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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

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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 →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Homemade Pumpkin Roll

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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


Yesterday I raved about having my first Apple Dumpling of the season on our Facebook page.  It didn't seem nice just to talk about it without sharing the recipe again.  It's seriously one of the best recipes I make (and it's also entirely possible that I ate one of these for lunch today...just ... Read More →