Spa Sleepover Birthday Party: Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes

nail polish cupcakes

These Marshmallow Nail Polish Cupcakes were the perfect treat for my daughter's Spa Sleepover ninth birthday party.  We originally spotted the idea for marshmallow nail polish treats in the catalog for birthday party supplies, but the instructions weren't included.  We could tell that the basic idea ... Read More →

Black Raspberry Cheesecake Bars

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  Nothing beats FREE when you're on a shoestring budget, and the black raspberries growing wild in our back yard and the surrounding farm fields definitely fit the bill.  We pick as many as we can, and I use them to make homemade jam (see a super easy jam recipe HERE), then flash freeze whatever's ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Monster Cookie Recipe

All that's right in the realm of cookie ingredients, rolled into one delicious bite-sized treat.  Peanut butter, chocolate chips, M&Ms and oatmeal make these a family favorite, and using seasonal M&Ms makes them the perfect treat for any holiday.  Not that you need an excuse to make them.  ... Read More →

Easy Stromboli Recipe


When we need party food that won't break the bank, this Stromboli recipe is a go-to crowd pleaser.  It's basically a rolled-up pizza without the sauce, and can be filled with anything you'd put on a pizza.  I won't represent this version as "authentically Italian," but it's authentically yummy, and ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Strawberry Recipes

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Strawberry picking time is right around the corner in Northeast Ohio!  If you're lucky enough to get a big harvest out of your own garden, or if you head out to a Pick-Your-Own patch like my family did, here are some great ideas for what to do with your bountiful harvest.  First, here's a great tip ... Read More →

BBQ Country Style Ribs Recipe

Crock Pot BBQ Country Style Ribs Recipe--5 minute prep for a delicious meal from Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring

Boneless Country Style Ribs are on sale B1G1 FREE starting Thursday at Giant Eagle, so I thought it would be a great time to give one of my favorite easy recipes a makeover and share it with you!  You can't get much easier than this recipe: just 5 minutes of prep in the morning, and a tender, ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Homemade Hummus

Homemade Hummus

 If you're a fan of hummus, you know that it's not something that we find on sale often.  Did you know it's pretty easy (and frugal!) to make?  My "real" sister Kara did a little experimenting and came up with this great recipe.  She's really into organic food and is working on finding healthy ... Read More →

Frugal Friday: Prep once, Eat twice!


  It's Frugal Friday!  The time when we take a few moments to focus on tips and hints for frugal living.  Today we'll talk a little more about Meal Planning, and how it can help keep your food budget under control.  Food is an area of the budget that can have a ton of variation, especially ... Read More →

Easter Recipe: Resurrection Rolls


Here's a fun cooking activity for you and the kids with a built in lesson about Easter.  It's one of our family favorites.  Hope you enjoy! Here's what you'll need: An 8-ct package of Crescent rolls 8 marshmallows (plus a few extras for snitchers :) )Melted butter--a few tablespoonscinnamon or ... 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 →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Sour Cream Coffee Cake Recipe

Monster cookies

Looking for something delicious to make this weekend?  This Sour Cream Coffee Cake recipe is one of the made-from-scratch treats my family likes best for a weekend or holiday breakfast.  It's not difficult to make, but it tastes so much better than a mix from a box.  You can make it the night ... Read More →

Guide to Buying Freezer Beef

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When I shared on Facebook that I'd picked up my beef quarter to put in the freezer, I was overwhelmed with the response of Sisters and Misters who wanted to learn more about this.  We've bought freezer beef from a friend at church several times, and it's a frugal way to fill your freezer with ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: The many uses for a Rotisserie Chicken

rotisserie chicken

Chicken broccoli rice casserole Rotisserie Chickens are a fantastic convenience-food option at a Shoestring Budget price.  You can usually get a fully-cooked chicken for somewhere around $5.  That's a great price for a dinner with no prep and no mess, with the possibility for leftovers. Eat what ... Read More →

Cooking on a Shoestring: Peanut Butter Cup Pie

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This is the pie that my husband requests every year for his birthday...but not at the birthday celebration when we have guests.  He's normally a generous man, but this one he doesn't want to share with company ;)  It's so rich and oh so yummy--serve it with a giant glass of milk.  And if you decide ... Read More →

Valentine’s Day Recipes: Heart-Shaped Meatloaf and Chocolate Cheesecake


It's Valentine's Day, so I thought I'd share a few recipe ideas to make the day special.  The first one isn't so much a recipe as an idea of something fun to do for the kids.  A few years ago we came up with the idea of a heart-shaped meatloaf for Valentine's Day, and it's become a tradition.  (My ... Read More →

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