Saturday, August 29, 2009

My first whole chicken!

I have been wanting to do this for a while. I got the idea from The name makes me laugh - Beer Butt Chicken.

I got the chicken out of the plastic wrap, grabbed all the guts out (it's really not that gross), and ran it under a little water. I bought the cheapest can of beer they had at Shell ($1), poured out half of it, and plopped the chicken on the beer can. I then melted about 1/4 stick of butter and mixed in salt, pepper, and garlic powder. I then basted the chicken with the melted, seasoned butter, and put it in the oven at 350 degrees for about an hour and 1/2. I took it out when the temperature deep in the thigh was 180 degrees F. It's that easy! They said to use 2 sticks of butter, one on the chicken and one in the beer can, but I didn't want to use that much butter. I'm sure the chicken would have a lot more flavor if you rub the seasonings into the meat, under the skin, but I couldn't figure out how to do that.

Carving is another story. Videos on the internet make it look SO easy. It wasn't. I ended up with two pretty breasts and the rest very unpretty and all shredded up. I've decided I'm going to make chicken tortilla soup with the shredded up chicken, and fried rice with the breasts.

I really did all of this so I could make homemade chicken stock. I found many recipes. I'm going to follow this recipe sometime in the next week when I make the stock from the chicken bones. Fun!

Chana Masala

Chana Masala aka Chickpea Curry
Bhavini Patel
6 servings

1, 29 oz can of chickpeas (or two 15 oz cans), rinsed and drained
1 small onion, pureed
4 roma tomatoes, pureed
2 medium red (new) potatoes
cumin seeds
cinnamon stick, broken in half
whole cloves
mustard seeds
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp fresh garlic, minced (can use 4 tsp ginger garlic paste instead of fresh ginger and garlic)
2 tsp cumin powder
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp garam masala (1/2 tsp if heat sensitive)
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp red chili powder
salt, to taste
cilantro, chopped
juice of one lime

Boil the potatoes, skins on, until cooked through. You can also microwave them. (Make sure a fork can easily be poked into the potato.) Set aside to cool. When cool, peel off the skin and cut up the potato. I used a potato ricer, but Bhavini just holds the potato in one hand and a knife in the other and kind of shaves pieces off. Pour some oil in a pan on medium heat. Use a wok if you have one. When hot, add a pinch of cumin seeds, mustard seeds, cinnamon pieces, and about 8-10 cloves. Let them sizzle for about a minute. Add the ginger and garlic. Let it sit sizzle for a minute or two. Add pureed onion, and let it sit for a minute. Add cumin powder, coriander powder, garam masala, turmeric powder, red chili powder, and salt to taste. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes, covered. Add pureed tomatoes. Let sit for five minutes, covered. Add chickpeas and potatoes. Garnish with cilantro and lime juice. Serve with rice or naan.

*This picture is thicker (less saucier) than how it should be. I used 2 big cans of chickpeas in the above picture, but I now use one can (29 oz).

Thursday, August 20, 2009


Sorry no picture this time! My camera is packed up and ready to move to College Station. :o)

Sandy Hern
She also makes a really good veggie lasagna!

1 lb ground beef (2 lb if you like really meaty lasagna)
2 Tbsp oil
1 small minced onion
1 1/2 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp black pepper
3 tsp oregano
4 Tbsp parsley flakes
1 tsp sugar
1 can diced tomatoes
3 cans tomato sauce

16 oz. lasagna noodles
Big bag of mozzarella cheese (I think it's 32 oz...?)
Regular size bag of Parmesan cheese

Brown beef in a large pot (at least 2 1/2 quart pot using 1 lb beef). Strain beef, wipe down pot with a paper towel, heat oil, and saute onions. Add strained beef, garlic salt, black pepper, oregano, parsley flakes, sugar, diced tomatoes, and tomato sauce. Simmer for 30 minutes. If it is splattering everywhere, cover the pot with a lid.

Cook lasagna noodles in boiling water (add 2 tsp vegetable oil to water so noodles won't stick). Cook until tender, but slightly firm.

In a 9 x 13 inch baking dish, layer: meat sauce, lasagna noodles, mozzarella, and 2 Tbsp parmesan. (You will use all of the mozzarella, but not all of the parmesan.) End with sauce. (I always put cheese on top of the last sauce layer.) Also, somehow I always end up with a few lasagna noodles left over. I think my pan (glass pyrex) isn't as deep as most lasagna pans.

Bake 45 minutes to an hour at 350 degrees. Remove from the oven, and let sit for 15-30 minutes to set. Bon Appetit!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Kroger Run 8/15

Finally, I have awoken from a much needed nap. Last night I went to Kroger from 11:30pm-1:30am. (It took forever because I wasn't organized at all.) If you didn't know, Kroger did a sale today where they doubled coupons up to $1. That's a big deal in the coupon world. Sadly, the Krogers in this area didn't have everything I was looking for, but I still did pretty good. I got all of the following for $11.56:

Grande Tortilla chips
Knorr beef bouillon cubes
Activia yogurt
Mahatma Rice, 1 lb
Smart Balance Mayo
2 Ragu
French's mustard
I can't believe it's not butter spray
Smart balance oil
2 buitoni angel hair pasta
2 healthy balance juices
Luzianne tea, 24 bag ct
2 Success jasmine rice
Cinnabon bars
2 Starbucks coffee drinks
gallon of milk

2 oxy face products
covergirl eyeliner
skintamite shaving cream

Lysol toilet cleaner
2 glade air fresheners
2 air wick air fresheners
2 scotch green scrubber thingys

Energizer 4 AA pk
Rubbermaid cup

Monday, August 10, 2009

Speedy Chicken Stir Fry

Speedy Chicken Stir Fry
Kraft Foods

8 oz. angel hair pasta (capellini), uncooked
2 cups small broccoli florets
1 lb. bonless skinless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup Kraft Asian Toasted Sesame Dressing
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/3 cup chopped Planters dry roasted peanuts (optional)
8 oz can of sliced water chestnuts, drained (optional)

Cook pasta as directed on the package, adding broccoli to the boiling water for the last 3 minutes of the pasta cooking time.

Meanwhile, spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray; heat on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 to 8 minutes or until cooked through, stirring occasionally. Stir in dressing, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, crushed red pepper, and water chestnuts (optional); cook 1 minute, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta mixture; place in large bowl. Add chicken mixture; mix lightly. Sprinkle with peanuts (optional).

Back to School Giveaway: $50 Hanes Giftcard

One of my favorite blogs, Common Sense with Money, is hosting a giveaway for a $50 Hanes gift card. Go here to enter. This giveaway ends 8/16 at 9PM CST. Good luck!

Target Trip 8/10

I got all of the above for $7.96! I got a $5 off of $25 Target coupon in the home mailer for the opening of the new Wylie store, so I had to take advantage of that.

What I did:

Snickers and Twix, $0.52 each
-two coupons for FREE Mars Candy
=both FREE

2 Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra starter kits, $5.99 each
-two $6 off Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra i-Motion Starter Kit (SS 8/9)
=both FREE

Stacy's Pita Chips, $2.50 each
-$1 printable coupon
=$1.50 each
I've been waiting to get these half price all summer! Now I can try the Pioneer Woman's Stacy's pita chips recipes! :o)

Kellogg's Poptarts, $1.52

-$0.75 Target printable coupon
-$0.55 Kellogg's Poptarts printable coupon

Broccoli, $0.99

Hunts Diced Tomatoes, $0.79
-$0.25 Target home mailer Hunts coupon

Ronzoni Smart Taste Pasta, $1.22 each
-$1/2 printable coupon
=$0.72 each

Kashi Cereal, $2.74
-$1 Target home mailer Kashi coupon
-$1.50 printable coupon (IE link and FF link)

Lipton Tea, $2.50
-$0.50 coupon (RP 6/28)

Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, $1
-$1 printable coupon

Target Hydrogen Peroxide, $0.62

Bananas, $0.49/lb, got 1.46 lbs (accident)
-$0.49 Target printable coupon

2 apples, $0.99/lb, got $0.95 lbs

-$1 Target printable coupon

Free Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra at Target

Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra is on sale for $5.99 this week at Target (originally $11.99). There is a $6 off coupon in this past weekend's (August 9th) Smart Source insert, making them free!

**So, I am completely confused. I'm not sure if I got the right product with the coupon even though they gave it to me for free. There is the Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra and the Air Wick i-Motion scented oil warmer. The coupon says Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra i-Motion Starter Kit. Because of the i-Motion, I would think it was the Air Wick i-Motion scented oil warmer, but because of the Freshmatic Ultra, I would think it was the other one. There was another coupon for the Air Wick Scented Oil i-Motion Starter Kit, leading me to believe I got the right item, but the coupon beeped and the cashier's screen said "item not purchased." I'm officially confused.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings
All Recipes

4 skinless, boneless (partially frozen) chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons butter
2 (10.75 oz) cans condensed cream of chicken soup
1 onion, finely diced
1 package refrigerated Grands homestyle biscuits (8 ct package - we like a lot!)
--Roll these out flat, sprinkle pepper on them, and cut into inch pieces
1 can chicken broth
Frozen vegetables (optional)

1. Place the chicken, butter, cream of chicken soup, and onion in a slow cooker, and pour chicken broth to cover. If you are sensitive to salt, use low sodium chicken broth or water instead of regular chicken broth.

2. Cover, and cook for 4 ½ hours on High.

3. After the 4 ½ hours, take two forks and break apart the chicken. It should fall apart very easily.

4. Place the cut biscuit dough in the slow cooker. Make sure to push them under the liquid with a fork so they will cook through. Cook for 1 ½ hours on High. Cook longer if dough isn’t cooked through. (If you want to add frozen vegetables, throw them in in the last 30 minutes. Brett likes me to add them because it reminds him of chicken pot pie.)

8/9 Trip to Walgreens

I bought:

Dallas Morning News - $3
Listerine 500 mL - $3
Reach toothbrush value pack - $3
Reach Ultraclean Floss 30 yd - $3
Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup - $0.79 (w/ in-ad coupon)
Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup - $0.79 (w/ in-ad coupon)
Campbell's Cream of Chicken Soup - $0.79 (w/ in-ad coupon)
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - $0.79 (w/ in-ad coupon)
Colgate Total Enamel Toothpaste - $2.99

Subtotal before coupons: $18.15

I used:

$5/3 on the listerine, reach toothbrush, and reach floss
$1/2 on Campbell's soups
$1/2 on Campbell's soups
$0.75 on colgate total toothpaste
$3.50 Register Reward from last week

Subtotal after coupons: $6.90 (paid on giftcard that I got for free for transferring a Rx)

I got back:

$6 register reward for listerine and reach products
$3 register reward for colgate total

Saturday, August 8, 2009

My 8/8 Trip to CVS

I wanted to use the $5 off of $25 coupon, so I could get really cheap Nexxus products. This is how I got all of the above for $2.06. (This is for the 8/9 - 8/15 sale week. The CVS in Plano starts their weekly sales on Saturday.)

Get $10 ECB wyb $20 of Nexxus Products (Limit 1)
-Bought 2 stylers: mousse for $10.99 and heat protectant spray for $11.99
(These were cheapest products I found that I would use. My original plan was to get a shampoo and conditioner for super cheap, but shampoos were $11.99 and the corresponding conditioners were $13.99, so I passed on the shampoo/conditioner and got stylers.)

Candy on sale for $0.50 each
-Bought 2 candies (snickers and twix)

Sharpie Highligters for $0.99

Subtotal: $24.97 before tax ($27.03 with tax)
-$5 off of $25
-$3 off Nexxus Hair Care products SS 7/12
-$3 off Nexxus Hair Care products SS 7/12
-$1/2 candy coupon from the 7/26 RP insert
-$1 off Sharpie Highlighters printable

New subtotal: $11.98 before tax (CVS does not take into account tax when you pay with ECBs)
-$7.99 ECB
-$3.00 ECB

I then owed $0.99 ($1.07 with tax - since I am not paying this with extra bucks the tax matters here), and I paid it on a giftcard that I had gotten for free for transferring a Rx. I got $10 ECB on my receipt. Therefore, I lost $0.99 ECB and paid $1.07 on a giftcard = $2.06 total!

The best of Walgreens deals: 8/9 - 8/15

Register Rewards Deals

Get $2.99 RR when you buy one Colgate Total Enamel Strength Toothpaste for $2.99
-$1/1 coupon from 7/26 SS insert
=FREE plus $1 in overage after coupon and register rewards

Get $5 RR when you buy one Jergens Naturals Lotion 16.8oz for $5.99
=$0.99 each after register rewards

Get $4 RR wyb 2 Neosporin/BandAid Products
Neosporin - $3.99

-.50/1 Neosporin, SS 8/02, 6/28, RP 5/17
-$1 off Neosporin, SS 8/02, 6/28/ RP 5/17 or printable (IE) or printable (FF)
-$2 off Neosporin, Walgreen’s Activity Book coupon (store coupon)
Band Aid - $2.99
-.50/1 Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages, RP 5/17, SS 6/28, 8/02
-$1 off Band-Aid Adhesive Bandages, SS 6/28, 8/02

Buy 2 Band Aids at $2.99 each
-two $1 off Band Aids coupons (see above)
Get Back: $4 RR, makes it FREE

Buy: 2 Neosporin at $3.99 each
-$2 off Neosporin store coupon (comes off twice)
-two $1 off Neosporin
Get Back: $4 RR, you make $2.02 profit
***** (thanks, Southern Savers!)

Get $6 RR when you buy three Reach floss or Toothbrush or Listerine 500 ml at 3/$9
-$5/3 coupon from 8/2 SS insert
=$2 money maker after coupons

Get $2 RR when you buy one Glade Sense and Spray for $6.99
-$4 coupon from July All You Magazine (makes it $0.99 each after coupon and register rewards)
-$3 off Glade Plug-ins Scented Oil Lasting Impressions Holder, SS 8/02 (makes it $1.99 each after coupon and register rewards)

Non-Register Rewards Deals

Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers - 2/$5
-$2/1 or $2.50/1 printable coupons available last week
=FREE or $0.50 each after coupons

Campbells Soups - $0.79 with in ad coupon
-$1/2 printable coupon
=$0.29 each after coupons

All Detergent - $4.49
-$1/1 printable coupon
=$3.49 each after coupon

Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaners - 2/$3

-$1/2 coupon from 7/12 inserts or $0.50/1 printable coupon
=$1 each after coupon

Stayfree Maxi pads 16-24ct - $1.99
-B1G1 coupon from 6/28 SS insert
=$1.99 for two packs after coupon

Ecotrin - $1.99
-$2.25 printable coupon
-$2/1 from 5/17 SS insert
=FREE after coupon

Mentos Gum - .99¢ ea with in ad coupon
-$1/1 SS 6/21
=FREE after coupons

Back to School Deals

Bic Round Grip Pens - 2/$1
-$1/2 printable coupon
-$1/2 RP 8/09
=FREE after coupon

Sharpie Highlighters - .99¢ ea
-$1 off Sharpie Highlighters printable
=FREE after coupon

Penway Filler Papers $0.49 after in ad coupon

Penway one subject notebook $0.49 after in ad coupon

Mini Memo or Composition Book $0.19 after in ad coupon

Highlighters or Scented Gel Pen $0.19 after in ad coupon

Two pocket folder $0.19 after in ad coupon

The best of CVS deals: 8/9 - 8/15

**Fill out this survey and get a $5 off of $25 coupon to use this weekend**

3 Day Sale: Sunday - Tuesday

Get $9.99 ECB wyb Revlon Colorstay Mineral Mousse for $9.99
Free After ECB (Limit 1)
-$1 off Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 7/19
=$1 money maker after coupons and ECBs

Weekly ECB Deals

Get $5 ECB wyb Contour Meter for $14.99 (Limit 1)
-$30 off Bayer Breeze2 or Contour Meter RP 2/01, 3/22
=$5 money maker after coupons and ECBs

Get $3 ECB wyb Bic Soleil Razor or Cartridges for $6.99 (Limit 1)
-$2/1 printable coupon
=$1.99 after coupons and ECBs

Get $2 ECB wyb $10 in CoverGirl (Limit 1)
-$2.50/2 CoverGirl products PG 8/02
-$1 off CoverGirl product PG 8/02
=price varies

Get $4 ECB wyb Huggies Diapers or Pull-Ups for 2/$18 (Limit 1)

-$1.50/1 or $2/1 coupons from the 7/19 SS insert or $2/1 printable coupon
=$5-$5.50 a pack after coupons and ECBs

Get $2 ECB wyb Neutrogena Moisture Shine Lipstick for $6.99 (Limit 1)
-$3/1 from the July August All You Magazine
=$1.99 after coupons and ECBs

Get $5 ECB wyb $15 CVS Brand or Caliber School Supplies (Limit 1)

Get $2 ECB wyb Coppertone Nutrashield for $8.99 (Limit 1)

-$5 off Coppertone Nutrashield printable (makes it $1.99 after coupons and ECBs)
-$1 off Coppertone Nutrashiled Product printable (makes it $5.99 after coupons and ECBs)

Get $10 ECB wyb $20 of Nexxus Products (Limit 1)
-$3 off Nexxus Hair Care products SS 7/12
=price varies

Non-ECB Deals

Sharpie Highligters .99¢ ea
-$1 off Sharpie Highlighters printable (makes it FREE)

Colgate Total Toothpaste B1G1 starting at $2.79
-$1 off Colgate Total Toothpaste SS 7/12, 7/26
-.75/1 Colgate Total Toothpaste SS 7/12, 7/26
-$1 off Colgate Total printable
=buy 2, use 2 $1 off coupons makes it .40¢ ea

Spend $15 on Candy Earn $5 ECBs (Limit 5)
-Free Chocolate Friday Coupons
-$1/2 coupons from the 7/26 RP insert
=price varies

Friday, August 7, 2009

Cheeseburger Soup

Every time I make this, I think about changing the name. Whenever I tell people that I'm making cheeseburger soup for dinner, they always give me a fake smile and "mmm". I know what they are thinking. I mean really. Can you imagine putting a cheeseburger in the blender and eating it as soup? I'll admit. That sounds kind of gross. I really don't know why this is called cheeseburger soup... I sure can't remember the last time I had carrots, celery, and potatoes on my burger... but anyway. Here it is. The awesome cheeseburger soup. :o)

Cheeseburger Soup
From some magazine years ago

3/4 lb ground beef
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup chopped onions
3/4 cup chopped carrots
3/4 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon parsley
3 cups chicken broth
4 cups peeled and diced potatoes
3 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups Velveeta cheese, cubed (or one bag Velveeta shreds)
1 cup milk
salt and pepper
1/4 cup sour cream

Brown ground beef and set aside. In the same pan, heat olive oil. Saute the onions, carrots, celery, basil, and parsley in the olive oil until the vegetables are tender. Add the broth, potatoes, and beef. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

In a small skillet, melt butter and stir in flour. Cook until bubbly. Add to soup and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low; add cheese, milk and salt and pepper to taste. When the cheese has melted, remove from heat and blend in the sour cream. Enjoy!

NEW: CVS Printable Coupons

CVS has found a solution to make store coupons available online and now you can find CVS and manufacturer coupons on the CVS website. You can view all available coupons here. CVS coupons say "CVS" on them, and they can be used with manufacturer's coupons that do not say CVS on the image of the coupon. Yay, for more savings at CVS! Thanks, Saving Makes Cents. :o)

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Spicy Vegetables with Penne

I didn't use penne because I had Barilla mini ziti in my pantry, but it all tastes the same, right? This is another super easy recipe.

Spicy Vegetables with Penne
The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook
Yields 6 main dish servings

1/2 cup dried tomatoes (or sun dried in a jar and skip the first step)
1/2 cup boiling water
12 oz uncooked penne pasta
2 medium sized sweet onions, chopped
2 small zucchini, chopped
1 medium sized green bell pepper, chopped
1 medium sized red bell pepper, chopped
1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 (24 oz) jar hot-and-spicy pasta sauce
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil (or dried basil, to taste)
1/2 tsp salt
crushed red pepper, to taste (optional)

Stir together dried tomatoes and 1/2 cup boiling water in a bowl; let stand 30 minutes. Drain, chop, and set aside.

Cook pasta according to packaged directions.

Saute onions and next 5 ingredients in hot oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes.

Stir in pasta sauce; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; stir in basil and salt, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Serve with pasta.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Tortilla Soup

Ok, so this picture is horrible, but it was starting to get dark outside so there wasn't much light coming in through the window. If I use flash on it, it looks really orange and you can see oil all over, making it look nasty. I know that I am usually not drawn to recipes without pictures, so I'm putting that picture up there just for you. :o) I've tried many tortilla recipes, and this is a keeper!

Tortilla Soup
The All New Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook
Yield: 14 cups

5 skinned and boned chicken breasts (I use 2 or 3)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
4 corn tortillas, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 large onion, chopped
5 garlic cloves, minced
3 Tbsp vegetable oil
8 cups chicken broth (3 or 4 cans Swanson's broth)
1 (14.5 oz) can stewed tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes and green chiles
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/2 bag frozen corn
2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
1 Tbsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
cayenne pepper, to taste
1 bay leaf
6 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4 inch strips (optional)
1/2 cup vegetable oil (optional)
Monterey Jack cheese (optional)
Avocado slices (optional)

Drizzle chicken with olive oil; sprinkle with salt and 1/2 tsp pepper. Grill chicken, covered with grill lid, over medium high heat (350 - 400 degrees) 6 to 8 minutes on each side or until done. Cool and coarsely chop chicken.

Saute tortilla pieces, onion, and garlic in 3 Tbsp hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until onion is tender. Add chicken, broth, and next 9 ingredients. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf.

Fry tortilla strips in 1/2 cup hot oil in a large skillet until crisp. Drain on paper towels. Sprinkle fried tortilla strips and cheese over each serving. Top with avocado. Enjoy!

Monday, August 3, 2009

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Pico de Gallo

I absolutely loved these. Brett on the other hand did not. He said that corn tortillas taste like paper if they are not in enchiladas and that fruit in salsa is weird. boooo. It was so good. The mango salsa (pico de gallo) tastes like the mango salsa at Cheddars.... mmmm.

Here's the delicious recipe:

Shrimp Tacos with Mango Pico de Gallo
Alice, Sweet Savory Life
Serves 2

Mango Pico de Gallo
3 medium tomatoes diced
1/2 mango diced
1/2 medium onion diced
1/4 cup fresh cilantro chopped.
1 jalapeƱo seeded and minced
juice of 1 lime
1/4 tsp salt

Shrimp Tacos
1/2 lb. of large shrimp shelled and deveined
2 cups of shredded red cabbage
6″ corn tortillas
lime wedges
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp of cumin
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp salt
salt and pepper to taste

Mango pico de gallo: mix all of the ingredients.

Shrimp Tacos:
Remove the shell, clean, and devein shrimp. Marinate shrimp in cumin, salt, and garlic powder for 30 minutes.
Saute shrimp in a medium hot pan with butter and cook until shrimp turns orange. Remove the shrimp from pan and cut shrimp in thirds.
Add shredded cabbage to heated pan and saute for 3 minutes and remove from heat.
In another pan, heat each tortilla on both sides for 30 seconds. Remove from heat and place it on a plate. Add about 1/4 cup of cabbage to each tortilla, mango salsa, and shrimp. Serve with a wedge of lime. Enjoy.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Deals I did at CVS - 8/2

***After you check out, you should get a coupon for a free item. I got a free CVS mouthwash.

Stayfree Pads (28-48 ct.), $5
Get $5 ECBs wyb $10 (limit 1)
-B1G1 Stayfree Product, exp. 8-31-09 (SS 6/28/09)
=FREE after coupons and ECBs

Blink Tears or Gel Tears
, $7.99
Get $7.99 ECBs (limit 1)
-$3/1 Blink Tears, exp. 10-24-09 (RP 8/2/09)
=$3 money maker after coupons and ECBs

Benefiber, $9.99
Get $3 ECBs when you buy one (limit 2)
-$2 off Benefiber SS 7/12, 5/10
-$2 off Benefiber Stick Pack SS 7/12, 5/10
-$3 off any Benefiber product CVS coupon printing on receipts
=$1.99 to $4.99 after coupons and ECBs

Colgate Total, Total Advanced, or Sensitive, $3.50
Get $2 ECB when you buy two (limit 3)
-$1 off Colgate Total, Sensitive, Max Fresh, Max White Or Kids Toothpaste SS 7/12, 7/26
-.75/1 Colgate Total, Sensitive, Max Fresh, Max White Or Kids Toothpaste SS 7/12, 7/26
-$1 off Colgate Total printable
-$1 off Colgate Sensitive printable
-$1.50 Colgate Sensitive toothpaste CVS coupon printing on receipts
=$0.75 to $1.50 each after coupons and ECBs

SoftSoap Nutri Serums (15-oz.), $4.99
Get $4 ECBs (limit 1)
-$2/1 SoftSoap printable (select zip codes)
=$0.99 out of pocket to $0.99 money maker after coupons and ECBs

Caliber or CVS Brand Pens (20-ct.) or Wooden Pencils (10-ct.), $.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber or CVS It’s Academic Book Covers, $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber or CVS It’s Academic Compass/Protractor, $1.50
Get $1.50 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber or It’s Academic Flexi Ruler, $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber or CVS It’s Academic 5" Scissors, $2.99
Get $2.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber Sticky Notes (2-ct.), Glue Stick (3-pk.), or Pen Eraser, $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Caliber or CVS pharmacy 1-Subject Notebook, $0.99
Get $0.99 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Poly Portfolio, $0.49
Get $0.49 ECBs (limit 2)
FREE after ECBs

Get more deals at Southern Savers.

Monkey Bread

Ok, so I made a lot of unhealthy food this weekend. Don't worry, this isn't normal.

Monkey Bread
Pastor Ryan on The Pioneer Woman

3 cans buttermilk biscuits (the non-flaky ones)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Open all three cans of biscuits and cut each biscuit into quarters.

Next, combine the white sugar with cinnamon in a 1 gallon zip bag and shake to mix evenly.

Drop all of the biscuit quarters into the cinnamon-sugar mix. Once all of the biscuit quarters are in the bag, seal it, and give it a vigorous shake. This will get all those pieces unstuck from one another and nicely coated with the cinnamon-sugar. Spread these nuggets out evenly in a bundt pan.

At this point, you're going to want to melt those two sticks of butter together with 1/2 cup of brown sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. This can be light or dark brown sugar. Cook butter/sugar mixture, stirring for a few minutes until the two become one. Then, pour it over the biscuits.

Bake for about 30-40 minutes until the crust is a deep brown on top. When it's finished cooking, remove it from the oven. Allow it to cool for about 15-30 minutes before turning it over onto a plate.

Pita Bread

I'm never going to buy pita bread again! This was very easy (with a bread machine) and tastes just as good if not better than store bought pita bread. I'm still working on the hummus. The first time I made MckMama's hummus and it was too strong in lemon and garlic, and this time I made up my own by looking at several recipes and it was too bland. I also made it in a small food processor. I feel like food mixes better in a blender, so I will use the blender next time. Anyway, here's the recipe for the pita pocket bread.

Homemade Pita Pocket Bread
Tammy's Recipes
Makes 16 pita pocket halves

1 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1 tablespoon oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons dry yeast

Directions (using a bread machine)
Put the following in order in your bread machine: water, oil, flour, salt, sugar, yeast. Turn on your bread machine, and put it on the 'dough' setting. This takes an hour and a half on my machine.

Using a sharp knife, cut dough into 8 equal pieces. Form each piece into a ball. On a lightly floured surface, roll each ball into a 6- or 7-inch circle. As you roll the rounds, set them aside on a lightly floured countertop or table, and cover loosely with a towel. (I placed damp paper towels on top of them - these don't bubble up and separate in the middle if they aren't a little damp.) Let rise for about 25-35 minutes. (I'm not sure how necessary this is, but I let them rise for about 15 minutes.)

Preheat oven to 500 degrees. Place 2 rounds, side-by-side, onto a wire rack, such as is used for cooling things. (I used a pizza stone - preheated in the oven.) Place rack in the middle of the oven. Bake for 4-5 minutes, until puffy and just slightly browned. (If bread is too browned, it will be dry and not pliable.)

Remove rack from oven and immediately wrap/layer pita breads in a damp towel, to soften. Continue baking the remaining breads, layering them between damp towels as soon as they're baked. Allow breads to completely cool.

Cut pita breads in half, or split the top edge, and fill as desired. Store pitas in a plastic zipper bag in the fridge for a few days, or place in the freezer for longer storage. To re-warm pitas, wrap them in a damp towel and then wrap in foil. Place in a warm (200-250 degree) oven for about 20 minutes. (To reheat, I just put them in our convection oven at 350 degrees for a couple minutes.) Enjoy! :o)