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Chicken Barley Soup

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

If you’re looking for a hearty and healthy way to use up some of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey, this recipe is for you! My mom often made this filling soup during the fall and winter months, and I loved how it smelled while simmering on the stove. It’s especially great if you’re feeling a little under the weather. Or when you need to counteract some of those high-fat caloric Thanksgiving foods. Ahem.

The original recipe, published in the Taste of Home magazine, calls for a whole chicken. As far as I can remember, my mom always made it that way. If I have leftover cooked chicken or turkey, I use that instead to save me some time in the kitchen.

This soup is very versatile, and you can easily adapt it to whatever you have on hand. Add in some fresh homemade bread or muffins, and you have a satisfying, budget-friendly meal that your family—and waistline—will thank you for!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Chunky Cinnamon Applesauce

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

This was one of our favorite recipes that my Mom would make for special holiday meals! It was a regular on the table for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Valentine’s Day. The rest of the year we ate store-bought, unsweetened applesauce – so this homemade applesauce was a treat we always looked forward to! We clipped the original recipe from a Taste of Home magazine many years ago, and have made it countless times since then.

It pairs fabulously with traditional holiday foods like turkey and ham, I love the festive pink color it adds to the menu (am I the only one that likes having a variety of colors on my plate?). As an added bonus, it smells amazing while simmering on the stove! It can also be made up ahead of time, which is really important when we’re talking about holiday meals. You won’t find many recipes with a shorter list of ingredients! And apples are cheap this time of year.

If you’re looking for something simple-yet-elegant to add to your holiday menu, you must give this recipe a try!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Freezer-Friendly Pumpkin Bars

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

For as long as I can remember, this recipe has been a family favorite during the fall months. In fact, we like them so much that these delicately flavored sweet-but-not-too-rich bars have been a welcome addition to our Thanksgiving (and Christmas) dessert table on more than one occasion! They capture some of my favorite tastes and smells of the season. The recipe came from a church cookbook from many years ago.

Since these pumpkin bars are easy to make and the recipe makes a huge pan, they are perfect for serving to company or bringing to a harvest party. They also freeze beautifully (and thaw extremely quickly!), staying incredibly moist without getting soggy. I have made these several times in the past month, and have gotten rave reviews and recipe requests everywhere I’ve taken them!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

Homemade Dill Bread

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

Dill Bread is one of our favorite bread recipes! This flavorful loaf is perfect for Fall, since it goes fabulously with hearty soups and stews.

My Mom often served it with Italian dishes like spaghetti and lasagna, and there were rarely any leftovers (probably because some of us children liked this bread even more than the main dish – and we love lasagna!).

The original recipe comes from a church cookbook published many years ago. I’ve adapted the dough for the bread machine to make it easier (it actually turns out even better for me that way), but I’ve also included the original by-hand instructions.

While it’s absolutely amazing fresh from the oven slathered with butter, it also makes incredible grilled cheese sandwiches the next day!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

30 Minute Rolls

Note from Crystal: I asked my sister, Gretchen, to share this recipe as she often posts it in her weekly menu plans and many of you have requested the recipe. It’s a favorite at our house, too!

Recipe from Gretchen

This recipe has been a favorite in our family for many years. We’ve made so many batches of these rolls that I have the recipe memorized. They are so yummy and a hit with everyone who eats them.

My friends are shocked when they learn how easy and FAST they are to whip up. You can use them as dinner rolls or buns depending on the size you shape them.

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My very favorite thing about these rolls (other than the fabulous taste!) is that you can freeze them before cooking and then thaw them out to cook on the day you need them. I pretty much always have a bag of these frozen dough rolls in my freezer because we love them that much. In fact, Crystal asked me to post this recipe because they are so often on my weekly menu posts.

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If you are frequently finding yourself short on time when making meals, this recipe is for you. We love them best when they are still fresh out of the oven, topped with butter and drizzled with honey. Yum!

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Cinnamon Doughnut Muffins

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

These muffins have been a family favorite for almost 20 years. We got the recipe from a Taste of Home magazine and have been making them ever since! Even though they look fancy, they are simple to make and rely on just a few basic ingredients (those kinds of recipe are the best!). The jam is a fun addition!

I love serving these for breakfast, brunch, or during one of our traditional “breakfast for dinner” meals. If we ever have any left over, my children love them for snacks, and my husband takes them to work in his lunch. I recommend doubling this recipe!

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.