Wednesday, April 30, 2014

What's on Sale #1: Now Thru 5/3

Can you believe that May is almost here?  Yikes!!  Seems like yesterday that we were celebrating the New Year.

Here's a screen shot of some of the best prices available now through Saturday.  Note that, due to sales periods varying in my area, I look at the dates that the sales actually overlap.

sale ends 5/4

PEPPERS - Fresh Green Stuffing Bell Peppers, 2/$1
PEPPERS - Fancy Large Jalapeno Peppers, $0.99/lb
LEMONS - Large Fancy Lemons, 2/$1
MUSHROOMS - Baby Bella Mushrooms, 8 oz, $1.39
MANGOES - Ripe Mangoes, $0.99
LETTUCE - Dole Shredded Lettuce, 8 oz, 2/$3
APPLES - Washington State Red Delicious Apples, $0.99/lb
KETCHUP - Hunt's Ketchup, 24 oz, $0.79
SPAGHETTI SAUCE - Hunt's Spaghetti Sauce, 24 oz, 5/$5
CANNED PASTA - Chef Boyardee Pasta, 15 oz, 5/$5
CANNED TOMATOES - Vine-Ripe Diced Tomatoes, 28 oz, $1
PICKLES - Star's Pickles, all sizes, $1
BOTTLED WATER - Deer Park Water, 1 gal, $0.99
BLEACH - Piggly Wiggly Ultra Bleach, 96 oz, all varieties, $0.99

 sale ends 5/3

CANNED MUSHROOMS - Canned Mushrooms, 4 oz, $0.69 ea with in-ad coupon, limit 4
TACO SHELLS - Old El Paso Taco Shells, 12 pk, 3/$3 (must buy 3) plus earn 1000 Balance Rewards points, good for $1 off your next purchase
YOGURT - Chobani Greek Yogurt, 5.3 oz, 5/$5 (must buy 5)
DEODORANT - Speed Stick or Lady Speed Stick Antiperspirant / Deodorant, 2.3-3.25 oz, select varieties, $1.99, use $1 off Speed Stick men or women, 2.3 oz + from the 4/27 SmartSource newspaper insert, makes it $0.99

 sale ends 5/3

PAIN RELIEF - Bayer Aspirin, 500 mg 20 ct, 325 mg 24 ct, 81 mg 32-36 ct, $2.99 ea, limit 4, plus get $1 +UP credit good toward next purchase, use $1 off Bayer 20 ct printable or $1 off Bayer 20 ct printable
TOOTHPASTE - Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste, 4 oz, $3.49, limit 2, plus get $1.50 +UP credit good toward next purchase, use $2 Rite Aid Load2Card store ecoupon

sale ends 5/3

DIAPERS - CVS Diapers, Jumbo pk, $6.99, limit 3, buy 2 and use $2 off baby care purchase $10+ CVS store coupon printed at in-store coupon center, plus use 2 $2 off CVS Jumbo Pack 40-60 ct printable, makes it $1.99 ea

 sale ends 5/4

CHICKEN - Fryer Leg Quaters, $0.68/lb, sold in a 10 lb bag for $6.80
PAPER TOWEL - IGA Paper Towels, single 2-ply, 2/$1
TOILET PAPER - IGA Bath Tissue, 4 roll pk 2-ply, $0.69
GREEN BEANS - Fresh Snap Green Beans, $0.99/lb
LETTUCE - Fresh Express Shredded Lettuce, 8 oz, 4/$5
SALAD MIX - Fresh Express Garden Salad Mix, 12 oz, 4/$5
GRAPEFRUIT - Florida Red Grapefruit, $0.65
ONIONS - Jumbo White or Yellow Onions, $0.79/lb
PEANUTS - IGA Peanuts, 12 oz, assorted varieties, 2/$3
YOGURT - Morning Fresh Farms Yogurt, 6 oz, 3/$1
SAUSAGE - Banquet Brown 'n Serve Sausage Links or Patties, 6.4 oz, 10/$10
BOLOGNA - Carolina Pride All Meat Bologna, 12 oz, 5/$5
CHILI SAUCE - Hy-Top Chili Sauce, 12 5/$5

sale ends 5/10

CHICKEN - Bone-in Chicken Breast, family pk, $0.99/lb
STEAK - Fresh Boneless Beef Bottom Round Steaks, $3.99/lb
ROAST - Fresh Boneless Beef Bottom Round Roast, $3.59/lb
EGGS - Coburn Farms Grade A Large Eggs, 1 doz, $0.99 ea
HOT DOGS - Fairgrounds Jumbo Hot Dogs, 12 oz, $0.89
STRAWBERRIES - Dole Fresh California Strawberries, $1.99
POTATOES - Fresh Idaho Potatoes, 10 lb, $2.99
CORN - Fresh Corn Ears, 3/$0.99
AVOCADO - Fresh Avocados, $0.99
TOMATOES - Fresh Roma Tomatoes, $0.99/lb
COOKING OIL - Westcott Vegetable Oil, $2.49
APPLE JUICE - Tipton Grove 100% Apple Juice, 64 oz, $1.49

As always, make sure to check your local store's circulars since sales vary by region & store.

Happy shopping!

Spectacular Sides: Sweet Potato Fries

I really, really, really did NOT like sweet potatoes when I was growing up.  I mean, ugh, they were all mushy and orange and blech!  Of course, back then, the only kind of sweet potato that I had came with 5 pounds of brown sugar and butter and was dotted with white or pastel-colored mini marshmallows.  Way too rich for my tastebuds!

Then there was sweet potato pie, which was like fool's gold to me.  Looked like pumpkin pie, smelled like pumpkin pie, sorta tasted like pumpkin pie, but had a fibrous texture that let my brain know it was definitely not pumpkin pie.

It was about 5 years ago that I learned there were numerous ways to prepare sweet potatoes, and after trying various recipes, I also learned that some of them were actually really good!  I felt as though a part of my childhood had been stolen.  Why did I not know of this before???

Sweet potatoes are loaded with vitamins and much healthier to eat than a regular potato.  So why not eat sweet potatoes?

One of my favorite ways to have sweet potatoes is in the form of a french fry -- sweet & savory all at the same time.  Plus, it's homemade, and what's better than  that?!

Sweet Potato Fries

1 large sweet potato
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
pinch of salt
dash of pepper
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 Tbsp sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Peel sweet potato, then cut into thin strips.  Sweet potatoes are rather tough tubers, so it helps to cut the sweet potato in half across its width, then cut the halves into thin strips.  Place sweet potato strips into a large bowl and drizzle olive oil over them.  Sprinkle with salt & pepper, then with cinnamon sugar.  Mix all ingredients together.  Add more cinnamon and/or sugar if desired.  I usually eyeball until the sweet potato strips "look right."

Place sweet potato strips onto a baking sheet coated with nonstick cooking spray.  Bake for 15 minutes, turn strips over, then bake an additional 15 minutes or until desired tenderness/crispiness is reached.  I like mine crispy on the outside, tender on the inside! 8-}

Delicious Desserts: Chocolate Trifle

Our house has 2 nights designated for desserts--Monday night, which is our dedicated family night with special family activities; and Friday night, which is the "finally the weekend is here & we can relax!" night.  The kids always look forward to dessert night, making sure to remind me so I don't forget.

I admit that I look forward to our dessert nights, too.  I try to steer clear of desserts that are heavy and rich, partly so my hips will thank me, and partly to keep the kids' teeth from rotting with so much sugar! LOL  But mostly to keep things at least semi-healthy without sacrificing taste.

Earlier this year, I bought some Spring-themed chocolate chip morsels that were marked down at a rock-bottom price (I paid about $1.20 per bag, which is about as low as it goes in my neck of the woods).  I've tried coming up with some creative ways to using them, and decided to try them as part of the frosting for a cake.

I'm not a big fan of traditional cake frosting.  When I do have cake, I usually prefer to go without any frosting.  When I do frost a cake, I'll use some melted butter and cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top.  Or whipped topping.

I happened to have some whipped topping in the fridge and decided to make a cake for our dessert night.

Not just any cake--a trifle cake!  Which I've never made before, to be honest.  I had an idea in my head of what I wanted to do and put together the following version, which the kids drooled over and said was really, really good.  After taste-testing myself, I had to agree that it was delicious and without the weighty, heavy, sugary taste that usually accompanies a cake!

Chocolate Trifle

1 box chocolate cake mix, prepared (I used Betty Crocker Chocolate Fudge)
1 - 3.4 oz instant banana pudding mix
2 cups milk
8 oz whipped topping
chocolate chip morsels
caramel syrup ice cream topping

Cut cake into 1-2-inch size chunks.  Place half of cake chunks into bottom of large bowl.  Prepare pudding according to package directions, using 2 cups milk.  Layer 1/2 prepared banana pudding, then 1/2 whipped topping, then some chocolate morsels and a little caramel syrup on top.  Repeat all layers.  Chill or serve immediately.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

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Wok's For Dinner: Slow-Cooker: Teriyaki Chicken Drummies

These are really, really tasty, and a great meal for when you're on the go.  You can use bottled teriyaki sauce, or make a homemade version using the recipe below.

Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Drummies

3 lbs chicken drumsticks
1 med. onion, chopped
1 cup soy sauce
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp ground ginger
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup water

Rinse & pat dry chicken.  Place chicken into a 6-qt slow cooker.  Mix together remaining ingredients, then pour over chicken.  Cover and cook on low 5-6 hours or high 2-3 hours.  Stir drumsticks in sauce before serving.

The drumsticks in the picture above were still frozen when I put them in the slow cooker.  After 6 hours of slow cooking, they were juicy, tender, and fall-off-the-bone delicious!

Delicious Desserts: Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pie

This is a yummy & light twist to a classic dessert, Banana Pudding!

Chocolate Chip Banana Cream Pie

1 ready-made graham cracker crust pie shell
2 bananas, sliced
1 - 3.4 oz box instant banana pudding
1 3/4 cup milk
4 oz whipped topping
chocolate chip morsels

Place banana slices on bottom of graham cracker pie crust.  Prepare banana pudding according to package directions for pie filling (mine said to use 1 3/4 cup milk).  Pour prepared banana pudding over banana slices.  Spread whipped topping on top of pudding.  Sprinkle desired amount of chocolate chips on top.

This is really tasty and sure to be a crowd-pleaser with your entire family!

Monday, April 28, 2014

Free Sample: Eucerin Lotion

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Menu Plan Monday: 4/28/14

It's that time again -- time to post the menu plan!  Here's what was on the Boren household menu for last week.  Note that I post on a one-week lag so I can post some of my recipes during the week as we have our meals then link the recipes to the menu plan.  Unfortunately, my camera batteries all went kapoot last recently, and it was Saturday before I was able to find buy new ones, so please accept my apologies for not having as many recipe links as I would have liked.

Monday - Crunchy Baked Chicken, Broccoli, Strawberry Garden Salad (sliced strawberries served over a bed of garden salad with a light drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette)
Tuesday - Pollock Au Gratin, Cantaloupe, Sugar Snap Peas
Wednesday - Stuffed Pork Chops, Herbed Broccoli, Baked Carrots
Thursday - Chicken Burgers, Garlic Green Beans, Tortilla Chips & Dip
Friday - Take Out Night (hubs wanted to be helpful & brought dinner home)
Saturday - Tacoless Tacos, White Rice & Mixed Veggies
Sunday - Leftover Buffet

This post is linked to Menu Plan Monday at!

Wok's For Dinner: Tacoless Taco

This meal really is, hands down, one of our family favorites.  I call it taco"less" since it's a taco without the tortilla.  It's a great alternative to eating light without sacrificing taste or a satisfied palate.  I use ground venison in my recipe, and I go a little heavy on seasonings to get rid of the gamey taste.  You can certainly use ground beef, chicken or turkey, but I recommend going a little light on seasonings, taste test, then add more if needed.

Tacoless Tacos

1 lb ground venison or your choice of ground meat
1 med. onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
2 med. carrots, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
1 1/2 Tbsp garlic powder
2 tsp cumin
2 Tbsp chili powder
1/8 tsp ground pepper
shredded lettuce
Toppings of your choice:
Chopped green onion
Shredded cheese
Diced roma tomato
Sliced black olives
Dollop of sour cream and/or guacamole

Brown ground meat in a large skillet over medium-high heat with onion, bell pepper, carrots and minced garlic, stirring occasionally, until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in water and seasonings.  Bring water to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 7-10 minutes.  Serve over a bed of shredded lettuce.  Add your favorite taco toppings.


Friday, April 25, 2014

Save A Lot 3-Day Sale: Now Thru 4/27

Wow, I actually got my notification this morning regarding Save A Lot's 3-Day Sale instead of getting it this afternoon  Kinda nice!

Here's a couple of items that are included in the sale:

CARROTS - Mini Carrots, 16 oz bag, $0.59
HOT DOGS - Fairgrounds Hot Dogs, 12 oz pkg, $0.79

Harris Teeter e-VIC Specials: Now Thru 4/29/14

This just in!  Score some of these fabulous e-VIC deals at Harris Teeter.  Be sure to check with your local Harris Teeter since e-VIC specials can vary by region & location.

Plus, it's Super Doubles Coupon week!  Coupons with a face value up to $2 each are doubled!  That means your $2 coupon is now a $4 coupon. :D

MILK -- Harris Teeter milk, 1 gal, $2.97 ea, limit 2 (weekend offer only)
PAPER TOWELS - Sparkle Paper Towels, 6 or 8 rolls pkg, $3.97 ea, limit 2 (weekend offer only), use $1/1 Sparkle Package 6 roll or larger printable, which doubles, makes it $1.97 per package
JUICE -- Harris Teeter Premium Orange Juice, 59 oz, $2.47 ea, limit 2
TOILET PAPER - Quilted Northern Toilet Tissue, 12 roll, $4.97, limit 2, use $0.75/1 printable (play the game, which starts at $0.25/1 coupon, the more toys you stack, the more you save) which doubles, makes it $3.47
YOGURT - Dannon Yogurt, 4 pk, $1.57, limit 2

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Thursday, April 24, 2014

What's on Sale: Today Thru 4/26

So I have some recipes to post but haven't been able to do it.  I'm so bummed--my camera is toast!  Well, the batteries are, to be more specific.  I had rechargeable batteries & lost one of them, so I did the unthinkable and mixed regular alkaline with rechargeable lithium batteries.  That worked ok until it was time to recharge the lithium batteries.  My camera has sucked the life out of the lithium AND all my alkaline batteries.  I plan to buy all new lithium batteries, which will hopefully resolve the issue so I can new recipes posted.  Fingers crossed!

I am so excited about the sales this week -- so many great deals!!  Here are some of my favorites! (Note: I look at what's on sale Wed - Sat each week, since those are the days that all circulars / sale periods overlap in my area).
 sale ends 4/29/14
ONIONS -  Red Onions, bulk bin, $0.99/lb
CARROTS - Baby Peeled Carrots, 2 lb pkg, 2/$4
PEARS - Jumbo Anjou Pears, $1.49/lb
KALE - Bunch Kale, $0.79/lb
JUICE - Naked Juice, 15.2 oz, all varieties, $1.99 ea (Love this stuff!  Great for making smoothies!)
POTATOES, REFRIGERATED - Simply Potatoes, 20 oz, select varieties, 2/$4, use $1/2 printable, makes it 2/$3
SEAFOOD - Honey Chipotle Salmon, $5.99/lb
NAPKINS - My Essentials Napkins, 120 ct, $0.99
LAUNDRY DETERGENT - Tide Simply Fresh, 40 oz, 25 loads, $3.49 ea, use $0.50 from Savings Center Coupon Kiosk, makes it $2.99
DOG TREATS - Canine Carry Outs Dog Treats, 5 oz, select varieties, $0.99

sale ends 4/27/14
CABBAGE - Fresh Green Cabbage, $0.39/lb
PEPPERS - Green Bell Peppers, 2/$1
SQUASH - Yellow Squash, $0.99/lb
TOMATOES - Fancy Large Roma Tomatoes, $0.69/lb
CROUTONS - Mrs. Cubbison's Croutons, 5 oz, select varieties, $0.99
SPICES - Spice Supreme Spices, all varieties, $1
VEGETABLES, FROZEN - Green Giant Boil in Bag Vegetables, 9 oz, select varieties, $0.99
FRUIT DRINKS - Hawaiian Punch Fruit Drinks, 128 oz, all varieties, $1.69
FRUIT JUICE - Old Orchard Fruit Juices, 64 oz, selected regular or healthy balance, 2/$3, use $1/2 Healthy Balance printable, makes it 2/$2
LEMONADE - Turkey Hill Lemonade, 1 gal, $1.79
CHEESE SLICES - Piggly Wiggly Cheese Singles, 12 oz, 16 slices, $1.59
BODY WASH - White Rain Body Wash, 12 oz, $0.79
SHAMPOO/CONDITIONER - White Rain Shampoo / Conditioner, 16.9 oz, $0.79
DEODORANT - Suave Deodorant, 1.4 oz, $0.99
PAIN RELIEVER - Our Family Low Dose Aspirin, 36 ct, $0.99

 sale ends 4/27
ICE CREAM - Turkey Hill Ice Cream, 48 oz, 2/$5, use $1/2 printable, makes it 2/$4
TOILET PAPER - Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 12 reg rolls, $2.99, use $0.25/1 printable, makes it $2.49
PAPER TOWEL - Sparkle Paper Towel, Single Big Prints Roll, $0.99
POTATOES, FROZEN - IGA Potatoes, Tater Tots or Crinkle Cut, 32 oz, 4/$5
VEGETABLES, FROZEN - IGA Vegetables, 16 oz, select varieties, 5/$5
PEPPERONI - Armour Sliced Pepperoni, 3 oz, 5/$5
HOT DOGS - Valleydale Old Fashion Hot Dogs, 12 oz, $0.99
BACON - Butterball Turkey Bacon, 12 oz, $2.19, use $0.65/1 All You Magazine coupon, makes it $1.54
HOT SAUCE - Texas Pete Hot Sauce, 6 oz, original $0.69
POPCORN - IGA Microwave Popcorn, 10.5 oz, 3 pk, assorted varieties, 5/$5
OATMEAL - IGA Quick Oats or Old-Fashioned Oats, 16 oz, 5/$5
OATMEAL, INSTANT - IGA Instant Oatmeal, 10-12 pk, assorted varieties, 2/$3
ORANGES - Florida Juice Oranges, 3/$1, use $0.25/1 Checkout 51 ecoupon, like paying $0.08 for 1!
GREEN BEANS - Crisp Green Snap Beans, $0.99/lb
CUCUMBERS - Crisp Slicing Cucumbers, $0.65 ea
SALAD MIX - Fresh Express 8 oz shredded lettuce or 12 oz Garden Salad Mix, 4/$5
CUPS, DISPOSABLE - IGA Foam Cups, 12 oz, 24 ct, $0.88
DRYER SHEETS - IGA Fabric Softener Sheets, 40 ct, 5/$5
TOOTHBRUSHES - Top Care Angle Toothbrush or Smart Grip Toothbrush, single ct, 5/$5

 sale ends 4/26
MILK - Milk, 1 gal, $3.29
LAUNDRY DETERGENT - Purex Laundry Detergent Liquid, 24-33 loads, or Ultra Paks, 18 pk, BOGO Free, use $1/1 Purex No Sort Laundry Detergent printable or $1/1 Purex Liquid Laundry Detergent max 100 oz or Ultra Paks max 36 ct printable

sale ends 4/26
SPORTS DRINK - Powerade Sports Drink, 32 oz, $1.57, use $1/1 store coupon which you can print at the CVS coupon center
DIAPERS - Huggies Diapers, Pull-Ups, or Good Nites, jumbo pack, $8.99, buy $20 in products, receive $5 ECB, use $2/1 Pull-Ups printable or $2/1 Overnites printable or $3/1 Little Snugglers printable, AND $1.50 store printable

Happy shopping!

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

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