Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

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Cherry Vanilla

Try these Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes the next time you want to make a treat that is bursting with love.

Vanilla cupcake recipe:

1/2 cup butter (room temp)
2 egg whites
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup milk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp almond extract

*Optional sprinkles.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Set up your cupcake pan with cupcake liners.

Using a medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and baking soda.

In a separate large mixing bowl, beat butter with an electric mixer or Kitchenaid on medium to high for 30 seconds.

Now add sugar, and vanilla to the butter and beat until combined.

Add egg whites, and eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Alternate, the flour mixture and milk to butter mixture, beating on low speed until everything is well mixed together. Add sprinkles for color if desired only.

Fill the cupcake pan liners 2/3 with cake batter

Bake for 18-20 minutes.

Remove cupcakes from pan and allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes before frosting

Cherry Vanilla Cupcakes

Cherry Frosting

2 sticks butter (room temp)
4-5 cups Powder sugar
4 tbsp Maraschino cherry juice


In large mixing bowl, beat butter on high speed until stiff and fluffy.

Add 3 cups of sugar, one at a time.

Scrape the sides to get all of the sugar.

Now add the cherry juice

In addition add the last cup of sugar.

Beat until smooth. Frost each cupcake and enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Cupcake

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Three Cheese Dip

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Three Cheese Dip and Baguettes
The other day, I mentioned I was making his Three Cheese Dip for Game Day. You can check out my Game Changing Switch experience and enter to win one of two $25 Gift Cards.

Three Cheese Dip is SO simple to make and really goes a long way too.

I just made it the other day and my husband gave it two thumbs up.

Three Cheese Dip Ingredients


1 c. Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
1/2 c. Shredded Sharp White Cheddar Cheese
1/2 c. Shredded Pepper Jack Cheese
1/2 c. Mayonnaise
4 oz. Diced Pimentos
2 T. Diced Jalapenos
1/4 t. Garlic Powder
1/4 t. Onion Powder
1/4 t. Black Pepper
1/4 t. Salt


Combine all ingredients in medium sized mixing bowl and stir to combine.

Three Cheese Dip Recipe

Refrigerate to cool until ready to serve.

Garnish with sliced green onions or fresh parsley.


To prepare crustinis – slice 10″ baguette in 1/2″ slices.

Brush with olive oil or butter mixed with your choice of spices such as parsley, garlic, salt, pepper, etc.

Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes or until golden brown and toasted.

Optional dipping items include fresh vegetables, crackers, pita chips, corn chips, or pork rinds for a lower carb option.

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How to Make Snow Ice Cream

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One way to make the most of all that newly fallen snow it by using it to make a batch of Snow Ice Cream. You’ll learn how to make snow ice cream following these simple instruction.

Now we can all scream for ice cream!!

Snow Cream Using Essential Oils

One way to make the cold and snowy days of winter a little more fun is by changing your perspective just a little.

Not only is it cold enough for snow outside, but this is the perfect time to make some Snow Cream!

It’s really super simple to make, and there are SO many ways to customize your Snow Cream.


1/2 Cup Milk (Whole milk will make it the creamiest)
4 Cups Snow (Make sure it is fresh and clean)
1/4 Cup of Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla


Combine milk, sugar and vanilla in a bowl.

Mix well making sure  sugar is completely dissolved.

Pour milk mixture over the snow in a large bowl.

Stir completely,making sure everything is mixed in.

Add toppings and oils and enjoy!

You can add your favorite essential oils to give your Snow Cream a delicious flavor boost.

You can find an entire line of Vitality Essential Oils that are food grade and labeled dietary, making them safe for use in food.  I love to use them because one drop goes a L O N G way and they last forever!

Plus there is the whole thing where using essential oils help keep your body working in the way it was created to work!

Vitality Essential OIls

*Saving Dollars and Sense Tip: I only recommend using Young Living Essential Oils in foods because not all oils are created the same and I wouldn’t trust ingesting any other oils except the ones I get from Young Living.

Orange Oil makes it taste a lot like a creamsicle!

I think my personal favorite flavor combination has to be Peppermint Chocolate.

I add 1-2 drops of Peppermint Oil and about a teaspoon of Cacao Powder (chocolate chips work great too!)

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Homemade Filled Pop Tarts Recipe

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Homemade Pop Tarts are perfect Valentine’s Day Treat that kids will love!

Try this Homemade pop tart recipe using any flavor filling you'd like for a fun and frugal recipe.


If you have been looking for a way to enjoy those delicious toaster made pasties at home, then this is the recipe for you!

Plus this homemade pop tarts treat is SO simple to make in less than 20 minutes.  You could even make them while your little ones enjoy some Kids Valentine’s Day Activities.


Pillsbury Pie Crust,  ready made
1 container Breyers Cherry fruit topping
1 C  sugar
1/2 C flour
Large Heart cookie cutter


Preheat oven 340 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

Toss some flour on a flat surface. Rub some flour on a rolling pin.

Unroll the pie crust onto the floured surface.

Use the rolling pin to even out the edges.

Using the cookie cutter , cut as many pairs of hearts as you can.

With a spatula transfer one cut out heart to the lined baking sheet.

Spoon one TBSP of the Breyers Cherry Fruit topping in the center of the heart.

Transfer a second cut out heart and put on top of the other half.

Dipping a fork in a glass of water then with the fork seal the two hearts together.

Sprinkle sugar on top of each heart pop tart.

Bake at 350 degrees for 8-10 minutes.

Allow to cool briefly while on the baking sheet.

Move the heart pop tarts to a wire rack to allow to cool.

If you prefer a more chocolately Valentine’s Day treat, try these Heart Cream Filled Brownies!

Delicious cream filled chocolate covered brownies are a perfect valentine's day recipe

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Best Easy Recipes of 2015

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Here are THE BEST easy recipes of 2015 from Saving Dollars and Sense.

I am joining other bloggers and adding my top recipes of 2015 to the list of the most popular recipes of the year.

I share a lot of the best easy recipes here on Saving Dollars and Sense each year and I wanted to take a moment to highlight the top five recipes from 2015 in case you’ve missed any of them.

I love hearing from those of you who have tried one or more of the food recipes that I have shared here with you.  It is my hope that my recipes will be helpful to you and that your family will begged for more.

The truth is that the more healthy cooking you do at home the better your health will be for it.

Top Five Best Easy Recipes from 2015

Copycat Chipotle Lime Rice recipe is so easy and everyone loves it!

Chipotle Lime Rice 


You might also be interested in trying out this Copycat Chipotle Slow Cooker Balbacoa recipe the next time you’re making this Copycat Chipotle Lime Rice.

The best Homemade pizza dough recipe ever!
Easy Pizza Dough


If you are ready to learn how to make your own homemade pizza, use the recipe above for easy pizza dough and then make sure you use this Homemade Pizza Sauce recipe too!

These walking tacos are perfect for any gathering, especially barbecues and backyard birthday parties.

Walking Tacos


You might also want to try this Homemade Cracker Jack recipe at your next party!

Homemade Sand Pudding recipe is one my family always asks for!

Sand Pudding


You will also love this homemade slurpee recipe that I shared a while back and many love!

Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch mix

Copycat Hidden Valley Ranch Mix


I love making my own seasonings like this Taco Seasoning and mixes like this homemade Pancake Mix that I use regularly.

I am looking forward to another year sharing the best easy recipes with you!

Is there something specific that you would like to see me post here?

Easy Breakfast Casserole Recipe

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Breakfast Casserole Recipe

I have been making this very easy Breakfast Casserole recipe for the last few years for my family, and it has been a huge hit!

This is a breakfast that can cook itself in the oven while you’re getting ready for church service.


1 pound bacon
2 onions, chopped
2 cups fresh sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups milk
1 pinch dried parsley
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese


  • Place bacon in a large skillet. Cook over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain and set aside. Add the mushrooms and onion to the skillet; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent and the mushrooms are tender, about 5 minutes.
  • Grease a 9×13-inch casserole dish with the tablespoon of butter. Place potatoes in bottom of prepared dish. Sprinkle with salt, garlic salt, and pepper. Top with crumbled bacon, then add the onions and mushrooms.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the milk and parsley. Pour the beaten eggs over the casserole and top with grated cheese. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  • Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour or until set.

I prepare the casserole the night before except for the eggs.  Then in the morning, while we are waiting for our coffee to finish brewing (we always make the kids wait until mom & dad have coffee in hand before opening any presents) I quickly scramble and add the eggs.

Another thing I should add is that this is one of those recipes that you can adapt to your family’s tastes.  I’m planning to switch the bacon in the recipe for ham this year.

Then I pop it into the oven and we proceed to open presents.

The breakfast casserole is just finishing up about the same time we are finishing up with the presents. I love it because I look like a super mom and it’s so easy too!  Plus it keeps for a couple days, so we can have leftovers.

I also make cinnamon rolls for the kids!

I’d love to hear what you have for breakfast on Christmas morning.