Category: Frugal Food

Delicious foods and frugal recipes from some of our favorites!

7 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Garden This Year



Gardening is not just a fun hobby – it can be a powerful, money-saving, life-saving skill. Back in the pioneer days, if you wanted to eat, you grew a garden. There weren’t mega stores in every town, filled with lush, 3-week-old fresh greens to fill your tummy. No, if you wanted food, you had to grow it yourself or work for someone who did. The thing about gardening though, is that learning to do it well doesn’t happen overnight. The blessed skill of gardening, once a must-have skill for every person, is now mostly a lost art. Most people don’t know how to garden – or to preserve the food that grows in the garden. Never fear, though, because today we’re going to share with you how you can get the most out of your garden, even if you’re a beginner gardener. Read more

Delicious Holiday Appetizers and Desserts

I had a more serious prepping post for today, but since it’s the Christmas season I’ll save that for later and focus on happier stuff. 🙂  I haven’t done a food post in awhile, so I thought I’d share some of our very favorite appetizers and desserts, many of which we’ll be serving during the upcoming week and a half. Just click on the links at the top of the pics to get the recipes. Enjoy! Read more

Easy and Delicious Apple Crisp

easy-and-delicious-apple-crispSo, it’s no secret here at The Frugal Farmer household that we love our desserts.  Being that we have three plush apple trees in our yard (I highly recommend planting apple and other fruit trees: it’s a great way to help improve self-sufficiency, and apples are SO yummy!) we work to make good use of the fall apple bounty. Yesterday I made two apple pies. Today I made a pan of warm, delicious apple crisp. I’m telling you, there’s nothing like apple crisp to warm the tummy and the heart on a cold fall winter day.    Read more

5 Effective Ways to Improve Garden Cultivation


Today’s post is a guest post from fellow blogger Ann, who owns the Sumo Gardener blog. Enjoy!

 How to Improve Garden Cultivation

We always want to maximize the crops we harvest after a season of hard work. Our goal as gardeners is to produce sustainable food for our own consumption while maximizing our use of land and minimizing waste and losses. However, gardening should not only be focused on taking care of the crops that we will harvest at the end of the planting season.

One of the most important steps in determining your planting season’s success is usually the first step that you have to do: land cultivation. Today we’ll talk about five different ways that you can improve land cultivation in your garden, no matter how big or small it is. Read more

Four Heirloom Tomato Secrets for Maximum Yield

Tips for Maximizing Your Tomato Yield
Tips for Maximizing Your Tomato Yield

Happy Monday, my frugal friends! Today we feature a post from our blogging pal Cameron over at Thrift Hounds. Cameron shares on his blog funny and inventive ways to save money and live frugally. And as a bonus, his wife has an awesome food blog. 🙂 

There’s probably still a snowstorm or two on the horizon here where I live in Denver before summer arrives, and yet I – like you, maybe – am already already obsessing over how to coax as many pounds of tomatoes as possible out of my beloved tomato plants this year.

Tomatoes, like zucchinis, have the reputation of surprising gardeners with more produce than you thought possible (to the point where you start bribing reluctant coworkers to take them off of your hands).

In fact, most gardeners are ecstatic to get 10 or 15 pounds of fruit out of each plant.

But with some careful planning and maintenance, you can push your plants to produce up two or three times that amount. Read more

Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze and Some Superbowl Recipes

Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze - AND some Superbowl Recipes!
Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze – AND some Superbowl Recipes!

You just can’t beat the church cookbook when it comes to searching for the best recipes. We have two of them, and they’re our go-to books when we’re looking for something new, delicious, exciting or comforting. This week it was Pumpkin Bread with Caramel Glaze. And can I just say “O. M. G!”? This bread ranks right up on the top of my fave bread recipes list, right along with my Great Grandma’s Banana Bread recipe. 

The bread itself calls for what seems like a lot of sugar, but it isn’t too terribly sweet, and so the glaze is a wonderful addition. And, like all good Scandinavians, we add a generous dollop of smor (Norwegian for butter, pronounced “smurrr” with rolled r’s) on all of our baked breads. The addition of butter officially puts this bread in the “heavenly” category. 🙂

As far as serving suggestions, it would make a great bread to serve at a brunch, an afternoon tea party or any kind of a potluck. We like it served warm best, but even at room temperature, it’s an absolutely delightful bread. Read more

Gardening for Self-Sufficiency – Our 2016 Plan

canning spaghetti 3Gardening for self-sufficiency is different than gardening for fun. When we lived back in the suburbs, we had a small 10×15 or so garden plot, and each year we’d sit down and talk about what “fun” types of things we’d attempt to grow for the year. Preservation had that same “fun” theme, as we’d can pickles for the purpose of always having one of our favorite foods around, and we tried freezing green beans simply because we wanted to learn the process.

However, one of our goals in ditching suburbia for the sake of country living was that we wanted to begin to really turn our garden into a serious source of food for our family of six. What started out as a fun hobby is slowly becoming a vital source of food for the entire year. As such, the gardening we do now is vastly different than the gardening we did back in the suburbs. Read more