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“Hot Pocket” Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Biscuits

“Hot Pocket” Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Biscuits

When grocery shopping on Wednesday, Spencer was tempted by a box of Hot Pockets.  I bit my tongue but he decided not to get them all on his own:) Because he obviously likes this kind of food I tried a homemade version. I mixed a batch of my favorite baking...

Crazy Kramer Cake made with shelf-stable ingredients

Crazy Kramer Cake made with shelf-stable ingredients

This post was previously published on my FCS For All website.  Enjoy! Today is Joel’s birthday and I whipped up a batch of Kramer-family favorite cupcakes. This chocolate crazy cake recipe is the go-to recipe in the Kramer home. This cake was the first baked good prepared by five children,...

Quick and Easy Rice-a-Roni Dish

Quick and Easy Rice-a-Roni Dish

Today my students and I made a homemade Rice-a-Roni type dish as part of our preparing grains lesson.  I have noticed that my students depend on a lot of processed convenience food to make meals.  Although I do not endorse Rice a Roni as a healthy dish, my version is...

FCS For All of Us: It’s not just Home Ec anymore!

FCS For All of Us: It’s not just Home Ec anymore!

Hello all, As I promised, Kayla K’s Thrifty Ways will not morph into a teaching blog just because I have an awesome job to brag about.  However, my class blog, FCS for All of Us, will be taking more of my time. I encourage you to check out my class...

One-Pot Vegan “Goulash”

One-Pot Vegan “Goulash”

Although there is much debate as to the authenticity of Hungarian goulash versus the bastardized American version, I must say I am quite impressed with my own recipe. I love one-dish meals so this meal uses that trick. As always, I encourage you to use items you have on hand...

Checking In | Roasted Chickpeas, Christmas Gifts

Checking In | Roasted Chickpeas, Christmas Gifts

Hello All! I am still alive and well in Iowa.  Busy, busy, but still thrifty! I am having a fantastic weekend and it’s 9:30 on Saturday. Yesterday I picked the pattern for my standard Christmas gift: the Gaptastic Cowl.  (Ravelry Link) I loved these last season but couldn’t bring myself...

Consider Convenience Stores for Savings on Staples

Consider Convenience Stores for Savings on Staples

A cardinal rule of frugal living is to avoid entering a convenience store at all costs.  Pay at the pump with a debit card and DO NOT enter the store.  Convenience stores are designed for impulse buys. It is time to give convenience stores and gas stations a chance.  Just...

While You Wait Week

While You Wait Week

Don’t I wish I had more time to wait? I have the honor of being one of the guest posters on Victoriana Quilt Designs While You Wait Week.  The guest poster is a surprise each day, but the sponsors have been revealed: Clover and Connecting Threads! This has been a...

Quick and Thrifty Fish Dish

Quick and Thrifty Fish Dish

Good Morning!  I wrote an email to my mom this morning that read a lot like a blog post.  So I thought it was necessary to share it with you all: Hi Mom! I made this meal for Spencer and he loved it, so I made it for Mel’s visit...

5 for $50- Friday

5 for $50- Friday

By the time I finally got a picture today I had spent an afternoon sweatin’ it out in my classroom, rockin’ out at the pep assembly, and spinnin’ my puppy around the block. I was not to eager to strike a pose when Spencer got home, so here I sit,...