Pear and Blue Cheese Salad with Maple Spiced Toppings (URS: Thanksgiving Side Dishes)

I imagine that every family has its share of holiday dinner quirks. Apparently, a relish tray is common fare in some homes, though it might be called antipasti. Depending on your cultural background, be it ethnic or regional, you probably serve something unique at your house. At our house, Thanksgiving Dinner is somewhat of a […]

Maple Spiced Pepitas and Almonds (URS: Appetizers)

Years ago Gramma Marilyn bought these chipotle spiced almonds that were out of this world. I think I ate the whole pound standing there at her kitchen counter. They were delicious for snacking, added a tasty crunch to salads, and made an elegant appetizer for a holiday meal. We loved them so much, I had […]

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 Fall 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. […]

Jalapeno Popper Potatoes (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Potatoes)

Years ago we had a neighbor who made these delicious bacon appetizers. They were strips of bacon wrapped around the tiniest bits of cream cheese and jalapenos. They were time intensive to make, but oh so delicious to eat. And since then, I love jalapeno poppers when made with good cheeses and wrapped in bacon. […]

Braided Cinnamon Sugar Rounds (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breads)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

Maybe it’s the fast paced society we live in. Maybe it’s that I like to get the biggest bang for my buck. Maybe it’s that I’m just lazy. But, I love things that are multi-purpose. I love a gadget that can serve lots of purposes, like the Night Vision Spy Goggles that I got for […]

Plain and Simple Slow Cooker Recipes (Ultimate Recipe Swap)

Ultimate Recipe Swap

I had all these great plans to tell you about these stew starters I made during my last round of freezer cooking. The concept was nice: put together a bag of meat and seasonings and aromatics and then freeze. On the day of serving, throw it all in the slow cooker and forget about it. […]