Turtle Brownies Recipe


Here’s an easy way to make turtles at home.  Granted they won’t look the same but they taste just as good.  This is a recipe I found at Martha’s website but I’ve changed it a bit as I found the original recipe too sweet.

What You Will Need:


–   ¼ cup of butter

–   ½ cup of unsweetened, chopped, chocolate

–   ½ cup of flour

–   ½ tsp of salt

–   ¼ tsp of baking powder

–   1 cup of sugar

–   ¼ cup of milk

–   2 eggs

–   1 tsp of vanilla extract


For the Topping:

–   ¾ cup of sugar

–   1/3 cup of heavy cream

–   1 tsp of vanilla extract

–   ½ tsp of salt

–   1 cup of chopped, toasted pecans


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 325°F. 

2.   Line a buttered an 8” square baking dish with parchment paper

3.   To make the batter for the brownies, put chocolate and butter in a medium heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water; stir until melted. Let cool slightly.

4.   Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in another medium bowl; set aside.

5.   Put sugar and eggs in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.  

6.   Add chocolate mixture, milk, and vanilla, and mix until combined. Reduce speed to low.  Add flour mixture; mix, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, until well combined.

7.   Pour batter into prepared dish. Bake until a cake tester inserted into center of brownies comes out with a few crumbs but is not wet, 27 to 30 minutes.  Let cool on a wire rack.

8.   To make the topping, bring 1/3 cup water and the sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, stirring, until sugar has dissolved.  When mixture comes to a boil, stop stirring, and wash down sides of pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals from forming. Continue to cook, swirling pan occasionally, until medium amber, 5 to 7 minutes

9.   Remove from heat, and immediately add cream, vanilla, and salt.  Gently stir with a wooden spoon or heatproof spatula until smooth.  

10.   Add pecans; stir until caramel begins to cool and thickens slightly, about 1 minute.

11.   Pour caramel over cool brownies; spread with an offset spatula.  Refrigerate until cold, 30 minutes to 1 hour.

12.   Let brownies stand at room temperature at least 15 minutes before serving.  Lift out, and cut into 16 squares, wiping knife with a hot, damp cloth between each cut.

Frugal Tip ~ Deodorize Your Diaper Pail



Does it seem that no matter what you do, you can never get that diaper pail to smell okay?  Try sprinkling some baking soda at the bottom of the diaper pail.  If it doesn’t seem to be working, try pouring a little more baking soda in the pail.


Eggnog Cookie Recipe



What You Will Need to do:

–   ½ of softened cup butter

–   ¾ of cup sugar

–   1 tsp of baking powder

–   1 tsp of baking soda

–   1 tsp of nutmeg

–   ¼ tsp of salt

–   1 egg

–   ½ tsp of vanilla

–   ½ tsp of rum extract

–   3 cups of flour

–   ¾ cup of eggnog

–    icing of your choice


What You Will Need to do:

1.   In a bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer.

2.   Beat in the sugar and then the baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg and salt.

3.   Next, beat in the egg, vanilla and rum extract until everything is mixed together well.

4.   Alternately add flour and eggnog, beating after each addition until combined.

5.   Divide dough in half.  Wrap and chill for 1 – 2 hours or until dough is easy to handle.

6.   Preheat your oven to 425°F.

7.   On a well-floured surface, roll half of the dough at a time into a 10×5” rectangle.

8.   Using a sharp knife, cut each rectangle crosswise into twenty 5×1/2” strips.

9.   Roll each strip into a 10” rope.

10.   On an ungreased cookie sheet, shape rope into a loop, crossing rope over itself about 1 ½” from ends.

11.   Twist rope at crossing point. Lift ends over loop and the ungreased cookie sheet.

12.   Bake in the oven for 5 minutes or until tops are very light brown.

13.   Transfer to a wire rack; cool completely.

14.   Drizzle cookies with an icing of your choice.

DIY / Frugal Tip ~ Freshen You Breath Home Remedy

Just had something to eat and want a quick way to freshen your breath?  Rinse your mouth with a mixture of 2 Tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp of salt in a small glass of warm water.

Artichoke and Sundried Tomato Lasagna Recipe



I’m a huge fan of artichokes and sundried tomatoes so I think this is the perfect combination for a recipe.


What You Will Need:

–   2 cups of ricotta cheese

–   1 ¾ cup of artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry and chopped

–   1/3 cup of chopped, drained oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes

–   ½ tsp of pepper

–   ¼ tsp of salt

–   3 sheets of lasagna noodles

–   3 cups of grated mozzarella cheese (depending on preference, sometimes I’ll add more)


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.   In a bowl, mix the ricotta, artichokes, tomatoes, pepper and salt together.

3.   Place 1 sheet of the pasta in a greased 8” square baking dish, cutting to fit.  Spread with half of the ricotta mixture. Repeat layers once; top with remaining pasta,

4.   Evenly distribute the mozzarella on top.  then provolone cheese.

5.   Cover with foil.

6.   Bake for 30 minutes.

7.   Now uncover and bake until cheese is golden and bubbly.  This should take about 10 minutes.

8.   Let sit for about 5 minutes before serving.


Frugal Tip ~ Left Over Spaghetti Sauce into a Dip Recipe

I don’t know about you but we always seem to have leftover spaghetti sauce.  Instead of it going to waste, I mix the spaghetti sauce with sour cream, onions and some pepper to make a delicious dip with chips.

Cinnamon Bun Apple Cobbler Recipe



This dessert recipe is the perfect combination of apples and cinnamon buns.


What You Will Need:

–   1/3 cup softened butter

–   1 ¼ cups brown sugar

–   2/3 cup rolled oats

–   1/3 cup flour

–   ½ tsp cinnamon

–   8 baking type apples sliced thinly

–   1 Tbsp of lemon juice


Cinnamon Bun Ingredients:

–   1 ½ cups of flour

–   2 Tbsp of sugar

–   ¼ tsp of baking soda

–   1 Tbsp of baking powder

–   ½ tsp of salt

–   ¼ cup of cold butter

–   2/3 cup of milk


Cinnamon Sugar Topping:

–   2 Tbsp of sugar

–   1 tsp of cinnamon

–   2 Tbsp of melted butter


What You Will Need to do:

1.    In large bowl, mix the butter, brown sugar, rolled oats, flour and cinnamon together. Remove 1 cup and set aside.

2.   Stir apples and lemon juice into remaining brown sugar mixture; pack tightly into 8” square baking dish.  Set aside.

3.   Cinnamon Buns:  In separate bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  Using pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter until crumbly. Drizzle with buttermilk, tossing with fork to make shaggy dough.

4.   Turn out dough onto lightly floured surface; knead 5 or 6 times until dough comes together.  Roll or gently press into 8” square.  Sprinkle with reserved brown sugar mixture, pressing to adhere.

5.   Roll up dough into cylinder.  Cut crosswise into 9 pieces.  Arrange pieces, cut side down, over filling.

6.   Cinnamon Sugar Topping:  Stir sugar with cinnamon.  Brush bun tops with butter; sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.


Frugal Tip ~ Save Hair Dye When Doing Touch Ups


 Do you dye your hair at home to save money?  If so, only use half a bottle of hair dye, when you’re touching up your roots.  In the long run, it adds up.  Just make sure to store the remaining dye in an airtight container for next time.

Sausage Cheese Balls Recipe

Sausage Cheese Balls


Here’s an appetizer recipe which I’m sure will disappear instantly when served:

What You Will Need:

–   3 cups of Bisquick Mix

–   2 cups of pork sausage

–   4 cups of shredded cheddar cheese

–   ½ cup of parmesan cheese

–   ½ tsp of crushed rosemary leaves

–   ½ cup of milk

–   ½ tsp of parsley flakes

–   barbecue sauce for dipping


What You Will Need to do:

1.   Preheat your oven to 350°F.

2.   Spray cooking spray on baking sheet.

3.   In a bowl, mix all the ingredients together.

4.   Shape all the ingredients into 1” balls and place on baking sheet.

5.   Bake for about 20 minutes or until the balls have become brown.


DIY / Frugal Tip ~ Home Remedy for Hiccups


Have the hiccups which don’t seem to go away?  Grab a spoonful of peanut butter and start chewing.  While you’re attempting to get the peanut butter off your tongue and teeth, this will change your breathing patterns which will in turn, get rid of your hiccups.

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