Saturday, February 21, 2009
This weeks post comes from Frugal Girls. Frugal Girls is dedicated to helping you save $$ by finding the best bargains, coupons & deals! You should check it out... you will be glad you did!!
This week I ran out of my favorite laundry must-have... Shout Stain Remover!
I was committed to find a way to get some effective but cheaper stain remover, so I decided to make my own. Yes, I was very skeptical... thinking this probably wouldn't work as well, but I have used it on grass stains and dirt stains so far, and the clothes are coming out clean as ever!
Following is the "recipe" for my homemade laundry stain remover...
1/3 cup Dawn Dishsoap
1/3 cup Ammonia
1 cup Water
3 tbsp. baking soda
Mix all ingredients together and store in an empty spray bottle...I'm using my old Shout bottle!
Got a great idea? Send me yours at firstname.lastname@example.org . I will gladly give you and your blog recognition for your creativity as a mama!
Friday, February 20, 2009
J.Bentley also offers free babysitting! Receive your scheduled salon and spa services while your children play in our dedicated children's space under the supervision of one of our skilled professionals. Babysitting hours are Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11a-5p.
Its so nice that a salon is finally taking mamas into consideration when planning services!
Thursday, February 19, 2009
I heart Giant Eagle!!! They are having great sales again this week. This is a recipe that I am really excited to try. I don't have 3 hours to simmer something however, so I will be trying that step in a crock pot. That way I can start it in the morning and it will save some time. Happy Eating!
3/4 pound lean ground beef (On sale $1.99 a lb) $1.50
1 onion, chopped (Sale- 3 lb bag $1.50) .20
1 (28 ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, chopped (Sale Del Monte 10 for $10, use coupon for .40 off 1 ) .20
1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (You can usually find this for .80 or under) .80
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dried parsley
1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
black pepper to taste
8 ounces wide egg noodles (Giant Eagle brand on sale 10 for $10) $1
As much cheese and the type you want! $1
In large skillet, brown ground beef and onion. Stir in tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, parsley, garlic salt and pepper, and simmer over low heat for 3 hours.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In a 2 quart casserole dish, combine noodles and meat mixture. Top with cheese slices and bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese is melted.Total Price of Meal: $4.70
Add salad (Farmers Market or Fresh Express on sale 2 for $5) $1.25 Total: $5.95
Add salad and Giant Eagle crescent rolls : Total $7.70
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Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Meijers is having some really awesome sales this week! This recipe is great because its easy and tasty. (I add Green peppers and onions to mine for some added kick!) Check out Stretching a Buck deals here to see more deals at Meijer.
I will not expense spices/oils since most of us have them on hand.
Mozzarella Mushroom Chicken
6 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (On sale $1 a lb) $1.50
2 tablespoon garlic powder
2 clove garlic, minced
fresh mushrooms, sliced (On sale $1) .75
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (Kraft on sale for $2) $2.00
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Place chicken in the skillet, and season with garlic powder and garlic. Cook 12 minutes on each side, or until juices run clear. Set chicken aside, and keep warm.
Stir mushrooms into the skillet, and cook until tender. Return chicken to skillet, layer with mushrooms, and top with cheese. Cover skillet, and continue cooking 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Total cost of meal: $4.25
Add Knorr noodles (On sale 10 for $10) Total cost of meal: $5.25
Add Knorr noodles and fresh broccoli(On sale 10 for $10) $6.25
Add Knorr noodles, broccoli and fresh Italian bread (On sale 2 for $3) Total cost of meal $7.25
Monday, February 16, 2009
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Child/ Baby items:
Huggies baby wipes, washes - 2 for $5. Use your S/A coupons $1 off 1 bath and body product to make them $1.50 each
Wonderkids infants and toddlers 2 pack clothes (This includes 2 tops) $7
Wonderkids Infants and toddlers sets ( This includes shorts and a top) $5
Gerber 5 Pack onsies, 3 pack sleep and plays- $8
Safety first 1-2-3 potty, infant toddler bath tub or Evenflo position lock gate - your choice $10
Gerber 2nd foods- 2 pack 10 for $10
High rise booster car seats, flip out drink holder, removable, washable seat pad- B1G1 free $18.99
Gain or Bounty fabric softener 2 for $6- Use your S/A .25 off of Bounty, .50 off of Gain, Total: $2.63 each
Lysol, soft scrub products 4 for $10. Use your S/A coupons ($1.00 coupon on 1 disinfecting spray, .50 off any soft scrub product, use 2 .75 off of any Lysol product) Total is 4 products is $1.75 each!
Duracell Batteries - 2 for $12 ( 8 pack for AA OR AAA and 4 pack for C or D)
Use your S/A coupon for .75 off any one pack and they become $5.25 each
Swiss Miss, Hamburger Helper, Lipton, Sunny D -10 for $10.
Revlon Colorsilk haircolor- 2 for $4
Vaseline various lotions- 3 for $8. Use S/A $1.25 off each lotion. Possible total: $1.42 each
Use your S/A coupons- $3.00 off 2 Herbal Essences or $2 off any 2 Pantene
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Peanutty Picnic Brownies
1 package double fudge brownie mix
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup peanut butter chips
1/3 cup chopped peanuts
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom of 13x9 inch pan.
Combine brownie mix, oats, egg, water and oil in large bowl. Stir with spoon until well blended, about 50 strokes.
Stir in peanuts butter chips. Spread in prepared pan. Sprinkle with peanuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 - 28 minutes or until set. Do not overbake. Cool completely. Cut into bars.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
This week pork chops are on sale at Kroger for $1.79 a lb!! I found this recipe that I am going to try in my next menu..... yum! Happy Eating!!!
Marinated Baked Pork Chops
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
4-6 pork chops, trimmed (On sale for 1.79 a lb) $2.68
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a small bowl, thoroughly blend soy sauce, vegetable oil, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, brown sugar, and ketchup.
Place pork chops in a medium baking dish, and spread with 1/2 the sauce.
Bake pork chops 30 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn, and spread with remaining sauce. Continue baking 30 minutes, or until internal temperature of the chops has reached 160 degrees F (70 degrees C).
Total cost of meal: $2.68
Add fresh asparagus (On sale for 1.97 a lb) $4.65
(Please ignore the vacuum hanging out.... It was a long weekend :) )
1/2 cup margarine, melted
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 cup margarine
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 1/2 cups dry-roasted peanuts
Combined crushed cookies and melted margarine and press into a 9x13 inch dish. Chill 1 hour in refrigerator.
In a saucepan over medium heat, combine confectioners' sugar, evaporated milk, chocolate chips and 1/2 cup margarine. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, and boil 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Set aside to cool.
Slice vanilla ice cream into 3/4 inch slices, and place them in a single layer over the chilled crust. Smooth the seams. Sprinkle the peanuts over the ice cream. Top with the cooled chocolate sauce. Cover and freeze 8 hours or overnight.