Tricia’s Slow Cooker Love


Truly the easiest way I have found to feed my family of seven is to put the slow cooker to work for me. Whether I am out for the day or busy with homeschooling our age range, I can serve up slow cooker deliciosity. My slow cooker history will prove my love: A few of my slow cooker recipes here on $5 Dinners. Chicken, steak, hummus, yogurt and more. We enjoy Erin’s Slow … [Read more...]

Tricia’s Batch Cooking: Biscuits


Few things in my stretching-the-budget and filling-tummies career have made as big a difference as biscuits. Do you remember how much the canned variety costs? Oh, I dearly love the convenience. But I don’t like paying for it. Especially when I have to get so many cans to feed the seven of us. And that’s where batch cooking homemade biscuits comes in. But here’s the trick. … [Read more...]

Denise’s Marvelous Meatballs – Bulk Cooking Recipe


We do LOTS of bulk cooking because our family of seven always seems to be eating  but momma doesn't always want to be cooking, and it's important to us (and to our budget) to prepare home cooked meals as often as possible.  Our five kiddos are pretty picky and all seem to have different tastes so it feels a lot like hitting the lottery when we find a dish that always pleases … [Read more...]

The Meals I’m Leaving Behind…

I'm headed out of town this weekend for a conference. And while I know my husband plays a wonderful Mr. Mom when I travel, I like to make it as simple as possible for him to get dinner on the table for himself and the kids! (There's that simple word again.) Usually, there isn't a whole lotta time to spare from the time he walks in the door from work and when the kiddos bellies … [Read more...]

Tricia’s Slow Cooker Batch Cooking Navy Beans


I really love it when my slow cooker can do the work for me. January usually means a freezer and pantry challenge, including rice and beans. So, about once a month I batch cook some beans to tuck away in the freezer. Especially in the winter months, that means navy beans. Using the slow cooker to batch cook takes only a little pre-planning. You need to rinse and sort … [Read more...]