Tip Tuesday ~ Our Cozy Den

Tip Tuesday: Easy Beans!

We go through a lot of beans in this house — they are healthy, filling, yummy… lots to love about them! This hack to prepare them from dry beans will save you a TON of money over the canned kind! It’s SO much easier than the package instructions: no measuring, no stirring, no scorched beans at the bottom of the pot!  

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FREE Printable Breakfast Menu

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have noticed that I’m moving! For that reason, several things have been going on while we prepare to buy a new house, sell our current one, and pack everything up! Those things are: the blog hit the back burner for a few weeks we took a short break from homeschooling (yay, flexibility!) and my “meal planning” has been more along the lines of “oh, crap… it’s dinner time again”. So for that reason, I’m going to tell you one of my favorite hacks. Breakfast for dinner.  It’s not a new concept. Moms have been serving eggs and cereal Read More

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Easy DIY French Fries

I was supposed to write this blog post on Friday. And then Saturday. And then Sunday. But I had four sick kids and a husband who was gone for the weekend for Army Reserve training, so let’s just say I didn’t accomplish much. Anyways, here I am bright and early Monday morning, ready to start the week anew and get life back in order! Thanks for bearing with me!   We love french fries. They are a perfect accompaniment to many favorites: sandwiches, burgers, hot dogs, cheeseburger calzones, chicken fingers, and lots of other things! But buying the bagged frozen french fries is both expensive and Read More

Best of Our Cozy Den!

Best of Our Cozy Den!

You guys, I am so humbled and excited to have been chosen as Best Local Mom Blogger by a local publication, Findlay Area Family magazine. They do an annual survey of local parents, and I won Best Blog for the second year in a row! This year, I also added Best Local Instagram and Best Local Pinterest! Since I have a lot of new people stopping by, I thought it would be fun to do a quick tour and rundown of my most popular posts over the years! I’ve been blogging since 2009 — WOW, seven years! I’m not one of the biggest or busiest blogs out Read More

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FREE Canister Labels Printable!

You guys — my wonderful blog readers — never cease to amaze me! You probably know already that I feed my family of 6 for under $175/month. I do this WITHOUT coupons. (Because who has time for coupons, really?) I used to coupon like crazy, but since those shows came out and ruined it for everybody, coupons just aren’t as good as they used to be. And also, they’re mostly for packed, processed foods. The last 4 years or so, I’ve been transitioning to a healthier way of life, by cooking with raw, whole ingredients instead of buying packaged food. This means I don’t buy Read More

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Homemade Egg Noodles

You guys, we LOVE pasta. It’s so yummy & filling. But it’s NOT cheap. Even the cheapest kind at Walmart is $1/pound, and that’s more than I want to spend on carbs for a single meal. With my rice dinners, I’m spending something like 10¢ on the rice that all six of us eat for two dinners, under a penny a serving. So $1/pound for pasta is just too much for me. I’m not saying I don’t buy it — I do sometimes — but I’ve been looking for a cheaper alternative. Welcome to my homemade egg noodle recipe! After much tinkering with various recipes Read More

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Cinnamon Roll Cake Recipe! ♨️

You know that freak-out moment you have when you realize you forgot to buy the ingredients to make dessert for your dinner guests? Or you’re going to someone else’s house and you want to take something but the fridge is empty? Or you want to take a treat to an ailing friend but you don’t have time for a trip to Walmart? Cinnamon Roll Cake to the rescue!  I make this cake ALL the time. I love that it’s so versatile: it goes with nearly any kind of dinner, and it’s a huge hit with everyone who tries it! Ingredients: Cake:  3 cups flour 1/4 teaspoon Read More

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Taco Casserole

This is a recipe that I made up one day because I was out of dinner ideas. I just started pulling things from the cabinet, and you know what? It worked. This isn’t usually the case with my concoctions — I’ve had many duds in my time. But this one has been loved by my family for years now, and I’m going to share the recipe with you! I love this recipe because it is easy, delicious, and CHEAP! I can make a whole 13×9 pan, which feeds our family for two dinners, for under $4. Not bad, eh? That’s $2 a dinner, or less than Read More

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Chicken Azteca {Crockpot Recipe!}

Chicken Azteca is one of my favorite recipes! Not only is it SO easy and SO delicious, it’s cheap, filling, & healthy too! It’s also gluten free and sugar free, and can be made grain free/dairy free simply by omitting a few of the extras!! Here’s how to make it! Ingredients: 1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (depending on size) 2 cans of black beans 1 can of corn 2 cups of enchilada sauce 2 cups of dry brown rice shredded cheddar cheese for topping Instructions: It’s really easy, get ready… 1. Put the chicken in the crockpot. 2. Dump the beans (drained/rinsed), corn (drained), and enchilada Read More