Category: Frugal Living Tips

Recipes: 7 Ways to Eat Waffles for Dinner!


Recipes: 7 Ways to Eat Waffles for Dinner!

Waffles are awesome for breakfast, but what about dinner or lunch? In our family, we love to experiment with these waffles and make delicious and unique dishes. If you’re like me and absolutely love waffles, then be sure to check out these recipes below:

Jalapeño Cheddar Waffle Melts:

  • 1 can Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Layers™ refrigerated buttermilk biscuits (10 biscuits)
  • 1 teaspoon Watkins™ Chili Powder
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese (4 oz)
  • 1/2 cup pickled sliced jalapeño chiles, drained
  • 1/2 cup chunky-style salsa
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 medium green onions with tops, chopped (1/4 cup)

Pizza Waffles:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
  • 8 slices (1 oz each) mozzarella cheese
  • 1/3 cup mini pepperoni slices
  • 2 cups Muir Glen™ organic pizza sauce

Buffalo Chicken Waffles:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers original refrigerated biscuits
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cooked, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (4 oz)
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (4 medium)

PB & J Waffle Sandwiches:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated original biscuits
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 1 cup fresh fruit (such as strawberries, peach slices, grapes)

Waffle Bacon Cheeseburgers:

  • 2 lb lean (at least 80%) ground beef
  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Flaky Layers refrigerated biscuits
  • 8 slices (1 oz each) Cheddar cheese
  • 8 slices bacon, crisply cooked, halved

Tex-Mex Waffle Tacos:

  • 1 can (16.3 oz) Pillsbury Grands! flaky layers refrigerated original biscuits
  • 4 cups purchased chili, heated
  • 2 cups shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese (8 oz)
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 1 jar (16 oz) Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa

Grands!® Jr. Honey Ham Waffle Sandwiches:

  • 1 can (12 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ Jr. Golden Layers® refrigerated honey butter biscuits
  • 10 slices (2/3 oz each) Muenster cheese
  • 5 oz very thinly sliced cooked ham (from deli)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons sweet honey mustard

What are your favorite recipes involving waffles? Out of these options, my family really enjoys the waffle sandwiches. Find these recipes and more here!

Lemon Sugar Scrub DIY!


Lemon Sugar Scrub DIY!

Sugar scrubs can be so pricey at your local stores! So, why not make your own at home? It’s simple, inexpensive, and only takes 5 mintues! My family tried this recipe below, this weekend and loved it! Ingredients:

  • ¼ c. Coconut Oil (melted)
  • ¾ – 1 c. granulated white sugar
  • 2-4 drops yellow or red food coloring depending on which batch you make
  • 10-15 drops Lemon Essential Oil or 10-15 drops Raspberry or Vanilla Extract

This Lemon Sugar Scrub will make a great gift and a treat to yourself or others! Let us know how yours turned out, we love to hear from our readers. For additional directions on how to make this scrub, visit the Reason To Skip The Housework Webpage!

Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet DIY Coasters!


Washi Tape Mini Wood Pallet DIY Coasters!

My husband and I love to collect different nerdy mugs and glasses. Every time we visit somewhere, we buy a mug from that state or country. So, my husband and I searched for a inexpensive coaster DIY idea and found one! Your guests will absolutely love these and ask how you made them! Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • wood craft sticks
  • 1/2″ square balsa wood rod (look in the wood section at your hobby store)
  • pliers with wire cutting blade
  • craft knife
  • sand paper
  • hot glue gun
  • washi tape
  • scissors
  • Mod Podge

Let us know what you thought of this DIY and how yours turned out! This is such a cute craft idea, so do not miss out.  For additional directions on how to make this coaster, visit the Washi Tape Crafts Webpage!

Four Delicious Brownie Recipes!

Have you ever ventured out in the wonderful world of brownies to see what you will find?! Today I did just that! I have complied 4 of the most delicious looking brownie recipes.  I am hopeful each one of these is lip smacking good!! I have taken the time to make sure there is something for everyone on this list! If you try one you have to let me know what you think in the comments below!!





  • 1 box Betty Crocker Original Supreme Brownie mix with Hershey’s Syrup pouch
  • eggs, water and oil for brownies
  • 1 regular size Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip pre-made Cookie Dough


  1. Set your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix brownie mix according to directions on box.
  3. Add batter to greased 9×13 in. baking pan.
  4. Cut the cookie dough in ¼ inch slices.
  5. Place slices of dough on top of the brownies and gently wiggle them down into the brownie mix.
  6. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Let them cool for 15 minutes. Slice and drizzle with Hershey’s syrup pouch and enjoy!


Incredible 3 Ingredient Nutella Brownies


  • 1 1/4 cup (13 oz.) Nutella
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat an 8×8-inch (or 9×9) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into prepared dish and smooth top with spatula.
  3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Be careful not to over-bake, otherwise brownies will dry out. Let cool before cutting and serving.
  4. TIP: For fluffier, cake-like brownies, add 1/2 teaspoon baking soda.



Cookies ‘N Cream Oreo Fudge Brownies


  • 1 box Brownie Mix
  • eggs & oil (as called for by the brownie mix)
  • 1 heaping half cup (6 oz) Cookies & Cream ice cream
  • ¼ Cup hot fudge topping (chilled or room temp)
  • 1 pkg Oreos (regular, Double or Mega Stuffed! Your choice! :))


  1. Preheat oven according to directions on the box and coat an 8×8-inch baking dish generously with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Combine brownie mix, eggs, and oil as directed on the back of the box, but do not add the water. Add ice cream and hot fudge to the brownie batter and stir to combine.
  3. Pour half of the brownie batter into the baking dish, layer with Oreos, then top with remaining batter.
  4. Bake for 40-50 minutes or as directed on the back of the box. Do not overbake. Middle may look gooey, but will set up once the brownies cool. Let cool completely before cutting.



Red Velvet Cheesecake Swirl Brownies


Red Velvet Brownie Ingredients:

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick or 115g) unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup (21g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon liquid or gel red food coloring
  • 3/4 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 3/4 cup (95g) all-purpose flour (measured correctly)

Cheesecake Swirl Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces (224g) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup (50g) granulated sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F degrees. Spray 8×8 baking pan with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Make the brownie layer first. In a small bowl, beat the 2 eggs together. Set aside.
  3. Melt the butter in a large microwave safe bowl in 30 second increments until melted.
  4. Stir in 1 cup sugar, 2 teaspoons vanilla extract, cocoa powder, salt, food coloring, and vinegar.
  5. Mix each of those ingredients into the batter in that order.
  6. Whisk in the eggs, then fold in the flour until completely incorporated. Do not overmix.
  7. Pour the brownie batter into prepared baking pan, leaving about 3-4 Tablespoons for the top.
  8. Make the cheesecake swirl.
  9. With a hand-held mixer on medium speed, beat the softened cream cheese, 1/4 cup sugar, egg yolk, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla in a medium bowl until completely smooth – about 1 minute.
  10. Dollop spoonfuls of the cream cheese mixture on top of the prepared brownie batter.
  11. Cover with the last few Tablespoons of brownie batter.
  12. Glide a knife through the layers, creating a swirl pattern.
  13. Bake the brownies for 28-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  14. Allow the brownies to cool completely before cutting into squares.


Thanks! madeinaday,  thecomfortofcooking , kevinandamandasallysbakingaddiction




It’s INSANE how easy this stool is! And could save you so much money.


– round 15″ wood board
– gold spray paint
– midcentury 16″ legs (4)
– angled leg plates (4)
– furry material
– staple gun and long staples

Head over to A Beautiful Mess to see the next steps.

DIY Distressed Painted Mason Jars

One of my most favorite thing in life is mason jars.  I store everything in them and decorate with them every chance I get. I love the look of distressed paint on the mason jars.  These painted jars will make the CUTEST Spring look in your home! Below are just a few ideas that you can do with painted mason jars, and the instructions you need to achieve this look are further in the post.  Scroll down, and enjoy!


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  1. If you’re starting with a new case of mason jars, you are ready to begin. If using old mason jars,  scrub the jars with rubbing alcohol and then wash with hot, soapy water. Dry completely.
  2. Pick out your favorite type of chalk paint. Rust-Oleum makes a great chalked paint line.
  3. Turn mason jars upside down and start with two coats of paint. Let paint dry completely between coats. If using acrylic paint for your project you have to give the jars 24 hours dry time between coats of paint; otherwise when you apply the second coat it might peel off some of the first coat paint.
  4. Once dry use 80 grit “No-Slip Grip” sandpaper.  Cut into rectangles and then fold over, giving you two sides to work with.
  5. To start the distressing process,  rub the sandpaper along the threads at the top of the jar. Next rub the sandpaper on the ridges, raised edges, and sides of the jars. Rub the sandpaper all over the fruit graphic and along the words.  See pictures (above)  for ideas on where to distress.  Go easy at first, you can always rub more paint off if necessary.
  6. Finish with a sealant. An acetone based clear coat in matte finish is best.
  7. When caring for the jars don’t submerge jars in water or put in dishwasher. Simply wipe down. And take care when filling with water. While the sealant makes the finish much more durable — and the chalk paint offers a much, much stronger bond that’s near impossible to scrub off than acrylic paint — it’s still considered a semi-permanent finish.

Thanks for the instructions, ItallStartedWiththePaint!