Thursday, September 23, 2010

Shrimp Pasta with Vegetables

Shrimp is one of my favorite seafood, so when my local grocery store had it on sale this week I had to stop and buy a pound. I had recently bought one of McCormick's already measured spices for shrimp. I was missing some of the ingredients for their primavera version, so I made up my own.

Shrimp Pasta with Vegetables:

1 1/2 tsp. dill weed
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 tsp. minced onions
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/4 tsp. thyme leaves
8 0z. penne noodles
1 lb. shrimp,peeled and deveined
2 cups vegetables ( I used red peppers, carrots and lima beans)
1 cup milk
1 can cream of mushroom soup
2 tbsp. butter

Cook pasta in a large saucepan as directed on package. Add the shrimp and vegetables the last 10 mins of cooking. Drain and set aside.
Mix remaining ingredients in sauce pan until boiling. Add the shrimp, vegetables and noodles back into the pot. Cook an additional 3-5 mins stirring occasionally.
Serve immediately.

This will make enough to feed a large family. Add more vegetables or crab meat to go even further. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free tub of Cottenelle Moist Wipes

Give a tub, get a tub. Click here to sign up for a free tub of Cottonelle moist wipes and share one with a friend.

Cottonelle will send you a coupon in the mail (allow 3-4 weeks) and they will send your friend an email to get one free too.

Hurry, I'm sure this deal will go fast.

BOGO coupon for Steaz Tea

Have you tried Steaz Tea? Here is your chance.
Sign up for Steaz Tea email and they will send you a coupon for Buy One Get One Free.

Steaz Tea is USDA organic, fair trade and all natural. The white tea with lime and pomegranate is my favorite, the green tea with peach is yummy also.

Steaz tea are priced around $1.25 at my local Whole Foods store. They are also sold at Target.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Organic Valley Coupons

Here are a bunch of Organic Valley coupons. Some of my favorites are: $1.00 off 2 half gallons of milk, $1.00 off cream cheese, $1.00 off cottage cheese and many more. Click, clip and save.

Earthbound Farm: $0.75 coupon

Enter for a chance to win a Free cook book from Earthbound Farm. They are giving away 10 cook books daily from now until October 15. Plus you can print a coupon for $0.75 off any Earthbound farm organic product. Double your chances by entering on Facebook.

I love their Romaine Hearts. This is the only lettuce my daughter will eat in her salad. Picky eaters, gotta love em'.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Five Deals Under $5.00 (Pirates of the Caribbean)

Clearance Costumes has some great deals on Pirates of the Caribbean costumes for kids and adults. Each week day they are discounting five deals under $5.00. It begins at 9am CDT and ends when they are "Sold Out".
There is still time to get your child "Jack Sparrow Pirate hat with beaded braids" for only $1.99 (regularly $21.99). If your child wants to be a pirate skeleton, it's on sale for $4.99 (regularly $49.99).

I'm still undecided on what I will be for Halloween. Trying to stay on a budget at Halloween time is hard for me. I like scary costumes. If anyone has any suggestions, let me know.

Pumpkin Muffins

Notice only five muffins, I couldn't wait until the pic was taken. So yummmmy!!

Finally, no more $1.39 pumpkin muffins. It use to be my routine to stop by my local Dunkin Donuts and get a cup of coffee and a pumpkin muffin once or twice a week. Even with coupons it adds up quick. I have come up with a awesome pumpkin muffin recipe. These are very moist and bursting with pumpkin flavor.


3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup white sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup melted butter
1 egg
1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

Strudel Topping:

1/4 cup flour
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 cup brown sugar
3 tbsp. melted butter

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray or line muffin pan. In a large bowl combine pumpkin puree, white sugar, brown sugar, melted butter and egg. Stir until combined. Mix in flour, salt, cinnamon, ground cloves, baking soda and baking powder. Pour into muffin pan, filling 2/3 full. In another small bowl make the strudel topping. Combine all ingredients and sprinkle on top of each muffin. Bake for 25 minutes. Makes 6 large muffins.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Buy Local, Buy Fresh, Save Money

Here are my goodies I bought from my local produce store, C-ville Market. If you live near the Charlottesville, Va area and haven't been to C-ville market, I suggest doing so. They have great local produce, yummy cheeses, wine and dairy items. Every week you can check their website for weekly specials. At the bottom of the page is a coupon for a FREE item. This week it is a 3lb. bag of onions. There are also coupons in the Val-Pak for extra savings. Here is a break down of what I bought.

Black cat shaped candies (for Halloween cupcakes): $1.22
Blue cheese crumbles: $3.43 ($7.79 lb.)
Mocha coffee candy (for the ride home): $1.40
Gummi bears: $1.05
Gummi pumpkins: $2.16
Bananas (reduced 0.29lb) 9.76lbs: $2.83
Sharp cheddar cheese: $3.28
Cucumbers (3 for 0.99): $0.99
Celery: $0.99
10lb. Russet potatos: $2.49
Green beans (0.99lb): $1.26
Local Peaches (0.99lb): $2.92
Red bell peppers (0.99lb): $1.55
Local Nectarine (0.99lb): $2.72
3lb. bag of Onions (0.99): Free with coupon
$5.00 off with coupon from Val-Pak

Total spent: $23.99

Buy Fresh, Buy Local and Save Money. Also, Check out your local Farmers Markets for great fruits and veggies.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Ebook from Heavenly Homemakers 25% off

Laura at Heavenly Homemakers has a great recipe for Homemade Chicken Broth. She is also slashing the price of her ebook "What to do with chicken in your kitchen". Regular price is $4.95 but get it through Sept. 14 for only $3.71.

If you haven't visited her site, please take a moment and do so. She has some awesome recipes.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

Request a free sample of Teasta Teas

Teasta Teas is giving out free samples. Select your favorite two and add to cart. Then enter code "TRYME" and receive them free. I had a hard time deciding, there are some delicious ones to choose from.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Chocolate Oreo Truffles

This recipe came from Kraft Foods. It is sooo chocolatey delicious. I made these for a Christmas party last year and they were a big hit. I had two ladies come up to me with pen and paper in hand wanting the recipe.

So, when it came time for our Meals on Wheels antique road show and bake sale, I decided to make these to sell at the bake sale. ( I volunteer once a week with Meals on Wheels) It's a great program if you have any elders that need a hot cooked meal. Our antique road show and bake sale has been a big hit the last few years, bringing in a lot of money for our clients meals.

1 package (1lb. 2oz.) Oreo cookies, finely crushed
1 package (8oz.) Philadelphia cream cheese, softened
2 packages (8 squares each) Baker's semi-sweet chocolate, melted

Mix three cups of the cookie crumbs and the cream cheese until well blended. Shape into 42 (1")balls.
Dip balls in melted chocolate, place on waxed paper-covered baking sheet. Sprinkle with remaining cookie crumbs.
Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Store leftovers in tightly covered container in refrigerator.

Last year I crushed up some candy canes and sprinkled them on top. I left the oreo crumbs off this time. Experiment and Enjoy!

More Bake Sale recipes to come, apple bread, pumpkin roll and pineapple upside down cake.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Free Gain dish liquid and $0.97 Tide Stain Remover at Wal-mart

( $1.91 O.O.P. plus tax)

My local Wal-mart has Gain liquid dish soap for $0.97 and Tide stain remover marked down on clearance for $3.97 (reg. price $6.97). There are coupons in 8/29 P&G insert for $1.00 off Gain and $3.00 off Tide stain remover.

5 Deals under $5 from Buy Costumes

Halloween Costumes

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. Call me crazy but I've always liked Halloween. We have our annual Halloween party each year the weekend before Halloween and it's a blast. We have boo houses for the kids, bobbing for apples, sack races, candy and lots more spooky treats. Costumes and decorations can get expensive. I was so excited to see that was having their $5 daily deals again this year. is offering their 5 deals under $5, five days a week. The deals start at 9am CDT and end when they are sold out. Check back each day for different items. You have to be quick, they sell out fast.

This is a great offer if you have multiple kids. Costumes can be very expensive. There are also decorations and props for your Halloween parties for $5 also.

Clearance Costumes

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Labor Day Back To School Shopping

Summer is coming to an end and time for back to school shopping. This Labor Day weekend head over to 6PM and check out their Back To School deals. 6PM is offering FREE shipping on orders over $100, don't worry if you don't spend $100, their shipping is only $6.95.

There are great deals on shoes, jeans, purses, shirts and much more. I recently bought a pair of Reef flip flops 60% off. They are so much more comfortable than those $2.00 flip flops.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Free Snack from Kashi

Kashi is giving away FREE snacks. You can choose from TLC cereal bar Ripe Strawberry, TLC chewy granola bar Trail Mix or TLC crackers Original 7 Grain. Just jump over here and request your FREE sample. Thanks Kashi!! Yummy!!

Buy One Get One Free at Harris Teeter 9/1-9/7

Harris Teeter has a lot of Buy One Get One Free this week. Some of my favorites are:

Ken's salad dressing: Buy 2 get 3 FREE ($3.25 each)
Activia deserts-4pk: $1.50 ($1.00 off coupon from SS 8/29 insert)
Del Monte fruit smoothies: Buy One get 2 FREE ($2.99)
Eight O'Clock coffee: Buy One get One FREE ($5.75 for two)
Skippy Peanut Butter: Buy One get One FREE ($1.37 each)

These are just some of my favorites. Check out all the coupon match ups from Madame Deals.
I usually wait until the weekend to do my grocery shopping but I have found out that the shelves are sometimes empty. So we went today and the shelves were full. JOY!!!

My total out of pocket was $39.96 and I saved $59.46. One mistake I did make was on the Mueller's pasta. They were suppose to be BOGO and I bought 6 total, well the lasagna, penne and bowties rang up regular price. I did not catch it at the register, so if your headed out to get this pasta make sure to watch at the register. The BOGO signs were posted on all the noodles. I live to far away to go back today. Bummer....