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Budget Friendly Pizza Dough Recipe

recipe for budget friendly pizza dough

As you may know already, I find that planning our family meals each week saves me both kitchen paralysis everyday as well as a healthier bank account. It’s been a change that I made a long time ago in a quest to have a better grasp on what was good for our family. It’s one of the best, most positive changes I made.

Every Friday we like to have pizza night. Now really, who doesn’t? But ordering pizza to be delivered to our house every week was running us anywhere from $22 to $35, depending on what kind of pizza we were ordering. I don’t know about you, but I definitely felt like there’s a better way to get what we wanted and not kill our budget just for some cheesy deliciousness. read more…

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Budget Friendly Lentil Soup



I realized that I quickly become paralyzed in the kitchen if I don’t have a plan. That’s a huge reason why I started doing meal planning in the first place, only to realize later on how well it worked for our budget as well. Every Sunday I ask my husband what he’d like to have for dinner in the upcoming week and he continues to be a great part of why I cook some of the things I do. This recipe is for him, as it’s not my first choice….but it’s grown on me in the past few years.

This lentil soup is super easy to make, really makes the whole house smell amazing with its earthy scents, and it’s super budget friendly as well. read more…

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Slow Cooker Chicken Stock

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When I became a stay-at-home Mom I quickly learned that having lunch and/or dinner out as many times as I’d become used to was not a path we could continue going down. I’d learned a few good, staple recipes here and there and had been successfully feeding my growing family for a long time already, but this was a perfect opportunity for me to really roll up my sleeves and learn much more.

Frugal living hasn’t been on my list of “lifestyles choices” but it’s a reality when we chose the path of me being there for our children and putting my professional career on hold. I’ve talked before about how we have monthly financial date nights and how I personally keep track of our spending, all while continuing to check in on our financial goals. Today’s post grabs two elements that are important to me in one: frugal living and good cooking.  read more…

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Disappearing Banana Bread Muffins


Today’s baking escapade is brought to you by the lack of banana eaters in my family. Nearly every week I go to the produce section and battle with myself as to whether or not I should buy bananas. My family is split down the middle when it comes to them. So often times, I end up with brown {although still good} bananas just laughing at me while they rest on the hanger on my counter top.

In the past I’ve tried all sorts of recipes for banana bread. Some contain butter, while others call for vegetable oil. Most call for white, processed sugar, which we have been consciously replacing in our recipes in our house. Yet others end up barely rising while baking and although tasty, look quite sad and pathetic. read more…

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Oriana Pascarella

Oriana Pascarella

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