My Favorite Frugal Recipes: Paella and Potato Soup

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I must confess that I have been ramping up my vegetable consumption in a quest (yet again) to be healthier.  I really like doing this in the summer when fresh veggies abound, and I can find reasonably priced ones at the Farmer’s Market.  Most of the time, I am pretty disciplined, but my mind can also wander to food that I have decided to take a break from.  It’s a challenge to watch my children eating a cookie and know that I am committed to refraining for a time- especially when the apricot I bought for a snack is sour 🙁

Not one to dwell in frustrations, I begin to start looking for ways to improve my experience with food.  I start looking in cookbooks and at blogs, searching for inspiring stories and recipes.  Some I can use now, others I put in my mind for “later.”  Since I have been scanning recipes, I thought this was a good time to share with you all a couple of my favorite, frugal recipes.

My favorite paella recipe comes from epicurious.  If you have never had paella before (pronounced pie- A- ya), you need to make it.  Soon.  It is BEYOND delicious.  Even better, it’s nutritious and cheap to make.  My absolute FAVORITE summer meal is paella with fresh corn on the cob, which is also available right now!  Can you guess why I had this recipe on my mind?  Epicurious doesn’t have any pictures of their paella.  I wish they did.  In fact, I wish I were a food photographer, so you could see for yourself how amazing this dish is.  Since that isn’t possible, you will have to use your imagination to envision it.  Better yet, make it ASAP.  You will thank me.  I promise.

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How I Feed My Family of 5 For Under $100 Every Month: Part 5

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It’s the last week of our grocery budgeting series.  I hope it has been a blessing to you and your family.

This week, I am going to share with you 8 tips to make the most of your grocery budget.

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Teaching Children Faithfulness

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We all have those areas that we diligently pursue for our families.  In “The Fundamental Home,” that area is faithfulness.

When most people think of faithfulness, I think they are thinking about it within marriage.  Faithfulness is so much more than that.  Let me define that trait for you quickly. According to dictionary.com, faithfulness is the quality of being faithful. “Faithful” has many definitions:

strict or thorough performance of duty

true to one’s word, promises, vows, etc.

steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant

reliable, trusted, or believed

adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate

full of faith, believing

You can see why it’s important to teach your children this quality.  It has such a large effect on their overall character.  They need to know how to do their duty, be true to their work, steady, trusted, adhere to the truth, and believe it.

Faithfulness is something that is important to Rick and I.  I have to, once again, give credit to my husband here.  He set the example in his work long before I fully understood this character trait.  Let me share with you when I began to grasp what faithfulness means.

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How We Homeschool High School (and graduate “early”)

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All of my children graduate (or will graduate) at around 16 years old.  I have found that this is not an uncommon thing for homeschoolers.  When we lived in the DC area, many were able to graduate early and head into college.  This was when I first got the idea that Brian could graduate by 16.  In our new home state, parents more often take advantage of dual enrollment, which allows their homeschoolers to take college classes while still doing high school at home.  We haven’t yet, but it’s a consideration.

Here’s how we have done our homeschool’s high school (and graduate “early”) .

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How I Feed My Family of 5 For Under $100 Every Month: Part 4

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Here we are at part 4 of our series.  In this post, I will share with you how you can make your groceries stretch.

OH……

I have SO many tips that it is hard to know where to begin!  Here we go….

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Throw Away Your Chore Charts!

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If you know anything about my husband, you know he likes things clean.  He’s particular about the house, a neat-nik if you will.  He has told the children that he wants our house to look like a museum.  For the record, it does not.  He says it for effect.  Someone once told the children that they didn’t want their house to look like a museum.  Of course, he probably really would be happy with gleaming floors and walls of stone.

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The Secret to Preparing Your Homeschooler for the Future

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Warning- This blog post will save you hundreds of dollars on curriculum and years of stress if you read it all the way through and follow my advice.  I guarantee it! 

In just a few short months, my younger son, Ricky, will be finishing high school.  I almost can’t believe it.  When my oldest son graduated, it didn’t seem so strange.  Brian was born, it seemed, ready for college.  Ricky is my baby boy.  He’s my happy, smiling little boy.  I don’t care if he’s reaching for 6′ tall, has a job, a bank account, and is getting his license.  All I see are those chubby cheeks I used to kiss like crazy when he was a baby (he’s going to love it when he reads this).  For that boy to be heading toward college is amazing to me.

He is graduating early by conventional standards.  Ricky will be 16 in September and graduate high school in November if all goes as planned.  Brian graduated in a similar fashion.  He turned 16 in February and graduated in March, so he has Ricky by about a month.  Briana, if she graduates according to plan, will graduate at 15, just a few days before she turns 16.  She just wants to beat her brothers and be the quickest graduate.

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How I Feed My Family of 5 For Under $100 Every Month: Part 3

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We are going to talk about shopping, and I am going to give you several helps specifically related to the shopping experience and how to save, but first, a story…

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My Favorite, Frugal Recipes Series: Curry and Vegetarian Chili

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It’s Thursday, and that means we are focused on Homemaking; and this week, we are “In the Kitchen.”  I thought that, perhaps, since there are so many of you who are interested in what meals we make in order to have such a small grocery budget, I would provide you the links for some of our favorite dishes and share with you some commentary on the changes I make and cost.  I will have to make this an on-going series because I love food, so there are a LOT of recipes.  If you haven’t already checked it out, be sure to read my post on “How I Feed My Family of 5 on $100 or LESS a Month.”  It will tell you how we developed our menu plan.

Here we go! (And if you weren’t sure about how to access the recipes, just click the green names to be linked to the page).

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Briana’s 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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It’s a little early to come out with what we plan to use for next year’s homeschool curriculum, but let’s be honest. Every homeschooler I know is already looking ahead to next year.  Some moms have had next year’s books since February.  Is that you?

I love to read what other families have chosen to use for their curriculum.  It helps me to get ideas about what I would like to experiment with in the future.  I have been around the homeschool bend and back, but sometimes, I am still shocked by the things I have never heard of- I mean, what in the world is “Life of Fred,” anyway?  Seriously.

So, I decided to share with you all the plans I have for Briana’s curriculum next year.  They are subject to change.  If that happens, I will keep you posted.  Next week’s homeschool topic is College Prep, so I will share, then, a little about what Ricky is doing.

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