Health and Fitness
Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola

Homemade Granola Make your own granola. It’s easy. It’s cost effective and way tastier than anything you’ll buy in the store. Go to the bulk section in your grocer for the ingredients.   Ingredients -3 cups of rolled oats -1/2 cup walnuts -1 cup whole cashews -1/2 cup shredded coconut -1/4 cup dark brown sugar...
Grind It Yourself

Grind It Yourself

Grind your own meats.  It’s cheap. It’s better for you. It’s better tasting. When you buy your own cuts, you get to select the best quality pieces and have control over the freshness of the product. While we’re not big meat eaters, on occasion we make homemade meatballs, turkeyballs (that just sounds wrong, doesn’t it?),...
Rice and Beans on a Budget

Rice and Beans on a Budget

                  Yesterday at the market I stumbled on organic dried heirloom beans that were so pretty and so cheap, I couldn’t resist scooping up a bag full. Once home, I put them in the fridge covered with water to soak overnight, (which speeds up the cooking time...
Tomatoes-on-a-Budget

Tomatoes-on-a-Budget

  In our book, Bitches on a Budget, we write: Look  for pick-your-own opportunities. Autumn apple-picking should be an annual family event. Come home red-cheeked and make pies, applesauce, or just bite into fresh crispy apples. Whether it’s strawberry or pole beans, farmers often open their fields and the pricing is amazing when you supply...
Buttermilk Sorbet

Buttermilk Sorbet

Buttermilk rocks! Try this simple and yummy low-fat alternative to ice cream. Lemon Verbena Infused Buttermilk Sorbet* 2 1/2 cups low-fat buttermilk 1 1/4 cups sugar 1/4 cup corn syrup 5 fresh leaves of lemon verbena (if you can’t find any–don’t fret you can sub in any other herb you favor or take a pass...
White Beans for Meatless Monday

White Beans for Meatless Monday

Are you serious about eating smart? Are you watching your wallet? Are you crazy for great food? One of our favorite bean dishes covers all the bases. It is super healthy, easy on the budget and yummy. While we’d like to say we’re organized enough to buy dried beans and cook them up — well,...

Organic vs Non-Organic Produce on a Budget

You know fruits and veggies should top your healthy choice eating list, but with money tight how do you invest your precious dollars when it comes to buying organic vs. non-organic produce. The good folks at the Environmental Working Group have a new list out of the dirty dozen (most pesticide laden) and the clean...
CLAM-UP

CLAM-UP

Guess what we did over the weekend? Then we made: Clams on the half-shell. Rhode Island Clam Chowder. Pasta with clam sauce. Grilled clams with herbs. Cheap and yummy. If you’re minding your budget and live to eat there is nothing smarter than being a back to nature DIYer. Whether you’re growing your own fruits and...

Be Green. Be Healthy. Save Money. Ride a Bike

  Exactly one year ago today as oil spilled into the Gulf we wrote this piece and thought it timely to share again. Do good for your body. Do good for the environment. Do good for your budget. Ride a bike. Now that the weather is warmer we are back to cruising around town on our...

Big Hearted? Be Smart. Give Wisely!

In the wake of the catastrophe in Japan we’ve received dozens of questions about charitable giving and are reprinting a piece we wrote a few months ago about being smart girls when it comes to  giving. To preface the piece we’re including this quick 5 rule tip from the folks at The Charity Navigator: 1. Avoid...
Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Are You Prepared for a Disaster?

Are you prepared for a disaster? Over and over again, events happen and they remind us to think about what we would do in a crisis, then the moment passes and we don’t do anything. The devastation in Japan, and the horror still unfolding is almost incomprehensible. Take the time now to make a plan,...

The Skinny on Starbuck’s New Pops

Aren’t these Starbuck’s cupcakes, pops and other treats cute? Who wouldn’t be attracted to a smart little petit four at around that time in the afternoon? Starbucks is stepping out today with a new line of “minis” that they are giving away for free—if you buy a drink, that is. (Wait, is that free or...