making your own popsicles

Make It Monday: Frugal & Frozen–Refreshing Homemade Ice Pop Recipes for Summer

Here’s a previous post that ran in 2012, when my kids were younger…but still a favorite here at TFF!

Homemade ice pops are tasty, inexpensive, and healthy. Here are some versions to try this summer.  Continue reading “Make It Monday: Frugal & Frozen–Refreshing Homemade Ice Pop Recipes for Summer”

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Make It Monday Recipe Week 7: Kale Chips

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Here is my daughter making kale chips for her cooking class project when she was in 7th grade

The challenge of making homemade kale chips is knowing the right recipe for your oven. I have tried recipes that called for the oven temperature set at 400, 375, and 325 degrees Fahrenheit. All of these temps caused an unpleasant, smoky odor. That’s no way to get your family eating their dark leafy greens!  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 7: Kale Chips”

Make It Monday: Easy “Formula” to Making Amazing Muffins Every Time

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A mound of 18 scratch muffins–they were gone by the end of the day!

As I mentioned in last week’s post about what I learned from Amy Dacyczyn, I learned to save and savor just about every leftover or spoonful of something left in a jar or bottle by cooking or baking it into another form. One of the staple recipes I learned from The Tightwad Gazette was on how to make the “Morning Muffin.” Continue reading “Make It Monday: Easy “Formula” to Making Amazing Muffins Every Time”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 5: Three Kinds of Salad Dressing

IMG_5282After many, many different salad dressing recipes I’ve tried, here are three that I (and now, my daughter) make on a regular basis. Pretty photos will be added later. We are too busy cooking! Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 5: Three Kinds of Salad Dressing”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 3: Everyday Meatballs

This became a family favorite in 2011, when I discovered Tosca Reno’s cookbook, The Eat Clean Diet Cookbook, at my local library.  (BTW, I can’t stand the word “diet”! Healthy eating is about eating delicious food, not depriving yourself of favorites!)  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 3: Everyday Meatballs”

Make It Monday Recipe Week 1: Easy, Yummy, Basic Guacamole

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Just 4 ingredients!

Here is a family favorite: Basic Guacamole – great for chips and raw vegetables, sandwiches, tacos, burritos, burgers, and whatever foods need some extra pizazz!  Continue reading “Make It Monday Recipe Week 1: Easy, Yummy, Basic Guacamole”