Penny Pinching Peach

For the semi crunchy, homeschool friendly and totally frugal!


After School Snacks

With school just starting, I thought I’d share a few suggestions for a variety of after school snacks. There should be something to make any kiddo happy in this list, from homemade junk food to truly delicious healthy options!

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

This is a super simple and versatile cookie recipe you can whip up in a snap with whatever mix you have on hand. Try it!

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Crafty Snacking

This post has a few creative, cute and quick snack ideas, including the friendly spider below. Anyone can do these, even kids!

Happy Spider

Happy Spider

Penny Pinching Popsicles

Try these refreshing and inexpensive homemade popsicles! You won’t regret it!

Penny Pinching Popsicles

Penny Pinching Popsicles

Super Yummy Don-t-Tell-Them-They’re-Healthy Snacks

Here’s a list of fun, easy and very healthy kid approved snacks! Many of these can also be made by the kiddos themselves.

Veggie Snack

Veggie Snack

Completely Healthy Cookies? Yes, Please!

This recipe for multiple versions of oatmeal cookies are made with only wholesome ingredients- no sugar or flour- and pass the taste test of my children and hubby who all have a sweet tooth. They are quite filling, and healthy enough that you could be the cool mom giving them cookies for breakfast! 😉

Peanut butter chocolate chip close-up

Peanut butter chocolate chip close-up

Home Flavored Yogurt

Do you love yogurt, but not all the sugary content or the high price tag on individual servings? This is the perfect idea for you!

Home Flavored Yogurt

Home Flavored Yogurt

Some More S’mores

Love s’mores, but no time for campfires for awhile? Here’s your solution!

S'mores Cupcakes

S’mores Cupcakes

Which of these do you want to try first? These are all tried and approved by my own munchkins. They don’t pretend to like anything just to spare Mommy’s feelings, so you know they’ve passed at least a couple of kid tests. 😉


Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

Easy Cake Mix Cookies

My family loves super soft cookies, and I love simple and inexpensive treats. While I don’t always keep cookies around, sometimes nothing else will do. I usually have some cake mixes stashed in ym cabinets, so I decided to try out this easy cake mix cookies recipe, shared at the bottom of this post.

The beauty of this recipe is it’s versatility. You can literally do pretty much any flavors you can get in a cake mix and throw in whatever mix-in tickles your fancy. My husband is a fiend for chocolate and peanut butter together, so this time I went with devil’s food cake and peanut butter chips. It was the bomb diggety!

This recipe is a terrific choice for cooking with kids, because it’s pure simplicity and no fuss to make, and what kid doesn’t like cookies? 😉 My five and two year olds had a good ol’ time dumping in the ingredients, doing quality control taste tests on the peanut butter chips, dumping spoonfuls of batter on the cookie sheet, and eating the results of their labor.

Some other flavor combinations I think would be yummy? Lemon cake with vanilla chips, almonds or coconut. Chocolate cake with white chocolate, coconut, raisins or nuts. Vanilla cake with chocolate chips, dried cranberries or nuts. Peanut butter cake with chocolate chips, Reese’s cups diced up or nuts. Orange cake with dark chocolate chips or dried cranberries. Strawberry cake with dark or white chocolate chips. I’ll stop now, but you get the picture. There are TONS of possibilities!

What flavor combinations can you come up with?

Here is the link to the simply sweet recipe I used as my base.


Valentine’s Cooking With Coupons


The Day I Married My Valentine

The Day I Married My Valentine

I know most of us are on a budget, even at Valentine’s, so I thought I’d show you how to put together a special meal on a budget. All of the featured recipes have coupons that go with them to make this an inexpensively special meal, and most other ingredients are pretty inexpensive. All are simple enough for any fairly competent cook to try a hand at. The coupons you’ll need and link to print them will be at the bottom, after the recipes.

Sausage and Zucchini Quiche
Strawberry Feta Salad
Red Velvet Cupcakes

~*~Sausage and Zucchini Quiche~*~

1 1/2 cups cooked & crumbled Bob Evans Sausage
4 cups grated zucchini
2 cups Kraft shredded Swiss cheese
1 cup Bisquick
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

~Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
~Mix all ingredients in a large bowl until well blended. Pour into large pie dish (lightly greased).
~Bake until browned and eggs are set, about 35 minutes.

~*~Strawberry Feta Salad~*~

1 pkg. (5 ounces) mixed baby greens
1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
3 Tbsp. coarsely chopped Diamond Walnuts, toasted (or your favorite chopped nuts of choice)
1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

~Toss together all ingredients except dressing in large bowl.

~Add dressing just before serving; mix lightly.

~*~Red Velvet Cupcakes~*~

1 pkg. (2-layer size) Duncan Hines red velvet cake mix
1 pkg. chocolate instant pudding
1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
1 pkg. (16 oz.) powdered sugar (about 4 cups)
1 cup thawed whipped topping
Red glitter sprinkles

~Prepare cake batter and bake as directed on package for 24 cupcakes, blending dry pudding mix into batter before spooning into prepared muffin cups. Cool.

~Beat cream cheese and butter in large bowl with mixer until blended. Gradually beat in sugar. Whisk in whipped topping. Spoon 1-1/2 cups into freezer-weight resealable plastic bag; seal bag. Cut 1 small corner off bottom of bag. Insert tip of bag into top of each cupcake to pipe about 1 Tbsp. frosting into center of cupcake.

~Frost cupcakes with remaining frosting. Sprinkle with red edible glitter. Keep refrigerated.

Okay, now that you’ve seen the yummy recipes, go print those coupons. I’ve pre-clipped the ones at, so all you should have to do is press print. If you want more coupons, though, feel free to clip away! At SmartSource, just find the Duncan Hines Red Velvet Cake mix and clip it for the cupcakes.



Happy Cooking With Coupons!!

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