Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Pudding ~ Only 3 Ingredients! |

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Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Pudding ~ Only 3 Ingredients! |

I love homemade ice cream, but I hate how much work it is to make it!!  I can honestly say this is the easiest ice cream ever. If you want vanilla, it’s just two ingredients! Chocolate adds one more. Quick, easy, and sooooo yummy!

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The idea struck me to use dry instant pudding mix when ransacking my cupboard and not finding anything else that looked good. We had chocolate ice cream in the freezer, but that’s no fun. I wanted to make dessert with my little girl. Editor’s note: even though it literally took two minutes to mix up a batch, she still bailed on me. Ha, joke’s on her! I didn’t share. 😛

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I used my KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker Attachment because I have one, and I love it. No rock salt or anything needed with it. It’s pretty easy to use.  I also like to do things with reckless abandon, so I didn’t look up how to actually use it. I did read the manual the first time, but that was at least a year ago and I can’t remember what I did this morning. So, yeah, you should check your own ice cream maker’s manual for best results.

As for the value, the pudding package has a tag on it that says 49¢ and the sweetened condensed milk was 69¢ (off brand, probably from a “crash and dent” grocery store).  If you add in the milk, I still spent well under $1.50 for the whole pint of ice cream.  This stuff is better than Talenti which costs about $6 per pint!

Homemade Chocolate Ice Cream Pudding ~ Only 3 Ingredients! | @GimmieFreebies_Recipes
  • 2 cups milk (I used skim milk, but whipping cream, whole milk or 2% would work much better)
  • 1 can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • ⅓ package chocolate flavored dry pudding mix
  1. Add all ingredients to bowl, stand mixer or ice cream maker and mix very well on medium-high setting for 8 minutes (approx.) until thoroughly mixed.
  2. Place in container and put in freezer to set.
  3. Enjoy!

Bacon, Egg & Potato Breakfast Bites Recipe

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Bacon, Egg & Potato Breakfast Bites Recipe

Muffin Pan Recipes are super popular, but this one is a little different. Rather than fork a bunch of chopped up stuff into a tin, you’re using big chunks (almost whole!) Like other bite-size meals made in muffin pans, they’re a great size and you can store them in the refrigerator for up to a week, then pop them in the microwave for a few seconds and take them to go!

Check out these yummy and EASY breakfast bites your whole family will love! You can substitute different ingredients too. Try with bacon or sausage, and add in more or different veggies. Get creative!

With just 3 main ingredients (you can add more if you’d like), these are the easiest and tastiest breakfast!


Bacon, Egg & Potato Breakfast Bites Recipe
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Get creative with your muffin pan and stop chopping! Use whole ingredients for an even easier take on this popular bake. Tasty and easy! Great to make ahead too! Just 3 ingredients!
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 12
  • 6 potatoes, cut in half with a small section removed (I used a melon baller)
  • 12 eggs
  • 12 strips of bacon
  • peppers or veggies of choice (optional)
  1. Spray pan with non-stick spray
  2. Line pan with strip of bacon to form edge
  3. Set prepared potato inside
  4. Crack egg and carefully fill remainder of muffin well (hole)
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. Bake at 425 for 30 minutes or until potato is fork-tender


bacon egg potato bites


Birthday Cake Puppy Chow Recipe + Chex Coupon

Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

Birthday Cake Puppy Chow

For those of you who do not know what Puppy Chow is, it is a yummy treat that is extremely EASY to make. It takes no time and you only need a few ingredients. While many people do many different things with their puppy chow, also referred to as muddy buddies, the main ingredients you’ll find in most of the puppy chow recipes are powdered sugar, Rice Chex cereal, and melted chocolate.

This birthday cake puppy chow recipe has a few extra ingredients to give it that birthday cake feel. It is perfect for parties, get togethers, or  just any occasion where you want to throw something together super quick.

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Here’s how to make Birthday Cake Puppy Chow:

You will need the following ingredients (you can find the measurements listed below on the recipe): Rice Chex cereal, White Chocolate Chips, Powdered Sugar, Birthday Cake flavored Cake Mix (OR yellow or funfetti cake mix), and sprinkles.


First, you’ll combine the powdered sugar and cake mix in a large container that also has a lid (this will make things very easy later on).

Cake Mix Sugar

Set the powdered sugar/cake mix mixture aside, and in a separate bowl, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. You can follow the instructions that came with your chocolate chips on melting it, or if it doesn’t have any, microwave the chocolate chips for 1 minute and then stir them. After that, you’ll keep microwaving the chocolate chips in 15 second intervals and stirring after each time until they’re all melted.

melted chocolate

Once you have your melted chocolate, get 5 cups of the Rice Chex cereal and pour it into the melted chocolate (or you can pour the chocolate over the cereal. whichever is easier for you. Also, if you find the chocolate is too thick add a little shortening or melted butter). Mix gently until all of the cereal is coated in white chocolate.


Once your is cereal is all coated, fold in the sprinkles.


Add the coated cereal to the powdered sugar/cake mix mixture you made first. Put the lid on the container and shake, shake, shake!! Get all the cereal coated. NOTE: You could also do this in a ziplock bag if you prefer that over a container.

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Once you have all of the cereal coated, you’re done! Time to enjoy!

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Birthday Cake Puppy Chow @GimmieFreebies_Recipes
  • 1½ Cups Cake Mix (It can be Birthday Cake mix, Yellow Cake mix, or even Funfetti Cake Mix)
  • 5½ Cups Rice Chex Cereal
  • 1½ Cups White Chocolate Chips
  • ½ Cup Powdered Sugar
  • ½ Cup Sprinkles
  1. In a large container combine the powdered sugar and cake mix and then set aside.
  2. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Follow the instructions the chips came with, or if did not come with any, place the chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and heat for 1 minute. After you heat them for 1 minute, mix and then heat again in 15 second intervals,stirring after each time, until the chocolate chips are all melted
  3. Add the Chex cereal to the melted chocolate, or if you find it easier to just pour the melted chocolate over the cereal, do that. Stir gently, getting all of the cereal coated with the white chocolate. Once you have all the cereal coated, add the sprinkles.
  4. Add the cereal that you just coated with melted white chocolate and sprinkles to the large container with the powdered sugar/cake mix. Put the lid on the container and shake it to get the cereal coated with the powdered sugar/cake mix. (Note: You can also do this with a ziplock bag if you prefer. Just add the chex that has been coated with the chocolate to a ziplock with the sugar/cake mix and shake it).
  5. Once you've coated the Chex evenly, you're done. Enjoy!
  6. You can store extra puppy chow in a container or ziplock bag.

Hot Caramel Apple Cider ~ Free Spooky Treats & Party Eats Halloween Recipes


Hot Caramel Apple Cider ~ Free Spooky Treats & Party Eats Halloween Recipes

Just in time for Halloween is Mr. Food’s Spooky Treats & Party Eats eCookbook – completely FREE! 🙂 This digital cookbook features 34 frighteningly delicious recipes that are easy and quick to prepare. You could definitely dazzle guests at a Halloween party with amazing food thanks to Mr. Food! You’ll be able to find recipes to entertain the taste buds of adults, teens and young children.

Get Your FREE Halloween eCookbook:

  1. Click the link above
  2. Enter your email address
  3. Search for the recipe book you want (this one is called Spooky Treats & Party Eats)
  4. Scroll down and click the red “Get Our Free eBook”

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What You’ll Find Inside:

  • Halloween Drink Recipes: Spiderlicious Punch, Very Bloody Mary, and Hot Caramel Apple Cider (pictured, top)
  • Halloween Appetizers: Ghoulish Glazed Meatballs, Bloody Witches Fingers, and Graveyard Guacamole
  • Halloween Party Food Recipes: Spooky Shepard’s Pie, Jack O’ Lantern Chili, and Spaghetti Brains and Eyeballs
  • Halloween Treats: Pumpkin Patch Cheesecake, Spooktacular Cupcakes, and Trick-or-Treat Bars
Spiderlicious Punch
Mummy Dogs
Mummy Dogs
Spiderweb Cake
Spiderweb Cake

Each recipe is complemented with a photo of the final result in full color, so you know exactly how each one should turn out! The listed ingredients and directions are straightforward, and some recipes have short notes to help you make the most out of your spooky masterpieces.


Thanks Mr. Food Test Kitchen for the pics!

Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe {Great After School Snack}


Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe

Perfect after-school snack idea! Cucumbers are low in calories and high in good stuff. And, if you’re like me you have tons of cukes from your garden right now! They’re low-cost at the grocery store too. yay!

You can purchase low-fat or low-calorie sour cream if you prefer. I like to limit serving size and go for the good stuff, myself. 🙂 Whatever you do, this is a great way to get veggies in, and curb hunger between meals. You can even make this in a clean-eating and low-carb way to suit any diet plan! If you don’t feel like going to the effort to make the dressing, you could opt for creamy ranch dressing instead. Yum!

I love Top the Tater (see my Top the Tater recipe) in this, but there are lots of options besides that. You can mix a dry ranch dressing mix into sour cream (1 pack per 16 oz or a half pack for 8 oz), or use a pre-made chip dip. Just go easy on the dressing to keep this a healthy snack.


Sour Cream & Chives Cucumber Bites Recipe {Great After School Snack}
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Healthy, quick and affordable, and a great choice for after-school snacks or in-between meals. Filling and low calorie, low carbs and clean eating!
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Serves: 4 servings
  • Cucumber, partially peeled, cut into thick rounds and seeds removed
  • Carrots, peeled, cut lengthwise (I used baby carrots)
  • Top the Tater, or Sour Cream and Chives, or Ranch Dressing
  1. Prepare cucumber by peeling whole, or peel stripes.
  2. Cut into thick rounds, remove seeds (I used an apple corer but a spoon works fine)
  3. Cut carrots into small pieces
  4. Spoon filling into hole in cuke, add carrot garnish




Angry Orchard Hard Cider Copycat Recipe {3 Simple Ingredients}


Angry Orchard Hard Cider Copycat Recipe {3 Simple Ingredients}

My new favorite thing is hard cider! I don’t love Redd’s but I do love Angry Orchard. I just don’t love how much it costs! So, I set out to make my own. After an exhaustive search online, I came to the realization that nobody has done this! Or, at least, I couldn’t find a recipe to make hard cider. It’s exciting to be the first, but there were many failed attempts before I finally made a drink that everyone agrees tastes like hard cider and is super good!!

I like to improvise, so I’ve added many things you can substitute ingredients with. That way you can always enjoy a hard cider, no matter what you have on hand.

Just three easy ingredients!

  • Beer:  I used Michelob Golden Light because it has only 90 calories and is low carbs, since you’re only using about half a can per glass that’s just 45 calories per serving!
  • Apple juice or apple cider: There are so many varieties of juice! I tried from concentrate (pictured) and it was great. I also tried Cran-Apple juice and I very much preferred it to plain apple juice. Give it a whirl and let me know which you liked best
  • Lemon: Again, so many options! I tried (and liked) lemon juice from concentrate, lemonade, Diet Mt. Dew (this was great!), Margarita mix, Bud Light Lime-a-Rita… the sky is the limit. Just so you get a little lemon taste in there with it. Go easy on the lemon so it doesn’t overpower it

Angry Orchard Hard Cider Copycat Recipe {3 Simple Ingredients}
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Angry Orchard Hard Cider is delicious, but costs a lot and is high in calories. Make your own low-cal alternative to Redd's! Do it yourself and save money!
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
  • Beer
  • Apple juice or apple cider
  • Lemon
  1. In a tall glass, add half a can of beer of choice (6 oz)
  2. Add 2 shots of apple juice or cider of choice
  3. Add 1 shot of lemonade or 3 squirts of lemon concentrate
  4. See article for more suggestions and ideas for substitutions



Beergartita Recipe – CopyCat Bud Light Lime-A-Rita (YUM!)


Beergartita Recipe – CopyCat Bud Light Lime-A-Rita (YUM!)

If you like Bud Light Lime-a-rita (my favorite!) but hate the price, try this awesome recipe you can make at home. They’re great for parties!!

Ever since Bud Light came out with their yummy Limearitas, I have been in search of an alternate that wouldn’t cost so much. At $10 – $15 per 12-pack, the bud light Limearitas are a little high price for my taste. And, they’re little cans, not the full 12 oz we’re used to in a beer.

If you’ve been a fan for a while, you may have the FREE Jose Cuervo Margarita ball we posted years ago. This is the perfect time to use it! 😉

Check out my Beer-ga-rita recipe! You can add in Mango, Strawberry and Raspberry flavors to achieve their newest Mang-O-Rita,  Straw-Ber-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita!

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Mashed Potato Salad Recipe


Mashed Potato Salad Recipe @Gimmiefreebies_Recipes

Last month we went to Arkansas and Texas to bring my mother-in-law to a bluegrass festival. While there we enjoyed all the southern cooking, sweet tea, and I actually got to try something new that I fell in love with:  Mashed Potato Salad!!  Forgive me, I’m from Wisconsin originally and had never tried this. All I can say is YUM!

It’s basically the same as regular potato salad, but you mash the potatoes before you mix them in. Cook them a little firmer than mashed potatoes so they’re not mushy. The South seems to be torn on whether to use mayonnaise or Miracle Whip, so I used half of each.

When I cook, I like to try new things, so I may never make something the same twice.  It’s also hard to write down what I’ve done! Anyway, give this a try. It would be great for your summer barbecues. If you like potato salad, you’ll love this!

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Skinny Strawberry Margarita with Skinny Girl {or Strawberry Lemonade without it!}


Strawberry Margarita with Skinny Girl {or Strawberry Lemonade without it!}

Have you tried Skinny Girl Margaritas? I got some on clearance, so I stocked up! (LOL!!) I was sad to find that they’re really strong tasting (to me, anyway) and I couldn’t drink them. Well, what’s a frugal girl like me to do? I couldn’t let them go to waste. So, I invented this yummy Strawberry Margarita recipe that’s super skinny and so tasty!

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A little background: I don’t like strong tasting drinks. But, if you do, Skinny Girl might be great for you! Also, to be fair – since I got it on clearance there’s a chance that it’s not the freshest and that might be why it tastes this way. I don’t know; it’s my first time trying it.  But, it tasted more like straight tequila to me. My exact words were, “this tastes like turpentine” to which my husband responded, “have you tasted turpentine?”  Me: “Well, no… but… oh, you know what I mean!”

I also have a skinny margarita mix recipe you might want to try with if you’d rather not buy Skinny Girl pre-made margarita (the alcohol’s already in it).

Here’s the Skinny Strawberry Margarita Recipe showing what I did!

Skinny Strawberry Margarita with Skinny Girl {or Strawberry Lemonade without it!}
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Try this easy Skinny Strawberry Margarita made with Skinny Girl (or see my Skinny Margarita Recipe and make it cheap!) So easy, tasty and refreshing!
Recipe type: Beverage
Cuisine: American
Serves: 1 serving
  • 2 oz Skinny Girl Margarita mix (with alcohol or without), or use our Skinny Margarita recipe
  • 28 oz water
  • 1 packet pink lemonade mix (single serve)
  • 1 packet Fruit Juicy Red (or other punch, single serve)
  • ice
  • strawberries to garnish (optional)
  1. Fill mason jar or large glass half full of ice
  2. Add 2 oz margarita mix, (alcohol, optional)
  3. Add both packets of flavor mix
  4. Fill with water and mix well
  5. Serve cold, and enjoy responsibly!


Skinny Watermelon Moonshine Recipe (Costs Only 25¢) | Moonshiners

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Skinny Watermelon Moonshine Recipe (Costs Only 25¢) 

This Skinny Watermelon Moonshine Recipe is SO easy and quick! And Tasty??  It will be your new favorite!

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Unlike most moonshine recipes you find online, this Moon Shine recipe does not call for Moonshine!!  I mean, who has moonshine laying around? LOL! Not me! Okay, some people might. Especially since the TV Show Moonshiners on Discovery Channel has gained popularity. So, if you do have moonshine, you can use it in place of the alcohol in this Moonshine recipe. But if you’re like me, you probably do not have moonshine in stock. No worries, you can still make this!

This is a very basic recipe. Feel free to get creative with it! Using watermelon vodka and Malibu rum (coconut flavor) really enhances the flavor. Obviously, if you don’t use watermelon vodka it’s not going to taste like watermelon moonshine! It will be more like hard lemonade (which is also super good! I love me some Mike’s Hard Lemonade, and love that this cost so much less!)

Price breakdown: 

  • A 1 liter bottle of watermelon vodka and coconut rum will cost between $15 – $20, depending on brand and your location. If you get the super cheap stuff, it might be as low as $10 per bottle.  For argument’s sake, let’s say you get the good stuff for $18 each, which makes it about $0.80 per 1 oz shot.  This drink calls for 2 shots, so getting “the good stuff” liquor will run around $1.60. (This could be as low as $0.88 for 2 shots if you get no-name stuff.)
  • Now for the lemonade. You can make any type of pink lemonade. I prefer Crystal Light because it makes this a skinny drink recipe. If you want to make the pink lemonade in 2-quart batches, you can pour in to fill the glass as you’re mixing each drink.  Walmart has Crystal Light Pink Lemonade, SIX – 2-quart packs for $2.68.  That’s about $0.44 per 2-quart pack, 22¢ per quart. You’ll use just about 1/2 quart due to ice and other ingredients. So, your Crystal light will cost about 11¢ (half-quart).  Or, you can use other single-serve drink mix pack. I found Wyler’s Light Pink Lemonade (sugar free, 5 calories per serving) at Walmart, 8 packs in a box, for $0.80. Basically, if they’re under 11¢ each, they’ll cost the same as the 2-quart packs of Crystal Light. Kool-Aid could be an even cheaper option, at between 5 -10¢ per 2-quarts (adding a cup of sugar will add about 15¢). At any rate, let’s figure the drink mix at 11¢. 😉
  • Ice and water are basically free.
  • That means you’re making a whole quart (I’m using a quart jar) for about $1.71. A quart is 32 ounces, so that’s like FOUR glasses (it’s a big drink!) So, a glass of Watermelon Moonshine costs as low as 25¢ (or 43¢ for the good stuff).

How’s that for a cheap date? 😉


Little-known fact: there are 22.5 shots in a 1 liter bottle of liquor.

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This is SO yummy! You can make a big batch, or a single serving.

Note: Please enjoy responsibly. Age 21+ only (or legal drinking age in your area)

Thanks to I Save A 2 Z for the inspiration!