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Jesus Cookies for Easter (Recipe: Cinnamon Sugar Cookies)

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, […]

Apple Cider Floats (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Apples)

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)

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)

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)

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 […]

Mini Smores Cones (URS: Dessert)

After a family dinner out on Saturday I ran into Walmart for a few things: malt powder and whipping cream so that I could whip up some awesome dessert that would knock your socks off. Hubs and the kids were circling in the parking lot while I grabbed those items, so I was trying to […]

Mud & Worm Cupcakes

My first four children were boys. My last two were girls. I live a dual life as a mom. There’s legos and Jedi and lots of mud on one side. There are princesses and Dora and lots of mud on the other. For some reason, lots of mud is the common theme that runs through […]

An Easy Way to Make A Buche de Noel or Yule Log Cake for Christmas

Many years ago, almost twenty, I spent a year in France as an exchange student. I adopted a family — or they adopted me — to call my own. I lived in a different French city, but thanks to mutual acquaintances, we connected and my life was changed. I don’t think I would have experienced […]