Blueberry Bread

Yes!! It’s finally blueberry season! As a frugal gal, I typically try to choose fruits and vegetables that are in season to use in making our meals. If you’re not quite sure what’s in season, check out our grocery sale cycle to learn more!

In my house, I can sit a container of blueberries out on the counter and before it even seems possible, they’re gone! While these are great to eat by themselves, I decided to try a new recipe for our breakfast this morning. It was really good right out of the oven and extremely moist (the yogurt must have done that?). I’ve tried many recipes in the past and this will defiantly be one I will do again. The most important part, it went over great with the kiddos! Thanks to Baking Bites for this wonderful recipe!

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 Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 cups blueberries (12 oz)
2 tsp lemon zest
½ cup plain yogurt, regular or low fat

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Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Spray a loaf pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together your flour, baking powder and salt.

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Add the blueberries and lemon zest and toss to combine.

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In a seperate bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the yogurt then the dry ingredients, mixing only until incorporated and being careful not to crush the blueberries.

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Scoop batter into your prepared loaf pan and bake for 1 hour 10 minutes, until golden brown. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes before inverting gently onto a plate.

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If you want to make it super simple and bite sized for the kiddos, after refrigerated (it’s a bit difficult when hot) a few hours, use sharp, serrated knife and make long strokes to cut each slice.  And slice again down the middle. Enjoy!

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Copycat Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake

Thought for the day…very little is needed to make life happy:)

Starbucks Lemon Loaf 5

1 box yellow cake mix
3.4 ounce instant or cook and serve Lemon pudding mix
1/2 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
1/2 cup milk
8 ounces sour cream
6 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
Icing
2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
3-4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. and spray 2 loaf pans generously with cooking spray. Place all cake ingredients in no particular order into stand or electric mixer, beating until well combined, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide cake batter between two prepared loaf pans spreading evenly. Bake for 45-55 minutes, until golden brown and cooked through
Remove and let cool for 15 minutes before removing loaves from pans.

To prepare icing, place powdered sugar into a large bowl. Drizzle in lemon juice stirring until smooth and thick. Should be a good drizzling consistency. Drizzle icing over cakes and let set for 20 minutes for a firm icing. Otherwise slice while still wet if desired. Makes about 24 slices
Note: You can make this same recipe into cupcakes, small loaves and even a layered cake. Adjust baking time accordingly. removing loaves from pans and Enjoy!

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!

Super Bowl Recipes

This Sunday is Super Bowl.  I don’t know who’s going to win because I don’ really care about either team… What I do know is that I’m going to eat my body weight in all these yummy recipes!  And hey, I do also appreciate the Super Bowl for uniting all Americans in our inability to read Roman numerals:)

To get you ready for the big game, Two Frugal Gals put together a list of what we think are the best game day menu items here on our blog.  There are dips, appetizers, crock pot desserts, some main dishes and sides. We hope you enjoy!

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Dips
Seven Layer dip
Black bean salad

Finger Foods, Snacks & Appetizers
Jalapeno poppers
Copy Cat Auntie’s pretzels Dogs
Football pizza pockets
Copy cat sonic pretzel dogs
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Spiced Nuts in the Microwave
Giant Soft Pretzels
Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken
Homemade pretzel bites
Pigs in a Blanket

Main Dishes
Smoking Mac and Cheese
Texas pile on
Tator Tot Casserole
Pretzel Bun Sandwich
Chili dog casserole
Pizza Pasta Casserole

Sweets
copy-cat Chick-Fil-A Cookies
S’mores in the oven
Chocolate Pretzel Bites
Dessert in Crockpot
Chocolate Covered Snacks
Chocolate Spice Cake
Mini M&M Cookies
Chocolate White Chocolate Chip Cookies
New York Cheesecake
Crock Pot Chocolate Lava Cake
Peanut Butter Striped Delight
Salted Carmel Brownies
Cookiewiches

What’s your favorite thing to serve for the Super Bowl?

DIY Bisquick Pancake Mix

I used to buy Bisquick all the time so I could make a quick batch of pancakes for breakfast.  I was almost out one morning, and instead of buying another box I decided to make my own (with the help of Google).  I make up this mix and keep it in an airtight container.  Remember not to over mix the batter, if there are a few lumps, and there will be, don’t try to work them out. Over mixing will make your pancakes tough, not tender.  You want tender pancakes right?  I promise, you’ll be glad you did, maynard:) Enjoy!

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Ingredients
4 C All Purpose Flour
3 T Baking Powder
2 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Salt
2 T Sugar

When you’re ready to use it, just beat up one egg in bowl…add one cup of the dry mixture and one cup milk.  You can also add 1 Tablespoon of melted butter or oil.

Mini M&M Cookies

I made a meal for a friend today and came across a new cookie recipe I had to try.  I love trying new recipes but… I LOVE trying new desserts!  These cookies turned out super soft and chewy.  My kiddos loved them too!  Grab a glass of cold milk and you’ve got the perfect after school snack!

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ingredients:
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup dark brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 large egg
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup M&M mini’s
1 cup mini chocolate chips

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Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.  In a large bowl, whisk flour, cornstarch, baking soda and a salt together. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together butter and sugars until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add egg and vanilla extract and beat until combined. Slowly mix in the dry ingredients.  and mini chocolate chips. Form cookie dough into teaspoon balls and place on prepared baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.20140115-120337.jpgBake cookies for 8 minutes, or until slightly golden brown around the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheet for two minutes. Transfer to a wire cooling rack and cool completely.20140115-120347.jpg

To freeze: Place cookie balls on a cookie sheet and freeze for one to two hours. Remove from cookie sheet and place in an airtight freezer bag.
To bake: Pull out the desired amount of balls and place on a greased cookie sheet for 30-45 minutes to thaw. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes or until done.  Makes approximately 40 cookies. 

Also, check out our other cookie recipes below!
White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Copycat Chick-fil-A Cookies
Freezer-friendly Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Cookies
Sugar Cookie Dough

Two Frugal Gals Top 10

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It’s always fun to look back to see which recipes and Money Saving post on Two Frugal Gals were most popular in terms of traffic in 2013.  Here is this year’s top 10 most read posts in 2013.  If you haven’t read them, be sure to check them out.  And while you are at it, feel free to save them to Pinterest!

Dessert in Crockpot
Copycat Chick-Fil-A Cookies
Home Made Body Wash
Easy, Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole
Copycat Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake
Chicken and Noodles over Mashed Potatoes
Homemade Pasta Sauce
Chicken Spaghetti Casserole
Grocery Price List
How to Save Money

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