Cooking from scratch is a great way to save money. It doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming to eat a healthy diet.
Cooking Saves Money
Cooking from scratch is the number one way our family saves money in our budget. We rarely go out to eat, because we usually have better food here at home. Here’s how you can learn to cook, save money and not waste your time. We spend about $400 a month to feed our entire family of 6.
Time Saving Recipes
I have done all the research on cooking fast healthy meals, so you don’t have to. We eat cooking from scratch 3 days a week and fill in the rest of the menus with well planned leftovers. It’s a great way to stretch the budget and not have to cook every day.
Family Sized Meals
We often have friends and family visit, so I cook larger quantities of food. The bonus is that it’s cheaper, and we have leftovers that can be frozen or reused. If your family is smaller, you can cook less frequently and have more meals in the freezer.
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New Year’s Eve is about celebrating the year that has passed, and looking forward to the year to come. Here are a few great ways to make your New Year’s Eve party one to remember. Just because you want to keep things simple, doesn’t mean you should get rid of all the fun little details. Pretty My Party shares some fun details (plus a free printable)! You won’t want to miss these “Kiss Me Kits” Shaken Together Life put together! They are such a cute idea as party favors, of just for you and your honey. No party is complete without food. AKA Design shares some great appetizers to make your party good a hit. This New Year’s Eve mocktail will please both the young and the old. Check out Kleinworth & Co. for this recipe and many others! New Year’s Eve is the perfect time to write down those resolutions. Create a space for your party guests to list theirs. Lia Griffith shares how she created these cute cards over on her blog. Nothing says New Year’s like champagne! These pretty cake balls from Sugar & Soul are sure to be a hit. Head over to Domestically Blissful to see this match sign in action! This is something I never would’ve thought of. Celebrating New Year’s with kids can be so much fun. Here’s a great way to get them involved in the countdown! The Suburban Mom shares her tips on how to make this successful over on her blog. The Blue Eyed Dove shares all her fun tips on how to create a festive atmosphere. Head over to her blog for all… Read More »
The holidays are finally here! What feels more festive than a tasty cocktail at your holiday party? So much of a successful party revolves around the food and beverages served. We’ve found a few festive cocktails perfect for any event you are planning during this holiday season. After looking at these recipes for the past few hours while writing this article, I’m ready to go sample a few of them. Cheers! Still looking for some holiday inspiration? Check out even more festive ideas: Holiday Gift Guide for Women Over 50 DIY Decorative Holiday Pillows Spiced Hot Apple Cider for Chilly Nights Remember to pin this post for later! SaveSave
Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish. Similar to an apple crisp in texture, but with more flavor this desert is sure to become a family favorite! Cook it in a crock pot for a quick dish when you are low on time! Rock the Crock Pot Crock pot recipes are king in our house. I am always looking for new ways to make quick dishes that can cook while I am working on other projects or busy with work. This dessert is fantastic for dinner with friends or to have warm and ready when you come home from Trick or Treating. Apple Kuchen is a traditional German dish made from freshly baked apples. You can use any good baking apple for this dish. We enjoy Granny Smith, Honey Crisp, Winesap, Golden Delicious and various other varieties that our local orchard has on hand. Start with a single variety then add different apples to experiment with the unique flavors that they create. My grandmother always served apple dishes with a slice of cheese on the side. This practice is a delightful way to finish a meal and takes away that over stuffed feeling if you ate too much for dinner. It really works! Apple Kuchen Recipe Print Yum Crock Pot Apple Kuchen Recipe Ingredients6 cups sliced and peeled baking apples, such as Granny Smith 2 cups brown sugar 1 cup flour or gluten free flour 1 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 cup butter 2 tsp. vanilla 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger 1/4 tsp. ground cloves Whip cream (optional) Slices of cheddar, co-jack, havarti… Read More »
Spiced Hot Apple Cider is one of our comfort staple foods. There is nothing better than a cup or two on those chilly evenings! This post contains affiliate links. Your purchase will provide me with a small commission. Thank you for your support! Spiced Hot Apple Cider Spiced Hot Apple Cider is easy to make. It’s even easier to drink it, cup after cup. We often make this drink while watching a good movie, or as an indulgence after a long hard day. You can make this beverage with fresh cider or bottled apple juice, but I must say the fresh cider has the most robust flavor. It is wise to buy your cider mulling spices in bulk for the most economical savings. However, you will find that when you have all these yummy ingredients in the house, you are far more likely to make yourself this fabulous treat. BUY LARGE QUANTITIES of spices, because you never know when the urge will strike. There have been many late nights when I have wanted to run out and buy spices but the local grocery store charges 10X as much as what I pay for the bulk price. Trust me, you don’t want to be making extra trips to the store! Here’s my favorite spice choices for this beverage: Bulk Cinnamon Sticks Bulk Whole Cloves Vanilla If you have a special occasion, you can zip it up with a bit of liquor! Just so you know, weekends count as special occasions in my book! Cinnamon Schnapps Cherry Brandy Cranberry Wine Delicious! Makes a… Read More »
Crock pot recipes are great for the days when you don’t have time to cook and need a hot meal ready when you get home. This recipe super easy and very tasty! This post contains affiliate links. When you make a purchase I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. Crock Pot Roast Chicken There is something so comforting about having a meal ready to eat when you get home. We eat crock pot meals 2 or 3 times a week during the fall and winter season because they are so easy to throw together and taste delicious. This roast chicken recipe can be made with frozen chicken breasts, whole chicken or even chicken legs and thighs. I look for chicken on sale and stock up when I can find it less than $2.00 per pound. You can order organic chicken by the case and have it delivered to your door for only $1.39 with Zycon Fresh. Crock Pot Roast Chicken Variations There are several ways to make this dish, I tend to vary it depending on what’s lurking in my refrigerator at the time. Sometimes I use fresh garlic, olive oil and lemon juice, some times I use the bottled salad dressing as listed. Either way it turns out great and your family will love it! Print Yum Crock Pot Beef Roast Recipe Ingredients4 lbs. chicken breasts, thighs, or legs (thawed) 1 bottle Paul Newman’s Olive Oil Italian Dressing (or 4 cloves chopped garlic, 1/4 cup olive oil and 1/2 cup lemon juice) Green Olives… Read More »
Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats can be made with canned or fresh pumpkin. They are a rich and satisfying desert that will satisfy even the pickiest of eaters. Pumpkin Pie Bar Treats Our family eats loads of pumpkin dishes in the fall. Everything from muffins and breads to soups, ice cream, cookies and pie. Sometimes you just can’t get enough. This Pumpkin Pie Bar recipe is sure to be a favorite with your family. It’s a breeze to make and everyone always loves it. Print Yum Delicious Pumpkin Bar Treats IngredientsBars: 4 eggs 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar 1 cup coconut oil 1 16 oz can pumpkin pie mix 2 cups flour (can also use gluten free flour) 2 teaspoons baking powder 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg 1/2 tsp. ground cloves 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Icing: 2 8 oz. packages of softened cream cheese 1/2 cup softened butter (1 stick) 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup powdered sugar InstructionsIn a large bowl, mix together eggs, sugar, oil, and pumpkin. Stir in flour, baking powder cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Add salt and baking soda. Mix thoroughly. Grease 9 x 13″ pan. Pour in mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes until a tooth pick comes out clean. Let cool. Mix frosting by beating cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar. Spread on bars.0.1 If you love this post, try some of these other recipe ideas: Molasses Cookies Secrets of the Best Snickerdoodle Cookies Guilt Free, Gluten Free Chocolate Waffles for Any Diet Gluten Free Chocolate Oatmeal… Read More »
Fall is almost here! What shouts fall more than tasty apple recipes?! Here are some we found around the internet that we’d love to try this apple season. Do you need an impressive looking treat to take to a party? Look no further! Inspired by Charm has created this tasty apple cranberry slab pie. It tastes as good as it looks! Not all apple recipes are sweet! Apples also make an excellent addition to many savory recipes as well. Check out this quesadilla that pairs apples with bacon and cheddar, a classic combo. The details for this simple recipe are all over on Home & Plate. While apples make a great mid-day snack, sometimes they can get a little tiresome. Vicky at Mess for Less used some extra apples she had to make these tasty chips. What a great way to salvage apples that have been sitting around a few days too long, and also get a great snack out of it! Pork and apples are always a great combination. The Blond Cook shares a great slow cooker recipe that would be great for a fall afternoon. Who wants to spend these beautiful days inside cooking? Not me! Pam at House of Hawthornes decided to find a new way to make this childhood favorite. Baked apples are such a simple desert, sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. This apple butter recipe is a result of hard work paying off big time! I spend years perfecting this recipe. Who doesn’t want a special apple treat that will last throughout the year?! Head over to… Read More »
Homemade Brownies are comfort food. They are easy to make from scratch with basic ingredients. Whip up a batch today for your next family dinner or potluck. Homemade Brownies Brownies are a classic treat. My mother loves them, she constantly bring home brownie mixes from the grocery store. Unfortunately, I hate brownie mix! The mixes are always too sweet and never cook all the way through the middle. In the search for a perfect brownie recipe, I have discovered that less is more. Simple ingredients and bit more fat make for a delicious, satisfying brownie that cooks all the way through. Print Yum Homemade Brownies Recipe Ingredients1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder 3/4 cup butter 1/2 almond flour or gluten free baking mix 1/3 cup chunky peanut butter or almond butter 1/2 cup sugar 1 tsp. vanilla 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 tsp. salt 2 eggsInstructions•Preheat oven to 350 degrees. •Melt butter in shallow pan on low heat. Add peanut butter. Stir to combine until fully melted. •Combine dry ingredients in a medium size bowl. •Add butter mixture to dry ingredients, stir by hand until completely combined. •Grease 8″ x 8″ square pan. Spread brownie mixture into pan. *Bake for 30-35 minutes until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool before serving. •Makes 15-20 small brownies. 0.1 Tips for Success [bctt tweet=”Not all brownies are created equal.” username=”designermom4″] It took me years to discover that brownies should only be baked in a metal baking pan. This is critical to baking success. For a long time I used… Read More »
We love this easy sandwich for a hearty lunch or a late night snack. Delicious on a budget and quick to make anytime! What’s a Monte Cristo? One of my favorite sandwiches is the Monte Cristo. It’s a french creation, originally called Croque Monsieur. Rich and satisfying, it is as yummy as it looks! Traditionally served for breakfast this is a popular staple at french cafe’s and is often served with a sprinkle of powdered sugar and jam for dipping. The high protein in the sandwich here comes from the bread being actually dipped in egg wash like french toast, then grilled to perfection. Load up your griddle with lots of grass fed butter when frying for the best flavor! I use coconut milk or almond milk occasionally for a different set of flavors. Print Yum Monte Cristo Sandwich (Croque Monsieur) IngredientsWhite or whole wheat bread Milk (1/3 cup per sandwich) Eggs (1 per sandwich) Slices of Mozzarella or Gruyere Cheese Sliced Deli Ham Butter Powdered Sugar (optional) Jam (optional)InstructionsPreheat griddle or cast iron frying pan. Add 1 tablespoon of butter, let melt. Whip the egg and milk with a fork in a medium size bowl. Dip the bread in the egg mixture, add to griddle. Layer the bread with the cheese and ham slices. Top with another piece of bread dipped in the egg mixture. Fry the sandwich for 3-5 until brown and cheese is melted. Turn sandwich and cook the other side until done. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar and jam for dipping if desired. 0.1 Don’t forget… Read More »
This No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe is a family secret. Hundreds of people have enjoy it at our family’s cheese house restaurant. The secret, is that it is so easy to make! Pumpkin Cheesecake Family Recipe If you are new to my blog, you may not know our family history. My husband’s family has been in the cheese business here in Wisconsin for more than 40 years. This cheese cake is a seasonal favorite at our family’s Cheese House restaurant. It never fails to disappoint! The secret, is that it’s very easy to make. This is one of those treats where you don’t look at calories or worry about fat content. Because, if you do, the experience is not the same. This is not your average cheesecake, but cheesecake for the hearty appetite. You can thank me later! We have sampled cheesecakes at different restaurants over the years, but let me tell you this one puts them all to shame. Even the Cheesecake Factory can’t compare to this. Print Yum No Fail Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Recipe Ingredients1 1/2 lbs. real cream cheese (full fat) 3 eggs 2 cups sugar 16 oz. sour cream 2 tsp. vanilla 16 oz. can of spiced pumpkin pie filling Chopped hazelnuts for topping 2 cups crushed graham crackers 1/2 cup melted butterInstructionsLet all ingredients come to room temperature before beginning. Cream the cheese, eggs and sugar. Add pumpkin pie mix. Combine thoroughly. Add sour cream. Combine graham crackers with the melted butter. Spread mixture in the bottom of a 13 x 9″ pan. Bake… Read More »
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