Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Salted pretzel caramel brownies

Salted Pretzel Caramel Brownies
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yield:  12

Yield: 12 Brownie squares
  1. 1 box Betty Crocker fudge brownies (for a 9×13 pan)
  2. 2 eggs
  3. 1/4 cup water
  4. 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  5. 3 cups pretzels
  6. 1 jar caramel sauce
  7. coarse sea salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9×13-inch baking pan with parchment paper, or grease with cooking spray.
  2. Prepare brownie batter according to package instructions.
  3. Pour about 1/3 of the brownie batter into the prepared baking pan. Spread until the bottom of the pan is evenly coated. Then add two even layers of pretzels, covering the entire surface. Carefully spoon the remaining brownie batter on top to cover the pretzels.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the brownies comes out clean. Remove and set on a cooling rack to cool.
  5. Spoon the caramel sauce onto the top of the brownies in an even layer. (If it is too thick, spoon the sauce into a small bowl first and microwave for 30 seconds to thin.) Sprinkle the caramel with a few pinches of sea salt.
  6. Serve warm, or let cool to room temperature then serve.

Source:  Recipe

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Monthly Menu Plan- Printable

Found this nifty monthly menu planner this morning.  Eating out is the last money drain
we have found in our budget and planning ahead should end this money pit.

menu plan
Found it on the website of picklebums.  It is a free downloadable printable.  To read more and print please click picklebums.  This will be fabulous for planning grocery shopping (couponing) trips and
save a tone of $$.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Banana Pudding Poke Cake

1 (18 ounce) box yellow cake mix
ingredients needed to make cake (eggs, oil & water)
2 (3 1/2 ounce) packages instant banana pudding mix
4 cups milk
1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
20 vanilla wafers, crushed

Prepare cake mix according to package directions for a 9x13 cake. Once cake comes out of the oven, allow it to cool for just a couple of minutes.
Then, with a wooden spoon handle or some other similarly-sized object, begin poking holes in the cake. You want the holes to be fairly big so that the pudding has plenty of room to get down in there. Be sure to poke right down to the bottom of the cake.
In a bowl, prepare pudding. Whisk together instant pudding mix with 4 cups milk. Stir until all the lumps are gone.
Let pudding sit for just about 2 minutes so it has just slightly begun to thicken but not fully set, it should still be easily pourable.
Pour pudding over cake. Taking care to get it into the holes as much as possible. Spread it all out and using the back of the spoon, gently push pudding down into the holes.
Put the cake into the fridge to set and cool (about 2 hours).
Once your cake has completely cooled, spread on whipped topping.
If you haven't done so already, crush your vanilla wafers. I just place mine in a ziploc bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Leave some of the pieces big. It's nice to have a bit of a crunch when you eat the cake.
Spread crushed wafers onto the top of the cake. You can do this part immediately before serving the cake if you like. This will ensure the wafers are crunchy when you serve it.
Serve with freshly sliced bananas on top of each piece of cake. Keep refrigerated.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Red, white & blue mason jars

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4th of July Flag Fruit Skewers

- 2 bananas
-1 carton of strawberries
-half a cup of blueberries
-Large Skewers
Chop up your bannanas and strawberries, layer onto the skewers in a”every other” fashion.
On the 6 left skewers leave about 2.5 inches to string your bluberries on.

Red White and Blue Sangria 4Th July Party Idea


Strawberries, sliced
Pineapple, cut into star shapes
2 bottles dry white wine
1 cup Triple Sec
1/2 Cup berry-flavored vodka
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup
Combine the ingredients in a large pitcher and stir. Chill in the refridgerator for at least four hours.

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Photo Credit:  Pin Cookie

Friday Finds #68 - Independence Day Edition

Friday Finds #68 - Independence Day Edition

4th of July Dessert Ideas

Photo Credit:  freckledfox

How to Save on Food | How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half | Coupon Tips

How to Save on Food | How to Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half | Coupon Tips