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Blondie Toffee Brownies

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Your favorite blondie brownies just got a ‘flavor lift.’ These beauties are crazy tasty and make a perfect, easy weeknight snack.

Quickly whip up the batter, then mix in some toffee chips, white chocolate chips and some chopped pecans. Chopped walnuts would work too.

Blondie Toffee Brownies

Combine it all and add to parchment lined baking dish.

This recipe makes 9×13. Because we love blondies and an 8×8 pan just isn’t enough.

Blondie Toffee Brownies Recipe

If you’re feeling over indulgent, or have just had ONEOFTHOSEDAYS, then by all means top off a warmed brownie with ice cream and more toffee chips as garnish.

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Blondie Toffee Brownies

Inspired by: Taste & Tell

Yield – 16 brownies

Preparation Time – 15 minutes

Cooking Time – 35 minutes


  • 1 cup butter, melted
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 3/4 cups + 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup toffee bits
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • Optional, vanilla ice cream topping


  • Preheat oven to 375. Line a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with parchment paper and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs and vanilla. Then add the flour, baking powder and salt and form into blondie brownie batter.
  • Mix in the white chocolate chips, toffee bits and chopped pecans. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean in the center.
  • Serve Blondie Toffee Brownies with scoop of ice cream on top.

Pumpkin Pie Stuffed French Toast {And Follow Me on Periscope!}

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This right here.

Ridiculously delicious.

I’m not gonna lie…it’s a little bit of a production to get it all together. (It takes 3 bowls and a 9×13.) But it’s so totally worth it.

I did a live Periscope of putting this together…but unfortunately I didn’t have one of the settings right and the video didn’t save after the 24 hour period.

{If you’ve not heard of Periscope, it’s a cool new “live video” app that allows anyone to ‘broadcast’ what they are up to! You can download it and then search @5dollardinners & watch live. I usually share on FB & Instagram when I’ll be live and plan on doing more cooking demos in the future!}

You can watch my last 2 Periscope here. I’m using a new service to ‘katch’ them :)

Anyways…back to the recipe.

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Here’s the topping in bowl #1.

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Here’s the egg-pumpkin mixture in bowl #2.

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Here’s the bread, ready to be cut up into pieces.

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Here’s the cream cheese ‘filling’ that goes between the bread layers.

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So I was periscoping this and forgot to take pictures, but here’s how it works…

  1. Bread layer.
  2. 1/2 of the egg-pumpkin mixture on the bread.
  3. Spread-dollop the cream cheese on top.
  4. Bread layer.
  5. 1/2 of the egg-pumpkin mixture on the top.
  6. Finally, sprinkle the topping.

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Here’s what it looks like right out of the oven.

So ridiculously delicious. I think I’m putting this on the menu for Christmas morning. It’s never too early to decide these things. :)

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Pumpkin Pie Stuffed French Toast

Yield – 6 servings

Preparation Time – 20 minutes with 1 hour chill time

Cooking Time – 45 minutes


  • 1 lb. French bread loaf, cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or make your own pumpkin pie spice!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 6 Tbsp cold butter, cut into cubes
  • Fresh fruit, as side dish


  • Lightly spray a 9×13-inch glass baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Add half of the bread pieces to make a single layer in the base of the dish.
  • In a mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, eggs, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla. Pour half of this mixture over the bread in the dish.
  • In a small mixing bowl, cream together the cream cheese, powdered sugar and 1/2 tsp cinnamon.
  • Spread or dollop the cream cheese over the bottom layer of bread and egg mixture.
  • Add the remaining bread pieces over the cream cheese layer and pour the remaining egg mixture evenly over the second layer of bread.
  • In another small bowl, add the flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon and chopped pecans. Combine and then add the cold butter pieces and cut in with a pastry blender or 2 knives. Sprinkle the topping over the top of the casserole. Chill in the fridge for at least an hour, or overnight.
  • Bake at 350 F for 40 to 45 minutes, or until topping is golden brown and eggs have cooked through.
  • Serve Pumpkin Pie Stuffed French Toast with fresh fruit.

Bisquick Mix, Outshine Snacks, Yoplait Yogurt + More – Printable Coupons

Here are some of the latest and hottest printable coupons to help you save on products you need the most each week at the grocery stores:


$0.50 off (1) Bisquick™ Pancake & Baking Mix

$1.00 off (2) boxes Cheerios™ cereals

$1.00 off one bag Gluten Free Chex™ Granola Mix

$0.55 off TWO Hanover Canned Bean Variety

$1.00 off (2) Hanover Can Varieties

$0.75 off 1 Hanover Soft Pretzels or Whole Wheat

$0.75 off 1 Kix cereal
$0.75 off 3 Larabar,Uber, Alt bars, RENOLA Pouches

$0.60 off 2 Lipton Recipe Secrets

$0.75 off (1) Nature Valley™ Bars

$0.50 off any two Nature Valley™ Granola Bars

$0.75 off 1 Nature Valley Protein Crunchy Granola

$1.00 off 1 Nature Valley Soft Baked Granola Bites

$1.00 off 1 Outshine Snacks

$1.00 off 2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Baked Goods

$1.00 off (2) Pop Secret items

$0.75 off (2) any flavor Yoplait products

$1.00 off (10) Yoplait Yogurt

Be sure to check out all the printable coupons available at Red Plum, Smart Source, Coupon Network and!

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Multi-Grain and Nut Pancakes

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I have a little thing about homemade pancakes. I can’t seem to make the same ones twice. (Well, maybe I do!) But I love doctoring up the batter with fresh fruit, chocolate chips, cinnamon chips, and nuts. I’ve got a special multi-grain version to share with you today…using whole wheat, cornmeal and oats. Plus some pecans and walnuts.

These pancakes are a perfect way to use up the little bit of pecans or walnuts that end up in the bag from another recipe. (At least that’s what happens to me. I use nuts sparingly because they are more on the expensive side.)

Here is a fantastic recipe for a filing and delicious breakfast!

P.S. These are totally freezer friendly, so make an extra batch and freeze for those busy weekday mornings!

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Multi-Grain and Nut Pancakes

Yield – 5 servings (about 16 pancakes)

Preparation Time – 10 minutes

Cooking Time – 8 minutes


  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup white corn meal
  • 1/2 cup quick cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • dash of ground ginger
  • dash of ground cloves
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups plain Greek whole fat yogurt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped
  • Butter and syrup, for serving


  • Heat your griddle to 375 degrees.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, whole wheat flour, corn meal, oats, flax seeds, walnuts, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, baking powder, and baking soda. Stir until there are no lumps and all ingredients are distributed.
  • Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients. In the well, place the yogurt, milk, and vanilla extract. Starting in the center combine these wet ingredients thoroughly. Then stir in the the surrounding dry ingredients until smooth.
  • Add the pecans and stir.
  • Butter the griddle or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon batter onto griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Cook on each side for about 4 minutes or until done.
  • Serve warm with butter and syrup or fruit.

Multi-Grain and Nut Pancakes


I Need You to Start Doing This…

I Need You to Start Doing This…

I need you to do something for me. Well, not really for me. It’s really for you.

I need you to add something to your morning routine. And ultimately make this a daily habit.

It has to do with meal planning. And eliminating that nagging “what’s for dinner?” question that lingers in and out of your subconscious all day long. It gets louder and louder as 5 pm approaches.

But I have a ridiculously simple way for you to squash that nagging thought each day. It’s really simple. But making it a part of your morning routine is not quite as simple.

Life is chaotic. Getting dinner made and onto the table can be a crisis some afternoons. Full blown crisis. It happens. But even in the chaos and the crisis, there’s a simple way to put your mind at ease.

Here it is.

Ready for it?

Tell yourself what you are having for dinner that night before you leave the kitchen in the morning.

Just tell yourself.

That’s it.

Some mornings you’ll start the slow cooker, and then you really don’t have to worry about it. But on the mornings you don’t start a meal in the slow cooker, you have to tell yourself what’s for dinner that night.

Just telling yourself, “It’s Tacos Tonight,” can be a huge sanity saver. Or “okay, we’ll have steamed broccoli to use up the broccoli, along with some garlic bread and baked chicken.” Or “it’s leftovers night.” Or “tonight we have soccer, so it will have to be quick sandwiches, chips and fruit.” (And if you need to pull meat or pre-made taco meat out of the freezer, do that first thing in the morning too!)

Whatever it is, just tell yourself. Because you can go about your day without worrying what you will have, or if you didn’t pull something out of the freezer. Or if you’re missing an ingredient.

It’s so simple I know. But it will have a more powerful effect than you realize.

Try it this week and let me know how it goes. I can’t wait to hear what kind of effect that has on your mentality towards making and getting dinner on the table!

(This relieves more subconscious angst than I realize. And I know it will for you too!)

Erin on Fix & Friends

This past weekend I was in New York City to share budget friendly school lunch ideas on Fox & Friends. After the show, I wandered into one of the most chaotic areas in the country, Times Square. I shot a live Periscope video there, talking about the importance of having a meal plan despite the chaos and insanity that our daily lives bring. Times Square is chaotic and busy and loud. Just like life. So I thought it fitting to share inspiration and encouragement that will help you eliminate a little of the mental chaos and clutter that occurs in our minds every day!

Download Persicope & Search @5dollardinners & Follow Me There – I’ll be sharing a few more cool videos and tips, including a live Q&A, as we lead up to the next Grocery Budget Makeover registration. These videos and tips will be just a little taste of what I teach in the Grocery Budget Makeover. I’ll be sharing when they will be live on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter!

Grocery Budget Makeover will be open for registration beginning on Tuesday, September 8th! If you’re interested in learning more about it, drop your email below. I’ll send you more deets, and when it’s open for registration!

Now, watch the Persicope video from Times Square below!




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