Alea’s Apple, Cranberry, and Chicken Wraps

cranberry, apple, and chicken wrap

The mornings are getting cooler. It's almost beginning to feel like fall. And with cooler weather comes the cool weather crops. Apples, cranberries, and cabbage will be on sale soon in your grocery stores. I have already noticed that the prices on apples are dropping at the same time the quality is improving. That's the beauty of eating in-season produce - you pay lower prices … [Read more...]

Alea’s Vegetarian Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini

Zucchini Enchilada Boats recipe

There is something so satisfying about creating a frugal recipe that the whole family loves. Especially when that recipes helps you make a dent in the zucchini harvest! This recipe makes use of several vegetables from the garden: zucchinis, tomatoes, corn, onions, and peppers. All of the garden veggies make it an especially frugal dish. However, if you didn't garden this … [Read more...]

Alea’s Yellow Squash Pizza Boats

yellow squash pizza boats

It is that time of year. The time of year where every gardener has to dig deep and get creative or else let bushels of squash go to waste. The kids are wise to my squash-hiding tricks, so I had to pull out my secret weapon: Pizza! It may seem a little underhanded, but kids have a hard time resisting pizza and I used that to my advantage when I created these yellow squash … [Read more...]

Alea’s Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Easy Homemade Chocolate Syrup

Sunday was National Ice-Cream Day and we decided to celebrate with homemade ice-cream sundaes at home. Unfortunately, I forgot to check on our sundae supplies before I made the announcement. I thought I had a jar of my homemade hot fudge sauce in the fridge. When I pulled out the empty jar my husband and kids confessed to sneaking spoonfuls of it.  When I went to the pantry to … [Read more...]

Alea’s Slow Cooker Pot Roast

Slow Cooker Pot Roast with Potatoes and Carrots

We have been alternating between high temperatures and flash floods. Every time it rains, I want comfort foods like pot roast and potatoes. But it is so hot that I don't want to turn on the oven. My slow cooker once again came to my rescue! I love that is allows me to cook family favorites without heating up the house. When I make my pot roast, I put the vegetables … [Read more...]