Heath Bar Apple Dip

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This Heath Bar Dip (aka Apple Brickle Dip), is by far one of the easiest recipes to make, and such a yummy treat when apples are in season!  I got it from a cousin at a family gathering, and goodness now it’s one of our family’s favorites. Here’s the recipe so you can try it out too!



  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 bag of Heath Bar toffee bites
  • 4 apples (cut into slices)
  • 2 tbs lemon or lime juice

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  1. Mix first 5 ingredients using mixer.
  2. Chill for an hour.
  3. Toss sliced apples in the lemon juice.
  4. Enjoy!


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The Best Bread Machine Dough Recipe

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breadpinimageThis is the best bread machine bread you will ever eat. 


And it’s easy.


You’re welcome. 😉


I’ve made it for years about once a month, and every time I pull down my bread machine out of the pantry my family gets a wee bit excited. Last week as I was driving my 15 year old home from band practice before dinner I said “Guess what I made?”


“Chicken and dumplings?”




“Italian Beef?”




“Some chocolate chip cookies?”


Seriously kid? Nope – not that either. Homemade bread! I really am the best mom, right?


“Mmmmm . . . yup, you really are the best mom.” 😉


Folks, this kid is a sophomore so I only have a few more years to convince him my cooking is worth coming home for once he scoots off to college. If chocolate chip cookies, homemade bread and chicken and dumplings do it, you can bet we’ll be eating a lot of those for the next few years . . . 


I can’t make it more often than once a month because I have very little self control when it comes to a loaf of warm homemade bread in the kitchen, but when I do it’s just a happy treat for the whole family. It’s so simple to make and takes about 5 minutes of effort ~ so worth it if your family loves homemade bread too!


Bread Machine Dough


  • 1 cup warm water (110 – 115 degrees)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey (if you don’t have any you can skip it and it turns out fine)
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all purpose flour (can also substitute with half whole wheat flour)
  • 2 teaspoons instant active dry yeast or active dry yeast

Bread Machine Directions

  1. Put ingredients in the order above into bread machine (you don’t need to stir it , just dump it in!)
  2. Set bread machine on dough setting, and let it make the dough for you.
  3. Once dough is made (it takes my machine about 1 1/2 hours to make), remove dough and place in loaf pan.
  4. Let rise for about 30 minutes to an hour if you have time – sometimes when I don’t I just go ahead and bake it and it works out fine.
  5. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30 minutes, and enjoy!

Note – if you’re away from home during the day you can let the bread machine do all the work for you, I just don’t like the weird shape that my bread comes out in when I use the machine so choose to make it on the dough setting and then bake it in a loaf pan.)


If you don’t have a bread machine . . .

First, say a prayer that you’ll find one at a yard sale (I really do love mine ~ and today only Amazon actually has one as it’s Amazon Gold Box Deal for $79, which is a great price while it lasts!)  Then, go over HERE to see Tammy’s step by step instructions on how to make the dough at home – it really isn’t that hard, and she does a fabulous job giving step-by-step instructions! 




If your family loves bread like mine does, try out some Best Ever Cinnamon Bread too.

So. good.



Today only Amazon’s Gold Box Deal is this TFal Bread Machine with excellent reviews, regularly priced at $125+ but $74 today (by far the lowest price it’s ever been at.) Go HERE to check it out if you’ve been considering purchasing a bread machine ~ mine has lasted 18 years and I love it!

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Easy No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

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These Peanut Butter Energy Bites are so simple to make, and a great snack when you’re in a hurry! They’re guilt free and pretty good for you, and you can easily adapt the recipe with a few added ingredients (mini chocolate chips please?)


No Bake Peanut Butter Energy Bites

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes


  • 1 cup Old Fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 peanut butter or chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup of honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl
  2. Cover refrigerate for an hour
  3. Use a cookie scoop to make them the shape of balls or just use your hands.


Recipe adapted from GimmeSomeOven.


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Simple Spooky Halloween Treats


My friend Cathy shared these cute “spooky” snacks on her Facebook page, and I thought they were way too cute (and easy) so I had to share them with you! All you need is pretzel sticks and string cheese for the brooms, apples, peanut butter and marshmallows for the teeth, and mandarin oranges with a sharpie for the jack-o-lantern.

Jack O Lantern Quesadillas

I just loved these (and have all the items in my kitchen to surprise my kids with them after school today too.) You can also have fun making these cute Jack-O-Lantern Quesadillas – such fun simple treats to enjoy this Halloween!

Thanks so much for the smart idea Cathy – I love it! 😉  See more penny pinched recipe ideas over HERE.

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Homemade Uncrustables: Just 19¢ Per Sandwich

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It really is the little things in life that get me oh-so-excited! This week when I saw all the fantastic prices on PB&J at Publix & Kroger, it dawned on me (because I’m so smart? ~ahem~ ) that I should try out making homemade uncrustables.


Seriously folks, why has this taken so long????


I ordered my very own homemade-uncrustable-maker Monday from Amazon, it arrived in my mailbox today, and this afternoon I whipped up exactly 20 PB&J sandwiches all ready to go for school. (School that doesn’t even start for two weeks. I was just too excited to wait.) 😉




I absolutely hate racing around in the morning before school trying to put together sandwiches, but even more than that I hate paying so much for Smuckers to make Uncrustables for me, so this was brilliantB.R.I.L.L.I.A.N.T., I’m telling you! Kinda sad that it took 14 years of mommying for me to figure this one out, but I’m going to teach you how to make them too now so that you can be just as smart as me, probably a whole lot sooner.


Ready? 😉


Gather up your ingredients.


Use your Wonder Sandwich Seal’R N’ DeCruster.

Slather some peanut butter in the center part of your bread (not too close to the edges since you’ll lose them – I like to put peanut butter on both sides of the bread so it keeps the sandwiches from getting soggy.)

Plop some jelly on each sandwich and spread it out. (The photo shows too much jelly, I ended up using a little less on each sandwich but was in a hurry taking the pictures!)

Then use the your de-cruster to remove the crusts. (I can’t believe I missed getting a picture of trying it out! Be sure to press down on the outsides only of the de-cruster so you get a nice seal.

Then wrap in plastic bags, foil, or saran wrap, and place in larger freezer bag, being sure to label which type you’ve made if you have picky pb&j eaters like I do. (I have a crunchy-peanut-butter-and-jelly-eater, creamy-peanut-butter-only-eater, and creamy-peanut-butter-and-jelly-eater at home, so I love that I can make all of them at once this way!)

Pop those babies in the freezer, and your lunches are made for school. WOOOOHOOOOO!

(kinda sad, but I really am just that excited about this. I think I’ll say it one more time  . . . WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!) 😉


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week on PB&J so you can get your supplies ready too (as of 7/30/14):


  • Jif Peanut Butter Mega Sale $1.49, use $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert
  • Smuckers Jelly $1.99, use $.35/1 coupon from the 6/29 REd Plum insert or $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert 
  • Kroger Bread $1



  • Peter Pan Peanut Butter $1.80, use $.25/1 Saving Star, also spend $30 on participating Conagra products, submit for $10 Publix gift card 
  • Smuckers Jelly $1.62, use $.35/1 coupon from the 6/29 REd Plum insert or $.50/1 coupon from the 7/13 Red Plum insert

Winn Dixie


  • Peanut Delight Peanut Butter $1.49
  • Berryhill Grape Jelly $1.59
And don’t forget to get your Wonder Sandwich Seal’R N’ DeCruster too. (Yes, that’s my affiliate link but feel free to go directly to Amazon if you’d rather not use it ~ I was just so pleased with it and so glad it worked as well as I hoped it would!) 😉
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This post is linked up to Living Well Spending Less Thrifty Thursday – thanks for the opportunity to link up! Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Corn Dog Muffins

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Corn Dog Muffins

I really (really) wanted to make this recipe to share with you today. I shopped my pantry for all the ingredients, had them right out on the counter (except for the beer ~ I planned to swap that one out with water. . . ), 😉 and had just about pulled down the bread machine from the top shelf.


But then I started thinking that lots of folks might not have a bread machine. Or the energy to put together pretzel hot dogs. Or would just figure that if you’re going to wrap bread around a hot dog you might just as well make a pig-in-a-blanket with some crescent rolls out of the fridge.


So you’re getting these instead. 😉


Please don’t judge the fact that my kids eat corn dogs occasionally. In all reality they love them, and I figure that if you’re heading to the ballpark where you’re going to buy them a corn dog anyways, you can just as easily pop these in the oven and save at least a few calories since they’re not fried. (And did I mention you’d pinch a few pennies too?)


You’re welcome.


In just a few weeks I {hope!} we’ll be all set up in our new kitchen and I’ll be sharing a few 0h-so-fancy recipes that aren’t made completely for folks under the age of 14.  But for now we’re still keeping it simple around here making recipes with what I’ve got in the kitchen. Maybe it’ll help you out too if you’re feeling a little overdone this week!


Note: I made the mistake of putting the hot dogs in on top of the batter ~ I think if you’ll place those in the muffin tins first, you’ll have much prettier muffins! 😉 



Corn Dog Muffins


  • 2 8.5 oz. packages Cornbread Mix (I used Jiffy)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 9 hot dogs cut in chunks


  1. Grease 18 muffin cups.
  2. Mix together cornbread mix and brown sugar in large bowl.
  3. In separate bowl, mix together 2 eggs and milk.
  4. Add milk mixture to corn bread mixture, then stir in cheese.
  5. Place pieces of hot dogs down into muffin cups.
  6. Pour corn bread batter over each cup, about 2/3 full.
  7. Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Cool for five minutes, then serve!

Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 5/7/14:)

  • Ball Park Hot Dogs BOGO $3.20 at Publix
  • Sargento Shredded Cheese $2.99 at Publix, use $.70/1 Kroger ecoupon
  • Kroger Bar-S Hot Dogs $1
Recipe adapted from All Recipes.  Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE
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Recipe Ideas For The Big Game

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Planning to watch the big game tomorrow? Here’s a roundup of my favorite recipes your family might enjoy. Have a fantastic Sunday!

 White Chicken Chili

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chilil

Slow Cooker Cream Cheese Chicken Chili

ham and cheese sliders

Best Ever Ham & Cheese Sliders (if you make these up in the morning they’ll be ready in time for the game!)

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Slow Cooked Italian Beef Sliders

Mini Meatball Subs

Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls

Sassy Chicken Enchilada Dip


Slow Cooker Chicken Nachos


Slow Cooker Beef Nacho Bake

Restaurant Style Nachos


Slow Cooker Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

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Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas

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Ever have a busy night but you just want something your kids will actually eat on the table? My kiddos love Pizza, so when I saw this idea for Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas on Pinterest I knew it was right up their alley.


I made these for six kiddos earlier this week for lunch, and they ate up every last bite. It’s quick, easy, and a great way to quickly get an easy meal done this week! Here’s how to get cooking in your home.

Pepperoni Pizza Quesadillas


  • 8 flour tortillas
  • olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 pepperoni
  • small jar pizza sauce or pasta sauce
  • black olives, mushrooms, green peppers, optional


  1. Heat skillet to medium heat and fry pepperoni for a few minutes until it becomes crisp. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in skillet on low-medium heat.
  3. Spread a thin layer of pizza or pasta sauce on tortilla.
  4. Add a thin layer of cheese to the tortilla.
  5. Add pepperoni and any other toppings.
  6. Top with another thin layer of cheese.
  7. Cover with another tortilla, and place in pre-heated skillet for about 3-4 minutes, until the cheese melts.
  8. Carefully flip quesadilla over to cook the other side.
  9. Remove from heat and cut into triangles - serve with extra pizza sauce. Enjoy!


Here are the best sales I see to watch for this week (as of 11/13/13):

  • Kroger Azteca Flour Tortillas $.79
  • Kroger Classico Pasta Sauce $1.79, use $1/3 Classico coupon
  • Target Market Pantry Shredded Cheese 8 oz $2.25 
  • Publix Kraft Shredded Cheese 8 oz $2

Recipe adapted from Snixy Kitchen. Thanks to I Heart Publix for the coupon matchups. If you need a little more menu inspiration, go HERE

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Pumpkin Quick Bread

Looking for a simple yummy treat this Saturday? My friend Dana gave me this recipe forever ago, and my kids eat it for breakfast, take it to school for a snack, and still want more for dessert. The great thing about it is it makes enough for three loaves, so my plan is always to make one to eat, one to freeze, and one to give away.  However, we’ve never had a singe loaf of Pumpkin Bread make it to the freezer, because we devour it long before it ever gets there!  It was probably the first quick bread recipe I ever made when my husband and I were first married, and now I have to make a few loaves each fall.


My favorite thing about the recipe? While it’s baking your home will smell divine, like fall just walked right through your door. Swing by Aldi to pick up a can of pumpkin if you don’t have one in the pantry, and get baking.



Pumpkin Quick Bread


  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 oz)


  1. Mix dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately.
  2. Make well of dry ingredients and add then add in “wet” ingredients. Blend all together.
  3. Grease and flour 3 large bread bread pans.
  4. Bake at 350 for an 45 to 55 minutes (watch closely so it doesn’t get too brown.) Your house will smell so yummy and your kids will love it . . . enjoy!


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Homemade Snow Cones

My kids love Snow Cones.  At the ball park, a carnival, or wherever else they find one, they just can’t get enough. So, last summer I decided to try out making Homemade Snow Cones, and they were so excited to try them out (plus it was so easy to do!) You can find Sno Cone Syrup at the Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) a dollar, but making it yourself with items already in your kitchen is kinda fun too.

Homemade Sno-Cones


  1. 2 cups sugar
  2. 1 cup water
  3. 1 envelope Kool Aid mix free at Publix and Kroger
  4. crushed ice



  1. Cook sugar and water over high heat on stove top until boiling.
  2. Boil for one minute.
  3. Add Kool Aid Mix and stir completely (we used grape  . . . delicious!)
  4. Let cool.
  5. Crush ice using blender (tip:  if your refrigerator has a “crushed” ice option use that to make the process easier on your blender!)





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