My kids have been requesting homemade soup for a while, so yesterday I spent all day long making soup. Making soup from scratch is a lot of work, especially since I need to make two soups – one with meat and one vegetarian soup. I had picked up a South American root vegetable at the farmer’s market ( I think it might be Jicama) as well as garlic and parsnips, so we had lots of different flavors in the soup in addition to chicken, potato, onion, carrot, chives, spinach and lots of different herbs.… Read more
While Christmas is a supposed to be a joyous time full of laughter, family time and compassion, it can also be a very stressful time for many families, as they struggle to fill Christmas stockings, give the kids gifts from their wish lists, and put an affordable Christmas dinner on the table.
Here in the Frugality Is Free family we are on a tight budget, which is why we try to get creative, when making a great-tasting Christmas dinner on a budget.… Read more
I remember riding my bike home from soccer excited, because my mother was serving koldskaal (koldskål) for dinner or dessert. This was back when the eggs came from our own chickens, and there were no worries about salmonella.
I tried making Koldskaal with my mom’s old recipe from Denmark, but I was missing a key ingredient. Making koldskaal in Florida seemed to be quite a challenge, because I could not find tykmaelk anywhere.… Read more
After having tried several donut recipes with our new mini donut maker from Nostalgia Electrics, I was not ecstatic with the results. This is why I decided to try and make up my own donut recipe, which would take into considerations the cake consistency of the previous recipes that I had tried. I based my own donut recipe on this donut recipe from Allrecipes.… Read more
Whenever the temperatures start dropping in South Florida, my boys start asking for aebleskiver. Aebleskiver around the holidays is an old family tradition, and the kids love it when I pull out the aebleskiver recipe. Aebleskiver means apple pieces, because in the old days, aebleskiver was made with a piece of apple inside.
Aebleskiver are easy to make, they taste fantastic and they are great to serve at parties, but be careful about making enough.… Read more
Many years ago my family visited an aunt on her European farm, and she made a vegetarian moussaka with vegetables from her own garden. This was the first and last time that I ever tasted moussaka, but the memory and the desire to try making my own has remained with me ever since. I have looked at a several moussaka recipes since then, but none of them appealed to me, so I decided to use Melissa D’Arabian’s moussaka recipe as a base together with this vegetarian moussaka, while trying to make it my own.… Read more
Getting my kids to eat fish can be a bit of a challenge, so I recently tried making my favorite childhood fish recipe for my boys. It is an extremely simple flounder recipe, and if you get your fish at ALDI the price is quite reasonable as well. I made the kids help make this easy fish recipe, since that always seems to make them more curious about dinner.… Read more
My family’s mini George Foreman has been one of the best gifts I have received for the kitchen, so when I discovered the 5 serving George Foreman Removable Plates Grill, it quickly made its way to the top of my wish list. My only issue with my small George Foreman grill is the fact that it can be difficult to clean, if it is not hot, and I was hoping that the removable plates would circumvent this problem.… Read more
After a long day at the park with the kids, I really just felt like getting take out. However, frugal as I am, I ended up making a go at my own favorite take out meal: Falafel in pita with yogurt dressing and onion rings. Amazingly the meal turned out great, and I am especially proud of my homemade onion rings.… Read more
Two weeks ago I filled my freezer with chicken, as ALDI had a great deal on ALDI chicken. After cutting up the chicken, and dividing it into seperate bags, I had 15 dinners worth of chicken at a price of $1.36 each. Of course, I cannot feed my family chicken every day, and today I decided to splurge on beef, which will be a nice beef stew for the men in my family.… Read more
For the second weekend in a row, the South Florida weather is keeping my family home instead of at the beach, in fact this morning our roof started leaking because of all the rain. This means that I have three very impatient boys, who would much rather be outside playing instead of playing inside. To encourage teamwork, I decided to make an attempt at making homemade air plane cakes.… Read more
Thanks to the great price on carrots at ALDI ($0.69/2 lbs), my family has been eating a lot of carrots lately. This weekend we have been doing a lot of FCAT preparation, so to reward the boys I made them a Good Luck Carrot Cake for dessert. I used this carrot cake recipe from Allrecipes as a base, but I made some adjustments to it.… Read more