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Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pies)

Chocolate cream pie

Make your own Chocolate Cream Pie from scratch! OK, who’s ready for dessert? I am a big believer in homemade pies. They are not terribly difficult and they taste SO much better than store bought. Don’t even stop in the grocery store bakery when you can make one of these babies at home. On Good […]

Making Affordable Homemade Ice Cream (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Dessert)

Easy Homemade Ice Cream

Believe it or not, homemade ice cream not only tastes better than store bought, but the cost analysis is comparable. Imagine all the custom-made concoctions you can enjoy this summer! I’ve always loved the flavor and fun of homemade ice cream. It tastes so much better than store bought. And there is such excitement when […]

Jesus Cookies for Easter (Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies)

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We started a new tradition this year. It’s one that I’ve been wanting to do for years. But, somehow, something always got in the way. This year, I seized the day. We baked and decorated Jesus Cookies for Easter. In Christmases Past, at least the last 12 of them, we’ve baked Jesus Cookies in December, […]

Triple Chocolate Sundaes (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Valentine’s Day)

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Three forms of chocolate, brownie, ice cream, and syrup, come together for a delicious Valentine’s treat. At our house, Valentine’s Day is definitely a family affair. While hubs and I cherish our date nights, we’re not going to pay high prices or beat the crowds to get a table while dining out. Instead, we hunker […]

Apple Cider Floats (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

Apple Cider Floats 2

So, I’ve mentioned before how much I enjoy Pinterest. One of the things I love about it is that I actually do some of the things that I discover there. Today’s recipe is inspired by one such discovery. However it also reveals one of my faults. I don’t always read directions. And so, when I […]

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (URS: Pumpkin & Squash Recipes)

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

After last Christmas I scored major big time on the post-holiday clearance sales. Organic canned pumpkin for 50 cents a can? I’m all over that. As such, I’ve had no pumpkin shortage here. We’ve been able to enjoy it whenever we want in all kinds of pumpkin baked goods. I’ve had a great time experimenting. […]

10 Frugal Snacks for Hungry Kids (Recipe: Spiced Pear Cake)

Spiced Pear Cake

It would seem that kids are always hungry: breakfast, 2nd breakfast, elevensies, luncheon…. Oh wait! Is that hobbits or kids? Same thing, really. While three (or more) good meals are a great base, a healthy afternoon snack can be just the ticket to help kids — and adults — make it through the 3:00 slump. […]

Raspberry Cream Cups with Pretzels (URS: Berries)

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This week on Ultimate Recipe Swap we’re sharing berry recipes. Unfortunately, I did not have a screaming sale on berries nor do I have berries growing in my backyard or the near vicinity where I could go pay to pick. So, I used frozen berries. Yes, yes, I did. And while probably not as tasty […]