Make It Monday Recipe Week 15: Easy Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup

Ingredients of Trader Joe's Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. Xantham gum isn't one of the most sinister ingredients, but highly industrially processed.
Ingredients of Trader Joe’s Organic Creamy Tomato Soup. Xanthan gum isn’t one of the most sinister ingredients, but highly industrially processed.

My Make It Monday recipe doubles as a Meatless Monday one for this week. This is also a shout-out to my sister, sister-in-law, and daughter who have all gone vegetarian. Though I am not ready to give up my omnivore status, I enjoy many veggie and vegan dishes. This creamy tomato soup goes well with grilled cheese sandwiches.  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 15: Easy Vegetarian Creamy Tomato Soup”

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#TBT: Cheap is Not Affordable – 7 Small Steps to Declare Freedom from Excess Sugar

For #TBT this week, in preparation for the unofficial start of Summer, I am taking us back to this post – asking you to think about the high cost of excessive sugar intake. In the four years since I wrote this, the World Economic Forum shows –here– that sugar intake has risen worldwide.  Continue reading “#TBT: Cheap is Not Affordable – 7 Small Steps to Declare Freedom from Excess Sugar”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 13: Budget-Friendly Pesto

Pesto is so versatile! In warm weather, use pesto on cold pasta favorites, such as fusilli, gemelli, or elbow noodles. Add chopped tomatoes and serve on a bed of lettuce. In cooler weather, serve pesto on hot pasta, such as capellini, spaghetti or linguine. Or, use it any time on sandwiches, pizza, salads or crackers.  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 13: Budget-Friendly Pesto”

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#TBT: 5 Reasons to Own a Reel Push Mower (Including Teach Your Kid to Mow the Lawn!)

Four years later, we now have two out of three kids who mow the lawn! I still highly recommend getting one of these reel push mowers. The 5 reasons below still apply. Happy #TBT day! ~Aimee, TFF  p.s. I need to add this item to my list on this previous post I did with Marilyn about quality items we ownContinue reading “#TBT: 5 Reasons to Own a Reel Push Mower (Including Teach Your Kid to Mow the Lawn!)”

#TBT: Cheap Is Not Affordable (Pt 1a) – Kick the Soda Habit by Memorial Day

Nearly four years ago, I wrote this post encouraging folks to kick the soda habit in time for Labor Day Weekend. How about kicking it before Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer?  Continue reading “#TBT: Cheap Is Not Affordable (Pt 1a) – Kick the Soda Habit by Memorial Day”

Make It Monday (or for Mother’s Day) Week 11: Yummy Wholesome Pancakes

I have been making this recipe for over 20 years! (I was a child prodigy, heh heh!)  In all seriousness, I have tweaked this recipe so many times, I can claim it as mine!

The original called for all-purpose white flour. I tried substituting whole wheat flour but it made the pancakes dense. Continue reading “Make It Monday (or for Mother’s Day) Week 11: Yummy Wholesome Pancakes”