A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a couple of students from Michigan State University.  They asked if I would be interested in creating a couple of budget-friendly, vegetarian recipes that they could make and share with their friends. Their hope was that it would be a meal with leftovers to maximize their budget of around $10-20 dollars. I gladly accepted their challenge.  Budget-friendly recipes are always great to have in your arsenal when it comes to making meals.

roasted vegetable baguettes

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fall weekend

We had one of those weekends…beautiful weather, doing all the things we love, as a family.

fall weekend

Roasting marshmallows around the fire pit, stickiness and all…

Spending Saturday with new friends that felt like old friends…

Catching caterpillars and grasshoppers in mason jars with nail punched holes in the lids…

Feeling the tickle of those caterpillars as they crawl on your fingers…

Playing football in the backyard until the sun went down…

fall weekend

fall weekend

fall weekend

I love this season.

Alison

When was the last time you made a cake? A serious, from scratch, layered cake. This is the thought that occurred to me Tuesday as I was reading Dana Treat’s blog post about buying cupcakes versus making your own.

Maybe I should make a cake, I thought. Why not? You don’t really need a reason for a layered cake. Although, as I was pulling out ingredients, mixing them together, several good reasons went through my mind.

chocolate peanut butter frosting

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