Freezer Pizza Dough

Make your own pizza dough, pop it in the freezer and have it available any time you like. The best part? You’ll be saving tons of money over the year in pizza costs, and with pizza dough from your freezer, you can make enough to cover everything from a busy weeknight meal to a kid’s birthday party. Now that is economical! Freezing this pizza dough recipe actually make the dough easier to work with, so you will make perfectly round pizzas with no tearing each time. You can also work the dough into a square pan or a rectangular jelly … Continue reading

Homemade Hostess Cupcakes

Who could resist Hostess Cupcakes with their curly swirls of bitable icing over rich chocolate frosting that covers the deep chocolate cake that hides the gooey creamy filling? Don’t you want to just take a bite out of them right now? Sigh. Let’s take away both the guilt (well, a little of the guilt) and the expensive prices on eBay and make some homemade Hostess Cupcakes. You’ll eliminate the preservatives and be known as the best baker on the block. I have to tell you that this post required a lot of hard research. I had to make sure that … Continue reading

Homemade Hangover Cures

Need a homemade hangover cure for yourself or friends and family? Take your pick, here is the latest advice on what to do to cure a hangover, as well as some classic hangover cures. Please note that the best way to avoid a hangover is to not overindulge in alcohol. Also, this blog is informational only and not intended to provide medical advice. Milk Thistle Hangover Cure This year, New Years Eve partygoers are stocking up on capsules of milk thistle as insurance against an achy head that results from too much drinking the night before. Once used centuries ago … Continue reading

Chicken Enchilada Bake Recipe

Tonight I was shopping at our local grocery store when I had a sudden craving for an old recipe that I used to make with much frequency, but for some reason fell out of including it in our family menus. I’m not sure why, since it is a delicious and relatively easy to prepare recipe. The cost of it is very low, too, but since I haven’t made it since 2006 or so, I no longer have the exact calculations on price. You can bet, though, that it will definitely be part of our menu this week. As soon as … Continue reading

The Power of Comfort Food

On Friday, when my children arrived home, safely, it was all that I could do to not to gather them all up and never let them go. After recent events, I know I am not the only parent out there that felt that way. We’ve all been shaken up. Anyone who has ever loved a child, a sister or a friend has had to face this harsh new reality. There was no way, that night, that I was going to deny my children most anything. It is a good thing that no one asked for a pony. Instead, they asked … Continue reading

Easy Weeknight Turkey Burgers

Make some yummy, juicy turkey burgers with very little effort for a great weekday meal on even the busiest days. While they are wonderful as is, to make them truly special, make your own burger buns using the very easy and very good Bread Machine Rolls recipe. You can follow the recipe exactly, which calls for a combination of bread flour and wheat flour, or just use all bread flour. This recipe makes 6 medium burgers. Ingredients: 1 1.3 pound package of ground turkey, preferably 85 percent lean 2 tablespoons of dry stuffing mix (another great recipe that uses ground turkey … Continue reading

Quick and Fancy Crockpot Chicken

Have a couple of hours with no idea what to cook for dinner? Try the following recipe. It is easy, inexpensive and taste a bit fancy. Try serving it up over egg noodles, another inexpensive food. You might also try it with regular pasta or rice. To make this dish even less expensive, try purchasing boneless, skinless chicken breasts in an inexpensive family pack. One of these packs usually contain six good-sized chicken breasts. The following recipe calls for four of those breasts. Retain the remaining two chicken breasts for another meal. My suggestion is to take them and place … Continue reading

Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

Want to see four dozen cookies disappear almost instantly? Craft this recipe, sit back and enjoy the rave reviews. Oh, and as a bonus, this recipe is particularly frugal. Buy your oatmeal in bulk, and each four dozen batch will cost less than one small package of cookies at the store. Everyone loves oatmeal raisin cookies, and the bulk baking makes it perfect for your next cookie swap. For a festive variation, make larger cookies, and when they cool, scoop softened ice cream between two cookies to make an ice cream sandwich. Roll the ends in cinnamon sugar if you … Continue reading

Value Meals: Buttery Cheddar Chicken

Here is another budget recipe that we incorporated this week into our family meals. Unlike the ham, I went big with this one, cooking three servings, so I could freeze the extra two meals for use during the busy holiday season that is just around the corner. I also like to keep a few good meal choices in the freezer just in case someone else in our community has an emergency need that can be quickly filled from my freezer. I purchased the large family pack of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, a good value, especially when you can get these … Continue reading

Yummy Ham Glaze for a Small Ham

The good quality ham was on sale this week at our local grocery store, so I picked up a small one for one of our meals this week. I wanted to give it some flavor with a ham glaze. Most recipes, unfortunately result in enough glaze for a large ham, one that can feed the entire family for three nights. Instead, I wanted to still be able to enjoy the flavor of a glaze, without having a gallon of glaze left over, using partial ingredients, such as a quarter of a can of pineapple juice, or being forced to purchase … Continue reading