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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Streuselly Topping and Chocolate Chips)

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (w/ Streuselly Topping & Chocolate Chips!)

Jamie here, I grew up with a very frugal mom, and although I learned too much solid gold advice to ever put down in writing -  one of those little tips that stuck with me was this:

::  Always ALWAYS buy the cheap bags of bananas that are going ripe. 

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

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Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins Recipe

Jamie here!  Fall is in the air and everything’s coming up Pumpkin… even rice krispie treats!  I was in charge of the classroom snack this week, so over the weekend I tested out this cute idea for Rice Krispie Treat Pumpkins.  They turned out to be super-adorable (and super-easy!)  Here’s how to make these Rice-Krispie Treat Pumpkins:

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Crockpot Potato Soup Recipe (Cheesy & EASY!)

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Jamie here!  I love potato soup and I love using my crockpot – which is why this Crockpot Potato Soup recipe is in such heavy rotation at my house all winter.  Not that anyone’s complaining!  It’s loaded with flavor (and cheese) – so the kids love it.  But it’s also loaded with secret veggies, which I love (a whole bag of shredded carrots goes completely unnoticed by my picky eaters).

Now I’ve posted this Easy Cheesy potato soup recipe before with a crockpot version tacked on as an afterthought.  I thought I’d highlight the Crockpot Potato soup version all on it’s own since it seems to be more sought after. :)

Here’s my go-to, tried and true, never fail recipe for Crockpot Potato Soup:

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Witches Hats Halloween Cookies (3 Ingredients, No Bake!)

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Witches Hats Halloween Cookies

Jamie here!  I like my party treats to be simple and cute – and that’s why I LOVE these Witches’ Hats Halloween cookies.  All you need to make them are 3 ingredients (4 if you want to get fancy) and about 15 minutes.  Plus – they’re food allergy friendly, which makes them a WIN for classroom parties :)

Here’s how to make these easy Witches Hat Halloween cookies:

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5 Ingredient Super Easy Homemade English Muffin Bread

Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee
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I saw this recipe for homemade English Muffin Bread a couple of months ago on Money Saving Mom and wanted to try it. I haven’t made homemade bread in years, since this recipe looked so easy I thought it would be the perfect to try, especially since my kiddos wanted to help. Recipe adapted from One Good Thing By Jillee. [Read more...]

Scarecrow Crunch Recipe (Festive fall treat!!)

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Scarecrow Crunch Recipe

Fall is in the air – and you may want to keep this yummy snack in mind for upcoming parties!

Jamie here!  I had some extra Brach’s Autumn Mellowcreme mix that was left-over from a fall party at youth group.  Since I can’t be trusted around that stuff, I decided this was the perfect opportunity to try to make Scare Crow Crunch for the kids! [Read more...]

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No Bake Cookies Recipe

Jamie here! My very favorite cookie in all the world is a no-bake cookie.  It’s probably because my very favorite candy in all the world is peanut butter fudge.  And when nothing else can fill that empty void in my heart like peanut butter fudge – it’s time to whip up a batch of no bake cookies.  Traditional no-bake cookies have cocoa in them as well, but if you don’t like all the chocolate getting in the way of your peanut butter love affair – these are the ticket :)

Now keep in mind, these are probably NOT the cookies you make for your child’s classroom party – all that peanut butter is going to give some poor allergic child serious troubles.  These are a super-secret-gobble-them-up-at-home indulgence just for you and your inner circle ;)

Ingredients:

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Directions:

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you’ve brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil – cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.

COOKIE TROUBLESHOOTING: No matter how many times I’ve made these and know exactly what I’m doing – no bake cookies sometimes turn out too soft.  When that happens – hide them from the kids until they dry out and firm up a little.  Then place on a cooling rack so the bottoms can do the same.

Do NOT do what my mom did when I was a kid and stick them in the freezer until they’re hard enough to hold in your hand. (And possibly dislodge a filling)

Or what the heck – if you’re in a hurry you can do that too.  They taste pretty great no matter what little glitches happen :)

 

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Peanut Butter No-Bake Cookies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups White Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Sticks Butter or Margarine
  • 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peanut Butter (Smooth or Chunky)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 4 1/2 Cups Quick Oats

Instructions

  1. Cook the sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan on medium heat until you've brought it to a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  2. Once it reaches a rolling boil - cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly (NO MORE!)
  3. Remove from heat and mix in the peanut butter and vanilla until fully incorporated.
  4. Stir in quick oats a little at a time.
  5. Continue to stir gently until the mixture has cooled a bit and is thicker.
  6. Drop onto wax paper to cool completely and harden.
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 Still craving more Peanut Butter Recipes??

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If you’re avoiding processed foods, you also may want to check out Kasey’s super-popular Homemade Natural Peanut Butter Recipe!

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And encourage the kids to eat their fruit with this scrumptious recipe for an Easy Chocolate Peanut Butter After School Surprise Dip

Grilled Potatoes in Foil (Oven Directions Too!)

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Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets

Jamie here!  My family loves this recipes for Grilled Potatoes in Foil Packets – so much that when we’re not grilling, we often make it in the oven as well.  It’s a versatile recipe that you can change based on the ingredients you have on hand!

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