Huge savings on a Family Cookbook!!

With everyone going through their recipe books and boxes to gather all of their holiday tradition recipes, it's a great time to get them all compiled and create a family cookbook to print and share with all of your family members- what a wonderful gift to all of your loved ones, ensuring that these recipes ...

Holiday Cookie Recipe Swap: Painted Cookies

The Holidays are fast approaching and winter is just around the corner so now is the perfect time to bring out the mixer and cookie sheets! Every Tuesday now through Christmas you will be able to see the Mavens of Money's favorite cookies recipes in a Holiday Cookie Swap. Ranging from long held family traditions to brand new recipes to ...

Slow Cooker Showcase: Apple Pear Butter

This Each Thursday during the Fall and Winter The Centsible Family will showcase a slow cooker (crock-pot) recipe that one of the Mavens of Money have tried and tasted. By sharing we hope you will be able to save a little time during the week as we all know saving time is just as valuable ...

Crock Pot Applesauce

This week's recipe is for yummy Homemade Applesauce using Brianne's recipe from Just Trying To Save Money! This recipe is perfect for when you notice a sale on apples such as the sale two weeks ago at Meijer that Brianne used to stock up. You only need a few ingredients to make a great tasting ...

Kermit the Frog Cupcakes! Just in time for Thanksgiving!!

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I LOVE Kermit the Frog.  LOVE him.  He's my very favorite of the Muppets, although I love them all.  In just one week and 2 days there's going to be Muppet mania nationwide...because the new movie opens!! Who else but Disney would find fun uses for Mentos, too!! Thanks to the folks at Disney for sharing!

Slow Cooker: Apple Caramel Pie (4 ingredients!)

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   One of my favorite things about fall is apple picking and all of the delicious things you can cook and bake with this versatile fruit.  An all time family favorite is apple pie- and here's a slow cooker version of it that makes me gain 5 lbs just thinking about making it.  Apple Caramel Pie.  ...

Harmony Valley Vegetarian Mix Review


  I am always willing to try different meat substitutes.  At about the age of 17 I ventured into the world of vegetarianism and now I eat a mostly plant-based diet.  At home I only prepare meatless meals but we still love tacos and big breakfasts with "sausage" and scrambled tofu.  I received two packages ...

Slow Cooker Recipe: Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili

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Fall is in the air and on my mind.  With Halloween just days away, I have pumpkin on the why not have some for dinner? I found this recipe for Pumpkin Black-Bean Turkey Chili in one of my Fix it and Forget It cookbooks (love these!!).  This would be a delicious start to Halloween Night ...

Sweet Potato Burritos

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My friend Kelly introduced me to this dish and it instantly became a family favorite!!

Sweet Potato Burritos
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Serves: 3
A delicious alternative burrito!!
  • 2 sweet potatoes (11/2 lb. or so total)
  • ¾ tsp. GROUND CUMIN
  • ¼ tsp. BLACK PEPPER (optional)
  • 2 TB. lime juice (juice of 1 lime)
  • 1 15-oz. can black beans
  • 1 Cup corn kernels
  • ¼-1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
  • 6 whole wheat tortillas
  • ½ Cup chopped olives
  • 1 Cup chopped tomatoes
  • ¼ Cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 Cup shredded sharp cheddar or Chihuahua cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Pierce the sweet potatoes with a fork, place on a baking sheet and bake for 40-60 minutes, depending on the size of the sweet potatoes.
  3. Or, if you're in a hurry, microwave the sweet potatoes for about 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and let cool.
  5. Reduce oven heat to 350°.
  6. Scoop the insides out of the potatoes into a bowl and mash with the SPICES and lime juice.
  7. Stir in the beans and corn.
  8. Add salt to taste if using.
  9. Spoon the mixture in the tortillas along with any optional fillings you desire.
  10. Roll up and bake for 10 minutes until heated through.

Amazing Chocolate Truffles

This week I wanted to highlight how cooking frugally can still be delicious. Here's a wonderful recipe for chocolate truffles I found several months ago. With the holidays approaching these would make great gifts or treats for Holiday parties. You need: 16 ounces of chocolate or white chocolate (you can use any type, I used Hershey bars ...