I wanted to share with you a couple of things I worked on last week – a free-lance article and a new recipe I developed for the Plan to Eat blog.

In "On Producing Rather Than Saving" I discuss my shift from that of a money-saving stay-at-home-mom to a producing member of the family.

No longer do I see it as my duty to save us as much money as possible on the purchases we make. Instead, I try to simply not make purchases at all and produce what we need instead….

It took me years to realize that what I wanted was not to save my husband as much money as possible so he didn’t have to work so hard, but rather to eliminate our needs by the work of my own hands so that he could choose how he wanted to live his life and what role he would play in raising our children.

In this recipe for One-Pot Deconstructed Stuffed Peppers I use up in-season peppers by combining them with our beef and some rice in a one pot wonder meal our whole family loved.

Happy Monday, friends!


3 Responses to On Producing Rather Than Saving and A One Pot Stuffed Peppers Recipe

  1. Lori says:

    This sounds delicious! But I wanted to let you know you do not have to burn your family out with chili or stuffed peppers as you can also dehydrate your peppers for later use or chop them up and freeze them for later use. I chop most of our peppers that we grow (and we get a lot!) so I can freeze them for use throughout the winter, spring and into the next growing season till new peppers are ready to harvest. I do this with all peppers we grow~Red, Yellow, Green, Purple, and Orange bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, serrano peppers, and banana peppers (I also pickle some of the banana peppers).
    As a mom who raised 8 kids and is now enjoying the grandkids, I can tell you it is a good idea to be careful with what you buy. I ‘shopped’ yard sales, thrift stores, and traded with friends (especially clothing!). I am still using a 3 quart crock pot from the 1970′s (it is 70′s gold!) that I purchased in 1985 from a yard sale for $2.00! I use it for holidays and when we don’t need the larger crock pot. Most of my house is decorated in ‘yardsale chic’, and most of my baking pans and other kitchen tools, including many appliances, came from yard sales.
    There are many ways to save money from not shopping to only buying used and cheap. A (barely) used appliance works as well as a new one, but costs way less. I think if most people would learn they don’t need new things in order to enjoy life that their life would be more carefree.


  2. Karen says:

    Shannon, I was wondering if you would consider putting your Simple Food for spring on sale right now? I have the winter cookbook and absolutely love it. Would like to have the simple spring now that it is spring and close to summer. Do you still eat the way you did when making the cookbooks?


  3. Lacey says:

    Wow, that is so well put. Exactly what I feel about contributing to our home–EXACTLY. Thanks for sharing those words!


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