Best-Ever Black Bean Soup


I found this recipe in a recent issue of ALL YOU magazine and it looked easy, frugal, and delicious. Exactly my kind of recipe. :)

Honestly, I was not expecting this recipe to be as delicious as it turned out to be. I thought it would be yummy, but I didn’t expect it be one of those major winner recipes.

Jesse was out with Kaitlynn at her ice skating practice last night and when he walked in the door, his first remark was, “That smells so good.” And it did.

But it tasted even better than it smelled! In fact, I wanted to eat it straight from the soup pot. :)


Jesse kept commenting as he was eating it last night, “This is such a great recipe.” I totally agreed.

What surprised me most of all was that our kids loved it, too. They even asked if they could please eat the leftovers today.

It’s a simple recipe and it’s packed with good-for-you ingredients. If you wanted to kick it up a notch, you could add some hot sauce or salsa to it.

I also think it’d be great served with some crushed tortilla chips, cheese, sour cream, and sliced avocado. If you have a family who isn’t really into meatless meals, you could add some cooked chopped chicken.


What are your favorite soups for fall and winter? Any recipes you think we must try? I’d love to hear!

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10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes and Shopping List


Saving You Dinero shares 10 Chicken Crock Pot Freezer Recipes. Plus, she also shares her Shopping List for making these recipes.

For more Crockpost Freezer Cooking ideas, check out the following links:

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Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes

Jesse joined a gym here in TN not too long ago and has been working toward some ambitious fitness goals. As a result, he’s been looking for recipes that pack a nutritious punch.

Yesterday, he made these Peanut Butter Protein Pancakes and we thought they were pretty good — especially for their high protein content.

Here’s how he tweaked the recipe:

What are your favorite high-protein, high-nutrition recipes? I’d love to know!

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Oreo Ice Cream Cake


Need a quick and easy recipe for a hot day? This is such a simple recipe and pretty much everyone loves it!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

It’s perfect for a summer birthday or get-together. Plus, it doesn’t heat up the house and can be made ahead of time — which is always helpful!

Oreo Ice Cream Cake

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Homemade Sweet and Salty Chocolate Candy


Guest post from Alison of Pint-sized Treasures

In our family of eight, we typically do not buy packaged candy. Instead, we make our own for special occasions or for our traditional Family Night that we celebrate every single Friday.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to try to create our own candy recipe that would be simple, frugal and of course — super yummy! We added this adventure to our “fun things to do on Friday night” list. We typically play games, watch a family movie, have a fun snack, and end it all with a slumber party in mom and dad’s room. It’s super fun — even for mom and dad!

Now, back to the recipe! One of our favorite ingredients to use in a fun dessert, snack, or candy recipe is white, fluffy sugary things we call marshmallows. Whoever invented those wonderful bites of happiness needs a GIGANTIC hug! So many memories have been made by roasting marshmallows over an open fire. Just think what this world would be without those large, fluffy, wonderful yummies!

Since our family stays busy with homeschooling, ministry, cooking, cleaning and many other things under the sun, we always try to find the quickest way to get desserts, snacks, and meals from the table and to our mouths. We also love it if we can make an expensive food product at home for a fraction of the price. That’s where this candy comes in.

It only took me a few minutes to whip this up on the stove. The longest part of the candy-making process was just waiting for it to cool in the fridge before we could all dive in and enjoy a late night treat. When the cooling period was over, we all taste-tested our creation. The decision was unanimous. THIS recipe was a winner!

Everyone started grinning at each other and nodding. That’s the signal for a recipe gone right. My three-year-old gave me a thumbs up sign. That’s his little way of saying, “Mom, this is goooooood!”

The sweet and salty flavors came together like melody and harmony. Each flavor was playing its part beautifully in every single bite. It was hard to stop at only two pieces of candy, but we did and saved the rest for another day.

That’s another great part of this recipe — it’s freezer-friendly! Cut the candy into squares and freeze between sheets of parchment paper inside a ziplock bag. It can be frozen for up to two months. Plus, it tastes great straight from the freezer!

Are you ready to try a frugal homemade candy recipe that your family will love? Enjoy!

This is definitely one of our family’s favorite snacks… and it’s great that I can make it on a budget! 

Alison is a mom of six kids and writes about parenting, frugal living, crafts and anything mom-inspired at Pint-sized Treasures.

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