Simple, Frugal Ways to Celebrate an Anniversary

blue hydrangea

This past weekend Hodgepodgedad and I celebrated 17 years of marriage! It was a simple celebration spanning a few days. Because celebrating need not be elaborate and doesn’t have to break the bank. Picnic at the Park. Friday night we went through the Chick-fil-a and the Starbucks drive-thrus. We took our picnic of chicken cool […]

Slow Cooker Batch Cooking Navy Beans at $5 Dinners


I really love it when my slow cooker can do the work for me. January usually means a freezer and pantry challenge, including rice and beans. So, about once a month I batch cook some beans to tuck away in the freezer. Especially in the winter months, that means navy beans. Join me at $5 […]

Top Ten Frugal Living Posts Plus Frugal Friends


Aren’t we all looking to save some money this time of year? I thought so. With that in mind, I’m sharing the top ten Hodgepodge posts of 2011 in celebration of frugal living… Back to Basics Series Meal Plan: Cheap Eats for Two Weeks Frugal Living: Homemade Wheat Thins Frugal Living: Homemade Laundry Detergent (or […]

Christmas Favorites

Christmas sugar cookies

I found myself looking through my archives for some Christmas favorites. So, I thought it would be good to place them all in a nice little spot. Favorites like recipes we use often in December, advent resources and holiday and winter art. He appeared and the soul felt its worth… From all three Hodgepodge categories […]

Kids in the Kitchen: Hot Chocolate Mix Gifts


Frugal fun in the kitchen. Just four ingredients. Plus one or more children equal a fun time making hot chocolate mix for gifts. Mixing up lots of fun at $5 Dinners today!

Fast Food for Slow Sundays: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings

Nana's Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

: Nana’s Chicken and Dumplings 1 hen (3-5 lbs) boiling, salted water 2 cups self-rising flour 1/4 cup shortening 3/4 cup boiling water salt and pepper to taste Cook hen in boiling water until tender. Remove from broth. Cool chicken. Cut from bone, set aside. Measure 1 quart of broth into large saucepan. Bring to […]

October Potatofest at $5 Dinners


Our feeding the larger family ways will help you feed a crowd and take a break during the holidays! October is potato month for me for several reasons. Not only are potatoes frugal and can be served in a variety of ways, but October is right up next to November and December. October is the […]

Homemade Paper Doll Costume: Frugal Living

Homemade Paper Doll Costume

I think this has to be my favorite Pinterest find yet! I showed it to Middle Girl and she took off with it. We got a few pieces of poster board and she got out the markers, scissors and tape. How much does a piece of poster board cost? A dollar? Maybe $1.50. Plus the […]

Mamaw’s Cheese Salmon Loaf


I remember having salmon loaf growing up. I don’t think I realized then that it was my grandmother’s recipe. I surely didn’t know just how frugal the recipe is. And it wasn’t until I served it to my own family that I found out what a hit it would be. I expected them to make […]

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! […]

Frugal Living: Homemade Wheat Thins


Yep! Can you believe it? I made homemade wheat thins. What prompted me was not only my addiction to these crispy delicious snack crackers but the $3.50 for a family-sized box. The box that lasts less than a week around here. Now, the recipe is fairly simple. And all together it didn’t take too much […]

Finding Frugal at Sam’s Noggin


I used to be able to point to one or two really big things that have made a difference in our family life because of our frugal living lifestyle. I tried my best to narrow down some topics to share with you today. But I couldn’t. See, since I first found the many freedoms in […]