10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters

 

10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters

Jamie here, being frugal often means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more!  I told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do” when I don’t have something that I need. :)

Case in point – the Tinfoil Heart Pancake Molds I showed you recently!

Coffee Filters are one of those handy things that have lots of different uses – here are 10 of my favorite creative uses for coffee filters!

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Cheesy Tuna Mac Recipe

Cheesy Tuna Mac Recipe

Happy Friday everyone!  Jamie here, it’s the season of Lent, and for some of us, that means not eating meat on Fridays.  If you’re looking for a meatless meal that you can put together fast, your picky kids will eat up, and will cost you under 50¢ per serving – this is it!

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Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Today we finally (FINALLY) got a real, honest-to-goodness snow day, and the kids have been in and out all morning playing.   I wanted to make a special treat to surprise them after lunch, and that box of carrot cake in the pantry was calling my name… where there’s a cake mix, there’s a batch of blondies not far away!
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Here’s an uncommonly easy recipe for Carrot Cake Blondies that will take you 10 minutes of prep time and half an hour in the oven.  So you’ve got about 40 minutes until you can stuff these in your face with a glass of milk.
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You’ll need a boxed carrot cake mix, any kind should do, and a couple eggs and butter.  If you have that, you’re ready to roll on basic blondies.
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Now, I added in a White Chocolate Chips to balance out the word carrot – but my scant 1/2 cup wasn’t really enough.  Go with a full cup if you know what’s good for you.   Not done tampering, I also added a couple tablespoons of applesauce to my recipe to see if they would turn out a bit more moist – but I found that it didn’t affect the finished product in a noticeable way.  Still – if you have applesauce to hand, might as well go ahead and toss in a little.  That way you can say that this counts as eating your vegetables AND fruits. ;)
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Put the eggs, melted butter, applesauce and cake mix in a bowl and  blend it all together with a hand mixer until it’s a thick pasty consistency.  Then hand-stir in the white chocolate chips.
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Here’s what it looks like after you squish it down in the pan and spread it evenly with the back of your spoon….

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And here’s what it looks like 25 – 30 minutes later….

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And here’s what it looks like once you drizzle some white chocolate over the top….

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And here’s what it looks like when you sit down with a glass of milk and call all the kids in for a yummy treat, just because you are the best mom ever.

These went over so well, I’m thinking I’ll make them for Easter as well, except I’ll probably put cute little icing carrots on top.  :)  Let us know how they turn out for you!

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Carrot Cake Blondies Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Boxed Carrot Cake Mix
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 5 Tablespoons of Melted Butter (that's just a spoonful more than 1/2 stick)
  • 1 Cup White Chocolate Chips
  • 3 Tablespoons of Applesauce
  • Extra white chocolate chips for topping (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.  
  2. Spray a 9 x 13" glass baking dish or cake pan with cooking spray.  
  3. In a mixing bowl, blend cake mix, eggs, melted butter and applesauce on medium until fully incorporated.  
  4. Stir in white chocolate chips and spread into greased pan.  
  5. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.  
  6. Melt 1/4 cup of white chocolate and a 1/4 tsp of shortening in the microwave for 20 seconds, stir until smooth.  
  7. Drizzle across the blondies and let cool on a baking rack for 30 minutes.
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Mardi Gras King Cake Recipe with Crescent Rolls!

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HAPPY MARDI GRAS!!!

Jamie here!  I’ve posted my favorite King Cake Recipe once before – but THIS TIME I actually remembered to take pictures ;)

This King Cake recipe is different than the traditional version in that you don’t make a yeasty bread from scratch – but instead use of a can of crescent rolls for the crust.

With a delicious cream cheese, cinnamon, brown sugar and nut filling – it resembles a decadent coffee cake and would be wonderful with a strong cup of coffee!  And don’t forget to hide the baby inside….

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Valentine Heart Pancakes – Using DIY Tinfoil Shapes (A Tutorial!)

I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school.  But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts.

Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds or even metal cookie cutters to use.   I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver heart molds out of tin foil.   I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler.  Here’s how to make them!

Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil


1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds.  Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!

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Valentine’s Day Dinner: Crock Pot Lasagna Recipe

 

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If you happen to be staying in on Valentine’s Day and are looking for an easy Valentine’s Day dinner, Crock Pot Lasagna is a fabulous option!  Several years ago, I found this recipe for Crock Pot Lasagna and fell in love.  I use a bottled spaghetti sauce but add additional spices to give it a homemade taste.  If you keep browned ground beef in the freezer (read more here), it will cut your preparation time dramatically.  After the recipe, scroll down as I have also included a couple of pics to answer any questions you might have.

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe

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Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup

Jamie here, if you’ve been looking for yummy crockpot recipes to make tonight easy – here’s one of my family’s favorites!

This Crockpot Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup recipe is so darn good – warm, filling, bursting with flavor and textures – with great chunks of chicken.  PLUS – any soup that’s leftover can do double-duty as the filling for this Easy Cheesy Enchiladas recipe here!  (Just skip all the steps involving the filling, instead using this plus cheese to fill them)

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Fun Football Recipes for the Superbowl (Slow Cooker ideas, Dips, Sliders and More!)


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Football Recipes for Superbowl!

The Super Bowl is right around the corner! These treats are great for any football game party, no matter which team you are rooting for!  And if you’re a barbecue fan – don’t miss our Crockpot Barbecue Pulled Pork recipe HERE!  Or try Kasey’s Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders recipe! (They sound so good with that yummy glaze)

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Football Shaped Treats

1. Football Cake Pops
2. Taco Pockets
3. Pull-Apart Cake
4. Football Shaped Asiago Rice Cakes
5. Mini Football Rice Crispy Treats
6. Chili in Football Bread Bowl
7. Football Shaped Pancakes
8. Grilled Cheese Footballs
9. BBQ Chicken and Bacon Footballs
10. Frosted PB Football Cookies
11. Deviled Eggs
12. Watermelon Football
13. Football Brownies
14. Football Cake
15. Football Summer Sausage Bites
16. Watermelon Helmet
17. Almond Footballs
18. Double-Chocolate Football Cupcakes
19. Football Oreo Truffles
20. Touch Down Meatloaf

Appetizers & Main Dishes

21. 7-Layer Dip
22. Mushroom Swiss Sliders
23. Hummus
24. Kick-Off Pizza
25. Fried Pickles
26. Toasted Ravioli
27. Chili Bar
28. Loaded Potato Skins
29. Super Bowl Eggs
30. Football Stack Dome
31. Jalapeno Chicken Poppers

What’s your favorite Game-Day Recipe?

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