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Garlic Herb Pretzels

Make homemade garlic herb pretzels. They are inexpensive at less than a dollar a dozen and so very tasty! Oh my word. I make pretzels a few times a year. With each bite, I think to myself, “Why don’t I make these more often?” These are so delicious, fun to make, and make you feel […]

Cinnamon Apple Oat Cakes (URS: Grains)

Apples, oats, and a little bit of spice join forces in a portable baked oatmeal cake. Delicious in a bowl of cream or just eaten out of hand. Let me just say how much I love, love, LOVE it that you come by each week to swap recipes. I think having a themed catalog of […]

Chocolate Cheesecake Muffins (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Chocolate)

A homemade baking mix gets jazzed up with two forms of chocolate and a cheesecake like topping. Delicious and easy to pull together! As you may know, we’re in the midst of a Pantry Challenge over here. While I’ve not completely sworn off grocery shopping this month, I am “shopping my closet” as it were […]

Cranberry Christmas Bread or Wanna Be Panettone (URS: Christmas)

Homemade Christmas bread, full of cranberries and baked in a paper pan is reminiscent of store bought panettone, but the dough features whole wheat pastry flour and is prepared in a bread machine. I was first introduced to panettone the year I lived in France almost twenty years ago. My French family lived in the […]

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. […]

Braided Cinnamon Sugar Rounds (Ultimate Recipe Swap: Breads)

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 […]

Cinnamon Zucchini Waffles (URS: Zucchini)

Zucchini Bread, Zucchini Muffins, Chocolate Zucchini Cake — these are the stuff that summer is made of! Particularly when my parents let the zucchini stay on the vine too long and grow into these gargantuan beasts. One year Dad’s garden produced a zucchini as big as my 7-month old niece! This year, while I will […]

Whole Grain Shortcakes with Berries & Cream (URS: Easter)

I love inviting people over for Easter. Last year we had my mom, my brothers, a family friend, and an earthquake. Hopefully, this year we’ll have family and friends — without the rocking and the rolling. And while I love all the savory foods that comprise a big dinner, I really look forward to a […]