Money Saving Recipes

Candy Bar Crescent Rolls by Tiffany

Okay, first I have to thank lovely, Sarah, for sharing the roll recipe years ago, because without that recipe, these babies wouldn’t have been developed. When I first started following A Thrifty Mom, Sarah, had shared a roll recipe. Do y’all remember that? Did you print that delicious roll recipe out?! If you didn’t and want too, go to the highlighted link above. Every time I make them I’m asked time and time again for the recipe. Yes, they’re that good! The other night while making them, (I need to tell you I make them at least once a month if not more and they will be on our Thanksgiving table. We LOVE these rolls. :)) I thought, “I wonder how these would taste if I slightly adapted them and stuffed them full of our left over Snicker and MilkyWay candy bars?!” I just had to do it! Ohmyheavens, they were so yummy. A soft buttery roll, stuffed with melted candy bars – gooey caramel, chocolate and drizzled with glaze. Yes, please!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 3 large eggs, whipped
  • 3/4 cups unsalted butter, browned
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • Fun size candy bars, your desired brand ( we used MilkyWay & Snicker)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Approx. 3 tablespoons milk

Directions

  1. Grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, Combine yeast and sugar; stir in warm water. Let yeast mixture set approx. 5 minutes until creamy.
  3. In a small bowl, whip three eggs, set aside.
  4. In a medium sauce pan, brown 3/4 cup butter over medium heat. Being careful not to burn and stirring continually until butter turns a light brown color. Remove from heat.
  5. Add Whipped eggs, brown butter and sea salt to yeast mixture.
  6. Slowly stir in 1 cup of flour at a time. Dough will be very sticky.
  7. Cover dough with plastic wrap and place a clean dry dish towel over the top. Let rise in a warm place for approx. 1 hour.
  8. Meanwhile preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  9. Remove towel and plastic wrap, lightly flour the top of dough; punch dough down.
  10. Divide dough equally in two. Shape each piece of dough into approx. a 15 inch circle. Cut each 15 inch circle into 8 triangles with a pizza cutter. Ending with 16 triangles.
  11. Chop desired candy bars and stuff each triangle with approx. 2 fun size candy bars for each crescent/triangle.
  12. Roll up each crescent, ending at the tip of triangle.
  13. Place stuffed crescents on greased baking sheet and bake for 10- 13 minutes.
  14. Meanwhile make the glaze by whisking together 2 cups powdered sugar and 3 tablespoons milk. Glaze will be some what thick.
  15.  Remove candy bar crescents from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Let rolls slightly cool. Place a piece of aluminum foil or waxed paper underneath to catch the glaze or use your baking sheet that you baked the rolls on. With a spoon, scoop glaze into a Ziploc bag, working the glaze to the corner. Cut a tiny piece of the corner off the Ziploc bag. Drizzle each crescent with glaze, serve warm.

*Notes* To serve warm the next day. Wrap in a paper towel and microwave for approx. 20 seconds.

 

 

 

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Fall-Tastic Cookie Pizza

I love cookie pizzas! I have to admit my all time favorite is a sugar cookie dough with a cream cheese base, topped with fruit. But, my kids went ape over this large sugar cookie covered in creamy peanut butter, drizzled with a homemade milk chocolate ganache and topped with a variety of goodies, then drizzled with melted frosting. We officially welcomed fall with this tasty pizza. Using store bought cookie dough and most of the ingredients I had on hand, made this a snap to throw together. This is a great recipe to get your littles involved too. Change it up by adding your favorite toppings and watch the excitement on your kids’ faces as you make this giant sized cookie pizza.  :)

*See Notes*

Ingredients

  • 2 (16.5 oz.) sugar cookie cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup Jiff creamy peanut butter
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • approx. 1/4 cup Reese’s Peanut Butter candies
  • approx. 20 red colored M&M’s
  • approx. 1/4 cup candy corn
  • approx. 1/4 cup white chocolate chips
  • approx. handful of pretzels
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla frosting, melted ( I used Pillsbury brand)

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a 16 inch pizza pan with foil; spray foil with cooking spray.

Cut dough into approx. 1/2 inch slices; press slices to the bottom of the foil-lined pan to form a crust.

Bake cookie for 25 minutes or until cookie reaches a light golden brown color. Remove cookie from oven and let cool completely.

While cookie is cooling, make ganache by heating 1 cup heavy cream over medium high heat; whisky continually until you start to see a slight boil. Reduce heat to low and whisk in the 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips. Continue whisking until chips are melted. Cook a couple minutes longer, remove from heat; set aside.

Gently and carefully remove the foil from the bottom of the cookie. Place cookie onto desired serving plate. (I just put it back on the pizza pan.)

Spread cookie with peanut butter. Give that ganache a whisk and drizzle it over the peanut butter, don’t be shy, drizzle with love.

Next, top the pizza with Reese’s candies, candy corn, white chocolate chips and pretzels. Melt three tablespoon of frosting in your microwave; drizzle frosting on top of all the goodies. Drizzle with more ganache if desired.

Place cookie in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Bring to room temp before serving.

Notes

You will have approx. 1 1/2 cups chocolate ganache left over. Store ganache in a sealed container and place in your refridgerator. Ganache will set and become thicker as it cools. Uses for ganache are endless. You  can eat it straight from the container, fill the middle of a cake or frost it, dip sliced apples in it, etc. The uses are up to you, but you won’t be sorry you have extra left over.

I also used red M&M’s to bring some color for the photo. I bought a small bag, you know, the ones by the check out counter,  picked out the red ones and ate the rest so they wouldn’t go to waste. ;)

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Cowboy Casserole, Money Saving Recipes, Ground Beef Recipes, Casserole Recipes

Want to feed your gang, but don’t want to spend a lot of $$$$ doing so?! Well then, you’ve come to the right place! Today’s recipe is featuring ground beef. Ground beef, my go to meat when the budget is a little tight. :) This recipe is packed with, as I would call, “healthy fillers” including beans, corn and tomatoes to make the ground beef stretch farther. I have my little tricks, as I’m sure you do too, when it comes to feeding your family and making your dollar stretch farther for your gang.  If you have a “stretch your ground beef farther method”, please share it with the rest of us. We’d love to hear it!

Ingredients

  • 1 3.4 lbs. ground beef
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 5 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet onion
  • 1 can (14.5 oz.) diced tomatoes
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups frozen super sweet white corn
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons McCormick taco seasoning
  • approx. 1/2 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
  • approx. 1/2 vintage white cheddar

Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick taco seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
  •  1 cup half and half

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a large skillet combine ground beef, celery and onions. Brown over medium high heat; drain fat.
  3. Add diced tomatoes, black beans, corn, tomato sauce and taco seasoning; stir.
  4. Scoop mixture into a large 3 quart baking dish. Top with cheeses. Set aside.
  5. Let’s make the crust – In a medium mixing bowl, combine flour, taco seasoning, baking powder, melted butter and half and half; whisk until smooth. Pour crust mixture evenly over meat mixture. Bake in preheated 350 degree F. oven for 35-40 minutes Or until crust is lightly brown. Serve.

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Vegetarian Enchiladas, Freezer Meals, Money Saving Recipes, Freezer Recipes

Vegetarian Enchiladas by Tiffany

Being that I run a household with many different diet requirements, I thought I’d share one of our absolute favorite vegetarian meals – for my vegetarian friends. This recipe is hearty, simple and very satisfying. The carnivores in the house don’t even miss the meat – now that’s saying something!

*Notes* This is a great freezer meal. Make one for now, freeze one for later. To bake frozen enchiladas, remove from freezer, bring enchiladas slightly to room temp. Remove lid, cover with aluminum foil. If covered with plastic wrap and foil, remove plastic wrap, bake as directed. Add additional time to make sure the enchiladas are baked all the way through. Approx. 1 hr.

Ingredients

  • approx. 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 zucchini, chopped
  • 2 small yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 small sweet onion, diced
  • approx. 1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, diced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cups broccoli slaw
  • handful of fresh chopped cilantro, chopped
  • 1 can (14 oz.) quartered artichoke hearts, drained
  • 16 flour tortillas
  • medium vintage white cheddar cheese, shredded – desired amount
  • fresh mozzarella, shredded – desired amount
  • 1 can (28 oz.) enchilada sauce ( I use El Pato)
  • 1 can (2.25 oz.) sliced olives

Directions

  1. In a large non stick skillet heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, zucchini, squash, onion, mushroom, red pepper and broccoli slaw. Cook, tossing frequently, until zucchini and squash are slightly fork tender. Reduce heat to low, add drained artichokes and fresh cilantro; toss. Remove from heat. Set aside
  2. Warm tortillas. Keep tortillas warm in a tortilla warmer. This will keep them pliable and easy to fold when making the enchiladas.
  3. Pour approx. 1 1/2 cups of enchilada sauce into a round baking dish.
  4. Dip tortillas in enchilada sauce, fill with approx. 1/4 cup vegetable filling, top vegetables with desired amount of both cheeses; fold. Place enchiladas in TWO 3 qt. baking dishes for a total of eight each, in each dish. Top enchiladas with additional enchilada sauce, vintage white cheddar, mozzarella, remainder vegetables, olives and cilantro if desired. At this point they can be frozen. Cover with lids and freeze. If you do not have lids, cover each baking dish with a layer of plastic wrap and a layer of foil, freeze.  See notes for baking instructions if freezing.
  5. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F. oven for 40 minutes. Serve.

 

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No Machine 4 Ingredient Mint & Chip Ice Cream   by Tiffany

You want to know what I learned this week?! I learned that you could take heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk and turn it into ice cream – thanks to my handy dandy Woman’s Day magazine.  I love homemade ice cream – but really don’t like the hassle that goes along with it.  This recipe is easy peasy and if you have a mixer – you’re in business! The end results were creamy-minty-chocolatey goodness without a lot of fuss! The best part – the flavor combinations are endless. Just start with a base of heavy cream and sweetened condensed milk and use your imagination. :) Of course –  I had to go with my favorite the first time around. Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 teaspoons mint extract
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 4 drops green food coloring, optional

Directions

  1. In a standing mixer, beat heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, and mint extract (If adding green food coloring, do so now.) until thick, stiff peaks form. Fold in chocolate chips. Transfer mixture to a freezer safe container or loaf pan. Cover and freeze overnight.

Adapted recipe/photo by: Tiffany

Original recipe: Vanilla Ice Cream/Woman’s Day Magazine Aug. 2012 issue page 119.

 

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Orange Vanilla Yogurt Pops by Tiffany

It’s been hot! I thought it was time to bring y’all a cool treat. The kids and I love yogurt pops. You know what I love the most about them?! It gets us all in the kitchen developing different flavors – together! Sure – we could just buy the yogurt tubes – stick them in the freezer and call it a day – but I try really hard to involve the kiddos and let them use their imagination in the kitchen. Plus – we get to spend valuable time together while they are learning life skills. They get so excited knowing that they actually created something that was worthy of eating.  Pucker up! This recipe will be for my tarty lovin’ friends! ;)

Yields approx. 12 pops

Ingredients

  • 1 container 32 oz. vanilla non-fat yogurt (we used Nancy’s brand)
  • 1 cup 100% frozen orange juice concentrate
  • 1 teaspoon pure orange extract

Directions

In your standing mixer, mix yogurt, orange juice and extract together. Pour into popsicle molds and freeze overnight.

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