2015-02-25 15.17.16I have never really been that great at baking mainly because it takes too long and I don’t have the patience. I decided to give bread making a try a few weeks ago with a recipe that I found online and my loaf turned out looking horrific (although tasted okay). I’m just not very good at following instructions as I always feel it would be faster if I just “eyed” the ingredients (never a great idea for baking.) So on a whim one night, I decided to make my own recipe by just throwing together a bunch of ingredients from my baking supplies. And what do you know, it turned out great! However, I had no recipe as I just dumped ingredients together without measuring a thing. After several more times of dumping stuff together, I decided to try measuring it. So without further ado, here is my homemade “Dump” Honey Wheat Bread recipe (as I like to call it)…



1/8 cup Wheat Bran

1/4 cup Oat Bran

1 cup warm water

1/2 cup Olive Oil

1/16- 1/8 cup Flax Seed

2 Tablespoons Honey

1 1/2- 2 Tablespoons Brown Sugar

1 Teaspoon Salt

2 1/2 Teaspoons of Dry Yeast

2 cups Whole-Wheat Flour + 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour (to be added later)



Put all the ingredients in a mixing bowl except for the additional 1 cup of Whole Wheat flour.

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Turn on the mixer (with a kneading attachment) and allow the ingredients to mix. While mixing, slowly add in the last cup of whole wheat flour until the dough turns away from the bowl (no longer sticks to the sides) and allow to continue to knead for a minimum of 10 minutes.

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Once done, put the dough in a greased loaf pan, cover, and allow to rise for 30-45 minutes. Finally, bake the bread for 30 minutes (or until done) at 350 degrees.

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This is just a picture for fun! My 2-year-old was attempting to hep me make the bread. So sweet!

Plus, be sure to read my article here on how I got my ingredients for less with Vitacost.


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2015-02-25 15.17.16Ok, so as many of you may know by now, one of my “resolutions” was to get healthier this year. I started making my own bread, muffins, etc.  this month. I have to say I’ve been pleasantly surprised as baking isn’t generally my forte. I was surprised that it turned out looking anything like the desired recipe to tell the truth. (The first loaf of bread wasn’t as fortunate as my husband wasn’t even real sure what it was.) I plan to share my recipes once I can actually get precise measurements on what I’ve been using.

But for right now, I just wanted to share how I got my first stash of ingredients for a decent deal. I used Vitacost and saved $10 off my first order. Since I wasn’t real sure how much I needed, I split the order with my mother to make it a little more costs friendly while still scoring FREE shipping over $50. The quality seemed excellent and it shipped very quickly. If you are interested in getting various health foods at a lower costs, click here and check out Vitacost to get $10 off your first order.

Also, check out one of my favorite recipes for cinnamon swirl bread here.

Let me know in the comments below if you have a good way to save on these foods as well.

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In a new attempt to get healthier this year, I have a new addiction to making my own bread. While I’m not very good at it yet, I have started making some different varieties. MoneySavingMom has an awesome Cinnamon Swirl Bread recipe on her blog. It tastes so good. To make it a slight bit healthier, I used all whole wheat flour instead of using part whole wheat and part all purpose flour. Mine turned out pretty good. I did learn that whole wheat flour tends to absorb more moisture, so I didn’t need as much whole wheat in place of the all purpose flour. Be sure to check out the recipe on MoneySavingMom’s blog here.

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pot pieI absolutely love this Chicken Pot Pie Recipe that I found over at This Mom’s Heart. Head over here to get the recipe. It is so easy and quick to make whether you are freezer cooking or just looking for something quick to make tonight. It has quickly become a favorite in my house.

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This recipe was submitted by a Thriving on Thrifty reader for an Easy Ice Cream Cake:



Favorite box of cake mix (Dark Chocolate Fudge used in photo above)

1 box of Ice Cream Sandwiches (Cookies N’ Cream variety used in photo above)

Large container of Cool Whip

Chocolate chips (if desired)



1. Make your favorite box of cake mix in a 9×13 pan per the instructions on the cake box. (Two handfuls of chocolate chips were added in above photo.)

2. Allow the cake to cool completely

3. Spread a thin layer of cool whip over cake mix

4. Next, Place a layer of Ice cream sandwiches (back to back to make a complete layer)

5. Spread a final layer of cool whip on top and garnish with chocolate shavings if desired.

6. Store in freezer. 


Thanks, Annette!

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