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  • I’m sure a lot of you have seen these, but if you haven’t taken a peek at Elena Shumilova’s awesome photographs, you should. The ones of the huge dog and the little boy kill me.   I saw them a few weeks ago, but a reader just sent me the link yesterday, and I enjoyed scrolling through them again.
  • This book: A Beautiful Mess arrived on my library hold shelf, and I am dying to dig into it.   So. Excited.
  • The mango salsa I shared on instagram the other day is basically like this one from Nom Nom Paleo, except I didn’t add any avocado (because mine weren’t ripe.)

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  • While I’m sharing links to stuff I’ve posted on instagram…here’s how to make the turtle rolls (I had to look it up on my blog because I usually only make these once a year, on Sonia’s birthday!).
  • And here’s the recipe for the ice cream crunch cake she requested on her birthday.   This photo is a chocolate-vanilla cake, but Sonia had chocolate moose tracks ice cream on the bottom and coffee ice cream on top.   You can really   pick  almost any ice cream flavors you want as long as they go with peanut butter and chocolate.

  • I’ve been slowly working on adding some little clickable graphics on the sidebar so that you guys can find things like recipes more easily.

The Frugal Girl


  • I’ve been so good at using up my bananas, I haven’t had to make any banana chocolate chip muffins in ages.   But I currently have three bananas that are prime candidates for becoming muffins.
  • Lisey and I need to make this, I think.   It’s beautiful and it involves Nutella, so…
  • I’ve made these sweet potatoes several times, and I think they’re really tasty.   The sweet potato haters in my family still kind of dislike them, but feel this recipe is the most palatable way I’ve found to serve them.   So, you know, high praise.

(Ok, it does stink to lose an hour, but there’s nothing I can do about it, so I might as well enjoy the upsides.)

I think that’s all the randomness that I’ve got for you this Friday morning.   Have a lovely weekend, dear readers.

And don’t forget to change your clocks!


P.S. FWF is at Simply Being Mum.

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Thursday 13th of March 2014

Its actually daylight SAVING time. We're saving daylight, not savings daylight.


Tuesday 18th of March 2014

In my area, the phrase "daylight savings" is very common and I wondered if it might be a regional thing. I was curious, so I looked it on Wikipedia, and it just said that "daylight savings" is a commonly used variation. :)

"Although daylight saving time is considered to be correct, daylight savings time (with an "s") is commonly used.[128] The form daylight saving time uses the present participle saving as an adjective, as in labour saving device; the first two words are sometimes hyphenated, as in daylight-saving time. The common variants daylight savings time and daylight savings use savings by analogy to savings account. Daylight time is also common.[129]"


Sunday 9th of March 2014

Do you ever put bananas in oatmeal? I'm not much of a Baker but my favorite think to do with slightly overripe bananas is to cook them with oatmeal. I use one small banana for every cup of uncooked oats.

Elizabeth | Ready. Set. Simplify.

Saturday 8th of March 2014

Your Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is the best! The sweet potato recipe looks good. My favorite sweet potato recipe is this one for oven fries:


Friday 7th of March 2014

I like to mix up the root vegetables in my casserole/gratin recipes. This time around, I used about 1:1 sweet to regular potatoes, layering them like a 'lasagna' with mushrooms and ham between potato slice layers. A little cream, baked for a while... then add some cheese to get all melty toward the end. Delicious!

(Sometimes I'll use parsnip and carrot, too.)


Saturday 8th of March 2014

I really enjoy your blog! To too enjoy all things and the to be as frugal as possible!!! Thank you for posting the links to your recipes, that is on my "to do" list this weekend is to get in the kitchen and try something new!

I am new to the blogging world and you can view my blog Sweet Tea N' Sunshine on Facebook or at

Looking forward to reading more posts!


Friday 7th of March 2014

The Elena Shumilova photos are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

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