Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weight Watchers Frozen Butterfingers Pie


Have you tried my Butterfingers Cake recipe yet? If you have you know that while it is amazingly good, it must have one million calories per slice. So I decided to look for something along the same flavor lines but a little lighter. This Weight Watchers version (adapted from Pinterest) of Butterfingers Pie does the trick. It was light and very satisfying without being too crazy bad for you. And it let me use some of the Cool Whip I have stocked up from the holiday sales. According to the recipe I adapted it from, it is 3 points (the old ones not points plus) per serving.

After making it, I have a few suggestions. Make sure that the Cool Whip is completely thawed before trying to mix and spread it. It was difficult to get it to spread evenly over the graham crackers while still a little frozen. You may want to crush the candy bar in the wrapper then just cut off the top to sprinkle it out. We also found that the longer it is in the freezer the better it tastes. We ate it last night a few hours after it was made and it was very good but it was even better tonight.

Weight Watchers Butterfingers Pie
  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1 tub of fat free Cool Whip
  • 1 Butterfingers Bar
  • Reduced Fat Chocolate Syrup (the kind in the squeeze bottle was easier to control the amount)
  • Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (I also used the squeeze bottle, much easier to portion than the jar)
1. Lightly spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Lay graham crackers on the bottom.


2. Mix together half the crushed Butterfingers and the Cool Whip and spread over the graham crackers.


3. Lightly drizzle the chocolate syrup and the caramel sauce over the Cool Whip mixture and top with the remaining crushed Butterfingers.


4. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Cut into 9 even portions before serving.

I jazzed up the plate for picture taking purposes. We clearly don't do that on a regular basis in our house.


Enjoy!

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups 1/26

Here are the links to the new Publix Ad (starting Thursday, 1/26 in FL) with coupon match ups. It looks like a pretty good ad and the actual flyer should have some good coupons in it too this week (they are listed in the links).

Looks like there should be some cheap or FREE cereal deals as well as some cheap tuna, BOGO Goldfish, BOGO Freschetta pizza, and a great deal on Pilsbury Grands! Biscuits. The biscuits are on sale for $1 this week and you can use this coupon to get three at .63 cents each.

Here are the two links I use to plan my shopping trips. Make sure to check and see if the final prices are for places that double coupons or not (FL does not) before you make your lists.

Publix Ad 1/26 # 1

Publix Ad 1/16 # 2

Comment if you find any great deals or sales that aren't on the lists!

New Pilsbury Coupon To Go With Upcoming Publix Sales


Here is a great new coupon for $1.10 off when you buy any three Pilsbury Grands, Crescents, Ready To Bake Cookies or Sweet Rolls.

They Grands are going to be on sale for $1 each starting this week at Publix and I know that Publix and lots of other stores put all of these products on sale pretty often. Make sure you print two per printer.

This link was provided to me from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sign Up To Receive Publix Coupons By Email


Sign up here to receive email newsletter from Best Meals Happen at Home that will also contain Publix printable coupons. It looks like you will get a weekly email with recipes and then once a month you will get sent exclusive Publix coupons.

I have never tried this before but it does seem like Publix is trying to bump up their volume of store coupons so this may be a great way to get them. If you don't like it, you can always unsubscribe.

Monday Meal Plan 1/23

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend. This week is pretty busy and with Justin's work schedule and my grandparents coming into town (and taking us to dinner) I won't have to cook too much : )

However, I am really excited to make Loaded Baked Potato Soup (adapted from Cooking Light) again tonight.  I am going to try and substitute plain Greek yogurt for the reduced fat sour cream and see if we can taste a difference. We are having it with Weight Watcher's version of Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits. For dessert tonight we will be having Weight Watchers Butterfingers Pie. (Update: we loved the soup with Greek yogurt and everything else was amazing, recipes soon)

 I am going to try Weight Watchers Bubble Up Enchiladas too. We are also hoping to attempt a different version of quinoa to pack for our lunch this week called Quinoa Fried Rice (except this recipe looks a whole lot healthier than the real thing).

On the sweet side, I am hoping to try and make Weight Watcher's Cheesecake Bars. In case you can't tell, the theme of this week is revamping some of our favorites to make them a little bit healthier. It is also a completely "pinspired" week in our house too.

What are you making this week? Post with your plans or links : )

How Do You Keep The Cost Of Printing Coupons Down?


Something I get asked pretty often is, "Doesn't it get expensive printing coupons all the time?". And while I do definitely go through printer ink and paper more quickly now that I coupon, I have not found it cost prohibitive.

Here are a few of the ways I keep my coupon printing costs in check:

1.) I don't buy name brand or expensive printer paper. I actually buy the Target brand Up & Up. It cost $3.14 cents for a 400 sheet pack and I always buy it with a coupon. Right now Target.com has a printable coupon for $1 off any Up & Up item of $3 or more. I print that coupon twice and use it to buy 800 sheets for a total of $4.28. The paper is great quality and I really can't tell the difference between it and other brands.

2.) I don't buy my ink cartridges from the printer manufacturer. My printer is a Dell and I was at first worried about what it would cost me to buy ink cartridges since Dell only sells them directly and they cost close to $30 each. I did a little research and I found out about refurbished cartridges that are make to work with Dell printers. They sell for between $15 and $19 each. I only buy them through Ebates.com when they are doing a double cash back special (27% cash back). My last order was $51 total after a 10% off promo code and free shipping and I got two black and one color cartridge. I also earned $14 in cash back through Ebates. Ebates also has a variety of discount ink websites on it that on a regular basis can earn you between 9-17% cash back.

3.) I am selective about what I print. If I see a coupon that I know I will use or if its a high value or popular brand that I know will disappear quickly, I always print it right away. But, when it comes to coupons for products I don't buy often or if it is one of those coupons I know will hang around for awhile, I wait and only print it if I read about or see a great deal using it. I still end up with printable coupons that I don't need but once those expire I send them to my "adopted" military family through Coupons for Troops.


Hopefully that gives you a little insight into how I deal with printable coupons and ways to cut down on costs for ink and printer paper even if you aren't using them to print lots of coupons.

Do you have any suggestions or great tips for saving money on printing costs?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Couponing Our Way To A New Camera Update

Here is a little update on our progress in couponing our way to a new, higher end camera. We currently have $40 in Target gift cards to put towards our goal.
Here is where they came from:
  • $10 gift card: Ebates.com - cash back site, new users, click through this link and you can earn a $10 gift card if you make a purchase through Ebates in your first three months, mine came in the mail yesterday. I have also earned $41 in cash back (deposited into Pay Pal or sent in a check) since I started using Ebates 2 months ago.

  • $25 gift card: MyPoints.com, earn points for reading emails and shopping online, redeem points for gift cards

  • $5 gift card: earned through an in store promotion

It may not seem like much but it has barely been a month since we set this goal and I have also not been doing much Target shopping (to earn the promo cards) since we are pretty well stocked and putting money towards our house renovation projects. And since it is all "found money", I am excited to be saving for a camera without taking out of our pay checks : )

Lots of New Printable Coupons!

In checking printable coupon sites this morning, I found alot of new or reset coupons for some of my favorite brands. There are quite a few that would go great with current sales at Publix as well as some that I know will eventually come in handy with Publix's regular sale cycles.

Don't forget that Target.com printables are great because not only can you stack them with manufacturer coupons at Target for great deals but you can also use them at Publix if you store considers them a competitor.

Here are my favorite printable coupon sites to check:

Coupons.com
SmartSource.com
CouponNetwork.com
RedPlum.com
Target.com

Remember that you can print each coupon twice per printer. And you may want to print what you like now in case it disappears : )

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheap Kitchen Essentials With $15 Credit At One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane is having a great sale on kitchen stuff right now. This website is usually pretty pricey so I was surprised to see that most of the items in their "kitchen essentials" sale were priced under or around $10.

If you are new to One Kings Lane, you can sign up through this link and get a $15 credit good towards your first first purchase.  You can also check out their "Downstairs" section which has a limited supply of clearance items.

Didn't find what you need? Beyond The Rack also has a great looking Kitchen sale going on now too : )

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Publix Trip 1/19- Saved 83%!



Free gum!


This week was the first time since I started couponing that I actually did not "need" anything. If I had not been able to get to the grocery store this week we would have been just fine with our frozen chicken, frozen veggies, Smart Balance milk and Egg Whites supplemented by our stockpile. When I told Justin that he said he was really starting to see how much couponing is paying off and he said that I should just skip the store this week. However, there were some good deals I could not pass up adding to our stockpile and since I only spent $21 total, I don't feel too bad about it : )


I finally found the Gas-X money maker deal and also snagged a decent number of freebies. I saved 83% so all in all it was a great week for me.


Here is the breakdown of today's trip:
Total retail value: $127.97
Spent: $21.96
Total saved: $106.01
Percent saved: 83%


Here is what I got with coupon/sale match ups:
  • 6 boxes of Gas-X, retails for $2.49 each (we don't use/need them but they will get donated)
    • Used three $5/2 Publix coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
    • Stacked with three $3/2 manufacturer coupons from the 1/8 SS
    • Made them all FREE plus $9 total in overage
  • 3 cans of Muir Glen diced tomatoes, retails for $1.68, on sale for $1.33
    • Used three .75 cents off printables from coupons.com
    • Stacked with a $2/3 Publix coupon from the Yellow Advantage flyer
    • Made them all FREE plus .26 cents total in overage

  •  7 packs of UP2U gum, retails for .99 cents each
    • Used seven $1 off coupons from the 1/1 SS
    • Made them all FREE
  • 4 bottles of Sambazon Acai juice, retails for $2.99
    • Used two free product coupons from Facebook
    • Stacked with two BOGO free coupons from Facebook
    • Made them all FREE
  • 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste, retails for $3.47, on sale for $2.39 each
    • Used two $1 off manufacturer coupons from a brand email
    • Stacked with two $1 off Target coupons from the Hi Coupons mailer
    • Made them .39 cents each
  • 4 pouches of Starkist tuna, retails for $1.39, on sale for $1
    • Used two $1/2 Publix coupons from the Find Yourself in Good Health booklet
    • Wish I had saved some of my man. coupons but oh well...
    • Made them .50 cents each
  • 3 bottles of Ken's Dressing, retails for $2.24, on sale for $1.09 each
    • Used a B2G1 free coupon from the 1/8 SS
    • Made them .72 cents each
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex, retails for $2.03 each, on sale for $1.25
    • Used two $1/2 Publix coupons from the Start Your Year Off With Big Savings Kimberly Clark booklet
    • Made them .75 cents each

  • 2 bags of Chex mix, retails for $2.59, on sale BOGO ($1.29 each)
    • Used two .60 cents off printables from bettycrocker.com
    • Made them .69 cents each

  • 2 packages of Crystal Light, retails for $4.05, on sale for $2.00 each
    • Used a $1/2 from an in store blinkie
    • Made them $1.50 each

  • 2 jars of Newman's Own Salsa, retails for $2.59 each, on sale for $2.00 each
    • Used two .50 cents off printables from coupons.com
    • Made them $1.50 each

  • 2 bottles of Pompian Olive Oil, retails for $.5.99 each, on sale BOGO ($2.99 each)
    • Used two $1 off printables from the brand's website
    • Made them $1.99 each

  • 2 packages of Velveeta Cheese, retails for $4.39 each, on sale BOGO ($2.19 each)
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the Kraft HSN booklet
    • Made them $1.69 each

  • 2 jars of Hellman's Mayonnaise, retails for $5.41 each
    • BOGO made them $2.76 each
  • 1 dozen eggs, retails for $2.87
    • On sale, $2.29 out of coupons : (

  • 2 bags of Honey Gold baby potatos, retails for $3.99 each
    • BOGO, made them $1.99 each
Did you find any great deals this week? Have questions about couponing? Make sure to submit your questions to be answered in future blog posts!


Get Bumble Bee Tuna for .27 Cents A Can At CVS


CVS currently has 5-oz. cans of Bumble Bee Tuna priced at $0.77 through this upcoming Saturday. If you print the $1/2 RecycleBank Coupon (75 points) it will make them just $0.27 per can after this coupon.



RecycleBank is free to sign up for you and you can easily earn the 75 points needed to redeem this print at home coupon.






Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Loaded Baked Potato Soup a'la Cooking Light



I was so impressed with how good this soup was. The picture definitely doesn't do it justice. I am planning on making it again in the next few days so I will attempt to get a better shot of it. This is a recipe adapted from Cooking Light magazine and it was so flavorful I could not tell it was lightened up at all.

We left off the bacon and I forgot to get the scallions for the topping but it was still delicious. I am going to try and substitute plain Greek yogurt for the reduced fat sour cream next time and see if it is still as good.

Here is the easy recipe. 

Loaded Baked Potato Soup adapted from Cooking Light
  • 24 oz of red or gold potatoes, I just used a bag of the microwavable ones
  •  2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 1/4 cups fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
  • 1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 bacon slices, halved (for topping)
  • shredded cheddar cheese (for topping)
  • 4 teaspoons thinly sliced green onions (for topping)
1) Pierce potatoes with a fork. Microwave on HIGH until tender. Let cool slightly and cut into bite sized pieces.




2) While potatoes cook, heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; sauté 3 minutes. Add broth. Combine flour and 1/2 cup milk; add to pan with 1 1/2 cups milk. Bring to a boil; stir often. Cook 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in sour cream, salt, and pepper.



3) Return to heat and stir in potatoes. Cook until thickened. Top with bacon, cheese and scallions as desired.

Enjoy!

$5 Magazine Subscriptions From Groupon


Groupon Goods currently has a bunch of yearly magazine subscriptions available for $5 each. If you have never used Groupon Goods just sign up/sign into Groupon and click on the "Goods" tab on the top of the page. This offer is about half way down so you may have to scroll a little to find it.

The following titles are available with this deal:
  • Car and Driver
  • Cosmopolitan
  • Country Living
  • Elle
  • Elle Decor
  • Esquire
  • Good Housekeeping
  • Harper's Bazaar
  • Marie Claire
  • Popular Mechanics
  • Redbook
  • Road & Track
  • Seventeen
  • Town & Country
  • Veranda
  • Woman's Day

Publix Ad With Match Ups 1/19

Here are the links to the Publix ad starting (in FL) Thursday, Jan. 19th. Looks like a pretty standard week, lots of sales on tailgating foods and football party stuff. Make sure you check out the deals on chips and salsa. We are definitely stocking up on salsa at our house this month.
I have added some links to the Yellow Advantage flyer coupon match ups too since there are some pretty good deals in their too. Just keep in mind that not all the "sale" prices advertised in these are great deals but there are some good prices if you need certain items and some really great deals with the right coupons.

Publix Ad With Match Ups 1/19 #1

Publix Ad With Match Ups 1/19 #2


Yellow Advantage Flyer #1

Yellow Advantage Flyer #2

Comment with questions or if you find any great, unadvertised deals!

Brita Pitcher Money Maker


The Brita pitcher money maker is back again! Over Christmas I got my $10 rebate check for my purchase last year which made it an over $5 money maker for me.

Here is how to do this deal:
  • Buy a Brita 5 Cup Pitcher for $8.97 at Walmart
  • Use the $4 off coupon from the SS 1/15
  • Get your check in the mail! (it can take close to 8 weeks)
You may be able to find similarr pricing or deals at stores other than Walmart too. I just used that example since that is where I bought mine last time and I know the price : )

On a sidenote: you may want to print the rebate form sooner rather than later since the company does disable the link sometimes.

Do You Have Couponing Questions?

I am trying to continue my series of posts on Couponing 101 but I am slowly running out of topics. I do have a post on my coupon cutting system and my binder (which I have finally gotten down to a science that works for me) but other than that I am at a loss.

What questions do you have about couponing? I would love to know what you want to know. So leave a comment here or email me at couponingncooking@gmail.com and let me know what you want to read about. I will try my best to use my knowledge to answer them or if I don't know then I would love to research the answers to learn more myself.

No question is too silly : ) Hope to hear from you all!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Monday Meal Plan 1/17- A day late...

So having yesterday off from school totally messed up my schedule and I completely forgot about posting or creating our meal plan for the week. Last week was pretty successful and I may even end up making the Cooking Light Loaded Baked Potato Soup again since the little potatoes I used are going to be on sale BOGO at publix this week.

We have lots of chicken to use up this week so I am going to attempt to use it in most of what we make.

Here is some of what we have planned for the week:
Lightened Up Chicken Pot Pie
Honey Crunch Chicken with Spaghetti Squash (this time with pesto)
Pizza made with honey whole wheat dough from the freezer
Twix Cookies

What are you making?

Monday, January 16, 2012

Great Brands On Coupons.com

Coupons.com currently has some great coupons on some of my favorite name brands. A lot of these brands are also on great sales right now so you may want to head on over and print them out.

My personal favorites are:

.50 cents off any Newman's Own Salsa (on sale for $2 at Publix)
$1.50 off any two Planter's Peanut Butters (BOGO at Publix)
$1.00 off any two Athenos Feta Cheeses (BOGO at Publix)
$1.00 off any Newman's Own Frozen Pizza (on sale for $5 at Publix)


There are lots of others too and they update them pretty often so I always check them out every few days!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Taco Pie


 I don't eat beef and I don't like Doritos (Justin argues I am un-American), but I love Taco Pie. I was a really picky eater growing up (still am) but this is one of my mom's recipes that I loved/still love. It is really easy too.  We pair it with a big salad and call it a meal.

Taco Pie:
  • 1 roll of refrigerated crescent roll dough (I actually think the reduced fat ones work best, less greasy)
  • 1 bag of Doritos
  • 2 pounds of lean ground beef
  • 1 packet of taco seasoning
  • water (half what the packet says)
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 2 cups of shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup of shredded mozzarella (or more if you like)
1) Spray the bottom of a 9x13 pan with cooking spray and roll out the crescent dough to completely cover the bottom.


2) Cover the crescent roll dough with 1 cup of crushed Doritos.



3) Brown the ground beef and then drain. Add taco seasoning and the water (half of what the packet says to use). Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the sour cream and mix well.


4) Pour the ground beef over the crescent roll dough.


5) Top with shredded cheeses.


6) Completely cover with crushed Doritos.


7) Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until top is browned and sides are bubbling. Let is sit for about 5 minutes before trying to cut and serve.


Enjoy!

New $1 Off Yoplait Smoothie Printable Coupon

Click here to print a $1 off any one Yoplait Smoothie mix coupon. Make sure to print soon because high value coupons on items like this don't tend to last long.

We love the Yoplait Smootie mixes and before we couponed I use to think that I was doing such a great job saving on them when I stocked up during Publix's regular BOGO sales on them. Then I learned how to coupon. If you stack two $1 off coupons with the BOGO sale at Publix you can usually get them for under a dollar.

I love the Mixed Berry flavor and Justin uses the Chocolate Bannana flavor to make his protein shakes too.

This coupon link was provided by Yoplait through MyBlogSpark.com

Friday, January 13, 2012

Sign Up For A P&G Brandsampler and Coupons


You can sign up now for your quarterly P&G brand Sampler package. I was able to sign up to get the following:
  • Sample and coupon for Downy Unstopables
  • Samples and coupons for Pampers® Cruisers
  • Free sample of Always® Maxi LeakGuard™ Plus With Odor Lock®
  • See if you qualify for a free sample of Prilosec OTC
  • Coupon for Duracell Ultra Power
  • Coupon for Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide Razor
  • Coupon for Gillette® Fusion® ProGlide Irritation Defense Moisturizer and Shaveprep
  • Coupon for Gain® Laundry Detergent
  • Coupon for Olay® Professional Pro-X Clear Acne Protocol
  • Coupon for Vicks® DayQuil®, NyQuil® or Nature Fusion
  • Coupon for Swiffer Dusters® Extender
They will mail these to your house and the coupons are always great, high value coupons that are hard to find anywhere else.

Publix Trip 1/12



It was another interesting week for me at Publix. A decent amount of the things on my well planned out list were either out of stock or not priced or sized right to fit with advertised sales or coupons. I ended up not getting close to ten items on my list but I still stayed well within budget so I didn't mind too much.


I only spent $36 today and that included a few non sale/no coupons items that we wanted or needed for meals. Last week I ended up being around $50 total since I did go back to buy the lean ground beef on sale and 2 packs of the BOGO boneless, skinless chicken breasts. So I think 2012's grocery shopping has started out way better than it did in 2011. We were spending almost $100 a week on groceries alone, no stockpile or health and beauty items included.


Here is the breakdown of this week's trip:
Total retail value: $113.36
Total spent: $36.46
Total saved: $76.90
Percent Saved: 67%

Here is what I got with coupon match ups:
  • 4 Four packs of Dannon Activia yogurt, retails for $2.50 each, on sale for $2.00
  • 1 package of Udi's gluten free muffins, retails for $5.99
    • Used a coupon for a free Udi's product from a Facebook promotion
    • Made it FREE
  • 4 packets of Sunbird Seasonings, retails for .99 cents each, on sale for .95 cents each
    • Used two BOGO free printables from coupons.com
    • Stacked with two $1 off printables from coupons.com
    • Made them all free plus .10 cents of overage
  • 2 packets of Kikkoman seasoning, retails for .99 cents, on sale for .89 cents each
    • Used two $1 off printables from SmartSource.com
    • Made them all FREE plus .22 cents of overage
  • 1 bottle of Kikkoman Soy Sauce, retails for $1.29
  • 2 cans of Muir Glen organic tomato sauce, retails for .89 cents each
  • 4 pouches of Starkist tuna, retails for $3.19 each, BOGO ($1.59 each)
    • Used four .50 cents off printables from the Starkist Facebook page
    • Made them $1.09 each
  • 2 boxes of Green Giant Frozen veggies, retails for $1.99 each, BOGO (.99 cents each)
    • Used a .50/2 printable coupon
    • Made them .74 cents each
  • 2 boxes of VitaMuffins, retails for $4.49 each
    • No coupons but these are amazing and they never go on sale or have coupons
    • BOGO, made them $2.24 each
  • 2 bags of Ricola cough drops, retails for $1.79 each, BOGO (.89 cents each)
    • Used a $1/2 coupon from the 1/1 SS
    • Made them .39 cents each
  • 2 boxes of Progresso chicken broth, retails for $2.59 each, BOGO ($1.30 each)
    • Used a .75/2 coupon from the 12/11 SS
    • Made them .92 cents each
  • 2 half gallons of Smart Balance Milk, retails for $3.99, on sale for $2.50 each
    • Used two $1.50 off coupons from the 11/20 SS
    • Made them $1.00 each
  • 1 box of Slim Fast Snack bars, retails for $3.99
    • On sale 25% off
    • Made them $2.99
  • 4 four packs of Slim Fast Shakes (they have turned out to be a great breakfast), retails for $5.99 each
    • Used two BOGO free coupons from the 1/1 SS
    • Stacked with two $1.50 off one printable coupon
    • Made them $2.24 for each four pack
  • 2 Clean & Clear face washes, retails for $4.39, on sale for $3.51
    • Used two $2 off coupons from the 1/8 SS
    • Made them $1.51 each
  • 2 bags of baby red potatoes, $1.99 each
    • Went into the Cooking Light Baked Potato Soup, which was amazing, recipe soon
  • 1 package of Martin's Potato Rolls, $3.49
    • We love these, anyone know where to find coupons on them?
I used these match ups to plan my trip and the sale goes through this upcoming Wednesday. Comment if you found any good unadvertised sales!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Garbage Cookies



 When I first read about this idea for a cookie in Food Network Magazine back in early May, I knew I had to make them. Well six months has passed and I constantly thought about making them but never really quite got around to them.

I finally made them after Christmas and they were a big hit. I call them garbage cookies because I basically took the left overs from my holiday baking ingredients and made them into a cookie.

These cookies can be made with anything really but my favorite version (I have made them more than once since Christmas...) has pretzel M&M's, Heath bar toffee pieces and Ghiradelli's dark chocolate chunks. You may be able to tell from the red and green that I used M&M's from the Target Christmas clearance aisle : )

Here is the extremely easy and extremely delicious recipe.

Food Network Inspired Garbage Cookies
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 sticks of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 to 2 cups of pretzel M&M's (I used most of the bag)
  • 1 cup dark/bittersweet chocolate chips or chunks (I just used the rest of the bag)
  • 1 cup of toffee pieces (again, I just used what I had left in the bag)
  1. Cream butter and both sugars. I used my stand mixer but you could use a hand one too.
  2. Beat until light and fluffy.
  3. Add salt, vanilla and eggs. Beat until well combined.
  4. Add in the pretzel M&M's. Mix (in stand mixer with paddle attachment, I wouldn't try with a hand beater) to slightly crush M&M's.
  5. Slowly add in flour and baking soda on low speed until just combined.
  6. Stir in (by hand) the chocolate and the toffee pieces.
  7. I used a cookie scoop to make tablespoon sized balls and place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (toffee can get really sticky and make a huge mess if you don't use parchment)
  8. Bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until edges are golden brown.

Let them cool before transferring them to a wire rack.

Enjoy!



Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Great Deals On Kitchen Stuff On Zulily


Zulily is having a great sale through Saturday on Progressive kitchen gadgets. It looks like they have alot of fun stuff. My favorite is the apple corer/peeler. (which I already own). Many of the items are up to 55% off. You can also use the code GA4152 to get $5 off a $50 order.
 
If you are new to Zulily, it is a flash sale website. It's marketed as being geared towards kids and mom's but they have lots of good sales that are on other types of products/brands too. It is free to join.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Meal Plan 1/9

Last week was a very successful cooking week in our house. We have been saying we are going to try spaghetti squash and quinoa (recipe post coming soon) for months now and we actually made and loved both this past week. I can't wait to try different variations of both foods in the weeks to come. Despite many plans to do so, I have yet to get around to making Cooking Light's version of loaded baked potato soup or the whole wheat baguettes so that is a goal for this week.

Here is what we have on the menu this week:
Taco Pie (my mom's recipe)
Cooking Light's Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Homemade Whole Wheat Baguettes
White Chicken Enchiladas
Monster Cookies (adapted from Food Network Magazine)

What are you making? Comment with your plans or links to your weekly menu!

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Saturday, January 7, 2012

Good Deals On Kashi Products



We have always loved Kashi products in our house. In fact, Kashi was one of the brands that actually motivated me to start couponing in the first place. We loved their cereals, granola bars, crackers and other products but they were always so expensive that I felt guilty buying them. Then I discovered couponing and RecycleBank.com.

RecycleBank.com has a $2 off any Kashi product coupon that you can earn just by completing simple tasks for points on their website. You can redeem those points for coupons that you can print right from your computer. It is free to join and use RecycleBank.

Right now there are a few sales going on that make Kashi products $1 or less.

Here they are:

Publix:
Target:
  • Kashi Cereals (select ones) on sale through 1/14 for $2.75 (normally $3.99-$4.99)
    • Makes it .75 cents each
    • If you want to buy two and you have two Recycle Bank coupons, use the .50/2 Kashi products printable from Target.com
    • Making them .50 cents each if you buy two
  • Kashi Granola Bars on sale through 1/14 for $2.75 each
    • Makes it .75 cents each
    • If you want to buy two and you have two Recycle Bank coupons, use the .50/2 Kashi products printable from Target.com
    • Making them .50 cents each if you buy two
Don't know about you buy I am printing my RecycleBank coupons right now and planning on stocking up this week!


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