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.

Interesting documentaries

Mary Jane commented about a documentary film she had seen about store backroom practices.  Her comment had me curious to see it too because I remember seeing a news report … Continue reading

October 19, 2017 · 20 Comments

Trump and Jong Un

Have you been hearing about the childish insults being passed between Trump and Jong Un on the news the last couple of days?  Watching those two grumps (kids word for … Continue reading

September 22, 2017 · 17 Comments

Are food prices getting lower

One of the blog readers emailed a link to me where there was a discussion about seeing food prices getting lower.  I thought I’d write what I’ve seen in stores … Continue reading

September 10, 2017 · 39 Comments

Honey mushrooms

I’ve been told these are a delicious wild mushroom.  The name comes from the color, not the flavor.  I first noticed them last year soon after I move to this … Continue reading

September 6, 2017 · 13 Comments

A simple idea

But its so helpful for a forgetful mind.  I drink powdered milk.  I started drinking it long, long ago because it was more convenient than catching a city bus to … Continue reading

August 2, 2017 · 19 Comments

Three days of food pickups

Food bank day was Tuesday, senior commodities on Wednesday, and grocery day on Thursday.  My fridge is packed.  I don’t really like food happening all at once but that may … Continue reading

February 18, 2017 · 13 Comments

Just in time food

Have you ever heard of the just in time food distribution system?  It’s the way empty store shelves are refilled just in time for new shoppers.  Produce is picked, processed, … Continue reading

February 9, 2017 · 12 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

Food banks and discount bins

I always get really quiet on my blog during a holiday.  I kept myself busy in the kitchen and sorting more stuff.  So let me tell you what I’ve gotten … Continue reading

November 27, 2016 · 43 Comments

Build a pantry

This is not about building with lumber and organizers. Its about stocking a pantry that fits YOUR style and tastes. Let me remind you that I’m not a nutritionist or … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 15 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

Frugal diabetic – nine

Sorry that I’ve been slow in posting on this blog.  I’ve had to concentrate on settling into this new house. As a diabetic I’ve been told I should plan my … Continue reading

July 31, 2016 · 12 Comments

Frugal Diabetic – seven

I’ve said it before but it doesn’t hurt to repeat.  Obesity is NOT a lack of care or simply a failure to exercise. Obesity is an imbalance between the energy … Continue reading

June 18, 2016 · 6 Comments

Frugal diabetic – two

I left off my last post talking about my research into the WW2 generation.  The so called healthiest generation in all of history.   Not only in the USA but … Continue reading

June 4, 2016 · 9 Comments

Moving soon

I’m so excited!  I have a house picked out.  I’ve been approved for the loan.  I have a buyer for my current house.  I have someone to move my quilting … Continue reading

May 14, 2016 · 26 Comments

Quiet lately

Since having my teeth pulled I’ve not had much to talk about.  I haven’t been to the food bank either because I’m baby sitting so there hasn’t been any canning … Continue reading

March 4, 2016 · 12 Comments

Kitchen weekend six

Yup, its the sixth weekend in 2016. Weekends are for canning and baking since I’m not babysitting those days. The kitchen is after doing some quilting work first. I was rather … Continue reading

February 8, 2016 · 7 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

My pantry is looking a little empty.  There are certain foods I try to keep supplied because I use them so often.  One of those is mushrooms.  I eat mushrooms … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 17 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

Would Great Grandma eat it

For quite awhile now I’ve been learning to control my type 2 diabetes while living on food from the food bank.  About a year ago I simply stopped dieting and … Continue reading

October 27, 2015 · 7 Comments

Putting groceries away

A man staggers into his home panting, sweating, and exhausted. His wife looks at him with concern and asks…. what’s wrong honey? The man smiles and says…. I just ran … Continue reading

September 13, 2015 · 6 Comments

Grocery shopping is expensive

There wasn’t anything interesting on tv last night so I was wandering around the internet getting inspired.  I came across a blogger (and the commentors) who were saying their grocery … Continue reading

September 4, 2015 · 17 Comments

Senseable centsable eating

I’ve grown weary of reading all the information about diabetes diets. For every website, book, blog, doctor, nutritionist, and whatever, there is a different idea of what a diabetes diet … Continue reading

August 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

The lines grow longer

Once a month I chauffeur my SIL (using my brother’s car) to do her shopping.  For our last trip there was nothing I really needed to purchase so I wandered … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 12 Comments

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