Recipes

Crock-pot Taco Soup – A Frugal Recipe

Taco Soup is one of our very favorite recipes and it’s so simple, even my three year old daughter can assemble it in the crock-pot. It’s perfect comfort food for a busy day because it can just simmer away for several hours! We use organic ingredients and garden produce when possible, but here is the […] Read more…

Homemade pumpkin pie spice - an easy recipe that takes only a minute and is a frugal alternative to store-bought mix

How to Make Pumpkin Pie Spice

I found a little jar of pumpkin pie spice in Target the other day. It was pretty tiny and expensive and I figured, “Hey, I can probably make this myself with stuff I already have in my cupboard!”  And so I did. And so can you! :)   DIY Pumpkin Pie Spice  1/4 cup ground […] Read more…

Homemade Pizza Crust with Flax

We love homemade pizza and often use our whole wheat pizza dough recipe when we make it together on Friday nights. This Homemade Pizza Crust with Flax is prepared in the bread machine! It has a light texture and crisps up nicely (especially when baked on my Pampered Chef stone). It’s a bit thinner crust than the […] Read more…

DIY Corn Muffin Dry Mix

One of the ways I attempt to save time when preparing meals is to make homemade dry mixes ahead of time. That way, all I have to do is add the liquid ingredients to the already prepared dry ingredients for a quick bread, side or dessert. Kirk, my husband, loves chili and cornbread, so I decided to make up a corn muffin […] Read more…

Thanksgiving Recipe Ideas

Looking for some last-minute Thanksgiving recipes? I wanted to share with you a few that we’ve tried or will be trying this year! Photo courtesy Food Network Sweet Potato Biscuits from Paula Deen – We used a similar recipe for these {which I can’t find at the moment} a couple of years ago. They are delicious and […] Read more…

Homemade Microwave Caramel Corn--an easy recipe that's perfect for fall! Make it with kids too!

Homemade Microwave Caramel Corn

Who doesn’t love caramel corn? This is a recipe from my childhood days that my mother and I made often. Let me tell you, it’s really hard not to eat the whole batch in one sitting. Pin It Microwave Caramel Corn 1 cup brown sugar 1 stick butter 1/4 cup white corn syrup 1/2 tsp. […] Read more…

Homemade Microwave Popcorn

For years I had a little air popper for making popcorn. Eventually it died so I moved on to making popcorn on the stove. It’s really, really tasty but not really good for you due to the copious amount of oil used in the recipe :) I decided to experiment with making homemade microwave popcorn. […] Read more…

Hot Ham and Cheese Calzone

I was drooling over the Schwan’s catalog one afternoon when I came across a recipe for ham and cheese calzones. It called for the Schwan frozen calzone dough but I figured I could just make my own in the bread machine. Here’s my version of this delicious dish. Hot Ham and Cheese Calzone You’ll Need: […] Read more…

Bread Machine Calzone Dough

I’ve got to admit, I love flax. It has great nutritional benefits and really does taste good! We like to add it to smoothies, our cereal and baked goods. One of my favorite ways to get flax into my diet is by making calzone dough in my bread machine. I thought I’d share the recipe […] Read more…

10 Ways to Use Extra or Overripe Fruits and Vegetables

Last week I shared ten recipes for using leftover meat. Now let’s talk about how to use extra or overripened fruits and vegetables. I’m going to highlight ten of the produce items that we eat most frequently and explain how we implement the “if you can use it, don’t throw it” principle at our house.1. Bananas When the […] Read more…

autumn pear bread--a delicious fall baked treat

Autumn Pear Bread

Make the most of your ripe pears by baking this delicious Autumn Pear Bread Recipe!  Ever wondered what to do with ripe pears (besides make them into baby food?) You can make some Autumn Pear Bread! My aunt Brenda gave me this wonderful recipe and in my usual style I changed some ingredients to try […] Read more…

10 Ways to Use Leftover Meats

My mom and dad raised me to believe that leftovers were my friend. Eating them was a way to use our resources wisely and a method of saving money in on groceries. But there was a time in college when my friendship with leftovers faded. Any extra food ended up staying in the fridge for […] Read more…

Crock Pot Cola Chicken

What can you do with a can of Pepsi and a bottle of ketchup? Make supper of course! (Wait, that wasn’t the answer you were looking for? :) ) I first had Crock Pot Cola Chicken at a monthly recipe club I attend with some lovely ladies. The theme that month was five ingredients or less […] Read more…

Kids in the Kitchen: Peanut Butter and Banana Smoothie

Will and Leah love being in the kitchen and helping out Mom. Usually this equates to fighting with each other for “the tall stool”, complaining because they didn’t get the first turn or sticking their hands in the peanut butter jar for a taste. But I know it’s fun for them to help out and […] Read more…

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