Pantry Staples

{Follow Erin on Pinterest!} So I still find myself in survival mode. Jim Gaffigan says…”having a 4th kid is like you’re drowning and someone hands you a baby.” While it might not be quite that bad… sometimes it feels that way. I keep my head above water most days…and on the days that it feels […]


Lentil Stew with Pita Chips

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 6, 2013

{$5 Dinners - Rice and Beans Budget Board} I discovered lentils when we lived in the Dominican Republic. I don’t think I’d eaten them ever in my life before moving down there. At first, I wasn’t too sure about them…as they way we cooked them while in the DR, they were still fairly bland. But I’ve since […]


Pre-Thanksgiving Pantry Challenge – Our Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on November 12, 2012

Last Thursday night we ended up having leftovers. I had a meal plan in place for each night last week, but for some reason we had lots and lots of leftovers. So in an attempt to keep things from falling off the shelves in the refrigerator, we had leftovers…and I immediately made the decision that […]

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When Life Gives You Craziness, Respond by Making…

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 24, 2012

{Imagine a countertop with 10 gallon size baggies. If you’re curious, they look like this.} In order to prepare for all the craziness that will become my life in the next 4 weeks, I’ve decided to take the stress out of at least 1 area of my life…dinner. Between the contracts, earnest money checks, meetings, […]


Pantry Challenge Week & Meal Plan

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 22, 2012

It just took a quick look through the fridge, pantry and freezer to know that this week would be a pantry challenge week! We are fully stocked up with plenty of food to make it through the week. We’ve got what we need for grilling out a few meals, and enough for spaghetti and homemade […]


Slow Cooker Goulash – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 14, 2012

Last week I decided to tack onto my batch cooking plan…doubling up on browning some ground beef. I ended up doing spaghetti for dinner one night and saved the other half of the beef I ground. I thought I’d use it later this week or next week…but ended up making this goulash over the weekend. […]


Burrito Cups

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on May 7, 2012

We’ve all seen (or had) the 7 layer dip cups to serve at parties. But what about dinner in a cup. Specifically, burrito dinner in a cup. Sure burritos, require tortillas…but what if you can’t eat tortillas. We have a kid who is currently off gluten (and a number of other foods) because of some […]


Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup {A Slob Comes Clean}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 20, 2012

MMMMmmmm. Yes, please! Love these simple ingredients…most of them (all of them?) are pantry staples! Chicken Tortilla Soup in the slow cooker from A Slob Comes Clean (Dana also has a super cool ebook out too. She herself is tons of fun, super energetic and she’s super helpful…so I know her ebook will be that […]


Pantry Labels- Kitchen Inspiration

by Kristy on February 14, 2012

If you are looking to get organized this year, check out all of these FREE pantry labels over on The Happy Housewife.


Spinach Orzo Soup – $5 Dinner Challenge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on February 13, 2012

The pantry sweep out and the freezer sweep are almost complete. I’ve emptied the freezer and it will be making its way to its new home here in Dayton tomorrow. And I’m almost finished clearing out the “back shelves” where I store most of my stockpile items and non perishable pantry items. My goal is […]