Fast & Frugal Recipe: Super Easy Taco Salad

This is one of my favorite and easiest recipes for taco salad. It may not exactly be authentic Mexican cuisine, but it is fast at less than 3 minutes to prepare, inexpensive at $1.00 – $1.25 per serving, and in my opinion, very yummy.

The ingredients are as follows:

  • Tortilla chips
  • Chili
  • Salad*
  • Salsa
  • Ranch Dressing

* I like to use the prepped salad mixes to save time as it doesn’t cost much more than buying fresh produce and saves preparation time. Continue reading Fast & Frugal Recipe: Super Easy Taco Salad

Untangling Yarn Troubles

Paper Scroll Tied with Yarn & FlowersSemiannually, I take a pair of scissors and work my way through box after box and bag after bag of yarns which seem to have the ability to form tangles without human assistance. I untangle what I can, cut loose impossible knots, and roll up dozens of tidy yarn balls which will somehow unravel themselves in the next few months.

I have no trouble with the yarn I purchased for myself; these I keep in resealable plastic bags organized by fiber type. The real trouble is the accumulation of “interesting” yarns which my grandmother—a highly skilled knit and crochet artist—gifted regularly to me as a solution to her own yarn buildup. These yarns come in a larger variety of fibers than I usually buy and range in appearance from extremely beautiful to frightfully gaudy. There is rarely enough of one type of these miscellaneous yarns to make a whole project.

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Frugal Home Dec Tip: Electrical Outlet or Light Switch Frame

Decorative Electrical Outlet Frame

Here is simple home decoration project to spruce up your walls or sides of cabinets that have an electrical outlet or light switch plate. This electrical outlet pictured to the right is in a conspicuous place in our house and I found the yellowish white plastic color rather offensive, so I came up with the following easy solution for turning an ugly necessity into a decorative piece. Continue reading Frugal Home Dec Tip: Electrical Outlet or Light Switch Frame