Category: Frugal Living Tips

Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament Pattern & Instructions!


Felt Christmas Stocking Ornament Pattern & Instructions!

Here is a cute pattern to make your own Christmas Stocking ornaments HERE!

Print out the pattern HERE

Thanks to Debbie Colgrove on for picture and ornament instructions & pattern

Bev Kimball uses them for all her past fur babies. She says you can also stuff the stockings, and scallop the bottom edge of the white felt in a new way for each one to make them look a little different from each other.

Scrumptious Banana Nut Bread Recipe!



Scrumptious Banana Nut Bread Recipe!

This recipe is a favorite of mine that is useful for banana, zucchini, carrot, sweet potato, and even pumpkin bread!

2 Cups banana, pumpkin or sweet potato or shredded zucchini or carrots.
3 Cups sugar (I sometimes use 1/2 brown sugar so then 2 1/2 white)
1 Cup water
1 Cup cooking oil (I don’t know what it would taste like if you wanted to substitute applesauce for part of the oil)
4 eggs

Mix all of them together in a bowl and mix well.

3 1/3 Cups Flour
2 Tsp baking soda
1 Tsp salt
1 Tsp baking powder
3 Tsp cinnamon
1/4 to 3/4 Tbs cloves (to taste)
1 Cup chopped walnuts (or pecans)
1 Cup cranraisins (optional)

Stir these 8 ingredients together and then add to the mixing bowl of the wet ingredients mixing well.

Pour into 2 5″x9″ loaf pans (greased) and Bake at 350 degrees for 60 to 70 minutes!

If you want to make a double batch then just double it all and then freeze the loafs in saran wrap.

This is a great treat for fall and your friends and family will devour them.

Classic Italian Style Cheesy Lasagna Recipe


Here is a Classic Italian Style Cheesy Lasagna Recipe that my mom used when I was a kid. So now it’s my turn to bring this delicious and simple recipe for my family.

The entire family gobbles this one up and I double the ingredients to make 2 of them. One to eat the same night and one to freeze for a night I don’t want to cook. Just take it out and thaw in the fridge for about 10-12 hours and then pop into the oven. Super easy.


Ingredients for Meat Sauce:
1 pound ground meat or Italian Sausage
30oz of Tomato Sauce
1 8oz Can of Tomato Paste
1tsp Oregano
1tsp Basil
1tsp Parsley Flakes
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder

Ingredients for Cheese Filling:
1 15oz container of Ricotta Cheese
1/4 cup Parmesan Cheese (I grate by hand)
1 tbs Parsley Flakes
1 egg beaten

2 cups of Shredded Mozzerella Cheese

1 Package of Lasagna Noodles

Remember to double everything if you want to make 2 lasagnas.

First I brown the ground meat and drain out the fat. I then add 60oz of tomato sauce, 2 cans of tomato paste, and the seasonings and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While that is simmering, then I cook the noodles. Once the noodles are boiling I make the cheese filling. Add the 32 oz container of Ricotta to 2 beaten eggs in a medium sized bowl. I hand grate 1/2 cups of Parmesan Cheese and add the parsley. Once it’s all mixed up, I put it to the side. Once the noodles are drained and cooling off, I make an assembly line to make the 2 lasagnas. The mozerella cheese is in it’s package. I use 9×13 glass casserole dishes or pans. I prefer glass for more even cooking.

I take 4 noodles to make the first layer, then add the cheese filling which is kind of like frosting a cake. Then I add a layer of the mozerella cheese and top it off with meat sauce layer. Then repeat and I can usually get 2 nice layers. Then bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes at 350 degrees and should be bubbling when done. Slice and enjoy. I cut them into squares.

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Appetizer Recipe

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites Appetizer Recipe


The recipe is super easy.

Either cut boneless chicken breasts into cubes if you wants bite sized or use tenderloins for more of a meal.

Then cut bacon in half and wrap it around the bites or keep full pieces for the tenderloins.

Then use toothpicks to secure and dip it in seasonings like salt and pepper, garlic, or whatever you like.

I used BBQ sauce and you can either bake it in the oven at 450 for 20-25 minutes or grill it.

Here is a picture of what they look like before you put them in the oven. The top picture we grilled them.


Spooky Halloween Candle Light Cups!

Spooky Halloween Candle Light Cups!


This is a great and super easy craft perfect for Halloween. This is safe for the kids to help you create them and a great project for school or home school.

All the instructions are on the pictures.

1) Use plastic colored cups.
2) Use a maker to make the faces on the cups upside down on the cup.
3) Make sure you use LED tealights so it doesn’t burn the cup.
4) Place 2 or more lights under the cup and great to put on stairways or for a party.

Awesome Ramen Noodle Cake

Awesome Ramen Noodle Cake


I actually don’t know who made this cake or instructions but I had to share it.

It’s so realistic looking and I really hope those are rice krispies and not made to taste like actual chicken.