Archive | March, 2012

Target Take 2…Spent $19 SAVED $38!

28 Mar

This is IT. I ‘m done buying toys for my babies for a while. My last 2 shopping trips has allowed me to buy- 2 Ariel princess dolls and 1 Dora Easter DVD for the girls Easter baskets, 1 fisher price wheelies toy for Hoke’s birthday in August, 1 Memory card game for Henley’s birthday next week, 1 Candyland, 1 Cootie game, and 1 Play Doh Swirling Shake Shoppe toy  for the girls’ Christmas, and 1 Chutes and ladder game to DONATE! All in all I spent only $49 and I saved $87!!

I was going to buy my children gifts for these events anyway, so the way I look at it, that’s like MAKING $87, just buy printing coupons.

Chutes and Ladders-

Price after Deal was only $1.79!

Deal Scenario: Price is $7.79. I used (1) $3/1 Target coupon, and (1) $3/1 Manufacturer’s coupon, making my final cost only $1.79!!

 

Dora Memory Game-

Price after deal was only $1.04!

Deal Scenario: Price is $7.04. I used (1) $3/1 Target coupon, and (1) $3/1 Manufacturer’s coupon, making my final cost only $1.79!!

 

Play Doh Swirling Shake Shoppe-

Price after deal is only $3.99!

Deal Scenario: Price is $17.00. On sale for $9.99. (1) $3/1 Target coupon, and (1) $3/1 Manufacturer’s coupon, making the final cost $3.99!

 

Disney Ariel Princess Bathtub doll-

Price after deal was only $12.50!

Price is $24.99, and I used (1) 50% off Target coupon for any Disney Princess item. Final cost was $12.50!

 

 

My Target Trip…Spent $30 and SAVED $49!

27 Mar

OMG, the savings! I am so thrilled about these deals that it’s almost embarrassing. As you all know, Easter is right around the corner, but did you know that my baby turns 3 on April 3rd?!? (I’ll be blogging about the party, don’t you worry!…hint… it involves tutus.)

Needless to say, I am ALL about stocking up on toys, and I know a good deal when I see one! Here’s what I got at Target this week, and you can too!

If you don’t have kids, PLEASE buy the board game deals and DONATE! It’s only a couple of dollars, and there are so many kids in need who would love a brand new toy! Graceworks loves donations…

My first Crayons by Crayola- (not pictured)- 

FREE!! 

$2.99. I used (1) $1/1 Target coupon and (1) $2/1 Crayola coupon from facebook (no longer available). -$3. That makes it FREE!!

Candyland- 

Price after deal is ONLY 1.79!!

Deal Scenario: Price is $7.79. I used (1) $3/1 Target coupon, and (1) $3/1 Manufacturer’s coupon, making my final cost only $1.79!!

Cootie-

Price after deal is ONLY $1.79!!

Deal Scenario: Price is $7.79. I used (1) $3/1 Target coupon, and (1) $3/1 Manufacturer’s coupon, making my final cost only $1.79!!

Dora’s Easter Video-

Price after deal is only $4.99!

Deal Scenario: Regularly $12.99. on sale for $9.99. Use (1) Target coupon for 20% off any Dora item over $7.99. (-$1.99) Then use this coupon for $3 off the Dora Easter video. Your final cost is only $4.99!!

Wheelies Fisher Price Garage-

Price after deal is only $8.50!

Deal Scenario: Originally $21.59. On sale for $17.00. I used the 50% off  Fisher Price/ Little People coupon from the newspaper, but you can also find it here. Final price was $8.50!

Disney Princess Talking Little Mermaid for the bathtub- 

Price after deal is $12.50!

This toy was not on sale but my girls have been eyeing it (I’m going back to get a second one just to ensure that no one drowns in a bath tub brawl.)

Price is $24.99. I used a 50% off  any Disney Princess coupon from the paper, but I think they also have one here. Total price was $12.50. I’m going to take them out of the box and stick them in the Easter baskets.

My new go to meal- Crock pot Chicken Burritos

17 Mar

 

I’ve made these several times, and my whole family loves them! To me, they taste just as good as our usual Mexican restaurant…PLUS if you use the {Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe} I posted, then you’re definitely going to save on sodium. This is a  healthier option to the alternative, easy, and so yummy!

Ingredients:

2 peppers ( I use green, but you can use red or yellow too)

1 onion

1 1/2 lb. chicken breast.

1/2 cup of chicken broth

taco seasoning

1/2 tablespoon of chili powder

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. chili powder

1/2 tsp. paprika

flour tortillas ( I want to learn how to make these next! Right now I settle for Whole Foods 365 Organic flour tortillas)

toppings: I like to top with my homemade guacamole, jalapenos, and sour cream…

 

 

Directions:

Put the peppers and onion in the bottom of the crockpot ( I like to dice mine, but you could slice them too)

Add the chicken to your crock pot and top with the taco seasoning ( If using homemade, I just eyeball the amount) 1/2 tablespoon of chili powder, and the chicken broth.

Cook on low for 4-6 hours

Shred the chicken and mix well with the onions and peppers. Add the salt, additional chili powder and paprika. Mix Well.

Now you are ready to make your tacos! Enjoy!

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe

17 Mar

Cheaper, and with way less sodium than store bought, this taco seasoning tastes delish! I’ll never buy it in the packet again!

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Ingredients:

  • 1 part chili powder
  • 1 part ground cumin
  • 1 part garlic powder
  • 1 part onion powder
  • 1/4 – 1/2 part crushed red pepper

Directions:

Mix  spices together and store in an airtight container. (I’ve been storing mine in the freezer)

Voila!

{Shopping this week} KASHI and ALMONDS

16 Mar

Pretty much anyone I came in contact with on Wednesday (aka shopping day) will totally understand why I have zero pictures of my shopping from this week. If you haven’t heard already, Wednesday was a hard mommy day for me. Everyone is healthy, there were no major emergencies, BUT if anything could go wrong, then it did go wrong. Let’s just say the day ended with a crying mommy and a tall glass of wine. I guess it happens to the best of us!

Don’t let that sweet face fool you…

Or this one either…

While I was thinking about it, I did want to let you in on two deals that I thought were pretty good this week:

 

 

1) KASHI products- If you don’t know about Recyclebank,  you’re missing out! Here’s the gist: Sign up to be a member of Recyclebank, take short quizzes (4-5 questions), play games, watch short (like 1-2 min) videos, and earn points. Points lead to rewards. My favorite rewards are the HIGH VALUE coupons (but they have other rewards too!)

This week  through Recyclebank, I earned (2) $2/1 Kashi coupons. Publix has Kashi All Natural Frozen Pizzas on sale for $5 each. I used one of my coupons and got the Kashi pizza for only $3!! (They’re normally around $6-$7!) I used my second coupon to buy Kashi cereal. The price was $3.49, so I got a box of Kashi cereal for $1.49! 

I saved $4 with Recyclebank coupons, and it only took me about 10 minutes to earn my points.

(That’s like getting paid $0.4o a minute which would equal $24/hr just to play a few games on Recyclebank…)

 

2) Blue Diamond Almonds 6 oz. cans– $3.03 per can. This week they are on sale BOGO. You can get 2 cans for $3.03. I bought 4 cans, and use (4) $1/1 coupons from the newspaper. My total for 4 cans was $2.06 or $0.51 each!! That’s a savings of $10.06!

 

 

 

 

Caramelized Banana Pudding- HAPPY BIRTHDAY J-BOYD

16 Mar

My husband LOVES banana pudding. I’m more of a chocolate/cake/cupcake/icing kind of girl, so up until this week I’ve never made banana pudding. Jarrod turned the big 28 on Monday, and I decided, only because I love him so so so much, that I would give it a whirl.  I saw this recipe in my  February edition of Southern Living Magazine, and figured that if it can make the cover, it must be good! We thought  it turned out spectacular, and everything in the recipe is homemade. (Homemade= cheaper, and no scary ingredients). On his birthday we ate it about 30 minutes after it came out of the oven. It was still warm, and really good. The next day we had some after it had been wrapped up in the fridge all night. It’s up to personal preference, but I liked it even better cold!

 

 

Caramelized Banana Pudding

Makes 8 servings

For the best flavor, choose ripe bananas with brown spots.

As usual I used all organic ingredients.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed organic light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup organic butter
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 large ripe bananas
  • 1 cup granulated sugar, divided (I used organic *cane sugar)
  • 1/3 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 48 Nilla Wafers ( I used 365 Organic Vanilla Wafers from Whole Foods… They taste WAY better and  are WAY better for you than Nilla Wafers. Seriously, check what all is in Nilla Wafers… it’s gross)

 

1. Cook first 3 ingredients in a large skillet over medium heat, stirring constantly, 2-3 minutes or until bubbly. Add bananas and cook 2-3 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Remove from heat.

 

 

2. Whisk together 3/4 cup granulated (*cane) sugar, next 3 ingredients, and 4 egg yolks in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium low heat, whisking constantly 8-10 minutes or until a pudding like thickness. ( Mixture will just being to bubble and will hold soft peaks when it is lifted.) Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.

 

3. Divide half of the banana mixture, pudding, and wafers among 8 (1 cup) ramekins or ovenproof glass dishes. Layer with remaining banana mixture, pudding and vanilla wafers.

 

 

4. Beat 4 egg whites at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy. Add remaining 1/4 cup granulated (* cane) sugar, 1 tbsp. at a time until stiff peaks form and sugar dissolves (2-4 minutes). Spread meringue over ramekins. Place ramekins on a baking sheet.

 

 

5. Bake at 325 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until meringue is golden. Let cool on a wire rack 30 minutes.

 

 

 

 

FREE 1 year subscription to Better Homes and Garden Magazine

12 Mar

Hurry this is good for only the first 25,00 people! 18,000 have been claimed! Click here, fill out your info, click the “skip” button on all the pages that pop up (like 6 pages) until you finally see the page saying “Congratulations on your subscription!” Hope you get one!

Only the 2 best sandwiches you’ve ever eaten… {recipe for Cranberry Walnut Bread}

7 Mar

One of my favorite lunch spots is Bread & Co. Their Iroquois sandwich is made of chicken salad, lettuce and tomato, and is served on cranberry walnut bread. I always ask to have avocado in place of the tomato, I bathe the sandwich in black pepper, and I have a fruit tea to wash it down. The kettle chips and pickle spear are a nice touch too!

WELL let me just tell you that my Bread and Co. dining experience will never be the same. I’m not trying to brag, but my chicken salad, and my guacamole are just as good or better than anyone else’s that I have ever tried. After seeking out the recipe for this cranberry walnut bread, I literally made the best two sandwiches I have ever eaten in my entire life.

First, I cooked a whole chicken…

(By the way Natalie Arieux, thanks again for the roasting pan. I think about you every time I use it!)

Next I made my bread…

Cranberry Walnut Bread Recipe:

(recipe came from HERE)

The chart below came from the site that I pulled the recipe from. Everything with a star beside it means that I changed the ingredient to either All Natural or Organic. The prices listed are for non-organic items, therefore my cost was a little different.

INGREDIENTS COST
1 cup *ORGANIC whole wheat flour (Whole Foods 365) $0.16
2.25 cups * ORGANIC bread flour ( Whole Foods 365) $0.33
1.25 tsp * KOSHER salt $0.05
.75 Tbsp yeast $0.20
1/4 cup *ORGANIC chopped walnuts $0.42
1/4 cup *ORGANIC dried cranberries ( I like Whole Foods 365) $0.30
1.25 cups water $0.00
2 Tbsp * ORGANIC cornmeal $0.03
TOTAL $1.49

STEP 1: In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flours, salt, yeast, cranberries and walnuts. Cornmeal not included). Add the water and stir until a shaggy ball forms.

STEP 2: Let the dough rise at room temperature with a loose cover for two hours. After two hours turn the dough out onto a floured surface and give it 3 or four  kneads, just enough to make a  smooth ball. Cut in two, or leave as one large piece of dough. Shape into a round ball.

STEP 3: Place the shaped dough onto a baking sheet covered with parchment paper and sprinkled with cornmeal. Let rise for at least one hour or until double in size. At the end of the rise, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

(pretend like there is a pic here)

STEP 4: Using a sharp knife or a serrated bread knife, gently make a few slits across the top of the dough.

Brush or spritz the dough with water. * I forgot to do this step the first time I made it!** and bake for about 30 minutes or until the crust is a deep golden brown.

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

 AHEM…SO BACK TO THE SANDWICHES…

Recap:

Cook Chicken

Make Bread

SANDWICH #1, yet to be named:

Make chicken salad and guacamole (no I don’t share these recipes…yet… money talks)

Slice your freshly made bread, top with chicken salad, guacamole…and the kicker… fresh jalapenos.

SANDWICH #2, yet to be named:

Slice bread and toast in a toaster oven with a slice of Applegate farms white American cheese.

Top with the Herb Roasted chicken pictured above. Add Jarrod’s Famous Homemade White Sauce. It’s actually just the homemade version of Big Bob Gibson’s white sauce… don’t tell him I told. Cover in jalapenos.

TO DIE FOR.

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