Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
1 1/2 tsp chopped garlic
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1/2 tsp chili paste
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp honey
2 cans (6 1/2 oz. each) tuna, drained
3 tbsp crushed peanuts ( we used chopped cashews, free from CVS)
4 cups coleslaw mix
1 package of wonton wrappers to make cups to hold tuna mixture.
Heat oven to 350*.
Mix up the dressing ingredients and set aside.
Next, put the tuna mixture ingredients in a large bowl and toss to mix. Add the dressing to this mixture and toss.
Brush 24 muffin tins with peanut oil (1 tbsp). Place 24 wonton wrappers in tins and brush any dry spots, especially tips with oil. Put in oven and bake for 6-7 minutes. Take out of tins and cool on wire rack.
To serve, place a pile of mixture on the plate and 6 wontons per person.We served this with egg rolls and fresh fruit. You could also serve it with corn on the cob, if you don't have or like egg rolls. This was a really lite and refreshing dinner.
I think this mixture would also make a yummy wrap if you don't want to mess with the wontons.
12 oz. of tuna (close as you can get with what you have on hand)
1 Roma tomato, diced
2 green onions, sliced or a little bit of onion diced
12 black olives, sliced
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella or 1 mozzarella cheese stick, chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 to 3 tbsps. of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Drain the tuna if using canned tuna. Put the tuna in a large bowl and flake. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir until everything is distributed throughout.
I love this salad on a croissant but Jessica loves it on whole wheat. What's your favorite bread for tuna salad? Do you make your own bread? If you do make your own bread, what recipe do you use?
To see more great tips on what works well for others, (recipes, uncommon uses for everyday objects, tips, etc.) check out Works For Me Wednesday at We Are That Family.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Now you may be scratching your head and wondering why I need all these coupons when what I needed was coffee creamer. Well, the Vanity Fair Plates and Bowls were on sale BOGOF and the coupon I pulled from the October All You was BOGOF (I had 5). So after sale and coupons, I got 6 plates and 4 bowls totally free (no dish washing for me this holiday season). These had to be rung up in separate transactions because the register would only take one coupon per transaction.
Here is a list of the rest of the deals that I picked up.
5 - boxes Comtrex $5.99 ea. minus 5 - $3 MQ and 5 - $3 walgreens coupons from Healthy Savings booklet (took off $15)
5 - boxes Wheat Thins 5/$10 minus $1 MQ and 2 - $1/2 MQs and scanned $1/2 walgreens coupon from Diabetes booklet (took $2.5 off)
2 - boxes Sugar Free Theraflu 2/$10 minus $2 walgreens coupon from Diabetes booklet (took off $4) there is a MQ out for $3 off 2 Theraflu products (I forgot to pull mine)
2 - boxes Triaminic Sever Fever $1.69 ea. minus 2 - $1.50 MQ and scanned $2 walgreens coupon from Healthy Savings booklet (took off $3.38)
1 - Carnation Coffee Mate $3.79
My total after all coupons was $11.24.
I received $3 RR for Nabisco crackers, $3 RR for Theraflu, and $4 RR for the Triaminic.
So this trip cost me $1.24 for everything.
We are set on cold medicine and dinner plates.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Well it has certainly been a long time since I posted last. I have been dealing with a lot of craziness at my house and am finally feeling more in control. With the upcoming holidays, menu planning is going to be a huge part of keeping stress at bay. I hope you will join me and your holidays are truly a joy.
We are definitely in the mood for a change in our menus. I have scoured my magazines for some great inspiration and am looking forward to this weeks menu.
Monday - BBQ Pork Sandwiches (made with sliced leftover Spice-rubbed Pork Loin from Sunday), chips and fresh fruit
Tuesday - Maple-Walnut Chicken w/wild rice and sauteed spinach
Wednesday - Sizzling Shrimp Quesadillas w/shredded romaine, guacamole, and black beans
Thursday - Thanksgiving Dinner with all the trimmings
Friday - Jamika's Salmon with Pineapple Salsa, basmati rice, and fresh spinach salad
Saturday - Dinner out after church
Sunday - leftover night
I hope after looking at the recipe links you are inspired to try one of these recipes. I know that seafood can sometimes be expensive but I often pick up ez peel shrimp for $3.99 a pound. A pound of shrimp is all you need for a family of four. The rest of the ingredients for the quesadilla can be picked up fairly inexpensively. This is a restaurant quality meal for a fraction of the cost. As we get close to the winter season, the price of salmon has come down and my daughter has asked for salmon this week (I'm always happy to oblige a request when I can).
I will be posting a couple of recipes that we made last week and really enjoyed. One of those recipes uses canned tuna (which is a stockpile staple) and won ton wrappers. Stop by tomorrow to take a peek at these recipes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.
For more menu plans, hop on over to the Org Junkies Menu Plan Monday post.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Debbie from Dining With Debbie left a comment on my Menu Planning Monday post and here is my response. A very delicious and super easy Mexican Pulled Pork recipe for the Crock Pot.
3-6 pounds of pork (we use pork tenderloin when it is on sale)
1 can cola (no diet please)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cinnamon sticks or sub 2 tsp ground cinnamon
1 bay leaf
2 cloves garlic (whole or chopped)
Put all ingredients in the crock pot and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
We shred the meat and use it two different ways. First, we add bbq sauce to some shredded meat and make pulled pork sandwiches. Then a couple nights later we use some of the shredded meat to make burritos with rice and black beans (we heat up a drained can with a 1/4 cup of salsa). This recipe is a family favorite and great for those nights my son has a football game.
If you'd like to see how others use their crock pots to make life easy, please visit Dining with Debbie's Crock Pot Wednesdays.
Monday, October 19, 2009
Last week life happened and the menu plan was not followed to the T. My sons football game ran really late because of rain and lightning. I had the black beans and chicken in the crock pot. My daughter had that for dinner since she stayed home to work on her homework (high school has been a killer). I ate at the game and grabbed Chick fil a for my son on the way back to the school to pick him up. It was 9 o'clock by the time he got to eat something. Sean and I had leftovers the next night and Jessica had a frozen dinner with some fruit. We all really liked the Black Bean and Chicken burritos and will make them again.
Thursday we ended up having frozen fish fillets, mac and cheese, and canned peas (all from the stockpile).
Friday we had a Birdseye Garlic Shrimp and Pasta skillet meal (again from the stockpile).
Saturday rolled around and my daughter was dying for something make from scratch. We eat out after church on Saturday nights. So I told her she could make chili and cornbread for lunch. We altered a recipe to use what we had on hand and came up with Canadian Maple Turkey Chili. I honestly believe that this is the best chili we have ever eating or made. If you try it come back and let us know what you think.
Now Sunday we decided to make the Tilapia with Balsamic Browned Butter and Creamy Farfalle with Bacon, Tomato and Peas from Wednesday's menu.
As you can see not everything got made and some things shifted a bit but everyone was fed.
Sometimes life happens but if you have a well stocked pantry and freezer it is easier to roll with it.
Now for this weeks menu:
Monday-Chicken and Apple sausages with leftover Creamy Farfalle with Bacon, Tomato and Peas, and fruit
Tuesday-North African Meatballs with Couscous and Glazed Carrots
Wednesday-Sleezy Chicken, Green Giant Mixed Veggies w/Cheese, and baked potatoes
Put Sticky Chicken in crockpot and cook for use on Friday.
Thursday-BBQ Pork Chops (copied from Simple Frugal in Canada), Ranch Mashed Potatoes, and Broccoli
BBQ Pork chops
Enough pork chops to feed your family (you can also use ribs)
Your favourite BBQ sauce (we like Bullseye)
Onion, cut into rings
Place onion rings on the bottom of the slow cooker. Place pork on top of the onions. Pour enough BBQ sauce over top the pork to coat every piece. Cover. Cook on low for about 5-6 hours.
Friday-Creamy Spinach and Chicken Enchiladas, black beans and a side salad
Saturday-Dinner out after church
Sunday Supper-Leftovers or homemade pizza
Thanks for stopping by.
If you want to see what others have on their menus, hop over to Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday Link Up.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
I just finished having a bowl of the best chili my daughter and I have ever made. We wanted to make the recipe from the Dinner Survival cookbook but did not have everything for the recipe. So, we decided to wing it. Following is the recipe we came up with.
1 to 1 1/4 lbs. lean ground turkey
6 slices bacon cooked in the microwave on paper towels, about 4 minutes or until done
1 onion, diced
2 ribs celery, sliced
8 oz. container of white mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1/2 of a green bell pepper, diced
1/2 of a 1 lb bag of baby carrots, chopped
2 to 4 Tbsp maple syrup
1 Tbsp chili powder
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp salt
ground pepper to taste
1/2 ground ancho chili powder, less if you don't like spicy food (you can substitute ground cayenne pepper)
1 Tbsp tomato paste (we use a tube because it is easier to store)
1 small can Muir Glen Fire Roasted tomatoes
1 can cannellini beans (mix with 1/4 c. bbq sauce and 2 tbsps molasses) or 1 can baked beans
1/2 cup ketchup
1/2 can of corn, drained (save the other have to put in cornbread)
Put 1 to 2 Tbsps oil in dutch oven or large pot. Heat over high heat and add ground turkey. When meat is browned add the onion, celery, carrot and mushrooms. Cook 1 to 2 minutes to soften vegetables, then add maple syrup, salt, pepper and spices. Cook for 3 more minutes, then add tomato paste, canned tomatoes, baked bean mixture, corn, and ketchup. Reduce heat to low and let simmer for 20 minutes.
This chili goes great with homemade cornbread. We follow the recipe on the canister of cornmeal and add the leftover 1/2 can of corn. We mix up the cornbread while the vegetables are cooking.
I hope you will try this recipe and let us know what you think.
For more great recipes, you can visit The Groery Cart Challenge Recipe Swap.
I used the Huggies coupon printed from this link. It is good on any Huggies diapering product. The wipes were $2.39 - $2 printable coupon.
I used the Hasbro coupons printed from this link for the games. I used the coupons on the travel games found in the luggage area of Target. I will be donating these to a toy drive or the Rainbow Room mentioned in this post.
I price matched the Skippy PB with Walgreens ad for $1.66 (go to customer service for this) and used $1 off target coupons found here.
For the Jimmy Dean Breakfast Bowls I used the $1/2 insert coupon from 8-30-09 and (4) $1 Target coupons printed from here.
The coupons for the Chef Michael's came from several source. Some were found in previous bags already used. I had two Target coupons from an insert and a coupon printed from here. I also used coupons from the 10-11-09 SS insert.
The $2 Rimmel Mascara coupon came from the 8-23-09 RP insert making the total for the mascara only $.29. There is also a coupon in the November issue of All You.
The orange juice and Cheerios coupons were printed on the bottom of previous receipts.
My total out of pocket for this trip was $13.42.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Monday, October 12, 2009
Monday - Porkchops, Baked Acorn Squash, side salad and rolls
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
I want to let you know that there are many Hasbro coupons ranging from $2 - $10 off Plaskool toys. These are bound to go on sale soon. Keep an eye on your store fliers and check back here to see if I find any great deals. Print as many as you can and pass them out if you can't use them. With the holidays right around the corner, think toy drives and Angel Trees, these will help stretch our giving dollars and put a lot of smiles on children's faces. You can find these coupons here or by clicking on the Coupons.com button in my sidebar.
If you find any great deals on these toys please feel free to share in the comments section.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Monday, September 21, 2009
Friday, September 18, 2009
1 Chex Mix $2 - 2x 50cent ecoupons - 50cent mq insert
2 BC Fruit Roll Ups $2.50 ea - 2x 50cent shortcuts (ecoupons) - 50cent cellfire (ecoupon) - $1 mq
2 GM Cocoa Puffs $2.50 ea - 75cent shortcuts - 2x $1 mq IP(Internet printable)
12 Nature Valley Nut Clusters $2.50 ea -3x $1 ecoupons - 3x 40cent ecoupons - 12x $1.60 mq received from Pssst (I will be handing these out to friends and neighbors to get their opinions)
2 Pillsbury Cinnamon Mini Bites $1.89 ea - $1 shortcuts - 40cent shortcuts - $1 IP
2 Grands Biscuits (small cans) $1.49 ea - 2x $1 shortcuts - $1 IP
1 Toaster Strudel $2.50 - $1 IP
2 Green Giant Steamers $2 ea - 50cent IP
1 Kid Cuisine frozen dinner $2.50 - 3x $1 shortcuts
1 Yoplait Yo Plus $2.50 - 2x $1 cellfire -$1 mq
1 OM Bacon $3
2.19 lbs bananas $1.07
.79 lb Roma tomatoes $1.18
2.05 lbs red grapes $$1.99
5lb bag potatoes $2.19
4x $4 off GM Cereal deal
All these deductions brought my total down to $8.37
My total savings at the bottom of my receipt was 91% or $86.12
I also received a catalina for a free box of Capri Sun and found a $5 giftcard in one of the boxes of Cocoa Puffs.
If you would like to see a picture of this shopping trip you can read my post here.
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Thursday, September 17, 2009
For more great grocery trips head over to The Grocery Cart Challenge.
My children have seen many things and places that they might not have if we would have stayed put in Texas. We moved to Gilbert, AZ first and so they have been to the Grand Canyon. They have also been to San Diego and San Francisco. We use to drive everywhere when we lived in Houston, Texas. And it would take us a day just to get out of Texas, so I don't believe we would have ever ventured to California. They have also lived near the beach in Corpus Christi because of one of these moves. And we have lived in West Texas in the very family oriented town of Midland. We have loved all of these place and had great adventures but we are glad to be back home in Houston, Texas.
Things have come full circle for us and we are Happy were we are planted.
$.25 off of Dole Juice products
$.25 off of 20 oz. Pepsi
$.25 off of Sobe Lifewater
You can print each of theses coupons twice.
Remember to "Pay it Forward."
Tell your friends to come visit me to get their coupons.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
You can enter the "It Pays To Eat Pasta Sweepstakes" here. You may enter once each day until October 30th of 2009.
8 Grand Prizes of free groceries for a year ($5200)
42 First Place prizes of a mini grocery spree ($200)
With coupons and sales we could easily turn $5200 into $10,400 or more. If I win, I will post all my shopping trips to see how far that $5200 will go.
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
When you buy 5 Kashi products you will receive a $5 gift card. You can do this deal as many times as you want (no limit). I did 2 deals and split it up into 2 transactions along with a few other items. Here are my transactions.
4-Johnson's Buddies $1.02 ea. - (4)$1 mq from 9/13 inserts(Johnson's Any)
4-Market Place cheese sticks $.40 ea - (2)$1 Target coupon found here
5-Kashi waffles $1.83 ea - (5)$1 mq peelies found on packages of Kashi cereal last month (still some out there)
Total after coupons was $4.24.
I paid with a $5 gift card from a previous week and owed nothing. I then received a $5 gift card.
1-Sara Lee Soft and Smooth loaf of bread $1.99 - $1 mq received in a Wizards of Waverly Place House Party kit.
1-Kashi cookie $2.88 - $1 mq peelie
2-Kashi granola bars $2.88 ea - (2)$1 mq peelie
1-Kashi cereal $2.88 - $1.50 mq
1-Kashi waffles $1.83 - $1 mq peelie
Total after coupons was $8.84.
I paid with $.74 left on gift card use in previous transaction and used the $5 gift card earned in the last transaction. That left me owing a grand total of only $3.08 for all these item.
And then I received a $5 gift card to use later.
Monday, September 14, 2009
Last weeks menu was a great success. The Hoisin Chicken Wraps on last weeks menu was definitely a family favorite and will be repeated before the year is over. The fish taco menu was also very yummy. Jessica especially liked the green rice. We thought that the Spicy Ginger-and-Orange Chicken with Broccoli was not spicy enough. We will add some crushed red pepper flakes the next time we make that one. We only used a 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper this time.
This week my son Sean has his first football game of the season. He is in 7th grade and we are very excited for him. Because we don't know exactly when we'll be home, sloppy joes will be on the menu. Reheating that will make for a quick gamenight meal.
We are using proteins we already have in the freezer to keep the grocery budget down a little this week. Because we had a lot of chicken last week, I have decided to really mixup the menu this week. I hope you are ready. It's going to be a good one.
Tuesday-Mexican Turkey Casserole
Wednesday-Big Boy Sugo over egg noodles, green beans and rolls (The recipe for the Sugo is from Rachal Ray's Big Orange Book cookbook. After we try it, I will type it up if we feel like it was worth the time it takes to make.)
Thursday-Chicken Sausages, Not Potato Salad, and Cantelope
Saturday-Dinner Out after church
Sunday-Garlic and Rosemary Meatballs in Red Sauce, eggnoodles, and salad
After reading our menu plan, I hope your mouth is watering and you are ready to try something new.
Have you tried any new recipes recently that your family liked? If so, feel free to leave a comment and share some of your favorites.
For more great menu options you can visit Laura over at Org Junkie.
Sunday, September 13, 2009
1 pound ground turkey breast
1 tablespoon chili powder
1/2 tablespoon ground cumin
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/2 bag of baby carrots, sliced into small pieces
1 small zucchini, diced
2 tablespoons of canned diced green chiles (put the rest in a baggie and throw in the freezer for another recipe)
10 oz. frozen corn
1 (15 oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
Zest and Juice of 1 lime
12 corn tortillas
1 1/2 cups shredded mexican cheese
2 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 avocado, removed from skin, pitted and chopped for topping
1 head of lettuce, shredded
Preheat oven to 375*F.
Heat oil in a large skillet or dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add ground turkey and brown for 4 minutes, breaking up as it cooks. Season the meat with chili powder and cumin. Add next six ingredients and cook for 8 more minutes. Next, stir in the chiles, corn, and beans and heat through. Check the seasoning and add more if you like. Stir in the chicken stock and cook for and additional 2 minutes. Take pan off the heat and stir in the cilantro, 1 tsp of the lime zest, and the lime juice.
Put half the mixture in a 13 x 9 baking dish, top with 6 corn tortillas and repeat. Top with shredded cheese and bake 7 to 10 minutes until cheese is melted.
Top each serving with lettuce, tomato and avocado. Put salsa on the table for those who like it spicy.
For more great recipes you can go to the Recipe Swap over at The Grocery Cart Challege.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
If you want to print multiples of the Target coupons that didn't come from inserts (cheerios, artisan bread, ice cream, etc.) you can go here. Some of these coupons expire on the 12th of this month so you will need to hurry.
This was a really fun trip and I hope you are able to get in on some of the deals. Let me know how your trip works out. I love when others are able to score fantastic deals.
Remember to, "Pay it Forward."
Monday, September 7, 2009
Welcome back y'all. I hope everyone had a wonderful and safe holiday weekend.
Well from looking at what my daughter and I have planned for meals this week, it is the week of the chicken. We've thrown in one fish night for good measure and to throw a curve ball to the guys when they say, "What's for dinner, chicken?" LOL. Can't wait for that one.
As you have probably noticed, we don't repeat a lot of meals often. We like variety and we never get bored trying new recipes. We will pull out a few of our favorite fall and winter recipes from last year. For the most part we will have at least a few recipes that you have not tried. We will always update you the following week if we made any changes to the recipes used.
This week we were in the mood for food with a lot of flavor. I guess it's that whole going from summer to fall transition. We are in the mood for comfort food and our comfort food has a lot of flavor. I am so excited about the fall and winter recipes. I hope y'all will check back to see what we're cooking.
There were no changes to last weeks recipes. We liked everything except the slaw recipe from friday.
Monday-Labor Day Family Get Together
Tuesday-Hoisin Chicken Wraps and sugar snap peas
Wednesday-Bourbon Orange Skillet BBQ Chicken with Cornbread Topper and a side salad
Thursday-Spicy Ginger-and-Orange Chicken with Broccoli, rice and egg rolls
Friday-Fish Tacos with Quick Slaw, Avocado Sauce and Green Rice
Saturday-Dinner Out after church
Sunday Supper-Old-Fashioned Chicken and Dumplings with a side salad
What are some of your family's favorite recipes? Feel free to leave a link to your favorites or just leave a comment. Maybe will be trying some of your favorites next.
To view more menu plans, head over to Org Junkie.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
The main reason I went was because of the Intuition Razor deal, my daughter Jessica loves these things. So when I can get them free or really cheap, I stock up. There are manufacturer coupons out for $4 off and there are also Target coupons for $4 off in last weekends inserts. You can stack these two coupons together for some overage. Make sure you give all manufacturer coupons first then hand over the Target coupons. And whatever you do, don't give all your coupons to the cashier if you have a lot. I made this mistake and the cashier got flustered. I know that she missed a couple of my coupons now. It is the price I paid to learn this lesson.
Now on to my shopping trip.
1-Gerber baby bottle = free with Target printable
1-Petite loaf Artisan bread $.99= free with Target printable
1.27 lbs bananas =$.56 (cashier missed this coupon, should have been $.06)
6-Glade Scented Oil Candles refill packs$2.50 ea (5 were free, you guessed it the cashier missed one for $2.50)
4-Glade Scented Oil Tins $1.66 each-$2 off coupon on each for $.34 overage on each
2-Palmolive Pure and Clear $2.49 ea - $.75 mq on each and $1 Target q on each
2-Hillshire Farm Lunchmeat $3.04 ea - $1 Target q on each
1-Bottle good balsamic vinegar $9.69
2-Cheerios single serve cups$1 -$1/2 mq and $1 Target q makes them free
1-Sara Lee bread $1.99= free when you buy 2 Hillshire Farms Lunchmeat tearpad coupon
1-carton Tropicana OJ$2.89 - no coupon
1-16oz International Delights refridgerated coffee creamer$2.04 - $1 IP mq
4-Intuition Razors $6.99 ea - $4 mq each and $4 Target coupon each for $1.01 overage
2-Hefty One Zip trial size bags $1.04 each - $1 mq IP
8-Chef Michael cans of wet dog food $.84 ea - 4 BOGO mg and 4 BOGO Target q
My total for all this was only $17.90.
And I will be sending off for a $2.49 rebate for the Palmolive Pure and Clear.
How did your week go? Did you find any great deals?
Friday, September 4, 2009
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
6-Scented Oil refills
2-Scented Oil candle holders
2-Glade Sense & Spray
1-pair Phillips headphones (used a rain check to get the sale price of $6.99 + earned $7 ECB)
$4 off $20 coupon from ready fill booklet
4-$1.00 off Scented Oil refills (insert coupon)
2-B2G1 free coupons for the refills (took $2.50 off)
2-$2.00 off Scented Oil candle holders
2-$4.00 off Glade Sense & Spray
ECBs earned=$9 for the Glade deal, $7 for the headphones