Author: Debra

rice krispie treats

How to Make the Perfect Rice Krispie Treats

With so many delicious recipes for Rice Krispie Treats out there, you might wonder what makes this one so “perfect”.  Well, I’ll tell ya.  I have certain standards when it comes to rice krispie treats.  I don’t like them dry and crispy.  I don’t love the flavor of the store bought ones.  I like them to be a little gooey, but not so gooey that you end up with it all over your hands.  I don’t like a lot of extra stuff on them or in them.   I am very particular about my rice krispie treats.  A bit of...

cheese ball recipe

Bacon, Avocado, and Salsa Cheese Ball Recipe

Oh, my goodness, you guys!  The holidays are creeping up on us!  Are you ready?  I’m not quite, but I am getting there.  The holidays mean having company and company means that we must make amazing recipes to share, right?  Of course it does! In the spirit of yummy food, I created this bacon, avocado, and salsa cheese ball recipe that I know you are going to love!   This recipe is quick and easy to throw together and it has some of my favorite flavors all wrapped up in one delicious cheese ball.  Pair it with some crackers and you’ve...

how to save money on groceries

How to Save Money on Food

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site. When you go to the store to get your groceries, do you put some planning into it?  Do you know how to save money on food or do you just grab your purse and go?  Did you know that if you take a few minutes and plan your grocery shopping you can save BIG money? Today I’m going to share some tips with you to help you do just that!         How to Save Money on Food               Plan your grocery list...

homemade pumpkin puree

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Sometimes the pumpkins you grow in your garden aren’t big enough to be your Halloween jack-o-lanterns, so what should you do with all of those pumpkins?  Make homemade pumpkin puree!  It’s so easy to do and it can be used to make lots of yummy recipes!   Give me five minutes and let me show you how to do it!  (And stick around — at the end of the post I’ll share a few of my favorite pumpkin puree recipes!)       How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree           When pureeing our homegrown pumpkins, I...

Santa Christmas cookies

Santa Cookies and other Christmas Traditions

This post contains ads that help support my site. Since Christmas traditions are really on my mind now, this past weekend I made these cute Santa Cookies that are a tradition in my husband’s family.   You might be thinking, “Christmas traditions?  Already?”  Yes, I know Thanksgiving comes first. Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving, too, but it doesn’t take THAT long to get ready for.   Christmastime is magical and to make it magical takes time and preparation.  I have told you before how I like to make Christmas treats ahead of time and freeze them so that...

mission farewell

My Daughter’s Mission Farewell

I am going to be real here for a minute and tell you the good, the bad, and the ugly of preparing to send your child on a mission. This past week has been full of emotions.  My daughter, Kira, is preparing to depart for the Arizona Tucson LDS mission [for 18 months] on November 8th, so yesterday she gave her farewell remarks at church and then we had a luncheon for her afterwards.  The week was full of stress trying to estimate how many people would be there, how much food to plan for, making the food, and shuttling...

dehydrating apples

Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   This weekend I have been dehydrating apples with cinnamon and sugar.  It is such a yummy and (relatively) healthy snack.  You may have figured out by all of my recent apple recipes that we have lots of apples at our house right now, so we are doing lots of  food preservation!       Dehydrating Apples with Cinnamon and Sugar             Let’s get started!     Cinnamon Sugar Apples Ingredients   Fresh apples Cinnamon and sugar shaker (if you don’t have one you can mix...

christmas recipes

Christmas Recipes That Your Sweet Tooth Will Love!

Right around this time of year is when I start making my Christmas treats.  What?  Christmas recipes already?  That’s right.  You heard me.  I start making my Christmas treats in October.   Why?  Well, my personal experience is it gets close to Thanksgiving life gets insanely busy with family get togethers, Christmas shopping, and holiday activities, so why not get them done early???  All that I do is put my Christmas treats in  freezer storage bags, press out the extra air, seal them, and then they are all ready!   I take them out the day before whatever event I...

caramel apple dessert

How to Make Caramel Apple Dessert Turnovers

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   Hey, guys!  I have a bunch of apple pie filling that I canned that I need to use.  I came up with these caramel apple dessert turnovers while I was experimenting with ideas for recipes to use the pie filling.  They were delish and so quick and easy to make!  Sound good? Well, read on my friends because I’ve got the recipe right here for you!         Caramel Apple Dessert Turnovers               Caramel Apple Dessert Turnover Ingredients: Puff pastry sheets Apple pie filling...

homemade applesauce

How to Make Homemade Applesauce in the Pressure Cooker

This post contains affiliate links which help support this site.   This week I have been canning homemade applesauce.  I have a sweet neighbor who has an apple tree and every fall he gives me lots of apples for FREE!  I love being able to build my food storage and having it not cost anything!  Last year I used the apples he gave to me to can some easy apple pie filling, so this year I decided to make homemade applesauce.  I know applesauce is a yummy treat, but did you also know that you can use applesauce in place...