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”

Wealthy Wednesdays: When We Fall for Our Own Faulty Thinking

“If something costs $1,000, but it’s on sale for $750 and then you decide to buy it, you did not just save $250. You spent $750.” Faisal Khan, banking consultant, a quote I pilfered from a question he answered on Quora.

IMG_4772It was synchronicity that I found this quote on Quora (I love Quora). Seconds before I was writing a chapter in a new book on how to ditch coupons and still save money grocery shopping and I was trying to explain the perception of the “you saved this much money” line often used on store receipts. I have said time and time again…it is never about how much money you think you’re saving, it’s really about how much you’re actually spending.  Continue reading “Wealthy Wednesdays: When We Fall for Our Own Faulty Thinking”

Make It Monday: OMG–DIY Pancake/Waffle Syrup That Blew Me Away!

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This has to be the most delicious DIY syrup I’ve ever tasted…better than the one I used to make years ago with Mapleine maple flavoring. Photo: Marilyn, TFF

I’m sure you all know what it’s like to have an assignment scheduled, but you don’t want to do it because you haven’t found just the right way to do or start it.

That’s what happened to me with my Make It Monday assignment to do a DIY pancake syrup to go with Aimee’s DIY pancake recipe. Like with the DIY mayo, I have wanted to make my own syrup for a long time, but again, all the recipes sounded complicated, way too sugary or used corn syrup. Continue reading “Make It Monday: OMG–DIY Pancake/Waffle Syrup That Blew Me Away!”

#TBT: A Look Back at Quotable Quotes for a Sustainable Serenity

For #TBT this week, Aimee shares a post written four years ago during the U.S. presidential election that still applies today. Though, there seems to be just a tad bit more at stake in the presidential election this time around, this quote can still help with changing your mindset in so many areas of life.  Continue reading “#TBT: A Look Back at Quotable Quotes for a Sustainable Serenity”

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”