Gluten Free Banana Bread

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I think this would be a great gift if you know anyone who is gluten free!! Gluten Free Banana Bread Ingredients 1 stick butter, softened ($.75) 4 medium ripe (brown spots) bananas ($.60) 2 eggs ($.20) 1 cup sugar ($.80) 2 teaspoon real vanilla (Gluten Free) ($.10) 1 1/2 cups fine rice flour* ($.37) 1/2 cup sorghum flour ($.38) 1/2 tablespoon ground flax ($.05) 1/4 tsp salt ($.01) 2 teaspoons baking powder (Gluten Free) ($.05) 1/2 cup chopped pecans or {Read More}

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How to Sell Your Stuff and Get the Most Money for It

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Swimming in junk? Selling old or unused items is one of the fastest ways to get some extra cash, as well as free up some space in your home! However, there’s definitely ways to maximize the amount of money you get for your goods. By following these tips, you can get as much money as possible for your items and put more money in your pocket. Use a Consignment Shop If you’re selling something large or expensive, you could lose {Read More}

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The Ultimate Juicy Turkey Burger

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First off I just have to say that these were a HUGE hit in my house. My oldest daughter who doesn’t care that much for burgers was asking that the one left over burger to be put in her lunch the next day and my youngest who could sit at the dinner table for 2 hours, because she is generally so distracted was the 1st one finished (and she ate the whole burger). I also had my mom try the {Read More}

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Simplifying WIC- What is it and Who Qualifies?

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According to the WIC website: “WIC provides Federal grants to States for supplemental foods, health care referrals, and nutrition education for low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and non-breastfeeding postpartum women, and to infants and children up to age five who are found to be at nutritional risk.” I was browsing their site- trying to really break down the information and I found it a bit difficult to understand- but it is a government program and since when are things run by the {Read More}

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20 Dinners That Cost About $5

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Looking to cut down on your grocery budget?  Well, it’s easy when you spend about $5 to feed a family of 4 dinner! Around the Penner house we do what ever we can to cut down on the cost of meals.  One great tip is to balance it out.. it’s ok to have a meal or two a week that costs a bit more when the rest of your meals are low cost. It’s an easy way to splurge while {Read More}

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Philly CheeseSteak Burger

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Many thanks to Walmart and Kingsford charcoal for their sponsorship of this post. Does your family like grilling and burgers as much as mine does? I live in San Diego, so I feel pretty lucky that I can grill almost all year round. When Kingsford Charcoal and Walmart approached me to make a grilling recipe with Walmart meats I wanted to come up with something just a little different. And I think that this burger does the trick. It’s a {Read More}

How I Keep My Girls in Cute Clothes- On a Budget

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After adopting our girls I realized that is pretty fun to buy cute clothes for girls and it can be tempting to come out of every store you go into with a bag full of stuff for your kids. I also quickly realized that kids get really dirty and you can send them out the door looking great- but they will probably come back looking as if they have rolled in a pig pen (or a can of paint exploded {Read More}

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Pesto Grilled Chicken

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This was such a lovely meal. And a great change from the regular. My mom and I got together to prepare this dish based off a similar dish we had as a family the week before that was made with shrimp.  The shrimp was great, but expensive.  So we thought we would make out own version with chicken. 1st I make the pesto (find the pesto recipe here), but you could use bottled. And then I made the Basil and {Read More}

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How I Save 50-70% on Lean Ground Beef

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Lean ground beef is so expensive these days. Even on sale I find it difficult to get 93% lean for less than $3.99 a lb and normally it is $4.99 a pound or more. My I often see much fattier beef for considerably less. In fact, my local ethnic markets has in on sale once a month or so for as low at $1.09 a lb. But the problem is that this is so fatty. Sure you can drain it, {Read More}

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How to Have Fun With the Family on a Small Budget

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In this struggling economy, it can be hard to have a good time. So many things take money to do and when you are feeling the pinch in the pocketbook, you might not have much. But, with a little creativity you don’t have to stay home all the time, either! You can still go out, have a good time and have Fun on a Budget, even if you don’t have a lot of money. There are many of activities to {Read More}

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