hodgepodge.me

Folks, hummus is awfully expensive ready-made in grocery stores but it is easy to make yourself, inexpensive, and good for you! : Nana’s Homemade Hummus Ingredients: One 16 oz. can of chick peas (or you can get a bag of dried chickpeas MUCH cheaper; follow the directions on the bag and you will have enough […]

Southern Cheese Straws Recipe

Cheese straws

My cousin, Jessica, made these delicious cheese straws for our cousin’s Bridesmaids Luncheon. Cheese straws are a simple pleasure, come in all sorts of shapes and designs and are a tradition in the south. What would a ladies luncheon be without cheese straws? Jessica shares her recipe: : Cheese Straws 2 sticks butter, softened 16oz […]

Mexican Roll Ups Appetizer


This is an easy recipe to take to a get-together last-minute. Usually I have these ingredients on hand. Aunt Patti’s Mexican Roll Ups (1) 8 oz cream cheese 2-3 tablespoons picante sauce (salsa) black olives, chopped (1 small can) I often omit this big flour tortillas (3-5) Directions: Cream the cheese with salsa. Add chopped […]