Life is beautiful whether you're soaking in sunshine or caught in a thunderstorm. I take the beauty of life for granted too often. I have a supportive husband who I don't want to live life without, a beautiful son who is always reminding me of the simple things that really matter, and an independent daughter who is teaching me to throw schedules out the window and live in the moment. My day is made when free samples fill my mailbox. I love discovering a new product and sharing it with others. I'm addicted to coupons and every penny counts. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts and will share your success stories with me as well.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
I hope all of you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Spend a few extra moments with your family members letting them know how thankful you are for them. Life is way too short. We are all very blessed people so be THANKFUL!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Here's the recipe:
2 cups milk, scalded
2 packages of yeast
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup shortening
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup sugar
9 cups of flour
Add yeast to cooled milk. Mix shortening, sugar, and salt with mixer on slow. Add milk and yeast to shortening, sugar, and salt mixture. Add beaten eggs. Add 1/2 of flour and increase speed for two minutes. Stir in remaining flour by hand and knead dough. Put in bowl, cover, and let rise. After dough has risen, divide the dough in six parts. Roll each portion into a nine inch circle. Brush with butter. Cut each circle like a pizza so you should have about 6 triangle wedges. Start at wide end and roll. Place on cookie sheet and bake at 425 degrees for about 10 minutes. Brush with butter while hot.
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Friday, November 19, 2010
Instead of spending a chunk of money on that nice restaurant meal, try heading to your local butcher shop and buying two 8 ounce Filet mignon steaks. We have a New York Butcher Shop about 20 minutes away and when Mike and I are craving steak, I make a trip over there. For under $25 we can both have 8 ounce Filet mignon steaks. Add some mashed potatoes, steamed veggies, and rolls, and you have yourself a fancy restaurant meal for under $30.
The best way to cook Filet mignon is to have the Butcher season the steaks for you and then fry them in a hot iron skillet for about 2 minutes on each side. Place one tablespoon of butter on top of the filet and bake in the oven at 350 degrees. Depending on how you like it cooked, will depend on how long it needs to bake. We like our steak medium so we bake it for about 15 minutes. You will be very impressed with the way the steak melts in your mouth.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
So, I've started going grocery shopping first thing in the morning. I'm talking about 7 am. Thursday morning seems to be the best day of the week for me because there are very few people shopping that early in the morning and the shelves are fully stocked for the weekend crowds. Also, they seem to have more meat and produce on discount on Thursday mornings.
I got to Ingles at 7:15 am this morning and was finished in exactly one hour. Instead of bringing my large coupon book, I only took out the coupons that I thought I would be using. There were a good amount of sales this week at Ingles, a lot of baking items I needed for all the holiday baking I will be doing the next couple of weeks.
I spent a total of $78.65 for 61 items and saved $62.27 with coupons and store sales. These groceries should last us the next two weeks.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I love signing up for free samples. There's nothing like going out to your mailbox each day and getting something for free! Today I got a coupon for a free package of Sister Shubert's rolls, a coupon for a free bag of Food Should Taste Good Potato Chips, and Dove Ultimate Go Fresh Deodorant. Three items absolutely free just for taking about 5 minutes last week to sign up for these freebies. I have an entire drawer full of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, face wash, deodorant, and toothpaste samples in our guest bathroom. These items are great when we have guests stay overnight that forget these items. No late night trips to Target to pick up something they forgot. My two favorite websites to find free samples are allyou.com and moneysavingmom.com
Check them out and sign up for some free samples today! It may take a couple weeks until your samples arrive but if you sign up for one free sample each day, pretty soon you'll start getting at least one free item in your mailbox each day!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
I made a trip to Walgreens this morning and here is what I purchased:
Two boxes of Stove Top stuffing
One can French's Fried Onions
Two bags of Hershey Kisses
One box of Puff's tissues
One bottle of NyQuil
One bottle of DayQuil
One bottle of Infusium Conditioner
One bottle of Pantene Shampoo
One bottle of Wisk detergent
Two bottles of Welch's sparkling grape juice
Two boxes of Ziploc freezer gallon bags
Total was $67.27 but I paid $38.96 for a total savings of $28.31. I also received $13.75 back in Register Rewards.
Now if I was smarter, I should of thought this transaction through more carefully. I'm not a huge fan of Walgreens and their Register Rewards policy so I don't shop there often. It's not as simple as the CVS Extra Care Bucks program. But they had great deals this week so I didn't want to miss out. I should of separated the food products and checked those out in a 2nd transaction and used all the Register Rewards to help reduce the cost of those items. If I would of checked out using that scenario, I would of spent $24.99 on the first transaction and received $11.75 back in Register Rewards. I could of used that $11.75 for the purchase of the food items and only paid $2.22 out of pocket for a total of $27.21 and not $38.96. I would of used all my Register Rewards but they expire so quickly that and I since I don't shop at Walgreens enough, it would of been ok. This shows that I'm definitely not a coupon expert yet and still have a lot to learn.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I VERY rarely ever pay for a magazine subscription but there is one exception and that is All You. It is filled with practical decorating ideas, cheap and easy but delicious recipes, jammed pack full of coupons, and great makeup and hair advice. There are so many coupons in this magazine that it actually pays for itself with all the savings from the coupons. Check them out online here. I've bought several family members and friends a subscription to this magazine and they absolutely love the magazine. If you would like to subscribe to this magazine, make sure to check out through Ebates to get cash back. Magazines.com is offering 26% cash back right now. If anyone has any questions about buying through Ebates, feel free to email me and ask. I've earned $20.92 this month with cash back from online purchases.
Friday, November 12, 2010
I will always remember how special she made me feel on my birthday by having my favorite cereal for breakfast and making my favorite dinner. She truly was the best mother anyone could ever ask for! I love you Mother!
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
1 bar of cream cheese
2 tablespoons green pencil onions, chopped
2 tablespoons milk
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 cup cubed ham
2 cups cheddar cheese
Beat cream cheese, milk, onions, and Worcestershire sauce until smooth. Add cubed ham and one cup of cheese. Roll into ball and cover with remaining cup of cheese. Refrigerate for at least an hour until firm. Serve with your favorite crackers.
I just finished making this delicious pasta recipe for Mike's coffee club today. Here is the recipe:
1 box of tricolor spiral pasta (you can also use your favorite type of pasta, I used Penne today)
1 cups cubed mozzarella cheese
2 cups cubed cooked chicken
1 large green pepper, chopped
1 large sweet red pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms (optional, I'm not a huge fan of mushrooms so I left these out)
6 green pencil onions sliced
1 large can of black olives (you can use sliced or whole)
1 package of sliced pepperoni (I buy this at the deli and then cube it)
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Cook pasta according to package directions, rinse with cold water and drain. In a large bowl, combine the cheese, chicken, peppers, mushrooms, olives, green onions, pepperoni, and pasta. In a small bowl whisk together the dressing ingredients. Pour over salad and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until serving. Toss before serving.
The fun thing about this recipe is you can tweak it the way you want. Add more of your favorite vegetables, grill the chicken marinated in Italian dressing, etc. This is one of our favorite pasta salads!
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
So this month, I'm going to be giving someone a $10 gift card to Panera Bread. All you have to do is become a follower on my blog. For a double chance at winning, leave a comment and tell me what your favorite menu item at Panera Bread is and you will have another chance of winning this gift card! Winner will be chosen on Tuesday, November 30th. Good luck!
Italian Chicken Pasta Salad
Ham Cheese Ball and Crackers
Carrots and Celery Sticks with Ranch Dip
It's a pretty simple menu but I've been very busy lately that I didn't have time to come up with anything elaborate. But the Italian Chicken Pasta Salad is so yummy and loaded with veggies, meats, and cheese all covered with a homemade Italian dressing. The cheese ball recipe has been in our family for years, another simple thing to make but I remember devouring this cheese ball when Mom would make it. We would all just stand around the kitchen spreading it on the crackers. Half the time the cheese ball would be gone before Mom could even put it on a pretty tray. And of course, the pumpkin roll is a never fail dessert. Seriously what could be better than a slice of pumpkin roll with a nice cup of french vanilla coffee? So it's off to the grocery store and let the cooking begin!
Monday, November 8, 2010
Here's the ingredients:
1 cup of sugar
1 cup of peanut butter
Mix ingredients well. Roll into walnut size ball and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten with fork, making crisscross. Bake at 325 degrees for 10 minutes.
Target has this Melissa & Doug Safari 100 piece floor puzzle on clearance for $3.88. Use coupon code 4IKCC8AJ for an additional 10% off. Checkout through Ebates to receive 3% cash back! I just finished ordering this puzzle and my total cost with shipping was $5.81. This will make a great Christmas present for one of my nephews!
Pricing can be a little steep at $6.95 and higher. They feature a deal of the day which is a toy that can be up to 60% off so combine that with the 20% off, you might just score a great deal!
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Friday, November 5, 2010
I just earned another $5.00 Amazon gift card from Swagbucks today! If you haven't signed up and switched over your search engine to Swagbucks, do it today! It's so simple to earn these gift cards by just searching through them rather than Google or any other search engine you might use. And these extra gift cards will come in handy when doing holiday online shopping this year!
So I'll be eating good for the next week or so. Today I opened up my email and I had seven emails from different companies giving me free food for my birthday which is next week. Have you ever taken time to sign up for these deals? It's definitely worth it especially if you and your husband share a birthday within the same week. Mike and I will be able to go out to eat in the next two weeks and not pay a penny! Some great places to sign up for their birthday club are Fuddruckers, Ruby Tuesday, Jason's Deli, Cold Stone Creamery, Bruster's, Maggie Moo's, and Sticky Fingers.
So you might not call this snack Puppy Chow but I grew up with calling it that. It's the Rice Chex Muddy Buddies. I just finished making a batch this morning! This was one of my favorite snacks when I was a kid and we normally only made it around Christmas time. I'm going to tattletale on my sister and make sure everyone knows what a cruel babysitter she was to my brother and me. Heather was babysitting Brandon and me one night and she decided to make this puppy chow. In order for us to eat a piece, we would have to drink 8 ounces of water and then she would give us one tiny piece. The entire time we were drinking the water, she was stuffing her face with the puppy chow. I think I remember my brother and I drinking about 3 glasses of water and then realizing it wasn't worth it. Our poor little bellies were so bloated with water and I'm sure we were peeing all night long. We will never let her forget that night. :)
The recipe is on the side of the cereal box, but in case you still want the recipe, here it is:
9 cups of Rice Chex cereal
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup peanut butter
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
Melt chocolate chips, peanut butter and butter on medium heat, stirring constantly. Once melted, add vanilla and stir well. Add Rice Chex cereal and stir until Chex is evenly coated. Pour powdered sugar into Ziploc bag and add chex mixture to bag. Shake bag until the powdered sugar is evenly distributed over all the mix. Spread on waxed paper to cool.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Maybe you already know this little trick when it comes to boiling and peeling eggs but I recently just found this out and love it!
When you boil eggs, add a little olive oil to the water and when you peel the eggs, the shell will come right off. No more itty bitty pieces off egg shell breaking in tiny pieces or sticking to the egg. You'll get a perfectly smooth hard boiled egg every time!
Monday, November 1, 2010
I bought the following at Walgreens this morning:
Two boxes of Rice Chex
Four bottles of Nivea body wash
One bottle of Herbal Essences Shampoo
One bottle of Herbal Essences Mousse
Two boxes of Sandwich Bags
One box of Storage Bags
One Bag of Brach's Candy Corn (Mike's favorite Halloween candy)
Total was $34.86 but I paid $15.57 for a total savings of $19.29. And I got $2.00 in Register Rewards back to be used on my next purchase.