Frugal Recipes

Coconut Oil Benefits and Recipes

If coconut oil isn’t a product you would normally pick up at the grocery store, you should definitely add it to your shopping list! Whether you’ve already heard about all of the uses for coconut oil or this is all new to you, you can be sure to learn something new and useful about this product here. So, what is coconut oil good for? The answer to that question is probably longer than you’d expect. There are more coconut oil uses than those for other oils; this is not a product exclusively for cooking. The benefits of coconut oil are abundant and various. Luckily for you, we have an extensive list of uses for coconut oil right here so you won’t miss out on all of the health benefits of coconut oil.

When you think about oil, cooking is probably the first thing that comes to mind. You’d be surprised to hear that one of the coconut oil benefits is that it is great for your skin. By this, we mean that you can use coconut oil and turn it into scrubs, lotions, and lip balms that are soothing for your skin. Using coconut oil for skin is beneficial because coconut oil is a strong moisturizer. A coconut oil moisturizer can help relieve dry skin and sooth other skin conditions such as eczema and even sunburn. Some of the most noticeable benefits of coconut oil on skin occur because it contains Vitamin E. Vitamin E not only moisturizes your skin, but it also helps delay and correct the appearance of wrinkles. This is why making something like a coconut oil face mask will help keep your face looking young and beautiful.

The list of coconut oil health benefits does not stop at your skin. By incorporating coconut oil into your daily haircare routine, you can see tremendous effects on your hair as well. When you use coconut oil for hair, you will notice the texture of your hair improving, and over time, you will see some major results like the reduction of split ends. If you have problems like dandruff, coconut oil will sooth and moisturize your scalp to prevent the flaking of dry skin. For those of you whose hair seems to grow out very slowly, you can use a coconut oil hair mask to stimulate hair growth. Overall, using coconut oil for your hair will leave you with shinier, healthier hair.

Want to learn how to make these beneficial products from of coconut oil? Scroll through this page and click on the links of whichever projects catch your eye. Learn how to make your own DIY coconut oil products, like a coconut oil sugar scrub, body wash, hair spray, or soap. You can even learn how to make a few fun products with your kids like DIY play dough. There are even a couple DIY projects with coconut oil that you would have never thought existed, such as DIY toothpaste and mascara. Look below for 20+ easy, all-natural products that you can make that allow you to get all of the benefits of coconut oil!

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Chocolate Macaroon Pie Recipe – Easy & Gluten Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free

Chocolate Macaroon Pie Recipe

This Chocolate Macaroon Pie Recipe is definitely share worthy!  It is an easy recipe for a gluten free, dairy free, and egg free pie.  This recipe is so easy that my daughter has been making this recipe on her own since she was ten.  We first made it to bring to a running event that a friend started called “Pie Mile.”  The idea is that runners (not me!) run a timed mile and then celebrate by eating pie.  It’s always so much fun to see friends meet their running goals, but the best part is the pie!  Actually this Pie Mile is what got my daughter excited about cooking and sharing her creations.

My daughter made this recipe for Thanksgiving, then December Pie Mile, and again as a Christmas gift for a dear friend who has many food allergies.  The Chocolate Macaroon Pie Recipe is below. [click to continue…]

Homemade Holiday Treats: Candy Bark Recipes - a curated collection of delicious and easy to prepare candy bark recipes. Perfect for holiday gift giving!

Candy Bark Recipes

Candy bark is one of those simple to make homemade holiday treats and one my family enjoys making for both eating ourselves and gift giving. The premise is simple, melt some chocolate (I like to use chocolate chips since I can get them cheap with coupons), white chocolate, or candy melts, and then you either pour the melted candy onto a cookie sheet and then top off with yummy toppings or you stir the mix-ins into the melted candy and then pour onto a cookie sheet. You let the candy cool and harden then break it up into chunks and eat or package up for gifts. Simple simple simple.

Here are some amazing candy bark recipes that I have found on Pinterest lately to inspire you. Simply click the picture or link above each picture to be taken to the instructions and recipes.

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark
via Confections of a Foodie Bride

Grasshopper Chocolate Bark

Fudgy Milk Chocolate Bark With Cranberries & Almonds
via Vegan Richa

Fudgy Milk Chocolate Bark With Cranberries & Almonds

Peppermint Bark Snowflakes
via Food Family & Finds

Peppermint Bark Snowflakes

Peppermint Bark
via Domestic goddess Adventures

Peppermint Bark


Cookies n Cream Peanut Butter Bark
via Sally’s Baking Addiction

Cookies n Cream Peanut Butter Bark

Dark-Chocolate Bark with Ginger, Walnuts and Dried Cherries
via How Does She

Dark-Chocolate Bark with Ginger, Walnuts and Dried Cherries

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark
via The Legume Loyalist

Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark

Cake Batter & Sprinkle Bark
via Sweetapolita

Cake Batter & Sprinkle Bark

Turtle Bark
via Chocolate, Chocolate & More

Turtle Bark


Nutter Butter Bark
via Bakers Royale

Nutter Butter Bark

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark
via Bakers Royale

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bark

Rocky Road Bark
via Bakers Royale

Rocky Road Bark

Black Forest Bark
via Bakers Royale

Black Forest Bark


Mint Chocolate Chip Bark
via Bakers Royale

Mint Chocolate Chip Bark

Malt Ball Bark
via Tutti Dolci

Malt Ball Bark

Gingersnap Bark
via Bran Appetit

Gingersnap Bark

White Chocolate Pistachio Bark
via Handle The Heat

White Chocolate Pistachio Bark

Ginger Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark
via Healthy. Delicious.

Ginger Coconut Dark Chocolate Bark


Samoas Bark
via Bakers Royale

Samoas Bark

Dark Chocolate S’more Bark
via Chocolate & Carrots

Dark Chocolate S’mores Bark

Cranberry Bliss Bark
via Cookies & Cups

Cranberry Bliss Bark

Chocolate Bark with Dried Cherries and Tangerine Zest
via PB & Jargon

Chocolate Bark with Dried Cherries and Tangerine Zest

Almond Joy Bark
via The Hungry Housewife

Almond Joy Bark

Cookies And Cream Oreo Bark
via Bakers Royale

Cookies And Cream Oreo Bark

Oreo Peppermint Bark
via Sing for your Supper

Oreo Peppermint Bark

Buckeye Bark
via Big Red Kitchen

Buckeye Bark

Lemon Bark
via Your Homebased Mom

Lemon Bark

Bite-Sized Party Bark
via Happy Hour Projects

Bite-Sized Party Bark
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Do you have a favorite candy bark recipe that you make for the holidays? Tell us about it and what you put in it in the comments below!

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Thanksgiving Turkey Mistakes

If you are up to your eyeballs in stuffing and cranberries and you’re not quite sure what to do to pull off one of the most celebrated meals of the year, don’t panic. We’ve got help for you.

The biggest flavor mistake you can make is overcooking the bird. If it’s done right, which is to 165 degrees F (considered safe by the USDA), then it should stay juicy and moist. Keep in mind if you want your meat to end up at 165, then you’ll need to pull the bird out of the oven when it hits between 155 and 160. The temperature will continue to rise 5 to 10 degrees as the bird rests. The problem is that the breast tends to cook faster than the thighs and legs, and also will naturally dry out more because it’s leaner. In order to protect the breast, cover it with foil. EatingWell.com suggests that after roasting for 45 minutes, you cover the breast with a double layer of foil, cutting the foil as necessary to conform to the breast.


Turkey too big for your oven? Cut it up but be prepared that it will cook a lot faster this way.

If your turkey is a little burned, you can try to peel off the burnt skin. Pouring turkey broth or chicken broth over it may also help to rehydrate the bird. Unfortunately if it is really overcooked, there isn’t a lot you can do.

Another mistake is opening the oven door too much when cooking the bird. If you need to baste, make sure you take the pan out of the oven and close the door quickly to keep the heat in the oven. Baste it and get that bird back in the oven. Opening and closing the door too much will significantly reduce the temperature and make it take a lot longer.

Make sure you let the bird sit for about half an hour before carving. This will allow the juices to lock in and you won’t lose them all when you cut into the turkey.

Make sure you remove the wishbone before carving. You can’t carve the white meat correctly if you don’t!

Turkey cooked way earlier than your dinner time? It’s okay. Put foil over that bird and it will stay hot and juicy for at least an hour until you’re ready to carve. Best option is to keep it somewhere warm and insulated and away from pets! (Oh yes I’ve had my cat and dog both attack a turkey before.)

But what if you go to start stuffing that bird and you discover it’s still frozen? Turkeys can also be thawed in the microwave. Here is a checklist from the USDA’s website on safely thawing your turkey in the microwave:

  • Check your owner’s manual for the size turkey that will fit in your microwave oven, the minutes per pound and power level to use for thawing.
  • Remove all outside wrapping.
  • Place on a microwave-safe dish to catch any juices that may leak.
  • Cook your turkey immediately. Do not refreeze or refrigerate your turkey after thawing in the microwave oven.

REMINDER: Remove the giblets from the turkey cavities after thawing. Cook separately.

I have never tried this myself and I think most chefs agree that thawing a turkey in the fridge ahead of time or in a sink of cold water is your best bet.

Now what about the lumpy or runny mashed potatoes? If your potatoes turn out a little gluey, try adding some instant potatoes to the pan to fluff it up. Or add a few more potatoes, mashed of course.

If they came out a little lumpy (hope my mother in law is reading this) add some milk or butter and stir it in with a fork, don’t go crazy with the mashing.

And last but not least, if you realize you’re missing an ingredient you need for one of your crowd pleasing dishes check out the Food Substitutions post!

I certainly hope you won’t run into any Thanksgiving emergencies today! But if you do, please make sure to comment below or share your tips for averting disaster in the kitchen today! Happy Thanksgiving!

Photo credit to Peripathetic on Flickr

Cooking Substitutions

Cooking Substitutions

If you are preparing holiday meals or baking you may find yourself mid-recipe without an ingredient, or you may not want to spend a lot of money on something that you only need a little and won’t use a lot in normal day-to-day cooking.

Here is a list of common cooking substitutions…

Allspice: 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves equals 1 teaspoon allspice.

Apple Pie Spice: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice and a dash of ground cloves or ginger = 1 teaspoon apple pie spice.

Baking Powder: ½ teaspoon cream of tartar plus ¼ teaspoon baking soda equals 1 teaspoon baking powder.

Brown Sugar: 1 Cup granulated sugar plus ¼ cup molasses equals 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar.

Buttermilk: 1 tablespoon lemon juice or white vinegar plus enough milk to equal 1 cup equals 1 cup of buttermilk; let stand for 5 minutes. Or use 1 cup plain yogurt.

Cake Flour: 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons sifted all-purpose flour equals 1 cup cake flour.

Chili Sauce: 1 cup ketchup plus 1 to 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish.

Corn Syrup: 1 cup sugar plus ¼ cup of liquid (use whatever liquid is called for in the recipe) or use 1 cup honey equals 1 cup corn syrup.

Cornstarch: 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or 4-6 teaspoons quick cooking tapioca equals 1 tablespoon cornstarch.

Cream of tartar: 1 ½ teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar equals ½ teaspoon cream of tartar.

Dried Herb: ½ teaspoon ground herb equals 1 teaspoon dried herb.

Fresh Herb: ½ teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of dried herb equals 1 tablespoon of fresh herb.

Half and Half or Light Cream: 1 tablespoon melted butter plus enough whole milk to equal one cup.

Miniature Marshmallows: 10 large marshmallows equal 1 cup mini marshmallows.

Pastry Flour: 7/8 cup all-purpose flour equals 1 cup pastry flour.

Poultry Seasoning: ¾ teaspoon dried sage (crushed) plus ¼ teaspoon dried thyme or marjoram (crushed) equals 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning.

Pumpkin Pie Spice: ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon plus ¼ teaspoon ground ginger, ¼ teaspoon ground allspice and 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg equals 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice.

Rum: 1 tablespoon rum extract plus 3 tablespoons liquid (use whatever liquid called for in recipe) equals ¼ cup rum.

Self-Rising Flour: 1 cup of all-purpose flour plus 1 teaspoon baking powder, ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon baking soda.

Shortening (for baking): 1 cup minus 2 tablespoons lard or 1 1/8 cup butter or margarine (reduce salt in recipe if using salted butter or margarine) equals 1 cup shortening.

Sour Cream: Substitute equal parts plain yogurt.

Tomato Sauce: ¾ cup tomato paste plus 1 cup water equals 2 cups tomato sauce.

Whole Milk: ½ cup evaporated milk plus ½ cup water or 1 cup water plus 1/8 cup nonfat dry milk powder.

Wine: 13 tablespoons water, 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon sugar equals 1 cup wine.

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

25 Awesome Sweet Potato Recipes!

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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Beef Stew Recipe

This Oven Baked 4 Hour Beef Stew Recipe comes from member 3timesoccermom in the HotCouponWorld Recipe Forums.   She found a 4 Hour Beef Stew Recipe and “was skeptical” about trying the recipe since it isn’t the typical Stove-Top or Crock-Pot Beef Stew Recipe.  She adapted the recipe for the ingredients she had in her kitchen.  She was so glad she made this recipe and suggests you try it this Fall season.  I’m certainly adding this easy & frugal Beef Stew Recipe to my menu plan.

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Easy Caramel Apples Recipe

Easy Baked Caramel Apples

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 a cake.

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!
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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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Caramel Apple Recipes

21 Fall Caramel Apple Recipes!

Carmel Apple Recipes

Did You Know that the word ‘Caramel’ is one of the words linguists use to determine where you are from? Folks say it differently depending on what area of country they are from. How do YOU say the word Caramel?
For me fall is all about the food! And nothing says fall to me like a caramel apple. Oh sure you can melt some caramels and dip some apples in it, maybe toss some nuts or sprinkles on to make it fancy. But that get’s sort of boring after a while. So check out these 21 Fall Caramel Apple Recipes that we rounded up for you from across the web.
See other great easy-to-make recipes here!


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Layered Chicken Taco Salad

Layered Chicken Taco Salad Recipe

This is a great frugal recipe that has that “wow” factor all layered up in a large glass bowl. Use up leftover cooked chicken (rotisserie chicken from the grocery store works!) and start layering your ingredients. Our family loves salads and while the weather is cooling down a little bit I want to take advantage of fresh garden veggies as much as I can!

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 cup Romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 3 cup fresh spinach
  • 2 cup cooked chicken, shredded or diced
  • 2 can (11oz each) Mexicorn, whole kernel corn with red and green peppers, drained
  • 3 large Roma tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup shredded Colby-Jack cheese
  • 2 green onions, chopped (tops too)
  • 1 1/2 cup southwest tortilla strips (or chips)
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3/4 cup French dressing

Thanks to Shugary Sweets for the pictures and recipe!  For the full recipe and directions please head on over to Shugary Sweets. Plus, don’t miss out on many other delicious recipes!

What is on your menu plan for dinner tonight? Leave us a comment below and share. Links to yummy recipes are welcome too!

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