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Bubble and SqueakWe got this recipe from British friends who were camping with us one year. It is filling, healthy, and makes a great one-pot dinner for potlucks or camping. It is as easy as can be, fairly inexpensive, and uses only 4 ingredients.


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Cheddar Cheese and Red Wine DipServe with table wafer crackers of any flavor. Yum!


baked Mile High Apple Pie

Making a Mile High Apple PieI have always been the pie maker in the family! My favorite one to make is the 'Mile High Apple Pie'. It's my masterpiece! I will show you what I do with a few secret important things.


Frozen Yogurt Bark

Frozen Yogurt BarkThis is an enjoyable and healthy dessert for all ages! You can customize your yogurt bark with any toppings you have at home, or a great way to use up any last ingredients you have.


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Homemade Accent Seasoning (MSG Free)Accent Seasoning can be made without the MSG, which many believe to be harmful. This is a Cajun version, but you could adjust the heat for your own liking.


Cream Cheese Thumbprint Cookies

Cream Cheese Thumbprint CookiesI had these at my friend Melanie's house, and they are definitely going to be one that we make every year!


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Garbanzo Bean SoupThis soup has a great flavor! I love the bacon and garbanzo beans together.


Very Easy Poached Egg

Very Easy Poached EggThis is a very easy way to poach an egg in one minute that turns out perfect every time.


bowl of jambalaya dinner

Dollar Tree DinnerI think you might like this dollar tree dinner I made last night. All from the Dollar Tree! I didn't have any steps as I didn't think to share till it was all done. But I have images I can share.


Thanksgiving Leftovers Monte Cristo Sandwich

Thanksgiving Leftovers Monte Cristo SandwichI am always trying to think of new ways to use up leftovers from Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. The first round of heating up leftovers is always exciting but it seems like there is more moaning and groaning from round three and on. This Monte Cristo sandwich something I started this year. All the leftovers are packed between a couple slices of bread, battered, fried and dusted with powdered sugar. It is so good, we are all looking forward to my Monte Christmas sandwich around the corner!


Easy Cookie Sheet Sliders - melted cheese

Easy Cookie Sheet SlidersThis is an easy way to make sliders for a large group. We made them for the Super Bowl and they were a huge hit!


rice, salad and tuna steak on plate

Air Fryer Tuna SteaksThis is my first time using an air fryer. Here's an easy recipe for ahi tuna steaks. Easy to make, mess free and you have a meal ready in just minutes.


A completed pan of grated sweet potato pudding.

Grated Sweet Potato PuddingMy mother used to make this. I remember eating it as a child and it was so good. This is my cousin's recipe. When her health was good, she would make this and bring it to our covered dish family gatherings. It was enjoyed by all.


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Puff Pastry CookiesAs mentioned before I am not much of a traditional baker but wanted some fresh 'out of the oven' cookies yesterday and since was already planning to make some puff pastry cherry tarts decided to use some of the cherries and cherry syrup from pie filling for these.


Making Doo Doo Drops

Doo Doo DropsDoo Doo Drop cookies are a delicious treat and a family favorite. They are super easy to make and so yummy, despite their name!



Loaves cooling on rack.

Mini English Muffin LoavesDo you like those English muffin toasting bread loaves that they sell at the grocers, but don't like the price?


Heavenly Hot Chocolate Mix

Heavenly Hot Chocolate MixWho doesn't like hot chocolate? Especially on a cold winter day! Now let me tell you, that this 4 ingredient recipe, is the easiest, simplest, delicious homemade hot chocolate ever!


Mexican Street Corn Tacos

Mexican Street Corn TacosThis is a delicious twist on tacos. I used Mexican street corn as my inspiration to fill these tortillas. It's creamy and zesty and really hits the spot when you don't have things like guacamole or sour cream on hand. It pairs very nicely with the meat, cheese, and salsa inside.


Pasta sauce made from frozen tomatoes.

Pasta Sauce from Frozen TomatoesThis is a multi use pasta sauce made from tomatoes frozen from my garden bounty. Economical, easy to make, and more flavorful than store bought. I remove seeds from my tomatoes before freezing for smoother sauce.


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Turkey Broccoli BakeA good recipe for you to make use of your leftover turkey!


The broth after several hours of cooking.

Beef Bone BrothMy friend won the meat from an entire cow at a school raffle. She gave me about 6 pounds of beef bones to make broth and had another 4 pounds for herself. I made this recipe with her and then made it again at home. This nutritious broth can be used to make all sorts of soups: French onion, beef barley or even pho.


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Kraft Roka Blue Spread SubstituteI've seen several requests regarding Roka Blue, so for those of you lovers looking for this discontinued product you're in luck, because I found it. Kraft Kitchen themselves swear this is the perfect substitute recipe for the original!


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Chipperoo BarsCombine first 2 ingredients in bowl; set aside. Sift dry ingredients together; set aside. Beat eggs into brown sugar mixture. Add flour mixture slowly, mixing well.


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Sweet and Sour Yams and PineappleCombine reserved juice, cornstarch, and salt in saucepan; blend well. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook until thickened, stirring constantly. Stir in lemon juice.


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Bob Evans Chicken Salad (Copycat)This reminds me of Bob Evans chicken salad. It's as close as I can get it at home, but just as good. My husband says he likes mine better! It's a great light summer supper.



OrangettesIn Europe Christmas means citrus, the green grocer's shelves are filled with citrus of every size and shape. The smell of the peel brings back happy memories of Christmas past. For me this is also the signal to do what I love the most; making something out of nothing and making a delicious festive treat to help my friends and family celebrate Christmas. Don't be daunted by all the steps, the ingredients are few and the delicious results and compliments make it well worth spending your time!


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Greek Lentil SoupI love lentil soup! Here's the one I came up with from trying various recipes. I call it Greek Lentil Soup because some of the ingredients are those that my Papa would have used.


A bowl of handmade flower shaped chocolates.

Healthy ChocolatesUsing only healthy ingredients, this easy (and keto friendly) recipe is a perfect and easy snack for the whole family! Just melt, mix, cool and ENJOY!


A salted caramel butter bar on a plate.

Salted Caramel Butter BarsI love everything caramel. This one looked rich, just like a cookie bar should be.


Leftover Mashed Potato Waffles

Leftover Mashed Potato WafflesThese are my favourite things to make after Thanksgiving, Christmas, or any time I have an abundance of leftover mashed potatoes. These waffles are creamy in the middle and crispy on the outside; perfect for breakfast with some eggs or just on their own. Definitely a fun twist on a leftover item.



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Recipes From The "I Hate to Cook" CookbookThe I HATE TO COOK book! Imagine seeing a title like that! I found this little book, published in 1960, and was curious with what kind of recipes it would have from 50 years ago, a time I thought all women loved to cook! It's really a book about "quick" dishes or meals.


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Goodbye Turkey CasseroleStir flour, half of salt, onion salt into melted margarine. Stir in milk. Cook over moderate heat until thickened. Pour Minute Rice into 2 qt. shallow baking dish.


Cherry Bars filled with cream cheese

Cherry Cream Cheese BarsThis is a rich and delicious recipe!


5 Ingredient Apple Tart

5 Ingredient Apple TartThis apple tart is so easy to make. The great thing is you don't need any fancy equipment or fluted tart pans or techniques. Just throw everything in a pan and put it in the oven!


Fruit Cocktail Jell-O

Fruit Cocktail Jell-OThis is one of our favorite dishes to keep on hand in the refrigerator. There's always room for Jell-O. It can be used as a salad served with mayonnaise or cottage cheese or as a dessert served with whipped cream. It's so good, it really does not need a topping.


A pot pie made with leftover chicken soup.

Leftover Soup Chicken Pot PieI recently had a pretty bad flu. Along with that came a lot of homemade soup. It was comforting when I needed it, but I grew tired of it as I got better. I decided to turn the leftovers into a hearty chicken pot pie. It hit the spot in this cold weather!


Homemade Sloppy Joes - sloppy joe with tots

Homemade Sloppy JoesI love it when my best friend comes over to make sloppy joes. I like the kind that uses tomato paste and a seasoning packet, but I love hers! :)


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Honey Mint Dog BiscuitsThese home-made dog biscuits are easy to make and dogs love them. They are also breath fresheners.


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Coffee CakeVery moist. Instant Vanilla Pudding and Sour Cream added to Hines Yellow Cake Mix.


Dump Bars on plate

Dump BarsJust as the title says it is a dump recipe that you can vary the ingredients in and it is done in 45 minutes with little mess.


finished Cheesy Potatoes with Onions

Microwave Cheesy Potatoes with OnionsThis is an easy recipe to prepare and cook in the microwave. It's a great dish to take to a pot luck dinner or to a friend or neighbor in need. It goes over very well, and you will come home with an empty dish. I cook it in the microwave in a 2 quart Pyrex dish that has a lid.


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Easy Bake Oven Mixes and RecipesIf you've ever had to buy those refills for Easy Bake Ovens you know they are expensive. My daughter and I have tried all of these and really like them (more fun too, doing it together!). We've even put them in bags with ribbons and directions and given them with gifts.


Butterscotch Squares

Butterscotch SquaresMy husband loves the butterscotch squares at See's Candies. But, it can get expensive to "feed" his habit! I came across a recipe for copycat butterscotch squares. They looked so good, that I had to make them.


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Humphrey Company Candy KissesThere's a company in the Cleveland area (The Humphrey Co.) that makes Candy Kisses and this is part of their description of the candy: "Remember that famous vanilla flavored, old fashioned pulled taffy in the yellow wrap? It is just as good as you think, and it's low fat, too. It will melt in your mouth, but only if you can resist chewing it."


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Sprite CakeCream butter and sugar together and beat until light and fluffy. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Add flour, flavoring, extract and Sprite.



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Sweet Potato CakeCombine cooking oil and sugar. Beat until smooth. Add egg yolks 1 at a time. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with water to first mixture.


Bread Pudding Cups on plate

Caramel Apple Bread Pudding CupsI love the flavour of caramel apples but they can be a bit tough on the teeth. I thought it would be fun to bring their flavours to something soft and comforting like bread pudding. I baked them inside of muffin tins for presentation and portion control reasons. They're so delicious, they are making it to the tables of all my holiday feasts this year! I hope you try these.


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Roasting Meat Overnight in the OvenI have lost a recipe that I found in the local News Journal about 6 or so months ago. I remember that you bought a cheap roast, seasoned it and roasted the meat on an extremely low oven overnight.


finished Napa Cabbage Stir Fry

Napa Cabbage Stir FryOne of my favourite additions to a stir fry is Napa cabbage. It has many ripply folds in the ends of its leaves, which I find awesome for retaining the flavours that you add to your dish. This causes you to use less seasonings, which can be great for your health, and your wallet! I love this dish as it is or with a side of meat.


Buttermilk Coconut Pie

Buttermilk Coconut PieMix all ingredients (except pie shells) in a large bowl. Beat really hard. Pour into pie shells and bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until the pie is firm and knife inserted in center comes out clean.


Leftover Turkey Soup

Leftover Turkey SoupUse every bit of your turkey with this flexible recipe that uses the carcass and the neck. You can also add any leftover gravy and vegetables. This Thanksgiving I had no gravy or leftover vegetables since my gang ate it all up!


baked Lasagna

Jodi's Christmas Day LasagnaThis is a full-fat, high octane lasagna, so if you're looking for low-fat or diet, better skip this one. This was originally my mother-in-law's recipe, but I've tweaked it through the years and made it my own.


meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans on plate

Fast and Easy MeatloafThis recipe is quick and easy to make, and it tastes delicious. The sauce on top really gives this meatloaf lots of great flavor. If you have company coming and you do not want to spend a lot of time preparing this would be a great meal to make. Serve it with mashed potatoes and veggies.


Avocado Quick Bread slices on plate

Avocado Quick BreadI had a couple avocados that had been in the fridge for a few extra days. I thought they might be a bit too old, they weren't, but I was committed to trying to make quick bread. I found this recipe on the site and then changed it up a tiny bit. If I make it again I will definitely add chopped walnuts. The batter had a delightful flowery aroma and the bread itself is delicious.


dipped Chocolate Covered Apple Slices

Chocolate Covered Apple SlicesHere is a fancy twist of making chocolate covered apple slices! These chocolate covered applies slices also make great party desserts/snacks or favors. Another fun idea is to have a chocolate covered apple slice station for kids or adults to make their own chocolate covered apple slices (especially if you have a chocolate fountain).


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Tender 'n' Tangy Ribs (Crockpot)I've never been in favor of doing ribs in a crockpot, but after trying this recipe several years ago, this is now the only way I'll cook the country boneless pork spareribs.


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Pumpkin Gingerbread MuffinsI like pumpkin muffins and gingerbread so I made up these muffins to suit my taste They are moist and flavorful!


Rice Krispy Treat Watermelon Slices

Rice Krispy Treat Watermelon SlicesThese Rice Krispy treats are perfect for a summer party!


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Creamy JelloIn a small bowl, combine 1 cup of the boiling water and 1 package of Jello. Stir until dissolved. Add 1 of the cut quarters of ice cream to the Jello and stir until it melts. Pour the Jello and ice cream into a 9x13 pan.


casserole ready to serve

Rutabaga and Turkey CasseroleThis is a hearty, filling, and inexpensive casserole. At first, my daughter was leery to try it because she thought rutabagas would taste bad. She was delighted to find they are a little on the sweet side.


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Pumpkin and Currant CookiesA nutritious cookie for the holidays or anytime.


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B Is For Banana BreadMix sugar, bananas, oil and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into pan.


A plate of Chinese boneless spareribs

Chinese Boneless SpareribsI love Chinese boneless spareribs, but always find them overcooked, dry or tough to chew. I started making my own and this recipe is frugal and so very easy. It can be used as an appetizer or served with rice and vegetables as a meal. I like it both ways.


cheesy lasagna soup

Cheesy Lasagna SoupEnjoy all of the delicious flavors of lasagna in this easy to make soup. It is perfect for chilly winter days.


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Norwegian RosettesBeat eggs slightly with sugar and salt. Add milk and flour and beat until smooth. Heat rosette iron with paper towels and dip into batter, but do not allow batter to come over the top of iron...


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Easy 7-Up Peach CobblerThis is a Weight Watcher recipe I found on the internet. You can use any lemon lime diet soda, and you can use any frozen fruit.


pigs in a blanket with ketchup

Crescent Roll Pigs in a BlanketPigs in a blanket are a childhood favorite of mine. These are a simple, yet delicious snack for a party or anytime.


Caprese Salad with Cucumbers

Caprese Salad with CucumbersCaprese salad is one of my favorite summertime dishes but it can be a refreshing side for fall or winter dinner. I marinated cucumbers to give it some more crunch and substance. It was well received when I brought it to a pasta dinner recently.


finished Sour Cream fin bowl

Make Sour Cream from Cottage CheeseI don't often buy sour cream if it's just my family eating, mostly for health reasons. So many calories. Yet, using Greek yogurt doesn't always sit well with some as it's erring on the side of too healthy (even though I love it). Try this amazing sour cream made from cottage cheese! You can use milk instead of heavy cream. I just used heavy cream for a touch of decadence. Either way, you're saving yourself loads of calories, and packing in protein. It also tastes so very good!


Butternut Squash and Apples

Butternut Squash and ApplesI love butternut squash! Just in time for Thanksgiving. What a great side dish to any meal. It is so remarkably good!


upclose of casserole

Mashed Potato and Hamburger CasseroleMy mom has made this recipe many times and I love it! It is a great way to use up leftover mashed potatoes after the holidays. :)


making dog treats

Turkey Dog TreatsI was slicing up the turkey for Thanksgiving and noticed that there was quite a bit of turkey left on the bones. It was just on parts I would not use. With all that extra, I made turkey treats for my dogs and they loved them.


whipped cream on piece of Purple Sweet Potato Pie

Purple Sweet Potato PieI'm sure many of you have had sweet potato pie. This pie is very similar but uses purple sweet potatoes. Baking the sweet potatoes in the oven (in lieu of boiling them) gives this a beautiful creamy consistency and not at all watered down. Baking them also retains their beautiful purple colour. Purple sweet potatoes can be found in grocery stores labeled as Okinawan, Hawaiian, or purple sweet potatoes. They are packed full of potassium, B6, vitamin C, and fiber.


Garlic Parmesan Mashed Potatoes in bowl

Garlic Parmesan Mashed PotatoesI get asked to make these mashed potatoes often. They take a bit of extra time due to the process for keeping the potatoes as fluffy as possible, but they are so worth it. I use both russet potatoes and petite gold potatoes. I take the skins off the russets, but keep the skin on the golds. This keeps the mash fluffy and light, yet gives them a lovely strong nutty flavour. I also sautee some of the minced garlic in butter to get a roasted flavour, and use the rest of the garlic in its fresh form. Delicious!


pudding squares on plate

Jello Pudding FudgeJello Pudding Fudge is a cool treat to make for dessert.


Crockpot Toffee Apple Crisp

Crockpot Toffee Apple CrispI had some toffee chips I wanted to use up and I also had a lot of frozen apple slices in my freezer. So I looked for a recipe and found this one to try out.


Homemade Tortillas piled on a cuttingboard

Easy Homemade Flour TortillasI posted a tortilla recipe a few years ago. Now I am back with an even better recipe. This is super easy, and only takes a few minutes to make the dough. After the dough rests, the resulting tortillas are soft and do not crack when folded. What I like most about this recipe over the old one I posted is that these can be stored in the fridge and don't dry out. Now, all I need is someone to teach me the trick of rolling out round tortillas!


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Always Moist Pound Cake (Cake Mix Recipe)Always Moist Pound Cake (Cake Mix Recipe). All ingredients should be at room temperature. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine cake mix, oil, sour cream and sugar. Add eggs one at a time until thoroughly mixed. Stir in vanilla.


Corn spoon bread on a blue plate.

Corn Spoon BreadCorn spoon bread is a simple side dish that even kids will love! This moist bread uses only a few ingredients and will compliment many dishes.


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Pork Chops with Crouton StuffingThese make a yummy tender chop and the stuffing ingredients give it a great flavor!


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Simple Jello SaladI love the combination of fruit, veggies and nuts in this salad!


Simple Jerky Marinade

Simple Jerky MarinadeStore-bought jerky is very expensive! Don't be intimidated about making your own at home. Borrow a food dehydrator if you don't have one.


a finished cup of Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Vegan Worcestershire SauceI see a lot of people on ThriftyFun asking about vegan substitutes for Worcestershire sauce so I thought I'd share a recipe to make actual vegan Worcestershire sauce! I hope you enjoy it.


Simple Carrot Cookies on plate

Simple Carrot CookiesMost kids don't like veggies. Here's a tricky recipe that will make kids eat vegetables. Deceive them with with healthy goodness of these carrot cookies.


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Sweet Potato CasseroleThis yummy casserole is always asked for, especially at holiday times and cook outs. Kids seem to love the marshmallow topping. It calls for whole yams or sweet potatoes, but we have also used canned.


A butter lemon pound cake with icing.

Butter Lemon Pound CakeThis is a homemade from scratch lemon pound cake with a butter cream cheese lemon icing. It a great dessert for serving a lot of guest. Topped with a light whipped topping or French vanilla ice cream.


Crispy Grilled Caramel Puffs on plate

Crispy Grilled Caramel Puffs (Karumeyaki)This is my mother's childhood recipe for a traditional Japanese grilled caramel called Karumeyaki. It is said this recipe is over 400 years old. It's mostly sugar but with a little help and the high heat from a copper ladle, it turns into this beautiful meringue-like cookie. It's actually quite the edible science experiment!


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Naughty PuddingDip cookies in sherry and layer on base of dish. Mix melted chocolate or coco powder with custard. Put thin layer of custard to cover.


muffin tin peach cobbler

Muffin Tin Peach CobblerThese tiny cobblers are easy to make and super yummy!


bowl of Beef Shank Vegetable Broth Soup

Instant Pot Beef Shank Vegetable Broth SoupThis is a versatile recipe that can be served many ways. This was made and served for lunch and dinner.


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Hot Dog Bun Garlic ToastOne night I realized I had forgotten to buy garlic bread for our dinner. Too late for a trip to the store. I realized I had some extra hot dog buns though, and decided I could improvise.


Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Meringues on parchment paper

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter MeringuesI originally made these for a friend who loves the taste of chocolate peanut butter cups but finds them too heavy. This is the perfect solution! They're so good, I now prefer these over peanut butter cups, myself. The peanut butter meringues are so crisp and light, even dipped in chocolate, they make you feel much less guilty.


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Fantastic Slow Cooked Roast BeefThanks to those that answered my request overnight for slow cooked roast beef. They were good but I found my recipe which is fantastic. Here goes.


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Chicken Gelatin SaladCombine first 5 ingredients. Add mayonnaise. Dissolve gelatin in 1/2 cup boiling water. Add 1/2 cup cool water. Cool and combine with chicken mixture.


A bowl of the mixture with cinnamon on top.

2-Ingredient CheesecakeIf you have pudding mix and yogurt, you can make an excellent dessert in no time. I used my own homemade Greek yogurt and Jello sugar-free cheesecake pudding mix. You can use any flavor pudding mix you want. The possibilities are many.


piece of Applesauce Bread

Allegheny Applesauce BreadThis is a healthy snack or breakfast item. I substituted flaxseed meal for the wheat germ and used Truvia for the brown sugar. I also used craisins for a bit of color this holiday season. Due to allergies in the family I left out the nuts.


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