Make Candy Bouquets Like a Pro – Free How-to Instructions #DIY #CandyBouquet #Valentine’s Day #Gift

You can make a great Valentine’s Day Candy Bouquet. I have found this cute Candy Bouquet that you can easily make for Valentine’s Day. If you can’t find the perfect gift or you like to make your own gifts to give this Candy Bouquet will be the perfect gift idea. I also love that you can choose their favorite candy to use to make it. When you have them made they use the candy that they have chosen and they may not all be ones that they will like. You can also use the colors to decorate it the way you would like to. If your on a limited budget you can use Candy and decorations for it from Dollar Tree as well to cut the cost of making it. It’s sure to please your Valentine!

Three Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies #GlutenFree #CookieRecipe #ChristmasCookies

I have to say that I just love baking and eating these cookies. Not to mention they are very frugal and are sure to please your families cookie cravings. I make these on a regular basis and the kids just love them and it’s a great way to get more protein into them.

Ingredients
1 cup peanut butter
1 cup white sugar
1 egg

Preheat the Oven to 350 degrees
Mix all the ingredients till the dough is smooth
Drop by the spoonful onto a greased baking pan and bake for 6-8 minutes. Be sure not to over bake them as they are the best when they are soft still.

Now I would suggest making a double batch for larger families because they will disappear quickly! I have to say that when I make them they don’t last long we usually have them as a movie treat and by the end of the movie we are wondering where the cookies went. lol

Homemade Christmas Ornament Recipes #Recipe

Let the holiday fun begin! You can make some great homemade holiday ornaments with the family this weekend. They also make great gifts and scent the house to smell so good! So they have dual purpose and are so fun! The family can decorate them any way they want and they would make a great gift for a family member, teacher or anyone else that the kids would like to make them for.

* Gingerbread Birdhouse Ornaments

* Holiday Cookie Ornaments

* Dough Ornament Recipe

* Cinnamon Applesauce Ornaments

Frugal Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipes #ChocolateLovers #HotChocolate

I thought this would be a perfect day to post some frugal Hot Chocolate recipes to warm everyone up.

Raspberry Hot Cocoa Mix

5 1/2 cups instant dry powder milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup cocoa powder
1 cup powdered coffee creamer
1/2 tsp. salt
3 envelopes of unsweetened raspberry drink mix (such as KoolAid)

Sift together the powdered sugar, cocoa, creamer, and drink mix. Stir in milk powder. Store mixture in a tightly covered container.

To serve, combine 3 tablespoons of mixture with hot water. Stir well.

You can easily change the flavor of this recipe by using different drink mixes.

Yield : about 9 cups


Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix, from The Tightwad Gazette, Volume 1

10 2/3 c. dry milk

1 lb. Nestle’s Quik

6 oz. of non-dairy coffee creamer

1/3 c. confectioners sugar

Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and store in a covered container. To prepare hot cocoa, mix 1/2 cup of the mix with 1 cup of hot water.

Peppermint Hot Cocoa Mix

To make your own peppermint hot cocoa mix, you will need:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder (one 4.4 oz container will have enough for one batch plus about 1/2 cup leftover)
5 candy canes

* Place candy canes in a plastic zipper bag, and close most of the way. Pound the bejesus out of those suckers!

* Stir the other ingredients together then mix in the candy canes and stir again. Make sure your mix is stirred really good. Don’t under mix it because it will not taste right.

Make your own drink coasters craft directions DIY #Thanksgiving #DIY

coasters

I found this great craft that I thought I would share with you all. You and your children can make several different types you can make. There are Kid designed, Tile coasters, Greeting-card coasters, Photo coasters, and T-shirt Coasters. Find out how to make them here.

You can make the perfect holiday coasters, to match your decor, or any other type you would like to make. You could make some special ones to use just for holidays, you could use special Christmas cards to create them. There are so many ways to create these coasters and the best part is you can make them with your whole family so they can be treasured for many years and make wonderful memories for your family as well.

After the Turkey Coma make Turkey Freezer meals with the left overs #TurkeyRecipes #Thanksgiving #FreezerMeal

There are a TON of great Turkey Freezer meal recipes. So instead of just freezing the extras as just turkey meat here are some great recipes for you to make Turkey meals for those fast dinner nights that we all have. They are easy to make and you already did half the battle by already cooking the Turkey. 🙂 There are several other recipes as well on the pages of these links so get creative for the family.

Here is a list of some great freezer meal recipes:

* Turkey & Corn Tortellini Soup Freezer Recipe

* Turkey Noodle Casserole

* Creamy Turkey Wild Rice Soup is Easy to Make and Easy to Freeze

* Enchiladas With Turkey Recipe

* Southwestern Turkey Taco Soup Recipe

* Honey Thyme Turkey With Lemon Noodles Recipe

* Crock Pot Chili With Turkey

Libby’s Pumpkin Log Recipe #Food #Thanksgiving #PumpkinLog #FallRecipe

pumpkin log

Libby’s Pumpkin Log is one of our favorite recipes. It is just a heavely treat that I make for Holiday’s and for the winter as a treat for the kids. They can’t get enough of it, so I make it frequently for them. You can replace the Libby’s Pumpkin with Fresh Pumpkin as well for this recipe.

If your looking for the perfect compliment to your Turkey or Ham look no further! It’s an amazing treat for the family and they are sure to ask you to make it every year for Thanksgiving and the holiday season. I do highly suggest making more then one because they will go QUICK! Even if your not a huge pumpkin fan, I can tell you that you will LOVE this as it is not over the top with the pumpkin flavor it just adds a great complimentary flavor to the log. This is always requested for each holiday meal by our family and once you taste it you will know why! It’s one of the first things that my kids ask me for.

My amazingly moist Turkey recipe #ThanksgivingRecipe #TurkeyHelp #TurkeyRecipe

cooked Turkey

I have to say that I LOVE Thanksgiving and having Turkey! So when it comes time to make my bird, I can’t wait to get it in the oven so that we can eat! The neighbors are always calling and asking how I am making my Turkey because they can smell it all the way in their homes! So I am going to share my recipe with you all today.

I use a Chardonnay wine that is the cheapest they have usually a $3 bottle.
Italian seasonings
Turkey rub
a bit of onion and Garlic salt
8 tablespoons of butter

I wash my bird first, then put it in the Turkey pan. I poke the Turkey skin to make sure the wine can get in under the skin. Then I pour about a 1/4 of the bottle over the top of the turkey. Then I pour about 1/4 inside the turkey. I then add spices above to the top and inside the turkey. I place it in the oven at 250 for about 1 1/2 hours and then keep basting it every 30-40 minutes. After the first hour I turn the oven up to 265 and then keep it there till my bird is done. The dark meat and the white meat are equally juicy and everyone is ready to eat. I do it this way every year and it comes out perfect. I do have the little pop up button my my turkey to let me know just when he is done to perfection. ( Love the pop up button) It’s so easy to do but everyone thinks you slaved on your bird to make it taste soooooooooooo good! I figure what they don’t know won’t hurt them. lol The alcohol all cooks off while baking your bird but it has just a wonderful taste. Do NOT stuff your bird if your making it this way do your stuffing in a different pan.

5 Ground Beef Freezer Meals You Can Make At Once #FamilyFavorites #HamburgerRecipes #Freezermeals

I Like to Purchase a 10lb Package of Hamburger and split it up to make 5 Freezer Meals All At once so that I can have them for Hectic Nights or when I’m sick. So Here are 5 Ground Beef Freezer Meals that are quick and easy to make that will get you in and out of the kitchen Quickly. They are all Frugal Meals as well that will save you both Time and Money.

Spaghetti Sauce~ 2 lbs of Ground Beef and Your Favorite Spaghetti Sauce add in your mushrooms or anything else you put in normally. Put in Freezer bag, label and freeze.

PoorMan’s Casserole~ 2lbs of Ground Beef and you can use your different frozen Veggies that you have left in the freezer or use 2 bags of Frozen Mixed Veggies of your family Favorites,and 2 Cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup (Do Not Add Milk). Put all of the ingredients into a Freezer bag and mix, then Freeze. If it’s for a family of 2-4 you can split it into 2 Freezer bags.

Directions for Serving
When you make it you will defrost in the fridge over night, then Put in a Cake Pan add 1 1/2 Cups of Milk to Meat Mixture, Make enough mashed Potatoes for 6 people and put over the top of the meat mixture. Bake For 30 minutes. Top with American Cheese and put back in oven till cheese is melted.

Taco Soup

2 lbs Ground Beef (cooked & Drained)
2 cans of Cream style Corn
2 cans Stewed Tomatoes
1 Can of Golden Corn
1 Package of Ranch Dressing mix
1 Package of Taco Seasoning
1 bag of Tortilla Chips
Sour Cream
1 (8oz bag) Shredded Cheddar Cheese
Crockpot

After your Ground Beef is cooked and Drained add it to the Crockpot. Then Drain the juices from the Golden Corn and add to the meat. Add in the rest of the ingredients EXCEPT for the Sour Cream, Tortilla Chips and Cheese. Stir and put on high for 3 hours or you can put it on in the morning and put it on low till ready to eat. Put the Taco soup over the Tortilla Chips and top with cheese and Sour Cream.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs (2lbs of Ground Beef)

32 Meatballs (Homemade)
1-32oz Jar of Grape Jelly
1-32oz bottle of Ketchup
1 can of drained pineapple chunks
1/4 cup of pepsi or Coke (pop)

Mix the Grape Jelly, Ketchup and the pepsi or coke together in a crockpot. Then add the meatballs to the mixture and the pineapple. Stir and put on low for about 3-4 hours then serve. If when you taste the sauce it’s to sour add a little more grape jelly if it’s to sweet add a little more ketchup.

NOTE: This recipe sounds gross from the ingredients but it’s soooooooo good! You can add a little green pepper if you would like as well.

Meatloaf

2 lbs of Ground Beef
2 shakes Lawry Seasoning Salt
1/2 tspGarlic Powder
1 tsp Italian Seasonings
3 eggs
1 sleeve of crushed crackers

Mix all together then bake at 350 for about an hour. Let it cool and put in freezer bag after draining the grease out from it.

There are your 5 easy dinners that take no time to make.