Free ebook – The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book

41rIlTMZdiLTo celebrate the coming holiday season and to give you a little help around the house during this busy season of the year, the Kindle edition of The Original Simple Mom’s Idea Book: Hints and Hacks for Home and Family by Deborah Taylor-Hough is temporarily FREE*!

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Praline Pumpkin Dessert

I stumbled upon this recipe online several years ago at the Betty Crocker website and realized at the time that I had all the ingredients in my pantry … no trip to the grocery store needed.

So I made it that night … and everybody loved it!

This was back in the good old days before all our family’s food allergies were in full swing.  I think I’m the only one who could actually eat it now.  So sad.  But more for me.  ;-)

It’s not a pie … but the bottom layer is essentially pumpkin pie filling.  It’s not a cake … but it uses a box of cake mix.  It has a crust on top that’s almost like a cobbler crust with nuts added … but it’s not a cobbler either.

No wonder they simply call it a “dessert” … it defies description.  ;-)

Anyway, this recipe is almost too easy.  I had to read the instructions several times to make sure I wasn’t skipping a step or something important.  It’s also one of those things that you can buy the various ingredients when they’re on sale to keep on your pantry shelf for a spur-of-the-moment, relatively inexpensive dessert.

For the recipe, click here: Praline Pumpkin Dessert

It’s great potluck material, too.


The Kindle edition of Mix-n-Match Recipes is FREE this week!

NOTICE:  The free offer is over, but the regular price for the Kindle ebook is only 99 cents. So it’s still a great deal. :)

Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough

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Mix-n-Match Quiche

Excerpted with permission from Mix-n-Match Recipes by Deborah Taylor-Hough.

I used to call this Use-It-Up Quiche.  You can use almost any leftover vegetable or meat in this recipe. If you have eggs, milk, rice, and cheese, you can practically clean out your fridge right into your quiche pan.

I always add the cheese last when making this quiche. The cheese makes a beautiful mellow-brown crust on the top. I usually add a bit of chopped onion to my quiches for flavor, and broccoli makes an especially nice vegetable quiche.

Mix-n-Match Quiche
(6 servings)

Crust Ingredients:

  • 2 cups rice, cooked (white or brown)
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tsp soy sauce*

Filling Ingredients:

  • ½ lb. any leftover vegetable, chopped (single vegetable or a mix)
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1½ cups milk, or light cream
  • 1 cup cheese, grated (your choice: Swiss, Cheddar, Jack, etc.)
  • ½ tsp salt (optional)
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • Dash nutmeg, or ground mace

Crust Directions:

1. Mix together cooked rice, egg, and soy sauce.
2. Spread evenly to cover well-buttered quiche pan or pie plate.
3. Bake rice crust at 350 F for 10 minutes.
4. Remove from oven.

Filling Directions:

1. Place chopped vegetable in bottom of crust.
2. Mix together: eggs, milk, salt, pepper and nutmeg. Pour over vegetable.
3. Top with grated cheese. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes, or until set.
4. Remove from oven, and let sit ten minutes before slicing, if serving fresh; or wrap pie pan, label and freeze.
5. Quiche can be served cold after thawing for a yummy hot weather treat or lunch item; or heat the thawed quiche at 350 F for 20 minutes.

*Gluten-Free Suggestion:

  • To make this gluten-free, leave out the soy sauce or use a gluten-free brand.

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The Ten Minute Tidy

the-ten-minuteby Deborah Taylor-Hough

Housework and I haven’t always been friends. It was always a bit of a struggle over the past thirty+ years of married and family life to learn the habit of keeping a neat and orderly home. Some days I was more successful at it than others, but I’m still learning and growing in this area constantly.

I often found that reading assorted books by housework “experts” were more depressing than they were inspiring for people like me, those of us who are a bit domestically challenged. Yes, these experts know what they’re doing. But so often I didn’t feel like they had even a glimpse of how difficult basic housekeeping could be for someone who just doesn’t seem to have it in their genes to do it naturally. Continue reading