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KIND Bars {Homemade}

Welcome to One {Frugal} Chick Friday!

Hey Onekriegerchick Readers!  I’m Elle, Ariean’s sister.  I blog over at Elle Elyse where I blog about fashion, family and fun Pinterest trials! Today, I am visiting with a {frugal} guest post while Ariean is away having too much fun @ SNAP!

For Lent this year, I decided rather than give up something, I would challenge myself with doing a “Pin of the Day.”  We’re all addicted to Pinterest, right!?  As part of my pin a day challenge I made homemade KIND bars for a fraction of the cost. $.90 each!  Can you believe it?  They are about $2 each in the store!  My husband could eat two each day, so it was getting really expensive to keep them in the house.

Homemade KIND Bars

1 cup chopped almonds
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup Craisins
1/2 cup crunchy puffed flax
1/4 cup raw flax seed
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1tsp cocoa powder
Agave nectar (enough that it coats the mixture)
Chop the nuts and mix with other ingredients in a large bowl. Pour agave nectar onto mixture and stir until completely coated.  Pour mixture onto a  seasoned baking stone (I found this works the best).  Smooth out and bake for 20 min @ 250°.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 min.  Then cut into bars & put them in snack size baggies.
Note:  If you are not using a seasoned baking stone then make sure you line your baking sheet with wax paper & spray with cooking spray. It will stick…I learned the hard way!  I used ingredients I knew my husband would like, so you can change the recipe to what ever your family likes.
 I hope you all enjoyed my Frugal tip today!  Be sure to pop over to Elle Elyse to see what else I’ve been up too!

Birds Nests {kids in the kitchen}

Happy Friday Friends!  This week has gone by so quickly, but I have really enjoyed sharing some of our favorite family treats and activities.  Ready for the last one before Easter?

Birds Nests Treats {}

Birds Nests are one of the treats I remember most from my childhood.  I cannot remember who made them, but I do remember eating sooo many that my tummy hurt.  I would even sneak them off the table after I was told I had eaten too many.

Birds Nests are super easy to make and are a good recipe to make with a little helper.  Bonus: They are no-bake!  You could make them for an easy Easter dessert or enjoy them anytime during the Spring.

Here we go…

What you’ll need:

1 bag butterscotch chips

1/2 cup peanut butter

1 bag chow mien noodles

candy to use for eggs

How to make them:

Heat the butterscotch chips and peanut butter in a microwave until melted. ( Stir periodically. Chips may look solid even after melting.) Stir in bag of chow mien noodles.  Working quickly, use a spoon to drop nests onto wax paper or other non-stick surface.  They will look like uneven nests.  Quickly set three eggs on top of each nest.  Allow to set and enjoy!

Note: We used jelly beans because that is what the boys chose, but I really prefer chocolate eggs combined with the butterscotch.  M&M’s have some really cute speckled eggs out right now that would be perfect.

Hope you didn’t miss out on my other fun Easter ideas…

Bunny Cinnamon RollsKid Friendly Stained GlassBunny PizzasEaster Egg Lunch Hunt

Happy Easter!

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Pumpkin Pie {Crustless}

I’m back to share another delicious Pumpkin recipe, although this one doesn’t lay claims to be guilt-less.  I came upon this recipe in a Gooseberry Patch Halloween cookbook last year, tweaked it a bit and made it for my monthly MOPS meeting.  Good thing I ate a piece during the meeting because there wasn’t a single piece left over.  Darn if the same thing didn’t happen again this year.  If you are looking for a crowd pleasing recipe to take to your Thanksgiving festivities, look no further…

This Crustless Pumpkin Pie is sinful!


4 eggs, beaten

 1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin

1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk

1/2 – 1 c. sugar (depending how sweet you like it- 1 c. is really sweet!)

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground cloves

1 box yellow cake mix

1 or 2 sticks butter, melted ( I use 1)

1 c. chopped pecans or walnuts, optional (I leave them off so the rest of my family will eat it too. It is delicious with nuts!)

How To:

Combine eggs, pumpkin, evaporated milk, sugar, and spices.  Mix well and pour into an ungreased 13×9 baking dish. Sprinkle dry cake mix and nuts over the top. Drizzle with the melted butter, but DO NOT STIR.

Bake at 350 for about 45 minutes to an hour or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Serve with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream.

Tip: I sprinkle cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice into my tub of whipped topping. You can also add a teaspoon of vanilla to make it taste less packaged (although if you ask my boys, the whipped topping is delicious as is!)

That’s it for Pumpkin recipes from my kitchen…till next year! I’d love to know what you think…

Happy baking for Thanksgiving!


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