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Simple Cranberry Chicken

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It is my sincere belief that you can never have too many foolproof chicken recipes up your sleeve.  This flavor-packed simple cranberry chicken is another favorite "cheater" freezer recipe--easy, delicious, practically mess-free, and freezer + crock pot friendly.  What more do you need? To make it as part of a freezer cooking day, just split the sauce & [...]

Easy Homemade Gingerbread Bars

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I'm not quite sure how to explain how utterly delicious these ridiculously easy gingerbread bars really are.  They are like heaven--or Christmas--on a plate!  Dense and chewy, sweet but not too sweet, with just the perfect amount of spice.  Seriously.  Try them.  Today. You won't regret it. As an aside, the crystallized ginger sprinkled on [...]

DIY Give Save & Spend Kids Wallet

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Today I am so excited to host a tutorial from the amazingly talented Sarah of Miss Money Bags.  I was introduced to Sarah last year when she graciously sent me one of her handmade Cash Envelope Wallets, as well as a "Save, Spend, Give" wallet for each one of my girls.  We absolutely LOVED them [...]

Easy Freezer Balsamic Roast Beef

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This may sound a little odd coming from a vegetarian, but pot roast is hands down my favorite meal to make!  Not only is it ridiculously easy and completely foolproof, not to mention a one-pot slow cooker meal that you can set and forget, but it always gets RAVE reviews.  As in not just "oh this [...]

Handmade Fizzing Bath Bombs

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My girls love taking bubble baths and I have been wanting to make them some homemade bath bombs for years now, but quite honestly I was always a little scared that it would turn into a complete fiasco and they wouldn't work. I shouldn't have worried! Not only are they fun and easy to make, they work [...]

Cheesy Chicken & Rice Casserole

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Chicken & rice casserole is one of our family staples, but in my quest to develop a whole binder full of no-cook freezer meals, I decided to take on the challenge of creating a freezer friendly version.  I'll be honest, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right, but the final [...]

Handmade Honey Salt Scrub

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I first made this simple honey salt scrub about three years ago during our first ever 31 Days of Living Well & Spending Zero challenge.  I loved it so much that I ended up making a huge bath and giving it away to all my friends and family that year.  They have been asking for [...]

How to Give a Great Handmade Gift

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 This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings  DIY gifts are all the rage these days, no matter where you look -- Pinterest, Facebook, even the cover of a glossy magazine. All proclaim to have the perfect gift that can be made cuter, cheaper, and faster, and everyone, including myself, can't get their hands on [...]

Easy Freezer Ham & Bean Soup

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Nothing warms up a cold winter day faster than a steaming bowl of delicious homemade soup!  Of course there's not always time to put in a full day of cooking to get that homemade soup just right.  I'm always looking for ways to make our family favorites faster and freezer friendly, and this "cheater" version [...]

Best-Ever No-Fuss Mashed Potatoes

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At the risk of tooting my own horn, I have to tell you that every single person who has tried these potatoes has declared them the best they've ever had.  I can only assume that the main reason for this is that they are pretty much a heart attack in a bowl.  Seriously, potatoes don't get any unhealthier than [...]

Easy 5 Ingredient Pumpkin Pie

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Am I the only one already drooling thinking about Thanksgiving dinner?  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays, and I am SUPER excited that this year my big brother Paul and his family will be joining us all the way from Washington State.  It has been years since we've hosted a big family [...]

10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less

10 Gifts You Can Make for $10 or Less

November is here which means the holiday season is upon us, and if you are anything like me you are suddenly thinking, "well crapola, I better start thinking about gifts!"  (And if you are one of those annoyingly perfect proactive people who finished your shopping sometime in July, then I'm not quite sure to do with you. [...]

7 Ways to Decorate with Things You Already Have

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I am not a decorator.   Not even close.  While it is lovely, it will never be featured in House Beautiful or Better Homes & Gardens.  I am totally okay with that.   My goal is not to win any decorating awards, but to have a functional, cozy space that I love.  For me, that [...]

Best-Ever Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies

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Oatmeal butterscotch cookies have been my husband's favorite for as long as we've been together, so over the years I've tweaked and refined this recipe until he finally declared this particular version the very best ever.  I'm not sure why it never occurred to me to share this recipe until now, but here you go!  Trust me, [...]

10 Freezer Meals in One Hour 3: Comfort Foods Edition

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As you all probably know by now, I am pretty much hooked on easy recipes that taste great and don’t take a lot of time, effort, or expensive ingredients to throw together.  As a busy mom, I also want meals that can be made and frozen ahead of time to save time on hectic weeknights, [...]

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