Frugal Recipes

15 Awesome Hard Boiled Egg Recipes

15 Awesome Hard Boiled Egg Recipes - Eggs are a great and inexpensive source of protein. If you find yourself with a few hard boiled eggs check out this great collection of recipes that all use hard boiled eggs. From salads to breakfasts and everything in between!

Hard Boiled Egg Recipes

Eggs are always an inexpensive source of protein. And thus, they are always one of my favorite frugal ways to save money. I like to cook up hard boiled eggs all year round (see my foolproof method). But this time of year, after Easter especially you may find yourself with a plethora of hard cooked eggs and might be looking for a couple new recipes to try to use them up.

So I went on a hunt, an egg hunt if you will, for the best recipes around the internet from some of my favorite food blogs and websites that use hard boiled eggs. From salads, deviled eggs to breakfast  and more all these recipes are amazing and will get you cooking with hard boiled eggs!
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15 Cute Creative Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes - A curated collection of the best cookies to make for Thanksgiving. Something in here for everyone's skill level. From iced sugar cookies to no-bake just assemble cookies!

15 Cute Creative Thanksgiving Cookie Recipes!

One of our Thanksgiving family traditions is for the kids and I to spend a day baking. Normally my mother-in-law makes everything for dinner and I am in charge of bringing desserts. I make the obligatory pumpkin pie of course and usually some other sort of pie or tart (my Pear Almond Tart has been a hit with the family) and then we bring a couple batches of cookies to take with us. The kids really love making cookies, maybe not as much as they do eating cookies, and they love showing off their cookie making skills to their grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins.

So to inspire you some Thanksgiving holiday baking and creating some traditions of your own I have put together this great list of cookies to make for Thanksgiving. Some of them are fancy iced creations that require a bit of skill…and some are no bake goodies that you can just assemble from store bought cookies and candies. So no matter your skill level you are sure to find a cookie recipe that you can make!

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Homemade Apple Pie Granola Recipe - Taste the warm and hearty flavors of fall with this homemade granola recipe that is full of warm apple pie spices and chunks of dried apples!

I am not much of a cold cereal eater but I do love a bowl of granola for breakfast. Topped with a little milk, or in my case some soy or almond milk since I am lactose intolerant, and it just makes for the perfect breakfast or snack. If you have ever priced store bought granola though you know how expensive it can be. The price per ounce for granola is sometimes two to three times as much as regular breakfast cereal and that is a ouchy on the pocketbook!

But making your own homemade granola is so easy (really it is, I promise) and you can flavor it up however you want. In the past I have shared my orange cranberry granola recipe and now I present you with this homemade apple pie granola flavor which is perfect for fall (or any time of the year really!)

Step 1: Gather your ingredients

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40 Awesome Snack Bag Ideas |

40 Awesome Snack Bag Ideas!

40 Snack Bag Ideas - Save time, money and your sanity by making up snack bags for the kids ahead of time! As a mom to 5 kids I have a few tricks up my sleeve to help keep my sanity and one of those tricks is to make up snack baggies ahead of time so that I am always ready to go with a quick snack or school lunch item.

My entire family gets into the assembly line production as we make up various snack bags for the week. I use two plastic dishpans to store my snacks, or you can use a shoe box, aluminum foil pan (Like my friend Darcy did in her picture above) or whatever containers work for you. I make one container for the pantry and one for the refrigerator and fill each with ready to go snacks.

Not only is this method a sanity saver but it is also much more frugal than purchasing pre-packaged snack size things.

Here are 40 ideas for snack bags (for kids or adults…pre-portioned snacks is a great way to control your calories too!)

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Orange Cranberry Granola

Cranberry Orange Granola Recipe!

Cranberry Orange Granola Recipe

Let’s face it, granola in the stores is pricey. A bag of granola where I live can easily run $3.00 -$4.00 for a 16 oz. bag. But making your own is so simple and frugal too.

This cranberry orange granola recipe runs me about $1.50 in ingredients. Much cheaper. Plus, I have 100% control of the ingredients in my granola. No artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Just good old-fashioned ingredients! Making it  could not be easier. It literally takes me minutes to whip up a batch of granola on a Sunday night after the kids go to bed and then I have an easy breakfast in the morning all-week long.
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Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Enjoy!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - These simple and delicious treats are perfect for Valentine's Day (or any day!)

If you are looking for a last minute Valentine’s Day treat you have got to try this amazing recipe for Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats. This is just a little take on your standard Rice Krispy treat but with the addition of some lovely chopped dried cherries and some semi-chocolate chips.

I also added a few drops of red food coloring to make these a lovely pink color which is just pure fun for Valentine’s Day. Of course food coloring is optional!

All of the ingredients in this recipe are frugal and things you can normally get rather cheap with coupons and sales. The dried cherries might be the hardest item to find a deal on but if you watch for it there ARE coupons and sales on dried fruit. Other ideas for saving money on the cherries is to buy in bulk at stores such as Sam’s Club or Costco or shop online at Amazon.

You can serve these to your family and friends right out of the pan. Or dress them up cute to pass out to the kids at school or co-workers at the office!

Here is how to make these yummy Chocolate & Cherry Rice Krispies Treats:

1Gather your ingredients: Butter, Mini Marshmallows, Rice Crispy Cereal, Dried Cherries, Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips and if you want…red food coloring. 

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Ingredients

2In a large bowl, microwave the butter and the marshmallows together for about 2 minutes until the marshmallows are soft and puffed.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Melted Marshmallows

3While the marshmallows and butter are in the microwave, chop the dried cherries into large pieces.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Chopped Cherries

4Remove the marshmallows from the microwave. Stir in the red food coloring if using. Gently stir in the cereal and the cherry pieces until everything has been coated with the marshmallow mixture. Add in the chocolate chips last.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Mix Ingredients Together

5Pat the mixture into a greased 8×8 baking dish.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispies Treats - Pat Mixture Into 8X8 Baking Pan

6Cool and cut into squares to serve.

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Cut Into Squares and Serve

7Enjoy your delicious treats!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - Enjoy!

Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats Recipe


  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 cups Mini Marshmallows
  • 3 cups Rice Crispy Cereal
  • 1/2 cup Dried Cherries
  • 1/4 cup Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Red Food Coloring (Optional)


In a large bowl, microwave the butter and the marshmallows together for about 2 minutes until the

marshmallows are soft and puffed.

While that is in the microwave, chop the dried cherries into large pieces.

Remove the marshmallows from the microwave. Stir in the red food coloring if using. Gently stir in the cereal and the cherry pieces until everything has been coated with the marshmallow mixture. Add in the chocolate chips last.

Pat the mixture into a greased 8x8 baking dish. Cool and cut into squares to serve. Best if eaten within a day or two of making.

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Cherry & Chocolate Rice Krispy Treats - So Good!

22 Recipes to Dress Up Store Bought Pretzels

22 Recipes to Dress Up Store Bought Pretzels {via} - A curated collection of the best recipes from our favorite bloggers. From seasoned and chocolate covered to cookies, bars and more! Weather you crave salty and sweet or savory and spicy there is sure to be something here to whet your appetite.

All this month my local Albertsons grocery store has had bags of their store brand pretzels as their loss leader at just 69¢ a bag. And so every time I was in the store I have been picking up a couple of bags because at that price, who could pass them up? My family loves just snacking on pretzels plain, right out of the bag. But then I got to thinking that I needed to find a few recipes that I can use to dress up store bought pretzels and turn them into something fabulous… And so, this collection was born…22 amazing recipes that will turn those bags of pretzels into fun snacks, desserts and even crusting some chicken fingers for the kids! I hope you enjoy!


Fruit Topped Cheesecake with Pretzel CrustFruit Topped Cheesecake with Pretzel Crust – This delicious recipe from Confessions of an Overworked Mom combines sweet and creamy cheesecake with a salty pretzel crust. Top it all off with some fresh seasonal fruit and you have an amazing dessert! 


Rolo Pretzel Surprise Cookies

Rolo Pretzel Surprise Cookies – Oh wow! This recipe from Organized 31 looks amazing! Could a cookie get any better than this one? A yummy warm cookie straight from the oven is filled with melted Rolo candy (chocolate and caramel) AND pretzels! 


Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites

Cookie Dough Pretzel Bites – How can you go wrong with crunchy and salty pretzels, soft edible cookie dough and it all dipped in chocolate? This recipe from Is This Really My Life? has it all! 


Strawberry Pretzel Whiptini

Strawberry Pretzel Whiptini – Hmmm…pretzels in a cocktail? Sure why not! Instead of a salted glass rim on this yummy strawberries & cream adult beverage you just do some crushed pretzels instead. This recipe from Snappy Gourmet is a perfect summer cocktail! 


Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix

Sweet and Spicy Snack Mix – If you are like me you love the combination of sweet, spicy and salty all in one. And this recipe from Hello Little Home will not disappoint in that flavor combination. This recipe is very much like a Chex mix but instead uses Quaker Life cereal (where the sweet comes in) and then has the savory/spicy element from soy sauce, siracha and some other yummy flavors and is rounded out with some tropical dried pineapple and pistachios!


Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe

 Jello Pretzel Salad Recipe – Jello is one of those things a lot of couponers have in their stockpiles because it is often free or super cheap after coupon and this classic recipe from A Mom’s Take is the perfect use for it. A pretzel crust is topped with creamy layer of whipped topping (ie Cool Whip) and cream cheese, then topped with fresh strawberries and strawberry gelatin is poured over. Pop it into the refrigerator and you have the perfect dessert for a hot day or to take to a potluck gathering! 


Pretzel Chicken Fingers

 Pretzel Chicken Fingers – Here is a delicious kid friendly way to use pretzels…make your own chicken fingers with a delicious pretzel crust! My kids love chicken fingers for dinner or lunch and dipped in some sweet honey mustard I do too! This amazingly easy recipe from Dawn Nicole will have the kids smiling for sure! 


Pretzel Butterflies

 Pretzel Butterflies – These sweet little white chocolate dipped pretzels are billed for the 4th of July by Crafting In The Rain, but I think with a change in the color of sugar sprinkles you could make them for any occasion or holiday! Pink, purple, blue, yellow…any color here would work! This is also a fun recipe for the kids to help in the kitchen with. 


Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Toffee

 Chocolate Covered Pretzels with Toffee – Here in another great twist (pun intended) on chocolate dipped pretzels, this time with some delicious Heath Bar toffee bits added on top. This recipe from Penny Lane Kitchen takes it up a notch and I think these pretzel treats would be perfect as a gift at the holidays all wrapped up cute! 


Oreos Pretzel Frogs

 Oreos Pretzel Frogs – Okay..these are frogs made out of Oreo cookies with pretzel legs are too cute for words! One of my daughters (I have three) is in LOVE with frogs and I could just know she would squeal in delight if I made these for her. Blogger Katrina from Baking And Boys has a great tutorial on how to make these cute little froggy treats! 


Sprinkle of Spring Vanilla Almond Bark Pretzels

 Sprinkle of Spring Vanilla Almond Bark Pretzels – These lovely little vanilla almond bark covered pretzels are perfect for spring snacking or to give as gifts (I can imagine them all wrapped up in a cellophane bag with a pastel bow). The recipe comes from Kid And Things and could not be easier to make! The kids can get involved too with this one, either dipping the pretzels or just adding the candy sprinkles on top! 


Cranberry Nut Pretzel Bark

 Cranberry Nut Pretzel Bark – I love candy bark recipes! And this recipe from How Does Your Garden Grow is amazingly simple and delicious. How can you go wrong with just four simple ingredients? White chocolate, pretzels, Craisins and Pecans…YUMMY! 


Compost Cookies

 Compost Cookies – The name of this cookie at first threw me off…but then as I got to reading the ingredient list I was intrigued. These cookies from Donuts, Dresses And Dirt have everything but the kitchen sink in them…pretzels (of course), butterscotch chips, mini chocolate chips, oatmeal, coffee (HELLO!), graham cracker crumbs and potato chips. Are you intrigued yet? I know I am! 


Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars

 Chocolate Chip Cookie Pretzel Bars – Obviously I am not the only one who craves salty and sweet! Blogger Melissa from over at I Was Born To Cook likes to bake up these bar cookies to satisfy that craving too! The recipe reminds me of a good homemade brownie and they are filled with chopped pretzels! 


Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels

 Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels – This sweet & salty snack is one I have personally made myself using the exact same recipe that My Life Well Loved has shared over on her blog. Beware…these are addictive! The combination of the salt covered crunchy pretzels tossed sweet cinnamon and sugar makes these hard to resist! 


Buffalo Wing Pretzel Sticks

 Buffalo Wing Pretzel Sticks – If hot and spicy is more your thing then this easy recipe from Mom On Time Out is right up your alley. Dip them in some creamy blue cheese dressing to cool off the bite. I am thinking these would be a fabulous game day treat for sure! 


Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars

 Peanut Butter Pretzel Granola Bars – If your kids love granola bars packed in their lunches as much as mine do then this recipe from Dessert Now Dinner Later is a fun way to re-purpose bagged pretzels into a fun and tasty treat! 


Malted Pretzel CrunchMalted Pretzel Crunch – Oh wow does this stuff look addictive or what? Salty pretzels are tossed with brown & white sugar and then to make it amazing malted milk powder is added too and everything is baked in a bit of butter. The recipe comes from the blog of Parsley, Sage & Sweet and it is a must make snack for your next Super Bowl party! 


No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars

 No Bake Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars – If you are looking for a delicious dessert that does not require any baking then this amazing recipe from Crazy For Crust is right up your alley. Even better there are just 5 ingredients – butter, pretzels, powdered sugar, peanut butter and chocolate chips. Easy! 


Mandarin Orange Pretzel Salad

 Mandarin Orange Pretzel Salad – This is another take on the classic strawberry Jell-O pretzel salad posted above but this time with mandarin oranges! My son Parker has thing for mandarin oranges so this recipe from Six Sisters’ Stuff is a favorite for sure! 


Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies

 Salted Caramel Pretzel Cookies – If cookies are your weakness then these amazing little gems are going to be a hit for sure! The recipe comes from Kelly over at Redefined Mom and are super easy to make and delicious too! 


Cowboy Bark

 Cowboy Bark – I am not sure what about this recipe from Averie Cooks is making me what to say “Yea Haw”, is it the fun “cowboy” name or the fact that this candy bark recipe has both pretzels AND Oreo cookies AND of course chocolate? This is a copy cat recipe of Trader Joe’s. And while I do not have that store in my neck of the woods I am glad I can recreate this yummy treat with this recipe! 

Which one of these tasty pretzel recipes is your favorite? Leave a comment below and let us know! 

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25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes {via} - This amazing collection of recipes has the best recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, snacks and more!

25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes {via} - This amazing collection of recipes has the best recipes for main dishes, side dishes, desserts, snacks and more!

25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes

I don’t know why but whenever I think of sweet potatoes I always think of that traditional Thanksgiving side dish that my mom makes. Chunks of sweet potatoes, in a sweet brown sugar syrup and spiced up with cinnamon and perhaps a pinch of nutmeg. Then topped with miniature marshmallows and baked until hot and bubbly and the marshmallows are both melted and crispy browned.

But the funny thing is, you can buy sweet potatoes year-round and they are actually pretty inexpensive too. Fall is when they are in season though so this is the time of year to buy them at their lowest price point!

And boy are they healthy too! One cup of cubed sweet potato is only 114 calories and packs a whole lot of nutrients! There is 377% of your daily requirement for vitamin A which is the vitamin our bodies need for healthy eyes. Plus there is a nice healthy dose of 4 grams of fiber too.

Why not take advantage of the great prices on sweet potatoes and try and incorporate these tasty tubers in your meals? We have gathered 25 great recipes for you from some fabulous food bloggers. From breakfast, dinner, snacks, dessert and more you are sure to discover a couple new sweet potato recipes!

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Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

Easy Baked Caramel Apples {via} - This simple recipe has just 5 easy ingredients and the perfect fall dessert. Topped with a little vanilla bean ice cream, even better!

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Fall is here! This is 100%, without a doubt my favorite time of the year. The weather gets crisp and cool, the leave turn orange, yellow and russet and we start making apple recipes. This recipe for Easy Baked Caramel Apples is perfect when you want a little something sweet and apple-y without going through a lot of trouble to bake a pie or cake or something complicated.

While apples can be purchased in the grocery store, and are usually priced affordably year round, late summer and early autumn is the prime season for fresh apples and this is when the price is a bit lower and the variety is a bit wider. If you have local pick your own apple farms even better!

To begin cut your apples in half and scoop out the middle with a melon baller or the tip of a vegetable peeler.

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16 Refreshing Iced Coffee Drinks To Cool You Off This Summer!

Iced Coffee Drinks Recipes

There is nothing I enjoy on a hot day than a cool and refreshing iced coffee. I love to pop into Starbucks and get a refreshing coffee beverages. But, let’s face it, at $4.00 a drink that can be an expensive habit.

So the next best thing is to make your own iced coffee at home. And you can have all the bells and whistles – caramel, chocolate, vanilla, whip, sprinkles, extra drizzle or whatever your heart desires. Can’t do dairy (I am lactose intolerant myself) substitute almond or soy milk.

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