Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

I have a confession to make.  I have never actually had the famous biscuits from Red Lobster…..or at least I don’t remember them.  Hubs and I aren’t big sea food fans and have only visited the place a couple of times.  However, I recently bought a mix from Wal-Mart that was supposed to be a replica of these famous biscuits.

THEY. WERE. DELICIOUS!!

So being the frugaltastic girl I am, I decided to take a stab at making my own. I started with my regular old biscuit recipe and added to it. I did cut the recipe in half and it made 14 cheesy, buttery biscuits.

Here is what you need:

1/2 of the basic biscuit recipe
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup melted butter
2 garlic cloves, pressed
2 TBS Parmesan cheese
1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning.

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20140130-100829.jpgOnce your biscuit dough is ready, place the grated cheese on top and fold it over.

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20140130-100842.jpgPull off pieces and drop them on the pan. You don’t want them to be perfectly shaped. Leave the crevices on top for your buttery topping after they bake.  You won’t regret it!!!

Bake your biscuits on 450 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

20140130-100900.jpgWhile they bake, melt your butter.  Stir in the parmesan cheese, garlic and Italian seasoning.

 

20140130-100907.jpgAs soon as the biscuits come out of the oven, brush the butter mixture over the top.

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In Honor of Sochi….

For the last few Olympics our family has watched the opening ceremony in style. We look up recipes from the hosting country and do our best to have an authentic feast. (It’s a frugal, family fun way to create memories!! 🙂 )

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I can’t take credit for any of these recipes But I CAN share the links!!

Chicken Keiv
Potato Cakes
Russian Tea cakes

It’s not too late for your party…. Pick a night when your favorite event is wrapping up and make the 2014 Olympics one your family will never forget!!

Homemade Chocolate Graham Crackers

We always have a box of graham crackers in our house and tend to go through them super quick (Mainly because they become the base for so many quick snacks). Our favorite way to eat them is slathered in nutella  (Shocking, I know:).

Here is a tried and true recipe I  love making for my kiddos.  The great thing about this recipe is it’s really easy to follow, with just a few simple ingredients.

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What you need:
1-1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dutch cocoa
1-1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons milk

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Preheat your oven to 325 degrees
1.  Combine the flour, salt, cocoa, powdered sugar, and baking powder in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Give it a slow mix
2.  Add the butter and stir until pea sized clumps are formed in the dry ingredients
3.  In a separate bowl mix the honey and milk until the honey dissolves. Stir into your dry ingredients until a dough forms. Split dough into two
4.  On parchment cut to the size of a cookie sheet (or a silicone mat) roll the dough into a large rectangle. Prick with a fork to prevent bubbling. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until you start to smell chocolate
5.  Immediately cut into squares or desired shape. Make sure you do this while they are warm as they will crisp up fairly quickly as they cool.  These crackers can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.  Enjoy!

Valentine’s Cherry Pie Bars

This original recipe  was inspired by Betty Crocker’s fabulous fruit bars.  I came across these the other day and they looked so good I had to try them.  After a few changes on the second batch ( I thought they turned out too thick).  When I did, they turned out super amazing and incredibly easy.  Serve them warm with a  side of vanilla ice-cream and you’ve got a special treat.  definite keeper!

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1/2 cup of butter softened
1 cups of sugar
2 eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp almond extract
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 can of cherry pie filling (or any of your favorite pie filling)

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Preheat Oven to 350F.  In a mixing bowl, cream your butter, sugar- add eggs & extract.. beat well to mix. Add flour & Salt, Mixing Well.  Spread half of the batter in a greased 15X10 jelly roll pan.  (I love my jelly roll pan I found at Bed Bath and Beyond it’s fabulous and it’s non-stick so no need to grease your pan).20140207-222455.jpg

Spoon the Pie Filling over the batter Randomly

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drop tablespoons of the remaining batter over the top of pie filling (I used the back of the tablespoon to smooth out the batter to cover a little more).

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 Bake for 35 min or until your toothpick comes out clean.

If you wish to add a glaze mix 1 c. Powdered sugar, 1 tsp almond extract, 2-3 tsp milk and drizzle bars and cool.  Enjoy!

 

 

Frugal Valentine’s Snacks

With Valentine’s day a little over a week away, I thought I would post some delicious chocolate covered sweets for you to share.  These recipes are fun, frugal and easy and can be adjusted for most any holiday.  Happy Snacking – Enjoy!

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Pink Chocolate Covered Pretzels
What you’ll need
1 12-ounce package milk chocolate melting chips
1 package of pretzels
Assorted sprinkles

 Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside. Place sprinkles in a medium bowl and set aside. Dip one pretzel into the milk chocolate about halfway up, twist the pretzel around to let the excess chocolate drip off. Hold the pretzel inside the bowl of sprinkles and twist the pretzel around to allow the sprinkles on all sides. Place the pretzel on another piece of wax paper to dry. Continue until you’ve made your desired amount. Place pretzels in the freezer to shock into hardening. Pretzels should be stored, sealed in an airtight container at a cool room temperature.

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Pink Chocolate Covered Popcorn
What you’ll need
1 12-ounce package milk chocolate melting chips

Pop your popcorn. While it’s popping lay a piece of wax paper on a cookie sheet. Once your popcorn is popped pour into a bowl and remove all extra kernels that haven’t popped…those aren’t good even covered in chocolate :)  Melt about 3/4 cup of chocolate in the microwave. I always start with 30 seconds then continue in 15 second spurts stirring in between. Slowly pour in the melted chocolate while stirring with the other hand. It mixes much better if you stir and pour at the same time. Lay out your popcorn on the wax covered cookie sheet. Try to take the spoon and separate the kernels and give them a little space. If you don’t do this you will end up with big clumps of chocolate popcorn. Let the first coat set for about 10 minutes. And there you have it! Chocolate covered popcorn…now just package it up cute and serve.

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Chocolate Covered Marshmallows
What you’ll need:
1 12-ounce package milk chocolate melting chips
14 marshmallows
colored sprinkles, your choice of color (optional)
1 cup  nuts, finely chopped (optional)

 In a 1-cup glass measure, heat together chocolate chips until chocolate is melted and smooth when stirred. Using a fork, dip each marshmallow into chocolate  over a cup. Place marshmallows 1 inch apart on a wax paper-lined baking sheet; immediately sprinkle sprinkles or the nuts on top, if using.  Refrigerate until chocolate is firm, 45 to 60 minutes. Store, covered, in refrigerator. Enjoy!

You might also like these Chocolate Treats!

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Chocolate Spice Cake
Homemade Chocolate Syrup Recipe
Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Simple Chocolate Cake

Valentine Bath Bombs

Tell your Valentine how much you love them with these Valentine Bath Bombs.  They make the perfect frugal, DIY gift for friends, family, and even your kids teachers.  I made these bath bombs a while back for my girls and they LOVED them!  Just follow the simple steps below to create your own Heart Bath Bombs and attach a cute note that says your the bomb.  20140203-141958.jpg

Here’s what you need!
makes 4 small bath bombs
2 TBS Baking Soda
1 TBS Cream of Tartar
Food Color or liquid Dye (you can find at any craft store) ½ teaspoon Essential Oil (lavender)
Spray Bottle of Water
Soap Mold or Ice Cube Tray

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Add 2 TBS Baking Soda to bowl. Then add 1 TBS Cream of Tartar and ½ teaspoon lavender or Essential Oil. Next, add your food color. (I would suggest that if using food coloring to color these, make sure you use non-toxic vegetable based color.  Safer for everyone, especially for children).  Stir it up and add a couple of sprays of water and keep stirring. You want to get it where it is just sticking together without adding too much water. NOTE: Only add a couple of sprays of water at a time or your bombs will lose their fizz. Put your bath bombs in a soap mold or ice tray, and leave over night to dry out. NOTE: The amount this recipe makes all depends on how big your molds are.  You can really make them as large or as small as you would like.  You can make them the size of a baseball or the size of your thumbnail.  you can double the recipe and make more than four at a time.  I decided to make one batch at a time and change the colors during each of the batches.

When ready just drop your bomb in the bath you can watch it fizz as it releases its sent and colors your water! These bath bombs can stay good up to 1 year as long as they are stored in a dry, cool place that is out of the sun.  ENJOY!!

DIY Heat Transfer

Put on your seat belt ya’ll… you’re about to see some extreme cuteness!!

Since this was my first time doing this type of project and I wanted to do something fun for valentine’s day. The best thing about this craft is it turned out to be super frugal costing me about $4 dollars per shirt.  Tip…one of my favorite ways to save money on fabric at Joann’s is to dig through the remnant bin. “Remnants” are small pieces of fabric, anywhere from a few inches to up to a yard or so the cool thing about the remnant bin is that everything in there is 50% off. Better still, it’s 50% off  the current price for that type of fabric. I always go there first before purchasing fabric for projects similar to this.  I finished these shirts by sewing the patterns with my sewing machine for additional strength but it’s not necessary.

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Materials
T-Shirt
Pattern you want to use for shirt
Fabric scrap for your patterns
Wonder Under (I use Pellon 805 found in the fabric section of your craft store).
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1.  Fuse Wonder Under to wrong side of fabric using the directions on the product.  You can watch a video by going here if your a visual learner like me:)

2.  Print or draw the pattern and cut out ( If your image includes words or letters make sure to make your image backwards as it will read correctly later when you apply it to your shirt).  Place your design on your shirt shiny side up and then place a piece of cloth on top of it.

3.  Set your iron to “cotton” setting, allow to heat up, and then press firmly and iron your design onto the shirt for about 60 seconds.  Allow the design to cool.20140202-210714.jpg

Easy peasy jungle breezy.

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The best things in life aren’t things….Happy Heart day my friends!

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