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Let's face it: Times are tight and budgets are shrinking. But there are ways to stretch, and even (gasp!) have fun doing it! This blog is about finding ways to get more from every household dollar, and enjoy every precious minute.

Holiday Side Dish Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pecans

My children and I love making Brussels sprouts during this time of year, especially around the Thanksgiving holiday. I know what some of you must be thinking – I am so lucky that my children love Brussels sprouts! If your children are on the edge about eating Brussels sprouts or if you’re thinking about serving it to them...

Thanksgiving Countdown List

Thanksgiving Countdown List

Do you find yourself stressed out about having Thanksgiving at your house? Taper your stress by planning ahead! If you’re unsure of where to start, follow the below outline I’ve created, which includes....

Thanksgiving Dessert: Oatmeal Chocolate Pecan Pie

I wanted to share my new, favorite dessert – Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Pecan Pie – perfect for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. This pie is not only delicious, but requires only 15 minutes of my “hands-on” time! A dream come true for those of us that will be playing chef for the next few months...

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is just around the corner and as parents, the first thing that comes to mind is our children’s safety. Having attended my fair share of trick-or-treating, I wanted to share the below tips I’ve gathered over time to ensure you and your child’s safety this season...

Bat's Brew Mocktail

Bat's Brew Mocktail

This mocktail recipe is the perfect addition to your children’s Halloween party menu. My three kids and I tested this concoction a few days ago and decided to name it “Bat’s Brew.” For a unique serving idea, hollow out a pumpkin and fill it with ice to make a fun “jack-o-cooler"...

DIY Halloween Balloons

DIY Halloween Balloons

Looking to create some simple Halloween decorations? The best projects (in my opinion) are the ones that don’t require a ton of supplies and aren’t overly complicated. This DIY idea is neither of these things....

Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

Mini Pumpkin Milkshakes

Every fall I find myself with a sudden urge to see how many things I can cook, bake, or whip up using canned pumpkin. Desserts seem like the ‘food group’ I gravitate towards when dreaming up new pumpkin-y recipes like these mini pumpkin milkshakes...

Ziploc® Brand Container Round Label Printables and Ideas

If you make homemade gifts for the holidays that need packaging, consider red or blue lid Ziploc® Brand Twist ’n Loc® Containers for sharing your goodies. The small ones hold up to 16 ounces, or two cups of ingredients (or items) and are leak resistant... 

Easy Football Cupcakes

Easy Football Cupcakes

It’s that time of year again—football season! Chances are you’ll find yourself either feeding a hungry sports crowd or being invited to a football viewing party at some point this season. When that happens, have this easy football cupcake idea handy...

After-School Snack: Halloween Pizza Bagels

Whether you’re hosting a Halloween party or just want to make something fun with the kids, these Halloween pizza bagels are a quick and easy holiday snack. Use the mini bagels as a base and make spiders using thin strips of bell peppers for the legs and olives for the eyes...

Fall Salad Recipe

Fall Salad Recipe

I’m a huge fan of eating salads for lunch and dinner, especially around this time of year when most vegetables are in season. This recipe for Arugula and Black-eyed Pea Salad starts with a simple lime and chipotle vinaigrette, combined with a black-eyed pea and black bean mixture...

Fall Treat: Honey-Pumpkin Baked Apples

Fall Treat: Honey-Pumpkin Baked Apples

The aroma of these honey-pumpkin baked apples is reason enough to give your baking skills a try! This delicious fall recipe will fill your home with the cozy smell of the fall season. Growing up I had baked apple treats for dessert a few times a week and now I love serving them to my kids as an afternoon snack...

Back-to-School Breakfast: Mini Vegetable Omelets

It’s back to school season, which means it’s the perfect time to make your children something healthy and filling for breakfast. This recipe for Mini Vegetable Omelets is not only easy-to-make, but also super nutritious, as it contains fresh vegetables and eggs...

Top Tailgating Foods

Top Tailgating Foods

Tailgating is one of the best parts of football season, especially in the south. Whether you are starting early for breakfast or holding off till mid-day, score big with crowd-pleasing foods like dips, sandwiches and more...

10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

10 Healthy Eating Tips for Kids

With the new school year in full swing, it’s the perfect time to refresh your routine and get your children on track to a healthier lifestyle. If you start educating your children on good eating habits while they are young, there is a greater chance of it sticking with them throughout their life...

Game Day Recipe: Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Game Day Recipe: Honey Glazed Chicken Wings

Chicken wings have become a staple game day appetizer for adults and children alike. Although there are many variations of sauces that wings are made in, this recipe for Honey Glazed Chicken Wings is one of my favorites...

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