Dessert is my favorite part of the meal. We make a different recipe each week that I share with my readers.
Dessert is King
It is the most popular part of the meal at our house. I find that I make the same meals over and over because they fit within my budget. However, we have more room to experiment with the sweets. We make a different one each week and we love experimenting with new recipes.
Eat Small with Big Flavor
Since we are so thrifty, only the best recipes will make the cut. It’s got to be easy to make, with few ingredients and most of all packed with flavor. The healthier the better! This Mamma doesn’t waste her time when it comes to Dessert!
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These Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies are perfect for a special treat with loads of flavor. Easy recipe! Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookies This Lemon and Lavender Sugar Cookie recipe is my latest obsession. Not only is it easy to make, but completely delicious. It even smells amazing with the lavender herbs. The Meyer Lemons are my favorite and seem to have the most powerful flavor and scent. They are also a rich deep yellow color. How could you not love them? Lemon and Lavender are often used together in European cooking from Italy or France. I have seen recipes for ice cream, cakes, roast chicken and more. My family was anxious to try these new cookies and they have become one of our new favorites. Lavender Sources This recipe calls for a bit of dried fresh lavender. You can find this edible herb at specialty herb or gourmet shops. Amazon also carries it stock. If you have it growing in your garden you can use that instead, as long as it’s organically grown without pesticide. Recipe Print Yum Lemon Lavender Sugar Cookies IngredientsCookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup granulated sugar 1/2 honey 1 cup powdered sugar 1 cup softened butter 1 cup softened coconut oil 2 eggs 4 1/2 cups flour 2 Tablespoons grated lemon zest 1 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons crushed lavender blossoms Icing Ingredients: 2/3 cup powdered sugar 2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice InstructionsCombine sugars, honey, butter, coconut oil and eggs in a large bowl. Mix well. Add flour,… Read More »
Quick and Easy recipes are my favorite, here is a killer cookie recipe for a unique peanut butter oatmeal combo. Quick and Easy Peanut Butter and Oats Our family loves cookies. We make a batch or two each month for different occasions. This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe is one of our go to family favorites, as it pleases all the appetites in our household. Some of us like Peanut Butter, some like Oatmeal and when you put the two things together you have an instant recipe for success. My Peanut Butter Oatmeal version also has some coconut for a bit of the sweet taste, and dried cranberries for the sour palette. Our kids fight for the cookies with the most cranberries in them, proof of a winning recipe! Recipe Notes This Peanut Butter Oatmeal recipe makes a large batch, as much as this is great for a big family, it may be too much for a small one. However, if you have leftover cookies, bag them by the dozen in zip-lock freezer bags and store them for future use. My kids are forever forgetting to tell me when it’s their turn to bring a treat to soccer, youth group, choir or any of their other activities. With a couple of bags of homemade cookies in the freezer, I am almost always prepared for those last minute treat requests. In addition, this saves me both time and money not having to make any last minute trips to the grocery store to purchase treats! Here’s what you will need to make Peanut Butter… Read More »
Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies are easy to make and so delicious! The secret ingredient makes all the difference! Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies Your family will love this Must Have Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. For years I only used the Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe that came on the back of the bag of the chocolate chips. You know what I mean? I just figured it was the best. Wrong! One day I experimented with some new ingredients, and found something better! We never went back to the old way of making chocolate chip cookies! Most of all, butter and sour cream give this cookie a delightful light texture (it’s a secret, don’t tell your family what’s in it!). You may want to make an extra batch to put in the freezer for last minute treats when friends come to visit. Chocolate Chips are Comfort Food Chocolate chip cookies disappear faster at our home than you can imagine! Seems like I can make a batch of fresh cookies, leave the room while they are cooling, and come back to an empty table. It’s true! In addition, this recipe has become one of our family kitchen staples. It’s probably the easiest cookie to make and produces a winner that everyone will love. The noteworthy secret ingredient is the addition of sour cream. We prefer to use the dark chocolate chips, our favorite brands include either Ghirardelli or Hershey’s Special Dark chocolate chips. Either brand will work, or you can use your favorite. In addition, you can add walnuts if you… Read More »
This is a sponsored post. Any opinions given are completely my own. This post was sponsored by Gorilla Glue. See disclosure page for additional information. I make weekly trips to the local thrift store. One day in particular is especially fruitful for my visits, since they put out new stock for the weekend. Friday is the day to shop for thrift. I found these lovely plates on my most recent excersion. I put them together with some other thrift store junk to make these DIY Cake Stands. I spent a lot of time deliberating colorful plates at the store. I found that I was drawn to the blue combinations the most. They key to success in this project is to choose 2-3 plates of the same color combination for each cake stand. I love that the patterns are all different, they work together because they are in the same color family. I did sneak in a couple of white plates, they are in the middle layer of the cake stand or have decorations and are not so obvious. The other secret ingredient is several small footed glass bowls in different shapes and sizes. I also used a candle stick and a shot glass as well but those are only for the smaller top layers. Using the wider, lower footed bowl for the heavier bottom plate adds stability, a medium size and height bowl works well for the middle plate, then the short shot glass or candle stick support the smaller top plate. I used Gorilla Super Glue for… Read More »
Did you see the Blue Moon this week? It’s the second time this month we have had a full moon, the second cycle is referred to as the “Blue Moon”. The phrase “once in a blue moon” has brought on new meaning to me as I have gotten older. There are things that I just never have time to do that I enjoy, one of them is making fresh ice cream. Life is too short not to take time for simple little pleasures. Blue Moon ice cream is a Wisconsin favorite, a best seller at our family’s restaurant. It has the suburb combination of watermelon, blueberry and raspberry that can’t be beat. You can make your own ice cream simply with a few plastic baggies and ice, it’s a fun project for kids and great entertainment for a hot day. Ingredients: 1/2 pint fresh blueberries 1/4 of a large watermelon, Rhine removed, seeded and chopped into 1″ cubes 1/2 pint fresh raspberries (you can substitute 2 Tablespoons low sugar Raspberry jam if needed) 2 cups almond milk or whole milk 1/2 cup sugar 4 cups ice 1/2 cup table salt 2 large gallon sized zip lock baggies 2 sandwich size zip lock baggies Directions: Blend the fresh fruit and milk together in a blender until smooth. Add the sugar, blend again. Pour the mix into two sandwich baggies, only filling them about 1/2 way. Close the bags, releasing as much air as possible. Divide the ice and salt into the two gallon sized bags. Close the top, shake the… Read More »
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