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DIY on a Dime: Big Puffy Heart Tarts

heart tarts

Puff pastry and your favorite jam come together easily in these big puffy heart tarts.

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

Chocolate Banana Cupcakes

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: Peppermint Milk

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 […]

Gingerbread Crinkles (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Cookies)

Gingerbread Crinkles

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)

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 […]

Really Homemade Green Bean Casserole

truly homemade green bean casserole

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

Really Homemade Seven Layer Dip

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 […]

Mini Meatloaves and Stovetop Mac & Cheese (URS: Dinners for $10 or Less)

mini meatloaf and mac

Talk about quick and cheap eats! This meal features mini meatloaves full of flavor as well as a made-from-scratch mac and cheese. Filling comfort food that won’t disappoint, all for less than $10. Creating a dinner for four under $10 is not rocket science. Anyone who shops the sales and coupons can probably pull it […]