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Homemade Pumpkin Roll Recipe

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There's something about fall that makes us start feeling like pumpkin-flavored deliciousness.  This takes a little more effort than ordering a pumpkin spice latte, but I promise, you can do this!  It looks all fancy and difficult, but it's not that hard, and it's another dessert that you can make ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Apple Dumplings


We've had such a crazy week, but tonight it's chilly and rainy, and it's time to bust out the Apple Dumpling recipe!  Nothing cheers up a gloomy day like fresh from the oven apple dumplings with vanilla ice cream--It's seriously one of the best recipes I make (and it's also entirely possible that I ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Make your own Applesauce!

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Today was applesauce day at our house!  It’s something we do every year, and I always look forward to a big bowl of warm applesauce made with freshly-picked apples.  Then I fill the freezer with the rest, and we have it for the rest of the year.  It’s an easy little something special to go with a ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Chocolate Caramel Covered Apples

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If you haven't already noticed, I love fall food, especially all the great things that can be made with freshly-picked apples.  This one isn't terribly complicated, but it's one of the best ways in the world to eat a crisp juicy apple.  But seriously...what doesn't taste better covered with caramel ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Grandma’s Apple Strudel Recipe

Apple Strudel

My Grandma Roth knew a thing or two about feeding a family on a Shoestring Budget.  She was the mother of eight kids, and famously scolded my mom once for paying full-price for bananas for Grandpa while she was in the hospital ("but Patty, they were 29¢ a pound at Save-a-Lot!").  I learned a lot ... Read More →

Four Fantastic Apple Recipes!

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Apples are one of the Checkout 51 deals this week, so I thought it was a great week to share four of our favorite apple recipes!   In these recipes, I'll walk you through delicious homemade apple treats step-by-step, with pictures to help make it as easy as possible. Don't be intimidated--these ... Read More →

Tuesday Tip: Hosting Thanksgiving

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Many Sisters and Misters will be hosting the big meal on Thanksgiving this year.  Whether it's your first time or you're a seasoned veteran, here are my top tips for pulling off a fantastic meal without being too flustered and rushed to enjoy your guests!  A week before: Confirm the time with ... Read More →

How to make Homemade Noodles, plus Sweet Potato Casserole and Awesome Stuffing recipes

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My husband says I’m a Thanksgiving snob…and he might have a point.  It’s not that I’m stuck up about Thanksgiving food, but I have a couple of Thanksgiving side dishes that I’ve adapted the recipes for over the years to the point that I like them the way I make them, and sometimes others don’t quite ... Read More →