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Marital Boozing on a Budget: Signature Wedding Cocktails for Every Season

Wedding planning: It’s more fun than you’ve ever had and pull-your-hair-out stressful all at the same time. What I didn’t expect when planning my own wedding was just how hard decisions would be. Yes, I had an idea of what I wanted. That’s not the hard part. What people don’t talk about is everything else you need to consider: What […]

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One Man’s Scraps Are An Intern’s Treasure: Week 2

In this week’s installment of sh*t that I make at home with food that I scavenge at work, I bring to you four–count ’em, four–success stories of clever, resourceful home-cooking. If you missed last week’s adventures in the frugal yet undeniably awesome life of mine, you should probably get yourself up to speed. This week in the Time Inc. Food […]

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How to Eat Off a Roasted Chicken (or Two) All Week Long

Welcome to the next installment of functional meal prep, where we tell you how to actually cook for an entire week by cooking one big thing (things like a big pot of farro) first. Today: roasted chicken.     This easy recipe features fall produce gems (like carrots and turnips), however you can use whatever vegetables you like, or leave them out […]

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How to Eat Off a Pot of Tomato Sauce All Week Long

In the past, we’ve told you how to eat from a big batch of farro and even covered how to use a whole can of chipotle chiles in adobo all week long. Now, in this next installment of actually functional meal prep, we’re making a ton of tomato sauce and using it throughout the week in meat loaf, pizza, burritos, and more. […]

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Cheap & Easy Dessert Cheese Ball

Oh no! Did you forget this was your week to host your kiddo’s play date? Frantically, you last minute scramble through the pantry and fridge, as if you’re looking for buried treasure, then you suddenly begin to realize that you haven’t been to the store in a while. The kids are screaming and all you can come up with are […]

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The Best Free Food Deals This Week

The most assured way to bring a herd of hungry folks to your door is to have the words “FREE FOOD” placed very clearly in plain sight. Well, this week is no different. This week is tax week, which means numbers are crunching and everyone is pressing to get theirs done by Monday the 18th. Well, until then, you can […]

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Make A Meal From Your Muffin Tin

Muffin tins are the perfect way to make dinners fun for your kids and provide portion control for the rest of us. Get inspired, then break out your muffin tin and get started! Stuffing mix plus a few hearty ingredients creates an easy on-the-go breakfast or easy dinner option. Secret ingredient alert! Ginger gives these bacon-and-egg babies a whole new […]

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What To Do With Your Easter Ham Bone

  If you’re one of the thousands of people who ate ham yesterday, you might find yourself with what seems like a truckload of leftovers. It’s easy to use up the meat–in sandwiches, salads, and suppers–but what about the ham bone? Whatever you do, don’t throw it away! There are plenty of economical uses for the flavor-rich bone. Soup is […]

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Dyeing Easter Eggs on a Budget

Easter is an explosion of my favorite colors: pastels. Baby blue seersucker dresses, mint green tablescapes, lavender sun hats—even the pink plastic grass in my Easter basket. I know it’s a choking hazard for my dog, but I love it. It wouldn’t be a true pastel day without dyeing Easter eggs.   Now, as a pastel fiend, you’d think I’d […]

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Decorating Cupcakes Like A Pro

I get intimidated by cupcakes. Not the baking part—that's easy. Line a muffin tray with pastel baking cups. Bake. Frost. Or, that’s what cupcakes used to be. It’s the decorating that gets me. I blame all the cake decorating shows. Everyone wants to WOW with cupcakes. I can’t WOW. I can bake a great-tasting cupcake, but why do I have […]

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