Frugal Living

summer camping checklist 150x150 Summer Camping Checklist

Are you heading out camping this Summer? One of the things that I really like to do with the family is to hit the road with some stops along the way at campgrounds. You can find campgrounds in your area and across the nation at Recreation.gov. It usually only costs between $10-$20 to stay each ...

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swagbucks friends 150x150 Swagbucks: Yo, its a $50 gift card giveaway

Congrats to Winner Alissa! alissa@ Thanks everyone for participating! Have you met the Swagbucks people? They're pretty cool actually. Above you can see me pictured with Hal and Ashley from Swagbucks, along with my girl Toni from The Happy Housewife. We got to meet up and hang out last time I was out ...

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summer fun 150x150 Battling the “I’m Bored” Beast This Summer with Low Cost Fun

It's not hard to have fun without spending a lot of money. With summer right around the corner and camp registrations coming due, here are some low cost alternatives for a fabulous summer season. Combine this with our list of 10 ways to have fun without spending money, and you've got plenty of fun options. Free ...

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How to Shop at a Thrift Store with Kids Main 150x150 How to Shop at a Thrift Store with Kids

We love shopping at thrift stores and getting great bargains for our family's frugal lifestyle.  Shopping with children brings it's own challenges and rewards.  Let's talk about some tips that have worked for me. Teaching Value One thing I love about taking my children shopping is that it gives them a sense of the value of a ...

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How to Shop at a Thrift Store Main 150x150 How to Shop at a Thrift Store

With the new year come new challenges.   Many people are challenging themselves to reduce, reuse, and recycle more.  Some people are pledging not to buy any new merchandise for a year.  Others are just trying to find more ways to save money.  Whatever your goals or resolutions for the future, I hope that my ...

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healthy inexpensive meals pesto orzo with chicken sausage 150x150 Healthy, Inexpensive Meals   Pesto Orzo with Chicken Sausage

This is one of my favorite fast, easy dishes to make for my family.  The fresh ingredients in this healthy, inexpensive meal really make the flavor pop.  I hope you enjoy!

Pesto Orzo with Chicken Sausage

Ingredients

    For the Pesto
  • 2 cups fresh organic basil leaves, packed
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 3 medium-sized garlic cloves, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated organic parmesan reggiano cheese
  • 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • For the Dish:
  • 16 oz organic, whole wheat orzo
  • 2 tablespoons organic extra virgin olive oil
  • 12 – 16 oz organic chicken sausage
  • 1/2 green, red, yellow, and orange organic bell peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced

Instructions

    For the Pesto
  1. Combine basil, pine nuts, and garlic in a food processor.
  2. Pulse a few times.
  3. While food processor is on, slowly pour in olive oil.
  4. Scrape down sides with spatula.
  5. Add cheese and pulse until blended.
  6. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Set aside.
  8. For the Dish
  9. Cook the orzo according to package instructions.
  10. When orzo is fully cooked, drain and toss with pesto. Set aside.
  11. Add oil and sausage to a sauté pan and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Set aside.
  12. Add peppers and onion to the pan and sauté until slightly tender.
  13. Slice the sausage. Toss in the pan with the peppers and onions for a few minutes to lightly brown the sausage.
  14. Serve the peppers, onions, and sausage over the pesto orzo.
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Notes: Definitely don’t add salt to the pesto until you've tasted the blend. The cheese will add a significant amount of flavor. You might not have to add ...

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Eco Friendly Gift Ideas Shop Locally 150x150 Shop Locally | Eco Friendly Gift Ideas

If you’re looking for local and eco-friendly gifts this holiday season, I have some great ideas to get you thinking.  This is not an exhaustive list, but everyone should be able to find something they love here. Buy Collectibles Buying used items from a local source reduces waste and saves the environment from the impact of transporting ...

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Last Minute Handmade Gifts Scrumptious Sugar Scrub Main 150x150 Last Minute Handmade Gifts   Scrumptious Sugar Scrub

I love to make handmade gifts.  This scrumptious sugar scrub is a great last-minute gift idea that is easy to make and a wonderful spa-quality treat. Most of us have these simple ingredients in our kitchen.  Start with this basic recipe in the scent for vanilla scrumptious sugar scrub. Ingredients 1 cup sugar 1/2 cup coconut oil 2 tsp vanilla extract Directions Combine ...

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