Kayla K.'s Thrifty Ways Fresh ideas for frugal living


My First Craft Show

I spent the morning with my friend Liz at our very first craft show. It was a fundraiser for a church at only $25 per table, so very low pressure. We turned a profit and had enough fun to try it again sometime!


Impromptu Kitchen Counter Space

My kitchen has ample counter space but none of it is next to my stove. While rearranging I noticed that the top of my old kitchen cart was the exact size to cover two of my burners. With a little help from a salsa lid, I now have a prep space right where I need it. For safety’s sake I unplugged the two electric coils that will be covered so I can’t accidentally turn them on. They will be stored in the drawer under the stove for safe keeping. I also was sure to not place the cover over the...


Snow Day Knitting

Okay, so these weren’t done in a single snow day.  I have been working since summer recreating and re-writing knitting patterns from my antique Needlework Magazine collection. I have a lot of expecting friends but I don’t know that I’ll be able to part with these!


Creamy Potato Kale Soup (Gluten Free, Vegan, Cheap)

How is it that I always feel “out of groceries?” Perhaps it is because I spent the bulk of my veggies on a fresh veggie platter and bean salad for my sister’s bridal shower this weekend? Kramer girls: Kalissa, Mom, Kelli (the bride), and me The stress of the last week has manifested itself into a sinus cold. After a tough day at work I didn’t feel like getting groceries and just wanted to relax with a hot bowl of soup. After digging around I found the ingredients to make this soup. Remember I’m not a photography or recipe blogger-...


My Dog Ate $50.

Of all of the things in the entire house, my dog destroys the $50 Walmart giftcard beyond recognition. Good work.


Vegan, Gluten-Free Meal from Aldi’s Ingredients: Grilled Eggplant and Portobello with Spaghetti Squash and Homemade Sauce

I’m happy to disprove the notion that healthful, flavorful, meals are expensive or have ingredients only available at specialty stores. Yes, that can be true, but generally not in my house. I get by just fine with Aldi’s as my number-one favorite grocery store. The remainder of my staples come from an Amish bulk goods store near Hazelton, Iowa, and Fareway, a grocery store chain in Iowa. Tonight we enjoyed “grilled” eggplant and portobello mushrooms with spaghetti squash and homemade tomato sauce. I’m not much of a recipe girl, but here goes… Get your veggies ready for grilling (January in Iowa,...


Kelli’s Bachelorette Party Cake

Kelli enjoyed a high-quality gluten-free breakfast on the morning after her bachelorette party. Double-check my spelling of “Happiness.” Get it?! A perfectly inappropriate bachelorette cake without the purchase of specialty cake pans.  P.S. Pillsbury “Cream Cheese” frosting is vegan!


DIY Trashy Tutu from Plastic Sacks

I made myself a tutu for my sister’s “Trashy” themed bachelorette party. I think she had more of a Jersey Shore theme in mind, but I chose to take the theme literally. I had a tube skirt from derby that I rolled up and fit around the back of a chair. Then I used the handles of grocery sacks to tie lark’s head knots. When I took the skirt off the chair it gathered up and made a very fluffy tutu. Now all I need to do is figure out a raunchy gluten-free cake. My husband says no money of ours...


Easy Freeze Zucchini

With my garden winding down for the winter it was time to use up the last of my zucchini.  Despite my best efforts (even featuring a week of zucchini recipes on my food blog) I still had some left over, and more than I could use fresh, so I froze it for later. I apologize that I don’t remember where I read this idea. (Non-consumer Advocate? Patchwork times?) I borrowed the food processor from work and shredded it up in no time.  I then packed into 1-Cup measures, turned them out onto a baking sheet, and froze the little piles....