Erin’s 2015 Mother’s Day Gift Guide and more...

Erin’s 2015 Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and I’ve got a few great ideas for the moms in your life.

If you’re a fellow mom, email this link to your spouse and give him a big – wink, wink, hint, hint – and just tell him what you see on the list that you want!

1. Grocery Budget Makeover Registration!


It’ll be available on Monday, May 11th…so it’ll be a slightly delayed gift…but it’s a gift worth waiting for, and one that will keep giving and giving and giving…

Drop your email here and I’ll be sure to send you all the details!

2. Vintage Apron from Bumblebee Linens

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One of my good friends just launched a new vintage apron line over at Bumblebee Linens, and I’m drooling and swooning over them!

They also sell beautiful tea, dinner, lunch, and cocktail napkins that you can monogram and customize with embroidery.

These would be the perfect gift for any mom who loves to cook and entertain!

Order one today, so it arrives in time for Mother’s Day!

(Also, use 15% Off Coupon Code: 5dollardinners)

3. EZPZ Happy Bowl

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I was in Los Angeles a few weeks ago and met the gal who started EZPZ Fun in the security line. We got to chatting and when it came time to put our carry-ons through the machine, she grabbed a sample from her bag and practically stuffed it into my bag. (Not really, she insisted that I take one to try and I graciously accepted it!)

I knew right away that Cuatro would love it to eat with this bowl-mat…and that I would too for the easy clean-up.

Sure enough, I was right and I’m in love with this handy-dandy bowl-placemat!!!

Grab one from Amazon here.

4. Meal Plans

Free 2-Week Trial of the $5 Meal Plan

Yes, yes…another shameless plug. Whether it’s one (or three!) of the Costco Meal Plans, or a membership to The $5 Meal Plan…I’d be honored to help out any and all ‘stressed out, overworked, too tired to think about what to make for dinner’ moms 🙂

That’s it…short and sweet, yo!

And Happy Mother’s Day to all my mama-pals!!!


Tricia’s Cool Uses for Cucumbers

With a larger family of five children from preschool to high school, I am all the time looking for new ways to eat healthy and fill tummies!

Tricia's Cool Use for Cucumbers at $5 Dinners

Thanks to our small, square foot garden, we’ve enjoyed large amounts of cucumbers. We are eating cucumbers in all kinds of ways for lunches and sides for suppers and I’ll share them below.

Cucumbers as dippers with hummus

Cucumber Dippers – With homemade hummus (my way of saving big bucks in the hummus economy). Savings with homemade hummus.

Cucumbers as finger sandwiches

Cucumbers as finger sandwiches – yes, even with pimento cheese!

Plus these long-time favorite ways:

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Cucumber Dippers

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • One, large cucumber
  • Favorite dip, topping


  • Slice your cucumber.
  • Serve with your favorite dip.
  • It’s as simple as that!

How do you like your cucumbers?


Sauteed Okra Recipe

Summer comes and it’s always time for fried okra. But it’s also always good to have a lighter version of a garden favorite. That’s when it’s time to slice up and saute your okra.

Sauteed Okra Recipe

Four cups of sliced okra makes a wonderful side for my family of seven. Yum!

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Sauteed Okra

Yield – 8 servings

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 10 minutes


  • 4 cups okra, sliced
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • other spices to taste



  • Rinse okra well and pat dry.
  • Slice in 1/2 sized slices, discarding ‘caps’ and tips if desired.
  • Place olive oil in saute pan.
  • Place sliced okra in pan.
  • Sprinkle with sea salt and/or your favorite spices.
  • Toss gently.
  • Saute approximately 10 minutes or until desired tenderness.


Join the Home Depot Garden Club, Save $5!

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Join the Home Depot Garden Club and get a $5 coupon. You’ll also receive up to $300 in savings throughout the year!

{Click on the banner to join!}

On a personal note, I’m looking forward to gardening again this year. Because of the pregnancy and newborn stage of life that we’ve just come through, I’ve decided to set up our garden this fall. I’ll likely be using the square foot gardening method, as well as some container gardening too. For now, I’ve got a few herbs out on the back deck!


Dana’s Greek Salad

Greek Salad with a Tangy Homemade Dressing

This Greek Salad recipe comes from my Greek babysitter. She makes the most delicious, tangy salad dressing that cannot be beat over crunchy vegetables topped with yummy feta cheese.

This is a great salad to add to your family’s “salad rotation,” as it will help keep veggies tang-iliciously interesting.


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Greek Salad

Yield – 4-6 servings

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 0 minutes


  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1 clove, crushed garlic
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 head romaine lettuce, washed and chopped into bite sized pieces
  • 1-2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 2-3 green onions, sliced OR 1/2 small red onion, diced
  • 1 green or red pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 4-6oz crumbled feta cheese


  • Whisk olive oil, red wine vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic & oregano well.
  • Assemble all the salad and veggies. Pour the tangy Greek dressing over the assembled salad.
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