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Issue #18: Autumn Harvest

Happy autumn everyone! This is truly my favorite time of year. The air is crisp, the rain sounds different, and the leaves are vibrant. What is not to love?

Now is the time we start cooking more. I made apple butter the other day, and am planning to make pumpkin butter and pumpkin-apple butter. These will all be delicious warmed and poured over Paleo ice cream, and spread on Paleo biscuits or breads this winter. I can’t wait! I’m freezing a couple of each, and using the rest right off.

I’ll also be making chunky applesauce, apple-pear sauce, and apple-peach sauce. All three are absolutely delicious, and you can use any variety of each fruit desired. My cousin even leaves the peel on the apple when she makes her version. Mix things up a bit and try other types of fruit. Let me know about your experiments.

The feature image for this newsletter shows some of the ingredients for my version of a Harvest Salad, made mostly with fresh produce from my parents garden. It was a tasty salad, and I used some to top nachos for a meal variation.

I’m always thankful for anything my parents give me. Unfortunately, their garden didn’t do as well this year. They were still able to give me a few summer squashes, and a winter one.

I love making stuffed squash, which I learned how to do last winter. While my daughter and grandson were visiting last winter, I made a sausage stuffed squash that was to die for. And then I made chili stuffed squash for my friend Jose, who came over to hang shelves for me. Both were meals were a success, and I intend to experiment more with different fillings this fall and winter. These will be posted on the blog.

Speaking of chili, I use some to top cheese fries, and nachos. Yum!

I’d like to leave you with some recipes to try this fall:

4 Meat Chili with Butternut Squash

Autumn Sausage Slow Cooker Meal

Butternut Squash and Carrot Mash

Lettuce-Wrapped Turkey and Sweet Potato

Easy Autumn Soup

Venison Helper

Venison and Vegetable Soup

I’m hoping my stepfather gets a deer this year, so I can make a couple of these recipes again. Wouldn’t that be a treat! Maybe he’d even give me enough to try a couple new recipes.

Happy Autumn Blessings!

Shannon

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Issue #17: Summer Beverages

Little Man had a wonderful first birthday, with lots of good food, swimming, friends, and family. I went for a visit, staying for a few days so I could help out with things. I took him for his first trip to the playground, and we played a lot at their place. It was wonderful getting to spend time with him and his parents. His other grandmother made a shark from watermelon, and his momma made him his own cake from scratch. There was a barbecue, and more treats.

For lunch one day Zowie made shrimp scampi and linguine, and we had leftover salad from the barbecue. It was delicious.

I actually made my first shrimp scampi before visiting, using some shrimp for tacos and the rest as a salad topping. Both dishes were great!

Summer is a lovely time of year. We’re drinking cooler beverages, eating outside more, and enjoying the fine weather.

I make my sun teas, fruit waters, and lemon-limeades this time of year, and would like to share my favorites with you. For teas, I enjoy Lemon Sun Tea, Peppermint Sun Tea, Berry-Orange Iced Tea, and my new favorite: Mint-Lemon Sun Tea. Tea is my favorite fair-weather beverage.

Aroma Joe’s, right up the road from me, has a mint tea that I just love. I’ve had it iced this summer, and it is so refreshing. The second cup is free. I’m a regular there, so all but the new girls know my beverage of choice when I go in. I only switch it up every so often. I do some writing and other related tasks while there, socialize a bit, then head home. It is a nice place to hang out.

Flavored waters are also a favorite of mine. There are so many combinations that will add an extra nutritional kick to your day, including Strawberry-Watermelon Water garnished with a sprig or two of mint, Citrus Water, Orange Water, and Lemon Water. I always take a bottle of one of these waters with me on hikes. They taste far better than the store-bought versions, and can be made in many different flavor combinations.

Lemonades sweetened with honey are another delicious option for a hot summer day. Try these and tell me what you think: Minty Strawberry-Orange Lemonade and a simple Lemonade.

These beverages are good for lazy evenings on the front porch, hikes in the woods, or as offerings to guests at get-togethers, and are so refreshing poured over a glass full of ice. Enjoy them any time, with any meal.

If you want to add another kick to these already wonderful beverages, add one or more types of these ice cubes: Herbed Ice Cubes, Fruity Ice Cubes, and/or Flower Petal Ice Cubes.

Happy Summer Blessings!

Shannon

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Issue #16: Spring has Sprung

The above photograph is of my grandson. Little Man is almost one! And, as you can see in the photo, he loves blueberries and chocolate. Mind you, this was his first experience with chocolate. I think they are having him try it before he gets his birthday cake. He loves fruits and vegetables, my Little Man, and eats so many healthy foods.

I’ll be visiting them next month to celebrate his birthday. We’ll be having a pool party, complete with barbecue. Can’t wait to see him, his momma and daddy, and his auntie. It’s been a few months since I’ve seen any of them.

Now that spring is here, I’ve not been wanting the heavier foods of winter. Actually, I’ve been quite bored with food as of late, so I’m looking at coming up with some new recipes. Do you ever get bored with making the same set of meals over and over?

Photograph taken by Devan Arnold copyright June 2016. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuckSpring
Spring is weird this year. Even when the sun is shining bright, which hasn’t been all that often lately, the wind seems to blow. Usually hard enough to make writing outside on anything other than the laptop near about impossible. I’m loving the walks, the flowers, and the animals and birds, but all winter I wait just to be able to take paper and pen outside to work. I’ve only managed to do this a couple of times so far. Hopefully that breeze lessens soon.

I love that Aroma Joe’s, up the street from me, has amazing tea! And that I can sit outside on days when there is sun and little wind. I’m really hoping for a day this week when I can enjoy being there while getting some work done outside, Mother Nature willing. They also have delicious oatmeal. Though I’m aware that it is not truly healthy. It makes for a nice treat once in a while.

I’ve been walking when the weather is nice, and have managed a couple of picnics in The Gardens, a beautiful area on the UMaine campus near where I live.

Photograph copyright Shannon L. Buck, May 18, 2016. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuckThe Gardens have so many wonderful trees and flowers, and even a pond near where I like to sit and work. Nothing beats being able to take your shoes and socks off, enjoy a delicious homemade lunch, and drinking a refreshing water, all while working on a writing project.

If only the weather would cooperate with me enough to allow me to do this type of thing on each of my days off. Sigh.

So, I have some news. I’m working on getting these archived articles moved to another platform, and then might change this newsletter to one that goes out by email. I’ll be sure to let you all know when this happens, so you don’t miss an issue. The blog platform I chose will work better for this type of newsletter, being more visually appealing, and the email platform I’ll use for new issues allows me more freedom creatively. I hope you’ll like them.

I had wondered if I should just delete all the old newsletters, but couldn’t bear to when it came down to it. So many memories shared with you all. I’ll be checking for broken links and whatnot when I move them, but will keep the information intact.

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Issue #15: Yule & Christmas

We had our Yule/Christmas celebration last weekend. My daughter Skye and her boyfriend Dominick were here for the weekend, as were my daughter Zowie, son-in-law Devan, and grandson Dax. (See adorable picture above!) Dax is getting so big, and is almost 6 months old. After the party Saturday, he spent the night with me. Our first sleepover. It was so much fun! I can’t wait until he is old enough for holiday baking and cookie decorating.

Everyone arrived on Friday, staying at the inn where I work as a front desk agent. Saturday morning the five came to my place and we opened gifts together. Zowie made me needhams, my favorite of all candies. It was a surprise, and she did a wonderful job making them – her first attempt. Skye gave me chocolate. You can’t go wrong with chocolate.

We headed to moms to hang with family, and open a few more gifts. I stopped in at Hannaford to pick up a vegetable platter and a crackers, cheese, and pepperoni. My sister made stuffed celery, using cream cheese and olives, and a plate of peanut butter stuffed celery for me :-). She made us cookies and fudge for gifts. Mom made potato salad, and she and Lloyd made snickerdoodles and fudge. He also made meatballs, wieners, and baked beans. I went home with six meals of baked beans, and a package of Governor’s rolls. Yum. Beans are my favorite things my stepfather makes. It was a nice visit, and I also brought home more fudge and snickerdoodles.

If you are looking for easy last minute gifts, read my article Gifts Made with Love. These gifts are by no means healthy, but they are loved by the children in my family, and even some of the young adults. Other articles from the blog, that you might find helpful, include Food Gifts for Yule and Christmas and Candy-Filled Ornaments or Gift Tags.

Still wondering what you might do for the main meal and holiday leftovers? These posts, also from the blog, will help:

Here in Maine, what snow we’ve gotten hasn’t stayed, making the holidays seem less holidayish. Last year we already had a lot of the white stuff by this time. And, it keeps raining and is cloudy. Not much sun to speak of. It’s also unusually warm for the time of the year. wierd. Makes me wonder what strange weather patterns other areas are noticing.

I have held off on making my traditional winter meals, until it is a bit colder. How about you? Here are some posts and articles that you might find useful this winter: (Examiner.com recently closed it’s site, so this channel no longer exists. I still have rights to all the recipes and articles, and plan to add appropriate ones to the Frugal Recipes blog. With the rest, I’m considering creating eCookBooks. As I finish these projects, I’ll let you know. 10/21/2016)

I hope you enjoy the recipes as much as I do. And I hope you all have a wonderful winter. I’m hoping to have Zowie and Baby Dax spend a little time with me next month, then I’ll be writing – a lot. A few book projects are on the horizon.

Happy winter!
Shannon

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Issue #14: Celebrating Autumn Holidays & Sabbats

The feature image for this issue was taken by my son-in-law, Devan, last fall during our trip to the orchard. The picture is of my daughter, Zowie, and myself. None of us knew it yet but, when this photograph was taken, Zowie was pregnant.
I am a Memay!!!! Yay!!!!
Baby Dax is not quite 3 months old, and he is so precious.
❤ ❤ ❤

It’s our plan to visit an orchard again next month, with him. My niece will bring her baby, and possibly my great-niece, and will do a photo session with them. We have invited other friends and family to go along to have their pictures done with Dax as well. And I , of course, with have mine done with my grandson. This is a big event for our little family, as we don’t all always get to see each other.

Before I start the food part of this newsletter, I’d like to share (with permission from his momma) a picture of the little man with all of you. Be sure to read the newsletter below.

This is a picture of Baby Dax with his Daddy. It is one of my favorites so far.

Photograph taken by Zowie Arnold 2014.(Photograph taken by Zowie Arnold 2014.)

While at the orchard I intend to pick up some little pumpkins and a few apples, maybe head on into the store and get canned pickles and jellies for the pantry. Squash is another item I want to look for. I love orchards and the foods you can buy at them.

I haven’t written all the autumn articles and blog posts for the year yet, but I’m going to share what I’ve done. Watch the blogs and channels for more over the next couple of months, you wont be sorry.

Autumn

Autumn truly is my favorite time of the year. The coolness, and crispness, of the air is wonderful. Autumn scents are amazing, and the colors are radiant. It’s a truly incredible time.

A couple of weeks ago I noticed the crispness in the air one morning while on my way to work. Then I noticed the leaves on the ground after a rain. The past few days I’ve had to bring my jacket to work with me, to wear on my early morning walks to the bus stop. I’ve also done my autumn decorating in the room I rent, and started making autumn recipes at home. And I brought out the autumn scented candles to make my room smell simply delicious.

My last day off from the inn, I baked pumpkin muffins and cornbread in my little toaster oven. Since then, I’ve made a significant purchase: A larger toaster oven with two racks. I used it to roast the turkey, and the sweet potato and squash, for the Harvest Salad I made.
In one of the slow cookers I made some apple-pumpkin butter, my first time making this recipe. I left out the pecans, as I’m not a fan, but the end result was delicious! So happy I came across the Civilized Caveman Cooking blog. This butter is so good on the pumpkin muffins, and even on the corn bread. I even made pumpkin chocolate chip pancake batter to have in the fridge, for easy breakfast preparation in the mornings.
Another day I made the turkey and roasted vegetables mentioned above, as well as two slow cookers filled with corned beef (found on sale!) with carrots, squash, sweet potato, and red potatoes. My home smelled wonderful!

Watch for the Harvest Salad recipe coming soon to Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy. Quite a few of the ingredients I used in this recipe came straight from my parents garden.

A wonderful activity for you and your family and/or friends this fall would be to get together for an autumn picnic. They are so much fun, and the food choices this time of year are amazing. Don’t forget your jackets! It can be chilly this time of year. You can spread old quilts out on the ground, or find a place with picnic tables.
If you have a way to keep foods warm, try an easy autumn soup such as the Autumn Turkey or Sausage. Bring along snacks like and Autumn Popcorn mix or Trail Mix. And add some Chunky Applesauce, stored for serving in small canning jars, and topped with organic cinnamon. Beverages might include Hot Mulled Cider or Hot Cocoa. And a pie or a fruit crisp for dessert would be perfect.
You could also have a barbecue, and don’t forget to go for a walk, play Frisbee, or do another fun activity after you meal.
Mabon
Mabon is the Autumn Equinox, when the harvest starts winding down and pantries are already well-stocked for the coming winter – if we are lucky. We celebrate the changing of seasons, from summer to fall. It is a great time for feasting. Use the food you have harvested as the base of your meal, whatever is in season where you are. (See Thanksgiving below for recipes.)
Back-to-School
School started back up not long ago, so I thought I’d remind you about the food related articles I’ve written on the topic. Here are some Tips for Packing Affordable School Lunches. I hope you find them helpful. Fruit Jars and Vegetable Jars are easy to prepare, and pack a lot of nutrition into any meal. And a Banana Chip Trail Mix will be a nice surprise for your child. Here is an article about choosing a lunch box and accessories.
Halloween
Who doesn’t love Halloween? Or Samhain, as our family calls it. Besides the treats, the kids in awesome costumes, and the scary movies, it signifies the third and last harvest of the year, and the upcoming darkness of winter, among other important things. It is another feast day, and I love feast days.
Halloween can be expensive, but you can cut costs by making treats for the children you know. Try some Crisp Rice Treats, or even some brownies.

Here are simple ideas for a Halloween or Samhain celebration, and some ways to use up all those treats:

Thanksgiving
Another feast day! Yay! In case you can’t tell, I love food. How about you?
Do you plan for leftovers when deciding on your Thanksgiving meal? I have on many occasions. There are so many tasty foods to make after the big day, such as Leftover Thanksgiving Soup, fry pan meals, and casseroles and mini casserole cups. Find out more about how to use Thanksgiving leftovers to make new meals by reading How to Use Thanksgiving Leftovers and Planned Thanksgiving Leftover Meals.
Also check out: Thanksgiving Food Crafts.

Phew! That is a lot of Autumn material to keep you busy, not to mention what will be added to the blogs later this season:

I hope you enjoy the reads, and the recipes (let me know how they turn out for you), and that you get to spend time doing enjoyable things with friends and family this fall.

Mabon Blessings!  Happy Halloween!  Samhain Blessings!  Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you Thankful for this year? Share with us in the comments, or email me at shannonlbuck@gmail.com with your blessings, or feel free to share food related information for these occasions below.

Shannon

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. The Gardens, University of Maine, Orono. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Issue #13: Summer Foods & Get-Together’s

Summer is here, and it’s time for family and friends, barbecues, picnics, and beach days. What fun there is to be had!

My family is growing. Soon I’ll have a grandson whom I’ll be able to teach cooking skills to – when he is older, of course! And by soon I mean any day now :-D. What an exciting time. We had a baby shower for my daughter and son-in-law a couple of months back, and really enjoyed our time with friends and family. It was lovely. Mom made her egg salad sandwiches, and my sister made stuffed celery. If I had time between work and the shower, I’d have made things as well.

So the biggest event for my family this summer will be the birth of my first grandchild, and I couldn’t be more pleased. I’m planning a visit with my daughter in August. Feel free to share any freezer meals or homemade baby food recipes you have in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@livethefreelancelife.com. I would love to get some ideas!

What are your plans for the summer? Babies? Weddings? Reunions? Barbecues? Picnics? Whatever the get-together, what will you be making to celebrate those times? I have some ideas for your consideration. Enjoy.

Patriotic holidays are important, and the Fourth of July is right around the corner. What foods will you be enjoying? Here are some of my favorites:
Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Watermelon Stars
Patriotic Holiday Recipes: A Simple Food Platter Idea
Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Berries and Cream
Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Fruit Salad
Patriotic Holiday Recipes: Red, White, and Blue Parfait

Get-togethers can be so much fun. Everyone can bring a different dish, and you can spend hours chatting with friends and family, playing with the children, and relaxing. What are your stand-by dishes for these times? These would work for any get-together:
Snack Platter for a Crowd #1: Meat and More
Snack Platter for a Crowd #2: Fruits and Veggies
Snack Platter for a Crowd #3: Crackers Plus
Celery Platter for a Crowd
Lemonade
Easy Potluck Ideas

Some other ideas for summer get-togethers include ice cream socials where everyone makes their own sundaes, and yogurt parties, but don’t let your imagination stop there. What other types of get-togethers can you think up? Share with us in the comments, or email me personally at shannonlbuck@gmail.com.

Another thing I wanted to mention is that I have researched a couple of food related things. First, Mother Earth News has a very informative article called How to Find the Best Local Food. It was written by Barbara Pleasant and Tabitha Alterman. Buying locally helps your community, your state. I love Farmer’s Markets, and frequent them this time of year. NOTE: If you happen to use foodstamps/SNAP, check with your local Farmer’s Markets. In some areas, they offer food at a discount.

Second, I decided to do a trial month of FMTV for $1, and it is going to be well worth that dollar. Besides the documentories on eating and being healthy, there are other important videos such as DIVE, about hunger in America and what stores waste. Hunger in America, is another informative documentary. I’m currently watching Establishing a Food Forest, which is something that could help with food availability everywhere. (I’m not an affiliate, and am not being paid – and was not asked – to mention FMTV, the videos, or Mother Earth News.

Have a wonderful summer!
Shannon L. Buck

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Photograph by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2012. Beginning of spring/Bangor, Maine http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Issue #12: Spring’s Begun

The sun is shining today. The snowbanks are shrinking a little each week, and the temperatures are higher than they had been this past winter. And what a winter it was. Blizzards and bad storms. Extremely strong winds. Record low temperatures. Jeez. It was just not a good season for us, here in Maine and elsewhere. It’s exciting to watch the snow melt away, and to be outside walking again. I don’t know about you, but I’m actually happy for mud season!

Announcement: I’m going to be a grandmother! My youngest, 22, will be blessing me with a grandson. Little baby Dax will be gracing us toward the end of June or beginning of July, and we couldn’t be more happy. Just think: A little man to teach to cook. Well, I’ll try to hold off until he can at least walk, lol. Anyway, I could not be more happy for Zowie and Devan. They’ll be amazing parents.

You’d think this would mean another opportunity for cooking, but I have decided to let others prepare the food for this one. There wont be a lot of time for food prep, due to my work schedule. I did, however, look up some awesome baby shower treats I could have made. Maybe another time.

With spring comes a desire to eat less heavy foods, get outside and enjoy life, and add more fitness to our daily routine. Essentially, to shed those winter pounds. I know this is how I’m feeling. After a long winter of roasts and root vegetables, hot cocoa once or twice a week, and chili, I’m ready for some lighter fare.

I’ve been making variations on the Pineapple Kielbasa Soup, and eating plenty of raw vegetables. Lemon-limeade and Lemon Water are my beverages of choice right now, and I’m considering freezing some Fruity Ice Cubes to add to the sun tea I want to make.

I’m also enjoying a smoothie here and there. They can really pack quite the nutritional punch when made properly. You may enjoy these: Sweet Banana-Kiwi Smoothie, Cantaloupe-Chocolate Smoothie, and Chocolate-Orange Smoothie over on the Bangor Easy Meals channel. (Examiner.com recently closed it’s site, so this channel no longer exists. I still have rights to all the recipes and articles, and plan to add appropriate ones to the Frugal Recipes blog. With the rest, I’m considering creating eCookBooks. As I finish these projects, I’ll let you know. 10/21/2016)

Raw vegetables are my main food of choice at this point. I make up a bunch of Veggetable Jars at the beginning of the week, and enjoy them with work lunches and dinners at home. I also make Fruit Jars using either fresh fruit or fruit sauces: Apple-Pear Sauce, Chunky Applesauce, or Apple-Peach Sauce.

The blog and channel are growing rapidly, and I spent time this winter adding new recipes and articles to each. Some of what they now have to offer include:

Bangor Easy Meals (See note above)

  • Easy, Healthier Meal Fixes
  • A Yogurt Bar for Gatherings
  • New Year Goal: Eating More Fruits and Vegetables
  • Winter Meal Ideas: Salads

Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy

As you can see, I had quite the busy winter sharing information. I hope you enjoy everything.

Have a wonderful spring!
Brightest Blessings
Shannon L. Buck

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Issue #11: Autumn & Winter Activities

Another winter is upon us, and another year gone by far too quickly. I was able to visit with Skye again in November, and spent time with family at Thanksgiving. Our work Christmas meal took place at Oriental Jade this year, and I worked Christmas so spent some time with my parents before then. My stepfather made homemade baked beans. Yum! It was delicious, and I got to take the leftovers home. After work on Christmas I went to the bestest’s, where we had dinner with her son and parents, and opened gifts.

The most notable food event for the season thus far was a baking day with the bestest! This took place on Yule, at her place. I made chocolate no-bake cookies and chocolate peanut butter bars, and she made banana breads. Then I helped her make chocolate chip cookies, brownies, and chocolate covered pretzels with sprinkles. We baked for 8 hours. With my share of all those yummies, I made the maintenance guys (Jose and Mark) up gift boxes of goodies, which they enjoyed. (I bake for them because they give me rides home from work and will not take gas money.) And I brought some goodies into work for the ladies as well.

On the blog and food channel for Yule and Christmas, I posted a few things for my readers: Candy-Filled Ornaments or Gift Tags, Food Gifts for Yule and Christmas, Festive Hot Cocoa, Easy Ways to Package Food Gifts, and How to Fill Tins for the Holidays, and What to Fill Them With. If you want to start planning for next year, check them out. (I have already begun my plans.) And, the hot cocoa recipe can be enjoyed all winter. (NOTE: Examiner.com recently closed it doors, so this channel is no longer available. I’m looking for ways to re-purpose the articles from there. Maybe putting some on the blog, and creating eCookBooks with anything that does not fit there. If you followed that channel, I’m sorry the content is no longer available. I’ll let you know when and where it is available when I get everything done.)

As for the winter months, I plan to try new recipes. Mainly ones that fit in with the Paleo lifestyle. When I was following that lifestyle, I was losing weight and feeling great. This holiday season I have really messed up with my eating, though I’ve done far better than in previous years. I’m very disappointed in myself. It is time to get back to it, and start feeling better again.

What are you going to be doing this winter? Trying new recipes? Enjoying family favorites? Maybe trying new foods? Or new restaurants? Maybe these Ideas will help.

On the Bangor Easy Meals Channel (See note above)

    • Chili in the Slow Cooker, with Plenty of Leftovers for the Freezer
    • How to Use Leftover Chili
    • Brownie Add-In and Topping Ideas
    • Pineapple-Topped French Bread Slices
    • What to do with Leftover Meatballs
    • Mac and Cheese with Chicken and Tomatoes
    • “Baked” Potato with Beef Gravy
    • Homemade Apple-Peach Sauce

On the Frugal Recipes Blog

Share what you will be doing food-wise this winter.

Warmest Wishes!
Shannon L. Buck

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Photograph taken by Shannon L. Buck copyright 2014. http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/shannonbuck

Issue #10: Autumn Fun

This autumn has been eventful. The bestest and I took a trip, with my niece Lilly, to visit my daughter Skye earlier this month. She lives up north here in Maine. We only stayed a night, but it was a nice visit.

Skye had shepherds pie ready when we arrived. That evening we had burgers and hotdogs with a salad (Lilly’s choice!), and baked, stuffed french toast, syrup, and sausages for breakfast.

On our way, we found a roadside stand selling squash and pumpkins. All medium and large size pumpkins were $2.00. I, of course, bought one, intending to use it for cooking and baking in November.

I’ll be visiting again in November, on my own, for a few days. Skye and I are planning to do some baking together.

Then, my daughter Zowie and her husband Devan visited with me for a day. They live a couple hours away, so I don’t see them every day either. We visited Treworgy Family Orchard in Levant (the location of the feature photo.). There was apple picking and a corn maze involved, and Zowie chose her pumpkin. We bought homemade pumpkin chocolate whoopie pies that were delicious, had ice cream, and visited the animals.

Zowie mentioned to me the other day that she is going to start stocking a pantry. I’m proud. We discussed shopping with coupons, when items are on sale.

I was thinking, the other day, about the recipes we used to cook this time of year, when the girls were growing up. I decided that, at some point, I’m going to scrap a comfort foods cookbook using those recipes. The girls and I have a private message in process on FaceBook, determining which recipes should go into the book. So far, I know a few recipes that will be put in there. They include chunky applesauce, shepherds pie, and mac and cheese.

Autumn is the time of year when I begin cooking and baking more. While I will make comfort food every so often, I’m mainly concentrating on Paleo foods. For health reasons, I’m trying to eat healthier. However, this can be far more expensive than I am able to afford, so I’m also trying to stick to simple recipes.

All-in-all I have tried many recipes, some better than others. And, I’ve come up with many of my own that are delicious. Learning to eat differently is not always easy, and I do slip up, but I’m proud of what I have accomplished on my limited budget thus far.

This will be my first Thanksgiving alone, so I’m going to be learning to prepare holiday foods in smaller portions. This will obviously save a little money. I will make enough for one, to last a few day period.

What types of foods do you enjoy making during the autumn months? I enjoy a variety of foods, and love trying new things.

Popular on the blog, Frugal Recipes: Spending Less to Eat Healthy:
Roasted Pumpkin Seed Flavor Variations
Candy Corn Trail Mix
Popcorn Balls
Easy Zucchini Muffins
Crisp Rice Treats Recipe for Halloween and Autumn
How to Use Pumpkin
Autumn Sausge Slow Cooker Meal
Pumpkin Fruit Bowl
Pumpkin Placemats

Bangor Easy Meals also has recipes for autumn: (NOTE: Examiner.com recently closed it doors, so this channel is no longer available. I’m looking for ways to re-purpose the articles from there. Maybe putting some on the blog, and creating eCookBooks with anything that does not fit there. If you followed that channel, I’m sorry the content is no longer available. I’ll let you know when and where it is available when I get everything done.)
Chili
Using Pumpkin
Easy Harvest Soup Ideas
Easy Autumn Soup
Easy Slow Cooker Thanksgiving Meal

Enjoy autumn!
Shannon L. Buck

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Issue #9: Healthy Eating

Last year was such a busy year for me, I didn’t really do these newsletters as much as I’d planned. But I did accomplish much on the food writing front, for which I’m thankful. My name is out there 🙂 It’s a good thing. I was pretty busy doing other things, such training for a new position at work and changing to a Paleo lifestyle. And I edited a couple stories, and the second half of my sisters book. There was a lot going on.

I was also trying a bunch of new recipes, which I’ve barely started to post on the blog and the food channel. That is okay. It means I have a lot of posts to make on each.

Winter is here. We’re having a storm right now. Thankfully I work as a front desk agent at an inn so, if it gets too bad out there, I can just sleep here. I came in a few hours early today, just so I could beat the worst of the storm, and worked on a book review and a couple articles down in the breakfast room before starting my shift.

This, of course, means I haven’t eaten the healthiest today. It is easier to eat healthy when you have your meals at home. Or are at least prepared when not at home.

Also, I had a few week period at the holidays where I just did not eat as well as I should have. There was candy. And some grains. I felt like crap for a couple weeks after coming down off that stuff, not to mention how awful I felt while eating like that. I don’t now why there is such an urge to eat all that kind of stuff at the holidays. Hopefully I can do better next year.

I have, however, been eating healthier than ever. It started last spring, with the Whole30 program. You can read about my adventure here. It had amazing benefits for me weight-wise and otherwise. (NOTE: I have since stopped blogging on the fitness journal. 10/21/2016)

Once I was done with that program, I moved onto the Paleo lifestyle. I was pretty strict with this when I started, and for months after. Money is a little tighter right now, but I’m still doing as much as I can with it. Whenever I have a little extra money I stock up on things like coconut butter and almond flour and coconut milk. Why? Because I love how I feel eating like this. The benefits are wonderful, and I can usually sleep through the night. Also, I rarely ever have breathing problems. Having asthma, this was always such a huge issue for me. But not so much any more.

For me, winter brings on the need for heartier, more comforting foods. This is sometimes a challenge with the Paleo lifestyle, but I’m figuring it out. I have a wonderful no bean chili recipe I use, and a homemade chocolate sauce recipe – I use the sauce to dip fruit in. Very yummy! I also have a crepe and a pancake recipe, and am going to be trying muffins in my little toaster oven next, I think. All made without grains and sugar. And yet, everything seems so tasty.

My aim is to find the most cost effective ways of buying food and creating meals, so I’ll be focusing on this on the blog. There has got to be a more affordable way to eat healthy, right?

I’d like to share with you some posts that I have published around the web. Some pertain to food, while others are lifestyle pieces. I hope you enjoy them.

    • The Bangor Easy Meals channel also has some interesting articles, including Intentional Leftovers, Easy Breakfast Recipe Combinations, and Using Pumpkins. It also has a plethora of recipes for you to enjoy, like Citrus-Veggie Smoothie, Lettuce and Cabbage Bowls, Beef Taco Salad, and Barbecue Chicken Fajitas. (Examiner.com recently closed it’s site, so this channel no longer exists. I still have rights to all the recipes and articles, and plan to add appropriate ones to the Frugal Recipes blog. With the rest, I’m considering creating eCookBooks. As I finish these projects, I’ll let you know. 10/21/2016)
    • The Bangor Frugal Living channel also has some good pieces: 25 Tips for Living a More Frugal Life, New Year Goal: Getting Finances in Order, and Food Storage Using Sales and Coupons. (Examiner.com recently closed it’s site, so this channel no longer exists. I still have rights to all the articles, and plan to add the articles from there to the Frugal is Fabulous! blog. As I finish these projects, I’ll let you know. 10/21/2016)
    • If you would like to visit the Bangor Single Mom channel you will find some cooking articles there as well, such as Child Friendly Recipes and Great Ways to Each Spinach. (Examiner.com recently closed it’s site, so this channel no longer exists. I still have rights to all the articles, and plan to add appropriate articles from there to the Frugal is Fabulous! blog and the Frugal Recipes blog. I’m also starting a new blog for single moms, and the rest of the articles will end up over there at some point. As I finish these projects, I’ll let you know. 10/21/2016)
    • My blog Live the Freelance Life has a new column, Healthy Freelancers’ Recipes. Last months was Apple-Peach Sauce.

A tasty lunch platter for a cold winter day might include: Leftover chicken or turkey rolled up in slices of cheese, roasted bacon wrapped sweet potato wedges, broccoli and cauliflower, and orange slices.

Shannon Buck

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