Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups

Do your children love fruit roll-ups but you don’t want to give them to them because the ingredients list is way too long and impossible to pronounce? Well, what if I told you that my homemade fruit roll ups recipe has just 1 ingredient?

strawberries

Yep! That’s right. It’s made from fresh strawberries and that is it! Of course, you can add a little bit of sugar if you like or while you are weaning your children off the store-bought ones (just gradually reduce the amount of sugar that you add each time you make them until eventually you are no longer adding sugar), but if you are buying strawberries when they are in season (or growing your own strawberries like we are doing this year), you really shouldn’t need to add any sweetener!

These homemade fruit roll ups to require a bit of time to make and there really isn’t any way to speed up the process. Just get them in the oven first thing in the morning to make sure that your oven is freed up in time o start making dinner!

To make them you will need:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • Equipment needed: food processor or high-powered blender, plastic wrap, parchment paper, jelly roll pan

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 170F
  2. Line a jelly roll pan with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap goes over the sides of the pan.
  3. Puree your fruit in a food processor or blender until it has a smooth consistency. If your children are picky, you may want to run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds.

    homemade fruit roll ups process

  4. If desired, add a little sugar to taste.
  5. Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet, about 1/8″ thick.
  6. Bake at 170F for 6 to 8 hours. Your homemade fruit roll ups will be done when the center is firm and no longer tacky

    homemade fruit roll ups process 2

  7. Remove cookie sheet from oven and lift/slide the plastic wrap off of cookie sheet and place on your counter top or a cutting board to cool.
  8. Once cool. place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cooked fruit and flip the sheet over so that the parchment paper is on the bottom.
  9. Carefully peel back the plastic wrap and discard.
  10. Cut into strips and roll up the fruit.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Enjoy!

You may want to try these other copycat recipes:

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 7 hours

Homemade Fruit Roll Ups Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups strawberries, stems removed
  • sugar to taste (optional)
  • Equipment needed: food processor or high-powered blender, plastic wrap, parchment paper, jelly roll pan

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 170F
  2. Line a jelly roll pan with plastic wrap, making sure that the plastic wrap goes over the sides of the pan.
  3. Puree your fruit in a food processor or blender until it has a smooth consistency. If your children are picky, you may want to run the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any seeds.
  4. If desired, add a little sugar to taste.
  5. Pour mixture on to prepared cookie sheet, about 1/8" thick.
  6. Bake at 170F for 6 to 8 hours. Your homemade fruit roll ups will be done when the center is firm and no longer tacky
  7. Remove cookie sheet from oven and lift/slide the plastic wrap off of cookie sheet and place on your counter top or a cutting board to cool.
  8. Once cool. place a piece of parchment paper on top of the cooked fruit and flip the sheet over so that the parchment paper is on the bottom.
  9. Carefully peel back the plastic wrap and discard.
  10. Cut into strips and roll up the fruit.
  11. Any leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

Notes

These can also be made with blueberries or just about any berry that you like!

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Sunday Coupon Insert Sneak Peek | October 5, 2014

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There are 3 confirmed Coupon Inserts in the paper this weekend (October 5, 2014)… a SmartSource and 2 Redplum inserts.

You can check it out on my Coupon Insert Preview page!

Don’t forget to stop back Saturday morning for my weekly Coupon Insert Preview post, where I highlight what I think are the best coupons and let you know how many newspapers I will be buying this week!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the 2014 Coupon Insert Schedule

CVS Coupon Matchups | Week of October 5, 2014 Preview

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Here is a sneak peek at the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for October 5, 2014.

New to shopping at CVS? Make sure that you read my How To Save Money at CVS post!. Don’t forget check out the CVS Coupon policy!

Right Guard or Dry Idea, 2 for $6
Get $1 Extra Care Buck wyb 2
(limit 1)
$2/2 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
$1.00/2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 or Xtreme Antiperspirant/Deodorant
as low as $1.50 each after coupon and ECB

Irish Spring Gear Body Wash or Bar Pack, 2 for $7
Get $2 Extra Care Bucks wyb 2
(limit 1)
$1.00/1 Irish Spring Gear Body Wash or Gear Bar Soap, 6 ct or Larger; Excludes Trial, 2.5 oz – 9-21-14 SS (exp 10/11/14)
$0.50/1 Irish Spring GEAR BodyWash; Excludes 2.5 oz Trial Size
as low as $1.50 each after coupons and ECBs

CVS brand Alkaline Batteries, $5.99
Get $4 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 1)
$1.99 after ECBs

Zantac150 (24 ct) or Zantac75 (30 ct), $8.99
Get $2 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 3)
$4.00/1 Zantac Product, 24 ct or Larger
$4.00/1 Zantac Product, 24 ct or Larger – 9-7-14 SS (exp 11/30/14)
$2.99 after coupon and ECBs

CVS brand Diapers Jumbo Pack, 2 for $10
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 2
(limit 1)
$3.50 each after ECBs

Biotrue, $7.99
Get $2 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 1)
$1.50/1 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
$4.49 after coupon and ECBs

See the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Walgreens Coupon Matchups | Week of October 5, 2014 Preview

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Here is a preview of the best Walgreens Coupon Deals and Matchups that I see for the week of October 5, 2014! The full list of all deals will be posted by Friday!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

New to shopping at Walgreens? Make sure that you check out my How To Save at Walgreens post. Don’t forget to register for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program so that you can start earning points on your purchases!

Procure Bruise Remedy Gel, $7
Get a $7 Register Reward wyb 1

FREE after RRs

Advil PM Pain Relief (4 ct), $1
$1/1 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
FREE after coupon

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste or Mouthwash; Oral-B Pro-Flex Toothbrush, 2 for $7
Get a $4 Register Reward wyb 2
$1.50/1 Crest Rinse, 473 mL or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-28-14 PG (exp 10/31/14)
$1.00/1 Crest ProHealth Rinse, 500 ml or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
as low as 2 FREE after coupons and RRs

Arnicare Pain Relief Cream, $7.99
$3.00/1 Arnicare Pain Relief Gel, 2.6 oz; Cream, 2.5 oz; or Arthritis, 60 ct (Walgreens Coupon) – Walgreens IVC October 2014 (exp 11/01/14)
STACK WITH
$3/1 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
$1.99 after coupons

Colgate 360 Toothbrush, Optic White Toothpaste or Mouthwash, $3.99
Get a $2 Register Reward wyb 1
$0.50/1 Colgate 360 Manual Toothbrush
$1.00/1 Colgate 360 or Slim Soft Manual Toothbrush; Excludes Plus, Triple Action, Extra Clean, and Classic – 9-28-14 SS (exp 10/18/14)
$1.00/1 Colgate Enamel Health, Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, or Sensitive Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger – 9-28-14 SS (exp 10/11/14)
$1.00/1 Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse, 8 oz or Larger – 9-28-14 SS (exp 10/25/14)
as low as $0.99 after coupon and RRs

Halls Cough Drops, $2 for $3
$1/2 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
STACK WITH
$0.50/1 Halls Drops Bags, 17 ct or Higher; May Vary By Account – Checkout 51
$0.75 each after coupon

See the current list of Walgreens Coupon Deals

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Rite Aid Coupon Matchups | Week of October 5, 2014 Preview

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See the list of Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Here is a preview of the Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the week of October 5, 2014

New to shopping at Rite Aid? Make sure that you check out my Rite Aid 101 post!

It’s always a good idea to have the Rite Aid Coupon policy with you, just in case you encounter any problems! Don’t forget to check out the list of current Video Values Coupons for any deals that I may have missed!

Vidal Sassoon Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $3.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2.00/1 Vidal Sassoon Hairspray or Styling Aids; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 9-21-14 SS (exp 10/31/14)
$2.00/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner; Excludes Trial and Travel Size and 12 oz – 9-21-14 SS (exp 10/31/14)
$0.99 after coupon and +UPR

Brach’s Candy Corn or Halloween Peeps, 3 for $3
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 3
(limit 2)
$0.67 each after +UPR

Purex Fabric Softener or Crystals, 2 for $7
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 2
(limit 2)
$1/2 coupon in the 10/5 inserts
$2 each after coupon and +UPR

Oberto Beef Jerky, $3.99
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 2
(limit 2)
$1.00/2 Oberto Jerky Bags – Rite Aid Video Value Coupon – (May Watch Until October 25th, 2014) (exp 10/31/14)
$2.49 each after coupon and +UPR

Arm & Hammer Cat Litter, $5.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$1.50/1 Arm & Hammer Cat Litter
$3.49 after coupon and +UPR

Thermacare Heat Wraps, $5.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$1/1 coupon in the 10/5/2014 inserts
$3.99 after coupon and +UPR

See the deals for the current week on my Rite Aid Coupon Deals page!

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

7 Unique Ways to Use Essential Oils

Mix of lavender flowers and cosmetic on the wooden background

If you haven’t started using essential oils yet, now’s the time! Use essential oils in your vaporizer to improve air quality, use a few drops in your shower for a fragrant pick-me-up in the morning, or even use it to alcohol to make perfumes. There are many other ways to use essential oils, but these are my favorites:

Shampoos and conditioners – Making your own shampoo is fun, especially when you mix it up with essential oils, like we did with this rosemary peppermint shampoo. Your hair will thank you for taking the time to make your own shampoo and conditioner!

Massage oils – Lotions and massage oils can be used for dry skin, pain relief, and more. To relieve muscle aches, try this After Sports Blend recipe:

4 drops mandarin
3 drops lemongrass
5 drops bergamot
4 drops lavender
4 oz carrier oil

Mix all ingredients together. Use a carrier oil such as almond oil, avocado oil, or grape seed oil.

Antibacterial and Antiviral – Did you know that adding essential oils to your room-freshening sprays can help keep the flu (and other icky germs) away? Cinnamon, clove, and even basil all have anti-viral properties.

Perfumes – Anything from roll-on perfumes to perfume solids, the possibilities are endless! You can just use one oil, or several… it’s totally up to you, based on your preferences. The best part about making your own perfume? Nobody will be able to copy your unique blend!

Healing salves – From bee stings to insect bites, from burns to poison ivy, this all purpose healing salve has you covered!

Floor and furniture cleaners – I used this wood furniture polish last week, and it worked just as well as Pledge – but smells way better! You can also use this recipe as floor polish.

Homemade cough drops – When it comes to avoiding colds, essential oils have you covered. However, if you do end up feeling a little under the weather, make some cough drops to help your itchy throat feel a little better.

Essential oils are used for many things, what’s your favorite way to use them?

Find out more about Essential Oils on my Getting Started With Essential Oils post and be sure to check back as I share more awesome uses for the Essential Oils that are included in the Young Living Premium Starter Kit! Don’t forget that you can get a free Essential Oils Reference Book when you purchase a Premium Starter Kit!

Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Please confirm any information obtained from or through this web site with other sources, and review all information regarding any medical condition or treatment with your physician. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on this website. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease.

Grocery Deals Updated | Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Weis, Kroger

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Walmart, Wegmans, Aldi, Weis and Kroger for the new sales!!

Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

Aldi Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Wegmans Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Kroger Deals – Week of October 1, 2014

Weis Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Walmart Deals – Week of September 29, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!

What is On Sale The Month of October

What is On Sale The Month of October

October marks the transition from fall to holiday shopping. You will see stores setting up their holiday displays, and it’s a great time to get end-of-the-season clearance. It is also time for Halloween, so there are plenty of deals on costumes, decorations, and candy.

Here is what is on sale the month of October:

:: Grocery & Drugstore Deals in October

In-season produce in October: artichokes, apples, almonds, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, cranberries, cabbage, lettuce, pears, sweet potatoes, pistachios, pomegranate, pumpkins, squash, turnips, yams.

Halloween sales: costumes, Halloween decorations, candy, baking goods, treat bags, taffy apples.

National Frozen Food Festival: frozen pancakes and waffles, pizzas, ice cream, individual meals, appetizers, family-sized entrees.

National Pork and Seafood Month: sliced ham, bacon, pork chops, pork tenderloins, honey hams, shrimp, scallops, fish, crab, lobster.

Columbus Day: frozen pizzas, pasta, spaghetti sauce, garlic bread, Italian sausage, olive oil.

National Dental Hygiene Month: Toothpaste, dental floss, mouthwash, toothbrushes, baking soda.

:: Other October Sales

Back to school clearance: pens, paper, notebooks, XL twin sheets, student desks, office supplies, memory cards, dorm accessories.

Summer clearance: lawn and garden tools, grills, lawn mowers, patio furniture, swimming pool accessories, bathing suits, summer apparel.

Appliances: Stores are getting new appliance models in ahead of the holiday season, and many retailers discount the older models. October is the best time to buy a new washer and dryer, dishwasher, or refrigerator.

Televisions and digital cameras: HDTVs go on sale in October to make room for holiday deals. You can get great deals on a new television and any cables you need as well. This is also the best time to shop for a new digital camera for capturing photos of your family during the holidays.

Kitchen cookware and utensils: Retailers expect that people will start buying kitchen items to prepare for holiday cooking. You’ll find great deals on pots and pans, tabletop accessories, and kitchen utensils throughout October.

Cars: Car dealerships are making a final push to get rid of last year’s models, and you can get a bargain on a new car if you do your research and negotiate a price. Dealers want these cars off of their lots, and they are more willing to make a deal in October.

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: There are lots of great deals for items with a cause throughout October. Retailers support breast cancer research in October, and a portion of every dollar you spend on these special sale items goes to a noble cause.

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Fall is finally upon us, which means that the air is crisper, the temperature is cooler and the leaves will start changing colors soon. It also means that now is the perfect time to make a great Pumpkin Soup recipe! While this yummy Pumpkin Soup recipe is good all year round, it is especially perfect for fall, just like this Pumpkin Parmesan Risotto recipe, this Easy Tomato Soup recipe and this recipe for French Onion Soup in Crock Pot.

If you like a soup that is really rich and delicious, this Pumpkin Soup recipe is the recipe for you! This isn’t a wimpy, watery soup that you eat because you know it’s good for you. This delicious thick, rich soup is one you will savor down to the last drop. After a day of running errands or watching your child’s ball games at the park, there is nothing better than coming in for a big bowl of this warm and comforting soup.

This Pumpkin Soup recipe is really easy to make as well. Other than a little occasional stirring, you don’t have to be tied to the stove, constantly chopping and adding more ingredients. Get everything chopped in advance, and then you only have to check on it occasionally to make sure that it doesn’t boil over. And if you really wanted a hands-off dinner, I bet it would be really good if you made it in advance, and then just kept it warm in the crock pot too. That way everyone could help themselves to a bowl whenever they were ready.

On a cool, fall day, nothing beats rich, warm soup. And when it comes to comforting soups, this Pumpkin Soup recipe takes the cake!

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Rich and Creamy Pumpkin Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp Butter
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 cup Diced Onion
  • 1 tsp Minced Garlic
  • 30 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 3 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1/8 tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and/or croutons for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a large pot or stockpot, sautee onions in oil and butter until tender.
  2. Add minced garlic and cook another minute.
  3. Add the pumpkin, chicken stock, brown sugar, salt and spices.
  4. Cover and simmer 20-25 minutes.
  5. Blend the soup using an immersion blender or in batches in a regular blender.
  6. Return the mixture to the pot and add the heavy cream.
  7. Cook for 5-10 minutes.
  8. Garnish with toasted pumpkin seeds, croutons and/or a drizzle of heavy cream.
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4 Spices You Shouldn’t Be Without

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4 Spices You Shouldn’t Live Without (And Why)

Head over to the spice selection in your local grocery store and you may be overwhelmed with the choices. Thyme, Marjoram, Fennel Seed…how is a person supposed to know which spices they should choose to keep in their pantry and which spices are more of a one-time-use spice?

Here are 4 great spices that no spice cupboard should be without. These can be used for so many dishes you will wonder how you ever got along without them.

  1. Onion Powder. Onion power is awesome because it allows you to have the flavor of onion in your dish without having to actually have fresh onions to chop up on hand. It’s also better than Onion Salt because you can add in the onion flavor without the addition of extra salt for those that might be watching their sodium intake.
  2. Garlic Powder. The same idea applies here as it did with the Onion Powder. Garlic Powder is a great way to add garlic flavor to your dishes without having to chop fresh garlic. Both onion and garlic powders are so versatile and can be added to most soups, casseroles, or other baked dishes.
  3. Seasoned Salt. A good seasoned salt without any added sodium can really bump up the flavor in many dishes instead of adding plain table salt. Adding seasoned salt and more flavoring to a dish will also help you from adding too much salt at the table since the dish will already have enough flavor. Seasoned Salt is great in taco meat, fajitas, grilled foods, and more.
  4. Garlic Salt. Now if you’d rather add the garlic and the salt in one additional, Garlic Salt will be your go to spice.  Garlic Salt is a great one to add into fresh homemade salsa.

What are your favorite go-to spices? Which ones are your must haves in the spice cupboard?

Free At The Drug Stores | Week of September 28, 2014

Heading to the drug stores this week and missed the weekly drug store posts? Here are the best deals this week at CVS, Rite Aid and Walgreens!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

Rite Aid Coupon Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

CVS Coupon Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Walgreens Coupon Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!

Grocery Deals Updated | Target, Meijer, Shop Rite, Giant of PA

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Target, Meijer, Shop Rite and Giant of PA for the new sales!!

Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

Target Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Giant of PA Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

ShopRite Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Meijer Deals – Week of September 28, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!