Taste of Home: $5 Cookbook & Children’s Book Sale + Free Shipping on $25+ Orders

Taste of Home is running their fabulous $5 Cookbook and Children’s Book sale now through November 12th! Plus, you can score free shipping on orders over $25 with code: LS126.

Check out the Children’s Books here.


  This post is part of my Christmas Gift Series.

Thanks, Money Saving Mom!

Aldi-licious: Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

Heather joins us with another post in her series Aldi-licious here at Simply Frugal Living. Heather’s recipes feature ingredients purchased exclusively from Aldi!


Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup is ideal for this time of year when the weather makes us crave warm comfort food like soup. The addition of pumpkin to black beans takes this to a whole new level and makes for a very festive dinner.

Black Bean and Pumpkin Soup

(adapted from Once Upon a Tart)

1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 can diced tomatoes, undrained
1 Tbsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
1 cup canned or fresh pumpkin puree
1 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
2 can black beans, drained and rinsed

Saute onion and garlic in the olive oil in a large soup pot over high heat, stirring frequently until the onion softens, about 5-10 minutes. Lower heat to medium and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onions are tender and translucent, about 10 more minutes.

Add the tomatoes, cumin, cinnamon, ginger, salt and pepper to the soup pot. Pour in the stock, pumpkin, vinegar, and beans.

Bring the soup to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, allowing the flavors to develop.

Remove the soup from the heat and puree, leaving just a little bit of texture. Serve with sour cream and chopped cilantro (optional).

Serves 6.


See all the recipes in the Aldi-licious series here!


Heather is a wife and mother living in the American Midwest. She is a Christian who delights in enjoying God’s beautiful creation, cooking, reading, writing, knitting, and a myriad of other handcrafts. Blackberry Rambles is her place for beauty and inspiration and for recording the normal, everyday things that happen in the life of her family. Be sure to check out her store filled with delightful handmade gifts at 308 Maple Street.

10 Halloween Cupcakes

Photo Credit: Hoosier Homemade

Liz over at Hoosier Homemade shows how to make 10 different cupcakes for Halloween. They are super cute! Take a look here!



FREE eBook: 13 Homemade Halloween Candy Recipes


Looking for some fun, holiday activities to do with the kids today? How about making some Halloween candy! Here’s a free eBook with 13 fun recipes from All Free Copy Cat Recipes. Download your free copy here! Enjoy. 🙂





5 Favorite Frugal Dinners


One of the ways we have trimmed our budget is by getting creative with our menu and experimenting with delicious meals that only cost about $5 to make. Here’s a list of five family favorites:

See more recipes here!

Apple Scone Cake Recipe + Triple B Farm Coupon!


My boys and I made this Apple Scone Cake with apples we picked from Triple B Farms this weekend. It is delicious…my husband has probably thanked me five times in one evening for making it. 🙂 Everything I try over at Joy of Baking is awesome.

Here is a coupon for $1 off admission at Triple B Farms!


FREE eCookbook: 34 Halloween Recipes from Mr. Food

Mr. Food


Looking for something fun and festive to do with the kids? How about some holiday baking? This fun, FREE little idea recipe book from Mr. Food is packed with 34 Halloween recipes to try with the kiddos. Download your free copy here.

See more recipes on Simply Frugal Living here.



How to Make Scarecrow Cupcakes

Photo Credit: Hoosier Homemade

I absolutely love these Scarecrow Cupcakes. Liz from Hoosier Homemade shows you how to make them with candy corn, jelly beans, mini M&M’s, wafer cookies, ice cream cones, gum drops, Chow Mein Noodles and more! Read more here.

Enjoy! 🙂

See more recipes here.

Apple Granola Crisp Recipe – YUM!


Check out this awesome recipe for Apple Granola Crisp from Snackpicks. Looks yummy and super easy!

Prep time: 10 Mins.
Total Time: 45 Mins.
Servings 6

Get the recipe.


Four Dinners in Less that 30 Minutes


I love these quick and easy dinner ideas that came to me from Food on the Table today:

Bow Tie Pasta with Sausage and Sweet Peppers. Great for picky eaters and leftovers, this will make the “repeat list.”

Baked Chicken Taquitos. Serve will black beans and salsa and it will be your new family favorite.

Crock Pot Roast and Gravy. With 3 ingredients, this is “easier than pie.”

Cheesy Lemon Chicken. The swiss cheese and lemon combo works.


See more delicious recipes here!

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