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Quick Meals with Hamburger Patties

Purchase ground beef in bulk for the best price.  Prior to freezing, make the entire package into hamburger patties.  My preference is 1/3-pound, but you can make 1/4-pound. Place the patties on a cookie sheet and freeze.  Next stack in a freezer bag separated by wax paper.  These patties are easy to defrost in the microwave […]


Squeeze the Pancake Batter

Buying pre-made pancake mix in a bottle is very convenient, but really expensive. Here’s a great way to create the convenience with none of the extra cost. Recycle a squeeze bottle you’d otherwise throw in the trash, like a ketchup bottle. Wash it thoroughly, pour in the batter, apply the top, and there you go! […]


Make It Short

If you’re not a huge coffee drinker you know the smallest size on the Starbucks menu is Tall. Here’s the tip: Order the size that isn’t on the menu—Short. The short size will save you about 80 cents. Hint: Short has the same amount of espresso as Tall. Susan


Strawberry Saver Carton

I love strawberries and read with interest the tip about how to keep them from going bad so quickly—separate them from one another. That’s easier said than done in a full fridge. I came up with the perfect solution: egg cartons. Each berry has its own little compartment! Rosemary


Live, Growing and Cheaper, Too!

I went to the supermarket to pick up what I needed for a cocktail to bring to a BYOB pool party. One ingredient on my list was fresh mint. In the produce department, I noticed live herbs in small starter pots for $2.50, including mint, basil, etc. The mint plant was cheaper than the mint […]


Pastry Blender Mashup

I don’t have a potato masher and do not intend to get one any time soon. I do have a pastry blender, which I use for making pastry, but I also use it to mash bananas for banana bread, beans for black bean burgers and avocados for guacamole. It does a great job. Staci


French Toast Forever

My son and I are avid breakfast eaters. Therefore, on the weekend, I make an entire loaf of bread into French toast. It takes seven eggs and about 1 1/2 cups of milk. Once the toast is cooled, I put it back in the same bread wrapper and put it in the freezer. In the […]