Na Na pinches her pennies

Shh… don't tell anyone I'm poor. They all think I'm living frugal and green just like everyone these days. This is a blog about a senior citizen living a frugal life, on a fixed income, in a low income food desert, and passing along knowledge from lessons learned. Some she learned from her Grandma Mama many years ago and some learned only a few days ago.

Busy week

I continued to switch from family size pots and pans to one person with leftovers size or two persons if a grandchild visits. I started downsizing all my favorite recipes … Continue reading

January 30, 2022 · 6 Comments

Using commodity cheese

If you get commodities do you have a problem using the cheese in cooking?  Three pounds is usually more cheese than I can eat in a month so sometimes I … Continue reading

November 2, 2017 · 13 Comments

Carrot Pie

I had several requests to give the recipe for carrot pie so here it is.  This recipe is good for when you get those cans of carrots in the food … Continue reading

January 3, 2017 · 3 Comments

Mix and match cake recipe

My Grandma Mama would make what she called mix and match foods.  Mix and match is a method of cooking rather than a recipe. For example; stir fry is a … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · 4 Comments

What to do with tomato soup

I went to the food bank a couple of days ago.  I hadn’t intended to go but a neighbor asked me to go with her and give her what I … Continue reading

May 26, 2016 · 15 Comments

Canning oranges

Halo brand oranges were on sale last week and it was also senior discount day.  I bought 20 pounds for $14.  I canned them over the weekend. Didn’t lemons and … Continue reading

February 9, 2016 · 11 Comments

No knead whole wheat bread

I often wish bread flour or whole wheat flour was included in some food bank boxes though I can understand why its not.  Very few people would know what to … Continue reading

February 1, 2016 · 3 Comments

Kitchen weekend

I thought time in the kitchen was what I needed after being off my feet for a week.  Of course being hungry had a lot to do with it too. … Continue reading

January 10, 2016 · 6 Comments

Pre cook onions

You know how recipes that contain onions always tell you to “brown the onions” or “saute onions until tender” and stuff like that?  Well I don’t like waiting for onions … Continue reading

December 9, 2015 · 3 Comments

Canning dry beans

Having pre-cooked dry beans means quick meals are easy.  The cost of canned beans in the stores is outrageous these days.  I started a few years ago canning my own. … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 7 Comments

Canning beans

I was feeling better but not quite ready to work at the quilting machine.  I thought some canning would get me going again.  I hadn’t been to the food bank … Continue reading

November 30, 2015 · 9 Comments

Homemade mayonnaise for one or two

I wrote this almost a month ago but completely forgot to post it until I was telling someone I make my own.  Thats when I realized I hadn’t actually posted … Continue reading

November 5, 2015 · 5 Comments

Spreadable butter

Sometimes you just want a little bit of butter without having to wait until it comes to room temperature.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a nice soft spreadable butter … Continue reading

November 1, 2015 · 10 Comments

Saving pan drippings

Grandma Mama called these little bits of meat grease “drippings” and saved them.  I do too.  You find these floating on top of cold soups and stews, on the bottom … Continue reading

October 29, 2015 · 3 Comments

Making peanut butter

Commercially processed peanut butter is loaded with sugars and hydrogenated oils and other stuff that are not good for a diabetic.  I stopped accepting it from the senior commodities, the … Continue reading

October 24, 2015 · 13 Comments

Kitchen cabinet organized

There are times when the amount of STUFF I have in my house really bothers me.  Being a low income person tends to make me into a hoarder.  Often times … Continue reading

August 31, 2015 · 13 Comments

Frugal DIY gnat and fly traps

Yes, its that time of year again.  The pesky fruit flies and gnats are back.  This super simple, super cheap remedy is all over the internet these days.  I’ve used … Continue reading

July 31, 2015 · 2 Comments

Fake ham spread

This is a very old recipe from WW2.  You make it with bologna or hot dogs instead of actual ham.  Many households back then used spam to make this spread. … Continue reading

April 8, 2015

Beaver butt juice

Waaaaaat?  What did Na Na say?  Yup, I said beaver butt juice. Back in April 2013  I wrote a post on my quilting blog about information I had found on … Continue reading

March 8, 2015 · 4 Comments

Quick fried potatoes

Do you sometimes wish you could have hash browns or fried potatoes but you feel there just isn’t enough time for preparing and cooking them? Well ok, you could go … Continue reading

March 1, 2015 · 3 Comments

Apple syrup

A couple of days ago I went to pick up my metformin prescription at the grocery pharmacy.  I couldn’t resist checking what produce was in the discount bin.  Apples! Apples … Continue reading

January 26, 2015 · 2 Comments

Using the bananas

I put some of the bananas in the freezer to use for banana bread or banana muffins but I wanted to do something different for a change too.  I made … Continue reading

January 25, 2015 · 8 Comments

Using bell peppers

I went to the grocery to pick up my medications.  Since I was in the store anyway, I couldn’t resist checking the discount produce bin to see what was there. … Continue reading

January 15, 2015 · 4 Comments

Cheap cooking oil spray

I was reading the blog of a new follower and I realized some folks may not know about making your own cooking spray. What you need to do is buy … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 8 Comments

Window quilt instructions

I got a couple of emails asking for directions to make the window quilts.  Ok, it’s very simple.  Use whatever type blanket, comforter, quilted fabric, or plain fabric you want … Continue reading

November 22, 2014

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