Friday, December 30, 2011

Happy New Years

I thought I would wish all of you a Happy New Year, Although I will have a new baby boy at the first of the year I can't think of a better new year resolution than to spend time of things that matter most in my life.

Our local newspaper called me for ideas and tips on how to spend more time with family, I was so honored to have our local newspaper come to me for my two cents on spending time with loved ones, They called me because I was the leader of a mothers group in our town. I thought I would just recap what I said, but hope to give you some simple insights to how you can spend real family time, please note we do not have a perfect system and it changes all the time. In general these are the guidelines and principles we use:

We have a family council, usually it's just my husband and I. and it's at least once a week we pick a day and usually it's Sunday, however if a problem arises we council with each other when the problem happens and not wait. especially if I am upset, I don't like festering emotions or problems. During Family council we will discus our financial situations, our sceduale, things that pertain to the week, the season, and so on. Most of these family councils happen over the dinner table or on a car drive.

I try to have a dinner at the kitchen table, besides this being the best time to talk as a family, I believe that children should have a chance every day to learn from mom and dad at the same time, Family dinner is that time. go here for more info on why it's so important for families to eat together at dinner

For more of a moment by moment or life happens I have this principle, live in the moment, not the past and not the future, Embrace your life as it happens. Love life and all the set backs, and share your time and  moments with your family.  And last and most important, I got my ah haa moment when I heard a Talk from my church leader that stated love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. 

"we must place high priority on our families. We build deep and loving family relationships by doing simple things together, like family dinner and family home evening and by just having fun together. In family relationships love is really spelled t-i-m-e, time. Taking time for each other is the key for harmony at home. We talk with, rather than about, each other. We learn from each other, and we appreciate our differences as well as our commonalities." Go here to read the whole talk. 

I hope that you all have a happy New Year, and this winter take time to be with family, it's the best time to stay inside and do family things. 

Babycakes Cake Pops

There are some things that you want; but don't really see the point in really needing it right? For example, "another Kitchen gadget" that will take up space and become a dust collector. Yes I am really guilty of said items, And I haven't really bought anything for our kitchen for a whole year! (go me) although the thought of having a Pampered Chef party does sound like "fun" So my point is I am really trying to not buy kitchen gadgets and think and act on "make it do or do with out" when it comes to the kitchen.

However when I got my Babycake Cake Pop maker I was totally excited, yes my mother-in law knows me too well, and knew that this would be something I would make and like to do... And so began my love affair with this (girly) kitchen gadget.

I was skeptical and first, thinking this might not be what I expect either the the cake balls/doughnut holes will not come out good, and it wont be worth my time or the whole process of cooking these things will not be worth my time. I WAS SO WRONG, I LOVE IT, and think every mom that has a toddler should have one, as they are great for a small snack with small hands. 

I started with something easy, doughnut holes, they turned out wonderful, I used a chocolate muffin mix (yep 39 weeks pregnant, not thinking about calories much these days) I used a sugar glaze to frost/coat them .

 I decided that putting the batter in a bag, cutting the tip off of the bag will help, less mess and faster to fill the compartments to make it easier I put a bag in a cup to fill. 
 Filling the pop cakes compartments was a breeze with a bag. cooking these little babies took 4-6 minutes. super fast for a hungry toddler
Yummy, with a small muffin mix, the ones that make like 6 muffin is perfect size for a small family. 

Other ideas that I have or want to do are:

Corn Bread nuggets: make Corn Bread from a Jiffy Mix, use syrup to add a glaze if needed. 

Corn Dog Nuggets: go Here

Cinnamon  Roll nuggets/balls, if you don't feel like making the dough  Pillsbury dough is a great option go here for the directions

and of course there are the regular cake pops you could make, those possibilities are endless, when making the cake mix use only half of the water, or you could do brownie bites/balls just follow the directions as cake like brownies. 

I am sure I will have more posts on this awesome useful kitchen gadget to come! If you have one I would love to know what you love to do with yours. 

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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Hy-Vee sale 12-28 through 1-03

Mrs Grimes Beans 59¢
Post Honey Bunches of Oats $2.38
Folgers Coffee $4.18
Hy-Vee Sour Cream $1.89
Hy-Vee 100% Natural Value Pack Split Chicken Breast 88¢ lb.
Brawny Paper Towels $5.97
Dole All Natural Premium Classic Salads $1.18
Golden Cantaloupe 1.98 each
HyVee Fresh Blackberries $1.88
HyVee Green Cabbage 38¢ lb.
Jumbo Zeal California Navel Oranges 59¢ lb.
Master's Touch Sweet Mini Peppers $2.88
Mission Ripe Hass Avocados 8 for $10
Hy-Vee Fish Market Fully Cooked Shrimp $5.99

Hy-Vee 1 day sale 12--29

Steak and Hamburgers !!!!!!!!
Great I need OJ!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Target: Save $10 off of a $50 Purchase OnLine (Starting Dec 25th)

If you are giving anyone a Target gift card this year, they might want to redeem it on-line starting December 25th. When they enter the code TGTGFT2U at checkout, they will save $10 off of a $50 purchase! What a great way to make those gift cards go even further

Friday, December 23, 2011

Walgreens Deals Starting December 25th

Lichi Super Probiotic, $9.99
Buy 1, Get $10 in Register Rewards
FREE after Register Rewards

Act II Popcorn 4/$1, with in ad coupon

Ajax Dish Liquid $0.89, with in ad coupon
Use $0.50/1 Ajax Multi-Purpose Cleaners and Dish Liquid, p.138 All You, Oct 2011 (exp 12/22/2011)
$0.39 each after coupon

Lifestyles Skyn Condoms (3 pack) $4.99,
Get $4.99 RR when you buy one
FREE after RR

Halls Cough Drops $1.29
Use $1/2 Halls Drops Bags, 20-30 ct 11/06/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
$0.79 each after coupon

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Those Pretzel Things ( Pecan Rollo Bites)

Make for a quick easy treat!

Total Time:
15 mins
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins

50 small pretzel twists
50 pieces rollo candies
50 pieces whole pecans or 50 pieces walnuts


1. Place pretzel pieces on a baking sheet.
2 Top with one Rollo candy.
3 Place in a warm (250 degrees) oven to just let the Rollo candy melt on top of the pretzel to hold it in place.
4 Remove from oven and place a pecan piece on top.
5 Let cool and harden.

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Hy-Vee sale 12-21 through 12-27

slow week!

Corn or Green Beans $0.39
Nestle Hot Cocoa Mix 10/ $10.00 $1.00
Hy-Vee Butter $1.77
Hy-Vee Cream Cheese $0.99
Hy-Vee Sour Cream $0.69
Idahoan Potatoes 10/ $10.00 $1.00
California Clementines $4.88 for 5lbs
Del Monte Gold Pineapple $2.67
Dole All Natural Salad Blends 2/ $3.00 $1.50
Dole Celery $0.88
Hy-Vee Fully Cooked Tail On Shrimp 5.94 lb.

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Monday, December 19, 2011

Menards Deals Now Through December 24th

Menards deals are brought to you courtesy of my husband. There are items you can get for FREE right now after mail-in rebate. Keep in mind your rebate will be in the form of Menards credit, so if you shop there it's a good deal.

LED Book Light FREE after $3.00 mail-in rebate

Nut Setter 10 piece FREE after $3.00 mail-in rebate

Tool Box Set 2 piece on sale for $4.99 after $5.00 mail-in rebate

Flex Head Wrench set 5 piece on sale for $9.99 after $10.00 mail-in rebate

8" Adjustable Wrench or Linesman Pliers on sale for $0.49 after $3.50 mail-in rebate

24" Aluminum Level with 9" Magnetic Torpedo Level on sale for $1.99 after $6.00 mail-in rebate

25' Tape Measure on sale for $2.99 each

Bird Seed Feeder on sale for $1.99 after $3.00 mail-in rebate

Mens Fleece Pullovers or Ladies Fleece Vest on sale for $5 after $3.00 mail-in rebate

Graco Pack 'n Play On the Run on sale for $29.99 after $20.00 mail-in rebate



1 cup all purpose flour
1/2 cup salt
2 tsp. cream of tartar
1 tbsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 cup water
1 tsp orange extract {optional}

Pumpkin Spice Playdough:
2 cups water
orange food coloring (or combine yellow and red)
2 TBSP vegetable oil
1 cup salt
4 tsp. cream of tartar
3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2 cups flour


In a medium saucepan whisk together dry ingredients. Next mix in the water, oil, and orange extract and stir until a thick batter is formed. Cook the mixture over low/medium heat until a thick dough forms. Turn out onto parchment paper and knead until smooth. Makes about 2 cups of dough.

Copyright © 2010-2011 Sweet Sugarbelle.

If you’re curious about gingerbread play-dough, it is just like any other version. The only difference is it’s a beautiful brown color and has a rich enticing aroma, just like real gingerbread.

It looks almost like the real thing, minus one thing…taste. You won’t have to worry about your kids eating this dough. Although it smells good, it tastes every bit as yucky as every day play-dough.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Orange Juice's 'Secret Ingredient' Worries Some Health-Minded Moms

Natalya Murakhver, a New York food writer and mother of an 18-month year old daughter, loved her premium brand orange juice -- the "100 percent pure" and "not from concentrate" kind that comes in the colorful carton and tastes consistently delicious.

That is, until she said she learned from her first-time moms group that there's a "secret ingredient" in all premium orange juices that companies are not required to put on their labeling.

Now, after writing Whole Foods, she refuses to buy her favorite, "365" juice, amid uncertainty about its contents.

"One of the moms said she had read about [how the juice is made] and they held it in tanks for up to a year and it pretty much lost all of its flavor and had to be reinvigorated with these flavor packs, which are essentially chemicals," said Murakhver, 40, and co-author of "They Eat What?: A Cultural Encyclopedia of Weird and Exotic Food from around the World."

For the last 30 years, the citrus industry has used flavor packs to process what the Food and Drug Administration identifies as "pasteurized" orange juice. That includes top brands such as Tropicana, Minute Maid, Simply Orange and Florida Natural, among others.

Murakhver said the addition of the flavor packs long after orange juice is stored actually makes those premium juices more like a concentrate, and consumers need to know that.

Experts estimate two-thirds of all Americans drink Florida orange juice for breakfast, and companies spend millions on their marketing campaigns touting its health benefits.
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The "not from concentrate" brands appeared on store shelves sometime in the 1980s to differentiate them from frozen juice and other bottled concentrates. Despite its high price tag -- now up to $4 a carton -- sales of the premium brands have soared.

But those juices don't just jump from the grove to the breakfast table.

After oranges are picked, they are shipped off to be processed. They are squeezed and pasteurized and, if they are not bound for frozen concentrate, are kept in aseptic storage, which involves stripping the juice of oxygen in a process called "deaeration," and kept in million-gallon tanks for up to a year.

Before packaging and shipping, the juice is then jazzed up with an added flavor pack, gleaned from orange byproducts such as the peel and pulp, to compensate for the loss of taste and aroma during the heating process.

Different brands use different flavor packs to give their product its unique and always consistent taste. Minute Maid, for example, has a distinctive candy-sweet flavor.

Kristen Gunter, executive director of the Florida Citrus Processors Association, confirmed that juices are blended and stored and that flavor packs are added to pasteurized juice before shipping to stores.

Flavor packs are created from the volatile compounds that escape from the orange during the pasteurization step.

But, she said, "It's not made in a lab or made in a chemical process, but comes through the physical process of boiling and capturing the [orange essence]."

The pasteurization process not only makes the food safe, but stabilizes the juice, which in its fresh state separates. Adding the flavor packs ensures a consistent flavor.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grades the quality of the juice based on color, flavor and defects.

"To get grade A, we have to blend it," she said. "Because oranges and their growing seasons vary, both the Valencia -- 'king of the oranges' -- and its lesser cousin, the Hamlin, are combined in the process.

"A processor is faced with harvesting the crop and giving the consumer some sense of what [he or she] might be getting," she said. "You buy branded orange juice, you kind of want it to taste, generally, the same. That expectation is met by blending different varieties and, in order to blend, storage is involved."

Hy-Vee 2 day sale 12--15 12-16 reminder

Hy-Vee Milk $0.99 limit 2 ( do more than 1 tran. it you need to)
Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue $3.99
Hy-Vee Garden Salad or Cole Slaw $0.88

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Catalina National Offers: December 8, 2011 - February 5, 2012

Listerine Pocket Packs (11/19/11 - 12/26/11)

Buy 2 participating products, and get $2.00 off your next shopping order ~ or ~
Buy 3 participating products, and get $3.00 off your next shopping order ~ or ~
Buy 4 or more participating products, and get $4.00 off your next shopping order.

Tombstone Pizza (11/28/11 - 12/25/11)

Buy 3 participating products, get $1.00 off next shopping order ~or~
Buy 4 participating products, and get $2.00 off next shopping order ~or~
Buy 5 or more participating products, get $3.00 off next shopping order.

Uncle Ben's (11/28/11 - 12/25/11)

Buy 4 - 7 participating products, and get $1.00 off next shopping order ~ or ~
Buy 8 or more participating products; get $2.00 off next shopping order.

Chex Mix (12/26/11 - 1/22/12)

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Homemade Taco Seasoning

Taco Seasoning
1 T Chili Powder
1/4 tsp Garlic Powder
1/4 tsp Onion Powder
1/4 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
1/4 tsp Dried Oregano
1/2 tsp Paprika
1 1/2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Sea Salt
1 tsp Black Pepper

Mix all together and store in airtight container.
Single batch is added to 2 lbs of ground beef.

thanks Learning the Frugal Life

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Hy-Vee sale 12-14 through 12-20

Hy-Vee All-Purpose Flour $0.99
Coke Products 12 Pack Cans or 6 Pack Bottles 4/ $10.00 $2.50
Pepsi Products 12 Pack Cans or 6 Pack Bottles 4/ $8.00 $2.00
Hy-Vee Potato Chips 3/ $4.00 $1.33
Kraft Natural Cheese 2/ $5.00 $2.50
Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/ $5.00 $1.25
Cool Whip Whipped Topping $0.69
Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes $0.99
Dole Broccoli $1.48
Exotic Sweet Mangos $0.99
Jumbo California Zeal Navel Oranges 88¢ lb.
Monterey Whole White Mushrooms $1.18
Ocean Spray Cranberries $1.69
Farmland Sliced Bacon 12 or 16 oz. (11-20 S $0.55/1) $2.99=$2.44

Hy-Vee Baking Chips $1.77
Hy-Vee Apple Sauce $0.97
Hy-Vee Yogurt To-Go $2.09
Hy-Vee Waffles 3/ $5.00 $1.67
Hy-Vee Kitchen Helpers Reclosable Storage or Freezer Bags $1.50
Mission Ripe Avocados 2/ $3.00 $1.50

Hy-Vee 2 day sale 12--15 12-16

Hy-Vee Milk $0.99
Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue $3.99
Hy-Vee Garden Salad or Cole Slaw $0.88

Monday, December 12, 2011

Homemade Star tree topper ornament

Yellow Paper
TP Roll

1st print and cut out a free star template. Then use Yellow paper and traced 2 stars. Glue, Glitter each of them. After they dry cut them out. Use a tolet paper roll for the middle. Cover the roll take yellow paper over it. Then tape the 2 Stars to the roll. Now you have you Tree Topper!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Toys R Us / Babies R Us: Huggies Little Movers Santa Diapers Only $3 (12/9-12/10)

Starting tomorrow, December 9th through December 10th, Babies R Us and Toys R Us will have Huggies Little Movers Santa Diapers (21 – 29 ct) on sale for just $5 per jumbo pack! Excellent sale price! Even sweeter, you can use a manufacturer coupon (love those things! ;) ) to score these for even less…

Buy Huggies Little Movers Santa diapers $5
Use the $2/1 Huggies Little Movers coupon found in the 11/20 SS
Or use the $1.50/1 Huggies coupon found in the 11/20 SS
Final cost as low as $3 per pack! Great price!

thanks hip2save

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hy-Vee sale 12-07 through 12-13

GREAT TIME TO GET GIFT CARDS, if you spend $100 on gift card you get $10 off your next purchase!

If you have Iphone you will want to check out HyVee NEW APP!

HY-Vee Ad coupons:
Midwest Country Fare Light Brown or Powdered Sugar (limit 1) $0.99
Hy-Vee Bran Flakes, Corn Flakes, Crispy Rice or Tasteeos(limit3)$1.48
Hy-Vee Cream Cheese (limit 2) $0.79
Hy-Vee Grade 'A' Fresh Large Eggs (limit 1) $0.88
Imperial Spread $0.49
Ore-Ida Potatoes Buy 2 get 1 free coupon
85% Lean Fresh Ground Beef (1 lb limit 1) $1.99
Hy-Vee Russet Potatoes $0.99 (limit 1)

Store Ad:
Hy-Vee Chili Style Beans 2/ $0.88 $0.44
General Mills Chex Cereal 3/ $5.00 $1.67
Hy-Vee Oats $1.88
Nabisco Ritz or Snack Crackers 2/ $4.00 $2.00
Hy-Vee Sour Cream $1.28
Hy-Vee Yogurt $0.29
Hy-Vee Frozen Vegetables $0.68
Amana 100% Natural Beef Bacon Wrapped Boneless Sirloin Fillet $2.50
Blue Ribbon Beef Boneless Chuck Roast 2.69 lb.
Dole All Natural Premium Classic Salad 2/ $3.00 $1.50
Fresh Eggplant $0.99
Fresh Green Peppers or Cucumbers 2/ $1.00 $0.50
Jumbo Golden Cantaloupe $1.88
Stemilt Washington Bartlett or Anjou Pears 99¢ lb.

Online Ad:
Purchase 4 Pillsbury Pie Crusts or Cookies 5.2 to 14.1 oz. select varieties at 2 for $5, Save 3.50. Purchase of 4 required. Limit $3.50 off with coupon. Limit 1 coupon per customer. SLU 16090

Monday, December 5, 2011

Walgreens: Dove Men+Care Deodorant $0.37 Each

lookout for the bonus packs of Dove Men+Care deodorant. These bonus packs include 2 full size deodorants and are the same price as the single ones. Plus, they are included in the Register Reward deal…

Dove Men+Care deodorant 2.7 or 3 oz (look for bonus packs) $3.99 = $3 RR
Use the $0.25/1 coupon found in the 11/13 RP
Pay $3.74
Get back a $3 RR
Final cost $0.74 total – which makes each deodorant only $0.37!

thanks hip2save

Thursday, December 1, 2011

7 Up Biscuit Recipe! You will NOT be sorry you made these!

STOP. Whatever you are planning on making for dinner, if you have these 4 ingredients you HAVE to make these biscuits tonight!! I made these the other night and I am still a ROCK STAR with my family! They were AWESOME!! If you have a Popeye’s in your area these taste just like the biscuits from that drive-through! There is a new coupon for the Bisquick HERE.

I could seriously eat an entire pan with butter and jelly.

7 UP (or Sierra Mist) Biscuits
2 cups Bisquick (coupon HERE)
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup 7-up
1/4 cup melted butter

Cut sour cream into biscuit mix, add 7-Up. Makes a very soft dough.
Sprinkle additional biscuit mix on board or table and pat dough out. Melt 1/4 cup butter in a 9 inch square pan. Place cut biscuits in pan and bake at 450 degrees until golden brown.

You will NOT be sorry!

thanks iheartthemart

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Hy-Vee sale 11--30 through 11--06

Huggies Diapers, Pullups or Goodnites $8.99 use ($2/1 11-20S Huggies Little Snugglers or Little Movers Diapers)
Hy-Vee Baking Chips $1.38 good price, stock up!
Midwest Country Fare Granulated Sugar $1.49
Hy-Vee Tomatoes $0.49
General Mills Cereal $1.99 use (Save $1.00/2 Cheerios SS Insert 10/23/11)
Folgers Country Roast Coffee $6.99 use (Save $1.00/1 Folgers Coffee RP Insert 11/6/11)

Hy-Vee Cottage Cheese $1.68
Hy-Vee Noodles or Pasta $0.88
Blackberries 2/ $4.00 $2.00
Sweet Red Bell Peppers $1.00

online ad:

Del Monte Tomato Juice $1.38
Hy-Vee Grated Parmesan Cheese $2.67
Hormel, Lloyd's Woodfire or House of Tsang Entrees $4.99
Hy-Vee 100% Natural Grade 'A' Whole Chicken 99¢ lb.
Stemilt Braeburn or Red Delicious Apples 99¢ lb.
Sunkist Choice Navel Oranges (4lb bag) $2.99

Hy-Vee 2 day sale 12--1 12-2

Hy-Vee All Purpose Flour (limit 2 per tran) $0.88 Stock up price!
Ocean Spray Juice Cocktail $1.77
Hy-Vee Butter (limit 2 per tran) $1.88
Hy-Vee Sliced Bacon $2.50
Dole All Natural Salad Blends or Caesar Kits $1.25

Monday, November 28, 2011

Hy-Vee sale through 11--29

Folgers Gourmet Selections Coffee $5.99
Midwest Country Fare Vegetables $0.97
Green Onions 2/ $1.50 $0.50
Mission Ripe Hass Avocados 2/ $3.00 $1.50

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Coupon vs Not Couponing

I found this on theKrazycouponLady and thought I would share this with you.

What I Learned from My 6 Month Coupon Break:

Six months ago I canceled my subscription to the newspaper, stopped checking the couponing websites hourly, and let several Register Rewards from Walgreens expire…Uggg! I was just plain burned out. My third baby was 3 months old, and I had just returned to work full time. Newspapers were piling up with coupons unsorted, and I just couldn’t deal with it any more. So I had a radical idea: Why not just shop like a normal person?

The first few months were fine. We had a nice stockpile of everything our family needed. In fact, our storage of food and other products was overflowing! It was nice to start seeing a little wiggle room in our pantry. I didn’t have to un-stack 6 boxes of cereal to get to the cans of peaches piled up in the very back of the cupboard.

Around month 4, we were still doing okay. It was late summer, and the local produce stands were overflowing with fabulous fresh food. We went grocery shopping about once a week usually just to get milk or charcoal for the grill. Living off our stockpile was amazing because we spent far less than our allotted weekly grocery budget, leaving more money for fun!

But then the downward, spending-too-much-on-groceries spiral began. It started suddenly but quickly escalated out of control! First we were down to one pack of diapers. With two children in diapers and one still in the process of potty training, this is a big deal. “Okay,” I thought. “I’ll just buy a box of Great Value diapers, like any normal person would.” Little did I know I would have to buy a box every 1-2 weeks, and at close to $20 a pop it was adding up quickly!

Next, I realized we only had one jar of spaghetti sauce left. Yikes! Spaghetti is our go-to meal that we have at least once a week. How could this happen? We had close to 20 jars. I guess that explains why we only have 3 boxes of spaghetti noodles left too. The final straw: when my husband had to buy body wash at FULL PRICE! Anyone who has couponed for any length of time knows how easy it is to get health and beauty products for free. What were we doing wasting our hard earned money paying for products we can easily get for free? This could not be happening! That’s when I realized I NEEDED to get back to couponing.
To sum it up, this is what I learned from my coupon sabatical:

It is a very good idea to have a 6 month stockpile of items around the house–not only to be prepared for a job loss, but for other times when you just might not want to go to the store.
Only buy items you or your family will use. Those cans of peas I got about a year ago for a ridiculously low price are still in my pantry. Even though they were close to free, and even though our pantry became close to empty, we still didn’t eat them. I’m sorry, we just can’t stomach canned peas.

No deal is a good deal if it goes to waste.
Use it or lose it. Your newspaper subscription, that is. The point of getting 6 (or however many you get) newspapers a week is to save money with multiple coupons. But you’re losing money if you just let your papers pile up. Cancel if you need to, save a tree, then re-sign up when you are ready.
Couponing can save you thousands of dollars. During the end of the 6 months without coupons, my husband and I found ourselves going to the store 2-3 times a week. We were out of items we got used to having on hand, and shopping on such short notice doesn’t leave much time for clipping coupons or looking for sales. I’m scared to go back and check receipts to see how much money we wasted by not being prepared.
Moderation in all things, including coupons. Cut yourself some slack. You don’t need to get every deal. Sales and seasons cycle. You don’t need to clip every coupon, either. I found myself saving contact solution coupons because they had previously been moneymakers. But I don’t wear contacts. I don’t need to do that. The time would be better spent playing with my kids.

This Sunday our dry spell came to an end. I was excited beyond words when my 6 Sunday newspapers were delivered. I no longer have to shop like “normal” people, and it feels so good! It will take a little time to rebuild everything we have depleted, but I am re-energized to keep on top of the organization and stockpiling. It was good to have a break, but it is GREAT to be back!!!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Free Softlips & More Great Deals, Starting 11/27 at Walgreens!

Looks like we will be seeing a few great deals starting 11/27 as we all wind down from the Walgreens Black Friday extravaganza :) I am excited to try the new Softlips lip product and am happy for a super deal on my favorite gummi bears! Here are some of the deals you’ll be able to score:

Softlips Lip Protectant & Sunscreen, Pearl, .07 oz $2.00, On Sale Starting 11/27
Buy 1, Receive $2.00 Register Reward, Limit 1
Final Price: Free

Walgreens Cold Sore Treatment, .07 oz $7.99, On Sale Starting 11/27
Buy 1, Receive $7.99 Register Reward, Limit 1
Final Price: Free

Mission Max Muscle Rehab, Roll-on Gel, 2.5 oz $5.99, On Sale Starting 11/27
Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Register Reward, Limit 1
Final Price: Free

Mission Rehab Foot Cream, 3 oz $5.99, On Sale Starting 11/27, On Sale Starting 11/27
Buy 1, Receive $5.99 Register Reward
Final Price: Free

Haribo Gummi Candy, 4.25 to 5 oz $0.79
With in ad coupon, Limit 3
Use $0.30/1 – Haribo Product, 4 oz or larger – (
Final Price: As low as $0.49

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Potato Scones

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Ready In: 30 Minutes
Servings: 10
"'These pretty biscuit-like wedges are very moist and flavorful,' notes Judie Anglen, Riverton, Wyoming. 'They're tasty slathered with butter, honey or jam...or use them as a base for creamed dishes,' she suggests."
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons cold butter or margarine

1 cup mashed potatoes (prepared with
milk and butter)
1/3 cup milk
1 egg
1. In a bowl, combine the flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine potatoes, milk and egg; stir into the crumb mixture until a soft dough forms. Turn onto a floured surface; knead gently 10-12 minutes or until no longer sticky. Gently pat or roll dough into a 9-in. circle about 3/4 in. thick. Cut into 10-12 wedges. Separate wedges and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden brown.

Happy Thanksgiving! leftovers?

Turkey Cranberry Monte Cristo
Servings: 4
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 8 min
Difficulty: Easy
Ingredients Add to grocery list

8 slices bread (potato bread, challah, or any other soft bread)
1 cup fontina cheese, grated
8 slices cooked turkey breast
1/2 cup whole cranberry sauce
1 cup baby arugula leaves
3 eggs
1/3 cup milk
pinch nutmeg
2 tablespoons butter

Lay the 4 slices of the bread out on a cutting board.

On each slice, place 2 tablespoons of the fontina, followed by 2 slices of the turkey, and 2 tablespoons of the cranberry sauce.

Equally divide the arugula leaves and place on next layer.

Top with the remaining fontina and remaining bread slices.

Press down firmly on sandwiches to seal in the filling.

In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and nutmeg.

In a large skillet over medium heat, add the butter.

Dip each sandwich into the egg mixture coating both sides.

When butter is melted in skillet, add the sandwiches and cook until golden brown.

Flip sandwich and repeat with other side, adding more butter if necessary.

Remove from pan, drain on paper towels, and let sit for a few minutes.

Cut in halves and serve.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Black Friday Ads

you can't wait to look at all of the Black Friday ads that will come in the paper tomorrow be sure to head over to to check out all of the ad scans and find discussions on the best deals.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Hy-Vee sale 11--25/ 11-26/ 11-27 (3 day sale)

go Here to see full ad

Budding club and promos

go here to sign up for offers

then go here to enter giveaway

Enter for a Chance to Win!

We're giving away $50,000 worth of cash in weekly
prizes! Just follow the easy steps below to enter the sweepstakes. Entry period begins on 11/15/11 and ends on 2/27/12. Weekly drawings start 1/5/12. Good luck!

12 weekly winners could win
one of these cash prizes:
$250, $500, or $1,000

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Cranberry Upside-Down Sour Cream Cake

Prep Time:
20 Min
Cook Time:
1 Hr
Ready In:
1 Hr 30 Min


1/2 cup butter
2 cups white sugar
2 tablespoons water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (12 ounce) bag fresh or frozen cranberries
1 1/2 cups cake flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup sour cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Generously grease a 9 inch springform pan. Wrap aluminum foil around the outside of the bottom to prevent leaking.
Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in 1 1/2 cups of white sugar, water and cinnamon until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil and then add the cranberries. Stir to coat with the sauce, then pour into the prepared pan.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In a medium bowl, beat the remaining 6 tablespoons of butter with 1/2 cup white sugar and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and sour cream. Mix in the dry ingredients. Pour the batter over the cranberries in the pan.
Bake for about 50 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool on a rack for 10 minutes, then run a knife around the outer edge. Invert onto a serving plate and remove the springform pan.

go Here for more info

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

GoHERE for more info and pics!

Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Serves: 16

3 eggs
1 cup white sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
confectioners’ sugar for dusting
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese


Preheat oven to 375 degrees F . Grease a 15x10x1 inch baking pan and line with parchment paper. Grease and flour the paper.
In a large bowl, beat eggs on high for five minutes. Gradually add white sugar and pumpkin. Add flour, cinnamon, and baking soda. Spread batter evenly in pan. Sprinkle walnuts evenly on top if desired.
Bake at 375 degrees F for 15 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly touched. Immediately turn out onto a linen towel or parchment paper dusted with confectioners sugar. Peel off original paper and roll cake up in the towel, starting with the short end. Cool.
To Make Filling: Mix confectioners sugar, vanilla, butter or margarine, and cream cheese together till smooth.
Carefully unroll the cake. Spread filling over cake to within 1 inch of edges. Roll up again. Cover and chill until serving. Dust with additional confectioners’ sugar, if desired.

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Pumpkin French Toast Bake

Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

Ready In: 45 Minutes
Servings: 8
"A delicious breakfast indulgence, perfect for those crisp autumn Saturday mornings."
8 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 tablespoon white sugar

1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
1 loaf Texas toast thick-sliced bread, cut
into 1-inch cubes
1/3 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon butter, softened
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish.
2. Whisk the eggs, vanilla extract, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, the cloves, nutmeg, and white sugar together in a bowl; beat in the pumpkin until fully incorporated.
3. Arrange the bread cubes in a single layer in the prepared baking dish; pour the pumpkin mixture over the bread cubes, and gently toss to coat.
4. Stir 1/3 cup of brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon, flour, and butter together with a fork in a small bowl until the mixture is crumbly; sprinkle over the bread cubes.
5. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top, 30 to 40 minutes.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Iowa Falls this week:

Iowa Falls First Untied Methodist Church's 4th annual "Journey to Bethlehem"
more than 400 nativity scense and angles on display
Saturday Nov.19th from 1-630pm
sunday Nov 20th from 10:30am to 5pm

Thanksgiving Day dinner at Bethany Lutheran Church, the 3rd annual community dinner. Thursday, Nov. 24 at noon call 641-648-3555 for reservations. Take out and delivery available.

Lighted Parade Downtown Iowa Falls Nov 25th 6pm

Free Hot Cider & Cookies During the Lighted Parade
Served by ASB and Iowa River Insurance

Free Chili Cook off Friday Nov. 25th (following light Christmas parade at 6:30pm)
at Rivers Edge, to register call 515-7209236

90 Free Recycle Bank Points

sign by going to this:

Then go here to get your free points:
Recycle Bank is offering 90 FREE Points. Just click HEREhere and complete all the tasks to receive the points. This offer is available for a limited time only.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Consumer Recalls: Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky

Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky

The J.M. Smucker Company announced a limited voluntary recall on two specific Best-If-Used-By dates of 16 oz. Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky because it may be contaminated with Salmonella. The Natural Chunky Peanut Butter, which is packaged in 16 oz. jars, is identified as follows: UPC: 5150001701, Production Codes: 1307004 and 1308004, Best-If-Used-By dates: August 3, 2012 and August 4, 2012, Chunky product only (not creamy). The affected product would have been purchased between November 8th and 17th. The recalled peanut butter was distributed in Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and the District of Columbia.

Consumers who have purchased Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter Chunky with the above Production Code and Best-If-Used-By dates are urged to discard the product immediately and call the company at 1-888-550-9555 for a replacement coupon. The company may require proof of purchase. Consumers with questions can contact the company to speak to a customer service representative at 1-888-550-9555 between Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM - 7:00 PM.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

this blog has a lot of cute things

I Just Earned $12 in Free Amazon Credit!

As many of you know, I just love survey sites. I spend a few hours each week taking them and save my money to pay 100% for Christmas each year. Well I recently joined a new one and I’m pretty excited about it. It’s called MommyTalk. New members get a $5 credit added to their account, plus there are over 70 surveys you can qualify for right away! You’ll earn money for sharing your opinions on new products, advertisements or services and occasionally you’ll get free full size products to try! Here’s how to get started:

Stop over HERE and sign up for a free account by answering a few questions.
You’ll come to a page of offers – you can click “no” for all of them and go on to the next page to complete your registration.
Check your inbox for a verification email and click to confirm your account. Now you have $5!
Now sign back in and check your dashboard to see all the surveys available for you to take. Here’s what mine looks like today:

As you can see, I have 76 surveys available ranging from payouts of $1-$7. I started with the $7 survey and it took me under 20 minutes to complete. Since I already had my $5 bonus, I’m already up to $12!

Once your account reaches $25 you can cash in for Paypal money or Amazon gift cards. You can pick and choose which ones are worth your time based on their payout.

thanks, momsbyheart, I have and do other groups like this and love it , this looks great!!!

Infusium Hair Care at Walgreens, As low as $0.99, Starting 11/20!


Bayer Advanced Aspirin, $1.99 with In Ad Coupon
$2/1 Bayer Advanced Aspirin Product, exp. 12/31/11 (RP 09/11/11)
Final Price: FREE after Coupons!

Nozin Nasal Sanitizer, $7.99
Buy 1, Get $8 in Register Rewards
Final Price: FREE after Register Rewards!

Crest Complete & Oral B Complete Products, 3/$9
Buy 3, Get $3 in Register Rewards
$2/1 Crest Complete Toothpaste, Scope Dual Blast Rinse, Oral-B Complete Floss, or Oral-B Complete Toothbrush, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 09/11/11 R)
$1/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel, exp. 11/30/11 (P&G 10/16/11)
$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel, exp. 11/30/11 (P&G 10/16/11 R)
Final Price: As low as FREE after Coupons and RR!

Infusium Hair Care, $4.99
Buy 1, Get $2 in Register Rewards
$1/1 Coupon from Sunday 11/20 Inserts
$1/1 Coupon from Walgreens Make this Season Stunning Booklet
Final Price: As low as $0.99 after Coupons and Register Rewards
I have use this and like this, this is a great deal!

Advil Children’s Product, $4.99
Buy 2, Get $3 in Register Rewards
$1/1 Advil Children’s Product, exp. 12/31/11 (RP 10/30/11)
$2/1 Advil Suspension Children’s or Infants, exp. 12/31/11 (Walgreens, New Infant Care)
Final Price: $.39 ea. after Coupons and Register Rewards!

EASY Homemade corn/bean candle holder

votive or tea light candle
corn or a mix of popcorn and dry beans
a empty old butter/cottage cheese/ etc. container
plastic spoon or wood stick
glitter (makes it fun)

1st have the kids put the corn or bean mix in to the container
2ed put lots of glue and mix until every piece it covered
3rd pat the top to have a smooth top
4th glitter the top
5th put the candle down in the middle
6th put glue around it so the candle with stick to the corn or bean mix
7th let it sit over night to 24 hours the push out of plastic container

Parade in Radcliffe

Each year, on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, churches and businesses in Radcliffe area visit downtown for a lighted Christmas Parade.
This year, the parade is Nov. 26 (not sure on time) Once the parade is over, visits with Santa are available, along with goodies.

Welcome the Holidays

The lighted parade of Iowa Falls Chamber/Main Street's "Sing in the Holidays" celebration is scheduled for 6pm Friday, Nov. 25th

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Disney Thanksgiving Printable: Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Fun and Easy!!! You just to print and cut then tape or glue!!!

Download the template here:
Mickey Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Will you let Pilgrim Mickey have a spot at the table this Thanksgiving? Don't worry ... he doesn't eat much and even brought his own turkey leg!


Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out Mickey's body and each of his arms. Do not cut along dashed lines in the body or arms -- these lines are where you will fold the paper.
Take Mickey's body and make all of the folds along the dashed lines for the body and the tabs. Make each fold away from you except for Mickey's legs. For Mickey's legs, fold the top dashed line towards you and the bottom dashed line away from you. This will help Mickey sit on the edge of a table or shelf.
Glue the tabs to the inside of Mickey's body. The glued tabs will create an open box on Mickey's back.
Fold each of Mickey's arms in half along the dashed line and glue the two sides together. Be careful not to glue the tabs at the end of each arm together. Instead fold the tabs outward in opposite directions so it creates a base to attach the arm to Mickey's body. Glue each arm to Mickey's sides.
Drop a few pieces of candy into Mickey and make a special delivery!

more crafts:
Download the template here:
Minnie Mouse Pilgrim Candy Box

Mickey & Friends Thanksgiving Coloring Page

Disney's printable crafts are specially designed with muted colors to conserve your printer's color ink.

Hy-Vee Match ups and Sales 11/16-11/24

Go Here at PennyPinchinmom to see all the coupon and sales match ups My favorite matchups that I will be utilizing, Its a great add week:

 Coca-Cola Products - 4/$11
Purchase 12 packs or 6 packs. Purchase of 4 required. Limit 1 per customer.
(use your store coupon1/1 any 12 pk coke  from the fundraiser book for an even better deal at 1.75 a 12 pack! if allowed)

$0.35/1 Pillsbury Frosting or Brownie Mix, exp. 1/31/12 (RP 11/06/11 R)
$1/2 Pillsbury Frosting or Brownie Mix, exp. 1/31/12 (RP 11/06/11)
Final Price:As low as 2/$2.16 or $1.08 each

$1/2 Crisco Product, exp. 1/31/12 (RP 11/06/11)
$0.50/1 Crisco Product, exp. 1/31/12 (RP 11/06/11 R)
Final Price: As low as $2.49 each

$1/2 Hershey's, Reese's or Heath Baking Chips, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 11/13/11)
Final Price: As low as 2/$2.76 or $1.38 each
(look for vendor coupons on display at the end of the baking isle by the meat counter for a buy 3 get one free, Final price with that coupon would be $1.44) My side note is that I got some of those coupons about a month ago on the hersheys baking chip endcap, I don't know if there are still some or not.

$1/2 Nabisco Crackers printable
$0.75/2 Nabisco Crackers, exp. 12/31/11 (SS 11/13/11)

Final Price: 2/$3 or $1.50 each

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