10 Creative Uses for Coffee Filters!

10 creative uses for Coffe Filters

Jamie here, being frugal oftentimes 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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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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Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls! YUMMY!

Cinnamon Rolls collage

Here is a fabulous recipe for homemade easy cinnamon rolls that I orgionally posted on  Father’s Day.  My kids have requested that we have cinnamon rolls this year on Christmas morning, in addition to my mom’s sausage strata casserole. So, it looks like we’ll have both this year.  I especially love that I can make this recipe the night before and pop in the oven in the morning.  I saw the recipe online at Kevin & Amanda, however I made a couple of adaptions.
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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Christmas Morning Breakfast Casserole (Make-Ahead!)

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

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Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole

“Christmas” Sausage Strata  - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember.  Now, I do the same for my family.  Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata.  This week the kids and I are going to go ahead and prepare our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning to put in the freezer.!  On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out.  Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.

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25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes

We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly.

hot ham and cheese sliders

This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made  Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, and Christmas sugar cookies!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started.  In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these! During the month of December we are still following our healthy eating at meal time as often as possible but we do add in special treats we make.

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Homemade Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread & Mini Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread on time2saveworkshops.com

It’s that time of year again. Cool nights, football, bonfires, chili, and of course all things pumpkin. I’ve been looking for a healthier whole wheat pumpkin bread recipe for several weeks. Most of the recipes I found called for several cups of sugar. Since we made a commitment to eat healthier this year, I wanted to find an alternative that included wheat flour and honey.  I found the original recipe on 100 Days of Real Food but tweaked it a bit to better suit our taste. I also made mini-muffins since my kiddos were anxious for breakfast this morning. I knew that waiting for a loaf of bread to cook might send their hungry little bellies over the edge.  The muffins and bread turned out so moist and yummy!  [Read more...]