How To Stop Mindless Shopping

Examining why we shop online for things we don’t need, with some practical solutions to stop the mindless spending.

People go shopping for a lot of reasons…they are bored, they believed some wacky advertising, or, often, they really do need something. I am talking here specifically about mindless shopping for wants.  

I can be very, very bad about constantly getting myself my wants. I convince myself that buying this one more thing would complete my (house, garden, wardrobe, etc.) and then I won’t need to buy anything else. In a way, I think to myself, I will be saving money buying X, because it is the last X I’ll ever need.

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Sausage and Sage Tomato Cream Sauce

This recipe is a nice change of pace from the typical spaghetti dinner, but it will still appeal to picky eaters.  The flavor of the sausage and sage work so well together.  It comes together in less than thirty minutes.

A tomato based and cream based sauce are made separately and then combined.  Since I have picky eaters, I often set aside some of the cream sauce to be served to them.

This goes well my my favorite Italian bread recipe and a green salad.

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Apple Bundt Cake with Cider Glaze




This apple bundt cake is perfect for fall and the holidays.  The glaze is amazing and takes only a minute or two to mix up, so don’t skip it!

I love Bundt cakes. They are simple to make, unpretentious, and can be packed up as gifts or sliced up for snacks and (ahem) breakfast. The only thing I like better than them are small bundt cakes. That way I can make a full recipe and divide it into either two or four cakes. One to give away, one to keep, one to freeze, etc.

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Easy French Bread

This is the easiest bread recipe ever, and is great for beginners.  I still make it all the time because it’s good, not just easy.  My seven year old did almost every step of this loaf except put it in the oven and take it out.

I baked this in an Emile Henry clay cocotte pot that my mom gave me after she bought it for baking bread and then went on a low carb diet. You don’t need the clay baker, although I love it dearly and use it for more than just bread.  This recipe will be just fine baked freeform on a baking sheet, but it will not rise quite as high in the oven.

This is the same dough recipe I use for french sandwich rolls, just a different method.

It’s good sliced with butter or dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. It also slices nicely for sandwiches or toast if you allow it to cool completely.

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