Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

Holly’s Challah Bread – Easier then you can imagine!

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I've been making this Bread as a tradition in our family since 2004. Yes! 10 years! I'm feeling old typing that. It was shortly after I got "my" bread machine. This recipe came from my bread machine cookbook and I have adjusted it so it works for me. I'm happy to share this with everyone! This is the best bread! I like to make a large loaf as you can see from the picture above. Ingredients: 2 Eggs, room temperature plus enough Water 80 degrees to equal 1 1/2 cups Oil 1/4 cup (I've used all types of vegetable oil and it all works great.) Sugar 2 TBL Salt 2 tsp Bread Flour or All purpose Flour 4 1/2 cups Active Dry Yeast 2 tsp OR Bread Machine Yeast 1…
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How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!

How we are dealing with Mosquitoes this year!

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Homemade Mosquito Repellent Thanks to a friend last year introduced me to this awesome recipe for a Homemade Mosquito Repellent.   I can spray this on my clothes or on my skin and I won't be bit.    It is amazing stuff.  Materials: 15 drops lavender oil 3 Tbsp of vanilla extract 10 drops of citronella oil or lemon-eucalyptus oil 1/4 Cup lemon juice Spray bottle Directions: Combine above ingredients in spray bottle. Fill remainder of bottle with water, water/vodka or water/witch hazel mixture. I used water and vodka and it worked great.   I purchased this Essential set from Amazon it is perfect for this application. If you would prefer to purchase a good insect repellent I strongly suggest this AVON skin so Soft with picaridin   This has worked very well for me. Prepare…
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How to make yummy cupcakes?

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I'm a huge fan of Georgetown Cupcakes.  My sister-in-law introduced them to me a couple years ago and whenever there is a special occasion I ask her or others for at least one. This evening we spent some time over at a friend's house and I offered to bring over some desert so I tried at my stab at a yummy cupcake and icing. I found this really good Allergy Free cake recipe - no dairy, and no nuts - called Wacky Cakes Allergy-Free Dessert Recipe: Kathy P's Wacky Cake Recipe Information Category: Cakes Recipe Created By: Kathy Przywara Ingredients 1 1/2 cup flour (see below for gluten-free options) 3 Tbsp cocoa powder (optional) 1 cup sugar 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp salt 1 Tbsp vinegar 5 Tbsp oil…
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Easy Chocolate No Bake or Boil Cookies

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When I was growing up a tradition that my Dad and I would do is make these yummy No Bake Boil Cookies. They take minutes to make and are so yummy and even a bit healthy since they have oatmeal in them. Makes 3 Dozen cookies 2 Cups Sugar 1/2 cup Cocoa 1 Stick Butter 1/2 cup Milk 1/2 tsp Vanilla 1/2 cup Peanut Butter (optional) 3 cups dry uncooked oatmeal Boil sugar, Cocoa, Butter, Milk and Vanilla for 2 to 4 minutes.  Take off burner.  Add Oatmeal and stir.   Then drop 1 Tablespoon on wax paper.  Let dry.
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The best Cinnamon Buns in the world!

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Have I mentioned how much I love my breadmaker?  Have I mentioned that I have 2 breadmakers?   Ok, the truth is my husband has one and I have one.  I received mine as a Christmas gift almost 10 years ago and use it often.    My hubby would talk all of the time about how he grew up with a bread machine but the bread would come out differently then mine did in my machine.  He was also frustrated with my bread machine because it requires the wet ingredients to go in first and then dry on top.  While the version he grew up with had the opposite:  dry and then wet.  So each time he tried to make bread in my machine it never turned out.  After mentioning this to…
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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe – Yummy!

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It is that time of year again! This weekend we made our favorite Pumpkin Scones. All I can say is Wow!  These are truly the best scones I've ever made and eaten. Two years ago I was introduced to the amazing Pumpkin Scone at Starbucks but at $1.95 a piece, it's not the frugal way to go. I found this recipe on MomsWhoThink online and made it.  A couple changes that I made include using pumpkin pie filling instead of regular pumpkin (hard to find regular pumpkin at some stores) and I also used heavy cream instead of half and half.   They came out so well I tried the recipe yesterday a couple more times, I used the self-rising flour and only used a 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder and…
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Recipe: Homemade Key Lime Pie with Meringue Topping

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I love Key Lime Pie! So this week I decided to make one.  Doesn't this look so good?  I think this is the best Key Lime Pie I have ever had.  I took a couple recipes and tweaked them to make my own. I purchased everything at Aldi for $4.59! Ingredients Filling: 3 fresh large egg yolks $0.22 (Dozen eggs currently $.89) 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk  $1.19 1 teaspoon grated lime zest 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice $1.99 (Approx. 8 limes) 3 tablespoons water 1 prepared 9-inch graham cracker crust $1.19 Meringue: 3 fresh egg whites (from above) 6 tablespoons sugar $0.05 (already had) 1/4 teaspoon Cream of Tartar (already had)  or 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch 1/4 teaspoon Vanilla (already had) Set the oven to 325 degrees.  For…
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My Breakfast Oatmeal Raisins Cookie Recipe

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This was an experiment recipe that I created a couple weeks ago.  Yum!  They worked out really well.    The kids love these and so does my husband. I wanted to make a no butter, low sugar and moist oatmeal cookie recipe.  I did just that.  The best part is it is they aren't too "sweet" and they have so many good qualities: oatmeal, dried fruit and whole wheat flour.  The secret is soaking the raisins in water ahead of time.   The raisins are super plump and moist.  These came out to be super moist and stay that way for days.  Of course the cookies don't last long because they are gone. Ingredients: 1 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 1 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 3/4 tsp salt 1-2…
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Alton Brown’s Mooless (Tofu) Chocolate Pie – Yummy!

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Doesn't this look good?!   I am in love with my husband!  He made this delicious chocolate pie for me.  Can you believe that it is made out of tofu!?  It is the best pie I've ever had.  I'm serious. I will admit this is an indulgence for the price.  I'm sure you can get this cheaper finding deals on ingredients.  The Godiva liqueur was a gift that we have been holding on to.  This was a perfect treat to enjoy it.   I suggest looking for a cheaper liqueur or even adding espresso.  There are so many options you can do to make it so yummy! The official recipe is HERE thanks to FoodNetwork. My Ingredients 13 ounces semisweet chocolate chips   $1 1/3 cup Godiva Chocolate liqueur (Yummy!) 1 teaspoon vanilla…
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My next adventure Homemade Bagels

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Like I said in my previous post a couple weeks ago, life in my household has been a bit crazy.  More about that in future posts.   However, it is time to start getting back on the blogging and savings wagon.  Since this last month was crazy we are getting low on our stockpile so it is time to catch up on coupons and deals. I was looking at Liz's post on FrugallyBlonde about how to make  Homemade Bagels.  What a great idea!  I can't wait to try this recipe.  Lately I have had a craving for bagels and cream cheese.   Sounds good right now! What other recipes have you tried recently?
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