Monday, September 28, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: Thai Wraps

Tonight's recipe was really intriguing to me when I came across it. I had never seen a taco style meal wrapped with lettuce leaves instead of the traditional tortilla or taco shell. And wouldn't you know, I've come across numerous lettuce-wrapped taco-type recipes ever since! I took this recipe from All You magazine's September 2009 edition. I tried to stay as close as possible to the original recipe with just a couple minor editions based on what we had on-hand.

Thai Wraps

1 lb romaine or green-leaf lettuce, or fresh spinach, separated into individual leaves (I used iceberg lettuce)
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, shredded
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 rib celery, thinly sliced
1/2 cup minced fresh cucumber or tomato (omitted; I thought I'd have a ripe cuke or tomato from the garden but it didn't happen)
4 cups cooked lean ground beef (I used 1 lb ground beef)
1/4 cup fish sauce or soy sauce (used soy sauce)
1-2 cups leftover cooked rice, optional (I made rice but served it on the side)
salt and pepper

Wash greens, shaking off water. Set aside in a colander. (Cut heavy stems from spinach.) Warm oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add vegetables and saute' until soft, 5-7 minutes. Add beef and fish sauce or soy sauce. Add rice, if desired. Season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium heat for a few more minutes, stirring, until ingredients are well mixed. Wrap lettuce or spinach leaves around several tablespoons of meat mixture and serve.

If freezing: Cook vegetables and ground beef as directed above. Place in freezer bag; thaw 24 hours in fridge. Heat vegetable/ground beef mixture in microwave or saucepan then serve on lettuce leaves. I would suggest leaving the tomato and cucumber out until serving day. I had intended adding a little chopped tomato, but didn't have any that were ripe enough, and I'm not brave enough to try green tomatoes just yet (still learning to appreciate the red ones!). :)

So the verdict? was okay. A little bland. Okay, a lot bland. It smelled great, especially when this evening when I was heating it up. But the taste was lacking. I don't think that I'll be making it again, at least not this version. I'm a full-flavor kind of person, and I want flavors that will knock me upside the head, not make me come hunting for them. lol It was definitely a healthy meal. Hubs called this recipe Rabbit Tacos. I'll just have to find another version that will look a little more promising.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

FDA Warning on Stolen Inhalers

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a warning regarding a recently stolen shipment of Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution and Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution inhalers. Albuterol Sulfate is commonly prescribed as a treatment for breathing illnesses such as bronchitis and pneumonia. To vew the FDA's full article, click here. Here's a partial view of the article:

On September 17, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advised
consumers not to use certain respiratory medications purchased after Sept. 8,
2009 and manufactured by Dey L.P., a subsidiary of Mylan Inc., because the
medications might have been part of a shipment being transported on a
tractor-trailer stolen in Tampa, Fla., on Sept. 8, 2009.

The respiratory medications, Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution,
0.02%, and Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution, 0.083%, unit-dose vials, have
not been recovered and may be dangerous to use because the drugs may not have
been stored and handled properly.

Advice for Consumers

Do not use Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution or Ipratropium Bromide Inhalation Solution if it is from one of these lots above and was purchased or received after Sept. 8, 2009. Replace it with the same product from another lot.

Notify your health care professional of any adverse effects you may have experienced as a result of taking these medications.

Bring products from these lots back to the pharmacy where you received the medicine to exchange for products from a different lot or call Dey customer service at 800-527-4278. Contact your health care professional if you must switch to another product for any reason for possible dose adjustments.

Menu Plan Monday: 9/28-10/4

Not a lot on the calendar, but I know it will be a busy week for us. We're having a joint yard sale with my in-laws this weekend, and I think I'll end up spending every spare moment getting things ready for it. It'll be nice to get rid of the excess bags & boxes of "stuff" we've been holding on to, and getting a little extra money out of the deal won't be such a bad thing either.

Here's the menu plan for this week. As always, I'll post the recipes and any variations to the original recipe throughout the week.

Monday--Thai Wraps, Mandarin Orange Slices, Yellow Saffron Rice

Tuesday--Teriyaki Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Pineapple, Sautee'd Squash

Wednesday--Garden Ranch Pasta Salad With Chicken, Pears

Thursday--Broccoli Cheese Potatoes, Carrots, Green Beans

Friday--Shriners Fish Fry, so no cooking :)

Saturday--Chicken and Egg Noodles, California Blend Vegetables
Yard sale day!

Sunday--Chili Corn, Green Beans
Our weekly Family Home Evening night

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Friday, September 25, 2009

H1N1 Virus: Warning Signs & Symptoms

I don't want to worry you, but with all the hype and attention in the media recently concerning the spread of H1N1 virus I decided to ring the Government's new Swine Flu Helpline yesterday just to check on what the Symptoms are.


If you wake up looking like this…

…Don't go to work!!!

Add Flavor, Not Calories: Ginger/Orange

I really love a good stir fry, and one of my favorites is Orange Stir-Fried Chicken. I've only made it a few times because my husband isn't such a fan of oranges (long story, but I think he's starting to convert because he came home with orange juice the other night and said he wanted orange-banana-strawberry smoothies). However, he raved about this particular meal when we had it for dinner just a few weeks ago. What's really nice about it is that it's a healthier alternative to some stir-fry's that can be loaded down with sodium and calories.

To add flavor to your stir-fry, be it chicken, beef, pork or shrimp, try 1 tsp grated ginger root, or 1/2 tsp ground ginger plus the juice of an orange, and keep the soy sauce to a minimum, like 1 Tbsp or so. You'll be surprised at the difference in taste. And you'll be glad to know that there won't be any overkill on sodium and calories! :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

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Wok's For Dinner: Chicken in Creamy Pan Sauce

Tonight's meal was inspired by this recipe that I found at Kraft Foods. I made a few modifications since I converted it into a freezer meal. Here's my version:

Chicken in Creamy Pan Sauce

4 b/s chicken breasts (I used 2 chicken leg quarters)
3/4 cup water
1 chicken bouillon cube
4 oz (1/2 of 8oz pkg) Neufchatel cheese (1/3 the fat of cream cheese!)
2 Tbsp dried parsley

Cook chicken in a large pot of boiling water for about 20 minutes or until done. Remove chicken and shred. Meanwhile, heat 3/4 cup water in large skillet and dissolve bouillon cube in water. Cube Neufchatel cheese and add to water and bouillon. Stir until cheese is melted. Add chicken and parsley. Season with salt & pepper to your taste.

If freezing: Since I used chicken leg quarters, I deboned the chicken after cooking it, so keep that in mind if you use bone-in chicken instead of boneless, skinless. Freeze your chicken by placing it in a freezer bag or a food saver. Thaw 24 hours in refrigerator. Prepare your cheese sauce as indicated above, and add your thawed chicken. Stir until heated through.

This was good. It loooked like, and sorta' tasted like, tuna fish salad. I could just picture myself eating it with some toast. But it was really good, and worth considering making again in the future. Hubs and our son also liked the chicken a lot. My daughter, on the other hand, was more interested in everything else on her plate. She managed to eat one bite of the chicken, but that's as far as she went. Oh well, the rest of us enjoyed it. :)

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: Baby Back Bash Ribs

I came across this recipe when I downloaded Original Bites from Hidden Valley Ranch several months ago. It became a quick hit with our family. I've tried making it a few times since then but pretty much chickened out making it as a freezer meal, feeling uncertain just exactly how to freeze it "just right." That is, until this past Saturday. I decided that I was bound & determined to make this meal. Here's my version, which is basically cutting the recipe in half for our family of 4:
Baby Back Bash Ribs
1 pkg country style pork ribs
Rub: 1/2 packet ranch salad dressing mix, 1 Tbsp paprika, 1/8 tsp ground black pepper
Sauce:1/2 bottle 18oz prepared BBQ sauce (I used Cattlemen's Southern Gold, the 1st time I've ever tried it), 1/2 packet ranch salad dressing mix, 2 Tbsp brown sugar, a couple splashes of Texas Pete Hot Sauce.
Preheat oven to 225-250 degrees. Rinse ribs and pat dry with paper towels. In a small bowl, combine Ranch mix, paprika, and pepper. Rubs ribs with seasoning mixture and place in shallow roasting pan; set aside. In a medium bowl, stir together remaining ingredients; pour sauce over ribs. Cover with foil and roast in preheated oven for 2 hours. Remove from oven and let stand 10-15 minutes before serving.
If freezing: Allow ribs and sauce to cool, then place in freezer bag. Squeeze out air, seal and freeze. Thaw 24 hours in fridge. To heat, place on a microwave-safe plate or platter, and microwave for 3-5 minutes (it took my ribs just under 4 minutes).
Get ready for some mouth-watering ribs! These are SOOOOO good! Hubs commented that he didn't want to eat them because then his ribs would be gone. He literally savored every single bite, then got seconds and did the same thing all over again. I've not made this recipe with baby back ribs as the original recipe says to do. I've only used country style pork ribs, and they work perfectly and have come out tender each time.

Summer Salads: Vegetable Ribbon Salad

I love making salads, whether it's a traditional tossed salad, pasta salad, fruit salad, you name it.

Now, I'm really not a big tomato fan, and neither is my husband. But we grew tomatoes in our garden this year, and we're bound and determine to use them. Although I'm still acquiring a taste for raw tomatoes (it's been a slow process!), I have actually become accustomed to them in some foods like tacos and salads. Earlier this year, I posted a recipe for Tomato & Avocado Salad, made with two ingredients that a year ago I wouldn't be caught dead eating (tomatoes and avocados), but put the two together, and it's actually quite delicious. Even my husband likes it.

Another salad I've come to enjoy making this summer is Vegetable Ribbon Salad. I got the original recipe from a Pampered Chef cookbook, but I don't stick to the original recipe each time. In fact, I make it slightly different every time, depending on what we've picked from the garden, and what I feel like doing at the time. Basically, it's a very versatile salad that you can "make your own."

Here's tonight's version:

Vegetable Ribbon Salad
Start off with a squash such as zucchini or summer squash. All our zucchini plants died off, so it was summer squash for us today. If your squash is large and the skin is tough, use a vegetable peeler to remove the skin. Scoop out the seeds, then shred the squash into a medium bowl. Take one cucumber, remove & discard the peeling, and still using your vegetable peeler, peel off layers of cucumber into the bowl right on top of the squash, as demonstrated below. You don't need to use all the cucumber, just enough to get down to the seeds.

Then, peel one carrot and chop off the ends. Using a grater, shred the carrot. I like using the small shredder (is that what it's called??) side of the grater. After shredding, add carrots to the bowl.

Core and thinly slice 1 ripe tomato, such as a roma tomato. I wanted to grow romas this year, but hubs planted Big Boys. I did manage to find one small ripe Big Boy, and that's what I used tonight. Place your sliced tomatoes in the bowl, and add a handful of sunflower seeds (no shells, of course).

Mix all ingredients together, place a serving on your plate, then add your favorite dressing. I used a splash of balsamic vinegar and a little bit of balsamic vinaigrette.

Serve and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

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Add Flavor, Not Calories: Honey Mustard/Rosemary/Cocoa Powder

There are many ways to season your favorite cuts of meat, whether it's a traditional gravy or a can of cream of mushroom/chicken. But instead of going the traditional route, try adding flavor instead of calories.

Add your favorite brand of honey mustard to poultry or seafood. I like Texas Pete Honey Mustard Sauce. It's got a nice tang without being too spicy. For an additional shot of flavor, add some fresh or dried rosemary to the meat prior to cooking it.

Something that's also real good is pairing rosemary and cocoa powder with your favorite cut of red meat. Simply saute' sliced beef tenderloin, ribeye or similar cut of meat over medium-high heat for 4-5 minutes per side, remove from heat after browned, and cook & stir 1/4 cup water, 1/2 tsp cocoa with 1 finely chopped clove of garlic and 1 tsp choped fresh or 1/4 tsp dried rosemary leaves. Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute then serve over our beef.

Wok's For Dinner: Creamy Chicken Italiano

This is a crock-pot recipe that came from my friend Melissa over at Melissa's Bargain Blog long before she became a blogger. It had been quite awhile since I last made it, and seemed like a good slow cooker meal this go-around.

Creamy Chicken Italiano

4 frozen chicken breasts
1pkg Italian dressing mix (I use just 1/2 pkg because a full package has quite a kick)
1 can cream of chicken soup

Combine all ingredients in a 3.5-4.5 quart slow cooker. cover and cook on high heat 6-8 hours or on low heat 10-12 hours.

If freezing: After chicken has cooked, place chicken with sauce into a freezer bag. I was able to use just a quart-size freezer bag. Thaw 24 hours in refrigerator; heat in microwave; serve with your favorite side dish & enjoy!

This turned out really tasty! The chicken was so tender, it literally fell apart with a fork. So glad I made it!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Wok's For Dinner: Hamburger Steak W/Sweet Onion-Mushrom Gravy

I apologize that the pic above may not appear too appetizing. We were all eager to eat supper, and I forgot to take a picture until we were done. This is a half patty that was left over after supper. One of my readers shared this recipe with me not long ago (thanks, Heather!). It sounded really tasty, so I just had to add it to my menu plan when I made my September freezer meals. I did not make the brown gravy called for in the original recipe. I'd be the only one who'd eat the gravy, and since I'm trying to stay on the healthy side of things, I decided to omit the gravy. Here's my version:
Hamburger Steak With Sweet Onion-Mushroom Gravy
2 slices bread
1 lb lean ground beef
1 egg, slightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1-8oz can sliced mushrooms
1 medium-size Vidalia onion, sliced thin
Process bread slices in a food processor 10 seconds or until finely chopped. Place breadcrumbs in a mixing bowl; add ground beef, egg, garlic and seasonings. Gently combine until blended, using your hands. Shape into 4 (4-inch) patties. Cook patties in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 2 minutes on each side or just until browned. Remove patties from skillet (you'd want to drain any excess grease if you had any in your skillet). Add mushrooms and onion to skillet, and sauté 6 minutes or until tender. Return patties to skillet. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer 8 to 10 minutes.
If freezing: If using fresh (never frozen) ground beef, make the patties as directed, except do not cook. Wrap patties individually in plastic wrap and place all patties in a freezer bag. Thaw in refrigerator before cooking as directed.
Since I just made these Saturday, I did not freeze them. Didn't make sense to freeze them since we were just going to turn around & eat them! We really liked these hamburger steaks. I even added a slice of cheese on top of the kids' patties to make them even more appealing, which they definitely liked. All in all, a great meal that didn't take long to prepare (on both my freezer meal cooking day and this evening when we ate the hamburger steaks!) and it didn't hurt that they turned out real good. Thanks again, Heather!

Bargain Buy

I didn't do any shopping this weekend since I was tied up in the kitchen all day Saturday making my freezer meals. However, hubs wanted to get some sausage and cheese blocks to make himself homemade sausage/egg/cheese sandwiches and had planned on going to the store anyways.

Food Lion was having an amazing sale on ham, and since hubswas going there to get his "supplies," I asked him to pick up a ham while he was out. The response: "I don't know how to pick out a ham." After giving him a look, I basically told him that he would manage just fine.

And here's what he came home with:

Quite a large ham! Over 8 lbs. The shanks were on sale for just 89 cents / pound! So instead of paying over $13, this ham cost only $7.21.

I didn't have plans to use the ham in my September freezer meals, not knowing there'd be a sale on ham when I made my menu. But I will add it to my October freezer meal plan once I get that figured up. I let the ham sit in the fridge until Sunday evening, when I finally had a break long enough to cut it up. With all the skin, fat, and large leg bone, I really thought I'd only get 3 meals. Instead, I was VERY pleased that there was enough meat for 4 meals! I probably could have--and maybe I should have done this--stretched the ham into 5 meals, but at just $1.80 each, I was okay with sticking to the 4 meals.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

September Freezer Meals Recap

It's been almost 24 hours, and I'm still exhausted from my all-day freezer meal cooking event. I really enjoy my time in the kitchen, so I'm not complaining, just stating the facts. It's a very satisfying feeling to know that I saved my family money by planning my meals long in advance, plus saving myself time (& my sanity) by cooking my meals in advance so there's less to do when it comes time to make our suppers each evening.

If there's one thing that I wish that I could do, it's make several breakfast meals in addition to the supper meals on my freezer meal cooking day. But there just isn't the time, and I plan a full menu for the month, so cooking everything up is very time-consuming. I do try to make something for breakfast, other than cereal or toast, on the weekends, at least for one mornin. The kids definitely love it, as evidence with their frequent requests for pancakes. :)

If you missed my September freezer meal list, you can click here to review it.
I start out my cooking day by picking up my monthly food order from Angel Food Ministries, a nationwide ministry designed to help bring affordable food to needy families, or anyone looking to save some money or bless others.
I started ordering from the ministry exactly one year ago, and it has truly blessed our family. We had fallen on hard times--no surprise, lots of families have been or are currently experiencing stretched finances. I heard about AFM and decided to look into it. Encouraged by what I read, I placed our first order. And I've been buying ever since.

Since I started making freezer meals in March and utilizing sales ads in May, I've been able to really stock pile on pantry items, and especially on meats. I probably don't need to order from AFM any longer; however, it certainly helps take the guess work out of trying to find good deals, especially on meat and produce, and so ordering just the regular box alone knocks off one week's worth of meats that I don't have to hunt for.
Here's what we got in this month's order:
Regular box $30: 1.5 lb ribeye steaks, 1.81lb split chicken breats; 4lb chicken thighs; 1.5lb pork chops; 1 lb lean ground beef; 1.5lb 100% white meat turkey burgers; 12oz deli ham; 1lb frozen sweet potatoes; 1lb frozen green beans; 15oz can pears; 2-12oz cans 100% orange juice concentrate; 3lb bg potatoes; 2lb bag onions; 32oz 2% shelf stable milk; 1 dozen eggs; refrigerator cookie dough
Fruit & Veggie Box: 3lb baking potatoes; 2lb bag onions; 1lb carrots; 1 butternut squash; 4 bartlett pears; 3lb bag Golden Delicious apples; 3lb bag McIntosh apples; 1 cantaloupe; 1 avocado; 1 mango; 6 1.5z pkg's raisins; 1 pkg homemade apple pie spice
After taking my daughter to dance class, then picking up our AFM order at our local host church, I headed home. I got started on the freezer meals about 11am. Aside from eating lunch and supper, I pretty much stuck to the kitchen.
Before leaving for dance class, I took everything out of the freezer to thaw in a couple of boxes on the kitchen floor (not a pretty site to see large quantities of meat on my floor, but the boxes do soak up the water condensation from the packages of meat as they thaw, and for me it's the most convenient way of thawing the meat).
I grossly underestimated how much meat I had stocked up on and ended up putting some of it back into the freezer. I also planned for well over one month's worth of meals, due to carry-over from August, plus several non-freezer meals. I guess that's okay, because I've already got some meat in the freezer for next month's freezer meal cooking day. So again the question now is, do I really need to order from Angel Food Ministries in October? I'm fairly confident I'll be able to stock up on some b/s chicken breasts and ground beef over the next month. And that to the meat that's still in the freezer, as well as the meals that will carry-over next month, and I know I'll easily have enough. Maybe now we're sufficiently back on our feet that the ministry has served its purpose for our family. It's something to think about.
Since I had quite a full menu to cook up, I was able to cook several meats at one time before splitting them up into the individual meals. I cooked up all the ground sausage together, and also cooked up some of the b/s chicken breasts together, and most of the chicken leg quarters in one batch as well. This definitely helped save me some time, instead of cooking the meats all separately.
If there's one lesson I've learned, it's that I need to plan fewer baked meals! At least, fewer baked meals for the month of September. The outside temp has definitely cooled down this month, so we've gone without the A/C for a few weeks now. It still gets a little warm in the house, and was definitely more pronounced with the oven heating up the kitchen off & on during the day. Even with all the ceiling and oscillating fans on, it was still a warm 81 degrees in the house. But we managed to survive just fine, and we'll save money in the end since we didn't have the A/C going on top of the oven and stove.
All in all, it was a great day, and I really accomplished a lot. It was a great day, and I've got a great menu to select from over the next month!

Menu Plan Monday: 9/21-9/27

Another week is over and done with, and already a new week is upon us. I can hardly believe how quickly the time flies. It always seemed to drag when I was growing up. Not so as an adult! And now I'm having to plan my daughter's 3rd birthday party. Just a little over a month away and that day will be here. I love my kids and watching them grow--but at the same time I don't want them to grow! To quote the old cliche': they grow so fast! :)

Monday--Hamburger Steak w/Sweet Onion Mushroom Gravy, Celery Sticks, Cantaloupe, Crescent Rolls

Monday evenings have traditionally been our weekly "family night," which we call Family Home Evening. But now that our son's in Kindergarten and has homework every night (and our 2-yr-old daughter has also decided that she, too, needs to do her "homework") our Monday evenings are rather busy. So we've decided to move our F.H.E. nights to Sunday evenings, usually the least busy day of the week.

Tuesday--Creamy Chicken Italiano, Vegetable Ribbon Salad, Grapes
Hubs has a meeting at church this evening. He should be able to eat before leaving for the meeting.

Wednesday--Baby Back Bash Ribs, Fruit Salad, Squash

Thursday--Chicken in Creamy Pan Sauce, Garlic Green Beans, Watermelon

Friday--Hubs is on his own!
I'll be scrapbooking this evening, and since dinner is provided at the monthly crop, I won't plan a meal. Hubs will have the privilege of furing out what to do for him & the kids.

Saturday--Chicken and Squash (one pot dish)

Sunday--Veggie Burgers, Fruit Salad, Shoestring Fries
Our new night for our weekly family night!

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Wok's For Dinner: Onion-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

This started out as a one-pot dish. But I accidentally opened a can of creamed corn yesterday, instead a can of corn kernels, so I decided to use the creamed corn tonight. And then this afternoon, I noticed we had a cucumber that was growing into our fence and had become stuck. I tried to pry it free, but ended up breaking the tip off the cuke, which meant we were also going to have sliced cucumbers tonight, too.

Onion-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

1 envelope dried onion soup mix
1/4 cup olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced, or 1/2 tsp garlic powder
4 bone-in chicken breast halves
1 lb potatoes, cut into small chunks
2 carrots, sliced (I used 2 sweet potatoes instead)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. In a large plastic bag or bowl, add all ingredients. Close bag and shake, or toss in bowl, until chicken and vegetables are evenly coated. In a 13x9-inch baking or roasting pan, arrange chicken, breast side up, and vegetables; discard bag. Bake uncovered 45 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and vegetables are tender.

If freezing: Prepare as directed. After baking, allow to cook. De-bone chicken; discard bones. Place chicken and vegetables in freezer bag, squeeze out air, seal and freeze. Thaw at least 24 hours in refrigerator. To heat, place in microwave-save bowl and heat in microwave or you can heat in a saucepan on the stove.

This was a really nice meal. We're not big sweet potato fans, but I've tried my best to "hide" them in a few of the meals I've made since we started buying from Angel Food Ministries a year ago. As for me, I couldn't taste the sweet potatoes, although they did come out rather mushy. The kids at their meal very well, and my husband had seconds, so using the sweet potatoes worked out good. :)

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Cook a Month's Worth of Meals: Check!

Another freezer meal cooking day is over & done with--hooray! Most of the meals, probably 90% or so, were completed by the time we ate supper. I wasn't quite as motivated by the time the last few meals needed to be cooked up, so they took a little longer. But that's ok, 'cause I'm done!!

I'll post a recap on the day in the next couple of days. I'm glad to finally be resting my heels (my feet are rather sore!).

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Friday, September 18, 2009

Coupon Giveaway At Balancing Act Basics!

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  • $2 on Similasan Allergy Eye Relief
  • $2 on any Advil PM, 16ct or larger
  • $1 on any St. Joseph 81mg aspirin, except trial size
  • $2 on any Tylenol PM product, except trial size
  • 2 coupons--$2 on any non-drowsy Claritin, 20ct or larger
  • $2 on any Visine product
  • $2 on any Visine product 1/2fl oz or larger, or on Total Eye Soothing
  • $3 on any one Metamucil psyllium or Clear & Natural non-psyllium
  • $2 off any Citrucel product
  • 2 coupons--$1 on Johnson & Johnson Red Cross First Aid Brand Adhesive
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  • $1 on one any size Prilosec OTC
  • $1 on any one Dove Go Fresh body mist
  • $2 off any one Dry Idea Roll-On Antiperspirant
  • 2 coupons--$0.55 on any Brut Anti-perspirant or Deodorant product
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any Brut Fragrance product
  • $1.50 on Smooth Away or Smooth Away Vibe
  • $0.55 off any Gillette Series Shave Gel (7oz) or Foam (9oz)
  • Buy any one Fusion Cartridge get a Gillette Deodorant FREE, excludes
  • Buy any one Fusion Cartridge get a Fusion Shave Gel FREE
  • $2 on any one Mach3 Disposable 3ct, Sensor3 4ct, CustomPlus3 4ct, or Venus
    Disposable 3ct or 2ct
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  • $2 off any one Fusion Razor
  • $10 off any one 14-ct Crest Whitestrips Advanced Seal
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  • $2 off any one Oral-B CrossAction Power Max Brush
  • $1 off any one Oral-B CrossAction Power or CrossAction Whitening Brush
  • $0.75 on any GUM toothbrush
  • $0.55 on any GUM accessory, excluding GUM Soft-Picks
  • Target Web Coupon--$0.50 off 4ct Colgate Wisp mini-brushes
  • $0.50 on any Colgate Wisp 16ct
  • $0.50 on any one Crest Toothpaste 4.2oz or larger or liquid gel
  • $1 on new Aquafresh iso-active Whitening Works Beyond Paste
  • $0.75 on any one Crest rinse 440mL or larger
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 on any Listerine Antiseptic product
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one box of Playtex Sport tampons, 16ct or larger
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one box of Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons, 18ct or
  • $0.35 off one Zest body wash or bar bundle, excluding trial size
  • $0.25 off one Ivory body wash or bar bundle
  • $1 on any Softsoap body wash
  • $0.75 on any two Suave body wash products
  • 2 coupons--$1.50 off any one Pond's product
  • $1 on any one Head & Shoulders shampoo or conditioner
  • $1 off any two Pantene products, except trial size
  • $2 on any one box of Clairol hair color, except Balsam
  • $1 on any one Dove Hair Care product, except trial size
  • $1 on any Root Awakening hair care product, except trial size
  • 3 coupons--$1 on Aveeno Active Naturals Nourish hair care collection, except
    trial size
  • $1 on any one Pantene styling product, except trial size
  • $2 off any full size Neutrogena Pure & Free baby suncare product
  • BOGO FREE any one Tag body spray or invisible solid
  • $1 on any N.Y.C. product of $1.72 or more
  • 2 coupons--$1 off any Oxy product
  • $1 on any one L'Oreal Skincare Cleanser
  • $1 on any one L'Oreal Moisturizer or Treatment
  • $1 on any one Olay Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser
  • $3 on any one Olay Definity Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser
  • BO Olay Total Effects Facial Moisturizer and GO FREE Secret Flawless
  • BO Olay Total Effects Facial Moisturizer and GO FREE Olay Body Wash
  • $1 on any one Sea Breeze product
  • $2 on any LaCross Beauty Tool purchase of 42 or more
  • $1 on 9Lives wet cat food
  • $0.75 on any one bag of 9Lives dry cat food, 3.15lbs or larger
  • $2 on one bag of Purina Healthy Morsels brand dog food, any size
  • $2 on any one Whiskas Purrfectly dry food for cats
  • $1 on any one Whiskas Purrfectly 10pk, fish or chicken entrees
  • $1 on any variety Cesar Treats
  • BOGO FREE on any Cesar Canine Cuisine single entree
  • $1 on any one bag of Meow Mix dry cat food, 3.15lbs or larger or any one
    Meow Mix Wholesome Goodness dry cat food, 3.0lbs or larger
  • $1 off any one size or pack of Pedigree Jumbone treats for dogs
  • $1 on any four Meow Mix Market Select single cups or Meow Mix Wholesome
    Goodness single cups, 2.75oz
  • $1 on any one Snausages or SnawSomes! dog snacks, 9.75oz or larger
  • $1 off any one Pedigree Breathbuster treats for dogs
  • $0.50 off any one Goodlife Recipe treats for cats
  • $3 off any one Goodlife Recipe food for cats or dogs
  • $1 off any one Goodlife Recipe treats for dogs
  • $1.50 off any Strap Perfect bra strap concealer
  • $2 on any Dr. Scholl's Massaging Gel Insoles
  • $1.50 on any one size Pampers Diapers Jumbo pk or larger
  • $1 on any Pampers Diapers or Pants
  • $2 on any Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive, Swaddlers, Cruisers or Extra
    Protection Diapers
  • Target coupon--$2 off Pampers Swaddlers Sensitive diapers
  • Target coupon--$2 off Pampers Cruisers Premium Absorbent diapers
  • $1.50 on any TenderCare Chlorine Free diapers
  • $2 on any Pampers UnderJams Night Wear
  • $2 on any one Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or larger
  • $1.50 on any one Pull-Ups Training Pants, Jumbo pk or larger
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 off any one 64-ct or larger pkg of Huggies Baby Wipes
  • $2 on any two Pull-Ups Flushable Moist Wipes
  • 3 coupons--$1 off 10 jars of Earth's Best Organic baby food
  • $0.50 off any Beech-Nut Let's Grow! Mini Meals
  • $0.75 on any Beech-Nut Let's Grow! item
  • $0.50 on any one Swiffer Dusters starter kit
  • $1 on any one Swiffer Dusters starter kit or refill
  • $0.55 on any Endust product
  • BO Swiffer WetJet starter kit GO Swiffer WetJet refill FREE
  • $1 off any one Swiffer Sweeper starter kit
  • $0.25 off any one size Dawn
  • $0.50 off any one size Cascade ActionPacs
  • $0.55 on any one 12oz size Dishwasher Magic
  • $0.55 on any one size Disposer Care
  • $0.25 off one size Cascade
  • $0.50 off any one Method item
  • 2 coupons--$2.50 on one Windex Outdoor All-In-One starter kit
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one Windex product
  • $2 on Carbona oven rack and grill cleaner
  • $0.55 on any Nature Source natural cleaner
  • $0.35 on any Comet spray or Comet soft cleanser product
  • $1 on any one Mr. Clean Magic Eraser
  • $0.50 off any one Mr. Clean Multi-Surface spray or liquid
  • $1.50 on any Hot Shot product
  • $2 off any one All 96 load or larger liquid laundry detergent
  • $1 off any one All or Surf laundry detergent
  • $0.55 on any one 24oz size Washer Magic
  • $1.50 on any size Bounce Dryer Bar
  • $0.50 on any two 82oz or larger Clorox liquid bleach products
  • $0.75 off any one Surf laundry detergent
  • $1 on any OxiClean stain fighter liquid
  • $0.75 on any OxiClean laundry pre-treater spray
  • $1.50 on any size Tide Stain Release product
  • Walgreens coupon--43 off any one Viva 6pk regular roll
  • $1 off any one Snuggle Liquid Fabric Softener or Dryer Sheet product
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 on any three pkgs of Kleenex Facial Tissues or any one
    bundle pk of Kleenex facial tissue
  • Target coupon--$1.50 off 6pk or larger Up & Up paper towels
  • $1 off six or more rolls of Scott Naturals paper towels
  • $0.25 off one Charmin
  • $1 on any Cottonelle toilet paper 12pk
  • $1 off any one White Cloud paper towels or bathroom tissue product
  • 2 coupons--$2 off one package of Angel Soft bath tissue and one pkg of
    Sparkle paper towels
  • Target coupon--$1 off Scott bath tissue
  • $1 off four or more rolls of Scott Naturals bath tissue
  • $0.50 on any Cottonelle Fresh Moist Wipers 42ct tub
  • BOGO FREE any Eclipse 12 piece pack
  • $0.50 on any two Snickers Marathon bars
  • $1 on any one Sandwich Thins product
  • $2 on any one 13.5lb or greater bag of Kingsford Matchlight, Kingsford
    Mesquite or Kingsford Hickory Charcoal
  • BOGO FREE 18oz KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce with the purchase of 13.5lb or
    larger bag of Kingsford Charcoal
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any two Hellmann's or Best Foods mayonnaise, 22oz or
  • $1 on any one container of any brand of milk when you buy two Welch's
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 off any one Peter Pan peanut butter
  • $0.50 off any Frank's Red Hot sauce
  • $0.55 on 12oz or larger bottle of Burleson's Pure Honey
  • 2 coupons--$1 off True Lemon, True Lime, True Orange or True Lemon Naturally
  • Target web coupon--$0.75 off 12pk 12oz Dasani water
  • $1 on any one Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials pkg or multipack
  • $1 on two Ice Mountain brand Aquapod 100% natural spring water, 8pks
  • 2 coupons--BOGO FREE bottle of Snapple Tea, Juice Drink or Water
  • 2 coupons--$1 off any one Welch's 46oz or 64oz 100% juice or light juice
  • $1 off 64oz Genesis Today Acai berry juice
  • $0.75 on any one Creammette Quick Cook pasta product
  • $0.75 on any one American Beauty Quick Cook pasta product
  • $0.75 on any one San Giorgio Quick Cook pasta product
  • $1 on one Nestle Juicy Juice brain development and immunity items
  • $1 off any two Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers
  • $1.50 off any one Marie Callender's Home-Style Creations
  • Buy 2 get any one FREE Manwich 15.5oz can
  • $1 on any one item from Gluten-Free Pantry
  • $1 on any Emeril's Seasoning
  • $0.55 on any one Morton Season-All product, 5oz or larger
  • 40.50 on any two Domino products, 2lbs or larger
  • $1 off any size Truvia natural sweetener
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one Splenda no calorie sweetener with fiber
  • $0.50 on any two Jell-O Gelatin
  • $1 on two any flavor/variety Fiber One box muffin mixes
  • $0.50 on any flavor/variety Fiber One box muffin mixes
  • 40.75 on two any flavor Betty Crocker box supreme brownie mixes
  • 3 coupons--$1 on one pkg of Dole Fruit Bowls in sugar free gel
  • Buy two get one FREE Healthy Choice microwaveable soup bowls
  • $1 on any two Campbell's V8 soup
  • $1 on three any flavor Progresso soups
  • $1.10 on three any flavor Progresso soups
  • $1 on two any flavor/variety Muir Glen products
  • $2 off any Rice Select item
  • 2 coupons--$0.60 on any two Old El Paso products
  • $0.60 on two Old El Paso products
  • $0.50 on any one Success Rice product
  • 3 coupons--$1 on any Success Rice products
  • $0.40 on any flavor Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Mix
  • 2 coupons--$0.40 on any flavor box or pouch Betty Crocker Potatoes, except
    Potato Buds
  • 3 coupons--$1.50 off one box of Kashi TLC soft-baked cereal bars
  • 2 coupons--$0.75 on any Mom's Best Naturals product
  • $0.75 on any Fiber One toaster pastries
  • 3 Target web coupons--$1 off two 6ct Kellogg's Special K bars
  • $1.50 on any two pkgs of Kellogg's Frosted Mini-Wheats, All-Bran and/or
    Kellogg's Raisin Bran cereals
  • $0.55 off Trix cereal
  • 2 coupons--$1 on Kellogg's Rice Krispies cereal
  • 2 coupons--$1.50 on any one box of Kashi Honey Sunshine cereal
  • $0.75 off Whole Grain Total, Total Raisin Bran, Total Honey Clusters, Total
    Cranberry Crunch, Total Blueberry Pomegranate or Total Cinnamon Crunch
  • $1 off Honey Nut Cheerios cereal
  • $0.75 off Fiber One Original, Fiber One Honey Clusters, Fiber One Raisin
    Bran Clusters, Fiber One Caramel Delight or Fiber One Frosted Shredded Wheat
  • $1 off any two Quaker Grits
  • 2 coupons--$2 on one box of Quaker Oatmeal Pancake Mix
  • $1 on 28.3oz Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix
  • $0.75 off any one pkg of Kellogg's Cinnabon Bars, 6ct, any flavor
  • $0.50 on one box any flavor Fiber One Chewy Bars
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any two boxes of Kashi TLC Chewy Granola Bars
  • $1 on any one box of Quaker True Delights Granola Bars
  • $1 off any two Crunch 'n Munch, 7.5oz or larger
  • 2 coupons--$1 on one Nestle Cranberry Raisinets, 5.5oz stand-up bag
  • $1 on any two boxes of Nabisco Cookies or Crackers, 4oz-28oz
  • $0.40 on one jar of Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popping Corn, any size,
    any variety
  • $0.40 on one pkg of Act II popcorn
  • 2 coupons--$1 off two Act II popcorn balls
  • $0.75 on any 8oz or larger Snyder's of Hanover Pretzel Sandwiches
  • 2 coupons--$1 off any one Alexia crunchy snacks
  • $0.50 off any one Pringles Snack Stacks, Stix, Minis or Bold Bites
  • $0.50 off any one bag of Lay's Light potato chips
  • $1 off two Wonka Laffy Taffy bags, 18oz or larger
  • $1 off any one Planters Nut-rition product
  • $1 off two Emerald Nuts 16oz dry roasted peanuts or lightly salted dry
    roasted peanuts
  • $0.50 off one 4.5oz or larger Chex Mix Select Chocolate Turtle, Chocolate
    Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate or Sweet 'n Salty Trail Mix
  • $1 on two 4.5oz or larger Chex Mix Select Chocolate Turtle, Chocolate Peanut
    Butter, Dark Chocolate or Sweet 'n Salty Trail Mix
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one pkg of Kellogg's Special K cereal, 11.4oz or
    larger, any flavor
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one bag of TrueNorth 100% natural nut snacks,
  • one FREE Snikiddy product all natural baked cheese puffs & cookie
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  • $1 off two containers of Nestle Coffee-Mate liquid creamers, 16oz or
  • $0.55 on any one Kozy Shack product
  • $1 on any one Egg Beaters seasoned variety
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any flavor Yoplait Delights yogurt multipack
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 on six any variety Yoplait Yogurt cups
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    multipack yogurt
  • $1 on any one 32oz Dannon All Natural yogurt product
  • $0.50 on any one Breyers YoCrunch 100 Calorie yogurt multipack
  • $1 on any flavor Yoplait Fiber One yogurt multipack
  • $1 on any flavor YoPlus or YoPlus Light yogurt 4pk
  • 2 coupons--$1 on one Welch's 64oz refrigerated juice or cocktail, any
  • 2 coupons--$1 off one half gallon of Over the Moon milk
  • $0.55 off any flavor/variety Pillsbury Savorings products
  • $1 off any flavor/variety Pillsbury Savorings products
  • $0.40 on any two Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands! Sweet Rolls
  • 2 coupons--$1 on two Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands! Sweet Rolls
  • 2 coupons--$0.75 on two frozen Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, cinnamon rolls or
    mini cinnamon rolls
  • 4 coupons--$0.40 on any two Pillsbury Italian Meal Breads
  • $1 on two any size/variety Refrigerated Pillsbury Grands! biscuits
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 on any two Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
  • $0.75 on any two Pillsbury Refrigerated Holiday Cookies, except Create 'n
    Bake cookie dough
  • $1 on two pkgs any variety Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
  • 4 coupons--$0.55 on one pkg any variety Pillsbury Simply...Refrigerated
    Cookie dough
  • $1 on one pkg any variety Pillsbury Simply...Refrigerated Cookie dough
  • $0.40 on two pkgs any flavor/variety Totino's Rolls Snacks
  • $1 on any two Multi-Serve Tony's Pizza
  • $1 off any one Red Baron Fire Baked Pizza
  • $1 on any one Digiorno Crispy Flatbread Frozen Pizza
  • $0.75 on one box of Tyson Any'tizers snacks
  • $1 on one bag of Tyson Any'tizers snacks
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any one Freschetta Pizza
  • 3 Target web coupons--$1 off Kashi frozen pizza
  • $0.50 off any Frank's Red Hot Original Buffalo Wings or Cattlemen's Honey
    Barbecue Wings
  • 3 Target web coupons--%1 off two boxes Eggo pancakes
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 on two any variety Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables
  • 2 coupons--$0.50 off any variety 19oz-24oz only Green Giant Frozen Bagged
  • $1 off two Stouffer's French Bread Pizza items
  • $1 off any two Banquet Boneless, 28.8oz or larger
  • $1 off any six Banquet Dinners
  • $1 off any two Healthy Choice All Natural Entrees
  • $2 off any one Marie Callender's Signature Saute's
  • $1 off any two Marie Callender's Dinners
  • $1 off any two Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers
  • $1 off any two Marie Callender's Pasta Al Dente
  • $2 off any three Lean Cuisine Entrees
  • 2 coupons--$1 on any Tyson Skillet Creations Meal Kit
  • $0.50 off any Green Giant Create A Meal! stir fry frozen meal starter
  • $1 on one bag of Tyson Frozen Breaded Chicken
  • 4 coupons--$1 on any pkg Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls
  • $1 on any one Sara Lee cheesecake
  • $1 on any one Sara Lee pound cake
  • $1 off any 6oz or larger Sorrento Snack Cheese
  • 2 coupons--$1 off one pkg al fresco All Natural Chicken Sausage, any
  • $1 on two pkgs of any Oscar Mayer hot dogs
  • 2 coupons--$1 off two pkgs of Ball Park Franks, any variety
  • $1 off one pkg of any Oscar Mayer Deli Creations sandwich
  • 2 coupons--$0.55 off one pkg Hormel Natural Choice Deli Sandwich Meat
  • $1 on any High Liner Sea Cuisine product
  • 3 coupons--$1 on any Reser's American Classics 3lb Salad
  • 2 coupons--$0.55 on any one pkg of Treasure Cave Cheese Product
  • $1 on any three Del Monte SuperFruit cups
  • $1 on any one Marzetti Salad Dressing
  • $1 on any two Litehouse poducts
  • $0.75 off any Earthbound Farm Salad
  • $1 off 2lbs or more General Tso's or Sweet & Sour Chicken from the deli

Whew! That's everything! Good luck!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Did Someone Say Giveaway?

I know, I'm sorry, this has been a long time coming--I'm having a giveaway! Be on the lookout for details that will be posted shortly. Tell your friends! Tell your neighbors!

Fall Garden

It's been awhile since I last posted about our family garden. We are still getting quite a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, even with the dog days of summer that we experienced in August. Thankfully, the cooler weather of September has allowed us to plant a fall garden to give us more fresh produce for the winter.
Here's what we've got growing in our fall garden:

The big large "bush" in the two above pictures is actually our big boy tomatoes, a sweet pepper, and two bell pepper plants. There are a ton of green tomatoes growing and peppers of all shapes & sizes. Won't be long now! The "bush" next to the window is our green beans that we planted in the Spring. It has only given us one meal's worth of green beans. That is, until now. It's chock-full of green beans--yummy! We also had a few squash & zucchini plants that had been planted here, but they burned off due to summer's heat, so we pulled up the remains. Hubs put up chicken wire and some pipes for support and we planted sweet peas, green beans & cucumbers. Hopefully, we'll have a bumper crop before winter's frost arrives!

We also bought 3 grape vines, and here they are. No sooner did we plant them, they started sprouting leaves. Looks as though they like the soil. :)
Above: 3 types of onions--red, vidalia, and green onion. Below: carrots. We're going to try them again. After a little research, we learned that carrots actually thrive in cooler weather, so maybe they'll do better in a Fall garden than a Spring/Summer one.
We also planted some corn, we have one squash plant that survived the summer, and there are several more bell peppers, another big boy tomato plant, a white eggplant, a black beauty eggplant, jalapeno plants, plus our strawberries are still going strong producing berries here & there, and our raspberry bush is doing well, too. We also have a blueberry and a blackberry bush, although they are not actually producing fruit. I think the season for them is long over, so we'll see if they survive the winter and what we can get out of them next year.
Here are some of our recent harvests:
Several bell peppers. By the time I went to chopping & freezing them, one had turned completely red and one had turned completely yellow (finally! peppers that look like the tag when we bought the transplants!). Also, a sweet pepper, which I chopped along with a tomato we picked; froze these for later use. One white eggplant, which we ate this week. My black beauty has a small eggplant. It'll be several more weeks before it's ready for harvesting. Also got a cucumber--yippee! All of our cucumber plants had burned off a month or so ago; that is, all but one. We had a cucumber plant that hid beneath a squash plant in our main garden. This cucumber plant finally shot off and has started reproducing cukes. There are several more on the plant that, keeping our fingers crossed, we'll be able to harvest in a week or two.
Our watermelon plant, which had started taking over the better part of our main garden, finally did make some watermelons. We have 5 large melons, and 1 little baby one. We ate some watermelon for dessert one night this week. The kids loved it, and I loved it since it was a healthy treat for everyone.

And finally, hubs was tickled pink at al the jalapenos he picked the other day. He made Pepper Poppers and ate 'em up while watching a football game.

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