My name is Ashley McLaughlin and this is my blog, Edible Perspective. To learn more about my journey head on over to my about + FAQ pages. I'm thrilled that you stopped by. Enjoy!


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Baked Doughnuts For Everyone: From Sweet to Savory to Everything in Between, 101 Delicious Recipes, All Gluten-Free


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double giveaway

What’s better than one giveaway with one cool prize?

One giveaway with two cool prizes.


First up, this super fun cookbook, Frugally Delicious.  Many months ago, one of the creators of this book asked if I would be interested in contributing a recipe.  Of course! 


You will find my recipe for broccoli cheddar soup along with recipes from 55 food bloggers in total.  It has a simple, clean, and creative design and shows you that frugalness in the kitchen doesn’t have to mean boring.

[If you would like you can order yourself a copy here for $6.60!]


Next up??  Love Grown Foods granola of course!

And guess what?

You get THREE full size bags and you get to pick which flavors you want! 

cocoa goodness : simply oats : raisin almond crunch : sweet cranberry pecan : apple walnut delight

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Simply leave comment below telling me your best frugal cooking/kitchen tip[s]!!  *US residents only, sorry!

Giveaway ends Thursday at midnight EST and the winner will be announced Friday. 


I wanted to give an update on the High Park Fire.  I appreciate all of your concern + positive thoughts!  It’s been a bit all-consuming lately.  We’ve constantly been checking for updates, talking to people around town, and hoping for any bit of progress.  The fire has burned over 43,000 acres, over 100 structures, and there have been well over 2,000 evacuation notices made.  The fire is currently at 5-10% containment [I’ve read conflicting numbers].  HPF is currently the 3rd largest fire in Colorado history.

This was one of the most informative updates I’ve read, and it explains a little bit about the process of how they go about containing and controlling the fire.  It’s actually extremely interesting.  The mind boggling thing is that they don’t expect the fire to be completely contained until this fall!

This is the latest update with a slideshow of images.  Hoping the winds stay calm so they can keep fighting this beast!

Reader Comments (307)

i really like ingredients that can be used in many different ways. I am vegan so i need to be really creative. Something like lentils which are cheap and can be used in so many ways depending on how they are spiced and cooked.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentershani
My current frugal kitchen tip involves making baby food with food I eat, sweet potatoes and oatmeal!
I like to use ingredients that can be made to have all sorts of different flavor combinations, allowing more possibilities in the kitchen.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Clark
I make a lot of veggie stir fries. I just buy quinoa in bulk and then throw together a few veggies and beans on the stove for dinner with different spices to mix it up and serve on top of the quinoa. Super easy and cheap!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTaylor
Never throw away fruit! If it's about to go bad, I cut it up and put it in the freezer for a smoothie later :)
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDee
Kitchen tip -- reusing yogurt containers. I get the big size from costco and then reuse it for anything from containers to give away (cover with pretty paper) of I use them for garden starters. 3 R's!!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrandee
What saves my family a bunch is buying pantry items in bulk when they're on sale or ordering a case of something from the local health food store, they almost always give a discount for ordering in bulk.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterjennifer S
I love buying my produce at farmers markets to support the local farmers and save money on fresh produce!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa S
My best time and money saving tip is meal plan and use ingredients that you can stretch throughout the week. For example one week, I will plan to make turkey burger and taco salads that way I buy one pound of ground turkey and use it two ways.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
The thing that has saved me the most money (and saved me from a lot of food waste) is once a week meal planning. I sit down on Saturday or Sunday and before I head to the grocery store I plan the entire week's worth of lunches and dinners for my family. That way I have the ingredients I need for the week and I don't but the *whatever* because it looks good, only to have it sit in my fridge all week and go bad. This has also saved me bunches of time.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMaura
I love buying in bulk and going to the farmers market each week!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNicole A
costco has awesome organic produce! it lasts for a pretty long time too and especially things like frozen berries are so much cheaper there!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKate
We try to learn recipes that can use different produce every time that we make it. Like a quiche or chili. That way if we have produce that needs to be used up because it's going to go bad, we can just make one of these recipes with all of our produce. Less wasted produce means less wasted money.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
My frugal cooking tip: grow your own herbs and veggies :)
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBeth
Freeze! I freeze bananas and even cake and muffins.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikki
I shop seasonally and at the local farmer for fruits and veggies and use them in recipes that can accommodate different combinations of foods! ex: stir fry, stews, chill. I also shop at the local Mexican markets for cheap and unique things to add to regular recipes.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAshley A.
I like to buy in bulk and freeze a portion of what I cooked/baked. that way, you can save money and time!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGenevieve
My frugal kitchen tip is to freeze dinner leftovers for easy convenient meals in the future!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGeorgina
I make my own soup stocks from leftover vegetable scraps. Keep'em in a bag in the freezer and then when I have enough for soup, I drop them into a pot of boiling water. Not only does it make use of what otherwise would be garbage, but it means I don't have to buy veggie stock that is often full of sodium.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle @ Dish'n'Dash
I make sure to take a few minutes the night before to plan ahead and pack a lunch. Eating out is so expensive and hardly ever as healthy as I can make at home!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlessandra
Freeze Freeze Freeze! I live alone so freezing food is the only way I can enjoy cooking economically!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
i save all my veggie scraps and use them to make stock! the only problem is, i eat so many veggies, i now have a freezer full of stock!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRebecca
I grow what I can myself and also get a CSA, so I get my produce directly from a farm! Also, buy bulk!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLanie
Trade out ingredients and use spices to bolster the flavor of dishes without having to add more food. Fresh herbs from the garden are the best.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTee
If I eat out (which is pretty rare) I like to keep part of my leftovers, especially if it's meat (I am impartial to Chipotle!) and use it for breakfast by filling an omelet with it. Curry filled omelet? Mexican rice filled omelet? Yes please! I do it with homecooked foods too, and it always adds protein and flavor to my breakfasts. So good!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHannah
We eat frugally by replacing a lot of the meat with beans or lentils. My husband still likes his meat every now and then, but its amazing how expensive it is! I also freeze fresh veggies to use during the winter--a big help as well! Thanks for the giveaway!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterElizabeth
We buy pre-made veggie burgers and salmon burgers from Costco. That way, if we get home late, we can just quickly pop one in the oven, and we won't be tempted to go out to eat.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRachel
Buying produce that's in season saves a lot of $! I also buy dried beans/lentils and chop all my veggies (no pre-cut stuff).
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristina
I use the broccali stalks and shred them up to make a crunchy topping for my salads!!! Yummmy!!! I also use it instead of buying prepacked coleslaw mix at the grocery store.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentersam
Buy in bulk whenever possible - but only when it is things that you actually need!!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterHaley
I try to use the same ingredients in several different meals throughout the week. This saves me time and money!
My frugal tip is buying bulk and freezing. I often will buy dry black beans, cook them in my crock-pot and then freeze them in 2-cup increments!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterkathleen
When I have to buy fresh spices, I try to make various meals that week with that spice so I can use it all! Though buying them isn't always the cheapest, at least I'm using it all, which seems more frugal than just throwing it away.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKelly V.
My best frugal tip in the kitchen is something you taught dried beans, cook them in the slow cooker, and freeze them in "can" sized batches. Works like a charm and I always have a "can" of beans in the freezer!
i try to buy in season as much as possible, shop at farmer's markets, use coupons, and search around for shoppers' card deals at the store!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCari
i use my leftovers for lunch... and also share them with my pet cockatoo.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenteramy marantino
I try to save money by never wasting food--leftovers for lunch, freezing baked goods that are a few days old, using that extra brown rice in veggie burgers, etc.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGabby
Thanks for the fire update. I've saved money by dispensing with single-serving packages, and instead creating my own by portioning dried fruit, homemade trail mix, etc. into reusable bags.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristine
I have found it very easy to munch on veggies throughout the day, and then my veg stock is depleted. Being conscious of my portions has helped me to make foods like fruits and veggies last longer (and to save money on produce!).
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda
I pre-pack items for our lunches so it is quicker to make during the week (with a bag sealer).
Sorry about the fires!!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKel
I buy green peppers when they are on sale and then I cut them in strips and freeze them. Then I have them all thru the winter.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpam
Well, this isn't really a tip because I learned it on this blog, but I save a ton by making my own peanut butter and almond butters! Haha Thanks, Ashley!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLauren
(cool cookbook!)
My frugal tip - reuse things! Paper plates, ziploc bags, etc. Wash them out and keep reusing them!
My best frugal tip would be to buy a big box/jar of an ingredient that you use a lot. If you're gonna eat it a lot, why not buy it in bulk, that way it will save you money by not buying individual portions! :)
I use dry beans instead of cans most meals
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentermegan
The main way I save money in the kitchen is by cooking something simple early in the week that I can take for lunch or heat up for dinner nearly every day. I love variety, but can handle veggie soup, sweet potatoes, or salad for a quick meal!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSharla
I add rice or pasta to chili dishes so I can get more meals out of them!
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy H
Beans, beans, beans! Also mushrooms :) They both make great meat substitutes and are super cheap! Oh and bulk bins :)
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate
Shop seasonally and locally as much as possible! I've cut back a lot on the amount of meat I consume and that's probably my biggest money-saver. Some other things I do are: cook dried beans instead of canned, skip the precut/prewashed veggies, and use all my scraps and bones to make and freeze my own stock.
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKaitlin
Cereal and yogurt are my life - I definitely couldn't live without them. Oatmeal is one of the best money saving breakfasts, a the large size goes a long way! Plus after falling in love with the high protein content of Greek yogurt, I realized that non-fat plain yogurt has the same amount of protein as the flavored Greeks and the same number of calories for a full cup. I buy the large tube and save over $0.50 per serving compared to Greek - then just add your own fruit. :)
June 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIngrid

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