About Heather Brickell

Heather resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Keith of 20 years and their 2 boys Drew 14 and Brady 8. She loves to share savings advice, budget-friendly deals, recipes and more!

The 2020 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide is Here!

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I am so thrilled to let you know that the 2020 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide is here! We have products for everyone on your gift list including Men, Women, Kids + more! A huge thank you to all of the brands who have have sent us product for inclusion.

You can see the 2020 My Sweet Savings Holiday Gift Guide HERE.

Oreo Thanksgiving Turkeys

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Are you looking for a fun and easy dessert idea to prepare for the kiddos this Thanksgiving? These Oreo Thanksgiving Turkeys are so cute and easy to prepare! You can even use the Gluten Free Chocolate Sandwich Cookies to make them Gluten Free!

Ingredients 

  • Oreo Cookies
  • Candy Corn
  • Candy Eyes
  • Frosting

Instructions

  1. Take an Oreo and carefully stick 5 candy corns in between the cookies. 
  2. Using frosting as glue, stick a candy corn on the Oreo as a nose.
  3. Place two candy eyes on the Oreo using frosting as glue.
  4. Serve & enjoy!

 

Fall Dessert Cobbler Recipes

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I don’t know about you, but I absolutey love cobblers! Cobbler is related to crumbling and crisp desserts. It is a deep-dish fruit dessert with a thick biscuit topping, or in some cases, a loose crumb topping. Cobbler is typically made using fruits such as apples, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries. The following are some fruit cobbler recipes that use less common fruits. I hope that you will enjoy!

Slow-Cooker Blackberry Cobbler

Ingredients:

3 cups fresh blackberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup biscuit mix
2 tablespoons sugar
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon sugar

Directions:

Spray the slow-cooker with a non-stick spray.
Mix the blackberries, sugar, water, and lemon juice in the slow-cookerócook on low for 3 to 4 hours, or until boiling.
Combine the biscuit mix with 2 tablespoons of sugar in a bowl.
Stir in the milk and butter until the dry ingredients are moist.
Drop 6 to 8 dollops of batter onto the hot fruit mixture in the slow-cooker. Combine the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it over the top.
Cover and cook on high for approximately 25 minutes. Serve warm, topped with ice cream or whipped topping.

Pear Cobbler

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh pears, peeled and sliced
2 cups sugar, divided
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 cup milk
1 egg

Directions:

Mix the pear slices with 1 cup of sugar and set aside.
Put the butter into a casserole dish and melt in the oven at 325 degrees.
Combine the dry ingredients, including the remaining sugar, until well-combined.
Beat the egg and mix it with the milk. Add this mixture to the dry ingredients.
Pour the mixture over the butter, and do not stir it.
Place the pears on top of the batter without stirring and bake for about 1 hour at 325 degrees.
Cool before serving and top with a sprinkle of brown sugar and pecan pieces, along with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.

Nectarine Cobbler

Ingredients:

5 to 6 nectarines, peeled and sliced
4 tablespoons salted butter, cut into chunks
3/4 cup flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup cream
1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 tablespoons sugar

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Place the butter chunks into a casserole dish and put them into the oven until the butter is melted.
Mix flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, cream, 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, and the nutmeg, pouring into the casserole dish.
Mix the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon with the 2 tablespoons of sugar.
Place the nectarines on top of the batter and sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.
Bake for approximately 55 minutes and cool before serving. Serve with vanilla ice cream and a sprinkling of chopped walnuts. Or, if preferred, use low-fat frozen yogurt in place of ice cream.

15+ Adorable Crafts for Autumn

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Are you looking for some fun craft ideas for the kiddos? The weekend is a great time to get together as a family and spend some quality time together. These 15+ Adorable Autumn Craft Ideas are sure to be hours of fun for everyone!

  1.  Chestnut Animal Art by Kennary
  2. Scarecrow Jars by The Country Chic Cottage
  3. Paper Plate Scarecrow by Paper Plate Fun
  4. Clay Leaf Bowls by Make Life Lovely
  5. Fall Leaf Books by West Coast Mommy
  6. 3D Pumpkins by Confessions of an Overworked Mom
  7. Turkey Treats by 5 Minutes for Mom
  8. Decorated Walking Sticks by Imaginative Homeschooling
  9. Apple Pinch Pots by Red Ted Art
  10. Nature Window Clings by Aileen Cooks
  11. Paper Plate Apples by Mom Wife Busy Life
  12. Candy Corn Craft by Cook Eat Go
  13. Leaf Vein Art by Go Science Kids
  14. Torn Paper Pumpkins by Not So Crafty Mama
  15. Craft Stick Scarecrow by Messy Little Monster

Three Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

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As a lover of all things Pumpkin, I am excited to share this super easy recipe for 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins! I love that you can make these and store the rest in the refrigerator or freezer when you need a Pumpkin Spice pick-me-up! These would be great served during the holidays as well for a brunch or breakfast! The vanlla yogurt in these makes them super moist and adds a ton of flavor!

3 Ingredient Pumpkin Spice Muffins

Prep Time: 3 minutes

Cook Time: 16-18 minutes

Total Time: 19-21 minutes

Makes: 18 muffins

Ingredients:

● 1 box of Duncan Hines Perfectly Moist Spice Cake (or any other boxed spice cake)

● 1 15oz can of pumpkin

● ⅓ cup vanilla yogurt

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Line two cupcake baking pans with cupcake liners. (18 for larger muffins, or 24 for smaller muffins)

2. In a large bowl add the box of spice cake mix, can of pumpkin, and vanilla yogurt. Mix lightly with a spoon, then blend with a hand mixer to remove all lumps.

3. Using a spoon or small measuring cup, fill the cupcake liners ¾ full with the prepared batter. Bake for 16-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle of the muffin comes out clean. Place on a cooling rack and let cool slightly. The muffins are best served slightly warm. Muffins will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.

4. I hope that you will enjoy!

Dream Big with Florida Prepaid College Plans

Help your children dream big with Florida Prepaid College Plans! Use promo code DREAMBIG20 to save on your application fee. This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy.

While National College Savings Month may almost be over, Florida Prepaid College Plans still wants to encourage us to be pro-active and to prepare for our children’s future education! As a parent, when I hear the words college and savings together, it can be rather overwhelming. My oldest son Drew started high school this year so that means college will be here before we know it. Brady, my youngest son, is only in third grade, but now is the best time for my husband and I to prepare, plan, and take action for our boys’ future. We like to think that college isn’t just another expense; it is an investment.

I understand that the past few months have been challenging on so many different levels, but particularly financially. Many families, including mine, are trying to save where we can, while others have had to dig into their savings to pay for everyday necessities and living. This has caused us to re-evaluate our finances. There is so much uncertainty, and for many, they don’t know when it will end. In the midst of these uncertain times, my family and I are thankful for the certainty and stability that Florida Prepaid Plans continues to provide. If there is one thing that I am certain of, it is that my boys have brighter, happier days ahead of them and that they will be able to pursue all of their dreams and goals because of the investment that we have made with Florida Prepaid College Plans.

Even in the midst of uncertain times, you too, can help your children plan for their future. Did you know that by starting small and saving just a few dollars each month, you can be financially prepared for a college education for your children? With a Florida Prepaid Plan, you don’t have to worry about the ups and downs of the stock market or college costs; Florida Prepaid will handle it all!

Florida Prepaid College Plans Are Affordable, Flexible and Risk-Free:

Affordable

Since the beginning over 30 years ago, Florida Prepaid has been helping families to affordably save for college. I would encourage you to look at your family’s budget and to see which plan will work best for you. What works for my family may not be the best plan for you and vice-versa. Educate yourself, look at the different investment options, and then go from there. A Florida Prepaid Plan will allow your family to lock in future college costs for less so that your child’s tuition is ready and waiting for them! Enroll today and gain the peace of mind knowing that your child’s future will be taken care of! I am so thankful that we did! Plans start at just $44 a month.

Flexible

Don’t stress about the future, do what you can now and start planning ahead today. Florida Prepaid Plans are very flexible. In fact, they are designed to work where, how and when you need them. Even if your child doesn’t know where they want to attend college, that is no problem. Maybe your child will decide not to attend college at all.  I am happy to tell you that your child has up to 10 years after high school graduation to use a Prepaid Plan. It is also important to note that Prepaid Plans can be transferred to another child or family member, or you can receive a full refund for the amount you paid into it.

If your child decides to attend college outside of Florida, the plan value can be applied to the cost of college in that state. And, if your child receives a scholarship, their Prepaid Plan can be used alongside it. I am going to encourage my boys to apply for as many scholarships as possible!

Risk-Free

Peace of mind is so important especially during these times. You will be happy to know that Florida Prepaid Plans are risk-free, and you will never lose your investment, even if your child decides not to go to college. Florida Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the state of Florida. The benefit you receive from a plan will never be less than the price you pay for it – you cannot lose money. This is one of the most important factors to our family, and risk-free investments are hard-to-come by! I can tell you that this is a decision you will not regret.

Are you ready to take the next step towards this risk-free investment?

For 30 years, more than 1 million families like mine have chosen Florida Prepaid as their college savings partner, making them the largest, most successful Prepaid Program in the nation! I am proud to tell you that 50,000 Florida residents have enrolled in a Florida Prepaid Plan this year! These families know just how important education is for their children and have taken this risk-free investment. After all, there is nothing to lose!

I share with you my heart not only as a parent, but also as a teacher. I have had the wonderful opportunity this fall to be back in the classroom after taking several years off to raise my boys. I have such a passion for education and being a part of Florida Prepaid College Plans these past several years has made me realize just how much that I have missed teaching. A good education is so important and something that you will never regret giving your children. I love educating and being a part of changing a child’s life forever. As parents, we also have the opportunity to make an investment into our children thanks to help from Florida Prepaid College Plans. Let’s give our children one of greatest gifts ever- the gift of education! The gift to pursue all of their dreams, desires, goals, intents and purposes. I am so proud to be a part of education and to help shape our children into future leaders.

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15+ Hearty Fall Soup Recipes

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 Sopa de Albondigas by A Taste for Travel
Double Roux Gumbo by Simply Happenings
Chipotle Shrimp Chowder by Keto Cooking Wins
Roasted Cauliflower Soup with Chili Oil by Tasting Page
Cream Cheese Ham and Potato Soup by Thrifty Frugal Mom
French Chestnut Soup by A Hedgehog in the Kitchen
Mushroom and Chickpea Minestrone by Seven Roses
Shrimp and Corn Soup by Baked Broiled and Basted
Chunky Cheddar Bacon Potato Soup by Chef Not Required
Mussel Chowder by Bacon is Magic
Tuscan Bean Sausage Soup by This Farm Girl Cooks
Cheesy Baked Potato Soup by My Gluten Free Kitchen
Cheesy Corn Soup by Adventures of a DIY Mom
Sausage Tortellini Soup by Cook at Home Mom
Shepherd’s Pie Soup by Spend with Pennies

Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili

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If you are looking for a new chili recipe to add to your menu this fall, this Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili is going to be your new favorite! It combines sweet and savory elements into one delicious dish. It is delicious served with cornbread on the side.  Let me know if you try it! I love to think that this is fall in a dish! 

Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:

● 1 ½ tbsp olive oil

● 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks

● 1 medium onion, diced

● 1 ½ tbsp minced garlic

● 2 tbsp chili powder

● 4 tsp ground cumin

● 2 tsp smoked paprika

● ¼ tsp salt

● 2 ¾ c water

● 1 15oz can black beans

● 1 15oz can dark red kidney beans

● 1 14oz can diced tomatoes

● 3 tsp lime juice

● 1 large Granny Smith apple, diced

● 1 13oz Turkey Polska Kielbasa, cut into small chunks

● Optional: sour cream and cheese for topping

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potato and onion, and cook until the onion begins to soften, approximately 3-4 minutes. Pour half of the lime juice over the apples to keep them from turning brown until they are ready to be added.

2. Add the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt. Continue cooking for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the water, and bring to a simmer. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

3. While the sweet potato mixture is cooking, heat a large skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey kielbasa to the pan. Cook approximately 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the turkey is lightly browned on each side. Set aside.

4. Add the black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and remaining lime juice to the sweet potato mixture. Increase the heat to high until the mixture returns to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce the heat back to medium-low, and add the turkey kielbasa and apple. Stir well, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Top with cheese and sour cream if desired. I hope that you enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

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There is something about Fall that makes me want all the pumpkin goodies! I absolutely love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Coffees, and I could devour and entire pan of Pumpkin Muffins! If you are like me and have a passion for all things pumpkin, this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole is going to be a new family favorite for sure! You can easily make this a Gluten-Free recipe by substituting GF bread. This would also be the perfect dish to serve for a Thanksgiving Brunch!

Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

● 1 stick of butter (½ cup)

● 1 cup of brown sugar

● 1 loaf of thickly sliced bread (Sara Lee’s Artesano Brioche is perfect for this recipe)

● 4 eggs

● 1 cup pumpkin spice coffee creamer (Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer was used for this recipe)

● ½ cup whole milk

● 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice

● Optional: powdered sugar and maple syrup for topping

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, melt one stick of butter over medium heat. Add the cup of brown sugar, and stir continuously until the sugar has mostly melted and combined with the butter. Be careful not to overcook or burn the butter. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish, and spread evenly across the bottom.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and milk until well blended.

3. Place slices of bread on the butter and brown sugar mixture to form one layer. Spoon or pour half of the egg mixture over the bread. Add a second layer of bread on top, and spoon or pour the remaining egg mixture over the bread.

4. Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the bread. Cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight, or for at least six hours.

5. When you are ready to bake, remove the dish from the refrigerator, and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. (This is especially important if using a glass baking dish, so that you are not putting a cold glass dish into a hot oven)

6. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes with the foil on, and then remove, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Polar Bear Toast

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Looking for a fun and new breakfast or snack idea for the kiddos? This Polar Bear Toast is sure to be a hit! I love that you can use regular or gluten free bread too, and it could not be easier to prepare!

Polar Bear Toast

Ingredients: 

  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Blueberries 
  • Toasted White Bread (you can use regular or gluten free) 

Directions: 

  1. Take a slice of toasted white bread and spread whipped cream cheese on top.
  2. Take 3 slices of banana. Place two slices on top of the toast for ears and one at the bottom for a mouth.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them on the toast as eyes.
  4. Take another blueberry and place it on the banana mouth.
  5. Serve & enjoy! Your kiddos (and even adults) are sure to love this!