Apple Cider Floats

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


  • 2 cups apple cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 tbsp. caramel sauce
  • Grated nutmeg


  1. In small saucepan, heat cider with cinnamon stick. Pour cider into 2 float glasses. Top with ice cream, caramel sauce and grating of nutmeg. Serve with spoon.
Makes 2 Glasses / Servings

Tip: I also use little chunks of apple for a garnish.


15 Ways to help your Budget!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

  1. Look carefully at generics Store brands won’t save you money if they don’t work well, so compare the active ingredients (especially in cleaners) with those in the brand-name equivalent. A few great buys: Costco Kirkland Signature dish soap, Target Up and Up sliding plastic freezer bags and Walmart White Cloud toilet paper.
  2. Strategize with coupon blogs Before shopping, visit a frugal-living blog that matches coupons with weekly sales at local supermarkets (find a site by googling your state plus “coupon blog”). Bloggers alert readers to deal opportunities such as which catalinas are printing that week and how to maximize them to get products for less money—or for free.
  3. Subscribe to save more on Amazon Most household essentials on are competitively priced—plus, you get an extra 15 percent off as well as free shipping when you order using the Subscribe and Save option. You can have the product shipped to your door every one, two, three or six months, and you may cancel delivery at any time.
  4. Nab pricey household extras Been saving up your drugstore rewards? Use them to buy expensive household supplies you wouldn’t normally splurge on, such as a toilet cleaning wand or an automatic shower cleaner. If you’re new to playing the drugstore game, learn strategies for grabbing cheap and free goods at
  5. Be brand-flexible Most people prefer certain household products, but to truly save money, you should be willing to forgo your favorites and buy sale items with manufacturer (and store) coupons. Keep in mind that when you buy one brand, you’ll often get catalinas for a competing product. Watch out for new-product coupons as well, which tend to be high in value.
  6. Stock up at back-to-school sales Big-box stores often run deals on common classroom supplies including ziplock bags, antibacterial wipes and tissues. Keep an eye out a month or two after school starts as well; you sometimes can find those useful items on clearance for as much as 80 percent off.
  7. Cut consumption You can use half of most home goods and still get the same results. Snip sponges, steel-wool pads and dish scrubbers in two. Each product will last twice as long. Halve dryer sheets and most paper towels, too.
  8. Follow product labels carefully Many people overuse cleaners, especially dish soap and laundry detergent. According to a Method products study, 53 percent of those surveyed said they use more than the recommended amount of detergent per load. Measure the exact amount cited on the label (or less) and your clothes will be just as clean.
  9. Be wary of buying in bulk Before picking up a huge package of disinfecting wipes, paper towels or tissues, calculate the actual cost per ounce, roll or box. At the grocery store (and even big-box stores), it’s often a better deal to buy the smallest size of a brand that’s on sale with a coupon rather than purchase a mega pack.
  10. Shop strategically at warehouse clubs If you prefer to buy large quantities of household supplies rather than match up sales and coupons on smaller sizes, stick to the store brand (Kirkland Signature at Costco, Member’s Mark at Sam’s Club, and Berkley and Jensen at BJ’s). BJ’s and Costco fliers are full of offers, and e-coupons are available for Sam’s Club Plus members.
  11. Sign up for savings Snatch up coupons for pricey items such as Swiffer starter kits and refills by registering on and similar websites. You can register at SC Johnson’s Right@Home to receive coupons.
  12. Find freebies On (click on “P&G BrandSampler”), log in the 1st of every month to choose from available samples of Procter and Gamble products such as Cheer detergent. Other sites to check out:,,, and
  13. Grab gift cards Target, Meijer and other stores offer free gift cards when you purchase certain items (a $5 card when you buy a Brita pitcher, for example). Check the retailers’ weekly sales fliers for such deals. Then use the gift cards to purchase brands that rarely go on sale or necessities you have trouble finding coupons for.
  14. Go for green Find offers for eco-friendly cleaners, like Seventh Generation, on the company website or on resources such as and Also visit for coupons for Scott Naturals paper towels, napkins and toilet paper—all made with recycled fibers.
  15. Look at the package Manufacturers often slip coupons or reward codes inside their products for savings on future purchases. For example, purchase three participating packages of Energizer batteries or flashlights through Dec. 31 and enter their codes at You will earn a $10 prepaid MasterCard. 
(All Your Magazine October)


Outback Steakhouse Tangy Tomato Dressing Recipe

Monday, September 26, 2011

1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon ketchup
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon coarse black pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
pinch of thyme

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, whisking often, then reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, for 5 minutes. Cover the dressing until cool, then pop it in the refrigerator to chill out.

Makes 1 cup


Walt Disney’s Spooky Buddies Giveaway

Thursday, September 22, 2011

One lucky person will win themselves a Disney Spooky Buddies DVD/Blu-Ray Combo pack!

Spooky Buddies Summary:

Disney's irresistible talking puppies are back in an all-new movie that takes them far across town to a mysterious mansion where something very spooky is going on. With the help of some unexpected new friends including a friendly ghost this exciting adventure is howling-good Buddy fun. 

In a race against a no good hound, the Buddies and their new friends, Pip, Zelda, Rodney, and Skip, must stop Warwick the Warlock and save the world from his dastardly deeds.

Overflowing with action, humor, and a bag full of bonus features, Spooky Buddies is a Spooktacular adventure that treats you to a celebration of friendship and teamwork your whole family will enjoy.

Spooky Buddies Widget:

Take the quiz and find out which one of the Buddies you are! Plus enjoy the activities, downloads, sneak peeks, facebook, and twitter pages. Plus if you don't win or would like another copy a link to buy is also included.

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Perkins Family Restaurants Granny's Country Omelette Recipe

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


1 cup frozen hash browns, uncooked
2 tablespoons butter
1/2 green bell pepper, diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 red bell pepper, diced (1/2 cup)
2 slices white onion, diced (1/2 cup)
2 tablespoons minced celery
5 ounces ham, diced (1/2 cup)
1/2 pound Velveeta cheese spread
3 tablespoons milk
6 large eggs


1. Cook the hash browns following the directions on the package.

2. Saute the vegetables in 1 tablespoon of butter over medium/high heat. Cut the ham into very small cubes and toss it in with the vegetables. After 3 to 5 minutes, when the ham starts to brown, it's ready.

3. Prepare the cheese sauce while the ham and vegetables are cooking. In a small saucepan, combine the cheese spread with the milk over low heat. Stir occasionally untl melted. Be careful not to burn it.

4. Use a 12-inch frying pan or omelette pan for making the omelette. While the pan is preheating over medium heat, beat the eggs in a mixing bowl until smooth and creamy, but not foamy. Put 1/2 tablespoon of butter into the middle of the pan and swirl it around. Pour half of the beaten eggs into the buttered pan and swirl the pan around to coat the entire bottom with eggs. You want only a thin layer of eggs in the pan. This may require that you use a bit less than half of the eggs, so you may have some beaten egg left over in the end. Salt the eggs.

5. When the eggs have cooked for a minute or so, pour a quarter of the sauteed filling onto the eggs in a vertical line to the left of the middle, leaving enough room so that you will be able to fold over the top and bottom. Sppon half of the hash browns parallel to the filling just to the right of the middle. Fold the top and bottom of the omelette in, then fold the omelette from the left, over the top of the vegetable and ham filling. Fold the omelette once again, this time from the right, over the hash browns, then fold it one more time in the same direction, into a neat little package. Let it cook for another minute or so.

6. Carefully slide the omelette out of the pan, seam-side down, onto a plate. Put this omelette into a 250 degrees F. oven to keep warm until the second omelette is done. Cook the other omelette.

7. When both omelettes are done, pour a generous helping of cheese sauce over each one and sprinkle the remaining veggies and ham over the cheese sauce.


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Tuesday, September 20, 2011


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Dear Taco Bell, Where did the Cinnamon Twists Go?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Yes I go to Taco Bell. Yup until recently I thought they had good tasting food for the price. However I think they are becoming just like everyone else. Which does make me sad, but I guess its reality in this economy. Which brings me to the point of this blog entry.

I love getting the Taco Bell box. It gives me the opportunity to save a little, get a nice variety, and try one or two new things. My favorite item in the box has always been the Cinnamon Twists. I was really disappoint when I got my box on Friday that they were not in there. So when I was finished eating I logged on to the Taco Bell website to look at the box picture. There were MIA. So that means, they are no longer part of the box!!! When did this happen? I was crushed that I was no longer getting my dessert.

I waited all summer to get my Taco Bell fix, because ours was being totally remodeled. So this was quite a disappointing development. Along with most of the prices had gone up. Some went up as much as 50 cents! The $5 box isn't even $5 at my Taco Bell anymore. Mind you I don't live in a "special" area where things are higher priced then normal advertised prices.

I'm honestly considering not going back. I'm sure my waistline will thank me, but my heart will be broken. LOL I think they broke the camels back with this recent change. The value is just not there anymore, especially with the boxes. Might as buy what you really want, because your not saving anything, well maybe a few cents.

The box was the BEST value. But now with the Medium soda (instead of..Large) and missing Cinnamon Twist, its just not worth it. Plus the featured items are not as special as they once were either. Especially with the Flatbread box. If you get a Value meal with the XXL Burrito, you can get a nice meal at Buffalo Wild Wings! Yikes!!!


Hooter's Pasta Salad

Vinaigrette Dressing
2/3 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon Grey Poupon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons minced shallot
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspooon salt
1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried basil
1/8 teaspoon dried oregano
dash onion powder
4 quarts water
1 pound rainbow rotini or tri-color radiatore (red, green, and white colors)
1 to 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 large or 2 medium tomatoes
1 green onion
1/4 cup minced cucumber
green leaf lettuce (garnish)

1. Make the dressing: Use an electric mixer to combine all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl. Mix on high speed for about a minute or so until the dressing becomes thick and creamy. Put the dressing in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator until ready to toss with the chilled pasta.

2. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil over high heat and add the pasta. Cook for 12 to 14 minutes, until tender, then drain it.

3. Spray the pasta with a gentle stream of cold water to help cool it off. Drizzle the oil over the cooling pasta to keep it from sticking together. Gently toss the pasta, then put it in a covered container and let it cool in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or so.

4. While the pasta is cooling down, prepare the vegetables: remove the seeds and soft pulp from the tomato(es) before dicing, using only the green part of the green onion (or scallions); and be sure to mince the cucumber into very small pieces.

5. When the pasta is no longer warm, add the diced tomato, green onion, and cucumber. Sprinkle salt over the pasta salad to taste and put it back in the refrigerator until well chilled.

6. When the pasta has chilled, spoon it onto plates and place the vinaigrette dressing on the side. For a cool garnish like that served in the restaurant, spread some leaves of green lettuce onto each plate, then spoon the pasta onto the lettuce. You may also toss the salad with the dressing ahead of time rather than serving it on the side. But don't do this too far in advance or the pasta tends to soak up the dressing.


FREE Downy Unstopables sample

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Downy is giving away 2 million more samples of new Downy UNSTOPABLES, an in wash scent booster for a feisty freshness that just won’t quit! This is now live so stop by to request yours. "Like" them first if you haven't already and fill out the form. 


8 Unexpected Places To Find Coupons

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

  1. At the grocery store Check the bulletin board at the supermarket— some shoppers will pin up unwanted coupons. Also look on the store’s shelves, where bargain seekers sometimes leave unused coupons near corresponding items.
  2. At the doctor or dentist You can find deals on baby supplies at the pediatrician’s office and coupons for toothpaste and other oral care products at the dentist. Don’t see any in the waiting room? Just ask a nurse or dental assistant.
  3. At the coffee shop Local weeklies often contain coupon inserts and are either free or cheap (about 50 cents a pop!). Also, look for them by the register. Visit to see if you can get your local paper delivered to your home for less.
  4. At the library Check to see if there’s a box where community members exchange coupons. If your library does not provide this service, ask if you can start one. You could also try this idea in the break room at your workplace.
  5. At the gas station Sports drink and snack coupons are frequently posted on the refrigerator doors. Tear them off and redeem at a supermarket that doubles.
  6. At a restaurant When you’re eating out (or getting takeout), ask the hostess or cashier about discounts such as coupons delivered via text message.
  7. At home Some manufacturers will send you coupons when you sign up to test new products (you might have to complete a survey or two). A few to try: Kraft First Taste (, General Mills Pssst… ( and Kashi Community (       
  8. In the mail When you receive an item you ordered online or from a catalog, look for coupons in the envelope or box. 
(All You Magazine - October)


Sonic Drive-In Jalapeno Burger

Monday, September 12, 2011

1/4-pound ground beef (80%)
1 large plain white hamburger bun
butter-flavored spray or melted butter
ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons yellow mustard
6 to 10 bottled jalapeno slices (nacho slices)
1/3 cup chopped iceberg lettuce

1. Shape the ground beef into a patty with approximately the same diameter as the bun. Cover the patty with wax paper and freeze it.

2. When you're ready to prepare the burger, preheat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.

3. Spray some butter spray or spread a thin layer of melted butter on the top and bottom bun halves. Lightly brown the bun in the skillet or on the griddle, then set it aside.

4. Cook the beef patty in the hot pan, and lightly season it with salt and pepper. Cook the beef for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until done.

5. As the patty cooks, build the burger by first spreading the mustard over the face of the bottom bun.

6. Arrange the jalapeno slices on the mustard.

7. Arrange the lettuce on the jalapeno slices.

8. When the beef is ready, stack it on the lettuce, and top off the sandwich with the top bun. If you'd like the bun warmer, microwave the burger on high for 10 to 15 seconds.

Makes 1 sandwich


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Betty Crocker Fan Fare

Friday, September 9, 2011

Fall TV show buzz is in the air! It means the return of our favorite vampires, housewives and talent show judges that leave us hungry for more - until next week, that is.

Speaking of hungry, Betty Crocker´s food experts have created fun and delicious food ideas that bring your favorite TV genres to life! And now they´re teaming up with reality TV star and "Bachelorette" Trista Sutter to share more great ideas that are perfect for TV viewing parties with friends and family!

Solving for Pi Cheesecake
It´s a simple equation: mango + raspberry + cheesecake + pie = delicious! Take a cue from the molecular gastronomy trend and scoop up this deconstructed dessert that literally “pops” with flavor! Get the recipe at
The drama – and wine – flows freely on these shows, offering an indulgent escape from the reality of everyday life. Whether focusing on the lives of celebrities, housewives or bachelorettes, these shows offer an intriguing glimpse into the lives and loves of the stiletto-clad crowd.

Boxed Wine Cupcakes
Here´s a better way to serve boxed wine – in cupcake form! These fashion-forward cupcakes are infused with popular wines like sauvignon blanc, zinfandel, rosé and champagne, and perfect for get-togethers with girlfriends. Get the recipe at

Modern Old-Fashioned Cocktail
This modern take on an old-fashioned cocktail infuses the flavors of peach, citrus and maple syrup into the classic bourbon drink. Finish it off with a single, large ice cube to give it a modern twist that´s perfect for a dimly-lit bar or kicking back on your own sofa. Get the recipe at

Double Meat Dudewich
This manly sandwich is all about extremes. Tow meats – beer-soaked BBQ pork and savory smoked sausage – are piled high on an onion bun with coleslaw and pickles to top it off. It might take two (or more!) men to polish off this messy but awesome creation. Get the recipe at

Check out more recipes at Betty Crocker Fan Fare:
Disclosure: I received the details from Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark


Going to Myrtle Beach? Need a place to Vacation? Try Myrtle Beach!

I've been to Myrtle Beach a few times over the years. I always enjoyed it because it was family friendly, a lot of things to do, and it wasn't a tourist trap. Meaning I could save money, but still have an amazing time.

I am currently a member of a forum/message board. There locals and long time visitors provide information, tips, and amazing trip reviews. I am writing this blog entry today, just to bring more awareness to this free information. Its so valuable because the posters have no hidden agendas and provide you with the honest truth. If you have a question, it will get answered. From entertainment, attractions, restaurants, accommodations, discounts, coupons and more. Can't find it anywhere else besides the FunBeaches site.

Check it out:
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Islands Yaki Soft Tacos Recipe

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Teriyaki Sauce
1 3/4 cups water
1 tablespoon cornstarch
3/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup canned pineapple chunks (chunks sliced into quarters)
1/4 cup juice from can of pineapple chunks
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
12 chicken tenderloins
12 7-inch flour tortillas
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese
4 cups iceberg lettuce, chopped very thin or shredded
1 1/2 cups canned pineapple chunks, (chunks sliced into quarters)
1 1/2 cups diced tomatoes (about 2 medium tomatoes)
1/2 cup chopped green onion (green part only)

1. Make the Teriyaki sauce by whisking cornstarch into the water in a medium saucepan. Add remaining ingredients, then bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 7 to 10 minutes or until thicker. Let sauce cool before you use it for marinating.

2. When the sauce is cool, measure out 1 cup of sauce and set it aside. Use the remaining sauce to pour over chicken tenders in a medium bowl. Cover chicken and let it marinate for at least 6 hours. Overnight is even better.

3. When chicken has marinated, preheat a large skillet over medium/low heat. Wipe the pan with a little oil. Remove the chicken from the marinade (and toss out the marinade) and saute chicken in the pan for 8 to 10 or until chicken is cooked through and browned on both sides. Slice each chicken filet into 3 or 4 pieces and spoon all the chicken into a medium bowl. Microwave the leftover 1 cup of Teriyaki sauce in the oven for 30 to 60 seconds or until it's hot. Pour the sauce over the sliced chicken in the bowl.

4. When you're ready to build the tacos, preheat another skillet over medium heat. Toss a tortilla into the pan for a minute, then flip it over and add 2 to 3 tablespoons of shredded cheese across the center of the tortilla. Let the tortilla sit in the pan for about a minute or so (until the cheese starts melting) then remove the tortilla and immediately spoon the equivalent of one chicken tender into the tortilla (3 or 4 chunks of chicken). Spoon about 1 1/2 tablespoons of leftover Teriyaki sauce from the cooked chicken bowl over the chicken in each taco.

5. Arrange about 1/3 cup shredded lettuce over the chicken in each taco. Follow that up with 1 to 2 tablespoons of pineapple chunks, 1 to 2 tablespoons diced tomato, and a couple pinches of chopped green onion. Repeat process for remaining tacos. The restaurant serves 3 tacos with each order.

12 tacos (4 servings)


Bennigan's Cookie Mountain Sundae Recipe

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Chocolate chip cookies
1/2 cup softened butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (6 ounces)
1/2 gallon vanilla ice cream
1 16-ounce jar hot fudge topping
powdered sugar

1. Preheat the oven 350 degrees F.

2. Make the cookies by creaming together the butter, sugars, egg, and vanilla in a medium-size bowl.

3. In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Combine the dry ingredients with the butter mixture and mix well.

4. Add the chocolate chips and mix once more.

5. Roll the dough into golfball-size portions and place them 4 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet. With your hand, press down on the dough to flatten it to about 1/2 inch thick. You will likely have to use two cookie sheets for the 12 to 14 cookies the recipe will make. If you use the same cookie sheet for the second batch, be sure to let it cool before placing the dough on it.

6. Bake the cookies for 12 to 14 minutes or until they become a light shade of brown.

7. The cookies served with this dessert have a hole in the center so that when you pour the hot fudge it flows down through the hole onto the ice cream in the middle. When you take the cookies out of the oven, use the opening of an empty glass soda or beer bottle like a cookie cutter to cut a 1-inch hole in the center of each cookie. Turn the bottle upside down and press the opening into the center of each cookie, rotating the bottle back and forth until the center of the cookie is cut out. Because the cookie centers will push into the bottle as you go, you'll have to rinse the bottle out before recycling. (If you prefer, you can punch holes in just half of the cookies; these will be the cookies that are stacked on top of the ice cream.)

8. When the cookies have cooled, take four small scoops (about 1/4 cup each) of ice cream and arrange them on the top of one cookie that has been placed in the center of the serving plate.

9. Place another cookie on top of the ice cream.

10. Heat up the fudge in the microwave or in the top of a double broiler just long enough to soften the topping so that it is easy to pour. Pour 3 to 4 tablespoons of hot fudge over the top cookie. Let the fudge drizzle down the sides of the ice cream and through the hole that has been cut in the center of the top cookie.

11. Use a sifter or fine strainer to spread a dusting of powdered sugar onto the sundae and around the surface of the serving plate. Repeat with the remaining ingredients for the desired number of servings. The leftover ingredients (if any) can be saved for additional servings later.


2 New Items From Pillsbury, In Six Varieties!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles heat up in minutes in the microwave and are available in your grocer´s freezer.

Made with quality ingredients like real egg, tasty meat, cheese, Grands! Biscuits and Green Giant® vegetables, this new line of quick and delicious frozen breakfast dishes comes in six flavorful choices:

  • Sausage & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
  • Bacon & Cheese Biscuit Sandwich
  • Ham & Veggies Biscuit Sandwich 
  • Bacon & Veggies Egg Scrambles 
  • Sausage Egg Scrambles
  • Sausage & Veggies Egg Scrambles 

So what are you waiting for? Head over to to "Like" the brand and learn more about Frozen Pillsbury Grands! Biscuit Sandwiches and Pillsbury Egg Scrambles.While your at the Pillsbury Facebook page, make sure to grab your $1.00 off coupon. While Supplies last, so go quickly!

For more information please visit the the website of these new Pillsbury products at:

Disclosure: I received the above details from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.