Lovely No Spend Day

I swear I went to the grocery store every day last week for Kleenex and juice.  We’re shaking off a cold virus and it feels good to return to some normalcy.

noexif_IMG_4630_privateI had a no-spend, no-drive day today.  Walked daughter to school, walked to work.  The extra time I saved not running around on errands after work gave me time to harvest some rhubarb, one of the perks of living in a cold climate.

A favorite recipe is Rhubarb muffins.  The recipe I use if on the Creative Savv blog.  The recipe is wonderful because it isn’t too high in saturated fat.  If I make a rhubarb pie or cake I am going to be the one eating most of it.  If you can swing the touch of almond extract in the recipe, you will find it gives great “bakery” flavor!



This afternoon I am continuing to plan a grocery stock up trip to take advantage of the Memorial Day pricing on summer staples.  This is the time to grab graham crackers, marshmallows, ketchup, hot dogs, chips, pickles, and meats for the grill.  My coupons are in disarray so I need to cull through those as well.

I have got to make use of a potpourri of canned beans in the freezer.  Does anyone have a favorite chili recipe that uses beans and not too much meat?  Crock Pot would be great.  Feel free to link in comments!

Our tulip tree

Our tulip tree



13 thoughts on “Lovely No Spend Day

  1. Lili@creativesavv

    Hi Jen,
    Thank you for the mention/link. I really need to get out and pick and freeze rhubarb. The plants have gotten huge with all our rain last month!

    With less-meat chili, I often add some grains in place of some of the meat. A favorite grain with my family is barley, as it has some chew to it, much like ground beef. I’ve also added TVP granules, brown rice and/or corn.

    This is the time of year I look for deals on hot dogs and soda. We don’t drink much soda, but I’ll buy a few 2-liters this time of year, to save for birthdays and holidays. Do you have Dollar Tree in your area? At our Dollar Tree, they often have graham crackers. And in a pinch, or in months when we’ve spent all of our grocery money, my daughters or I bake our own graham crackers. It’s a fun project and a great recipe (I got it off of a box of C&H brown sugar, years ago).

    Have a great afternoon!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Hi Lili – Love the barley idea! Economical and my daughter just is not a fan of ground meat in any form.

      Isn’t it crazy the price of graham crackers lately? I usually see them for $ 4.19 a box. It’s just sugar and flour! I did make them myself once and they had a wonderful flavor. I might have gotten the recipe from Dorie Greenspan. Love her books.

  2. Message In A Fold

    Glad to learn you and your family are recovering from a cold. In my family – I – am the only crazy one that likes rhubarb. Raw and cooked in many forms. Enjoy your cooking time with rhubarb.


    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Thank you. I have never tried it raw! I still hope to make a pie, but I think I will wait until the strawberries are tastier. If I am going all in with the sugar and fat I want it to be worth it!

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      I would really like to make a pie as soon as the strawberries seem more tasty. It’s been so cold I wonder how long it will be until the u-pick operations are open. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. wherethejourneytakesme

    Hi Jen – didn’t have time to comment last night and I am running out of time to read yor blog tonight but I will be back to have a roam around soon as it looks like my kind of blog. It’s funny how when you discover a new blog you can instantly feel at home on some of them. Hope you are feeling better. Love those muffins – Rhubabrb is a favourite of mine. Viv

    1. healthfulsave Post author

      Thanks for stopping by Viv. I felt the same way about your blog. I have never been to the UK, but my ancestors are from Norfolk. My mom (age 70+) has hiked alone extensively all the way across Scotland and also along the west coast of England where she said “she could have died 100 different ways.” Lovely. Rocky cliffs and strong winds! I hope to come to England in the next 2 years or so when we think our 9 y.o. can handle the trip better. Jen

      1. wherethejourneytakesme

        My husband is from Scotland and we have a cottage by the sea there which we are renovating to live in sometime in the future. Meanwhile we are based in Yorkshire in England. Your mum is very courageous hiking alone but she must have seen some beautiful sights.

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