Easter Dinner LeftoversLeftovers are one of my favorite subjects, because it can be a creative experience to come up with new meals from those leftovers. Here are a few ideas for Easter dinner leftovers, using some of the most common foods served in the US at Easter time.
Bread PakoraThis is a very, tasty snack with unusual ingredients and goes very well at tea time.
Decorated Baby Cake For ShowerThis was a cake I made for my daughter-in-law's baby shower. It was made with 2 layer cakes: one 10 inches for body and one 9 inches for the head. The feet arms and diaper are made of fondant, the eyes and mouth of chocolate.
Water Filter Reviews?I was wondering what other people use for filters. What is the cost of the unit and replacement filters? Ease of use? How frequently do you need to replace the filters? Are you happy with it? Why?
Icing Beautiful Cakes - Scoobie CakeTo ice beautiful cakes like this by yourself, after cooling completely, and removing from pan, freeze the cake. Then when you're ready to frost it, remove from freezer and decorate, it is much simpler that way!
Which Type Freezer Should I Buy?I am going to purchase a freezer. Which type is better -- chest or upright and why? Also, I was told to buy a manual defrost freezer not a frost free. Is a frost free freezer for short term freezing? I would appreciate any feedback?
Clipping Those ChipsI buy the large binder clips to close the tops of chip bags, and also bags of veggies in the freezer. They are strong, and have a strong holding ability. I could never keep the plastic clips in place.
Hello Kitty CakeMy daughter said to me "you're the best mom in the whole world!"
Yummy Mummies PizzasYou no longer have to fear what is behind those ancient bandages because the truth has been revealed, mummies are yummy!
Castle CakeCastle cake for your little prince or princess:
Mix as directed 1 1/2 box favorite cake mix.
Pour into oval pan or regular rectangle pan and cut into oval after baking as directed on box. Make sure to save enough batter for 4 cupcakes.
Mini Pumpkin TartsThese no bake mini pumpkin tarts are a delicious treat to whip up for your next holiday party.
Elmo Cake and TipsThis is an Elmo Cake with the Buttercream icing tip. I recently made a cake for a birthay party of 40 people or a friend. The theme was Elmo. Rather than make 2 Elmo cakes, I decided to make a big sheet cake and make Elmo as 3-D on top of the cake. It was a yellow cake with buttercream icing.
Quick and Easy Ravioli and VegetablesI made and served this meal in less than half an hour, including cleaning all the dishes used in its preparation!
Drying PeppersI'm from the south and this was new to me, here you learn to eat Mexican food. Hatch is the most popular place for growing chili peppers.
Soy: The Magic BeanIt would come as no surprise if the magic beans planted in the "Jack and the Bean Stalk" fairytale were soybeans. The versatile virtues Mother Nature has bestowed on this one legume are far reaching indeed.
Cute Edible Apple TurkeyThese are really cute turkeys made out of apples that kids can make for school or just eat as a snack. They also make adorable Holiday Table decorations. They can be made with either Fruit Loops or raisins.
Bake-a-Cookie JarThis is a visually stimulating gift that may make the receiver either run to the kitchen to start baking or put your masterpiece on display.
Quick Breakfasts for Busy MomsAbout twelve years ago, I was on a mission to find the easiest and most convenient way to satisfy my children's hungry appetites.
Turn Fresh Tomatoes Into Quick & Easy...Most of us know that planting a garden is one of the cheapest ways to provide your family with fresh vegetables. My husband is the chief gardener in our household, and since it is his domain, he gets to decide what to plant.
Sausage and Lentil CasseroleThis casserole is an old French favorite, it demonstrates simple home-cooking at its best giving a hearty and delicious taste of the traditional French kitchen. It makes a delicious and quick hot meal when served with fresh French bread. This recipe can be adapted for vegetarians by substituting the sausages for beans.
Make-Ahead MealsWhen I'm preparing a meal on a weekend, it's just as easy to double the amount and freeze a meal to eat later in the work week. Here are some great recipes that you can double up on and pull from freezer to oven on a busy day.
Going Back to My Mama's WaysMy mom grew up in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains with six brothers and sisters. Her father died before she was a teenager, leaving her mother with no income to feed a large family. Meat was a rare and precious commodity in their home - they mostly ate meals made from their garden harvest.
Three Meat Pasta Sauce (Freezer Meal)Say goodbye to generic jarred pasta sauces and experience your own restaurant quality meaty pasta sauce any day of the week. Prepare large batches in advance, freeze and enjoy with every pasta meal.
Orange-Chocolate Pie (Freezer Dessert)Do you remember that delicious, creamy orange and vanilla ice cream treat you loved as a child? Now you can have it just about anytime you want to with this convenient make-ahead desert!
Chili Potato Bake (Freezer Meal)This delicious dinner dish can be baked in a large casserole dish or in two smaller dishes to suit any size family! Either way, try this dish served with sour cream and enjoy an entirely new, rich and creamy dinner treat!
Spicy Turkey Chili (Freezer Meal)This heart-healthy dish is low fat, high fiber and packed with protein and veggies. However, the authentic South West flavor will ensure that it is a family favorite when topped with shredded cheddar and coupled with warm corn bread.
Sausage and Peppers (Freezer Meal)This versatile, crowd pleasing favorite can be served over pasta accompanied by garlic bread, salad and a great Cabernet for an elegant, easy dinner party. Or, serve on Italian Bread as a special addition to a casual barbecue.
Lowfat Chocolate Pie (1 gram per slice)We are all on a lowfat diet now and desserts have become non existent because of the high fat! Here is my recipe for a low fat chocolate pie.
Time Saving Tips In The KitchenHere are some great kitchen time saving tips to incorporate into your busy day to save you some time.
Roasted Tomato Pesto (Freezer Meal)The possibilities are endless when you always have this delicious Roasted Tomato Pesto sauce on hand! Serve over cooked pasta with grated parmesan cheese, over toasted bread or on your favorite pizza!
Chocolaty Pumpkin Bread (Freezer Bread)This delicious sweet bread is perfect any time you need a treat or a quick dessert for unexpected company! This bread is also wonderful as a gift for any occasion!
Artichoke Quiche (Freezer Meal)A perfect addition to any brunch or an easy supper for two, this quiche is delicious with a mimosa in the morning or a salad and white wine in the evening.
Chicken Wonton Rolls (Freezer Meal)When you need something that looks like it took a lot of effort to make but you don't have the time, these Chicken Wonton Rolls are just the thing! Try serving with chicken gravy to make a complete meal!
Beef Stew (Freezer Meal)This nutritional favorite is best served over noodles and accompanied by warm rolls. Although great year round, this cozy dish can warm the whole family on cold nights.
Roast Turkey Breast Cocktail (Freezer Meal)Turkey isn't just for the holidays! Turkey cooks up just like chicken does and is sure to be a welcome treat anytime!
Baked Cherry Relish Ham (Freezer Meal)Treat yourself to a special meal when you really don't have the time to prepare it! This quick and easy special dish is perfect for busy weeknights or when you have unexpected guests.
Three Pepper Fajita Chicken (Freezer Meal)This rainbow of a low fat meal can be served as is for a delicious low-carb option, or pour over rice or wrap in a flour tortilla for a family-friendly favorite.
Nut Lover's Chocolate Bread Machine Loaf (Freezer Bread)What's more convenient than a bread machine for fresh loaves of bread? Knowing that you can enjoy your favorite nutty treat anytime when you keep an extra loaf tucked away in your freezer!
Barbecue Chicken and Roasted Onions (Freezer Meal)You can always make extra of this summer favorite to enjoy throughout the year! For variety, try using this recipe to make a delicious topping on homemade pizza!
Looking For A Quick And Affordable Meal...You are tired after spending the day working. But, the age old question is, "What's for dinner?" Do you have an option for dinner tonight? Here is a quick dinner that you can make that is satisfying and easy to do.
Easy and Freezable Chicken MarsalaThis easy version of a traditional Italian favorite is great to keep in the freezer in the event of unexpected company. Serve over linguine or fettuccine for a delicious and elegant dinner.
Noodle Pudding (Freezer Meal)This extraordinary side dish is a favorite item to bring to a big holiday meal. It is the perfect sweet compliment to any savory main menu item like ham or turkey.
Spinach and Ricotta GnocchiThis garlic-lovers favorite is an elegant vegetarian dish to keep in the freezer for special occasions or a delicious family meal.
Stuffed Cabbage (Freezer Meal)Great as an appetizer or main meal, these beef-filled cabbage rolls are sure to please.
Buttermilk Rolls for the Bread Machine (Freezer Rolls)Sometimes homemade rolls make a meal complete and now you can have them on hand anytime with this quick and easy freezable recipe!
What's A Cookie Cost?Do you wonder if it is cost effective for you to purchase that $4 bag of cookies or to make your own? While there may just be a good amount of savings in making your own desserts and snacks you should take into consider the time factor. But, if you can squeeze in 20 minutes here and there, everyone will win with great tasting and less expensive cookies for their snacks.
Peanut Butter Lover's Ice Cream TreatPeanut butter is one of the most popular flavors when it comes to any type of sweet treat and this dessert is no different! Adults and children alike will enjoy this treat perfect for almost any occasion.
Lamb and Cornmeal Bake (Freezer Meal)We all crave comfort food on trying days, but often lack the energy to make it for ourselves. Enjoy this frozen casserole whenever you want by preparing it ahead for any occasion!
Taco Spaghetti (Freezer Meal)Kids are notoriously hard to please when it comes to eating, but not anymore! This dish combines two childhood (and adult) favorites for sure success anytime!
Raise a Glass to Healthier (and...The primary reason for eating healthy is to maintain a properly working body. However, after my husband was forced to alter his eating habits due to various health reasons, our family realized another perk to eating in moderation - savings.
Freezing CarrotsA Guide to Freezing Carrots. Fresh carrots may lose some of their crisp texture during freezing but will still be good for cooking. Select young, tender, medium length carrots free from cracks and dryness. Small carrots are usually the most tender.
Freezing Chayote (Squash)Chayote goes by many names, including vegetable pear, but it has a unique taste all to its own. It is usually prepared like a summer squash, but has a crispier texture and longer cooking time.
Freezing ChiliesWhen freezing this vegetable, select crisp, thick-fleshed chilies that are free from blemishes and have a bright color.
Freezing CookiesFestive cookies can be made in advance and frozen for the holidays. Cookies should be completely cooled before freezing.
Freezing CheeseWhen selecting cheeses for freezing, avoid those with dry or cracked edges, mold that doesn't belong or cheeses that appear greasy on the surface. Check the date of prepackaged cheese to make sure it hasn't expired.
Freezing PizzaA Guide to Freezing Pizza. Prepare and freeze pre-baked crusts ahead of time to have on hand when you need them. Freeze leftover meat, vegetables and cheese to use as toppings.
Freezing CornA Guide to Freezing Corn. Corn should be harvested for freezing in the "milk stage" (as soon as the kernels are full of sweet, milky-colored juice). If the fluid in the kernels is clear, the corn is not ready yet.
Freezing CucumbersCucumbers do not freeze well by traditional methods, but if sliced, preserved in vinegar or brine and frozen, they will retain their texture and make delicious additions to salads year round.
Freezing EggplantsFreezing eggplants will severely alter their texture, but is still useful for some recipes. Harvest eggplants before seeds become mature and when color is uniformly dark.
Freezing FishFreeze fresh as soon as possible after catching-within 24 hours. Keep fish on ice until you're ready to process.
Freezing HerbsA Guide to Freezing Herbs. The leaves of most herbs will appear limp and discolored after being frozen, and are not suitable for use as garnishes. However, they are still excellent when used in soups, sauces, salad dressings and cooked dishes.
Freezing FruitSelect fruits for freezing that are ripe (or have started to ripen), have good color and are free from cuts, scars and mold. They should feel firm in texture (not hard), be free of soft spots and have a sweet odor.
Freezing MeatA Guide to Freezing Meats (Beef, Veal, Lamb or Pork). Select fresh, high quality meats from a reputable butcher, meat packer or grocery store.
Freezing StrawberriesA Guide to Freezing Strawberries. Select fully ripe, firm berries with a deep red color. They should be plump and moist in appearance.
Freezing PiesA Guide to Freezing Pies. The best material for freezing pies is heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer-grade plastic wrap.
Freezing PotatoesCooked potatoes make the best candidates for freezing. Raw potatoes can be frozen with mixed results, but may develop a watery or grainy texture during freezing.
Freezing PoultryGreat information about freezing chicken, turkey and other poultry.
Freezing TomatoesTomatoes will not be solid once thawed, but they do freeze well for use as sauces, juice, pastes or purées. Select firm, ripe tomatoes with deep red color.
Freezing SandwichesGood packaging for freezing prepared sandwiches includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers, glass containers, heavy-duty aluminum foil and foil containers.
Freezing MuffinsMuffins hold up in the freezer pretty well, however it is no more possible to restore that crispy right-out-of-the-oven top after freezing, than it would be if you stored them at room temperature.
Blanching VegetablesBlanching Vegetables. All vegetables contain naturally occurring enzymes. In some vegetables, unless these enzymes are deactivated with heat before the vegetable is frozen, the enzymes will continue to break down and age them even at freezing temperatures.
Freezing Turnips or ParsnipsA Guide to Freezing Turnips or Parsnips. Select small to medium, firm turnips or parsnips that are tender and have a mild flavor. Look for crisp green tops as an indicator of freshness.
Freezing WatermelonCut in half, remove seeds and rind. Cut watermelon into slices, wedges, cubes or balls. A Guide to Freezing Watermelon.
Freezing ZucchiniA guide to freezing zucchini. Choose young zucchini with smooth, tender skin and a vibrant, dark green color.
Holiday French Toast (Freezer Meal)Do you love French Toast? You only think you do! Just wait until you this version with delicious cream cheese filling!
Orange Breakfast GranolaEnjoy a warm breakfast by yourself, with your family or even with guests when you keep this deliciously filling granola on hand in the freezer! It's also a great way to get your grains for the day.
Resizing Baking PansDon't have the correct size baking pan for a cake or casserole? Downsize a larger one by simply molding a piece of heavy duty foil and fitting it in the pan to adjust for the desired dimensions as shown.
Uses for Bacon GreaseWhat are some uses for bacon grease? We like to put a little in green beans, especially fresh picked ones.
Stocking Up the Proper WayStocking up can be a great way to save money, but if it's not done properly it can do exactly the opposite. To succeed one must have a good grasp on the household's habits as well as a good sense of organization.
Canning to Save MoneyIt costs a bit the first year to get set, but you could just get a boiling water bath the first year and use next year's savings to buy a pressure canner.
Eatin' Good: Fast and Frugal MealsHearty and healthy is the key while leaving time for family. Try two budget friendly rules for fast and frugal meals.
Bread Baking TipsTips and recipes for making bread.
Bat Cup CakesThese Bat Cup Cakes are super easy and quick if you use Hostess Cupcakes like I did. You also could make similar bats with your own cupcakes.
Handy PunchHere's a punch for Halloween with a nice red hand floating in it.
Kitchen Time SaversTips and ideas for saving time in the kitchen. Feel free to post your ideas!
Thanksgiving CupcakesMy daughter made these cupcakes for Thanksgiving. Took a long time but it was worth it. Tip: color only a small amount of icing at a time.
Mini QuichesThese quiches would be perfect party appetizers. They take a couple of hours to assemble and cook, but they are just as good the next day. The ingredients below are a suggestion, everything is optional except for milk, cheese and eggs.
Organizing and Using LeftoversTips from our readers for organizing leftovers and ways to use them. It is possible to use every bit of leftovers in a different way so there is no waste.
Browning Ground BeefTips from our readers for browning ground meat for a variety of uses.
Crockpot Pinto Beans RecipesIdeas and resources for cooking pinto beans in the crockpot submitted by ThriftyFun members.
Soup's OnWith all the cold weather we have been having, a bowl of steaming soup brings us back to our mother's and grandmother's kitchens. Soup is a labor of love. Even if you don't like to cook, most of us can heat a can of soup and magically be brought back to that time and place.
Can I Bake Bacon?A reader asked if you could bake bacon. Here are the responses we received from the ThriftyFun community.
Saving Money on TeaTips for saving money on tea from the ThriftyFun community. If I go out in the evening, I often take chamomile tea in my travel mug rather than coffee. I find that buying a good quality tea is worth the cost.
Saving Money on SnacksShare your tips for saving money on snacks below.Here are some ideas on how to save money on snack food from the ThriftyFun community. Share your own snack tips.
Spaghetti and Meatballs ($10 Dinners)Chop onion and mince or press 4-5 garlic cloves, more if you would like to make garlic toasts with the loaf of bread. Set aside 1/2 cup of onion and 2 cloves of garlic for meatballs.
$10 Dinners: Chicken Stir FryStir fry is easy to adapt to whatever ingredients you might have on hand. It is a great way to use up excess vegetable or even disguise unusual ones. We add teriyaki or soy sauce, to taste. The adults often spice it up by adding sriracha.
Parmesan Chicken and VeggiesI was inspired to create my own $10 recipe so here it is: Start the rice first. I use brown rice because it is more nutritious than white rice. Nuke the water in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Preparing Ground Beef For Safe ConsumptionWith the recent recall of fresh and frozen ground beef, it's more important then ever to cook ground beef safely. Although the product(s) being recalled should be returned to the point of purchase, consumers preparing other ground beef products should heed the following advice.
Hamburger CakeHere are instructions for making a cake that looks like a giant hamburger! Place one yellow cake inverted upside down on plate...
$10 Dinners: Soft TacosThese meals are intended to be a relatively simple and healthy weeknight meal for a family of four. We assume that these dinners are being made in a kitchen stocked with regular staples.
Quick And Easy Decorated Baby...Bake a cake (either mix or from scratch) in an 11x15 inch pan. This size requires 2 cake mixes to fill. Invert onto cardboard or plastic cake board immediately after baking.
Saving Money on FruitTips from the ThriftyFun community. Here in L.A. we have orange vendors and that's the best place to get nice, juicy, ripe oranges! And we also go to farmer's markets to get the best deals in seasonal fruit - so we can splurge on things like nectarines, peaches and strawberries!