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25 of the Best Easy Christmas Candy Recipes And Tips

Tue, 11/25/2014 8:54 PM
25 Of The Best Easy Christmas Candies

Here are 25 of the best easy Christmas candies all in one place! Many of these recipes can be made in just a few minutes and the result is oh so delicious!

25 of the Best Easy Christmas Candies Recipes And Tips

We love to make homemade candies for Christmas!  We only really make one cookie, Nan’s Gingerbread Men, but oh do we love to bake candies!

Today, I’ve included all of our top favorite easy candies that we make every Christmas.  I don’t like spending hours in the kitchen baking so most of these candies can be made with just a few minutes’ hands-on work!

I’ve also included some candy making tips from our Dining On A Dime Cookbook. Making Christmas candy seems complicated but it really is super simple and several of these easy recipes consist of just two ingredients!!

Candy Tips
  • Use the leftover syrup from the candied orange peels on your pancakes, waffles or French toast for a gourmet taste.
  • If you over cook chocolate, it becomes dull looking.  To save it, put the pan on low heat and beat in 1 teaspoon shortening or oil at a time until you have restored the shiny, smooth consistency.
  • When you are melting chocolate, make sure that all utensils are completely dry.  Even a little bit of water will make chocolate grainy and lumpy.
  • Buy fortune cookies in large bags from Chinese restaurants. They cost about five cents each when purchased in bulk. They also make great treats for lunch boxes.
  • When making candies like peanut brittle or truffles, you can set them outside on the patio table to cool if you’ve run out of room in the refrigerator. Remember, for most of the country there are no bugs this time of year!
  • Save chocolate bunnies and chocolates from Halloween to use for making Christmas candy or buy it on clearance after Halloween.
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Candy cooking tests to use if you don’t have a candy thermometer:

When placed in a cold cup of water, candy will:

 Soft Ball        234°?240°
form a soft ball that can be flattened

Firm Ball       242°?248°
form a firm ball that holds its shape until pressed

Hard Ball      250°?268°
form a ball that is pliable and holds its shape

Soft Crack     270°?290°
separates into hard but not brittle threads

Hard Crack   300°?310°
cracks easily

Caramel         320°?350°
mixture coats metal spoon and forms light caramel colored mass when poured onto a plate

For High Altitude? lower candy temperature 2° for each 1,000 feet of elevation.


Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe
Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

3/4 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup hot water
2 cups raw peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Grease 2 jelly roll pans. In a saucepan, add corn syrup, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook to a hard ball stage, 260 degrees. Add peanuts and cook to hard crack at 290 degrees.  Add baking soda and salt. Stir well. Pour into pans and spread thin. Cool quickly. I usually make this for Christmas and I don’t have room left in my refrigerator so I just set it outside in the snow for a few minutes until it has cooled. Makes 3-4 dozen pieces.


Homemade York Peppermint Patties Recipe
Homemade Peppermint Patties (Party Mints)

2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 egg white (meringue powder may be substituted) 
2 Tbsp. butter, melted
4 small lids peppermint flavoring (try 1/2-1 tsp. then add more to taste if you need to)
1 pkg. (12 oz.)  almond bark OR chocolate melting wafers

Mix the powdered sugar, egg white or meringue, butter and peppermint flavoring. Make into small balls about the size of a quarter and then flatten on a cookie sheet. Put in the freezer. Melt the chocolate over a double boiler. When the chocolate is melted, take the mints out of the freezer. Put a toothpick through the center of a mint and dip into the chocolate. If the mints on the cookie sheet begin to soften and thaw, refreeze because they are easier to dip when they are frozen. Put the dipped mints back on the cookie sheet and let the chocolate harden in the freezer. Wrap each mint in a piece of 5×5 inch foil. Makes twenty 2-inch mints.


Homemade Peanut Butter Cups Recipe
Homemade Peanut Butter Cups

2 cups powdered sugar 
1/2 cup butter 
1 cup peanut butter 
1 tsp. vanilla
1 pkg. (12 oz.) chocolate candy wafers or almond bark

Cream the butter. Add the peanut butter, powdered sugar and vanilla. Place the chocolate in a microwave safe dish and melt. Microwave until melted, stirring frequently. Pour a small amount of melted chocolate in the bottom of paper holders. Place the filling inside and then pour more chocolate on top until the filling is covered. Let the chocolate harden before serving. Makes 2 dozen.

*When this homemade peanut butter cups recipe was originally written, you couldn’t buy dipping chocolate or the wafers. If you prefer, you can use something like that in place of the chocolate chips and paraffin.


Peanut Butter Balls

Shape peanut butter into small 1 1/2 inch balls. Dip the peanut butter balls into chocolate and place on wax paper to harden.

make grandma's homemade fudge
Grandma’s Million Dollar Fudge

4 1/2 cups sugar
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk 
1 Tbsp. butter

Mix ingredients. Then boil 5 minutes.


2 1/2 large Hershey’s candy bars, crushed  (about 6 oz. total)
1 (12 oz.) bag semi sweet chocolate chips 
1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow cream 
1 tsp. vanilla

Beat until well blended. Pour into 2 greased 9×13 pans for thicker pieces and add another 8×8 pan for thinner pieces.


English Toffee Recipe With Just 4 Ingredients
English Toffee Recipe

1 cup nuts, chopped  (pecans or walnuts are best) *
3/4 cup brown sugar, packed
1/2 cup butter 
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Butter an 8×8 inch pan. Spread the nuts in the bottom of the pan. On medium heat, bring the sugar and butter to a boil and boil 7 minutes. Spread into the pan. Sprinkle the chocolate chips on top. Let it sit a few minutes. When melted, spread evenly. Let cool before cracking into pieces. Makes 24 pieces.


  • White Chocolate with Macadamia Nuts (not cheap but to die for!)
  • Dark Chocolate with Almonds
  • Semi-sweet chocolate with Almonds for an Almond Roca flavor
Marshmallow Bonbons Recipe
Marshmallow Bonbons Recipe

38-40 large marshmallows
1 (12 oz.) package chocolate chips
Nuts, chopped

Place marshmallows on a pan that is covered with wax paper and place in the freezer. They will be ready by the time you need to dip them.

Pour coconut, sprinkles and nuts on squares of wax paper. You could use a bowl but wax paper saves time and effort in clean up.

Melt the chocolate chips in the microwave for a couple of minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until melted.

Place frozen marshmallows on a skewer or toothpick and dip in chocolate. Then in roll in your choice of ingredients (below).

Use a fork to slide them back on the wax paper. Chill.


Tasty topping ingredients that work well for Marshmallow Bonbons:

Coconut, toasted
Nuts, crushed
Graham cracker crumbs (like s’mores)
Peppermint sticks, crushed
Candy, crushed
Candy bars, chopped
Dried fruit, chopped
Sweetened cereal, crushed

Once chilled, you can package in clear cellophane bags.

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Candied Orange Peels Recipe
Candied Orange Peels

Peels from 3 large oranges, grapefruits or lemons*
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups sugar

Cut the peel on each fruit into quarters. Pull the peel off in these quarter sections. Slice peel into 1/4 inch-wide strips. In a saucepan add salt and cover with cold water. Boil 15 minutes, pour off water and add fresh water. Boil 20 minutes. Change water again and boil another 20 minutes. Drain and cover with 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1 cup water. Simmer, stirring constantly, until all the syrup has boiled away. Do not let the peels scorch. Spread on wax paper. Roll peels in the remaining sugar. Let dry. Store in an airtight container. These will keep one week or can be frozen.

*If non-organic fruit is used, wash the peels thoroughly before peeling.


Easy Spiced Nuts Recipe
Easy Spiced Nuts Recipe

1 egg white, lightly beaten 
1 tablespoon water 
3 cups walnuts, pecan halves, almonds (alone or mixed) 
1/2 cup white sugar 
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves (optional) 
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (optional)

In a small bowl, beat the egg white with the water. Stir in nuts, mixing until well blended. In a another small bowl, mix together sugar, salt, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. Sprinkle over the moistened nuts. Spread nuts on a pan lined with foil or silpat. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, stirring once or twice. Do not burn the nuts.


Homemade Peppermint Bark Recipe
Peppermint Bark Recipe

1 lb. white almond bark
1 cup crushed peppermint candies*
1/4 tsp. peppermint flavoring (optional)

Melt the almond bark in the microwave according to the directions. Stir in peppermints and flavoring. I like my bark really minty so I add more flavoring. Pour onto waxed paper or silpat on a cookie sheet and let harden. You can put it in the fridge if you prefer.  Then break into pieces. 

*To crush candy canes, put them in a ziptop bag and smash them with a rolling pin. 

Variations:  You can put just about anything into almond bark for different flavors!

  • Almonds
  • Almonds and Cherries
  • Peanut Butter Chips
  • Oreos
  • M&M’s
  • Caramel Bits


Homemade Caramels Recipe
Homemade Caramels Recipe

 2 cups brown sugar, packed
1 cup white corn syrup
1 1/2 cups evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
1 cup nuts
melted chocolate (optional)

Combine sugar, corn syrup, evaporated milk, butter and salt in a saucepan.  Heat gradually to boiling, stirring constantly. Boil until golden brown,  7-10 minutes (240 degrees).  Add vanilla and nuts.  Pour into a well buttered 8 inch pan. Cool several hours or overnight. Cut into small squares. Dip in chocolate if desired. Makes 64 pieces.




72 pecan halves (about 4 oz.)
4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate
24 caramels 

Heat oven to 300 degrees. Cover a baking sheet with  foil, shiny side up, and grease. For each candy, place 3 pecan halves into a “Y” shape on the foil. Place 1 caramel on the center of each “Y”. Bake just until the candy is melted. If they looked deformed after baking, reshape while the caramel is warm. Heat chocolate over low heat, stirring constantly, just until melted. Spoon mixture over candies, leaving the ends uncovered. Refrigerate until firm (about 30 minutes). Makes about 24 turtles.


Homemade Jelly Candies Recipe - Homemade Gum Drops
Homemade Jelly Candies (called Applesauce Candy in Dining on A Dime)

 1 cup applesauce*
1 cup sugar
1 sm. pkg. fruit gelatin (3 oz.)
extra sugar for coating

Combine applesauce and sugar in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 2 minutes.  Dissolve the gelatin in the applesauce mixture. Pour into an 8×8 inch pan. After 24 hours, cut into 1 inch squares and roll in sugar. Roll in the sugar a second time 24 hours later. Makes 64 pieces.

*Puree fruit cocktail, peaches or pears instead of applesauce


2 Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe
2 Ingredient Easy Fudge Recipe

3 cups of chocolate chips*
1 can sweetened condensed milk

Pour both ingredients into a microwave proof bowl. Melt in 30 second increments. Stir after each 30 seconds. When melted, pour into a greased 8×8 inch pan. Let cool in the fridge and then cut into pieces. 



  • Add Nuts as desired
  • Cherry Mash: Use cherry chips to make to the fudge. Then pour melted chocolate chips on top with peanuts.
  • Peanut Butter: Use peanut butter chips to make to the fudge. Then top with chocolate or don’t, if you prefer not to. 
  • Dark Chocolate: Use dark chocolate chips
  • Mint- Use mint chips, mint pieces or 1 tsp. mint flavoring


Easy Chocolate Truffles Recipe
Easy Chocolate Truffles

1 Tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup whipping cream
2 Tbsp. unsalted butter
6 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
2 Tbsp. desired liquor (optional) - (brandy, amaretto, kahlua, rum etc.) or any flavoring (orange, mint, raspberry, coffee)
1/2 cup nuts, finely chopped
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder*

Combine the sugar, whipping cream and butter in a 1 quart saucepan. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is very hot but not burned. Remove from heat. Stir in semi?sweet chocolate until melted and well blended. Stir in  liquor. (If desired, halve the batch at this point and stir 1 Tbsp. of 2 different liquors into each portion.)

Cover and chill 1 hour or until mixture is completely cool, stirring often. Drop mixture from a rounded teaspoon onto a baking sheet lined with waxed paper. Chill 30 minutes or until firm. Roll balls into nuts or unsweetened cocoa powder. Store in a cool, dry location. Makes 15-20 pieces.

*You may roll truffles in coconut, sprinkles, powdered sugar or dip in melted white, dark or milk chocolate.


2 Ingredient Coconut Haystacks

12 oz. chocolate
3-4 cups shredded coconut

Melt chocolate. Add desired amount of coconut. Place by spoonfuls on waxed paper or silpat on a cookie sheet. Place in the fridge to harden.


Almond Joy Truffle

24 oz. shredded coconut
14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
24 oz. milk chocolate (chips), melted 
1 1/2 – 2 cups whole almonds 

Mix coconut, sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar and vanilla until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silpat. Place 1 almond in the center of each ball and reform coconut mixture around the ball. You can use extra coconut to make it stiffer.  Place in the freezer to set up for 15 minutes. When set (they won’t be hard), dip in the melted chocolate. Place back on waxed paper and let harden in the fridge. 


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Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

Tue, 11/25/2014 11:06 AM
Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

We love candies for Christmas way more than cookies, so we especially love making candy making this time of year. English Toffee is my favorite candy but homemade peanut brittle is my 2nd favorite and to be honest, it’s almost tied for #1! This peanut brittle is so simple to make. It may seem complicated but once you get it down, you will make it every year! 


Homemade Peanut Brittle Recipe

3/4 cup corn syrup
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup hot water
2 cups raw peanuts
1 tsp. baking soda
1 1/2 tsp. salt

Grease 2 jelly roll pans. In a saucepan, add corn syrup, sugar, and water. Bring to a boil and cook to a hard ball stage, 260 degrees. Add peanuts and cook to hard crack at 290 degrees.  Add baking soda and salt. Stir well, pour into pans and spread thin. Cool quickly. I usually make this for Christmas and I don’t have room left in my refrigerator so I just set it outside in the snow for a few minutes until it has cooled. Makes 3-4 dozen pieces.


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Save On Dental Mouth Guards to Reduce Teeth Clenching

Mon, 11/24/2014 1:37 PM
Save On Dental Mouth Guards to Reduce Teeth Clenching
Save On Dental Mouth Guards to Reduce Teeth Clenching

A doctor recently told me that to reduce my severe headaches, I needed to use a dental mouth guard so I would stop clenching my teeth. Dental mouth guards can be expensive, but I found a great way to save a lot of money, and it has really helped reduce my headaches!

I have had severe headaches for years. I don’t mean for a few years…I mean constant, daily, never ending headaches for 25 years! At first, my doctors told me the headaches were caused by the medications I was taking for my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia.  Then they said it was food allergies and then Candida. After following their recommendations with no success, I  spent $10,000 to go to a functional medicine doctor and nutritionist and had their entire battery of exotic tests done, desperate for a solution. I spent 2 years trying diet after diet, pill after pill and I could still find no relief for my headaches.

I finally ended up at an Ear Nose and Throat doctor for a lump on my neck that I thought might be causing them. As I was there, the doctor was checking my ears and pushing around on the outside edge.  He pressed down and an excruciating pain suddenly shot through my ear, head and neck. It hurt severely. Then, the doctor said, “You are clenching your teeth.”  I couldn’t believe it. I’ve been to 20+ doctors over the years and none of them had ever suggested teeth clenching might be a problem. 

He wanted me to get a custom mouth guard that cost around $700, but I wasn’t about to spend that much to try yet another uncertain idea. It’s fine to do that if you have that kind of cash and if you know for sure it’s going to help but we just didn’t have the money just to “try” yet another idea to stop my headaches. I set out to find a cheaper way to fix the problem. First. I tried physical therapy and steroid injections for 3 months.  Those things did help some but the doctor still wanted to me try a mouth guard for my clenching. 

I spent about 2 months searching, off and on, for a cheaper way to buy a mouth guard.  In the midst of my searching, I ran across Pro Teeth Guard. I decided to give them a try. I had several questions:

  • I was clenching my teeth during the day and not at night, so would it help me?
  • I wasn’t sure what kind of guard to get.
  • Could I talk while wearing the mouth guard?
  • Did I have to wear it 24 hours a day every day or how long did I need to I wear it?

It did take some time asking the company and consulting my doctor but, all in all, I probably spent less than 30 minutes total to save more than $550. That was certainly worth it!  While I was talking to them, I mentioned that I had been discussing it with my readers on my Facebook page, so they offered to send me a mouth guard to review. Even before that, I thought it would be worth a try because they offer a 110% money back guarantee and had a LOT of great reviews on the Internet. 

They sent me a package with some molds and epoxy, so I could mold the mouth guard to match my teeth. You just mix the epoxy, put it in the mold, put the mold in your teeth and bite down for a few minutes. Then take it out, put it in the package and mail it back in the prepaid package. Two weeks later, I received my mouth guard… and it didn’t fit. I was disappointed so I emailed them for help and they said, “No problem! We will send you another kit to do another mold” and I tried again.  I got the second one back and it didn’t work either. I emailed them again and they sent me another prepaid envelope to return it and have it adjusted and guess what…IT’S GREAT! I can wear it during the day or night. I can talk with it and I didn’t have to sell my firstborn to be able to pay for it!  

I know that I had some problems getting mine to fit. I don’t know if that’s normal but what I do know is that the actual amount of time I spent emailing the company and returning it was around 15 minutes total and their customer service was great, so I still felt like it was definitely worth it to save $550… Oh yeah!!!

 After talking to my neighbor who makes dentures, my doctor and my dentist, they all confirmed what the Pro Mouth Guard statement says:

“Most of the time, your dentist does not make these mouth guards. They simply take an impression of your teeth and ask you to come back in two weeks. After you leave the dentists’ office, your dentist ships the impression of your teeth to a local dental lab, where the lab takes care of the entire process of creating your custom night guard. The lab then ships the completed product, along with a bill for a fraction of the price you pay, to the dentist. When you come back to the dentist office two weeks later, the dentist gives you the completed night guard and charges you $400, or more. At, we believe that professional custom night guards should be accessible and affordable. By offering a solution via our online store, we help our customers protect their teeth and lead healthier lives. We offer custom made night guards straight from the source: a professional dental lab that dentists use. Our lab is owned and operated by a dental lab technician with over 20 years of experience in the dental industry. We’ve delivered thousands of perfectly fitted night guards, partial and full dentures, dental crowns and bridges to dentists. We believe you’ll be happy with your purchase and we stand behind our products with a 110% money back guarantee.”

So if you are clenching your teeth and need a mouth guard I would highly recommend using Pro Mouth Guard. You really have nothing to lose and it’s worth a try. 



*As I mentioned, the company did send me a free mouth guard, but I have not been otherwise compensated for this review. I just recommended it because it helped me and I believe it could help you, too. :-)

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Turkey Mushroom Casserole Recipe

Mon, 11/24/2014 8:25 AM
Turkey Mushroom Casserole Recipe


We always think of bread pudding as a way to use dried or stale bread but here is a really nice main dish to use up that stale bread or rolls. This will be good for a different way to use those holiday leftovers.


Turkey Mushroom Casserole

6-7 cups of dried and cubed rolls or bread
2 cups turkey or ham, cooked
1-8 oz. can of mushrooms, drained
11 large eggs, beaten
3 1/2 cups milk
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1-2 cups Swiss cheese, grated

In a well greased 9×13 pan arrange bread cubes. Next layer turkey and mushrooms. Whisk together eggs, milk and seasonings. Pour on top of bread, turkey and mushrooms. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate over night or at least 4 hours. When ready to bake, sprinkle on cheese and bake uncovered at 350° for 60 minutes or until a knife insert comes out clean. Do not under cook.


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Save With More Meaningful Gift Giving – A Different Mindset

Sat, 11/22/2014 9:10 AM


How To Save With More Meaningful Gift Giving

Save With More Meaningful Gift Giving - A Different Mind-Set

One of the greatest freedoms I have ever felt was when I arrived at the point where I didn’t buy my gifts based on what people would think of me. You know the type I mean. That office gift exchange that you really don’t have the money for this year but can’t say no to because you wonder, “What will they think of me at the office?”

What about that expensive gift you really can’t afford but that you know your sister in law expects of you? You know she will say bad things about you to the rest of the family if the gift isn’t up to her standards.

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Then there are the gifts like the ones for the trash man, the mailman or babysitter and, of course, you can’t spend any less than $25 on each child’s teacher. I mean what kind of person are you if you don’t give these people expensive gifts?

Then there are the obligatory gifts for those people whom you have only known for a month or two. Though you’ve only seen them once or twice in that time, they show up on Christmas Eve with a gift for you. Of course, you have to keep several presents on hand to give them.

I don’t want to sound like Scrooge but my point is that you have got to stop feeling compelled to buy gifts (or anything else for that matter) solely because you’re worried what others will think of you.

You don’t have to do what everyone expects you to do. Think about that for a moment. Just because something is expected of you doesn’t mean you have to do it. There is a difference between that and doing what you are responsible for, but that is for another discussion.

Just because everyone expects you to exchange gifts at the office doesn’t mean you have to. Just because you think the trash man or mailman expects a gift doesn’t mean you have to give him or her one. (I love my trash man and mailman… well not literally, but I do like and appreciate them and I don’t mean to sound like I’m just picking on them).

I know this is hard to do because we all want people to think well of us. Here are some suggestions to free yourself from worrying about what others think, especially in the area of gift giving:

For example let’s use my good old trash man. If I have an extra amount of trash, I will make a point of running out and thanking him for doing the extra work. At other times, I tell him what a good job he does or I will call his company and tell them what a good job he does. Every once in a while, I bring him out a plate of cookies.

When Christmas comes, if I can’t afford to buy him a gift, he really doesn’t think anything about it.

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Sometimes others ask me if I give my trash man a gift and, when I say no, they get a look of horror on their faces. I don’t worry about it because I know in my heart that I did the best I could. If the truth were known, my trash man probably appreciates the things I did all year long more than the one little “token” gift that they gave at Christmas.

Which would you rather have — someone who is nice and helpful to you all the time who might not give you a gift or someone who shows no interest in you all year and then gives you a token gift once a year?

Secondly, don’t make a big deal out of not being able to give a gift. Years ago when I was younger, a friend and I had to go to a business get-together where they would be serving alcohol. Neither one of us drank. My friend wanted to know what we should do if we were offered something to drink. I hadn’t even given it a second thought, so I looked at him in surprise and said, “What do you mean? We just say no thank you and ask for a Sprite or something.”

I didn’t make a big deal out of it and when I was asked what to drink I just asked for my Sprite. No one thought anything of it, but my friend hemmed and hawed about it and started apologizing because he didn’t drink. Then he went into details about why he didn’t drink and on and on until people were either embarrassed for him or thought there was something wrong with him.

He was trying so hard to impress the people for the sake of our business but instead he just made a fool of himself. We get so worried about what other people think that we tend to make fools out of ourselves and make a bigger deal out of something than it needs to be.

Take a moment to think how much you have spent this year on things to impress others, and not just at Christmas but all year long. Are you a parent who bought a toy or car for a child that you couldn’t afford but were worried that the child wouldn’t love you as much if you didn’t get it?

How many birthday gifts have you bought for your friends or your children’s friends that were more expensive than you could afford but you didn’t want them to think less of you or your child?

Many times, people have asked me if I was going to a certain Bible study or activity at church. When I said no, they asked why and I had to say I couldn’t afford it. but I didn’t spend money I didn’t have just so they wouldn’t think there was something wrong with me spiritually.

If you really think about it, you will be amazed at how many times we spend money we don’t have just to impress others. Like I said earlier, if you are kind, caring, respectful person who thinks more of others than yourself, people will see you and care for you alone and not what you can give. They will know that you give generously when you can and if you don’t there is a good reason.

You may say, “That is all well and good, but what about people that don’t understand and think poorly of me when I don’t give a gift?” I hate to be blunt, but what about them? Does it really matter what people who are uncaring and judgmental think about you? These type of people will always find something to judge or misunderstand no matter how hard you try to please them.

What I’m trying to say is don’t allow what others think to cause you and your family to go into debt, even if it is your own family and friends. This is peer pressure. We tell our children not to give in to peer pressure, but we give into it all the time and we wonder why our children fall into the trap of it. They see it practiced at home.

If you’re a little insecure about changing this habit, be careful, gain some confidence and if you are truly and honestly doing the best you can, don’t worry about what others think.

One last note: This doesn’t mean that you can’t or shouldn’t buy gifts for these different people that I mentioned above. If you have the money, then go for it. Also don’t be embarrassed to give a gift that is not so expensive. We offer ideas in our books and all over the web site about how to give very nice gifts for very little. Get the thought out of your head that if you can’t give something expensive you shouldn’t give at all.

I know that it might sound trite, but it is true. Some of the nicest gifts I received and the ones I enjoyed and appreciated the most cost very little or nothing. That little Elmo magnet my grandchild bought with his own money at a garage sale means just as much to me (even though I’m not really into Elmo) as the most expensive gift I ever received. I will proudly display my magnet and cherish it because it was bought with love and much thought.

It really is the thought that counts (not the price).



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How to Make a Popcorn Garland

Fri, 11/21/2014 8:16 AM


Don’t throw your garland away when you’re done with it… hang it outside for the birds & squirrels.


When stringing popcorn for garland, let it sit for a couple of days to get stale. Stale popcorn is easier to string. (I sure wish I’d known that last year! We made popcorn and cranberry garland. It was very pretty!)

To make a popcorn garland just take a needle and heavy or double thread and start stringing the popcorn or anything on it. Of course cranberries look pretty with the popcorn but you can use other things like dried apple pieces. This is also a great project to have the kids or guests do on Thanksgiving day or week end. Then it will be ready for when you go to decorate the tree.


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Simple Christmas – How to Have More with Less at Christmas

Wed, 11/19/2014 12:00 PM
Simple Christmas – How to Have More with Less at Christmas
Simple Christmas – How to Have More with Less and Cut the Stress!
By Jill Cooper and Tawra Kellam

After laying down my last women’s magazine telling me how to be less stressed during the holidays, I’m even more confused and stressed than ever. On one page I’m told to take time for myself and indulge in a lovely spa bath. That sounds great, but I can hardly find time for a shower on a slow day in June let alone take a spa bath the week before Christmas. I want a more simple Christmas!

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As I turn the page, I’m told to give all my friends and family homemade ornaments to which I have lovingly glued 500 beads, each the size of a grain of sand. OK I’ll admit I’m not a rocket scientist, but I am baffled when I try to imagine how I could accomplish these two things even if I didn’t have an ever growing list of Christmas preparation tasks. Hmmm… Maybe I could lay in my spa bath carefully gluing on beads to ornaments throughout the night.

As I read on, there are articles telling me how not to gain weight at Christmas parties. Isn’t that like telling a three year old to not get dirty while making mud pies?

But it gets better. Then they tell you to eat a meal before you go to the party. What? Is that some kind of new diet where you lose weight by eating two meals in the evening instead of one? If it is, then I’m all for it. I mean really — who eats four carrot sticks and five pieces of celery at home, then arrives at a party where they have pecan pie, five different types of fudge, 10 dozen cookies and egg nog and says, “Oh no, I really couldn’t eat a thing. I’m sooooo full…?” Excuse Me! Doesn’t anyone live in the real world anymore?

To top it all off (and the part I like the best) is after they tell us how to get rid of stress and not gain weight, they give us 10 pages of recipes for Christmas cookies made with real butter and cream that are decorated so elaborately in the pictures that it probably took a trained kitchen staff of 10 a week to make each cookie.

If you are like me and can’t stand that kind of stress, try some of these simple Christmas ideas to help you have a relaxed and more Merry Christmas:

  • Don’t over-spend – It may be tempting to fixate yourself on the sparkling look in little Johnny’s eye when he sees that $300 play car under the tree. Advertising people are really good at feeding many parents’ fantasies of their children thinking that mom and dad are superheros for shelling out the cash and looking fondly back on that moment for the rest of their lives. The reality, though, is that most kids have lost all interest in that particular toy long before the credit cards are paid off.
  • When we were growing up, my mom pulled out all of the stops at Christmas to make it as wonderful for us as she possibly could. The funny thing is that now that we are grown, the things we remember the most fondly are the simple Christmas treats like mom’s red Jello salad (made with red hots – yummy!) and sitting together and reading the Christmas story before opening our presents. I can’t remember what presents I received, but I always look back fondly on the Christmas story. It’s the simple Christmas traditions that are really memorable!
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  • Do a few things well – Instead of trying to do everything and ending up depressed about how it all turns out, focus your energy on a couple of things that are the most important to you. You may be tempted to extravagantly decorate every room in your house, but if you don’t have the time or energy, focus on one room, like a living or family room. If your entire house is beautiful but you have to go see a therapist when it’s all over, the romantic mystique will be lost. Trust me, I know about this one from personal experience.
  • Limit activities — Don’t commit to do too many things. One or two Christmas parties during the holiday season will make you get all tingly in that “It’s a Wonderful Life” kind of way. Two or three parties a week may send you over the edge, especially if you have kids. (Refer to my therapist comments above.)
  • This also applies to all of those appealing looking activities around town like Victorian Christmas events, Christmas celebrations at the zoo or winter carnivals. One or two simple Christmas activities can be a lot of fun, but too many will ruin the fun.
  • Limit cookie baking. Don’t try to make 15 different kinds of cookies like Martha Stewart. She may look like she is super woman, but did you know she has a lot of people that help her? How much help do you get with your baking? I mean real help, not your five year old who makes everything twice as difficult for you. This is great for grandma, but you have to see your daughter every day and grandma can send her back when the house is sufficiently covered in flour. Again, pick your two or three most favorite or traditional cookies to bake and celebrate the fact that you had few enough priorities that you remembered to put the sugar in them.
  • Everything doesn’t have to be homemade. I know that we advocate making your own stuff, but Marie Callender’s makes some great pies that you can pass off as homemade if you want to soothe your guilty Martha Stewart conscience. In 20 years, your kids will look fondly back on it as the best pie they ever had. Seriously, if you are making things homemade just to save money, remember that some things like candies and pies are often more expensive to make homemade, especially if you cut your finger while slicing the apples. Don’t ask me how I know, just trust me on this one.

These aren’t the only things you can do to reduce your stress and have a more simple Christmas, but if you stick to doing a few things well, you can truly relax and enjoy the season with your family. In the end, they would rather have fond memories of their time with you than memories of how strung out mom was after she burned the cookies.

By Jill and Tawra


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Cranberry Fluff Recipe

Wed, 11/19/2014 8:15 AM
Cranberry Sauce for fluff recipe

This cranberry fluff recipe makes a quick and easy salad or dessert for a side dish at a holiday meal. It’s even a good way to use up leftovers. It calls for a can of cranberry sauce but you can just use what you have left over, too.

Cranberry Fluff

1 can (20 oz.) pineapple tidbits, drained
1 can (16 oz.) cranberry sauce
1 can (11 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
1 carton (8 oz.) whipped topping, thawed
1/2 cup nuts

Combine pineapple, cranberry sauce, oranges. Fold in whipped topping. Sprinkle with nuts


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Tue, 11/18/2014 11:26 AM


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Thanksgiving On A Dime:
Save Money Preparing Traditional Thanksgiving!

If you want to make a great traditional Thanksgiving meal, Thanksgiving On A Dime can make it easy! Even if you have never cooked a Thanksgiving dinner before, you will find all of the resources you need to confidently make a Thanksgiving meal that will satisfy your family and friends.

Thanksgiving On A Dime

Thanksgiving On a Dime contains lots of tips and easy to follow recipes for all those basic, classic Thanksgiving comfort foods that fill us with warm fuzzy feelings during the holidays! The recipes include easy to follow steps about how to prepare the dishes and the results are absolutely delicious! At the end of the night, your guests will think, “That was a really incredible meal!”

Do you wish you could make the perfect Thanksgiving turkey? Would you like to learn to make perfect pies? Jill’s recipes are known for being simply the best. Thousands of readers have commented that she makes the best pies they have ever tasted, even better than pies from restaurants that specialize in pies!

  • Learn how to save money on your Thanksgiving dinner and what to do with all those leftovers!
  • Simple instructions on when to do what in order to get everything on the table and ready for your guests.
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Coconut Balls Recipe

Mon, 11/17/2014 8:28 AM
Coconut Balls Recipe

This easy Coconut Balls Recipe is a tasty recipe for any holiday party or get-together! Besides the fact it is easy and tasty, this recipe is perfect for winter holidays and parties. They look like snowballs and with the movie Frozen being so popular, they are perfect to serve at a “Frozen” party. They are a cross between a cookie and a dip, and are gluten free, sugar free, egg free and nut free, so they will fit into many different diets!

Coconut Balls Recipe

1 pkg.  (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened
1 can (8 oz.) or about a cup of crushed pineapple, drained
2 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Beat cream cheese and pineapple. Chill for 30 minutes. Roll in 1 inch balls then roll in coconut. Chill 6 hours or over night.


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Pumpkin Frosting Pie Recipe

Sat, 11/15/2014 8:24 AM

pumpkin frosting pie recipe 

Pumpkin Frosting Pie Recipe

1 can vanilla frosting
1 (15oz.) can pumpkin
1 cup sour cream
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/4 tsp. cloves
1 small carton of whipped topping
1 graham cracker crust that has a little cinnamon and nutmeg added to it

Mix everything but whipped topping and crust. Then fold in topping and pour it all into crust. Chill

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Pocket Pies Recipe To Use Thanksgiving Leftovers

Fri, 11/14/2014 8:08 AM
Pocket Pies Recipe From Thanksgiving Leftovers

This easy pocket pies recipe is a great way to use all those Thanksgiving leftovers! You can easily adapt this to use leftovers from any meal for a different and tasty treat!

Pocket Pies Recipe To Use Leftovers

Crust: Use any of the things listed below for the crust:

Store bought pie crust
Make extra pie crust when you are making your Thanksgiving pie and save to use for these pocket pies.
Use crescent rolls
Canned biscuits slightly flattened

Preheat oven to 450 degrees if you are using pie crust or use the temperature suggested on the rolls or biscuits. Cut the pie crust into whatever size circles you like. Lay a bowl on top of the crust and cut around it.

Lay the leftovers you want to include on top of your circle – cranberry sauce, dressing, turkey, veggies and so on. You can then drizzle with a little leftover gravy. You might want to save the gravy to pour over the top or to use for dipping the pocket pies after they are cooked. Lay another circle of crust or roll dough on top and seal the edges well. Brush with a little milk or egg wash if you want and cook until golden brown.

You could make larger circles, place leftovers on one half and then fold the other half over and seal the edges.


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Make Cutting Out Cookies Easier

Fri, 11/14/2014 8:06 AM

How To Make Cutting Out Cookies With A Cookie Cutter Easier

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I have been working on my gingerbread men and this year they were trying my patience. Usually I find making them relaxing but for some reason every one was sticking to the cookie cutter and I was having to take a toothpick and carefully pick it out. This can become time consuming when you are baking 5,000 or more and I had to find a better way.

Dipping the cutter in flour wasn’t really working. Besides, having to do that with the cutter each time takes more time than I wanted to spend.

Finally I discovered the perfect solution and thought I would pass it on to you to try to help make your cookie baking easier.

After I finished rolling out the dough, I was ready to start cutting. I lightly sprinkled the circle of dough with flour and brushed it all over into a very very thin coat. You can use your hand or pastry brush to brush it. 

It worked great. There was enough of a coating of flour that touched the cutter as it was pressing down to keep the dough from sticking. There’s just one thing to watch out for: Be careful that you don’t get too thick a coat of flour or your cookies will have flour blotches when they are done.

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8 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Thu, 11/13/2014 12:53 PM
Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

Here are a bunch of traditional Thanksgiving recipes for holiday favorites like sweet potato casserole, homemade stuffing, turkey gravy and homemade pies!

8 Traditional Thanksgiving Recipes

For those of you just need just the basic side dishes and desserts for your Thanksgiving dinner, here are a bunch of traditional Thanksgiving recipes all in one spot.

If you need a fantastic roast turkey recipe or you need to know how to roast a turkey, you can find it here!


Mashed Potatoes

5 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk

In a large saucepan, place potatoes and enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer until potatoes are tender (about 10-15 minutes depending on your altitude). Drain. Transfer potatoes to a mixing bowl and mash. I use a hand mixer for this but you can use a potato masher.  Add butter, milk, sugar and salt. Beat until smooth. Serves 5-6.

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Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups sweet potatoes, mashed
1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
3/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla

1 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup pecans
1/2 cup flour
1/3 cup butter, melted

Mix all the ingredients and put in a buttered 9×9 casserole dish. Sprinkle on topping. Bake uncovered at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. This is a great dish for holiday dinners and potlucks because it can be made the day before and then baked the next day. Serves 8-9.


Homemade Stuffing Recipe

This is my Grandma Tatum’s stuffing recipe (Jill’s Mom). It is one of my favorite traditional Thanksgiving recipes! It has been in our family for years and is a family favorite! -Tawra

I have hesitated to include our stuffing recipe because it is one of those recipes where it is hard to give exact measurements. You can adjust any of these ingredients to suit your taste and if you want, you can add different things to the dish.

For example, you can replace some of the bread with cornbread or you can add mushrooms, celery, apples, or giblets and many other things according to your own taste. This is one of those recipes that looks complicated but is really easy once you make it.

For a drier stuffing, use less liquid and for a moister dressing, add more butter. Butter doesn’t evaporate and won’t make your dressing “soggy” instead of moist the way liquid will. You can also add a little milk if the stuffing seems too dry.

When you bake stuffing inside a turkey or if you cook it in a covered pan, it won’t dry out so keep this in mind when testing for moistness.

If you want your stuffing to be fluffier, beat the eggs in the recipe before adding.

Here is the basic homemade stuffing recipe:

8-10 cups dried bread, cubed or torn (You can use anything including hot dog buns, dinner rolls or French bread.)
1/2-1 lb. pork sausage
1/2-1 onion (or onion powder to taste)
3 eggs, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups broth*
1 chicken bouillon cube
1/4-1/2 cup margarine
3 heaping tsp. ground sage
salt and pepper
1 small bag or box of seasoned croutons

Cube and tear bread, place in a very large mixing bowl and let it set out overnight if not dry enough. Fry sausage and onion. I don’t like celery in my dressing but if you do you can add it at this time. Drain and add to the bowl of bread. Pour broth into a large measuring cup. Add margarine and bouillon cube and heat in the microwave to melt margarine and bouillon cubes. Pour this mixture and eggs over bread. Add sage, salt, pepper and onion powder if not using onions and croutons. Using your hands, mush it all together until well mixed. Place in a well greased casserole dish or pan. Cover. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes.

If you like your stuffing soft on the inside with a crispy crust, just remove the cover for the last 15 minutes. If your dressing seems too dry, add a little milk for more moisture.

*For broth, I simmer the neck and giblets in a pan of water for an hour or two as soon as I take them out of the turkey. Then I use this water and some broth from my turkey, which has been cooking, to make my 1 1/2 cups.

If you are baking your stuffing in the turkey and can’t tell if it is done, just test with a meat thermometer and it should be 165 degrees.

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Turkey Gravy

3-4 cups turkey juices/drippings
1/4 cup flour
Salt, pepper to taste

Pour turkey juices/drippings into a saucepan. Whisk in flour. Add salt and pepper. Simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring once in a while until it is the right consistency.

If the gravy is too strong or you need to stretch it just a little, you can add a small amount of water. Another way I used to make turkey gravy (either way works) is to dissolve the flour in 1/2 cup of cold water and then whisk it into the turkey juices.


Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/4 cups shortening, cold
1 egg, cold
1 Tbsp. vinegar, cold
5 Tbsp. water, cold

Mix flour, salt and sugar in a bowl. Cut in shortening with a pastry blender or 2 knives (I use my fingers). Add egg, vinegar and 3 tablespoons water. Mix lightly. If dough is too dry, add more water. Mix with hands. Don’t over mix. Mix just until the dough sticks together.

Divide into thirds. Roll out to make 3 pies crusts. When using the crust for the top of the pie, sprinkle sugar on top and poke with a few steam holes. Crust can be frozen in balls and then defrosted and rolled out when ready to use. Makes 3 crusts.


Pumpkin Pie

1 pie crust
2 eggs
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

Bake pie crust at 350 degrees for 1-2 minutes until crust starts to puff with small bubbles. Watch carefully. Then remove from the oven. Blend all ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into pie crust and bake at 425 degrees for 15 minutes. Then turn the oven down to 350 degrees for 45 minutes. When a knife is inserted into the center of the pie and comes out clean, it is done. Makes one pie.


Pecan Pie

1 stick butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. vanilla
dash of salt
1 1/4 cups pecans, chopped
1 (8-9 inch) unbaked pie crust

Brown butter in a pan until golden brown. Do not burn. Cool. Add other ingredients in order given in a separate bowl. Mix well. Blend in cooled butter well. Pour into pie crust. Bake 10 minutes at 425 degrees and then 40 minutes at 325 degrees. Makes one pie.

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Are We Really Depriving Our Kids?

Thu, 11/13/2014 10:04 AM
Are We Really Depriving Our Kids?

Are We Really Depriving Our Kids?
By Jill Cooper

I often hear ladies complaining that they want to stay at home with their kids but that they “have to work since it is so expensive to raise kids these days”. One of the main questions I get asked about frugal living is “won’t I be depriving my children if I spend less?” Maybe I can answer that question with a few questions.

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How am I depriving my children by having them drink water for every meal instead of juice and soda? Isn’t one thing doctors are always complaining about is we don’t drink enough water? Cutting out just one glass of soda per person per day for a family of four would save $547.50 a year and make them healthier.

How am I depriving my children by having them eat an apple or homemade granola bar for a snack instead of a bag of chips? Obesity is a major problem among children in the United States. If you cut out just one bag of chips a week you would save $104.00 a year and make them healthier.

How am I depriving my children by having them walk to school or to a friends house instead of my always driving them there? Lack of exercise is a big problem. You would save time and wear and tear on your car by having them walk and make them healthier at the same time.

How am I depriving my kids when I don’t buy them every toy they see and want? We wouldn’t dream of giving a baby on baby food all the chocolate that he wants because we know it would make him sick. His body can not tolerate that much chocolate even if he desires it.

In the same way, an older child can’t emotionally deal with the overload of toys. I as an adult become stressed just from trying to buy a bottle of shampoo. Have you ever noticed how many options you have? Trying to make a decision can be overwhelming. Do I get it for thin, fine, dry and damaged or colored and permed hair? The list goes on and on.

In the same way when a young child looks at piles of toys, he can become very stressed over choosing which one to play with. If you watch, you will notice that they tend to play with the same couple of toys over and over. If you didn’t give them all the toys they asked for and bought one less brand new toy at $10 a week, you would save $520.00 in one year and you would help relieve them of some stress.

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It is no wonder our children stay confused. We insist that they should eat healthy yet we take them out to eat 3-5 times a week at McDonald’s. We give them a bag of carrot sticks in their lunch because it’s healthy and then give them a bag of chips when they get home from school to get them off our backs.

We want them to have strong character yet the moment they whine or cry for another toy or some candy at the store we give in out of guilt. We are afraid that if we don’t give them what they want, they won’t love us so to rid ourselves of uncomfortable feelings we say yes. How can we teach them to be strong in character when we are so weak?

How could our society and way of thinking have gotten so mixed up that we think a child is deprived if a mom chooses to stay home and not go to work? We have come to believe that moms should work outside the home so that children can have the most expensive clothes, education or material things. (Note I didn’t say best but rather most expensive since the most expensive doesn’t mean the best.) If a mom goes to work so a child can have all those things it’s not considered depriving the child of anything but it’s mom. Which do you think does a child more harm- being deprived expensive things or it’s mom?

For you stay at home moms: Before you become too puffed up with pride be aware that too many social, church and school activities can deprive your kids of you just as much as working. Do all things in moderation.

Better to give your kids your values you have than the valuables you can’t afford.

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