Pumpkin Bread

My dad didn’t do a lot of cooking when I was growing up, but he was known for his out-of-this-world pumpkin bread.  Every Christmas he would spend an entire day in the kitchen making loaves and loves of this delicious treat!  When I asked him if I could post his recipe he told me that he actually got the recipe from an old family friend.  So Sue, THANKS!!!

Here is what you will need:


  • 4 Eggs
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 1 can pumpkin (16 ounces)
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup water

20130628-161659.jpgPut the eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin in a mixer.

20130628-161714.jpgMix well until all the ingredients are completely combined.

20130628-161727.jpgAdd the flour, salt, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and water.  Mix until well blended.

20130628-161735.jpgPour your pumpkin bread into well-greased bread pans.  (This recipe will make 2 large loaves, 1 large and 4 small or 1 large and 2 medium loaves.)

Bake on 350 degrees.  Small loves need 45 minutes, medium loaves 50 minutes and large loaves 1 hour.



Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

I have to tell you about these Sausage Rolls.  I’ve made these for several different occasions and also freeze them for quick snacks they are deeeelicious!!  I originally got the recipe from a friend in MOPS.  Sara made these for one of our meetings and I begged her for the recipe.  The kiddos adore them, and they’re super easy to make.  For an even MORE frugal savings, you can make your own Pillsbury Cresen Rolls that are super yum!


1lb. Jimmy Dean Sausage.

1 (8oz) pkg cream cheese

2 cans Pillsbury refrigerated crescent dinner rolls

1 Table spoon poppy seeds

Brown sausage like hamburger meat (drain).  While preparing sausage, soften cream cheese in microwave for 15 seconds.  In a large bowl, combine cooked sausage with softened cream cheese.  Note:  The hot sausage helps the cheese melt a bit, and lets you mix it until it’s all nice and creamy.

unroll 1 can of dough and place on baking sheet. Spoon cooked sausage and cream cheese in the middle of the larger section of the crescent roll.

Fold over the long sides of the pastry to cover the sausage.  Sprinkle with poppy seeds(we call them sprinkles) and bake at 350 or 20 minutes until golden brown.  I’ve also seen them rolled and cut up and served too.

You can convince your kiddos to go anywhere with the promise of this yummy treat.  Enjoy!

Copycat Pillsbury Crescent Rolls

Crescent rolls are delicious!  I have used them to make so many different things that they have become a staple around here.  But, I just can’t bring myself to purchase the cans despite the efforts of the adorable dough boy.

Here is a frugaltastic copycat: (This recipe is equal to 2 cans of Pillsbury crescent rolls)

1/3 Cup lukewarm Water

2/3 cup lukewarm milk

1/3 cup softened butter

1/3 cup sugar

1/2 tsp salt

2 tsp active dry yeast

3 1/3 cup flour

2-3 Tablespoons of butter to rub on top when they are done (optional…but yummy!)


Dump all your dry ingredients into the bread machine first.  Then pour in your water, milk and butter.

 20130625-080915.jpg Beat your eggs well and then pour on top.  Set the bread machine on the dough cycle and let it do its magic!  (If you don’t have a bread machine, just knead the dough for about 10 minutes and let rise in a draft free, warm place for about 45 minutes.)

20130625-080024.jpgWhen your dough is ready, split it in two balls and lay it on a floured surface.

20130625-080041.jpgRoll each half out into a large circle.

20130625-080107.jpgUse a pizza cutter to make triangles.


Roll them up and put them on a baking sheet.  Let rise in a draft free place for about 30 minutes.

20130625-081214.jpgBake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.  Use your butter to rub across the top of each roll for an extra buttery taste!

Freezer Friendly Pizza Pasta Casserole

A few weeks ago our babysitter Madison graduated from High School.  The girls and I adore her and Kinley wanted to plan a special dinner to celebrate her accomplishment.  We had a wonderful time preparing this special evening and the dinner was super fabulous.  I chose this recipe because of the many reviews I read on how great this meal freezes and so I made a double batch.  Also taking into consideration… how could a meal that takes all the good things we love on pizza combined with noodles go wrong?!? NOT IN MY HOUSE!!

Next time I make this, I will add a layer of mozzarella cheese and more slices of pepperoni in the middle and on top since we LOVE cheese.  Maybe even use Italian sausage instead of ground beef.  The great thing about this is it can be customized any way you want it.  Add your favorites to make it your own special recipe! This was a total HIT and we finally ate the frozen one this evening and the kiddos scraped the dish clean.  Excellent, Frugal and easy!  Try two frugal gals Cheesy Garlic Bread recipe for a great side!

Pizza CasseroleIngredients
2 pounds ground beef
1 large onion, chopped
3-1/2 cups spaghetti sauce
1 package (16 ounces) spiral pasta, cooked and drained
4 cups (16 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
8 ounces sliced pepperoni


In a large skillet, cook beef and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Stir in spaghetti sauce and pasta.
Transfer to two greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dishes. Sprinkle with cheese. Arrange pepperoni over the top. Cover and freeze one casserole for up to 3 months.
Bake the second casserole, uncovered, at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until heated through.
To use frozen casserole: Thaw in the refrigerator overnight. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until heated through. Yield: 2 casseroles (8-10 servings each).


Congrats to our favorite, fun, loving and generous Madison.   We love you!



20130623-110551.jpgSUMMER IS HERE…..And that means there is lots of “free” time.  Unfortunately, that time can be expensive to fill!  We are always looking for some fun ways to spend the day without breaking the bank.

Last week we spent and entire afternoon at Bass Pro Shop.  The one by my house has family fun activities four days a week.  We started out with a demonstration on gun safety and even got pins after we completed a scavenger hunt.  In the back of the store, they had lessons on shooting bb guns as well as bow and arrows.  At the craft table we made fishing key chains before admiring the fish in the aquarium.  We ended by heading upstairs to play the coin operated hunting game.  Three hours later I took five happy kids home with lots of stores to share!  (The entire thing cost me a whopping $2.00!!)

If you have some frugal ideas to spend the hot summer days….I would LOVE to hear them!

Sweetened Condensed Milk Recipe

Recently a recipe I was using called for a can of sweetened condensed milk.  I happened to have a can in my pantry, so I went ahead and used it.  It got me thinking though…..surely I can make this stuff.  Since I began my quest to make all our food from scratch, I have discovered that there are very few things that I cannot make on my own.  (Sure wish I had a cow!)

As I researched how to make this sugary milk, I learned a couple of things.  You can make it from fresh milk, but it takes a couple of hours.  Milk is made up of about 80% water and you want to get that out in order to condense it.  I will give this healthier option a try in the future, but the recipe I am going to share now is super easy and only takes a couple of minutes……in the MICROWAVE!


Here is what you need:  (I found this recipe here.)

1 1/4 cup Dried milk

1/2 cup water

3/4 cup sugar.



Dump your water and milk powder in a microwave safe bowl and mix well.  Make sure all the bumps are gone.



Add your sugar and stir once more.


Put it in the microwave for about 1 minute and stir well.

That is it!  This will make 14 ounces which is the equal  to one can of the stuff on the shelves!

Homemade Lasagna

I have been building up to this for days!  I decided to venture into cheese making and made some mozzarella and ricotta cheese.  Once I knew photo(47)I was going to make lasagna, I wanted to do all of it from scratch.  So…short of raising the cow I did it!  It was super fun and TASTY!!

Here is what you need:

12  ounces mozzarella cheese

8 ounces ricotta cheese

9 strips lasagna noodles

1 pound hamburger meat, browned (You could use sausage if you prefer.)

26 ounces pasta sauce

1 teaspoon salt



Dump your meat, pasta sauce, ricotta cheese and salt into a bowl and mix well.


Use about 1/4 cup of your sauce and spread on the bottom of your pan.  Then, lay three noodles across the bottom. (I used fresh pasta and did not cook them ahead of time.  If you are using packaged lasagna noodles you don’t need to boil them, but add about 1/3 of a cup of water to your mixture.)


Use about 1/3 of your mixture and spread evenly over your pasta noodles.  Repeat this two more times until you have three layers of lasagna in the pan.


Spread your mozzarella cheese evenly over the top.  Since I used my homemade mozzarella cheese, I just sliced it rather than grate it.  I wanted to get good tasty chunks of cheese!!!

Bake on 350 for 30-40 minutes.

This is fantastic with some cheesy garlic bread!!!  ENJOY 🙂

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