Recipe news...

Sorry I have been so bad this last week at posting recipes. We got to move in to our house last week, yeah!!, so I haven't really had time to get on the computer and post recipes. But I have some new ones and some that I am working on, so I should be posting today or this weekend. Sorry again! Here's a preview:

Sahily's Arroz con Pollo- we had family here this weekend and my sister-in-law has a delicious Ecuadorian chicken and rice recipe that she shared with me. Thanks!!
Chicken Cordon Bleu-with pictures
Creamy Italian Chicken
Sunday Rolls
Crockpot Pork Chops
Layered Peanut Butter Bars
And More....

99 Cent Arm and Hammer Detergent!!

Yes this is true I actually have not seen this on any other blog because I discovered it myself. These products are normally 7.99 and they are on sale until tomorrow for 2.99 and I decided to go and see if the website had any coupons and they do $1 off any detergent and when you double it viola it is $.99. I actually did this yesterday and after going to the store twice they offered me a job at Albertson's to work twice a week to clear up all their coupon mess!! Isn't that crazy!! I don't normally use Arm & Hammer but my sister in law swears by it!! I bought some for food storage purposes and you can't beat a 60 oz. bottle for 99 cents!!! I didn't try to use both coupons in one transaction they might not let you but it is worth trying!!


Great Deals!!

Ok so I am going to post some stuff since Shannon hasn't yet, so the ones that I have seen that I am going to purchase and I will write it how we can do it in Idaho for my friends and family that read it up here!! So girls get a paper today and remember everytime you go to the store ask for an ad, there are 3 twice the value (double coupons) this week YEAH!! Ok so first off Fresh Gourmet Salad Toppings are on sale 10/$10 there is a coupon on www.smartsource.com for $1.00 off 2 well double and it is FREE!! Also the toilet paper is on sale and there were coupons in the paper this week and there were coupons a while ago and there were coupons online a few weeks ago if you happen to have any of them they are 3/ $9.99 for the Cottonelle so if you double the $.50 coupon you get $1.00 off which they are $2.33 for 6 double rolls which is like 10 cents a roll cheaper than costco!! If you like Scott I know a lot of people who wont use it for the sake of their bums but for a food storage item I think it would last longer than the other brands, anyways that is on sale too and there were coupons in the papers a couple weeks ago for $1.00 off so if doubled it is about .33 cents a roll. Also there is a deal for Free Bic pens with a coupon they are 50 cents right now and the coupon is $1.00 off two and it let me print it twice. That coupon is at www.coupons.com. Also Pop Tarts are 10/$10 which is a good price and I swear there was a coupon a couple weeks ago but I can't seem to find mine!! Toothpaste is a good deal and has been for a couple weeks! This week Colgate Total there was coupons in last Sunday's paper I believe for $1.00 off so if doubled it is .50 cents a tube!! Better than Costco and they are cheap like 90 cents a tube!! Also the toothbrush for Colgate they had a coupon this week for a dollar off and if you double it you get a good deal at 50 cents a toothbrush!! Ziploc bags are on sale for 2/$4 for the 10-20 count and 3.99 for the 30-50 count. There was a coupon in the paper for $1.00 off of 2 and .40 cents off 1. So if doubled the two you get $2.00 off $4 or $8 or .80 cents off $2 or 3.99. There are a couple items that are priced good for a couple days so keep that in mind when you go if you go this week and also keep in mind that some of them have quantity limits. So as the Krazy Koupon Lady would say dust off your coupon books we are going shopping!!! I also read her blog for different Ideas and she is out of Boise I believe but here is the blog for the Idahoians: http://krazycouponlady.blogspot.com/search/label/Albertson%27s
Good luck and have fun!! I have to tell you I was in the store and they messed up on my stuff and I had to hassle and go up to the Customer Service and my husband asked is it really worth all that hassle and then he looked at how much we saved and he agreed it is, just don't get discouraged and Shannon taught me to map it out before you go and always have a back up plan if they are out of stuff and it has helped me so much!!


Free Candy Bars!!

Hey guys select Mars bars are on sale at Albertson's 2/88 cents and there was a coupon in Sunday's paper for $1 off 2 select Mars bars. So it is actuall -.22. So make sure you purchase something else!!


For those of you who live in Idaho, here is a link to the grocerysmarts.com grocery lists. http://grocerysmarts.com/idaho/lists/splashg83ro1.php
You can find the grocery lists for the stores in idaho and they will also tell you about any available coupons.


Ads starting 7/22

Albertsons ad
$1.88 for meat isnt bad
GM cereals/snacks 4/$10 PLUS Free milk, bread and eggs when you buy 4 GM cereals or snacks (some items are a better price than others check http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=62 (the albertsons post) for which items are the best deals = 4/$10 + free milk, bread & eggs up to $4
Popsicle items Buy 1 Get 1 free (ad says save up to $2.69 on 2 so the highest price items are $2.69) = 2/$2.69
There is also a catalina for :Breyers, Klondike, Popsicle, or Good Humor products purchase between 7/15 - 9/23
Buy 2 products ~ Get $2/3 Breyers, Klondike, Popsicle, or Good Humor
Buy 3 products ~ Get $3/4 (all catalina offers can be found on pinchingyourpennies.com)
I purchased some a few weeks ago & got a catatlina for $4 off 4 products..with the buy 1 get 1 deal I will pay $1.38 for 4! Not bad!
Breyers & Klondike are also included in the catalina..I dont know what there prices are but their are coupons for both on grocerysmarts.com..I believe that is right if you cant find them let me know.
Goldfish 6-6.8 oz Buy 1 Get 1 free (my albies price is $2.49 so they would be about $1.25 each which is pretty good) = 2/$2.50
Snickers or M&Ms ice cream treats 2/$7 ($1 off 1 Snickers ice cream multi-pack) = 1/$2.50
M&Ms 2/$8 ($1 off 1 M&Ms ice cream multipack) = 1/$3
Spend $20 in Dr pepper & keebler items and get $10 off your next purchase (there are coupons on the albertsons shopping list on pinchingyourpennies.com (same as above))
Poptarts buy 2 21-22 oz boxes for 2/$5 and save $2 on milk instantly.
Mix & Match sale
This mix & match sale is not like the last mix & match sale. During the last mix & match sale you had to purchase 10 items for this sale you have to purchase $10 worth of products. You must purchase $10 to get the sale price. These sales are a little more confusing. I usually write a detailed list & take it to the store with me. My albertsons frequently runs out of sale items so I give my self more time and i take a calculator & a pen so that I can make any changes to my list if they are out of something. Below is an example of how I write my grocery list.
Item- price before sale/price after sale (coupons-#of coupons I have for that item)
Zatarains rice $1/.70
Hidden Valley Ranch packets $1/.70
Sparkle paper towels $1/.70
Angel Soft tp $2.50/1.75 ($2 off 1 angel soft & 1 sparkle -1)
C&H sugar $2.50/1.75 (-$.35-5)
Mrs Butterworths syrup $2.50/1.75
Tonys pizza $2.50/1.75
McCormick Black Pepper $2.50/1.75 (-$.75/1 -1)
Whole Fruit Bars $2.50/1.75 (-$1/1 -1 & $.50/1 -1)
Wet Ones $2/1.40 ($1/1 -1 & $.75/1 -5)
Bic 3 razors $5/3.50 (-2/1 -1)
Schick razors $5/3.50 (buy 1 get 1 free -1)
These are just a few of the products that are on sale. I listed the ones I use &/or have coupons for. Remember...when the ad says purchase $10 that $10 is calculated from the price before the sale. For example..lets say that you are going to buy 2 bic razors. Your subtotal would be $10..they would subtract $3 for the sale so your total would be $7. Then you subtract $2 for your coupon and your grand total is $5.
Another (more complicated) example..
1 Zatarains rice $1/.70
1 Hidden Valley Ranch packets $1/.70
1 Sparkle paper towels $1/.70
1 Angel Soft tp $2.50/1.75 ($2 off 1 angel soft & 1 sparkle -1)
1 McCormick Black Pepper $2.50/1.75 (-$.75/1 -1)
1 Wet Ones $2/1.40 ($1/1 -1 & $.75/1 -5)
Subtotal $10
-$3 for sale
-$3.75 for coupons
Total $$3.25
These sales are more complicated but they are worth the effort. Just remember to purchase in groups that are worth $10. If you need help feel free to call or email me and I will help you figure it out.
Good Luck!
Another item I found that is a very good price is the disposable gloves. They are $1 or $.70 after the sale. There was a coupon for $1 off any package a few weeks ago which makes them free + you get paid $.30 per package! Awesome Deal!


Recipe Blog!

I have found 2 new delicious recipe blogs!!! I love new recipes and am always searching for new ones, so as I find them I'll pass them on to you. I really love when I find recipes that I know the people have cooked and truly love, then I know they will definitely be delicious. Here's the blog address: http://gatherroundourtable.blogspot.com/ & http://mykitchencafe.blogspot.com/



BBQ Mesquite Ribs

These ribs are so easy and so good. I usually wait until the ribs go on sale at Albertson's and then stock up. Let's get grilling...

Here are the ingredients:
Pork Loin Ribs (this was about 2.5 lbs.), McCormick Mesquite Marinade, Olive Oil and water
Thaw the ribs and then cut in half so that they will fit into a large ziploc bag. In the ziploc bag mix your marinade, mix it well. Then add your ribs to the bag, squish it around a little so that every piece of meat can soak in the marinade. Then let it marinade for a few hours, I usually let it sit over night and then the rest of the next day. I also turn it over the next morning, so that both sides get to soak. When it's dinner time heat up the gril and BBQ the ribs.

And this is what you'll get. Don't they look delicious. And how hard was that??? Just don't let anyone know it's that easy. Enjoy!!
(Mike these are what you could have had for your birthday...sorry, your loss. haha)

BBQ Mesquite Ribs

2-3lbs. Pork Loin Back Ribs
McCormick Mesquite Marinade Mix
Depending on the Marinade mix you may need Olive oil and Water.

Thaw the Ribs and then cut in half. Mix the marinade in a large Ziploc bag and then add your ribs. Make sure the marinade covers the ribs. Marinade over night or at least 6-8 hours. Make sure to turn the bag over after a few hours so all of the meat gets to soak in the marinade. After it’s marinated for awhile, heat up the BBQ and cook until done. Enjoy.


Pack a Kraft Smile Booklet & Calendar

While supplies last, you can register for a coupon book from Nabisco. Here is the link:

Ads for this week

Maceys ad starting tomorrow:
good price on bananas, cucumbers, grapes, plums & green peppers
beef is only $1.59/lb or $1.79/lb for a 2 lb chub
bone in pork chops or roast are only $.99/lb
Shursavings milk $1.79
WF chocolate milk $2.99
Dozen Large eggs $.99 (same as Albies)
WF Butter 16 oz. $1.89
Oscar Meyer bologna $.99 (coupon for $1/2 packages makes it basically buy 1 get 1 free.)
Capri Sun $2 [there is a coupon in ad is for $1/3. There is also a coupon in the kids club magazine for $.50 off 1 caprisun sunrise; if the sunrise is part of the sale & you use the ad coupon & 3 kids club coupons the total would be $6-1-1.50=$3.50/3-the kids club magazines are released every few months by maceys or associated foods I am not sure. There are some available at the checkouts. They have games and contests in them so we always have to get one for each of my kids. There is also supposed to be a coupon from the newspaper several weeks ago that is good for $1/1.]
General Mills cereals 3/$5 or $1.67 each (there are several coupons out for gm cereals)
Kelloggs cereals $2.75 (in store coupons for $6 off 4 makes them 4/$5 - limit of 1 coupon per customer)
Kelloggs poptarts $2.50 (in store coupon $2 off milk when you buy 2 poptarts; there is also supposed to be a coupon for $.55 off 1 box)
Red Baron singles pizzas $3 (Albies has a better price)
Cutter repellent $4.49 (coupon $2 off 1)
Knorr LIpton sides $.97 (coupon for $.75/2) this is an ok price I got some cheaper a few weeks ago at Albies by doubling the coupon.

Albertsons ad starting tomorrow
2 doublers in the ad & there were 3 in the coupons on Sunday. The sunday coupons are good through 7/21 but you can only use 3 at one time.
dozen eggs $.99
ribs 10 lbs/$10
Rosarita refried beans $1 (coupon $.50/3=$2.50/3 or $2/3 if doubled)
Chef Boyardee pastas $1 (coupon $.70/3 = $2.30/3 or $$1.60/3 if doubled)
Dole pineapple or mandarin oranges $1 (coupon $.55/2 (pineapple) = $1.45/2 or $.90/2 if doubled) (I have a $.55 off 2 mandarin oranges that I printed a few weeks ago online which would give you the same price on the oranges)
Chicken $1.88/lb
Red Baron French bread/singles 4/$10 (there is supposed to be a coupon but I think I already used mine)
Betty Crocker brownie mix $1 (I have several coupons from online)
Klondike Bars are buy 1 get 1 free. I think the price would be $4.99/2. There is a coupon at klondikecoupon.com. I have printed 1 from klondikes website sometime during the past few weeks so be sure to check and sign up there for their emails. They will email you coupons.
Mix & Match Sale
Juicy Juice has been added to the sale $2. You should be able to find a coupon at juicyjuice.com for $1/2.


crockpot cooking

Mike's aunt Cheryl told me about a woman who is cooking in her crockpot every day for a whole year!! Her blog is http://365daysofcrockpot.blogspot.com/. Her rule is that she has to cook 1 item in the crockpot each day..it can be dessert, the main dish, a veggie, or what ever she feels like. She and her husband then rate them. I thought that some of you might like to look at it.


Meals for the Week

Alright I'm posting our meals for the week again, just to give you any ideas if you want.

Monday: Chicken Fried Steak
Sides: Mashed Potato and a veggie

Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu (This is really yummy!)
Sides: Rice and Roasted Carrots

Wednesday: Two Tater Shepherds Pie (This is from Shannon)
Sides: Rolls and a salad

Thursday: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Sides: Home-made Fries

Friday: Homemade Pizza or Spicy Baked Chicken Legs
Haven't really decided

Saturday: Ranch House Crock Pot Chops (I got this from a friend's blog)
Sides: Mashed potatoes and a veggie

Sunday: Roast
Sides: Rolls, Salad

So be ready for more recipes.

Double coupons

There were 3 double coupons in today's newspaper!
Dial Foam Soap is on sale for $1.25. There is a $.55 coupon at http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125557. Scroll down..it is under the 'printable coupons'. $1.25 - $1.10 (if doubled) = $.15 Not bad!
Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $2.50. There was a $1 off coupon in todays paper. $2.50 - $2 (if doubled) = $.50. Toothpaste frequently goes on sale cheaper than this and with a coupon you can sometimes get it cheaper but this price isnt that bad. You will need to double check your store and make sure the coupon matches the toothpaste that is on sale.
Mix & Match Sale
General Mills cereals - there are still several coupons for GM; there was a $1 off 2 boxes in the newspaper today. Do you remember the free milk offer from a few weeks ago? It is still going on. I dont know when it ends..it may be sometime this week, but this cereal is part of the deal. You will receive 1 free milk coupon for every four boxes.
Crackerfuls - there was a $1 off 1 box coupon in the newspaper today. $2.49 - $2 (doubled) = $.49.
Tilamook cheese- if you havent used the $1 off 2 lbs of cheese coupon then this is a good deal. The mix & match 8oz tillamook cheese is only $1.19 after the sale. I know there was a coupon for $5.49 for 2 lbs of Tillamook cheddar cheese but buying 4 of the 8oz tillamook cheese is a better deal. $1.19 x 4 = $4.76. If you use the $1 off 2 lbs of cheese coupon it makes it only $3.76 for 2 lbs. If you have already used the coupon, try to print it again. I receive Taste of Home magazine and I also get their email newsletters, which sometimes include coupons. I was able to print 2 coupons from the newsletter they sent me although I had already printed the coupon a few weeks ago.
Darigold Cottage Cheese - On sale $1.49 - $.40 coupon = $1.09.
Challenge Butter - There is a $.50 off 1 coupon at http://www.challengedairy.com/special-offers/coupon-request. $1.99 - $1 (doubled) = $.99.
Kraft Dressing - There was a $1 off coupon in the newspaper a few weeks ago. $1.49 - $2 (doubled) = +$.51! Screaming hot deal..you get paid to buy it!
Kraft BBQ sauce - There was a $.50 coupon in the newspaper last week. I think it was for $.50 ..I used mine last week so I am not certain. $.49 - $1 (doubled) = $.51! Another awesome deal ..you get paid!
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese- If you havent used your coupon this is still a good deal. One thing I havent explained is how catalinas work. Catalinas are coupons that print after you pay. If you purchase 6 mac & cheese you will receive a catalina for $2 off your next purchase. You will only receive 1 catalina for the mac & cheese per order. Last week, I purchased one order which included 6 mac & cheese and 4 tillamook cheeses. I received 1 $2 off coupon. I made a second order of 6 mac & cheese and 4 gm cereals. I received 1 $2 off coupon and a free milk coupon. Then I made another order, my big order, and I was able to use both $2 off coupons and the free milk coupon.
Another catalina worth mentioning is the General Mills fruit snack one. I purchased 4 boxes of fruit snacks, which I had 2 coupons for and I received a catalina for $2.50 off my next order and a 1 free redbox rental. With the coupons and the catalina & the redbox, I think I paid less per box than I would have paid for the Western Family fruit snacks, which is what I usually buy when other aren't on sale.
You can find the catalina offers on the pinchingyourpennies website. The link for this weeks offers is http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125557.
hot pockets coupon There is also a coupon for $1.39 hot pockets in the ad. Last week I bought 2 and received a catalina for $.75 off 2. If I purchase 2 more and use my double coupon. I would pay $1.28 for 2.

Here are a few diffent scenarios for the double coupons:
1st option for double coupons
4 Tillamook cheese $1.69x4=$6.76
4 General Mills $2.49x4=$7.96
2 Crackerfuls $2.49x2=$4.98
Total = $19.70
Mixnmatch -$5
Total $14.70
Subtract $5 coupons, -$3 doubled coupons = $6.70 + 1 free milk coupon.

I have 2 sets of double coupons so I am trying to make the most of my coupons plus I have to buy 16 bags of marshmallows for my sister-in-laws wedding reception...so lets try something different:
2nd option:
4 Tillamook cheese $1.69x4=$6.76
2 Crackerfuls $2.49 x 2 = $4.98
4 Marshmallows $.99 x 4 = $.3.96
Total $15.70 - $5 = $10.70 - $3 coupons - $3 double coupons = $4.70
3rd option:
4 General Mills $2.49x4=$7.96
4 Easy Mac $.99 x 4 = $3.97
2 Marsmallows $.99 x 2 = $1.98
Total $13.91 - $5 = $8.91 - $4 coupons - $3 double coupons = $1.91 + 1 free milk coupon
4th option for sale:
1 challenge butter $2.49 (-$.50)
1 Electrosol $4.49 (-$2.50 cant be doubled)
1 Darigold cottage cheese $1.99 (-$.40)
1 Kraft dressing (-$1)
6 Marsmallows $.99 x 4 = $5.94
Total $15.41 - $5 = $10.41 - $1.90 coupons - $1.90 double coupons -$2.50 = $4.62
colgate toothpaste $2.50 - $2 (doubled) = $.50
colgate toothpaste $2.50 - $2 (doubled) = $.50
2 hot pockets $1.39 x 2 = $2.78 - $1.50 (doubled) = $1.28
I hope the math is right. It is late and I am tired so double check the math before going to the store. You can also substitute whatever you would like...just be sure to purchase 10 items in an order. You can purchase more than 10 items per order but you can only use 3 double coupons per shopping trip. I hope this gives you an idea of how much you can save with double coupons.
Added Mon. July 13-
I have decided what I am going to purchase with my double coupons.
1st order:
4 Tillamook cheese for $6.76
4 GM cereals for $7.98
2 marshmallows for $1.98
Total = $16.72 - $5 (mix & match sale) - $3 (coupons) - $3 (double coupons) = $5.72 - $2.50 off next order I received last week = $3.22 Plus I should receive a coupon for free milk at checkout.
2nd order
6 Mac & cheese $5.94
4 Marshmallows $3.96
Total = $9.90 - $5 = $4.90 Plus I should receive a coupon for $2 off my next order
3rd order
10 marshmallows $9.90
2 gallons of milk -about $4
2 colgate toothpaste $5
Total $18.90 -$5 (mix match sale) - $4.50 (free milk coupon) - $1.50 (1 -$.75 off milk coupons, doubled) -$4 (colgate toothpaste doubled) - $2 off coupon from mac n cheese purchase = $1.90
So all 3 orders will cost me $10.02.
$10.02 for 2lbs of cheese, 4 GM cereals, 16 bags of marshmallows, 6 boxes of mac n cheese, 2 tubes of toothpaste & 2 gallons of milk. Not bad. I have not completely decided on the toothpaste but I will look around when I go; there is always a good deal to find esp. when you have double coupons.

Companion Planting

I really enjoy gardening. I love growing flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables. I was talking to our dad the other night about companion planting. I dont like to use chemicals on my vegetables so I have researched companion planting..which is growing certain plants by others so that they can help each other. Some plants grow well together and some do not. Some plants are beneficial in keeping bugs and insects away. Here are some of the basics that I have found.
Basil is a good companion for tomatoes. It helps improve the flavor and growth and repels flies & mosquitos.
Beans add nitrogen to the soil. They will thrive when planted by cabbage, brocolli & cauliflower as well as marjoram, rosemary & sage but they dont do well close to onions, chives or garlic.
Bee Balm is good for tomatoe. It does the same thing that basil does.
Beets add minerals to the soil
Cabbages and relatives such as cauliflower, brocolli and brussel sprouts like to be grown by other leafy veggies, beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
Carrots do well next to any other vegetables except parsnips & dill.
Chives will help prevent apple scab if planted under apple trees. They will also keep aphids and black spot away from your roses.
Corn produces large amounts of pollen which attracts beneficial insects. Grows well with pumpkins and beans (the 3 sisters). Beans grow up corn stalks and pumpkin/squash grows on the ground around the corn. Dont grow near tomatoes.
Chives will help carrots grow better and increase flavor.
Cucumbers dont like sage.
Daisies attract beneficial insects.
Garlic helps keep aphids away from your roses. Also good for strawberries & tomatoes.
Hot pepper roots prevent root rot and fusarium diseases.
Lettuce likes carrots, radishes, beets, brocolli, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, beans & strawberries.
Marigolds are a must have for any garden. Grow with tomatoes to ward off nematodes and cucurbits (cucumbers, squash, pumpkin) to ward off squash vine borer and cucumber beetle. Do not grow by beans and cabbage, though.
Mint repels white cabbage moth and ants. Improves health of cabbage and tomatoes. Mints are invasive so be prepared to work to control them. Besides ants they also help control rodents, flea beetles and aphids.
Nasturtium helps control squash bgs, cucumber beetles & whiteflies. Use as a trap crop for aphids.
Onions repel carrot flies. I grow my carrots and onions together. I alternate rows.
Pansies help onions.
Peas like to be near beans, cabbages and any salad veggie except onions or garlic. Planting by nasturtium deters aphids.
Radishes help cucumber & squash by repeling cucumber beetles.
Rosemary planted by broccoli & cabbage deters cabbage moths and carrot fly.
Sage is great for brocolli, cauliflower, rosemary, cabbage and carrots. Deters cabbage moth, beetles and carrot flies. Keep away from cucumbers, though.
Tomatoes like basil, parsley, beans, peas & carrots but dont grow by potatoes or strawberries.
Thyme likes parsley and marigolds.
Zucchini likes beans and radishes.
Most of this info came from the following websites or you can google 'companion planting'.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken

I made this the other night and everyone LOVED it. I got this recipe from kevinandamanda.com So, here is the line-up: You'll need Bacon (Cooked and crumbled; you could use bacobits, but real bacon is alot better), Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Teriyaki Sauce, Ranch, Butter and Chicken Breasts. Let's get cooking!!!

So the original recipe didn't say to season the chicken, but I always do. I just put some paprika and Ms. Dash. Then put them in a skillet and browned each side for about 4 minutes each.

After each breast is browned put them into a 9X13 dish. Drizzle the chicken with 1/4Cup of Teriyaki Sauce (I think I used a little too much, I thought it was too salty, but everyone else said it was good.) After the teriyaki sauce spread the Ranch dressing onto each chicken breast and then cover with the shredded cheese.

Mmmm.... next comes the bacon. Put as much or as little as you want. Then put them into a 350 degree oven and bake for 25-35 minutes.

And there you go. I know, there is way too much yellow on that plate, but my little boy really likes corn, so oh well.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp butter
6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, split
1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1/2 lb bacon (or bacon bits)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a large skillet, heat oil & butter over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts, and saute 4 to 5 minutes each side, until lightly browned. Place browned chicken breasts in a 9×13 inch baking dish. Cover with teriyaki sauce and dressing. Sprinkle with cheese and top with bacon bits. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.


Mom's Pinto Beans

This recipe came from my Mom. I love these beans, anytime I make tacos, enchiladas, or any Mexican dish I try to have these as the side dish. Thanks Mom!!! We love you!

The ingredients are:
Pinto Beans, Bacon, Ro-tel Tomatoes, onion, garlic, Chicken Bouillon Cubes, Salt and Pepper. Let's get started!

The night before dump 1 lb. of pinto beans into a bowl and add enough water to cover the beans by an inch or two. Let them soak overnight.

In the morning, drain and rinse them, the water will be pretty dirty. Then put them into a crockpot.

Chop up some bacon (It is really up to you, I used maybe 4-5 slices.). Chop up an onion, 1/4 C and 2 cloves of garlic (I just used the jar of chopped garlic and added a spoon of that.)

Add those to the pot.

And then add your jar of Ro-tel tomatoes, juice and all.

Next, in a small bowl or measuring cup dissolve 2 bouillon cubes in some water and add that to the pot. And then add enough water to cover the beans by an inch or so. Cook for 6 hours on high. I usually let it cook for awhile and then add the salt and pepper.

And here is the finished product. I always put some cheese on mine, it makes it really yummy. And beside the beans is my hubby's double decker taco (With my homemade tortilla, oh yes.) Enjoy!!
Mom’s Pinto Beans

2C. or 1 lb. Pinto Beans
1 Can Ro-tel Tomatoes with green chiles
1-2 tbsp. Chicken Bouillon
Onion (optional)
Garlic (Optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste

Wash and Soak beans overnight. Drain and Rinse in the morning. Pour beans into a crockpot. Add bacon, onion, garlic, Ro-tel, bouillon, and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours.

Becky Higgin's Garlic Chicken Farfalle

My Husband LOVED this recipe, I was feeling sick, so I actually didn't try it, sorry! But my husband did take it for lunch the next day and he told me he passed up a Snowbunny Burger (His favorite fast food burger) because he wanted to eat the leftovers instead. This is another recipe I got from http://www.kevinandamanda.com/. Thanks!!!

Alright here are the ingredients:

Farfalle Pasta, Heavy Whipping Cream, Chicken Breast, Garlic, Pepper, Butter, Bacon, Parmesan Cheese (If you notice mine isn't Parmesan, I forgot to get some, so I used the Italian 6 cheese instead.) and Lawrys Mesquite with Lime marinade. So let's make some Garlic Chicken Farfalle.

First put your chicken into a crockpot and pour the bottle of marinade in and let your chicken just soak in it all day, well 6 hours on low. (I used about 8-9 pices of chicken breast tenders.)

Next we cook the bacon. I did this earlier in the day, just to save time. Place your bacon in a baking dish and put into a 400 degree oven and let it cook for 20-30 min.

When it's done it will look like this. When it's cool take it out and crumble it into pieces.

Half an hour before dinner start boiling your water and 1 tbsp. of salt. When it's boiling really nice add 8-10 oz. of Farfalle Pasta

While your pasta is cooking get your chicken ready. Shred your chicken or cut it into bite size pieces.

Next we'll make the sauce. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes.

When your pasta is done, drain it. You can put your pasta in a pretty little serving dish, but I really didn't feel like dirtying a dish, sorry. Then pour your sauce over your pasta and stir until well blended.

Ta da!!! There you go. You can add some extra parmesan cheese or bacon on top. Hope you enjoy it!!!

Becky Higgins Garlic Chicken Farfalle
10 oz. Farfalle pasta (I did about 8oz. of pasta and thought it was perfect. I think if you did more than that there wouldn't be enough sauce. I like alot of sauce on my pasta.)
1 c. heavy whipping cream
3-4 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
2 to 3 cloves garlic, crushed OR garlic salt (I do a spoonful of crushed garlic)
1/2 Tbsp. pepper taste at the end and add more if you like. (The original recipe asked for 1 tbsp. of pepper, I did a little less than that.)
1/2 c. butter
1 lb. bacon, crumpled**
3/4-1 c. shredded Parmesan cheese
1 (12 oz) Lawry’s mesquite marinade with lime juice

**We like to cook our bacon in the oven (400 degrees, convection). Way less messy. And it’s crispy every time. Time varies, so you just have to watch it. I think it’s usually around 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then crumple.

Crock pot chicken and bottle of marinade on low for 6 hours. Pull marinated chicken out of the juices, allow to cool a little bit, and shred (I pull it apart). Set this aside. About a half-hour before serving, boil the pasta. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes. In a large bowl, pour over cooked, drained pasta, add chicken and stir through. Sprinkle a little bit more shredded parmesan cheese on top.


Ranger Cookies

Yummy! You have to make these cookies! They are delicious!
Alright, so here are the ingredients:
Brown Sugar, Butter, Eggs, Flour, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Salt, Oatmeal, Rice Krispies, Coconut, and Chocolate Chips. (After I started making these I realized that the recipe didn't ask for Chocolate Chips....Seriously are you joking! I added mini Chocolate Chips.)

First cream 2 Cups of Brown Sugar, 1 Cup of Butter and 2 Beaten Eggs.
It will look like this!
Next add 2 1/2 Cups of flour, 2 tsp. Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp. Baking Soda, 1 scant tsp. Salt, 2 Cups Oatmeal, 2 Cups Rice Krispies, 1 Cup Coconut, 1-1 1/2 C. Chocolate Chips, and mix until well blended.
Here is where I added the Mini Chocolate Chips. Mmmmm....

Drop tablespoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet. Put them into a Preheated 350 degree oven and bake them for about 14-15 minutes.

And here they are!! Mmmm.... I halved this recipe and it made 3 dozen, so a full batch will make 6 dozen, that's enough to last a day. Enjoy!!
Ranger Cookies
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Scant tsp. Salt
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Oatmeal
2 Eggs, Beaten
2 Cups Rice Krispies
2 ½ Cups Flour
1 Cup Coconut
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1-1 ½ Chocolate Chips
½ tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Nuts, chopped (Optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the sugar, butter, and eggs. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 14-15 min. Makes dozen.

Meals for the Week

I thought I would share my Meals for the week and also tell you that I couldn't wait until we moved in to take pictures of the recipes that I share, so as I'm cooking today I've been taking pictures, so come back in a few days and they will be there. Alright:

Tuesday: Garlic Chicken Farfalle
sides: Rolls and a veggie

Wednesday: Tacos
sides: My Mom's Beans (really really good)
And I'm making homemade tortillas (Yes! We'll see how they turn out.)

Thursday: Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken
sides: Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots

Friday: Mexican Lasagna (I just found this recipe and it looks soooo good.)
sides: Rice

Saturday: I'm still deciding on Saturday (Maybe something really easy, we'll be working on the house. FUN!)

Sunday: Ribs
sides: Baked Beans and Potato Salad

So I will have Lots of recipes this week, oh and I also made cookies today that I will be posting also! So come back and check it out! Thanks


Albertsons double coupons

There were 3 double coupons in today's newspaper. They were 'hidden' in one of the black and white info sections and not in the colored ad sections. Here are a few really good deals if you use your double coupons.
Free after doubling
kraft bbq sauce $.99 (-$.50 off 1)
French's mustard $1.50 (- $.75 or -$.50)
Almost free after doubling
Wishbone dressing $1.67 (- $.75) final $.17
hefty paper products $1.67 (- $1/2 found at coupons.com)final $1.34 for 2
Lipton Knorr sides $1 (-$.75 off 2) final $.50 for 2
You receive money back after doubling
Wishbone spritzers $1.67 (- $1)
kotex lightdays $1 (- $.75 off 1 or -$1.50 off 2)
nestle nesquick milk 13-16 oz $1 (- $1 off 2)
Mix and Match Sale
raisin bran $1.99 (-$1)
kraft dressing $1.99 (- $1)
Kraft Mac n cheese $1 (Buy 3 get 1 free coupon at Mac n Cheese website)
If you were to buy
1 Raisin Bran
1 Kraft Dressing
8 Mac n Cheese
Your total would be $12 - $5 (sale) -$3 (coupons) - $3 (double coupons)
Your total would be $1!!

There may be other great deals as these are just a few I am thinking about. Feel free to comment to this post with other deals you find.


Getting Started

Are coupons really worth the trouble?
I have been clipping coupons for about 10 years. I have often been asked, 'is it really worth it to use coupons?' Some prefer to clip coupons and use them when they purchase items they need. Others watch sales and use coupons with sale prices to get an extremely good deal on items. However you prefer to use coupons, you will save money using coupons.

If you would like to begin using coupons and dont know where to begin, I have a few tips that will help you get started and make the most of your coupons. You can also find other websites that offer help clipping coupons.

How to get started:
#1 Find out where to get coupons. Find out which Sunday newspapers in your area provide coupons. Call the newspaper(s) and see how much a subscription is. Be sure to ask for different rates. My local newspaper, the Daily Herald, offers a Sunday only subscription, a Sunday and Holiday subscription, and a Thursday, Sunday and Holiday subscription. The T/S/Holiday is actually less expensive because the Thursday issue is from a smaller local newspaper. A month subscription costs only $3. Some papers also offer 5 Sunday papers for those who would like more coupons each week.

#2 Organization- This step is very important. You need to know which coupons you have and where to find them. There are a lot of different ways to organize your coupons. You can purchase small inexpensive accordion type coupon organizer at most stores. You could even use tackle boxes or other types of boxes. I use a 3ring binder method. The accordion type organizer is great for beginners or those who dont use too many coupons. I used one when I first started using coupons but I did not like it because I was always flipping through it to find the right coupon. I also dropped it on several occasions and most of my coupons would fall out which was sooo frustrating. I have never used a box type organizer but I think you would have the same problem. Plus some of the box organizers are rather big. I wanted something I could take with me to the store. I also wanted something that I could see at a glance so about 8 years ago I created my binder method.
Instructions on making your own coupon binder organizer:
Find/purchase a 3-ring binder. When I made my 1st binder, I just used an old binder that we had. I have worn out that binder and recently replaced my binder and, once again, I just found one we had hanging around the house. A few years ago a local newspaper started a coupon program to help people use coupons. At first they recommended the coupon box organization method but soon after they began using my binder method. Most of the binders I see other people using are a zippered binders. So you could use a zippered binder instead of a regular 3-ring binder. I guess..I am too cheap to purchase one and I have never had any problems with my regular 3 ring binder.
Purchase a packet or 2 of page protectors that are made for baseball cards. The baseball page protectors only have opening on one side but I wanted to make the most of the space that I had so I used my paper trimmer to cut the back side of the page protectors as well. You have to be rather careful when doing so but it allows you to increase the amount of coupons your binder can hold. Scissors may do the trick as well. Sometimes I find it is hard to get smaller coupons out of the 'coupon pockets'. When I originally cut the back side of my page protectors, I cut them straight like the front side pockets but recently I have cut a few of the 'coupon pockets' like the photo below. The page protector pocket wouldnt show up in photos so I cut what the pocket looks like out of white copy paper. Can you see how the coupon is showing below the white paper? The pocket is cut almost like an upside down triangle but without the pointy tip. I have found that I can get coupons out of my pockets much easier with this technique. I have slowly been cutting my pockets this way instead of the straight across method. (I hope this makes sense!..If not email me and I will try to explain it better or I will post more photos)
Cut squares out of white paper. I cut squares out of white copy paper and placed the squares in each 'coupon pocket'. Without the white squares, you will see the back of the coupons that are on the other side of each page, which is a little too chaotic for me. (yes..I know I am a bit of an organization freak..but I wanted my book to look neat & organized) The white squares clean up the pages and you can more easily see the coupons.
Organize your coupon binder. I organized my binder according to my favorite grocery store, Maceys. I know the layout of Maceys like the back of my hand and I always shop in a certain way-I start in the produce, move to the baking, the cereal, canned goods, condiments, meats, etc. Many of you may do the same at your favorite store. The way my binder is organized allows me to open the first page when I walk into the store and turn the pages as I move from aisle to aisle. If I go to another store such as Albertsons, my 2nd fav store, or Walmart, I can easily find the coupons I need because I know where they are.
I just added these pages to my binder. In the bottom photo, there is a small pocket on the left is for a local saving card. The page on the right is actually a page out of an old 'planner'. I think it was for credit cards but it is the perfect size for store coupons, such as $5 off a purchase of $70 or more at Albertsons.
You can organize your binder however you like. Below, I have listed how each page in my binder is organized. Hopefully it will help you organize yours.
Page 1
1- misc coupons, rainchecks-I put rainchecks and coupons that I know I am going to use or want to use this week during my shopping trips.
2-3 misc coupons- these pages are for coupons that I want to use soon or coupons that I dont know where else to put such as a coupon for $1 off marshmallows, graham crackers and hersheys chocolate.
4-5 produce/peanut butter, jam & bread
6-7 baking-spices/oil, jello, sugar, etc
8-9 baking-baking mixes(brownies)/cereal
10-11 cereal/granola bars
12-13 fruit snacks/juice aisle (juices, v8, hot cocoa)
14-15 soups/pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice including rice mixes such as rice a roni
16-17 canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, mixes such as gravy mix/canned meats
18-19 canned fruit, stuffing, potatoes/condiments (salad dressing)
page 20-21 condiments (steak sauce, teriyaki sauce, pickles, etc)/mustard, mayo, etc
22-23 aluminun foil, saran wrap, paper plates, etc/ ziploc bags, trash bags
24-25 paper towels, napkins, hand wipes/toilet paper
26-27 crackers, cookies/cheese, cream cheese, sandwich meat, hot dogs, sausage
28-29 meat/yogurt
30-31 dairy (butter, milk, etc)/ other dairy (pillsbury refrigerated products)
32-33 frozen- cool whip, pies, fruit, vegetables/ pizza, pizza rolls, etc
34-35 frozen - ice cream/ juice, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, corn dogs, etc
36-37 frozen - rolls, other frozen/ frozen meal items (bertolli meals, marie callendar meals, ect.-I dont buy these often but I save the coupons because you never know when they will be on
38-39 nuts, chex mix, jerky/chips, popcorn
40-41 candy/candy (I know it seems weird to have 2 pages for candy but at Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc you will get soo many coupons. Plus this includes gum and licorice, etc.
42-43 personal-soap, body wash, lotion/deodarant, body spray, feminine hygiene
44-45 personal-shampoo, qtips, contact solution/razors, shaving cream
46-47 personal- misc, makeup/ mouthwash, floss
48-49 personal -toothbrushes/toothpaste
50-51 laundry detergent, hand sanitizers, hand soaps/dishwashing detergent, dish soap, kitchen cleaners
52-53 bathroom cleaners/other cleaners, batteries
54-55 pharmacy-sunscreen, bug spray/1st aid, bandaids, etc
56-57 vitamins, medicine/medicine
58 pullups
You may think that you dont need a lot of room for several items but think carefully before omitting something. I have learned that coupons change throughout the year. During the winter, you will have so many coupons for soups and medicines. During the spring, there will be a lot of spring cleaning product coupons. During the summer, you will have an abundance of ice cream, condiments, & sunscreen coupons. Around holidays, you will have a lot of candy coupons. I have tried to make room for these fluctuations. Also everyone uses different products. Think about the products that you use while making your coupon organizer. My children love yogurt but I have a friend whose family doesn't eat much yogurt so when I helped her make her binder we didnt include a yogurt page.
Add tabs and maybe a table of contents/where to find page.
I use simple tabs for some of the pages in my coupon binder. I know my binder well enough that I dont really need them anymore but I havent removed them just yet.
When I originally made my coupon binder, I made an alphabetized list of products and placed it in the front cover of my binder. Beside each alphabetized item, I placed the page # where I could find coupons for that item. The list looked something like this...
Bread 3
Canned fruit 7
Canned meats 10
Cereal 5
The list helped me find coupons when I was in a hurry but I no longer need the list.

#3 Clipping coupons-I clip coupons for items I know I use, new products, and products that I might use if the price is low enough.
My family is very brand specific. My boys have allergies so we are only able to use tide laundry detergent, Vaseline intensive care lotion, Dove soap, and others. Some families are not brand specific at all; they can use whatever is on sale. When clipping coupons, I clip any coupon for products that I know I will use. I do not clip coupons for products that I know I wont use such as All laundry detergent or other brands of soap or lotion.
I also clip coupons for new products. I have found that when a manufacturer comes out with a new product, they will often issue coupons for that item and stores will often offer sales on that item as well. This makes a great time to try new products. I would much rather try a new product at a significant discount that at full price. If we try the product and dont like it then I know not to purchase it again but if we do like it I will continue to clip coupons for it.
I also clip coupons for items that I dont regularly use but that I think I might use if the price were to be low enough. You never know when an item will be on sale!
Before I throw away any coupons that I am not keeping, I ask around to see if any of my friends can use them. Coupon swaps are a great option for sharing coupons. Be sure to check out our coupon swap to see if there are any coupons you would like.
I always clip my coupons and put them immediately into my binder. I try to do this on Sundays or Mondays at the latest. That way my binder is organized and ready for my next shopping trip or a quick run to the store for 1 item. As I put the new coupons in my binder, I remove the old expired coupons and throw them away. It is so frustrating to be at the store and have a coupon for something and then at the checkout you realize it has expired.

#4 Studying the ads-Find out when the ads come out each week and get an ad for each store that you are willing to shop at. Study the ads and look for items that you purchase. When I look at the ads, I like to circle any item that is on sale that I use &/or have a coupon for. If I have a coupon for an item, I often write it beside the item in the ad. Once I have looked at each ad, I then compare the prices between the stores. I also look online for coupons. Some weeks I go to each store and some weeks I don't. I choose to shop at the two grocery stores that are about 7 minutes away from my home and I make an occasional (once a month) trip to Walmart. I do have friends that shop at all grocery stores within our area. They dont mind traveling 20 minutes to a store. I have 4 children, that I shop with, and I drive a gas hog so I have decided that it isnt worth it for me to drive to stores that are farther away unless it is an amazing sale or I am going in that direction anyway.
Tip: Be sure to look at your Sunday paper each week. Often grocery stores, such as Albertsons, will place ads &/or coupons in the pages of the regular black and white newspaper and not the colored ad sections.

#5 Online coupons -Be aware that some stores do not accept online coupons. My local store, Maceys, only accepts online coupons from Grocery Guru and Kraft.com. Walmart will accept online coupons if they are in their system. Albertsons will only let you use two online coupons for the same item in one purchase. For example, if you are purchasing 3 boxes of rice a roni and you have 3 online coupons for $50 off 1 box of rice a roni, they will only let you use 2 online coupons per purchase. They do not limit the number of newspaper coupons that you can use per purchase.
There are several websites where you can find coupons online. I have been a little more selective in the ones that I use because I know that there is a lot of fraud in online coupons. Most of the sites I frequent are the manufacturers sites or the companies that print the Sunday paper coupons, such as redplum.There are 3 companies that print the Sunday paper coupons in my area. The links are below:
[Grocerysmarts usually has redplums coupons on their site.]
Coupons.com is another site that has alot of the same coupons as the previous 3 sites.
Below are the manufacturers websites that I have accounts with. Whenever there is a sale on something that I use and I dont have a coupon, I will try to find the manufacturers website and see if they offer a coupon. You will need to create an account with most of these but they will send you extra coupons via email. To keep my inbox from getting bombarded with emails, I created an email account specificially for my coupons.
These are just a few..I am always finding new ones and will post new sites when I come across them.Each week as I look over the ads I will check the major sites such as redplum & grocerysmarts to see what coupons they have and if there is a pillsbury or General Mills product on sale, I will look at their site as well.

I hope that these tips help you get started clipping coupons. I have a lot more tips and tricks and I will continue to ad content to this post. I will try to add some info on shopping and using coupons within the next week. If you have any questions you would like answered feel free to email me or comment to this or other posts and I will try my best to answer your questions.


Always keep coupons with you!!

I went to the store last night to help my sister in law learn the coupon world and I happened to take all my coupons and ended up getting her a 32oz Mayo for 1.99 and Kraft BBQ sauce for free and then I got 2 16oz. flavored milks for free. So you never know when you are going to run into something that you might not want but if it is free hey you are no money out!! Also I was shopping the other day and found some clearance products that I had coupons and paid $1 for each thing!!! Also don't forget to use your Twice the Value coupons at Albertson's I caught myself trying to save it because I didn't max it out but I still got the item for free because it was a $1 on sale and my coupon was 50 cents so it was free. When I go into Albertson's I always ask for an ad and use all three coupons no matter what!! Also don't be afraid to ask for rain checks because they didn't have the cereals I needed for the buy 3 get a free milk and so the guy took my name and made me call in this morning and they told me that I get to choose whatever cereal I want and they will just give me a free milk if I buy three! So I can buy something that has a better coupon and is on sale!!