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If you recall, we began a small raised bed garden back a few years ago. This has been a fun family effort that we have decided to expand.


I want to be able to grow a larger variety of vegetables and herbs, as well as, have the children see the garden lots grow larger as they grow.


Since we finally had some warmth in New England this weekend, we began the venture today. Stay tuned!



Can I Afford to Eat Gluten Free?

by Jennifer on April 7, 2014

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I know some folk worry if they go gluten-free, either by choice or necessity, that they will have to cook two meals for their family each night or that their food costs will go sky high. But in reality, most of the foods your doctor would prefer you to consume is gluten free.

When thinking about gluten free foods, I quickly realized is that most of us, hopefully, already buy naturally gluten-free whole foods; such as, fruits, vegetables, lean meats, fish, poultry, certain whole grains like brown rice and quinoa, dairy, nuts, seeds, beans and and healthy fats, like extra-virgin olive oil and canola oil. Since we buy them normally, we are used to those food costs.

I guess we all may consume most of our gluten in breads and packaged snack foods so we may be able to keep costs down by focusing on reducing some of our consumption of those foods. I am sure that you can score a cheap bag of Doritos over a gluten-free equivalent but I think that you could also focus on buying pre-packaged items on sale (and really, skip the Doritos).

Another idea to consider is ordering bulk items via sites like Amazon and Vitacost or even splitting the bulk order with other families. How about contacting some gluten-free food companies and asking them to send samples or coupons so you can try items before paying full price or even making your own bread (don’t panic, buy bulk mixes).

As with any diet you follow, always try to use a circular to buy sale items and plan the week’s meals around that.

Finally, more and more wholesale clubs (BJ’s and Costco) are offering gluten-free foods so take advantage of the savings AND their coupons (plus, they usually honor regular manufacturer coupons).

Learn more about living gluten free! Visit

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Udi’s Gluten Free. The opinions and text are all mine.

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The Ninja Ultima Blender Test – Homemade Chunky Marinara Sauce

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A Day In The Life: Milk Bubbles

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About two weeks ago, my son gently blew air through straw his straw while drinking milk and saw bubbles form. He did it again and saw how bubbles built upon themselves and began to resemble an erupting volcano. He kept doing it until there was a large expanse on the kitchen table. I told him […]

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Lentil & Chicken Soup Recipe {Clean Eating, Quick, Gluten-Free, Low Sugar}

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Leftovers and scraps in the fridge can make a fast, healthy and yummy meal. For example; *Carrot *A third sweet onion *Two cloves of garlic *Half roasted chicken *Cooked lentils *Low-sodium chicken broth I grabbed all of the above items from the fridge, did a quick saute, tossed remaining items in the pot, simmered for […]

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D.I.Y. Minecraft Birthday Party

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Our son turned nine a month ago and, per his request, we had a Minecraft party.  I realized quickly that you can’t really buy packaged items for a Minecraft Party so I went hunting for DIY ideas. I created a Minecraft Pinterest board to keep track of ideas and where you can find how to […]

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