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Java Whipped Cream

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You guys, I just made a brilliant discovery!

(Unless, of course, this idea is all the rage on the internet and I have just now discovered it for myself. In which case, I haven’t actually discovered anything, but let me have my moment of glory, would ya?)

Anyhoo, because I am out of both real coffee and my preferred half and half in which I add to my real coffee, I am now officially in survival mode when it comes to my addiction love of all things java.

Enter: whipped cream & instant coffee. Continue reading →

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19 Ways to Cut Back an Already Bare Bones Grocery Budget

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Things just went from bad to worse. You got the call that your husband lost his job, the car needs major repairs, or another medical bill just found its way in your hands.

You’re already frugal but this news demands even more cutbacks. While it may seem that you are already doing all that you can to skimp and save sometimes you find yourself needing to cut back even more.

If you’ve found yourself in this position, I’m here to help.

I’ve recently had to reevaluate our already frugal lifestyle. I will admit to you that cutting back an already bare bones grocery budget isn’t fun or easy, but it is possible. Continue reading →

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Peanut Butter Cup Brownies

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Who doesn’t love the union between peanut butter and chocolate?

Admittedly this isn’t the quickest or most frugal of my recipes, but when that craving hits, this one is sure to please. With options like almond flour, whole wheat flour, and applesauce, it is healthier than the favorite store bought candy.

I’ll give you the peanut butter cup version, but just in case you are looking to make yours into a traditional brownie, I’ll show you how to do it that way, too. Continue reading →

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Simple Skillet Pizza Crust

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I recently shared a recipe for The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make.

That recipe creates simple round loaves and baguettes, but it also lends itself well to one of my family’s favorites – Simple Skillet Naan Bread.

Another frugal favorite we enjoy often is pizza.

We love the texture of Skillet Naan Bread so much that I decided to try preparing pizza crust the same way. It was a hit and we have never looked back! We love the crispy texture that cooking it in the pan with oil gives as opposed to the traditional baked version. Continue reading →

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“The Best Mashed Potatoes I’ve Ever Had”

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When my nephew, who was 15 at the time, was staying with us, I made these mashed potatoes for dinner one evening. They got their name when he enthusiastically exclaimed, “These are the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had.”

From then on, I couldn’t make enough of these to keep that boy content! Continue reading →

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The Easiest Bread You’ll Ever Make

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This bread recipe will change your life!

Well maybe that’s a slight exaggeration, but it will certainly transform your bread making experience.

If you’re a beginner, this is the perfect place to start.

If you enjoy homemade bread but you’re short on time, this is the recipe for you.

It’s simple, quick, and requires no kneading. It uses only 4 ingredients and it can be made with 100% whole wheat flour, all white flour, or a combination of both. Continue reading →

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Simple {Two Ingredient} Coconut Chocolates

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Most of us are trying to watch our weight by eating a little healthier. But let’s be honest, we all need a little chocolate now and then. Tell me I’m not alone here.

I have found that it usually takes just a bite or two (or three or four!) to satisfy my sweet tooth and my chocolate craving. So when I found myself in my kitchen with a package of dark chocolate chips and a bag of sweetened coconut, you know I was thinking of a Mound’s bar.

I did an online search and sure enough, there are many recipes for making the homemade candy yourself. They all called for ingredients that I didn’t have on hand, though. I knew there needed to be an easier way.

I thought an experiment was in order. I mean, how can you go wrong with chocolate chips and coconut? Continue reading →

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Simple Baked Chicken Wontons

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Every year on their birthdays, I ask my family what their requested meals are for their special day.

My oldest son always puts this one on his birthday menu.

This is a delicious, inexpensive, and simple appetizer, snack, or lunch. He and I both hope you’ll give these a try.

This recipe lends itself well to using leftover meat or veggies. I’ll tell you how I make them, but feel free to experiment with what you have on hand. Continue reading →

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One-Bowl {Healthier} Chocolate Cupcakes

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As you probably already know, I love one-bowl baking recipes. Less mess means more time for eating cupcakes!

I also love a healthier dessert. Again, more cupcakes!

I make these with pumpkin, squash, or applesauce, depending on what I have on hand. These additions add moisture and some health benefits like vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber.

In other words, they help me justify eating a chocolate cupcake! (or 3) Continue reading →

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One Bowl Chocolate Peppermint Cookies {Healthier Version}

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chocolate-cookies The only thing I love more than a delicious cookie is a healthier version of a delicious cookie.

Oh, and candy canes!

I love all things candy cane and peppermint, especially when they are paired with chocolate.

And since I don’t love to do dishes, one bowl recipes are very appealing to me.

These cookies encompass all of those features.

They are also very versatile.

During Christmas, I make this peppermint version, but during the rest of the year, I experiment with other flavors. I have used chocolate chips for a double chocolate version, creme de mint chips, white chocolate chips, and (my second favorite) peanut butter chips.

I’ve adapted these cookies to be healthier than most by cutting the sugar by half of what the average cookie recipes call for and by using whole wheat flour rather than all-purpose. Continue reading →

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Must-Make Cracker Roca

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My life changed that night at Bible study. It was the study, for sure, but the Cracker Roca helped, too.

A friend of mine showed up with the most delicious version of Roca I had ever tasted. When she told me how simple it was to make, I couldn’t believe it. I had to go home and make it for myself. Continue reading →

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Creamy Vegetable Soup

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This soup is a favorite in our home because it is healthy, frugal, and delicious. You can follow my exact recipe or experiment based on your own preferences and with what you have on hand.

Soups are pretty adaptable and forgiving. They are also an excellent way to use up leftovers.

Without any further ado, I give you my… Continue reading →

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The Easiest Brownies You’ll Ever Make (w/ a Surprise Healthy Ingredient!)

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If you know me, you know 2 things:

  1. I make most things from scratch and very little from a box or can.
  2. I’m not perfect.

As a result of #2, you will occasionally find a boxed brownie mix in my home. The idea is that I have something on hand for last minute baking for church, company, or a visit to a friend’s home.

That’s how it works in theory. Continue reading →

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The BEST White Chicken Chili

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Most recipes I remake. Sometimes it is to make them healthier. Other times it’s to make them more frugal.

There are two notable exceptions, however. One is the enchilada sauce I use in The BEST EVER Enchilada Soup and the other is Eat, Live, Run’s White Chicken Chili. Feel free to hop on over and check out her recipe. Mine is a slightly adapted version.

I will make a pot and eat it for several days. Trust me, it will be eaten before it has a chance to go bad.

Here is how I make my version: Continue reading →

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Make-Ahead Meal: Easy, Frugal Freezer Burritos

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When I make these burritos for my family, I serve them fresh as well as make extras. I then freeze the leftovers for quick future meals. My kids love these. They are easy, quick, frugal, and healthy.

I’m going to show you how I made them last, but please know that this recipe is extremely adaptable. Any filling can be used. Any type of tortilla can be used. Follow my recipe word for word, or use this as a guide to make them your way. Continue reading →

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Oatmeal Apple Scones w/ Coconut & Chocolate Chips

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Hands down, my favorite breakfast food is a warm, fresh scone. Carbs and butter – what can I say? Don’t let the high price of butter make this hard to swallow. Trust me, these go down just fine.

When my dear friend gave me apples from her tree and I stumbled upon Naïve Cook Cooks’ recipe for apple scones, I knew what needed to grace my breakfast table. Using an adaptation of her recipe, I came up with these beauties. Continue reading →

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Lemon Coconut Shortbread Cookies (with variations)

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Shortbread is one of my favorite cookies. I had lemons and coconut on hand so I wanted to see how well they would blend in a shortbread. I’m so glad I did, because these babies are keepers.

I cook mine at 300 degrees because I’m a rebel I really don’t want them over baked. These have a lot of butter in them so they will brown quickly. The perfect shortbread is not going to be a golden brown. They are done right before they start to brown. Err on the side of under done because they will continue to cook while they sit on the baking sheet.

They have a slight lemon taste that isn’t overwhelming, which is fine with me because it’s really all about the butter! Am I right? Continue reading →

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Healthier Coconut Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

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This is a cookie I can feel good about!

Well, truth be told, I’m not sure there is a cookie I can’t feel good about. Unless they have walnuts or pecans in them. Walnuts and pecans do bad things to me. Feel free to add them to yours, but don’t invite me over.

Anyway, back to the good cookies…

Not only do these cookies taste delish, but they are chock full of healthy, filling ingredients like coconut, oatmeal, whole grain flours, and Craisins. Continue reading →

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Simple Cornmeal Crusted Pan Fried Fish

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We are incredibly blessed to have a wonderful friend who lives on a lake, is an avid fisherman, and loves to feed others. Our family has had the privilege of dining in his home numerous times over the years. His wife is the one who inspired me to start making homemade tartar sauce. (You can read that post and get the recipe here: Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce)

Tonight, our family will be dining in our own home, but we get to enjoy fresh bass that he not only caught, but filleted for us just yesterday. Have I mentioned how much he has blessed us?

It will work well with any thin, white fish (catfish, cod, bass, etc.) Continue reading →

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Quick & Easy Homemade Tartar Sauce

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Once upon a time I lived very close to a Trader Joe’s and shopped there on a weekly basis. One item that frequented my list was Trader Joe’s Tartar Sauce with Dill and Jalapeno. 

Then we moved far away. The nearest TJ’s was over 5 hours away. I used to joke that I missed TJ’s more than I missed my family. (Of course, that’s not true, but it made the cashier laugh).

When friends who know my deep affection for Trader Joe’s were going to be in the area of one, they always graciously offered to pick up a few items for me. I bet you can guess what was at the top of my list. Continue reading →

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