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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Traditions: Parties

We love Traditions around here and one that makes the holiday season even more fun are the parties.  Here are a few of my favorite Party Ideas:


Cookie Exchange 


There are many variations, but the one that I like best is when everyone selects their favorite cookie recipe.  They will need to prepare one dozen cookies for each person attending.  So if you have invited 5 guests each will need to bring 6 dozen cookies.  One dozen for you.  One for them.  And one dozen for each of the remaining 4 guests.

The day before the party have your guests e-mail you their cookie recipes so you can have them printed and ready to distribute.  Be sure to have enough copies of each recipe so that everyone takes home each of the recipes.  While you are at it, make labels for the cookies as well. 

Have cute take home containers ready.  Anything from paper plates to Chinese take-out containers work.  Just be sure it is something your guests won't have to hassle with returning to you.

Be sure to have plenty of goodies and drinks for your guests.  I like serve fruits, veggies, crackers and cheeses so that my guests have something less sweet .  Then just sit back, relax and enjoy your party.  


Death By Chocolate


Again, this is for those of us with a sweet tooth.  Ask each of your guests to bring something sinfully delicious with chocolate as the star.  This is a huge favorite with my friends who love chocolate as much as I do.  We like to make this a ladies night only.  Leave the hubbies and kid-o's home, go to your favorite restaurant for dinner and then have a death by chocolate dessert.  WOW!  Don't forget to bring copies of your recipe along, as I'm sure everyone will want a copy.


White Elephant or Yankee Swap


The rules for White Elephant Gift Exchange are so varied.  I have played many versions and the one I like best involve a little more competition than the ones where you read a story passing the gifts left and right around a circle.  (Here is a great story if you would like to give it a try:  Left, Right, The Night Before Christmas Game.)  In my family the rules are simple.  We sit in a circle with the gifts in a pile in the middle.  Someone (usually the youngest goes first) picks a present.  They open the gift.  Then it's the next persons turn.  They may either steal an opened gift or select a present from the pile.  If a gift is stolen, the person who just lost their gift then takes a turn to select a present from the pile or steal a gift from someone else.  We set a limit that a gift can only be stolen 3 times after the initial unwrapping.  That way the game ends, eventually.

The definition of a White Elephant Gift is something that costs more to maintain than is worth.  Keep that in mind while shopping/savaging for your White Elephant Gift, but anything useless is always fun.  A few of the items we "won" last year included:  a large McDonald's bag of individual servings of ketchup, a Styrofoam head, and a collection of cords to various electronics that had gone the way of the dump.  My mom always hides a treat in her gifts and my grandma usually adds some money somewhere.  So if you know someone who is notorious for adding a little something extra, pay close attention when they add their gifts to the pile and work on your poker face when you open the gift and keep the goodie hidden.  You don't want to let on you actually got something good.   

A word to the wise...don't pick the "pretty" gift.  In my experience that is always a sign that you are getting something really awful. 





Ugly Sweater Party  

(This picture is my favorite part of this whole post.)


Ugly Sweater Parties are a fashion show and a party all in one.  What could be better!

First things first...you need an ugly sweater.  HERE is my favorite place to buy them.  Also, check your local thrift and second hand stores.  They usually have some this time of year.  

Second:  Plan a few fun games to keep your guests entertained.  Maybe have a White Elephant Exchange.  

Third:  Food!  (May I suggest a pot luck) Be sure to have lots and Lots of good things to eat and drink as your guests will be hungry since they will be to embarrassed to go out before the party.  Last year my husband and I, after sitting in the parking lot at the grocery store saying "I'm not going in"  "Well, I'm not going in", ended up at the McDonald's drive through and got a bunch of hamburgers and apple pies to take as our pot luck item.  When we got to the party we learned we where not the only ones with the same problem.

Prizes:  Don't forget you will need prizes for the ugliest, ugly sweater.  My husband who won first place in the Ugly Sweater Contest last year took home a gallon of milk.  The point is, it's an ugly sweater party...just make it fun. 


Caroling Party


All you need to pull a Caroling Party off is:  A group of friends and/or family who enjoy singing, song books, and something hot cocoa or cider and cookies for after the caroling.  You can go door to do or just stay in and gather round the tree and sing.  What a wonderful way to celebrate the holidays.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

LEFTOVERS! LEFTOVERS! LEFTOVERS!

Have some leftovers from Thanksgiving?  Here is a great recipe that will make those leftovers disappear.

Turkey Filled Stuffing Rolls



The original recipe came from Rhodes Rolls Cookbook and used Chicken and tyme rather than turkey and sage.  Also, to simplify rather than making your own dough, you can use 12 Rhodes Texas rolls, thawed. 

Bread Dough:

1/2 c. warm water
1/2 c. warm milk
1 Tbl. yeast
1/3 c. sugar1 egg, beaten
1/3 c. butter, softened
1 tsp. salt
3 3/4 c. flour (a little more or less depending on your humidity)

Proof yeast in sugar, milk and water.  Once it has doubled, add butter and egg.  Mix until incorporated.  Add salt.  Add flour a little at a time allowing it mix well.    When the flour is added (it should be slightly sticky) kneed dough on counter top.  To prevent the dough from sticking rather than flouring surface and your hands, spray surface and hands with non-stick cooking spray.  This keeps the dough light and moist.  Kneed until gluten is developed then allow to rise in a large mixing bowl, again sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.  Cover bowl with plastic warp and a dish towel and allow dough to rise in a warm spot until it has doubled twice, punching dough down after it has doubled the first time.

While the dough is rising prepare:

Turkey Filling

8 oz turkey breasts cut into 1 inch cubes.
1 Tbl. butter
1 3-oz. pkg. of cream cheese, softened
1/2 tsp. sage powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper

Saute turkey in butter to warm.  Mix turkey, cream cheese, sage, salt and pepper.

Once dough has doubled twice, divide into 12 rolls and press each roll into 3 inch circles and divide filling amoung the 12 rolls.  Pull edges together to seal.

1 c. dried herb stuffing
1 egg, beaten

Crush herb stuffing into crumbs.  Dip each filled roll into egg and then roll in crumbs.  Place smooth side up in muffin tins sprayed with non-stick cooking spray.

Bake 350* for 20-25 minutes.  Serve warm.  They are also yummy with leftover gravy poured over the top.


Turkey Enchiladas



2 c. diced turkey breasts
1 small can green chili's in their juice
1/2 c. sour cream
2-3 c. grated cheddar cheese, divided
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
1 can condensed cream of mushroom soup
1 large can green enchilada sauce

8 tortillias

Pre-heat oven to 350*.  Pour a little of the enchilada sauce in the bottom of a 9x13 baking dish.  

In a bowl mix turkey, chili's sour cream, 1/2 of cheese, and both soups.  Mix well.  Spread mixture on tortillias, then roll them up and place in baking dish.  Pour remaining enchilada sauce over the top and sprinkle with remaining cheese.  

Bake until bubbly and cheese is melted. 

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Cookie Wednesday: Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

 Caramel Oatmeal Chewies


How to make cookies the day before a holiday:

1.  Go to the store, or better yet, send teenager or husband for you.
2.  Buy cookies.

But, if you are bored...or gluten for punishment (like me), try these:

This recipe is a first for me.  I gave Kyle a choice between a few recipes, all of which I have never made and this was the one he picked.  It comes from the Nestle Toll House Best Loved Recipes Cookbook.

Here is what I learned by making this recipe:  First, these turned out better than I thought they would.  I expected something okay.  They're good.  Kyle took the batch with him to work and they where a huge hit.  I would make them again with a few variations to the recipe.  I want to try them sometime with a shortbread crust.  I think I would like that better, since I'm not a huge fan of oatmeal.  Don't be afraid of adding the flour to the caramel. It actually works. Use quick oats rather than old fashioned.   The old fashioned oats are a little overpowering.  And, DO NOT try to cut them just after getting them out of the fridge.  Let them come to room temperature first. 


Caramel Oatmeal Chewies

1 3/4 c. oats, quick or old fashioned
1 3/4 c. flour, divided
3/4 c.packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 c. butter or margarine, melted
2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 c. chopped nuts
1 c. caramel ice cream topping

Preheat oven to 350*.  Grease the bottom of a 9x13 inch baking pan.

Combine oats, 1 1/2 c. flour, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl.  Stir in butter; mix well.  Reserve 1 c. oat mixture, press remaining oat mixture into the bottom of the pan.

Bake for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.  Sprinkle with chocolate chips and nuts.  Mix caramel with remaining four in a small bowl; drizzle over chocolate chips almost to the pan edges.  Sprinkle reserved oat mixture over the top.

Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown.  Cool on a wire rack then refrigerate until firm.

Makes about 2 1/2 dozen bars.

Happy Baking!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Making Time for Your Someone Special Challange

Making Time for Your 
Someone Special 
Challange
Week 2



Holiday madness is in full-swing.  Shopping, wrapping, decorating, crafting, parties, baking, planning, cleaning.  That makes me tired just looking at that list.  Extra time is in short supply and budgets are getting tighter.  Often we brush aside date night because we just don't have time, we are too tired, or we can't afford dinner and a move.  I know it does in my house, and what could be more important to make time for?  I want to pose a challenge to keep the romance alive during this wonderful, but crazy season. 

Challange:  Pick a night each week that you and your special someone dedicate to spending 2 hours together.  NO TV, movies, or spending money.  Be creative, have fun.  Parties don't count.  This is quality time just with your spouse. 

Here is a list of a few of my favorite ideas:

*Take a drive around town and see the twinkle lights.
*Have a carpet picnic.  (Put the kids to bed, throw a blanket on the floor, have a yummy dinner, then give foot massages and talk.)
*Game night
*Wii Sports Olympics (Make gold medals our of whatever you have laying around the house and play the sports.  Award the winner in a awards ceremony.)
*Go sledding, make snowmen or snow angels.  Catch snowflakes on your tounge.
*If it's warm, go star gazing and find constellations.
*Barrow your kids play dough and get creative.
*Make and decorate gingerbread houses or graham cracker houses.
*Make s'mores over your range.
*Who said date night has to be at night?  Have a romantic breakfast after watching the sunrise.
*Have a snowball fight.

Each Friday I will re-post this post.  All you have to do is comment with what you did that week for date night (keep the comments G rated, please).  Each week your comment will be entered into a drawing for a date night gift basket ($50.00 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice, $25.00 gift certificate to a theater near you and a gift basket of sparkling cider, chocolate, and other fun goodies to spice things up.)

All entries must be post by midnight on December 31st, 2010.  The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2011.

For additional entries:  (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.)
*Follow this blog. (One time additional entry)
*Blog about this giveaway linking my blog to the comment.  Then come back to this post and comment that you did.  (One additional entry per week.)
*Comment on Facebook about this giveaway.  Then come back to this post and comment that you did.  (One additional entry per week.)

Our Date Night:
It's a surprise...I will update on Sunday with the details.

My surprise date went south because I ran out of formula and we had to turn date night into an emergency trip to Costco and then rush home.  Regardless, we still had a great time, just the two of us enjoying eachothers company.  We held hands rather than holding little ones hands and no one was screaming at us from the back seat.   I loved every minute.

I am going to have a fun evening planned for the two of us tonight after the babies are in bed.  We need a real date after the weekend and before the next weekend. 

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Traditions: Santa Bag

 Santa Bag

See that red bag with the snowflakes, in the back..not the best picture, but you get the idea.

Santa Bags are one of my favorite traditions from my childhood and I have continued that tradition with my own family.  They are now one of my kids favorite traditions.   

Starting on Thanksgiving night, if everyone has been good all week Santa sends an elf to our house with a bag filled with a game to play together as a family, a movie, a treat, or a small toy for each child.  The elf puts the bag by the door, rings sleigh bells, knocks a few times and runs.  I still get excited when I hear the bells.  

How to make a Santa Bag of your own:  Find someone who sews, give them a few yards of fabric, some cording and tassels and tell them to have at it.  In lieu of compensation show them how to coupon.  I think that's a great trade.  

Things you will need:
Bells
An athletic neighbor who can ring bells, knock and run really fast.
Fun things to fill the bag.  I pick-up most of the gifts at the dollar store.

Be sure to leave the bag out for the elves to pick up that night.  (This is also a handy way to get letters directly to Santa quickly.)

On Christmas Eve Santa fills our bag with pj's for everyone in the family, a game to play together to help pass the time, and a treat to enjoy together.

We leave the bag out that night for Santa to re-fill and on Christmas morning our kids find it under the tree filled with gifts. 

Now you can start a Santa Bag Tradition of your own.


 

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The $15.00 Challange -Smiths

My husband received a $15.00 gift card today from his employeer as a Thanksgiving Bonus.  How nice is that.  I wondered how far I could stretch that gift card and came up with the $15.00 challenge.

Rules:
The total before tax can not be more than $15.00.
All of the coupons used must be printable, nothing from the mail or newspaper.

Here is what I came up with for this week for a Total Before Tax of $14.82.  Looks like I get a treat at the register with my left over money!  

You Shopping List:
Product, Size (Quantity)  If no quantity is listed, just buy 1

1st Transaction:
Celery
Kroger Potatoes, 10 lb bag
7Up 2 Liter (3)
Idahoan Potato Pouches, (2)
Kroger Broth, 14oz (2)
Stove Top Stuffing, 6 oz (2)
Green Giant Vegetables, 7-10 oz (3)
Sara Lee Pumpkin Pie, 37 oz (2)
Cool Whip, 8 oz.
General Mills Cereal, 9-17.1 oz (2)
Pillsbury Pie Crust (2)
Pillsbury Ready To Bake Cookies (2)

2nd Transaction:
Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce 14-16 oz.

Celery
Final Cost: $0.50

Kroger Potatoes, 10 lb. bag
Final Cost:  $1.39

Kroger Sour Cream or Dip, 16 oz.
Final Cost:  $.88

7Up, 2 liter (Buy 2 Get 1 Free)
Final Cost:  $1.34 for 3

Idahoan Potatoes 4-4.1 oz pouch
Use This Coupon:  Idahoan Potatoes 4oz or larger $.40/1 Group B-11/01 Print Twice
Final Cost:  $1.20 for 2 pouches

Kroger Broth, 14 oz can
Final Cost:  $.66 for 2 cans

Stove Top Stuffing, 6 oz.
Use This Coupon:  $1/2 HERE
Final Cost:  $1.00 for 2

Green Giant Vegetables, 7-10 oz
Use This Coupon:  Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables, any DND .60/3 Group B
 Final Cost:  $.90 for 3 boxes. 


Sara Lee Pumpkin Pie, 37 oz and Cool Whip 8 oz.
Use This Coupon:  Sara Lee Frozen Desserts, any $1/1  This Link Print Twice
Plus Extra Promotion:  Buy any 2, get 1 Cool Whip 8 oz. FREE
Final Cost:  $3.00 for 2 pies and 1 Cool Whip

General Mills Cereal
Use This Coupon:  Boo Berry, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Cocoa Puffs any, Cookie Crisp any, Count Chocula, Dora The Explorer, Franken Berry, Golden Grahams, kix any, Lucky Charms any, Reeses Puffs, Trix DND $1/2 (active) Group A-11/01 AND Group B-11/01
 Final Cost:  $1.98 for 2 boxes

Pillsbury Pie Crust
Use This Coupon:  Pillsbury Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts, any DND .50/2 (active) Group A-09/01 AND Group B-09/01 Print Twice
Final Cost:  $1.48 for 2

Pillsbury Ready To Bake Cookies
Use This Coupon:  Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough, any DND $1/2 (active) Group A-10/01 AND Group B-10/02 Print Twice
Final Cost:  $.98 for 2

Plus:  GET $1.00 BACK AT THE REGISTER FOR BUYING 4 PILLSBURY PRODUCTS
A Catalina will print at the register for the $1.00 off.  Use the Catalina for a second transaction:

Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce 14-16 oz.


Total Before Tax: $14.82





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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Weekly Baby Deals Roundup: 11/18

The Baby Buzz by Barbie!





Huggies Baby wipes 60ct AND 180ct. Reg $7.81
Use Huggies Baby Wipes, any 60 count or larger AND 180 count or larger $1.50/2  - 11/01  Here
Final Cost:  $6.31

Huggies Little Movers or Little Snugglers Diapers Jumbo Packs. Reg $8.98
Use Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.50/1 (active) Here-11/01
Final Cost:  $6.48

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

 

Huggies Diapers, big pack $19.99
Huggies Diapers, any $1.50/1 (12-11-10) SS-11/14
Final Cost:  $18.49 
Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, big pack $19.99
Huggies Snug and Dry Diapers, any $3/2 (active) Here-11/12 Print Twice
Final Cost:  $18.49 each

Pampers Diapers, big pack $19.99
Pampers Diapers or Pants, any $1/1 (11-30-10) PG-10/31
Final Cost: $18.99





Luvs Reward- $4.00 off at the register for each item purchased listed below

RECEIVE THIS REWARD MULTIPLE TIMES BY PURCHASING MULTIPLE ITEMS (No Limit Listed)

Sale Price listed is BEFORE/AFTER subtracting 4.00


Qualifying item-
Luvs Diapers, Family pack 16.99/12.99
Final Cost:  $12.99


Huggies Reward - $3.00 off at the register for each item purchased listed below

RECEIVE THIS REWARD MULTIPLE TIMES BY PURCHASING MULTIPLE ITEMS (No Limit Listed)

Sale Price listed is BEFORE/AFTER subtracting 3.00

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs - Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers $8.99/$5.99 
Use Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.00/1 SS - 11/4  
Final Cost:  $3.99

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs, ANY 8.99/5.99  
Use Huggies, Any $1.50/1 (active) SS-11/14
Final Cost:  $4.49

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs - Huggies Goodnights 8.99/5.99
Use Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.00/1 SS - 11/4
Final Cost:  $3.49

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs - Little Snugglers Diapers 8.99/5.99
Use Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.00/1 SS - 11/4
Final Cost:  $3.99

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs - Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers 8.99/5.99
Use Huggies Pure and Natural Diapers, any $2.50/1 Print twice Here (Buy 2)
Final Cost $3.49

Qualifiying Item - Huggies Jumbo Packs - Snug and Dry Diapers 8.99/5.99
Use Dry Diapers, Any $3/2 Print twice Here (Buy 2)
Final Cost:  $4.49 each




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Cookie Wednesday: Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies

Cookie Wednesday 
Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies


These cookies make my mouth water.  They are my go-to cookie when I want something that is both sweet and salty.  They are best just out of the oven, still warm, so I like to make a big batch and freeze the dough.  Then when I want to bake some cookies and don't want the mess they are ready and waiting for me.  All I have to do is bake. 

Mason woke up early this morning and helped me bake.  What a good helper!  He just wants to eat the cookie dough, but who doesn't.  I think it might actually be impossible to get this kid to hold still.  Sadly this was the least blurry picture.  I really need a photographer.  Any want to come to my house really early Wednesday mornings to take pictures of cookies?  Free cookies! 

Okay, on to the recipe:

Chocolate Chip Butterscotch Cookies
The big recipe for feezing

Preheat your oven to 350*
2 c. butter (4 sticks), softened
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. brown sugar
4 eggs
4 tsp. vanilla

Cream these ingredients together until smooth.

In a seperate bowl mix together:

2 tsp. + 1 pinch and maybe just a little more salt
2 tsp. baking soda
5 1/2 c. four (you may need a little more, or less flour depending on your elevation.  I am just shy of 5600 ft and the humidity in my kitchen is usually around 30%.  So adjust accordingly.)

Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  Then stir in:

1 bag of butterscotch chips
1/2 of a bag of chocolate chips

Bake on an ungreased cookie sheet for 8-11 minutes.  Watch them closely.  You don't want to over bake them.  They should look almost under-done.  Let them cool for a few minutes before digging in and then I dare you to try to stop.  I know I can't.  (And that's way I only bake a few at a time.)






How to freeze chocolate chip cookie dough:

If you have never frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, it's so simple!  Make the dough now, while you have the time, through it in the freezer, and then when the craving hits, all you have to do is bake, or if you are a pillar of restraint you could put them on treat plates for your neighbors or take them to your holiday parties.)


I just ball my dough and place it on a lightly greased cookie sheet.  (I have well loved cookie sheets)  Cover them with plastic warp and place them in your freezer overnight.  The next morning put the frozen balls into a large freezer bag, label the bag and then put them back in the freezer.  You will want to be quick because if the dough is begins to thaw they will stick to each other.  When you are ready to bake one, two, or a dozen, place the balls on a cookie sheet and let thaw for 15-30 minutes, covered with plastic warp.  Bake in a preheated oven as directed above.

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

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Pillsbury Savorings Products – $1.00 off 1
 
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California Pizza Kitchen – $1.50 off 1
 
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Del Monte Fruit Naturals Cups – $1.00 off 3
 
EXPO Washable Markers – $2.00 off 1
 
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Glade Scented Oil Candles – $1.50 off 2
 
Hellman’s Mayonnaise – $0.75 off 1
 
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Monday, November 15, 2010

I am taking today off due to two little snotty noses that seem to need a lot of extra care and love today!  Be back tomorrow! 

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Macey's

Macey's
**Please bare with me while I work out the kinks.  If any of these links don't take you to the coupon lists please leave a comment.**


Tillamook Cheese, 2 lb. block: 
Use:  Cheese, any made in USA brand, 2 lbs. $1/1  Print twice  Here
Final Cost $3.99

Rhodes Warm N Serve Rolls, 6-9 ct. pan
Use:  In-ad store coupon: .99 each, limit 1 coupon per customer.
Also use:  Rhodes Warm N Serve Rolls, any $1/1  Print twice Click Here 
Final Cost:  FREE!!!!

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5 oz or larger Chocolate Chip or Sugar:
Use in-ad  store coupon:  $1.25 each, limit 1 coupon per customer.
Also, use:  Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, any flavor 17.5 oz or larger DND .40/1 Print twice Here
Final Cost:  $0.85

Betty Crocker Muffin Mixes, 15.2-18.25 oz.
Use in-ad store coupon:  $1.67 each, limit 1 coupon per customer.
Also use:  Betty Crocker Box Muffin Mix or Fiber One Box Muffin Mix, any, DND .50/1 Print twice Here Final Cost:  $1.27

Bisquick Baking Mix, 40 oz regular or reduced fat:
Use in-ad store coupon:  $1.99 each, limit 1 coupon per customer.
Also use:  Bisquick, Original or Heart Smart, 40 oz or larger, DND .50/1  Print twice Here
Final Cost:  $1.49

Albertsons

Albertsons
**Please bare with me while I work out the kinks.  If any of these links don't take you to the coupon lists please leave a comment.**

Tillamook Cheese, 2 lb. block:
Use in-ad store coupon.  Also, use printable manufactures coupon:  Cheese, any made in USA brand, 2 lbs. $1/1  Print twice  Here
Final cost $3.99
California Pizza Kitchen Small Pizza:
Use printable manufactures coupon: $1.50/1 Print twice  Here
Final cost:  $1.00

Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, 19-50 ct. jumbo pk.:
Use printable manufactures coupon:  Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.50/1 Print twice Here
Final Cost:  $6.49

Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, 19-50 ct. jumbo pk.:
Use printable manufactures coupon:  Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2.00/1 Print twice Here
Final Cost:  $6.99

Betty Crocker Cookie Pouch:
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, any flavor 17.5 oz or larger DND .40/1 Here
Final Cost:  $0.59

Red Plum and Coupons.com

Coupons.com and Red Plum
Your new best friends!

Coupons.comRedplum


I am now an official affiliate to both Red Plum and Coupons.com.  Both provide excellent printable coupons and can be easily access from this sight by simply clicking on the box available in the top, right side of my blog.  It's that simple.  Make sure you have your printer read to go.  To print a coupon simple select or "clip" the coupon you want to print.  Then click on the print coupon button.  The coupon will automatically be sent to your printer.  One it has printed the first coupon click the back arrow and it will print again.  Occasionally you will get luck and be able to print a coupon 3 times, but this is very rare.  There you go!  2 coupons just like that!

Remember the key to couponing is combining coupons with sales to get the amazing deals.  Just because a coupons is available to print this week doesn't mean it's the right time to use it.  Wait for the sales!

Marbled Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread Recipe &Chocolate Never Failith Cookbook Giveaway

Marbled Chocolate Chip 
Pumpkin Bread Recipe &
Chocolate Never Failith Giveaway



As a kick off to my new blog I am doing a few giveaways.  Today not only are you getting this amazing recipe, but you also have a chance to win a copy of the cookbook 'Chocolate Never Failith' by Annette Lyon.  This is my new favorite cookbook and I thought I would share the wealth.  I feel like Oprah giving away my favorite things.  he he!  Except my favorite pair of jeans don't cost anywhere near $300.

First the recipe:  (please remember that this is a copyrighted recipe and so you can not reproduce the recipe without written consent of the author.)

Marbled Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread

2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 c. sour cream
1 stick butter, softened
2 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1/2 of a 29 oz. can pumpkin (about 1 1/2 c.)
1 tsp. vanilla
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
4 c. flour
1 c. chocolate chips
1 c. melded chocolate chips
several squirts of nonstick spray, as needed (see instructions)

Preheat oven to 350*.  Grease two loaf pans.  In a small bowl combine the baking soda and sour cream.  Mix together and set aside; they will react and puff up.  Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar.  Add the eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla.  When they're combined, add the sour cream/soda mixture and blend.  Add the salt, baking powder, nutmeg, and cloves.  Gradually add the flour, scraping the sides of the bowl as necessary.   Add the chocolate chips and mix just until they're incorporated.  Turn off the mixer.  The melted chocolate chips need to be easily pourable and thinner than chocolate chips typically are when melted, so you'll need to thin them slightly.  (If you're using regular melting chocolate such as Guittard A'Peels, don't worry about this part; the melted chocolate is likely plenty runny).  You can do this by adding oil (which is messy and hard to control the amounts on) or nonstick spray, which is essentially lecithin in a can - a fantastic low-fat oil that incorporates well into chocolate and that is easy to control.  Just give the bowl of melted chocolate chips a 2 to 4 second spray, and stir it up.  If the chocolate needs to be thinned a little more, spray a little more and mix again.  When the chocolate is thin enough, pour it directly into the batter, using a rubber scraper to get it all in.  Turn the mixer on low for just a couple of seconds.  All you want to do is get the chocolate swirled into the batter.  Even if the chocolate doesn't get fully mixed around, that's fine.  You can swirl it around some more in the pans if you want to.  Divide the batter between the two pans.  Bake 60-70 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool on a wire racks.  Sometimes the bread cuts easier the day after baking, but you might not ever find out for sure, because it tastes so good it probably won't last that long.  Tip:  Since this recipe uses only half of a regular can of pumpkin, be sure to save the other half.  Scoop it into a zip-style plastic bag, label it, and pop it into the freezer for later use.


Now the giveaway:  One lucky reader will receive their very own copy of this amazing cookbook.  Contest ends Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010 at midnight.  The drawing will take place the following day.

To enter:  Please post a separate comment for each of the following:  (That's 4 chances to win!)

* Comment here with you favorite Thanksgiving dessert.
*  Follow my blog and post a comment saying you do.
*  Post a comment on Facebook, linking to this post.  Leave a comment here saying you have do it.
*  Blog about this recipe/contest with a link to this post.  Leave a comment here with a link to your blog.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Babies "R" Us

Babies "R" Us 


Print these new coupons for Babies "R" Us.  Combine them with manufactures coupons and you will have a great deal.  Don't foget to keep your eyes open for a good sale.

These coupons are good through November 27th.

The Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic Give and Get Event

The Gap, Old Navy, and Banana Republic 
Give & Get Event




Shop any of these stores now through Sunday, November 14th!

To participate, just print this 30% off coupon. After you are done checking out, pass the coupon along to the person behind you in line and ask them to do the same.  That's it!

This coupon is also valid in the factory outlet stores too, which makes me so excited.

Plus 5% of your purchase will be donated to one of six charities!

Aeropostale Sale Now through Tomorrow morning at 6:00 AM

Aeropostale Sale...SHOP NOW!


Aeropostale is having a big 75% off sale that will last through tomorrow (11/11) morning at 6:00AM (probably Eastern Time).  The sale includes all kinds of great gift ideas including sleepwear starting at $5.99.  If you have a tradition of giving new pj's on Christmas Eve this is a great time to buy them.

You will also want to make sure to go through Shop at Home where you will get 5% cashback on your order, plus a $5 credit if it is your first time shopping through them.

Thanks Bargain Blessings

Disney's A Christmas Carol: $10 off Coupon!

Disney's A Christmas Carol Coupon and Rebates



Disney has released a $10 off coupon that is good on A Christmas Carol Blu-ray Combo Pack! This movie will be released on November 16th.  Keep watching for great deals that will be coming to use with this coupon. 

You can also get a $10 Mail-in-Rebate when you buy a Butterball Turkey and a $5 Mail-in-Rebate when you buy two participating Kernal Seasonings products. When you combine the 2 rebates and the coupon that is $25.00 off!  WOW! 

This is going to be a great savings.  I am hoping that by the time the movie is released there will be a deal that makes it so you earn money by purchasing the movie.  

JCPenny $10 off $25 with FREE site-to-store shipping and 6% Cashback

I'm just going to copy and paste this right from Bargain Blessings because I want to be sure to get it right.  Here is the post:
JCPenny



Site-to-store shipping is FREE for all items and regular shipping (to your home) is FREE for men’s and women’s shoes.  Another option is to use the code 4NICEVIP to get an additional 20% off, but keep in mind that you can only use one promo code per order.

This deal gets even better since Ebates is currently offering 6% cashback on your JCPenney purchases! Just log-in or sign-up, search for JCPenney and use their link to get to the JCPenney website!
Don’t forget to check out their clearance section. I love this dress (was $90) which ends up being just $15.97 after the coupon code and cashback!

Welch's Sparkling Grape Juice



You will want to make sure to print this$2 off 2 Welch’s Sparkling Grape Juice coupon before it is gone!  Watch your stores for sales and combine the coupon with the sale to get a really great deal. 

You many have to go a few pages back to find it, but keep looking.  I know I will be buying a bunch of this for the Holiday's.  Be sure and print the coupon twice!  

Thanks Bargain Blessings

Making Time for Your Someone Special Challange

Making Time for Your 
Someone Special 
Challange



Holiday madness is in full-swing.  Shopping, wrapping, decorating, crafting, parties, baking, planning, cleaning.  That makes me tired just looking at that list.  Extra time is in short supply and budgets are getting tighter.  Often we brush aside date night because we just don't have time, we are too tired, or we can't afford dinner and a move.  I know it does in my house, and what could be more important to make time for?  I want to pose a challenge to keep the romance alive during this wonderful, but crazy season. 

Challange:  Pick a night each week that you and your special someone dedicate to spending 2 hours together.  NO TV, movies, or spending money.  Be creative, have fun.  Parties don't count.  This is quality time just with your spouse. 

Here is a list of a few of my favorite ideas:

*Take a drive around town and see the twinkle lights.
*Have a carpet picnic.  (Put the kids to bed, throw a blanket on the floor, have a yummy dinner, then give foot massages and talk.)
*Game night
*Wii Sports Olympics (Make gold medals our of whatever you have laying around the house and play the sports.  Award the winner in a awards ceremony.)
*Go sledding, make snowmen or snow angels.  Catch snowflakes on your tounge.
*If it's warm, go star gazing and find constellations.
*Barrow your kids play dough and get creative.
*Make and decorate gingerbread houses or graham cracker houses.
*Make s'mores over your range.
*Who said date night has to be at night?  Have a romantic breakfast after watching the sunrise.
*Have a snowball fight.

Each Friday I will re-post this post.  All you have to do is comment with what you did that week for date night (keep the comments G rated, please).  Each week your comment will be entered into a drawing for a date night gift basket ($50.00 gift certificate to a restaurant of your choice, $25.00 gift certificate to a theater near you and a gift basket of sparkling cider, chocolate, and other fun goodies to spice things up.)

All entries must be post by midnight on December 31st, 2010.  The drawing will be held on January 1st, 2011.

For additional entries:  (please leave a separate comment for each additional entry.)
*Follow this blog. (One time additional entry)
*Blog about this giveaway linking my blog to the comment.  Then come back to this post and comment that you did.  (One additional entry per week.)
*Comment on Facebook about this giveaway.  Then come back to this post and comment that you did.  (One additional entry per week.)

Our Date Night:
Last night we played Settlers Of Catan (I won!  Wahoo!) then snuggled up under the Christmas tree and talked.  It was wonderful. 

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Enfamil Coupon

Enfamil

Don't miss this coupon for $5.00 off a tub (23.4oz) of formula. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Baby Deal Roundup: 11/10

Weekly Baby Deals Roundup: 11/10

The Baby Buzz by Barbie!



Flu Shot

If you get your flu shot between 11/7 and 11/30, keep your receipts for your flu shots and you could be elibable for a $5.00 rebate.

Go HERE to get the form and all the details.



Free Samples of Parent's Choice
Advantage Formula
 
Fill out a short questionairre and you will get a Free Full Day Sample of Parent's Choice Advantage Formula! 

**Sample should arrive in about 6 weeks. 

(Thanks Coupon Katarina)


OLD NAVY AND GAP



Wouldn't it be nice if babies actually wore out clothes before they outgrew them!?!  Thankfully there is always a good deal somewhere on baby clothes.  This week I shopped at both Old Navy and Baby Gap and got some really cute stuff for my little guys for a great deal.

Check out this 30% off Coupon from Old Navy and Gap.  Pair that with the clearance/sale section and add the free Shipping they are offering on purchases of $50.00 or more and you have a great deal. 

Click  HERE for the printable coupon!

FREE Udder-Covers Nursing Cover w/code “Thanksgiving”

FREE Udder Covers 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.
(Thanks Freebies 2 Deals) 

$3/1 Similac Formula Coupon RESET (= $.86 at Target!)


The wonderful $3/1 Similac formula coupon HERE has been reset – and that means more super-cheap formula at Walmart!  Even if you don’t have a little one, but have a heart for helping struggling mothers, this is a great cheap item to donate to a local pregnancy center or Women’s Crisis Center.  Here’s how to get formula for $.86:
Similac (1 qt.) $3.86
Use the $3/1 PRINT
(makes it $.86!)
For all our other Target Matchups for this week – go HERE.
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Thanks to GiveMeNeither for the heads up on the reset!

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!

DIAPERS! DIAPERS! DIAPERS!

Rite Aid
Free Diapers

Buy the following:
Pampers Jumbo Pack Diapers or Easy Ups at $8.99 (1+UP Reward)
Oral B CrossAction Toothbrush $2.99 ($2.99+UP Reward)
Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo 13 oz., $3.99 ($5 +UP Reward WYB $15 worth of Garnier Products)
Garnier Herbashine Hair Color $5.99 ($5 +UP Reward WYB $15 worth of Garnier Products)
Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color $5.99 ($5 +UP Reward WYB $15 worth of Garnier Products)

Use the following:
-$5/$25 Rite Aid
-$1 off Pampers diapers or pants, PG 10/31
-$1 off Oral B Toothbrush, $128 Inside Clip & Save booklet (Rite Aid coupon)
-$.75/1 Oral B Pulsar, Crossaction or Advantage Toothbrush, PG 10/10, 10/31
-$2 off Fructis Anti-Dandruff products Rite Aid coupon
-$1 off Garnier Fructis Anti-Dandruff Shampoo
-$2 off Garnier Nutrisse Hair Color, $128 Inside Clip & Save booklet (Rite Aid coupon)
-$3 off Garnier Herbashine or Nutrisse Color Cream, RP 9/12
-$2 off Garnier Herbashine haircolor Rite Aid Coupon 
-$3 off Garnier HerbaShine Color Creme Haircolor or RP 11/7, or RP 9/12
You pay $7.20 + tax and earn a $8.99 +UP Reward! That means you make $1.79 after coupon and + UP Reward!!

Thanks Crystal the Coupon Momma 


Diaper Deals and Coupons
(Don't forget to print the coupons twice)


Rebates/Promotions:
Thanks to the Thrifty Couple for Compiling that list


Kroger
    WalMart
    Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Jumbo Pack Diapers ($8.97).  Use $3.00/2 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers printable  for a final cost of $7.47 each.  

    Albertson's

    Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, 19-50 ct. jumbo pk. ($8.99).  Use $2.50/1 any Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers printable for a final cost of $6.49.  Or use either of the following, Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers, any $2/1 (EXPIRES 11-13-10) SS-10/17 OR $2.00/1 Huggies Little Snugglers (size N – 2) printable for a final cost of $6.99. 
     
    Walgreens

    Huggies Snug and Dry or Little Movers Jumbo pk Diapers ($7.99).  Use $2.50/1 Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers for a final cost of $5.49

    • Walgreens STORE COUPON: .50/1 Pampers Sensitive Wipes 60 – 64 ct. (Walgreens November Coupon Book, found in-store near the ads or the end caps)
    • Walgreens STORE COUPON: $2.00/1 Huggies Little Movers 56 – 76 ct. diapers (Walgreens November Coupon Book, found in-store near the ads or the end caps)
    Target

    Target STORE COUPON $2.00 off both 180 ct. wipes and 44 ct. or larger Pampers diapers or training pants 10/17 Red Plum Coupon Insert (this is a regional coupon) (12-17-10)