8 Great Cookie Recipes for Your Holiday Tray

Make some cookies! Try one of these 8 great cookie recipes that your family will love to see on your holiday tray this year.

stack of chocolate chunk cookies and cups of milk on red tray

Pictured: Baby Cakes

Cookies have been on my mind lately. Have you ever seen the movie Stranger than Fiction? It’s one of those movies that proves to you Will Ferrell isn’t the huge cad he appears to be in the 99.5% of the movies he makes. We watched it as a family and were really taken with the beauty and mystery of the story.

Basically, he’s an IRS agent who lives a pretty boring life. He doesn’t know it, but his life is being narrated — and therefore directed by the lovely Emma Thompson. What she writes in her book, he has to do.

He falls in love with a baker while auditing her. She offers him a cookie.

He doesn’t like cookies.

She’s appalled. He’s clearly never had one of her cookies. And they’re really good cookies.

You can go watch the clip here. Then go watch the movie — we borrowed it from the library, but it’s been free on Prime over the last few months. But first… Continue Reading »

Easy Chocolate Buttercream Frosting – Better than the Can

Homemade chocolate buttercream frosting comes together easily and tastes so much better than the canned variety. Make this recipe and taste the difference!

chocolate frosted cupcake with candle

As a child, I was always more into pie than cake. Lemon Meringue, especially. It wasn’t until I reached adulthood that I realized it wasn’t really cake’s fault.

It was the fault of the frosting. More specifically, canned frosting. Or worse, that greasy stuff the grocery store used back in the 80s.

Homemade Buttercream, however, that is where it’s at. Who knew? I certainly didn’t. At least not until 2010, when, in an effort to save money and eat more healthfully, I perfected homemade frosting.

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Chili Seasoning You Can Easily Make Yourself

Now that you have this easy homemade chili seasoning recipe, you’ll never need to buy a chili seasoning packet again. DIY spices are healthier, delicious, and simple. One of the things that I’ve realized over the years is that food doesn’t have to be complicated. To read food magazines, watch TV shows, or follow food influencers on social […]

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Bilbo’s Seed Cakes – Perfect for a Hobbit Tea

tables set with cakes cheese fruit nuts and tea

Time for a hobbit tea! Seed Cakes are a tasty pound cake filled with caraway seeds. Their distinct flavor makes them delicious as well as memorable. Are you looking for something unusual to feature on your tea or dessert table this season? Hungry for something fun as well as fancy?  Seed cakes are for you! Bilbo’s […]

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Give Me Your Two Cents?

Hey there! Here’s the kind of post you don’t see every day on Good Cheap Eats. I wanna know what you think! As you may (or may not!) know, I’ve been blogging since 2008. That’s almost forever on the internet. I started with a blog called Life as Mom where I blogged about all the […]

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Tips for Hosting a Holiday Brunch on a Budget

citrus salad, bread, and breakfast casserole

Are you hosting a holiday brunch this season? Feeling a little overwhelmed. Here’s the 411 on how to make it simple as well as delicious. Citrus Salad, Instant Holiday Brunch Kit With the winter holidays ahead of us, we’re in for a ton of fun. Or stress, depending on where you fall on the Holiday Planning Continuum. […]

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Chicken Fajita Burritos that You Can Freeze

burrito cut open on cutting board

Chicken Fajita Burritos are filling, flavorful, and packed with peppers, onions, and jalapeños. They make a great lunch, snack, or dinner that you can make ahead and freeze. If you’re looking for a delicious, make-ahead lunch, dinner, or snack, then look no further than these Chicken Fajita Burritos. Trust me. Bryan has been packing these […]

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How to Handle Your Holiday Kitchen & Still Be Happy

Need a helping hand this holiday season? This Holidaze Prep Pack will help you keep your head on straight — and your belly well-filled — this year. It used to be that you had to do everything yourself. At least if you wanted it done right. This was particularly true at the holidays, when home […]

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