Economical Eats

Alien Robot Cookies: How to Make Them


Here's how I did it: First, I went through my Wilton cookie cutter set, looking for shapes that could possibly be reinvented/modified to look like robots. I have this particular set: I settled on the trophy cup (turned upside down), tulip, bell, and Easter egg. For the cookies, I used my favorite roll-out cookie dough recipe. […] Keep Reading

How to Make Bread Dough in a Stand Mixer


In this post, I mentioned that I've recently mastered making multiple loaves of bread at a time using my stand mixer, and my friend, Lauren, asked: "Could you do a post for your bread you make in the stand mixer? I don’t have a bread machine and just haven’t found a good one yet. Would […] Keep Reading

Banoffee Pie – American Style


Yes, I truly am obsessed with all things British, an anglophile of the highest order, and I fully intend to move to England as soon as I possibly can. It may not be until I'm an old lady in my dotage, but I will do it. Anyway, I guess this is why I decided to […] Keep Reading


I came up with this recipe after a visit to Panera Bread with the girls. I had their Autumn Squash soup, and loved it so much that I came home and went right to work creating my own version. Don't skip roasting the squash seeds! Their salty crunch is a perfect complement to the sweet […] Keep Reading

Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting


Long-time readers will remember that Friday is treat day around here, and what could be better on this beautiful fall day than these delicious pumpkin cupcakes! It's pretty rare for me to make a recipe that I find on the back of a box, but I actually did find this recipe on a package of...something. […] Keep Reading

Pizza Night


Ever since the girls were very little, Friday night has been pizza night at our house. It's a nice way to wind down a busy school/work week, and it's easy for me because the amount of prep is minimal. I'd like to give you a peek into pizza night at our house, and I'll start […] Keep Reading

Recipe for High Protein “Power Bars”


Several readers have requested this terrific recipe, but please note that while I have personalized it somewhat, I cannot take credit for it. When we had health insurance through Wellmark this recipe was in their monthly magazine for members. I first made it with protein powder from Wal-Mart, which is full of chemicals and tastes gross, but I […] Keep Reading