These almost make you want to plant an herb garden, don't they?? Last week, I shared a simple DIY Herb Garden post with you…and now, here are the markers! I may be able to whip up dinner in a jiffy, or set up amazing meal plans for you…but I'm ...


DIY Scrabble Tile Herb Garden Markers and more...

DIY Scrabble Tile Herb Garden Markers

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These almost make you want to plant an herb garden, don’t they??

Last week, I shared a simple DIY Herb Garden post with you…and now, here are the markers!

I may be able to whip up dinner in a jiffy, or set up amazing meal plans for you…but I’m really not the most crafty person in the world!

But this is a craft that I can get behind and get done.

  • Craft sticks
  • Scrabble Tiles
  • Hot glue gun

Boom. Done.

And now you’ll have the most stylish herb garden on the block 😉

Quick and Easy Instructions for DIY Scrabble Tile Herb Garden Markers

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DIY Scrabble Tile Herb Garden Markers

Supplies needed:


  • Begin by arranging the letters so they spell the out the plants you wish to mark. Depending on how many words you are making and how long they are, you might want several packages of letters.
  • Once the letters are arranged, place a dab of hot glue on the back of each (be generous) and start at the top of the craft stick pressing them in place. Press firmly so they adhere well.
  • Keep working your way down spelling out the word of your choice.
  • Once done, you can apply a clear varnish if you wish to protect from the elements. Or, leave for a natural weathered look.

Note: If you have a word that is lengthy and won’t fit on the craft stick, just glue two together end to end. You can then add your letters and still have room at the bottom to stick the marker into the ground.


DIY Container Herb Garden

How to Grow a Container Herb Garden

OH. If only you could reach through your screen and add this beautiful container herb garden to your porch or backyard!


I adore fresh herbs. I don’t adore paying for those little packets. You can get an entire plant right now, for the same price as a packet.

If you’ve never had an herb garden, they are super easy to set up, manage and maintain. Don’t let your black thumb (if you have one) scare you. Herbs are very low maintenance!

Lots of sun and water and soon…this pot will be overrun with fresh herbs for your next pasta salad, dinner or marinade!

How to Build a Container Herb Garden


  • Large planter
  • Drill
  • Nutrient rich soil
  • Hand shovel
  • Assorted herbs such as lemon balm, dill, basil, oregano, chives, rosemary
  • Marigolds (optional)


  1. You want to begin by preparing your container. You want a large and roomy container that offers each plant at least 4-6 inches of its own space. Choose a size based on the number of plants you are trying to fit into the container.
  2.  Drill holes in the bottom of the container for drainage if there are not holes already. Proper drainage is important so this isn’t a step you want to skip. If the container can’t be drilled, layer the bottom of the container with stones to help with draining.
  3. Fill the container with a nutrient rich soil that is loose and clump free.
  4. Begin by assembling your taller plants in the center of the pot. This would be plants like your dill which tend to be taller. Start filling in smaller plants and cascading plants such as rosemary a oregano around the outsides of the pot.
  5. Be sure you are spacing your plants with several inches between each, keeping taller plants in the center and shorter on the outsides. This will help them grow out nicely and help you avoid crowding.
  6. Water well and add a layer of mulch to the pot to help protect the roots from heat and also retain moisture. Place the pot in an area that gets at least 6 hours of sun per day. Give your container garden at least 1 inch of water per week and keep the soil cool and damp between feedings.
  7. Optional: To help prevent pests from nibbling on your herb garden, you can add some marigolds to the outside layer of the pot. This can help animals such as chipmunks and rabbits from coming to dine, turning the container garden into an all you can eat buffet.







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

EZPZ Bowl Austin

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.

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