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Blog Round-Up: Fave Posts on Finances, Recipes & More

As you can tell, I don’t stick with one subject (or niche) on this blog. I like to write about a variety of subjects: finances, self-improvement, recipes, etc. I also follow a number of other bloggers. So this week I’m doing a blog round-up, sharing with you those blogs and posts that I find interesting and that go along with some of the same things I write about.


Earning Money Online

  • The Selling Family-Jessica Larrew does a great job of helping you through every detail of selling on Amazon FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon). I haven’t started this side hustle yet, but I’m reading all the emails from Jessica as I have time so that when I’m ready to begin, I’ll know what to do. I’m hoping when I have the finances for it, I’ll have a great little side business. Here’s her post “A Beginners Guide For Starting An Amazon FBA Business“. You can also sign up for her Amazon Boot Camp.
  • Side Hustle Nation-Nick Loper is fantastic! He has so much information on his website. There are a lot of ideas for side ventures and tons of interviews and tips to get you started. financesAmazon FBA is also one his side hustles, but my favorite post from him is “99 Side Hustle Business Ideas You Can Start Today”.
  • The Work at Home Wife-blog by Angie Nelson. She has a lot of great work-at-home tips and ideas. I joined her Facebook Community Group and posted a concern about my blog and she answered it with a great tip. I’ve noticed that she really tries to help out others trying to make a living at home.

Saving Money

Personal Development

  • Live Purposefully Now-Elle Sommer and her staff writers provide tons of self-improvement posts. One such post is “5 Ways to Cultivate Self-Love and Reclaim Your Life“. There are many others.
  • The Grief Toolbox-Offers information about the grieving process and tools to help you through and find hope once again. A great website if you’re coping with loss and/or feeling alone in your grief.
  • Steve Pavlina-Steve’s blog is all about “Personal Development for Smart People”. He talks about “conscious growth” and finding your purpose. Along with Elle Sommer, he has a lot of self-improvement information.



  • My Merry Messy Life-Sara provides posts on crochet patterns, food, and living green. She has lots of great ideas. This link will take you to her free crochet patterns page.
  • There are just too many great crochet blogs out there to list very many, so I’m just going to provide a link to my Pinterest board for crochet patterns. There are some absolutely darling ones in this board.

I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these blogs and pins. I’d love to hear from you about them, especially if you’ve tried any of the recipes or tips.

Recipes for dinner on a budget

I want to share some recipes and leftover hacks I’ve come up with. I don’t particularly love to cook, but I do feel pride when I come up with my own recipes and the family likes it. Hopefully you and your family will love these.

Easy Hamburger Pasta Dinner

It was way past supper time and I hadn’t even thought about what I was going to cook. I went in the kitchen thinking I’d make chili dogs with homemade chili. Well, I found the recipe and I didn’t have all that I needed, so I thought I’d make tacos but the tomato was rotten and I didn’t have lettuce, sour cream, etc. Can you tell my cupboards are pretty bare right now? 🙂

I went to the pantry and looked around. I had dry onion soup, chicken broth, a jar of mushrooms, and some pasta. In the fridge I had hamburger and broccoli. Hmmm, what could I do with all that?

Well, I recipesbrowned the hamburger, drained it and added the soup and some broth. It cooked together for a few minutes and I added the mushrooms, juice and all, and some rotini. Then broccoli florets, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a splash of milk. I let it simmer about 20 minutes. It was still a little runny, so we ate toast with it to sop it up.

It was unbelievable how good this stuff was; very rich, but comforting and savory. I was so pleased with myself. The only problem was that there wasn’t enough! And I was so excited I forgot to take a picture for the blog. Lol

Ideas & Leftover Hacks

I often come up with hamburger meals like this, similar to Hamburger Helper, just throwing in whatever we’ve got available. I also do the same with chicken at times. It helps to use up things that are going to go bad otherwise.

It’s hard for me to give measurements because a lot of the time I come up with new recipes on the fly and just add whatever is on hand. Sometimes I’ll add frozen peas and corn to the hamburger and pasta, and some type of cream soup.  Here’s a link for some recipes I came up with for pot pies.

I found a recipe online for an Italian sausage dish the other day. I wanted to share the link, but of course, now I can’t find it. There wasn’t any Italian sausage in the fridge, but there was breakfast sausage, so I used that instead. The recipe called for a box of frozen spinach, which I’ve had in the freezer forever, so this helped out. I love using leftovers and saving money in the kitchen! Here’s a post on ways to save money around the house too, if you’re interested.

And vegetable soup, I’m sure you guys can relate.  I never make my soup the same because it depends on what I’ve got on hand. One day I had leftover creamed corn and mashed potatoes. I went ahead and added those to it and it was great!

I’d love to hear about some of the recipes you have come up with and tips on saving money and/or time in the kitchen!

Happy Monday!