Banana Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting (URS: Pantry Staples)

This month we’re eating down the pantry. What this means is that we are focusing on the ingredients we have in order to prepare meals and buying only what we need to supplement our stores. I say “we” because the boys are responsible to cook one meal every night. Whoohoo! Obviously, the success of a […]

DIY on a Dime: Breakfast for the Road

Know someone with a long morning commute? Bless him or her with breakfast for the road. Breakfast is an important meal, but one that’s easy to skip. Too easy. We all know we should eat, but …. that morning rush gets the best of us sometimes. This gift is super easy to put together and […]

DIY on a DIme: Peppermint Milk

Mix up this simple hot drink mix as a quick and easy gift.  I first mixed up this minty milk concoction about ten years ago when I found candy canes on sale. For ten cents a box. I couldn’t help but experiment with them. My 12yo has remembered that experiment all these years. Recently, he […]

Ultimate Recipe Swap: Company Suppers

This week we’re sharing Company Suppers on Ultimate Recipe Swap. What in the world do I mean by that? Well, I mean a nicer-than-your-average meal that you’d be happy to serve to guests. Don’t get me wrong. I think that hospitality is more a goal than entertaining. A good bowl of chili with  friends trumps […]

Gingerbread Crinkles (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cookies)

Gingerbread dough finds a tasty form in these crinkle cookies, rolled in coarse sugar prior to baking. Long time readers will remember the Gingerbread Cookies that got away. Since my mom’s Gingerbread recipe has rarely worked for me,  I decided to redeem it a bit. I made a few changes and baked up a test […]

Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Pies)

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 […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole (URS: Holiday Side Dishes)

Can the canned cream soups. Make green bean casserole from scratch! This year I decided to take classic Thanksgiving favorites and remove the processed food from them. Last year I took that famous Pretzel Berry Salad/Jell-O dish and healthified it. The result was Raspberry Cream Cups. It mirrors the flavor of the pretzel-berry-jello dessert of […]

Really Homemade Seven Layer Dip (URS: Appetizers)

Thanksgiving is coming! A peek at the grocery fliers tells me it’s true. I love Thanksgiving. It just might be my favorite holiday. Remember, I’m just here for the food. Last year I caused quite a stir with some of you when I suggested omitting the turkey from our Thanksgiving celebration. Well, I’ve been musing […]