Browsing the blog archives for January, 2010

Basic Bread Dough and Calzones

Around our house, we make all of our own bread products…including pizza crust (a favorite!).  We also mill our own wheat to reclaim some of the “healthy side” of bread.  Here is the basic bread dough recipe from www.breadbeckers.com that I use for so many different things…all kinds of breads, cinnamon rolls, yeast rolls, pizza […]

January 25, 2010 in Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Here is my absolute favorite muffin recipe…..Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins.  So many friends have requested this one, I figured I should definitely post it!  I took a bunch of copy-cat recipes for the Starbucks version of this muffin, smooshed them together to create a version that I liked and have been making them ever since.  […]

January 22, 2010 in Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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Chai anyone?

If I had a money tree in my back yard, I would most likely go out each morning and pick a $5 bill and head off to Starbucks for my “snobby coffee” (or tea).  Unfortunately, God has not yet blessed our family with this tree, so for now I have to tame the Starbucks beast […]

January 21, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes

Stretch that fabric softener!

I admit it, I LOVE the way downy fabric softener smells on my clothes.  What I don’t love is how much it costs to continually buy fabric softener sheets or the liquid version.  So here’s what I do.  I take 1 bottle of Downy liquid fabric softener and pour it into a bucket.  Then I […]

January 20, 2010 in Being Frugal
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Whole Wheat Tortillas (without a press!)

Today I decided we needed to have breakfast burritos, so I needed to make some tortillas. I don’t have a tortilla press or anything, but I didn’t let that stop me! =) It was fun and easy, plus my kids LOVE them! I scrambled up some eggs, added cheese and salsa on top and had […]

January 20, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes
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Dishwasher Detergent

I am still utterly amazed at how much cleaning products cost!  Here is the recipe for dishwasher detergent I made today.  The cost is approximately .45 compared to the $3-$4 you would spend at the store.  You don’t have time to make it?…the time you save is worth the money to you?  Well, I find […]

January 20, 2010 in Being Frugal, Recipes

“Freezing pancakes”…aka “I LOVE my griddle!”

So today I realized I really need to stock up on some breakfast foods. For breakfast around here we usually do bagels, fruit, yogurt, muffins, frittata, turkey sausage, eggs, or pancakes. We don’t generally do cereal because it is sooo expensive and not very filling. Let’s face it, my kids have hollow legs, so cereal […]

January 8, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!, Recipes

And so it begins…..

So here I am, married and a mother of three children ages four and under….writing a blog. A year ago I also became a stay-at-home mom (although let’s face it, sometimes I feel like I am NEVER at home!) and realized that we were going to have to make some changes in our life. Living […]

January 5, 2010 in Uncategorized

Freezer Cooking

Yesterday I went to my wonderful friend Christy’s house to do a day of marathon cooking! I used to think that I needed to make specific “freezer meals”, but as time has gone by and I have learned a thing or two, I have realized that many, many recipes freeze beautifully! Doing some bulk freezer […]

January 5, 2010 in Being Frugal, Cooking Fun!

Maple Chicken and Veggies for the crockpot

Maple Chicken and Veggies for the crockpot (This is just a basic idea….I haven’t measured this one out yet, but as soon as I do, I will update!) Ingredients 4-6 uncooked chicken breasts 1-2 apples, chopped 1 butternut squash, chopped 1 small bag of baby carrots 3/4 cup maple syrup 1/4 cup liquid amino acids […]

January 5, 2010 in Cooking Fun!, Recipes