Na Na pinches her pennies (aka frugal living)

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.

Canning potatoes

Thanks to my sister I finally managed to get to a mobile food bank.  Its too difficult to get to the food bank by bus with a baby and a … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 26 Comments

Old foods versus new foods

A recent discussion with someone about old time food versus new food prompted me to repeat my personal thoughts on healthy eating.  I am not a nutritionist or a medical … Continue reading

October 4, 2017 · 20 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

Twenty pounds of onions

What would you do with twenty pounds of onions?  On my shopping trip last month I bought sweet onions buy one five pound bag for $4 get one bag free … Continue reading

May 4, 2017 · 23 Comments

Dirty produce

Have you noticed how dirty fresh fruits and veggies are lately?  What I mean is dirtier than usual.  Even the so called “washed and prepared” produce has had a major … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 14 Comments

Mobile food bank and my pantry

I live at the intersection of very little money and unexpected happens.  Its not easy to make ends meet here.  I lived for many years in a food desert in … Continue reading

February 13, 2017 · 13 Comments

Alternative fake news

I want to thank those who commented on my women unite post.   It didn’t matter if you agreed with me or not because I was interested in hearing both … Continue reading

January 29, 2017 · 20 Comments

Frugal Diabetic – update

Let me give you a bit of the history for the new readers.  A lot of this is covered in my blog series called frugal diabetic.  I had spent a … Continue reading

December 12, 2016 · 26 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

Reasons to stockpile a pantry

The pantry principle has been around since…. at least in biblical times? Correct me if I’m wrong but when Joseph suggested the storing of seven years of excess grain to … Continue reading

October 11, 2016 · 10 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

Something stinks

I kept getting a whiff of an awful smell when I’d walk through my kitchen.  I blamed my furry kid because it smelled sort of like dog urine.  I admit … Continue reading

April 25, 2016 · 6 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

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

What are we eating?

It seems that nearly everyone is writing about or talking about the snow storm in the mid-west and along the east coast.  Maybe you are like me and a bit … Continue reading

January 22, 2016 · 9 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

Jelly alternative

I remember Grandma Mama would often use fruit as an alternative to sugar in her cooking because she had learned to use them when sugar was scarce.  I’ve been using … Continue reading

January 12, 2016 · 5 Comments

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