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August 8, 2016

Easy Recipe for Apple Turnovers

Super easy apple turnover recipe. This recipe is so delicious and perfect for breakfast or snack. You can make lots, just freeze and heat up in the microwave

Easy Recipe for Apple Turnovers

It’s that time again for sweet, juicy and ripe apples. I just love the smell of baking apples, it makes our house smell so good. One of my favorite fall treat are the traditional apple turnovers. It’s perfect for breakfast or snack and you can just make lots of it, freeze some and just heat up in the microwave when you want to eat them. If you love apple turnovers too then here’s my Easy Recipe for Apple Turnovers.


1 (15 ounce) package GREAT VALUE refrigerated pie crusts
1 can apple pie filling
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1 cup sifted powdered sugar
4 teaspoons milk
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

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Princess Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

Princess Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

Princess Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

I have a very special little princess. I find that every year my little princess wants a party filled with sparkles and magic. I love a great party, but I hate the expense that comes with a great party. This year I vowed to throw a party on a budget. We decided to have a pizza and cake party and do a reasonably priced craft. This is what I did, and this is what I spent.

Princess Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

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January 5, 2014

Make Your Own Birthday Invitation

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Make Your Own Birthday Invitation

Make Your Own Birthday Invitations 2

Birthday parties are a time for celebration but planning them can be a major source of stress. I don’t know how many hours I have spent searching for the “perfect” invitations to match a party themes. I have created invitations on my computer but cringe at the amount of ink I use up for something someone most likely isn’t going to keep. I am thrifty so my goal when party planning is to spend as little as possible while throwing a great party. I priced out invitations or cards thru the online sites that let you create your own photo card and more and once again the price is way to high for me for a party invitation. So I put my thinking cap on again this year with my daughter’s birthday approaching. She did not want to send the dollar store invitations I had bought to save money so we put our heads together and came up with an idea to Make Your Own Birthday Invitation. 

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July 6, 2013

Ways to Save Money on a Wedding

Looking for ways to save money on a wedding?

Weddings are expensive. This is one of the most important days of your life and you want it to be perfect but you don’t have to spend a fortune on your special day. Here are some ways to save money on a wedding from Katrina at Enchanted Savings.

How to Save on Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitations

I made my own wedding invitations. I found that the style of invitations I wanted is actually one of the most expensive to buy and you still have to put them together. I made my invitations 3 layers – one sheet of fancy colored paper, one sheet of regular printer paper, and one sheet of vellum and tied them together with a piece of ribbon. I printed them all on my printer at home and used a small paper trimmer like you would use for scrapbooking.

Wedding Invitations

There are a few reasons how using postcards for your RSVPs can help you save money on your wedding invitations. Using a postcard will save you a few cents per stamp for your RSVPs, you won’t have to buy envelopes, and they will make your invitation lighter to mail.

Don’t send square invitations. They cost more to mail than rectangular cards. Also, don’t put anything that you don’t need in the invitation. My invitations consisted of the actual invitation, one sheet of card stock for the RSVP, and one sheet of regular printer paper with a map that had hotel and reception information.Continue reading

Food and Fun with Kids: Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie Recipe

Food and Fun with Friends

Last week, I wrote on how to host a party without breaking the bank. Last night was my chance to put that in action. My family and I had my 2 best friends and their families over for a night of food and fun. Since I love to bake it was an easy decision to center the food around desserts. I made 6 different recipes and decided we would do a taste testing and pick out our favorite at the end of the night.

The afternoon was spent baking and my husband and daughter even joined me in the kitchen. Some people bake every day in December but I like to get it done in one day and feel like I have accomplished a minor victory.  The one thing that made the whole baking process faster than usual was using refrigerated Great Value products. I used Great Value pie crust, chocolate chip cookie dough, crescent rolls, biscuits, and sugar cookie dough.

Even before everyone arrived laughter was already flowing in my house as my husband used my Kitchen Aid mixer for the first time. Can we say powdered sugar shower? The baking laughter turned to hysterical laughter when my Father in Law brought me home steaks and  fresh lobsters to cook for dinner. When I say fresh I mean alive and moving which left me totally freaking  out. I did learn an oval crockpot will hold 2 live lobsters until you are ready to cook them. That is a story for another day.

We were already in a festive mood when everyone arrived around 7 o’clock. We spent the next 5 hours talking, eating, and laughing. I don’t think we will forget the Coke volcano shooting up in the kitchen or Henry (our elf on a shelf) creeping people out as he hangs from the ceiling fan. We all enjoyed spending time together and have already made plans for spending New Years Eve together. Knowing that we can get together without anyone spending an excessive amount of money because we followed of the ideas in Party Planning on a Budget.

The dessert menu consisted of Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie, Quick Pecan Rolls, Mixed Berry Pizza, Apple Turnovers, Monkey Bread, and Cinnamon Roll Cups.

It was a hard decision but the favorite recipe of the night was the Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie. I have included the recipe below.

Food and Fun with Friends

Chocolate Cookie Peanut Butter Pie



1 roll GREAT VALUE Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

3 cups powdered sugar

1 cup peanut butter

2 Tbsp butter

1/4 – 1/2 cup water

1 can chocolate frosting


Heat oven to 350* . In bottom of ungreased round cake pan (you can also use a 9″ springform pan) break up GREAT VALUE chocolate chip cookie dough . Press cookie dough evenly on the bottom of the pan. (You may want to put a little flour on your hands so it doesn’t stick.)

Bake 14-18 minutes or until golden brown. Remove and cool for 15 minutes.

While the cookie is baking and cooling, combine peanut butter, butter, powdered sugar, 1/4 cup water in bowl until well blended. If mixture is not getting smooth enough add the remaining water slowly until it is the texture you want.

Drop mixture unto cookie crust and spread evenly to cover the crust.

Heat chocolate frosting in the microwave to melt. (10-15 seconds) Remove and pour on top of peanut butter mixture.

Refrigerate 1 hour or until set. Slice to serve.

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Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (8) and Nicholas (14). We are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 2 hamsters, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.