cash crone, wealth, wisdom, willpower, Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms 

When the freezer door opens, a muffin earns its wings.

    Somehow, the freezer part of my refrigerator popped open yesterday. I noticed it a few hours later – after several items had thawed. So instead of sending it to compost heaven – or trying to eat my way through it all –  I decided to make muffins out of several cups of thawed squash and pumpkin puree, currants, and a handful of mixed berries. I turned to one of my old favorite frugal muffin recipes, from Amy Dacyczyn’s Tightwad Gazette. It really isn’t a recipe; it is a tutorial on…

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Eating Well For Less - and Other Kitchen Charms Money Management 

Bowling for dollars: soup on the menu is right on the money

My house smells delicious! The smell of soup is in the air! I went to the farmer’s market to pick up some chicken on my “as-you-need-it” CSA with Tangletown Farm . The farm hadn’t processed any birds, so I ended up coming home with 3 pounds of chicken backs – perfect for soup! Search for Soup Stones Remember that children’s story about the man who made stone soup? Villagers added vegetables, broth and spices to his pot to make it even more delicious. You can pretend the refrigerator and pantry are your villagers…

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