Our family usually goes all-out for Halloween. For Thanksgiving, we invite all of our friends and put up a few decorations. But when December rolled around, I realized that most of my friends jubilantly updated their Facebook statuses announcing they had decorated their home for the holidays. Darling Christmas decorations stared at me from one status to the next. Gorgeous trees and even Menorahs seemed to mock my lack of holiday cheer.
So… my daughter and I decided to decorate a tree on December 1st – just in time for breakfast. I can guarantee you that it went up faster than anyone else’s tree – and probably went down (with a cup of coffee or milk) a lot faster, too!
This photo didn’t turn out very well, but when I came back with my good camera, the kids had already dug in and there was nothing left to photograph! LOL. I found the Cinnamon Roll Christmas Tree recipe on Pillsbury’s site, but it was my daughter’s idea to add the cherries. In fact, they have MANY very cute recipes. My kids would love the Silly Snails, but I want to try the Java Glazed cinnamon rolls. Be sure to stop by their coupon page and print the latest coupons needed for your recipes. They actually had one to save .50 cents off 2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands Sweet Rolls when I wrote this post, but their Pillsbury coupons offering changes up often.
Sure, it’s not a real tree, but it did help my holiday doldrums enough that I boxed up the Happy Harvest decorations – and it doesn’t drop needles all over the floor, so it’s really better than a real tree – at least for now.
So easy to make and so cute on the table, my daughter and I had a blast making this cinnamon roll Christmas tree. The kids had a blast eating it!
- 1 cans Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon Rolls
- Maraschino Cherries
- Christmas Sprinkles
Wrap cookie sheet with foil. Assemble cinnamon rolls as shown in image and bake according to package directions. Spread with frosting (included with cinnamon rolls) Decorate with cherries and sprinkles.
Thanks to Pillsbury for the VIP coupon for a free can of Pillsbury® Cinnamon Rolls OR Grands!® Cinnamon Rolls. We sure had fun putting this together… and even more fun eating them. While Pillsbury’s generosity was an inspiration to post, my thoughts are genuinely my own. I’m sure I will be coming back to print some more Pillsbury coupons so we can do this again – or try a different fun recipe.
Free Home Canning Book – JeBouffe Home Canning Step by Step Guide
Download this free Home Canning Book – JeBouffe Home Canning Step by Step Guide. This 52 page guide will walk you through several home canning recipes broken down by skill level. It also teaches both boiling water and pressure canning methods.
I used to make my own jams and jellies when I lived on a farm wild berries grew in abundance. It’s been a long time, though. Canning is a great way of saving money on your groceries. When produce goes on sale, you can stock up and make your own sauces and canned vegetables.
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Free Recipe book and Vegetarian Starter Pack
Whether you are a new vegetarian or just experimenting with Meatless Mondays, you are bound to find some good recipes in this vegetarian starter pack. People in the US and International people can download it. It’s full of recipes, tips and information on vegetarian products. It IS from PETA. Even though I am a vegetarian, I find them over the top sometimes. I do not believe in vigilante justice or shock tactics to further a cause. However, I am always game for a free vegetarian cookbook! With all the holiday cooking coming up, I will love having more recipes to choose from to serve!
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Free Jiffy recipe book from Jiffy Cornbread
Get a free Jiffy Recipe Book. This recipe book from Jiffy has been around a long time. I’ve received mine and it’s got some cool recipes in it. Unfortunately, Jiffy cornbread mix is not vegetarian, so I gave mine to a neighbor, but the recipes looked good! I suppose I could have used another cornbread mix in its place, though. It also has recipes from their Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal and Sugar Cookie mixes. I haven’t tried those, so I am not sure whether they are vegetarian or not.
I do know that Jiffy Cornbread Mix was one of my favorite mixes to use when making hush puppies before I became a vegetarian. If you’ve never had southern hush puppies, the Jiffy recipe book has a decent one in it. Hush Puppies is basically deep-fried cornbread. Yep. It’s a southern thang!
Also, if you just can’t wait for the mail, you can also download the recipe book, Hospitality in a Jiffy, from the site.
It was recently updated to include recipes using the new mixes –
“JIFFY” Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix, “JIFFY” Oatmeal Cookie Mix and “JIFFY” Sugar Cookie Mix. Continental US only
Also, be sure to check out some more cookbooks and recipes that we have on the site.
Free Pork recipe booklets from the Pork Board – International
The Pork Board has updated their list of available free Pork Recipe Booklets. I know some of y’all like to cook ham for the holidays, so maybe you can find some inspiration in some of these free recipe books.
If you live in the US, you can have Free Pork Recipe Booklets mailed to you. Click on blue link above one of the pictures to generate the form. If you click the pictures, themselves, they redirect you to download the PDF. If you live internationally, you get the PDF. PDF required.
Currently, you can choose from:
- Grilling Pork
- The Pork Chop
- Pork Be Inspired
- State Fair Chops
- Pork Shoulder
- Juicy News!
Check out some of the other cookbooks and recipes on the site
Free Sunmaid Raisin Cookbook – International
Get a free Sunmaid Raisin cookbook. You can claim a copy of the 100th Anniversary Cookbook by either downloading it (international) or getting it mailed to you (US only)
I downloaded it to my iPad and all 16 recipes look tasty! I am particularly interested in trying the Peanutty drops, although that Tropical Carrot Cake in the photo looks pretty good, too. Carrot cake is my dad’s favorite cake. We used to make it for his birthday every year, complete with cream cheese frosting. I wonder if he would enjoy this twist on that favorite classic?
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