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Slow Cooker Ranch Mashed Potatoes
(Recipe from Taste of Home)
6 cups (about 2.5 lbs.) Russet Potatoes, peeled, cooked, mashed
1/2 cup Sour Cream
1 envelope ranch salad dressing mix (or 3 Tbsp of the economy size pictured from Costco)
8 oz. (1 package) Cream Cheese
1/4 cup Butter, softened
Garnish with chopped chives – optional
Start with plain cooked mashed potatoes with no milk or salt. (I like to peel and cook mine the day before!). Stir in butter, ranch seasoning, cream cheese, and sour cream. Cook on low for about 2.5-3 hours. Stir well before serving. Garnish with fresh chives if desired. Makes about 8-10 servings.
Some of my family members aren’t necessarily huge mashed potato fans but they love these! They come out creamy with lots of flavor. Enjoy! :)
New $0.75/1 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59oz Bottle Coupon & $1 Ibotta Rebate (+ Hot Spiced Wine Recipe)
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Head on over to Coupons.com where you can print a new $0.75/1 Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Bottle coupon. This coupon should make for a nice deal when paired with a sale, so print it while you can! Even sweeter, there’s a $1 Ibotta rebate valid on ANY Minute Maid Pure Squeezed Orange Juice 59oz bottle (expires 11/26 at 11:59PM MST), which means you’ll be able to save a total of $1.75 on this product!
If you’re looking for a perfect cold weather beverage that will also make your house smell awesome, consider making this delicious Hot Spiced Wine recipe! This recipe calls for 2 cups of Orange Juice, so consider using the coupon & Ibotta offers mentioned above to save on orange juice.
(Thanks, Coupons are my Currency)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 1:47 pm.
If you’re in the mood for some holiday baking, try this easy and delicious recipe for homemade Almond Roca. This crunchy, chocolate toffee is totally irresistible and only calls for 5 ingredients! Plus, it can be customized to your liking – use saltines instead of graham crackers for a different but equally yummy taste. If avoiding nuts, try mini-marshmallows or crushed candy canes.
Easy Almond Roca Recipe
1 sleeve graham crackers
12 oz. bag of chocolate chips
2 sticks butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup chopped almonds
Directions: Line a 9×12 baking dish with foil and coat with non stick cooking spray. Line the bottom of the dish with a layer of graham crackers – you may need to break crackers in pieces to get them to fit). On the stove, bring butter and brown sugar to boil for about 3 minutes – do NOT allow mixture to burn. Pour mixture evenly over the crackers and then bake in the oven for 5 minutes at 400 degrees. Spread chocolate chips around the top until they melt. Sprinkle nuts on top and press gently into the chocolate. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until hard. Break into pieces to serve. Store in an airtight container. Yields about 2 dozen pieces.
This recipe came from my sweet grandma who would make these and send them in the mail along with other cookies and treats to all her kids and grand kids. Be warned that these are super addicting so consider making a double batch!
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If you’re looking for an easy and festive way to decorate a boxed cupcake mix, check out these fun hot cocoa cupcakes. They look fancy, but are actually fairly simple – they just require mini candy canes, marshmallows, and sprinkles.
For these Hot Cocoa Cupcakes you’ll need:
- 24 chocolate cupcakes (from the box or homemade)
- 24 mini candy canes
- white frosting
- mini marshmallows
Directions: Make and cool cupcakes. Frost cupcakes with white icing. Try to leave a little of the chocolate cake showing around the edges (I’ve used this handy Wilton Dessert Decorator for years and I love it!). Sprinkle cupcakes with mini marshmallows and sprinkles. Place a mini candy cane gently on the side of each cupcake – just press down a little and the candy cane should remain in place.
These are so cute – I love how they look like a cup of hot cocoa! Enjoy.
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Are you busy with all the holiday craziness and looking for some budget-friendly and easy weeknight meal ideas? Well, you’re in luck! I have created a FREE printable meal plan with five easy weeknight family recipe ideas that should cost you about $50 (possibly less if you have coupons!) – I have even created a printable shopping list for you! The five featured meals are a few of my Fall favorites and I hope your family will enjoy them as well.
This yummy 5-ingredient meal comes together easily and is the definition of comfort food. I have used a rotisserie chicken for convenience in this meal and the white bean chili featured below.
This potato and sausage one skillet meal can easily be adapted to use whatever type of potato and veggie combo your family enjoys.
This delicious chili is perfect for cold weather, is full of flavor and can be compiled for an easy one pot meal or a convenient slow cooker meal.
You won’t need a packet seasoning with this yummy and crowd pleasing homemade Sloppy Joe recipe.
French onion soup can easily be made at home and tastes like the same soup you’d find in a fancy restaurant.
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If you’re looking for a crowd pleasing and delicious dessert to make this Thanksgiving, try making an easy pumpkin dump cake! It’s a fun combo of a cake and pumpkin pie with a yummy crumb topping. Whenever I make this for Fall parties, my family and friends LOVE it and always ask for the recipe. You could also easily make it gluten-free by using a gluten-free cake mix.
Pumpkin Dump Cake
(Adapted from The First Year Blog)
1 box of Spice flavored Cake Mix
15oz. can of pumpkin puree
3/4 cup brown sugar
10 oz. can evaporated milk
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 stick of butter, melted
whip cream and/or nuts for topping if desired
Directions: Mix pumpkin, eggs, brown sugar, milk, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie spice in a large bowl. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish. Pour cake mix on top of mixture evenly. Drizzle butter on top of cake mix. Bake 45-50 minutes at 350 degrees until the edges are brown. Serves about 10-12.
Top with whip cream, nuts, or even ice cream. I love how the brown sugar caramelizes giving it a crumb cake texture while the pumpkin makes it really soft. This is my go-to alternative for pumpkin pie!
Prefer apple over pumpkin?! Check out this Apple Dump Cake Recipe!
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It’s the season for pumpkin everything and this classic pumpkin roll with cream cheese frosting quenches that sweet craving! I was always intimidated by the rolling and frosting part but this pumpkin roll is surprisingly easy to make at home!
Pumpkin Roll with Cream Cheese Frosting
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 cup pumpkin puree
Mix flour, salt, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice, and set aside. Mix sugar and eggs for a good five minutes. Add pumpkin, and mix in the dry ingredients. Pour batter into a 10x15x1 inch jelly roll pan lined with parchment paper. Spread evenly and bake at 375 degrees for 14 minutes.
Cream Cheese Frosting:
Cream together the following:
one 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup of butter
Immediately after cake is done baking, slip it out of the jelly roll pan (still on parchment) and flatten the sides of the paper. Tightly and carefully roll it up while it’s still hot in the parchment paper. Let cool. Once cool, unroll & unwrap from the parchment paper and spread frosting while it is flat. Carefully roll it back up and sprinkle with a little powdered sugar on top. I also cut off the ends a little to make it look fancy.
I love the parchment paper trick! It worked great the first try. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy this moist, creamy, pumpkin treat! :)
Have you ever made a pumpkin roll? Do you have any other tips? I hope you enjoy!
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If you’re looking for a fantastic salty and sweet treat this Halloween, try making these three ingredient bite sized Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs! They are so easy to make and taste as good as they look – these make a perfect party treat!
Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs
(Recipe found at Sally’s Baking Addiction)
Hershey’s Hugs Chocolates (or substitute with regular Hershey’s Kisses)
Directions: Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Unwrap Hug chocolates and place on top of pretzels. Note that there are about 80 Hugs in a 12 ounce bag so I used 80 candy corn pieces and 80 pretzels. Bake at 3oo degrees for about 4-5 minutes until the chocolate becomes soft. Remove from oven and quickly place candy corn on top of the chocolates. Press down carefully. Serve when cool and the chocolate is firm. Consider putting the tray in the fridge to speed up the cooling process.
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Here’s a great fudge recipe for the holiday season! This fudge tastes like caramel with a hint of pumpkin spice flavor – the texture comes out very smooth and creamy (not grainy at all) and the nuts add a great crunch.
My Notes: Buy a candy thermometer! Mine is from Walmart and was only about $4. I used a non-stick cookie sheet with a lip and buttered it so there was no sticking. I added the nuts to the top after pouring the mixture on the pan because I thought it looked prettier, but you could mix them in the pot at the end – it’s your preference.
Pumpkin Spice Fudge Recipe
2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar, packed
3/4 c. butter (no substitutions)
2/3 c. evaporated milk
1/2 c. pumpkin puree
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
1 (12 oz.) pkg. white chocolate chips
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 c. chopped pecans or macadamia nuts (optional)
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
Butter a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Combine the first 6 ingredients in a heavy saucepan: cook over medium heat until the sugars dissolve, then continue cooking until the mixture begins to boil, stirring constantly. Boil until the candy thermometer reaches the the soft-ball stage between 234 ~ 243 degrees. (This takes about 18 minutes).
Remove from heat, stir in the white chips until they are all melted and mixture is smooth. Add the remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into prepared pan, and cool to room temperature. Cut into squares, store refrigerated in an air tight container. Makes approx. 60 pieces.
My kids don’t like nuts so I left them out of half the batch. I thought it would be cute to cut out pumpkin shapes with a small cookie cutter. They loved it!
And since I didn’t need a whole pan of fudge sitting in my kitchen, we shared with neighbors and my kid’s teachers. Great little gift idea!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:46 pm.
Calling all hot chocolate lovers! Did you know you can easily make incredible hot chocolate at home with only two simple ingredients!? This hot chocolate comes out perfectly sweet with a smooth texture and it’s so much better than those powder packets. :) Try it and you will likely be hooked like I am!
Hazelnut Spread Hot Chocolate
1 cup milk (I used 1% but you can use any kind you want)
1 and 1/2 tablespoons Hazelnut Spread such as Nutella
Toppings such as whip cream, marshmallows, or sprinkles
In a small saucepan, heat milk on the stove or microwave until hot and frothy. Add hazelnut spread and stir until dissolved. Pour in a mug and add desired toppings. Such a perfect and easy treat on a chilly day! Enjoy :)