Turkey Jar Pretzels

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I can’t believe that Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you are going to have children at your Thanksgiving gathering this is a great project to make either as a gift or as a project to do together. It’s super simple to make and so cute! It could also be a great treat to take to your favorite teacher, youth worker, coach, etc for a fun Thanksgiving treat. I’ve included step-by-step directions below as well as a supply list with links to a couple of the ingredients for your convenience.  [Read more...]

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe! (Slow-Cooker & Stovetop Version)

Easy Cheesy Potato Soup Recipe {Slow-Cooker Version}

It’s supposed to get down to a chilly 32 this weekend here in East Tennessee, guys.  I’m talking about some lounging on the couch, wool socks on my feet, bowl of soup in my hands, watching Back to the Future with the family kinda weekend. To that end, I plan to get a crockpot full of cheesy potato goodness ready for the man-herd!



(In the warm months I manage to meet my cheesy potato quota with these grilled potatoes in foil) ;)

Here my recipe for Cheesy Potato Soup:


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Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Freezer Pancakes Recipe

Jamie here!  With the weather getting chilly, I thought it was a good time to remind you that pancakes are a great way to use up those apples and bananas that are starting to go soft!  You can make a big batch and freeze them for easy school morning breakfasts :)

I may have mentioned before to you that I am not a morning person.  My kids know this – and yet they still suffer under delusions that I might get a wild hair one morning, hop out of bed early and whip up a batch of pancakes before they leave for school.  The poor dears.

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Chicken, Bean & Rice Bowls {SUPER Frugal Family Meal!}

Jamie here, Chicken Bean & Rice Bowls is a back-pocket recipe if I ever had one.  For the weeks when we money is tight, or I’m out of ideas, or our schedule is crazy (so, ya know, a lot of weeks) I pull this trusty recipe out of my back pocket.  It’s a very fugal and yummy way to get dinner on the table fast!
These hearty bowls are packed with protein take only 25 minutes from box to table – my family loves to  have this on Sunday afternoons when we’re watching football.

First of all, you’ll need a little chicken.  What I’m working with today is one grilled chicken breast leftover from a few nights ago, and the remnants of a rotisserie chicken we used earlier in the week.  Grilled, rotisserie, or whatever you have on hand works JUST FINE for this recipe.  You can add as much or little as you want – it’s just serving to beef up your bowl to make it more hearty and provide more servings.

Next you’ll need Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice.  This goes on sale ALL the time for $1 a box – so like I said – CHEAP!  My family of 6 can take down 3 boxes of Zatarain’s Red Beans & Rice in a sitting.  They go for refills and they eat until the pot is scraped clean.  If your family is smaller and not as voracious – you could definitely get by with 1 or 2 boxes.
Cook the red beans & rice according to the box directions (NOTE: I always put less water than is called for – because it gets too soupy in my opinion) and while it’s cooking, shred or cut your chicken into small chunks.  About 10 minutes out, add the chicken to the pot so it can get warm and soak up some red beans & rice flavor.
When it’s done cooking, set out bowls, shredded cheese and chips (Fritos are the BEST – but all I had today was tortilla chips) and call the family in to load their bowls up however they like.
**Corn would also be a great addition to this recipe, added towards the end of cooking!
The total cost for this meal, assuming shredded cheese is $2, a bag of store-brand chips is $1.50, and you have some leftover chicken on hand, would be about $6.50.  That’s about $1 per person!

Low Carb Meal Ideas: Bountiful Chicken & Veggie Harvest Soup

Low Carb Meal Ideas: Bountiful Harvest Chicken Soup


Bountiful Chicken & Veggie Harvest Soup

While I attended a blogging conference in Dallas earlier this year I had the absolute best soup at one of the restaurants in the hotel.  It was chicken broth based with tons of fresh veggies like zucchini, squash, onions, and carrots.  I was determined to figure out how to recreate this recipe once I got home and add to my list of low carb meal ideas.  After some trial and error, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup was a success!  Since the first time I made it a couple of months ago, it’s become a regular addition to our dinner menu. Especially now that it’s gotten colder, a good hearty soup just feels cozy. An added bonus, Bountiful Chicken and Veggie Harvest Soup is super healthy!

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White Chili with Chicken Recipe

Until recently I had never made White Chili with Chicken before!  I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was to make and how fast my family devoured it!!

I adapted this recipe from a Gooseberry Patch recipe I found online.  You could also prepare this White Chili with Chicken recipe in your Crock Pot, on low for 4-6 hours.  Check out my Turkey Chili recipe for a different twist on this recipe!

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Banana Nut Muffins Recipe {with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top!}

banana nut muffins recipe


Banana Nut Muffins Recipe (with Chocolate Chips and Streusel Top)

Side note – if you need a new banana bread pan – there’s a great deal on one here!!

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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