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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

OH SNOW!


We have had so much snow over the past 10 days.  I thought I would post a couple pictures of our winter wonderland.

Baby Deals 12/30

Baby Buzz 
by Barbie
Diapers
Albertson’s
Huggies Diapers, 88-144 ct. value pack
Final Cost:  $29.99

Pampers Diapers, 86-144 ct. value pack
Reg. $29.99
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1/1 (EXPIRES 12-31-10) PG-11/28
Final Cost:  $28.99

Pampers Diapers, 86-144 ct. value pack
Reg. $29.99
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $28.49

Pampers Cruisers or Swaddlers Big Pack Diapers, 48-96 ct.
Reg. 19.99
USE:  Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers Sensitive or Extra Protection Diapers $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $13.49

Pampers Cruisers or Swaddlers Big Pack Diapers, 48-96 ct.
Reg. 19.99
USE:  Pampers ThickCare Wipes 72 count pack FREE up to $3.50 when you buy any one Pampers Diapers Box (EXPIRES 12-31-10) PG-11/28
Final Cost:  $14.99 AND a FREE item!

Pampers Wipes, 180-216 ct.
Reg. 5.99 on sale this week for $4.49
Final Cost:  $4.49

Rite Aid

Pampers Cruisers or Baby Dry Big Pack Diapers
Reg. 19.99
USE Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers Sensitive or Extra Protection Diapers $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $18.49

Pampers Cruisers or Baby Dry Big Pack Diapers
Reg. 19.99
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1/1 (EXPIRES 12-31-10) PG-11/28 and (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $18.99
Pampers Reward- $1.00 -Buy 1 item

LIMIT 2 per household
Sale Price listed is BEFORE/AFTER subtracting 1.00

Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups Jumbo Pack
Reg. 8.88/7.88
USE Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers Sensitive or Extra Protection Diapers $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $6.38 (after Pampers Rewards)

Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups Jumbo Pack
Reg. 8.88/7.88
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $6.38 (after Pampers Rewards)

Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups Jumbo Pack
Reg. 8.88/7.88
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1/1 (12-31-10) PG-11/28
Final Cost:  $6.88 (after Pampers Rewards)


Pampers Diapers or Easy Ups Jumbo Pack
Reg. 8.88/7.88
USE Pampers UnderJams Night Wear or Easy Ups, any $1.50/1 (12-31-10) PG-11/28 Final Cost:  $6.38 (after Pampers Rewards)


Smith’s

Pampers Cruisers Diapers, sizes 3-6, 48-96 ct
Reg. 19.99/18.99
USE Pampers Cruisers, Swaddlers Sensitive or Extra Protection Diapers $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $17.49

Pampers Baby Dry Diapers, sizes 3-6, 48-96 ct
Reg. 19.99/18.99
USE STORE COUPON, Kroger Stores Card Load, Pampers Baby dry diapers, any, exp Dec 25 $1/1 (active) http://www.kroger.com/Pages/default.aspx -11/02
Final Cost:  $17.99

Pampers Cruisers Diapers, sizes 3-6, 48-96 ct
Reg. 19.99/18.99
USE STORE COUPON, Kroger Stores Card Load, Pampers Cruisers Diapers, any, exp Dec 25 $1/1 (active) http://www.kroger.com/Pages/default.aspx-11/02
Final Cost:  $17.99

Pampers Baby Dry or Cruisers Diapers, sizes 3-6, 48-96 ct
Reg. 19.99/18.99
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants $1.50/1 (01-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $17.49

Walgreen’s

Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers 20 to 50 pk
Reg. 8.99 Receive a $1.00 coupon with purchase. Limit 1 coupon per printed offer.
USE Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1.50/1 (1-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $6.49

Diapers.com
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Now that is a great deal!

Cold and Flu Season Survival



Vicks BabyRub 1.76 oz,
USE Vicks Childrens NyQuil Cold and Cough Liquid 6 oz, Vicks Vapor Inhales .007 oz or Vicks VapoRub 1.75 oz $4.00/2.00 Puffs FREE up to $1.99 when you buy any TWO Vicks products (EXPIRES 12-31-10) PG-11/28
Final Cost:  $2.00 and FREE Puffs

Vicks BabyRub 1.76 oz,
USE Vicks Childrens NyQuil Cold and Cough Liquid 6 oz, Vicks Vapor Inhales .007 oz or Vicks VapoRub 1.75 oz $4.00/2.00 Vicks Product, any $1/1 (1-31-11) PG-12/26
Final Cost:  $1.00


There is a $3.00 off coupon for Zarbee's Cough Syrup at Coupons.com (link found in the side bar)  Print it now before it's gone.


Clothes, etc...

The Children's Place 

60% off, Plus an extra 15% off...Can't miss this deal!

Online:  Items are as low as $2.99 in the clearance section at The Children's Place.  Plus, you can use code C6C2010 to get an additional 15% off.  Shop The Children's Place Online HERE

In Store:  If you would rather go to a store, you can print out the extra 15% off coupon too! You will also be able to take an extra 30% off clearance items

FREE UdderCovers Nursing Cover:

This is a great gift for a new mom, or for an upcoming baby shower present! Go to UdderCovers and use the code Thanksgiving or breastfeeding at checkout to get it for free. ($32.00 value) Or you can use the same code and get the gift set for only $5.00. Just pay shipping $9.95.

FREE American Baby & BabyTalk Magazine Subscriptions!


Go HERE and scroll down to FREE MAGAZINES to score a FREE Subscription to both Baby Talk and American Baby Magazines!
I loved getting these magazines when my kids were still babies – especially for the occasional great diaper/formula coupons hiding inside!

Cookie Wednesday: Moon Pie

 Moon Pie
Since we have one last Wednesday before the diet season begins I thought I would make something sinfully delicious for Cookie Wednesday.  There are a few steps to the crust and it will make some dirty dishes, but I promise the steps are not too difficult and the mess is so worth every delicious bite! 

Crust:

Preheat oven to 400.

1 1/4 c. water
1/2 c. plus 2 Tbl. Butter

Bring to a boil in a sauce pan.  Then add:
1 1/4 c. flour (I add 1/2 c. then stir until it is smooth using a wire whisk.  Then add the remainder stirring with a large spoon.)


Once a ball forms put the ball into a mixing bowl and allow to cool.  Once it has cooled to room temperature add:
5 eggs, one at a time stirring with a wire whisk or electirc mixer on a low setting until the egg is fully mixed in.  

Spread crust on a greased baking sheet.  It will be very thin in some spots. Bake for 30 minutes.  DO NOT OPEN THE OVEN!  Bubbles will form in crust making it look like the surface of the moon.  Once baked, allow to cool completely.


2nd Layer:

8 oz cream cheese, room temperature
3 1/2 c. milk
Two 3 oz. packages of instant milk chocolate, vanilla, or banana pudding (your preference)

Mix together until smooth.  Spread over crust.  

Top with:
sweetened whipped topping
drizzle with chocolate syrup
and sprinkle sliced almonds over the top


Happy Baking!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Over The River And Though The Woods

To Grandmother's House We Go!
I hope you all have a very merry Christmas!!!!
Warmest Regards,
Barbie

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Alaska Travel Book

Travel Alaska

Travel Alaska - Get the Hottest Book from the Coolest State! Click Here

This is so fun.  Kyle and I really want to go to Alaska for a second honeymoon someday and this just made us want to go even more.  I can't wait to get my travel book and start planning. 

Check out this website.  There is a lot of really great stuff in there like this: 

North Pole, Alaska where the 400,000 letter addressed to Santa, North Pole, Alaska arrive.
Only a 15-minute drive south of Fairbanks, the rest of North Pole also keeps up the Christmas theme year-round, with holiday decorations and trimmings even if it’s 80 degrees in July. You can wander down streets named Santa Claus Lane, Kris Kringle Drive and Mistletoe Lane or stay the night at Santaland RV Park. The town comes alive in December with the annual North Pole Christmas In Ice Contest attracting ice carvers from across Alaska and from as far away as China and Russia. The Winter Festival draws crowds with activities and fireworks. Radio stations from around the world call City Hall with disc jockeys asking what the temperature is or if ”Santa Claus really lives there” and it’s not unusual for national TV newscasts to broadcast live from the Santa Claus House. And at the North Pole Post Office, on South Santa Claus Lane, more than 400,000 pieces of mail arrive annually simply addressed to ‘Santa Claus, North Pole, Alaska.’

Baby Deals 12/23

The Baby Buzz by Barbie
for 12/23
This week is pretty sad for the baby deals.  Hang in there through the holiday and hopefully things will pick up.  I do know there is a fantastic deal coming up from Diapers.com so, keep watching!
 
The Children's Place

Save 15% Everyday in December with December10A
Save on Thursday 12/23 20% off with code D7C2010
Save on Friday 12/24 15% off with code E7C2010

Don't forget to go through Ebates to get an additional 3% cash back on your purchase!
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Coupons.com has the following baby coupons: (Just click on the Coupons.com button on the side bar.)

Similac
$3.00 off

Triaminic
$2.00 off (On sale this week at Walmart for $4.97 so after the coupon it would be $2.97)
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Diapers
Smith’s (Kroger)

Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers, jumbo pack 8.99 
Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2/1 (01-01-11) SS-12/5
Final Cost:  $6.99
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FREE UdderCovers Nursing Cover:

This is a great gift for a new mom, or for an upcoming baby shower present! Go to UdderCovers and use the code Thanksgiving or breastfeeding at checkout to get it for free. ($32.00 value) Or you can use the same code and get the gift set for only $5.00. Just pay shipping $9.95.
__________________________

FREE American Baby & BabyTalk Magazine Subscriptions!


Go HERE and scroll down to FREE MAGAZINES to score a FREE Subscription to both Baby Talk and American Baby Magazines!
I loved getting these magazines when my kids were still babies – especially for the occasional great diaper/formula coupons hiding inside!

Santa Whoopie Pies

Only 3 more sleeps 'til Santa comes!  Here is a simple, recipe that would look just adorable on a plate next to a big glass of milk for Santa.  Don't forget a carrot or two for the reindeer. 

*These cookies can easily be prepare the day before by simple wrapping the prepared cookie individually in plastic wrap and storing in a large zip tight freezer bag in your refrigerator. 

Santa Whoopie Pies
 I have 2 options for making these cookies.  I prefer a lighter chocolate flavor so I like the first one best, but my husband thinks the second makes a better cookie.  It's just a matter of person preference and what you have in the pantry.

1 box of Devil's food cake mix and 1 box of white cake mix
4 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
or 
2 boxes Devil's Food cake mix, if you want a richer cookie
4 eggs
2/3 cup vegetable oil
Filling:
1 (8ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
4 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
Christmas colored sprinkles or jimmies for decoration
Preheat oven to 350.  
Mix cake mix with oil and eggs.  The dough will be rather firm.  Roll dough into1 inch balls and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Gently press the dough out a bit then bake for 8-10 minutes.  When the cookies are finished baking let them rest on the baking sheet for a couple of minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to finish cooling.

Once the cookies are at room temperature prepare filling by first creaming the butter and cream cheese until completely blended.  Slowly add the powdered sugar.  Then add the vanilla extract.  
Spread the underside of one cookie with the filling and then sandwich it with the bottom of a second cookie.  Gently press the cookies together.  Roll the cookie in the jimmies or sprinkles.  Makes 2 dozen completed pies.


Gourmet Popcorn

I just love the way gourmet popcorn looks, but I do not like the price tag.  So I got creative and did some research and came up with a delicious recipe that I just love.  I also tried a recipe from a cookbook that my husband, who doesn't care for popcorn, loved!   

Candy Cane Popcorn
1 c. popcorn kernals, popped into a very large mixing bowl.
1 1/2 lb. almond bark, melted in a double boiler
1/2 lb. milk chocolate, melted in a double boiler then placed in a disposible pasty bag
1 c. Andies Peppermint Crunch, melted in a double boiler and placed in a disposible pastry bag.  (This will require thinning by simply squirting a few second squirt of non-stick cooking spray directly into the candy as it melts to make it thin enough to drizzle.

Once popcorn has been popped and almond bark is melted slowly dizzle Almond bark over popcorn.  Carefully bring popcorn from the bottom of the bowl up to the top by very gently brining it up with a large spoon.  Let gravity do the real work of covering the popcorn.  You are simple bringing it back up to the top. 

Spread popcorn over a large area covered in wax or parchment paper.  Allow to cool.

Drizzle Milk chocolate over the top of the popcorn.  Repeat with the Andies Peppermint Crunch.  Let sit over night, if you can resist that long. 

Cherry Cordial Popcorn

This recipe comes from the cookbook 'Chocolate Never Failith' by Annette Lyon

1/2 c. water
1/4 c. butter
2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cherry flavor drink packet (such as Kool-Aid)
1/2 c. popcorn kernels, popped or 2 bags microwave popcorn, popped
1/2 c. melted chocolate

Cover a large area with parchment paper.  In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the water, butter, sugar and salt, stirring until dissolved.  Bring the mixture to a boil and boil, uncovered, for 4 minutes.  Remove from heat until it becomes still.  Add the drink mix packets.  Stir well until the powder is integrated.   Pour the syrup over the popcorn, continually drizzling the syrup from the top while scooping both the popcorn and the syrup from below.  Let gravity do the coating.  Keep scooping syrup from the bottom of the bowl to drizzle at the top, turning popcorn until it's well coated.  Spread the popcorn onto the parchment.  Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top of the popcorn.  Let the popcorn and chocolate cool and harden before breaking into bite-size pieces and store in an airtight container. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

Winter Break Survival Kit: Indoor activities

 Some of my families favorite boredom busters are board games, video games and movies, but when the board games have been played and you don't want the kids spending another moment in-front of the TV we all need some help finding activities to keep the kids busy.  Here are some of my favorite ideas:

This site has so many great activities to keep your little ones busy during the break.  We are going try this one for sure:

Bouncing Raisins

Materials
  • 6 raisins
  • Glass tumbler
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda (or Alka Seltzer tablet)
Directions
  1. Pour a cup of water into the glass jar.
  2. Add one teaspoon of baking soda and stir until dissolved.
  3. Gently add one-fourth cup of vinegar and wait until it stops fizzing.
  4. Drop in three or four raisins.
  5. Watch and see what happens (it takes about 10 to 15 minutes).
Note: The gas, carbon dioxide, that forms when you add vinegar to the baking soda forms bubbles all over the raisins. The raisins start to rise as the bubbles of carbon dioxide carry the raisins upwards and they fall when the bubbles are released. 
Here are 20 more fun activities:

1) Plate of Bubbles - All you need for this fun activity is a small plate, a plastic drinking straw, dish washing liquid and tap water. Place two drops (that's all you need!) of dish washing liquid in the center of a plate. Carefully run tap water onto plate, pointing water over the dish soap to create some foam or bubbles. Carefully place the plate on a flat, sturdy surface, such as the kitchen table, and have your child point his straw into the water. To create bubbles, blow gently and slowly into the sudsy water. Not too fast, it won't work! Slow and steady will create huge bubbles!

2) Animal Jumble - This works best with 3 or more children, but can certainly be adapted for 2 kids. Assign each child a 'secret" animal part, the child choosing the animal. Have them draw their part on white or construction paper. The idea is that each child does not know what the others are drawing. For example, have Bobby draw the head (maybe he chose a dog), Cindy draws the legs (she chose an elephant), and so on. When they are all finished drawing, have them cut out their parts and tape the animal together. Have fun choosing a name for their animal. You may be the first to discover the "Dog-aphant-monk-iraffe"!

3) Cartoon Strip - Many parents will remember this from their own childhood! You will need a pad of paper and something to draw with. At the bottom of the pad, starting from the left, draw a stick figure, a box car, cartoon dog, anything you want to put into motion. On the next page, draw the figure again with a slightly different pose and a positioned a little bit to the right of the page before. Repeat this process on each page until you reach the right side of the pad. Now fan the pages with your thumb to watch your character move across the page!

4) Coffee Can Stilts - Turn 2 coffee cans upside down so that the plastic lids are on the bottom. Poke a hole on each both sides of each can using a screwdriver (parental supervision is recommended). Use rope, bailing twine, or several strands of yarn braided together for strength and thread through one hole. Thread the other end of the rope through the hole on the other side and tie off inside the can. Be sure that the rope is long enough so that when your child stands on the cans, the rope is high enough for them to hold in their hands comfortably without hunching over.

5) Cookie Cutter Glitters - Pull out the construction paper, glue, glitter, stickers and cookie cutters. Kids can trace around the cookie cutter shapes, spread glue over the shape and decorate with glitter and stickers. This can be a messy craft, so be prepared with a disposable table cloth and garbage can for scraps. Using a vacuum with a hose attachment is a much easier method of cleaning up glitter than a broom.

6) Feely Box - Use any box that closes or has a lid, a shoebox is ideal. Cut a hole in the side of the box large enough for a child's hand to fit inside. Place an object inside the box and see if they can guess what it is. If they can't guess right away, let them ask questions or provide them with clues until they figure it out.

7) Hide the Object - Using any ordinary object (stuffed animal, vitamin bottle, drinking cup, etc), play this fun hide and seek game with your children. Simply have your child hide their eyes, then place the object somewhere in plain view (on the fireplace mantel, on top of the TV, near the front door, etc) and then have them look for it. Another idea is to use objects relating to a particular theme each day. For example, if your Kindergartener is focusing on the letter "A" that week, use objects that begin with "A" (apple, alligator [stuffed of course!], etc) You can adjust this game for older kids by hiding the object a little deeper. You might place the vitamin bottle halfway behind the picture of Grandma, or maybe tucked halfway down the side of the couch.

8) Writing Box - If your house has kids, you need one of these. You can find shoe box sized plastic containers with lids from your local dollar store. Stock the box with crayons, markers, colored pencils, small plain paper pads, stickers, stencils, a pencil sharpener and an eraser. This box should be kept stocked so that when needed, everything will be at your fingertips. Explain to children that this is a "special" writing box and that everything that comes out, must go back in for the next time they want to get creative.

9) Picnic Indoors - Pack a basket with paper plates, utensils and cups. Make sandwiches, pack fresh fruit, pretzels, a thermos of juice, and yogurt for dessert. Spread a blanket on the living room floor and serve a picnic lunch indoors! Add to the fun by dressing in summer clothes or beach attire. Be sure to wear your sunglasses and your sunscreen!

10) Paper Bag Puppets - The easiest form of this requires only a paper lunch bag and crayons or markers. Simply draw on a face and you have a puppet! To make the characters more elaborate, decorate with yarn for hair, buttons for eyes, and glitter for cheeks. Ribbon can be added to the hair or made into a bow tie for the "neck". Draw on eyelashes and lips with colorful markers.

11) Collages - Save old magazines and catalogs and store them in a cabinet just for this purpose. Have the kids cut out pictures and paste them onto a piece of cardboard or construction paper. You can let them cut out whatever they want, or assign each child a letter of the alphabet or a theme to go by for a more challenging project. Keep a trash can close by for the scraps and be sure to keep a stock of glue sticks on hand!

12) Coloring Pasta - Place a handful of dry, uncooked pasta, such as ziti, rotini or farfelle, into a plastic zipper baggie. Add a tablespoon of white vinegar and 2-3 drops of food coloring. Close the baggie and have the kids shake the bag until the pasta is completely colored. Spread out onto a paper plate or paper towel and allow to dry. Use several baggies to create different colors. Once the pasta is dry, kids can use yarn to string together pieces to make necklaces and bracelets, or glue them to paper plates or construction paper to create a work of art.

13) Shadowboxes - Paint the inside of a shoebox with black or dark blue poster or acrylic paint. If you don't have any paint handy, you can glue black construction paper inside the box. Using white crayons or stickers, create a nighttime scene with stars and the moon on the black background. You can use small plastic toys to create a scene inside your shadowbox, or make your own with construction paper and glue. Cut out small pictures from coloring books and color and adhere to your scene. Hang a spaceship or shooting star with a piece of string and glue.

14) Indoor Hopscotch - If you have a cement basement floor, use chalk to draw out a hopscotch board. When you are finished playing, the chalk will wash off with a mop and warm water.

15) Family Memory Game - Play a family memory game with your kids by asking questions like "What is Grandpa's first name?" and "Who is married to Aunt Tammy?" Look through old photo albums and see if kids can guess who is who in each picture.

16) Hot Beanie - This variation of the old favorite "Hot Potato" uses a beanie type toy. Have everyone sit in a circle and toss the beanie from one person to another, never knowing where it's going to end up.

17) Name That Tune - Hum tunes from popular songs and see who can guess it first. Whoever guesses correctly becomes the next "hummer".

18) Create a Story - You can do this out loud or have kids write their entries on paper. Someone starts the story with "Once upon a time there lived a...", that person chooses the character and setting (princess in a far away land). The next child tells the next part of the story, and so on around the room, the story changing with each new addition.

19) Never Ending Adjectives - Ask your child to point out an object, then takes turns coming up with adjectives for that object. For example, you may say "a ball", your child would say "a big ball". The game might continue with "a big round ball", "a big round bouncing ball", "a big round bouncing white ball" and end with "a big round bouncing white beach ball".

20) Sardines (Reverse Hide-n-Seek) - One child is the hider, everyone else is a seeker. The hider hides while the seekers seek. However, when a seeker finds the hider, instead of pointing him out, he joins him in the hiding place. Soon, the children will all be stuffed in one place, like a box of sardines! The first child to find the hider gets to hide next.

About the Author
Amanda Formaro is the crafty, entrepreneurial mother of four children. While Amanda's professional background was originally in finance, she chose to stay home to raise her family after her third child was born. Amanda enjoys tole painting, crafting with her kids, walking her dogs and working on her website FamilyCorner.com Magazine.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Breakfast Casseroles

This is not my picture.  Thank you Google Images!

I can't believe I am about to type this, but Christmas is next week.  It's Thursday and Christmas is NEXT WEEK...I'm so excited!  Usually for Christmas morning breakfast we have a huge breakfast with pancakes, bacon, eggs, all the good, heart attack on a plate stuff and all the mess.  This year I don't have time for the prep and mess because we are having family and friends over for dinner and I really don't want to spend my entire day in the kitchen.  I pulled out my recipe box today and put together this group of recipes for breakfast casseroles.  I will need at least two casseroles to feed our family with 7 kids, 3 of whom are teenagers.  I just can't decide which to make because they are all so very yummy!  Enjoy!


French Toast Casserole

1" thick slices french bread, allowed to dry over night then place in a 9x13 dish

In a bowl:
8 eggs, whisk well
1 milk
2 c. heavy cream
a pinch of salt
2 Tbl. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. vanilla

Whisk these ingredients together, then pour over bread.  Cover with foil and refrigerate over night. 

The next morning preheat oven to 350*

In a separate mixing bowl cream together:
1 c. brown sugar
1 c. butter, softened2 Tbl. light corn syrup
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
then stir in:
1 c. chopped pecans

Bake for 35-45 minutes at 350*.


Blueberry Coffee Cake

Preheat oven 375*

2 pkg buttermilk grande biscuts quartered
Mix together:
1/2 c. brown sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 c. butter, melted
Dip biscuits in the mixture and place in a 8x8 buttered dish.

1 1/2 c. blueberry's tossed with
1/2 c. sugar

Sprinkle 1 c. oatmeal and blueberries over biscuits then drizzle with a little melted butter.  

 Bake for 20 minutes.


Peach French Toast Casserole

Prepare the night before.

Slice a loaf of day old french bread into 1" slices and let dry a few hours on a wire rack.

In a pan on medium heat bring to a boil:
2 c. brown sugar
1/4 c. butter
Boil until the sugar disolves.

Pour in the bottom of a 9x13, buttered baking dish then top with 1 large can of sliced peaches, drained

In a mixing bowl, wisk together:
8 eggs
2 c. milk
1 tsp. vanilla

Dip 1" slices of dried french bread into egg mixture and place over peaches. 

Place in refrigerator overnight.  Bake at 350* for 30-35 minutes.


Egg and Sausage Casserole

Remove crust and cube 8 slices of bread, allow to dry on a wire rack for a few hours.
layer in a 9x13 greased baking dish

1/2 lb. sharp cheddar cheese, grated and divided
1 1/2 lb. cooked link sausage, cut into thirds
6 eggs,wisked
1/2 tsp. dry mustard
1/2 tsp salt
2 1/2 c. milk

Layer cubed bread in dish with 1/2 grated cheese and sausage.  Wisk together eggs, dry mustard, salt and milk in a bowl and pour over top of bread/cheese/sausage.  Top with remaining cheese.

Bake at 350* until cooked through.  (30-45 minutes or so)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Baby Deals for 12/16

The Baby Buzz by Barbie
for 12/16
Free Canister of Enfamil Formula

Go to the link HERE to get your free canister of baby formula.  (I have a little hint...this prints as a certificate, to get a free can at your Dr.'s office which is great, but they almost always have samples that you can just ask for at each appointment.  They also often have diaper, wipes and baby Tylenol as well and are in my experience more than happy to give them to you.)

Similac Coupon

 There is a $3.00 Off Similac coupon from Coupons.com.

Gerber Baby Food
  I'm very excited about this deal because my little guy just had his first solid food this week so I am going to need to stock up on baby food.  Like Gerber Baby Food Company on Facebook and receive printable coupons for: 

Buy ONE get ONE FREE Gerber Infant Cereal
Save $1 off TWO Gerber 2nd Foods 2-Packs

Save $1 off THREE Gerber 3rd Foods Jars

Bi-Lo Baby Wash

This week they are having a BOGO on Disney baby wash

Diapers
WalMart

Huggies Baby wipes 60ct AND 180ct. 7.81
Huggies Baby Wipes, any 60 count or larger AND 180 count or larger $1.50/2 (active) Coupons.com-11/01
Final Cost:  $6.31

Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers Jumbo Pack. 8.97
Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, any $3/2 (active) Coupons.com-11/12
Final Cost:  $7.47

Albertson’s

Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Jumbo Pack Diapers. 8.97
Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $3/2 (active) Smartsource-10/29
Final Cost:  $7.47

Smith’s (Kroger)
(These are a really great deal!)

Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers, jumbo pack 8.99
Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2/1 (01-01-11) SS-12/5
Final Cost:  $6.99

Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers, jumbo pack 8.99
STORE COUPON, Kroger Stores Card Load, Huggies little snugglers or little movers , exp Jan 4 $2.50/1 (active) This Link-11/29
Final Cost:  $6.49

Walgreen’s

Pampers Cruisers Box Pack Diapers 56 or 64 pk $17.99 Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1/1 (12-31-10) PG-11/28
Final Cost:  $16.99

Buy 2 participating items and receive a $3.00 Register Reward for your next purchase.  Limit 1 per printed offer.  The sale comes down to basically a $1.50 off discount on each item.  The sale price is listed BEFORE/AFTER the voucher is calculated in. 

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers 19 to 50 pk $9.00/7.50
Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers, any $1.50/2 (active) This Link-11/24 Final Cost:  $6.75

Pull-Ups 19 to 50 pk $9.00/7.50
Final Cost:  $7.50
Baby Wipes

Walgreen’s

Pampers Wipes 180 to 216 pk $5.99
Final Cost:  $5.99

Huggies Wipes 64 or 72 pk $2.50
Final Cost$2.50

FREE UdderCovers Nursing Cover:

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I loved getting these magazines when my kids were still babies – especially for the occasional great diaper/formula coupons hiding inside!





Hot Cocoa Cookies

I found the original recipe for these tasty cookies from The Girl Who Ate Everything's 12 days of Cookies and it was love at first sight.  They are just so cute with all those gooey marshmallows on top and so delicious stuffed with all those chocolate chips. 

I don't know why my pictures always look so yellowed, but those are white marshmallow all over these delicious cookies.
Here is my version of Hot Cocoa Cookies

Preheat oven to 350*.
1 c. butter, softened.
1 c. sugar
2/3 c. brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
Cream all these ingredients together.  Then add:
1 small box of instant milk chocolate pudding mix
3 packages of hot cocoa mix
Just pour the powder right into your sugar and egg mixture.
3 c. flour (more or less depending on the humidity in your kitchen.  Mine is usually around 30% so adjust accordingly.)
1 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1 c. each white, milk and semi sweet chips
 mini marshmallows, if desired.
Mix in dry ingredients and chips.  Spoon onto lightly greased baking sheet and cook for 8-10 minutes.  If you are adding marshmallows, press them into the cookies about a minute before they are finished cooking.  Out them back in the oven and allow to bake until the marshmallows have puffed up.  Allow baked cookies to cool on the cookie sheet for 5 minutes before placing on a wire rack to cool completely. 

Friday, December 10, 2010

Third Time's A Charm Fudge

I declared war on Fudge last night.  I had intended to share the most amazing recipe for Old Fashioned Fudge in the whole wide world, but after 2 failed attempts (it turned to sugar, twice!) I am now sharing the never fail, Marshmallow Fluff Fudge or Fantasy Fudge as it is called on the back of Jet Puff Marshmallow Creme.  I made my trip to the grocery store last night and got the ingredients and started today's baking with this delicious fudge. In West Yellowstone there is a little sweets shop that is attached to the Christmas In Montana store and they sell a huge selection of fudge.  My favorite is the orange fudge.  I am almost positive (like 89%) this is the recipe they use.  It's fantastic and try as I may I can't mess it up, and I have tried. 


Fantasy Fudge
 or Marshmallow Fluff Fudge, as we call it in my home
3 cups sugar
3/4 cup  (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 small can (5 oz.) evaporated milk (about 2/3 cup) (Do not use sweetened condensed milk.)
1-1/2 pkg.  (12 squares) BAKER'S Semi-Sweet Chocolate, chopped (I just use a bag of Chocolate Chip)
1 jar (7 oz.) JET-PUFFED Marshmallow Creme
1 cup  chopped Walnuts
1 tsp. vanilla

LINE 9-inch square pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides of pan; set aside. Place sugar, butter and evaporated milk in large heavy saucepan. Bring to full rolling boil on medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil 4 min. or until candy thermometer reaches 234°F, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat.
ADD chocolate and marshmallow creme; stir until completely melted. Add walnuts and vanilla; mix well.
POUR immediately into prepared pan; spread to form even layer in pan. Let stand at room temperature 4 hours or until completely cooled; cut into 1-inch squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature.

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It looks like Walgreen's has pulled this deal, but you are welcome to try.

Walgreens Register register rewards are making the holidays easier on the pocketbook.  Hallmark products (including tissue paper and wrapping paper) have a fantastic register rewards attached.  I would go now, they are going to sell out quick. 


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Thursday, December 9, 2010

My Grandma's Old Fashioned Caramels

I am sure this isn't origianlly my Grandma's recipe, but she taught me to make this delicious candy so she gets the credit. 

Grandma's Old Fashioned Caramels

1 1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. light corn syrup
1 can sweetened and condensed milk
1 1/2 c. butter
chopped walnuts if desired
(This isn't exactly diet food!)

Put all ingredients in a pan over medium low heat and let cook until it comes to firm ball stage, stirring every few minute.  (The butter will separate as it melts and as my husband said, it looks gross.)  While it's cooking, butter a 9x13 dish.  (if adding walnuts do it just after it reaches the firm ball stage, 245-250 degrees.  This stage can be determined by dropping a spoonful of hot syrup into a bowl of very cold water. In the water, use your fingers to gather the cooled syrup into a ball. If it has reached firm-ball stage, it will feel firm and pliable but still slightly sticky, and will retain its shape when removed from the water but will quickly lose its shape at room temperature.  So it may look gross, but if you love old fashioned caramel this is the recipe for you.  Pour the caramels into the pan and let cool.  Once the caramel has cooled cut it into piece, warp in small piece of wax paper and put in a plastic storage bag. 

Neighbor Treat Plates, Part 2

 Today's kitchen marathon has begun.  I am almost 1/2 way done and I'm so excited.  I just need a few more extra's to finish off my snowmen and reindeer.  I am off to make more pretzels, except these will be done in white chocolate with sugar crystals.  Then Candy Oranges, fudge and caramels.  Tonight, after my babies are in bed I will be making my first batch of Divinity.  Wish me luck! 

Be sure to check in throughout the day as I add to my treat plates.  And then again tomorrow throughout the day for...COOKIES!!!!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

I firmly believe Chocolate makes everything better and Chocolate dipped pretzels are one of the best examples I can think of to prove it.  These are very simple and fun to make.

Here is what you need:

Pretzels (I used the big sticks and the mini twists)
Melted Chocolate, I made 20 large sticks and about 2 dozen mini twist with 1.25 lbs.
Melted White Chocolate, you will only need a little bit to drizzle

Dip pretzel in chocolate.  Lay on wax paper to cool.  Once the chocolate has hardened drizzle with white chocolate.  Let cool again.  That's it.

Hint:  There are a lot of methods to drizzle the chocolate, but the one I like best, that makes the least mess is to melt the chocolate inside a disposable icing bag.  Just put the chocolate in the bag, place the whole thing in the microwave for 20 second intervals, kneading the chocolate inside the bag before heating again.  When the chocolate is melted just snip the tip of the icing bag and drizzle.  When you are done, just toss the whole mess in the garbage.  How clean and tidy is that!

Reindeer On A Stick

These little guys still need eyes, but they are cute just like this. 

These are my new favorite Christmas treat.  Not only are they very fattening and delicious, they are quick and easy to make. I made my entire batch in under 20 minute. 

Oreo's
Peanut Butter
Pretzels
Chocolate Candy Coating
Red Hots
White M&M's

lollipop sticks
cellophane bags
ribbon
Open the Oreo's and spread some peanut butter inside.  (It occured to me after I had these all dipped that some of the candy coating would have worked well too.)  Then, very gently, press the lollipop stick into the stuffing and put the oreo back together.  Melt your candy coating in a small, deep dish according to the directions on the package.  Meanwhile, arrange pretzels in sets of two's on a wax paper lined cookie sheet.  Dip the Oreo's into the chocolate candy and place on pretzels.  Allow candy to set. (I put them in the freezer for a few minutes.) Attach a Red Hot (nose) and two M&M's (eyes) using a little melted candy.  Finish decorating as desired.  Once the candy is hard place in cellophane bags and tie with a ribbon.