From the category archives:

living on less

Spicy Sriracha Sausage Cheese Balls For The Big Game

by Tara Kuczykowski on February 3, 2017 · 0 comments

Sriracha Sausage Cheddar Balls -- a kicked up take on the Southern classic sausage cheddar balls recipe… These easy sausage balls are made from scratch and totally kid approved, a MUST for game day! | unsophisticook.com

Looking for something a little new and different to nosh on during the Super Bowl this Sunday evening? Check out this Sriracha Sausage Cheddar Balls recipe!!! These literally flew off the plate when I made them.

They're a kicked up take on the Southern classic sausage cheddar balls recipe… These easy sausage balls are made from scratch and totally kid approved, a MUST for game day!

What's your favorite game day recipe?!

{ 0 comments }

Hey guys! I just wanted to make sure you all don't miss out on this fabulous FREE Toxin-Free Cleaning Kit from Grove that I shared a few days ago.

Basically you get ALL of the following free with any $20 purchase:

  • Grove Collaborative Cleaning Caddy (so cute!)
  • Grove Collaborative Glass Spray Bottle (my favorite!)
  • Grove Collaborative Walnut Scour Sponges
  • Now Organic Orange Essential Oil
  • FREE Shipping
  • FREE VIP Trial (totally amazing!)

Get the full details on how to take advantage of this exclusive offer in my Best Dang Homemade Glass Cleaner post! But before you hop over, I just wanted to quickly give you an idea for what I'd put in MY cart to score this deal:

  • Grove Collaborative Kitchen Towel - Single Pack, $5.95 (super high quality!)
  • Full Circle Be Good Dish Brush, $5.99
  • Mrs. Meyer's Dish Soap, $3.89 (my fave is the lavender scent!)
  • Mrs. Meyer's Hand Lotion, $4.99 (a Grove exclusive!)

Your total will be $20.82, qualifying you for the FREE Toxin-Free Cleaning Kit! This offer ends at 9pm EST tonight, so hurry to place your order.
 

{ 0 comments }

Homemade Glass Cleaner That Really Works {The Best!!!!}

by Tara Kuczykowski on January 14, 2017 · 2 comments

Homemade Glass Cleaner Recipe -- truly the best dang homemade glass cleaner you will try... Easy, streak free & non-toxic! | via @unsophisticook on unsophisticook.com

Best is such a subjective term, don't you think? And I feel like it's used far too freely these days. Everyone has the "best" recipe for this and the "best" recipe for that... They can't all be the best, right?

Prior to sharing this homemade glass cleaner recipe, I've posted exactly two recipes in my 5+ years of blogging that I called the best -- this buttercream frosting recipe and this strawberry daquiri recipe. And judging from the response both of those recipes have received over the years, I wasn't wrong...

So when I call this the BEST dang homemade glass cleaner, just know that a lot of trial and error has gone into developing this recipe, and I truly feel it's earned that title!

Get the recipe here -- it's just 4 ingredients!

P.S. Be sure to check out how you can get a FREE Toxin Free Cleaning Kit from Grove Collaborative.

{ 2 comments }

Disclosure: Sponsored by Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

Overripe bananas are hard to come by in our house. My kids usually scarf them down long before they even get close to that perfect banana bread-making stage. So when I recently happened across a tip for ripening bananas quickly in the oven, I couldn't wait to test it out...

TIP: To ripen bananas quickly, bake unpeeled bananas on baking sheet at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until skins have blackened. Slice skins open and scoop out banana.

And you know what? It totally works! Now I can make delicious banana bread any time I get the craving -- like right now...

If you love banana bread, I've got another secret to share with you. Using I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread in the recipe yields an unbelievably moist loaf of banana bread! I didn't believe it until I tried it, but it's true.

And it's cheaper than butter... I picked up this I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread 22.5-oz. bonus size at Meijer where it was priced at 2 for $4. Often you can find additional savings on it in the Meijer mPerks app -- it's saved me over $1,900 so far this year!!!

Though there's no ICBINB coupon available at the moment, right now there is a coupon for $1 off a purchase of $28 or more in the produce section to help you save on bananas and more! There's also a $0.10 off per gallon of fuel mPerks coupon currently. I know that has nothing to do with banana bread, but I'll take any savings on gas that I can find!

And my final secret... I add a heaping handful of chopped toasted pecans to the batter. Toasting the nuts imparts a richer flavor, making any recipe that calls for nuts infinitely better.

Of course, there are tons of other ways to customize banana bread to make it your own -- add chocolate chips, stir in some peanut butter, add a glaze, etc. But I personally think that toasted nuts are the easiest shortcut to a more flavorful and delicious loaf of banana bread. Be sure to save a small amount to sprinkle over the top!

Now that's a loaf of banana bread that's worth sharing! Wrapped up in a pretty new towel, it would make a fantastic hostess gift.

Unbelievably Moist Banana Bread

Ingredients:

  • 3 large ripe bananas, mashed (about 1-1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Brush 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with additional I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread and set aside.
  2. Combine mashed banana, I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla in large bowl with wooden spoon. Fold in remaining ingredients until blended, taking care not to over mix. Spoon into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 10 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in the pan for 20 minutes on a wire rack. Remove from the pan and cool completely before slicing.

 
Do you have any other tips for making a great loaf of banana bread?

{ 0 comments }

Disclosure: Sponsored by Mirum Shopper, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that support this site!

Christmas break started yesterday for my kids, and not even five minutes into it, I found myself staring into a gaping hole in the wall. I wish I could say I'm joking... But sadly it's true!

It was pretty apparent that I was going to have to find a variety of activities to keep them all out of trouble -- aside from learning how to patch and paint a wall, of course. So my oldest and I made a quick trip to Meijer this morning to grab all of the ingredients for a simple sugar cookie recipe I saw the other day.

As a bit of an afterthought, I also grabbed a container of red, green and white holiday nonpareils, thinking they might enjoy turning the recipe into funfetti-style cookies. Good call on my part! My girls, especially, were thrilled with the idea and eager to start baking.

I think my favorite part of this recipe is that it starts with Country Crock Spread, instead of butter. It means that when my girls get the urge to do some baking, they can get started right away, instead of waiting (and waiting) for a stick of butter to soften sufficiently. This sugar cookie dough is very soft and stirrable, the perfect consistency for kids that are still getting acquainted with the kitchen.

It's actually a great base recipe for mixing in all kinds of ingredients -- toasted nuts, chocolate chips, crushed peppermint, candy-coated chocolates, and on and on.

As I mentioned, we decided to turn it into holiday funfetti cookies with a 7.5-oz. container of holiday-colored nonpareils sprinkles. I reserved about two tablespoons for decorating and folded the remaining contents of the container into the soft sugar cookie batter.

Didn't they turn out so cute?! A few tips for ensuring these holiday funfetti sugar cookies turn out their best:

  • Gently fold the sprinkles into the batter and try not to overwork it. Once the sprinkles are mixed into the batter, they can have the tendency to bleed. So stir and then just leave it alone other than to scoop out each cookie.
  • Use a cookie scoop to portion out the batter. We used a small 1-tablespoon scoop, which consistently produced perfectly sized cookies with no fuss or mess.
  • Make sure to reserve a couple of tablespoons of the nonpareils to sprinkle on top of each cookie before baking. It allows you to skip the step of frosting them after baking, allowing you to get right down to eating them!

Holiday Funfetti Sugar Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Country Crock Spread
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 (7.5-oz.) container holiday-colored nonpareils, divided

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375°.
  2. Mix Country Crock, granulated sugar, light brown sugar, egg, egg yolk and vanilla in large bowl until well mixed. Stir in flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda until blended. The dough will be soft and creamy.
  3. Reserve 2 tablespoons of the nonpareils. Gently fold the remaining nonpareils into the dough, taking care not to over mix.
  4. Using a small cookie scoop, drop the dough by rounded tablespoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets leaving about 3 inches on all side of each cookie.
  5. Bake 10 to 12 minutes until edges are lightly golden. Cool 1 minute on the cookie sheet; then remove to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

Stock up on the ingredients to make these easy cookies yourself at Meijer. Check the mPerks app for additional savings, including a Buy One Get One FREE Country Crock Spread (15-oz.+) coupon!

Deal Idea:

Country Crock (22.5-oz. bonus size), $2.19
B1G1 FREE Country Crock Spread mPerks coupon
$1.10 ea. after coupon!

What other ingredients would you incorporate into this easy sugar cookie mix to make it your own?

{ 1 comment }