Triple Berry Baked Oatmeal {and Baked Oatmeal Recipe RoundUp!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on September 8, 2014

You’ve got to make this before the berries become obsolete for the winter. Down here in San Antonio, I’m still seeing good prices on berries every couple of weeks. And if you see a great deal on berries…stock up and freeze. Now. You’ll thank yourself in the middle of December or January when you are […]

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Whole Wheat Zucchini Chocolate Chip Muffins

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 29, 2014

Ok, friend. You have to make these. They are one of my kids’ most popular requests for lunch boxes…and I saved them for the end of our 31 Days of School Lunchbox Ideas. I sent them on their first day of school this week. I had stashed a few in the very back of the […]


Corndog Muffins

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 26, 2014

Want something for your kiddos lunchbox that they’ll (probably) gobble up?!  While we don’t eat that many hot dogs, when we do I prefer to buy the Applegate uncured variety because its a healthier version, but somewhat more expensive! Thankfully my store has a BTS coupon right now, so I’ve been able to get a […]

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In My Kitchen This Week ~ Pantry Challenge & Back to School Prep

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 18, 2014

Well y’all…it’s a big week in my kitchen this week! We are having a pantry and freezer challenge…in large part because we have a number of meals in the freezer still from the 20 Meals for Costco for $150 – Slow Cooker Freezer Pack Edition. And because I’m trying to use up some of the […]


Freezer Friendly Blueberry Oatmeal Pancakes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on August 8, 2014

It’s that time of year when I just start wanting to stock the freezer. It’s like nesting when you’re pregnant times 4. When it comes to the morning hours, I need to do all that I can to survive them. And one of those things is stocking the freezer (and getting in the habit again […]


Peaches & Cream Baked Oatmeal {with gluten free version!}

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 21, 2014

Please. I beg of you. Stop what you are doing right now and run to the store to buy some ripe peaches. They must be ripe, slightly soft to the touch with a bit of give when you gently squeeze it. Buy a bunch of them. And then make this. And then come back and […]


I hope y’all have enjoyed the first few recipes in this month’s 31 Days of Slow Cooker Recipes series. This is the first new recipe that I’m sharing in the series…and I can’t wait to share the other new ones with you in the coming days and weeks! This Pear Blueberry Crumble recipe is adapted […]


Red, White & Blue Pancakes

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on June 25, 2014

I love festive food on holidays. I love celebrating our country’s independence with lots of red, white and blue foods…and in this case it’s pancakes for breakfast with strawberries, blueberries and ground almonds. Red. White. Blue. BOOM. I plan on making these again in a few weeks when we celebrate our Independence Day here in the […]

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Salted Caramel Mocha Fudge

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on December 16, 2013

Yesterday we had a packed day…church and Sunday school, then home for lunch, then back out the door to drop off the baby with Nana, in time to get to the Woodlawn Theatre for the A Christmas Story, Musical. (Fabulous show, if you are in San Antonio!) While we were shuffling through the kitchen, I […]


One of my Kitchen Shortcuts when it  comes to baking cookies is to use Silpat Baking Mats.  They make such a BIG difference in the way the cookies bake and melt to perfection when you use these mats vs just a regular baking sheet.  Plus, you don’t have to grease the mats and you can […]