Cooking On A Budget

Friday, June 24, 2016

Cranberry Pinwheels

#FreakyFriday Summer Edition ~ Cranberry Pinwheels are perfect little bites for entertaining and they look so festive!

Welcome to another edition of Freaky Friday. This is my fourth time with the group and I am excited to bring you a super simple recipe that would be a great addition to your holiday appetizers. Just in case you don't know what Freaky Friday is, I'll tell you. It all started with Michaela of An Affair From The Heart. What happens is a group of bloggers get assigned (in secret) another person's blog to pick any recipe and blog it on their own blog. We all post at the same time on a specific day and all of the recipes are linked together. It's been fun getting to know other bloggers, their writing styles and the kind of food they love to eat and blog about.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Let's Get Real Weekly Link Party #147

Welcome! Let’s get this Friday started...... as always as early as we can. We are thrilled that you decided to link up with us this week. Let’s Get Real is a showcase for some of the best bloggers from across the world. We can’t wait to see what you have been working on this week.

Make sure you share this party with your friends so that we can grow. Don’t keep us a secret! Let’s Get Real is all about Healthy Living. We are all about Real Food, fitness, health and wellness, and home life tips and DIY. We are complicated people living in the real world.

Let’s Get Real is a great place to make friends to lean on for advice and encouragement. Each week, I encourage you to take a few moments just for yourself. Grab a comfortable spot to relax and make a new friend.

 ** Special Note: If you are interested in hosting with us, please email Christina at :

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My most popular recipe ever to date is my STEAKHOUSE POTATO GRATIN.  If you have every made a gratin and it's watery, your are missing out on what it could be! This gratin is just so incredible. It's absolutely delicious and I've had lots of feedback on it. Besides being viewed almost 175,000 times, it has been pinned over 63,000 times as well. I made it for Father's Day weekend and must say I can't wait to make it again.

Overall it is the best gratin recipe I've ever had and I won't make my gratins any other way - except maybe switch up the cheese profile. A reader said she even simmered some garlic cloves in with the potato and cream which sounds awesome.

I’m not big on rules (since this is what I do for fun), but I do have a couple of guidelines.
  1. Follow all your hosts. We follow back!
  2. Leave a comment for us on the post and we will know you are a new follower.
  3. Please don’t link and run! Follow and comment on at least three (3) other blogs. The more effort you put into getting to know everyone, the more you will get in return. Everyone is here to get more readers and traffic to their blogs so let’s show them some love!
  4. Let people know where you party! Add our party badge or link back to the party on your blog or post.
  5. Let’s connect! Use #LetsGetRealSocial

My feature from last week's party comes from Meal Planning Maven ~ Swirled Cheesecake Brownies:


Saturday, June 18, 2016

Honey Barbecue Chicken Bites

Honey Barbecue Chicken Bites ~ a quick, easy appetizer for any occasion.

At the last minute some folks dropped out of the recipe contest Foodies TV is having on behalf of Moore's Marinades and Sauces, so I agreed to step in and fill one of those spots. I am excited about their convenient Honey Barbecue Wing Sauce and making some little appetizer bites for Father's Day weekend! Come along and see just how simple and quick these little bites are.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sno Peas and Mushrooms

Sno Peas and Mushrooms are a delightful combination in this simple side dish recipe for healthy, lighter eating!

These are two vegetables I really adore. And, when paired together are so delicious. Whether you add them into a stir fry meal or simply pan saute, this combination is a winner. I have also made them with a touch of soy sauce as a vegetable side dish, but tonight I just wanted something light, something crunchy and something delicious. Rather than a salad I opted for Sno Peas and Mushrooms. Super easy, so come along and see how it's done.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Cranberry Granola Breakfast Cookies

Cranberry Granola Breakfast Cookies: the tasty way to the start of your day!

What is your typical morning like? Is it often hectic and chaotic? I remember those days of trying to get my kids to eat something before heading out to the bus for a long day at school. Some mornings there seemed to be ample time for them to eat and other times they were slow to get up and slow to get ready, so they skipped the most important meal of the day. I am offering a simple solution to breakfast that you or the kids will really enjoy and it's easy to eat on the go. We're taking the cereal out of the bowl and putting it in an energy boosting breakfast cookie.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Broccoli and Mushroom Rice and Roni

Broccoli and Mushroom Rice and Roni ~ the tasty side dish that is read in twenty minutes!

When I was younger and branched out on my own, the boxed variety of this side dish was a staple. Inexpensive and since I love rice, well perfect for a single gal. Now that I am much much older, I am still a lover of rice, but discovered I can make this very quickly in my own home.
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