Archive for October, 2009


What will they think of next huh?  I do love candy corn – it’s fat free – but prefer the bigger sized pumpkin candies..just cause they’re more of a ‘mouthful’. *-* Have you ever seen the candy corn chocolate kisses?  Even the wrapping paper looks like candy corn!

Enjoy some today!

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I loved what I read at this site and wanted to share these frugal ideas with you…

Check out the information at American Profile!

And while you’re at American Profile…check out my prize winning squash recipe, too – Butternut Squash Bake – WOOOOHOOOO!!  It’s a super recipe for this time of year!  Some think it tastes like dessert….give it a try.

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I’ve had the recipe for years in my files, but had never made them until recently.  I had to add the adjective to their name, as they are sooo yummy!!  Pretty easy too, but my suggestion is that you keep a sink or bowlful of soapy water nearby…not only are they a little messy to make, I found myself licking my fingers a lot too.  *-*  They make a great appetizer or snack anytime.


cheese blintzes12 ozs. block cream cheese
1/3 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 loaf sliced white bread
1-1/2 cups melted butter
1 cup sugar mixed with 1 Tb. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350. Mix cream cheese, sugar, egg yolks and lemon juice until smooth.  Cut crust off each slice of bread and roll flat with a rolling pin.  Spread with cream cheese mixture and roll up into spiral, then cut in half.  Dip in butter, then in cinnamon/sugar mixture and place on ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake 15 minutes (or longer if you place them close together).  After they’re cooled, they can be frozen or chilled and reheated in the oven or microwave.

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I have always enjoyed grocery shopping.  I know that’s not the case for everyone, but part of the reason I find it ‘fun’, is because I make the most of couponing, and so I thought I’d share a few ideas and thoughts to help get you get the most for your money.

The best deal I ever had was when I once paid $39 for $63 worth of groceries. But I’ve heard of women who regularly save as much as 80% of their cost!!

  • Scour your newspapers and magazines weekly.  Sunday newspapers are a treasure when you are able to use many coupons and store circulars with info on sales.
  • I try to stock up on my most-used items when they’re on sale.  Many stores allow you – as mine does – to use a store coupon along with a manufacturer’s coupon.  And if your store doubles or even triples the coupon, you can go home with free items. WOW! Ex: my grocery store once had a holiday coupon deal – Buy one 5# bag of flour, get 3 free.  That in and of itself is a real deal, but I had a 25 cents off coupon for the flour, that was doubled, and so I ended up paying 49 cents for 20# of flour!!
  • There are some great websites where you can print coupons.  Check out www.couponmom.com or www.moneysavingmom.com that can help you save even more.
  • Enlist your kids to help.  Joe Daugirdas of Willoughby Hills, Ohio blogs on his site – www.joethecouponguy.com and teaches classes at a community college on how to save money.  He suggests having your kids clip coupons and then match them to your shopping list.
  • A fun ‘trick’ I have learned, is that if I really like a product, I can call their 1-800 number and rave to them.  More often than not, they will send a coupon or two to me, just for taking the time to contact them. I’ve received a number of FREE coupons!
  • My daughter, Deb, recently had a post about couponing, that I’d like to share here too… check it out

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It’s the time of year to enjoy apples!



This recipe has been a family favorite for a long time. I love the ease of it and it tastes wonderful too. It can be cooked in the microwave as well as the oven, so that makes it even quicker than quick too. This is a recipe I have taken with me when I travel, because it’s always fun to prepare it when I’m visiting someone’s home for a time, and doesn’t require any special ingredients.


4 cups peeled, sliced apples (I prefer gala, but any cooking apple works well)
1/4 cup water
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/3 cup butter

Preheat oven to 350. Spread apples in bottom of 8″ X 8″ pan.  Sprinkle with water.  In medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients with pastry blender, until crumbly. Sprinkle over apples.  Bake uncovered for 40 miinutes at 350 or bake in microwave-safe dish for 12 – 15 minutes on high – testing after 10 minutes.  Serve warm with milk or ice cream.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth today!

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I always enjoyed planning meals when my kids were growing up, but I think it had to come to me more naturally than for some.

I have tried many new recipes, and still do, and my family probably wished I would have served some things more often.  I would love to share some ideas to help those who tend to have a hard time creating menus for their family.

  • Post your weekly menu on the refrigerator door. You don’t have to stick to it, but at least you’ll have some ideas to choose from when you’re hungry for a certain taste.  If you have teenagers or younger trustworthy kids, maybe they could help by preparing a dish, or even preparing an item for dinnertime, like mixing/making muffins from a mix.
  • Set your own family traditions – have pasta on Wednesdays or grill burgers every Friday.  We love having breakfast for dinner, on Sunday evenings.
  • Come up with 3 or 4 weekly menus and rotate them. Keep them simple and learn to substitute fresh veggies and fruit when they are in season.  To make things easier, plan a week’s menu using the same cookbook.
  • Cook a double portion and freeze for a quick meal on a busy night.  This website has awesome ideas to help get you going with this great plan… Freezer Cooking
  • Don’t be afraid to try new recipes. Ask a friend who you know is a good cook, to share some of their recipes and menu ideas with you. I have to admit…I try many more dishes, because I’ve been given the recipe by someone I trust. They have helped me ‘blossom’ and grow in the kitchen – literally (teehee).
  • I’ve recently become acquainted online with a new cookbook author, Jane Doiron.  I’m thrilled that she sent me a copy of her new cookbook to review. Check out her website Make Ahead Meals for Busy Moms . You can subscribe to her monthly newsletter there and have a recipe sent to your inbox along with it.

If you need some help finding forms to accomplish your meal planning, be sure to check out DonnaYoung.org or Organizing Junkie!

Whether you are someone who relishes your time in the kitchen or spends as little time cooking as possible, just remember that family bonds and memories are made around the dinner table.   Your kids won’t remember the meals they were served, nearly as much as they will remember the precious times you spent together.

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