Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Money Saving Tips

I hope that we can all share with each other, Money saving tips in our daily life. Such as...

You know how Walmart matches ALL advertised sales from other stores?
And you know how Save-A-lot does not always have the freshest meat or veggies? 

Take the advertisement to Walmart and get their meat and veggies (better quality) for cheaper... 

Do you have a money saving tip? For anything... Please share....

Monday, August 1, 2011

Menu for August 9th through 15th

Tues 9th: Chicken Enchiladas

Wed 10th: French Toast and Fruits (Wednesdays are my easy days)

Thur 11th: Chicken Cesar Salad

Friday 12th: BBQ Pork Ribs, Asparagus, Mashed Potatoes.

Sat 13th: Choice of Restaurant

Sun 14th: Home made Pizza (Home made Whole Wheat crust)

Mon 15th: Fish Tacos


I have something awesome to share with all my breastfeeding friends and moms to be.

Go to these web sites and order your free items. All you have to pay are taxes and S&H fees.
I got one of the covers and LOVE IT. 

Free Breast Pads!!!

Use Promo Code "Breastfeeding" at Both Websites 

My weekly Deals...

So I went over my grocery list this week, and have come up with some places I must go.

Food Lion:
Chicken Breasts are 50% off 
Cheese bags, 3/5.00 I will pick up 1 Sharp Cheddar (for enchiladas next week) 1 Mexican mix for Hawaiian hay stack Thursday, and 1 mozzarella for home made pizza.
Portabella Mushrooms$1.99 
Johnson Ville Burgers, BOGO
Pork Ribs, $2.59 LB (next weeks menu)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil BOGO
Tropicana Orange Juice = FREE LG Eggs (essential brand)

Canned Pineapple 10/10 Buying Pineapple for Hay stack, and maybe for snacks for school
Capri Sun $1.99 School Lunches
Sour Cream 4/5.00
Bisquick Load Ecoupon onto card
1 Downy Softener .25 off with ecard 
1 Tide 1.00 off with ecard 
(buy them together and get another 2.00 off  making them both for 7.73+tax)  
I will also pick up the rest of my groceries here so that I can get the fuel points. I will also buy 2 $50.00 dollars Shell gift cards, and some how adding all of it will give me .40 off gas per gallon.

If you go by a publix today or tomorrow...
Green Giant Veggies are BOGO
Pop-tarts BOGO
V8 Splash BOGO
Huggies Diapers have a $2.00 Dollars coupon on their add and you can combine it with a manufactures coupon making some bags for only 5.00 dollars.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

*Amazing Banana Bread.

Food Lion always has bananas that are a little past their prime time for a little over $.30 cents. Last week they were still pretty good, so I bought a bunch. We didn't eat all of them and today they were almost completely black. So it was either bread or trash. They were lucky I was in the baking mood. I tried a new recipe, super easy and OH my gosh delicious.

I thought I was going to freeze one loaf, but we already ate almost all of the first one. My favorite part is that it takes a lot of bananas making it super moist.

2 cups of all purpose flour
1 1/2 Teaspoons of baking powder
1/2 Teaspoon of baking soda
1/4 Teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/8 Teaspoon of Ground Nutmeg 
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
2 beaten eggs
1 1/2 cups of mashed bananas (5-6 medium)
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of cooking oil
1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

3 tablespoons of all purpose flour
1/4 cup of Brown Sugar
2 tablespoons of butter. 
Using a pastry blender or a fork, cut into it until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. You can add 1/3 cup of walnuts.
I made 2 loafs and doubled the topping.

Grease one or two (for thinner loafs) loaf pans. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and 1/4 teaspoon of Salt. Make a well in center of flour mixture set aside.

In a medium bowl combine Eggs, bananas, sugar, and oil. Add egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture, fold in nuts. Spoon batter into pans, sprinkle topping on it and bake. 

Preheat oven to 350* bake 50 -55 min. for one loaf and 40 - 45 min for 2 loafs. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 min, remove from pan let it cool completely. Wrap and store over night. 

We ate it warm and it was really good, I will try the other one tomorrow and let you know how it goes.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Black Beans

In order to make beans it's important to have a pressure cooker, and I am not talking about the really big canning ones. medium or small works best.

I put in the pressure cooker about 1 1/2 to 2 cups of beans 2 -3 bay leaves and about 1 inch above half the pot of water if it's a small pot, half if it's medium size. Close the pressure cooker, and cook in medium high. when the pot is filled with pressure, (it starts to make a shush sound) cook for another 35 minutes. Turn it off and while it's depressurizing make the seasoning. In a small frying pan put some oil, minced garlic and onions, salt a little pepper, I like to add one of those seasonings that are complete, if I do that I omit the salt until afterwards so I can see how much is needed. You can also add some sweet banana pepper, or smoked sausage, even bacon. Saute it all together and add to beans once the pot is ready to be opened. Mix it and simmer for about 15 minutes.

*DO NOT ADD SALT BEFORE THE BEANS ARE COOKED. The beans will NOT soften if there is salt in there.
*If there is too much water once the pot is opened drain it a little before seasonings are added to it. Remember that you DO want some water still left in it. If there is not enough water you can add a little.
*If the beans are still hard let it cook a little longer next time.


Black Beans
Bay Leaves

Banana Pepper
Smoked Sausage or Bacon

Menu for August 1st through 8th.

Monday: Spaghetti with meat sauce, steamed Zucchini, and home made garlic bread. 

Tuesday: Hamburgers and grilled potatoes. 

Wednesday: Breakfast night, whole wheat pancakes, and scrambled eggs.

Thursday: Hawaiian Hay Stack.

Friday: Grilled Pork Chops and Blackberry sauce, baked potato and grilled veggies.

Saturday: Choice of Restaurant

Sunday: Roast and veggies over white rice. Cookies.

Monday: Brazilian night, Rice, beans, eggs, green beans.