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Easy Desserts Made With Cake Mix

If you are like me, you usually have a few cake mixes on hand from your couponing adventures, just waiting to be made into a quick and easy dessert!

We may wish we could cook from scratch all the time, but the truth is that we all use shortcuts now and then! For those times when you have a sweet craving without the time for a complicated recipe, we’ve got you covered with this roundup of recipes made with cake mix! There is everything from classic cakes to cookies to bars! There’s such a variety of flavors in this list of things to make from cake mix, I’m sure anyone can find something to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings!

Easy Peasy Classic Cakes Made From Cake Mix:

Easy Cake Mix Desserts

Chocolate Banana Peanut Butter Glaze Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Pineapple Angel Food Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Classic Coconut Cake from Sweet and Savory Food

Peeps Easter Candy Cake from Penny Pinching Peach

Shopkins Birthday Cake from Blue Eyed Babies

Cookies and More Made With Cake Mix:

Easy Cake Mix Recipes 2

Easy Cake Mix Cookies from Penny Pinching Peach

Easy Delicious Lemon Cheesecake Bars from The Quiet Grove

Lazy Bar Cookies from Erica Barker

Some More S’mores from Penny Pinching Peach

Snickers Cookie Bars from Mom’s Messy Miracles

Which recipe are you most eager to try? What kind of goodies do you make with cake mix besides cake?

Click on to find where I get my favorite cookie recipes!


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Powerful Princesses

I have updated my list of princesses who encourage girls to grow up to be strong women! If you know any little girls, this is for them!

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powerful princesses role models for todays little girls

Does it bother anyone else for their little girls to aspire to be a princess in the classic “I’m so helpless! Please rescue me and cater to my unrealistic whims, oh, obscurely perfect man of my insanely romanticized fairytale dreams!”?

I love letting my daughter play dress up, be girly, and pretend to be a princess, but the helpless and hopeless romantic version grates on my nerves more than a wee bit. That’s why I’m an enthusiastic fan of the spunky and sassy princess types! They make the point that you can be a pretty princess simultaneously with being strong, intelligent and perfectly capable of taking care of yourself, and that’s a message I can get behind.:)

Want some princesses for your little girls to learn about who are far from wilting weaklings? These are powerful women our girls can look up to! Check these rockin’ royals out, y’all!😉

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Strange Tricks For Saving Money

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Frugal! Penny pincher! Cheapskate! Prepper! Weirdo! If you have been called any of these, welcome to your tribe! This list is for you…

  • Wash aluminum foil and plastic baggies. If nothing gets majorly stuck to them, clean up and use them again.
  • If you have chickens, dry and crush their own egg shells to mix into their feed instead of buying them a calcium supplement.
  • Reuse plastic water bottles. Rinse and refill those babies! I don’t really use water bottles much, but my husband likes to take them with him to the fire department so it doesn’t matter if he loses the container he’s drinking from. We use them over and over.
  • Water down whole milk instead of buying lower fat milks. I used to buy 1% or 2%, but have started buying whole milk and water it down with about a quarter to a third water. My kids don’t know the difference, and our milk lasts longer.
  • Use plastic gas station cups with straws and lids instead of fancy cups with lids. Occasionally I get one of those fountain drinks from the gas station. I love cups with lids and straws. My kids are very active and always up under me, I’m always thirsty and don’t particularly like my drinks spilled or nice cups broken. These cheap cups will last quite awhile, even ran through the dishwasher.
  • Cut dryer sheets in half. You don’t need the whole thing to get the effects you want. Trust me!
  • Vinegar makes a great rinse agent in the dishwasher, and is super inexpensive compared to those expensive kinds you can buy.
  • Those styrofoam plates you buy to save on dish washing? If they don’t get too messy, just wipe them down and use them again! this adds up quick when you’re mostly using them for things like sandwiches, anyway.
  • For one of my favorite ways to save, look at the rewards program How to get a free trial of Amazon Prime

Have any strange savings tips of your own? Share them, and they may be featured in a future list of strange ways to save!😉


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Clean Trick For Dirty Grease

clean greaseI’ve always hated cleaning the bowl I use to catch the grease drained from hamburger after it has been browned.

It seems like the grease never really scrubs off. I feel the slippery sliminess even after repeated scrubbings. Well, one day I was cooking my ground beef and thinking in distaste of the greasy task ahead when I had an AHA!! moment.

What if I used a plastic grocery sack to line the bowl before I poured the grease into it? It worked!!

As long as there are no real holes in the bag, it keeps most or all of the grease from touching the bowl. After it has been poured out and the bag discarded, the bowl simply needs rinsed with hot soapy water and it is ready to go. Soooooo much better than the former slimy horror!! This is a trick I wish I’d thought of years ago!!!

Anyone else have a simple, frugal, wonderful trick like this? Is there any annoying task you wish you could find a quick solution for?

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Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free

Looking for a free summer activity for your kids? Try free skating!

As a young girl, I absolutely loved to go skating. We went frequently, and it was a fun way to exercise and spend time with friends. I felt like I was flying, and even toe length oversized skirts couldn’t stop me from whizzing around the rink! :) What better way to enjoy skate time than to go for free?:)

Just head on over to the link below, type in your zip code, and see which rinks in your area are participating in this promotion. It appears that there are a few in all of the states I checked out, although I only investigated a few of them. Click  the green “Register for This Skating Center” banner. Once you’ve filled out the form, you’ll receive an email to verify your email address. Once you’ve done that you’ll be a registered member of Kids Skate Free. Just be aware that your first set of passes won’t be ready until Sunday of that week.

Anyone ready to take their kids skating for free??

http://kidsskatefree.com/index.php

For my favorite tips for traveling with children, check out Traveling With Little Riders!


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Mom’s Night Out

Moms Night Out

Looking for a fun and yet totally relatable movie for moms? You need to watch Moms Night Out!

This movie features a stay at home mom who is drowning in the exact life she always dreamed of and desperately needs a night out. Does this sound familiar to anyone out there? Me neither!  She plans a relaxing evening with her pastor’s wife and long time best friend.  What follows is utter chaos and craziness!

I don’t watch a ton of movies anymore, and most of the ones I do watch are cartoons, so this was a refreshing change of pace. This movie actually has some great messages in it, and I very much enjoyed it. It wasn’t without flaw, but it was overall a movie worth watching!

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Want to watch to get this movie for yourself? Head over and purchase it here: Moms’ Night Out!

For another favorite funny movie with a strong positive message, read all about it in Acts of Random Kindness!


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Jalapeño Poppers

 

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers

These easy peasy homemade fresh jalapeno poppers are addictive!

The instructions on the picture pretty much say it all, so they are really simple to do. During the summer, these are one of my very favorite snacks. I mean, how can you go wrong with bacon, cream cheese and jalapenos?? It’s not only easy, it’s fresh and delicious!

  • Slice and seed jalapenos.
  • Top slices with a dab of cream cheese and a small piece of bacon.
  • Broil at 500 degrees until bacon crisps and jalapeno is tender, about 6-8 minutes.
  • Enjoy!!! 

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Don’t forget to wear gloves while handling fresh hot peppers. Your skin and eyes will thank you!

Want to grow your own jalapenos to make your own delicious jalapeno poppers? Try this fun Miracle-Gro Container Gardening Kit that includes jalapenos and other salsa friendly plants!

Do you like spicy food? I ate it all the time when I was pregnant with our third baby, and always love it! I’m not sure about trying this Yum Yum Gum (Jalapeno) jalapeno flavored gum, though! What do y’all think??

For more food for lovers of spicy food, try my ever popular Easy Mexican Bean Salad!

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Garden Fresh Jalapenos

 

 

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