Mar 152012
 

PeiWei

ATTENTION COLLEGE BASKETBALL FANS [and others who enjoy yummy food] Pei Wei Asian Diner is celebrating the NCAA Championships by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Thursday, March 15 or Friday, March 16.

Log on to Pei Wei’s online ordering and choose March 15 or 16 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code HOOPS at checkout to receive the 20% discount. Pei Wei will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

I recommend the Thai Basil Chicken diner select size with a spring roll, it’s spicy but not offensive and the sauce is delicious!

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 1:08 pm
Mar 072012
 

 

Diet Coke

Shoobie Doobie Do, Look what I found for you - $1/2 Diet Coke 12 pack Coupon!

The coupon is marked “Exclusively at CVS” but it is a Manufacturer’s Coupon so it can be used elsewhere if your store allows.

Staring Sunday, March 11- 17, CVS will have all Coke product 12 pack cans 5 for $15!

5 packs = $15 - [2] $1/2 = $13.00 [Earn $5 ECB] = $8.00 or $1.60 each… HOLY MOLEY!

Ummm, yea. I am pretty excited, how about you?

 Posted by at 5:14 pm
Feb 232012
 

P.F.Chang's

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating the Oscar’s Red Carpet by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Sunday, February 26.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose February 26 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code OSCARS at checkout to receive the 20% discount.

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond February 26 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Feb 212012
 

Brown Chicken EggsMy Mom has been going crazy with information on genetically modified foods [GM foods or GMOs]. She is concerned that we are being sterilized as a civilization;  mind, body, just take it all. One of the fun things we like to do is cruise the local farmer’s markets for fun and interesting fruits, veggies and pure cane Cokes ;) Not only does it boost our local economy, but it also ensures that we grow a relationship with those who grow our natural foods and understand the importance of healthy food choices, beginning with the seed.

Spring is upon us and that means glorious amounts of new fresh food crops will be loaded into the local fresh markets. Sometimes these foods are a little bit more expensive than your chain grocery stores, but you are paying for care attention of food  crops that the grocery stores just don’t put to heart.

Dont know where you closest farmer’s market, meat market or fresh food restaurant is? Check out this cool site: http://www.localharvest.org/ You can put in your zip code and find everything around you - online stores, farms, CSA, farmer’s markets, restaurants, grocery/coops, wholesale and meat processors. Cool, right?

 I’m most excited to dive into fresh cucumbers, tomatos and herbs galore! What are your favorite spring items from the market?

If you would like to find out more about GM foods, check out these resources:

http://www.ornl.gov/sci/techresources/Human_Genome/elsi/gmfood.shtml

http://www.gm.org/

PS – I heard on KSBJ just this morning that a scientist is working on a mutated organism that will be “hamburger of the future”, blech!

 Posted by at 1:46 pm
Feb 172012
 

Every year I try to think of a fun cake to make for my sweet C for her birthday. Although her birthday is months away, she is turning 13 and I want this one to be uber-special.

I have started jotting down ideas and listening to things that she likes and doesn’t like [I got this idea from an amazing book I’m reading]. She doesn’t live with us, y’all, so this is pretty difficult to get out of many weekends and Tuesday night dinners – I have to be, like, super stepmom on a recon mission.

Here are a few homemade cakes from years past:

#7 Cake

Butterfly Cake

Penguins Cake

So far on my jot list of likes are: Harry Potter, Zebra stripes, hair accessories, clothing. On my list of dislikes: everything else. Hah!

Looks like I have my work cut out for myself, lots of listening will be happening in the months ahead!

What about you, do you spoil your special someone or friend on their birthday with a fun cake or treat? Email me your best creation, there just might be something sweet in it for you ;)

alyssa [at] frugalstepmom [dot] com

 Posted by at 11:13 am
Feb 152012
 

This weekend the Band of Bosoms team will be collecting donations on the street corner, bras exposed, for this year’s Avon Walk for Breast Cancer!

Fill the Bra
Isn’t my “Fill the Bra” bag just SUPER cute?

You can find us at the corner of 290 and Barker Cypress, when you see a sign that looks like this, you have made it:Publicity Board

We will also be hosting two events over the holiday weekend as well, food based events of course, working the streets requires nourishment.

Come out to Menchie’s this Saturday, February 18, from 11-4pm – With a print out of the below flier, 20% of all sales will go to Team Band of Bosom’s efforts in raising funds for the Avon Walk. A SWEET SNACK FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

Band of Bosoms - Menchie's Feb 18

Come out to Willie’s Icehouse in Cypress on Monday, February 20, from open to close. With the below voucher, 15% of the proceeds from your meal go to Band of Bosoms in their fight against Breast Cancer. A DELICIOUS MEAL [AND DRINKS] FOR A GREAT CAUSE.

Band of Bosoms - Willies Feb 20

 

Not able to make any of these events but still want to participate? Here are a two GREAT options for supporting our cause:

  • Like our Band of Bosoms Facebook page from now through Saturday for a chance to win one of many SWEET prizes!
  • Donate HERE. Like the varieties of breast sizes, all donations, big or small, make an impact in breast cancer research. [PS – Our February raffles are going on as well - $10 gets you in!]

With your help, we will be one step closer to helping women and men get the treatment that is much needed and help fund research. We are In It to End It, Are You?

 

 Posted by at 6:00 pm
Feb 032012
 

P.F.Chang's

P.F. Chang’s China Bistro is celebrating the Super Bowl by offering an additional 20% off all online orders arranged for pick up any time on Sunday, February 5.

Log on to P.F. Chang’s online ordering and choose February 5 as your pick up date. After you have completed your order, use the promotion code GIANTS or PATRIOTS at checkout to receive the 20% discount. Choose your winning team wisely, those who use the winning teams name as their discount will receive a suprise offer next week!

This promotion is Spicy Tuna HOT and will not last beyond February 5 and P.F. Chang’s will not offer the discount in store – so please remember to use the winning team’s discount code at check out.

The code is not available for use in conjunction with other discounts or for purchases of gift cards and large party take-out orders.

 Posted by at 11:00 am
Jan 102012
 

Time for another round in our area by Zaycon Foods, have you tried them yet?

They were in town in November and I hit them up for 40 pounds of $1.49 whole chicken breasts and let me tell you, I was shocked, surprised and SUPER happy with my decision to give them a try. The boneless skinless chicken breasts are 100% natural and come from local southern and midwest states; they are cleaned up and placed in several unsealed bags, which once reaching 40# they are placed in one gigantic sealed bag and loaded up in super heavy duty cardboard boxes. The Zaycon team is so efficient, you don’t even have to get out of you car or truck to pick up your purchases, they walk up with your order, put it where you ask and off you go to seal seal seal. I shared the cost of the chicken with my Mom, so the $59 price tag wasn’t too killer with someone to go in half. This year the chicken is $1.69/lb but it is SO worth the price!

Zaycon is coming to my neck of the woods again on my birthday! This time I want to try out the hickory smoked bacon, 30 pounds at $2.97/lb. So, $89 sounds like alot of money, especially for one product, but for great quality bacon that you would need to know your butcher to even get close to the quality and price, this is another great deal. I am looking for somebody to go in 1/2 or even 1/4 with me [e-mail me if interested], there is NO WAY I will allow my family to consume the full 30 pounds of bacon ourselves. Hah!

Check out Zaycon Foods here. I bet there is an event close to you, they are expanding their reach as the word gets out about their products.

Zaycon Foods
Thursday, January 19, 2012 [Orders must be placed by 1/14/12]
Various locations in the Houston and surrounding area [click here to find an event near you]

This weekend Urban Harvest is hosting their annual fruit tree sale at my Alma Mater, University of Houston [One of the two schools in the nation to win 13 games this season, Go Coogs!] in Robertson Stadium. They will be selling many varieties of fruit trees including pear, fig, avocado, dragon fruit and many more. Funds raised from the sales will be used in future Urban Harvest programs like classes on planting, feeding and pruning fruit trees, and supplying food kitchens with fresh produce. I suggest getting there early for the best selection, if it is anything like the orchid and plumeria shows my parents frequent, it is possible to be a crazy fun time!

Urban Harvest Annual Fruit Tree Sale
Saturday, January 14, 2012
9am – 1pm [or until sold out]
University of Houston, Robertson Stadium

 Posted by at 1:02 pm
Nov 172011
 

Starbucks B1G1

No really, the Starbucks holiday edition beverages are hot!

This weekend, November 17-20, head over to Starbucks between 2 – 5pm, sit yourself and a friend down to a buy one, get one deal on one of three holiday beverages including Peppermint Mocha, Caramel Brulée Latte and Gingerbread Latte.

I’m thinking date drink with my best girl C this weekend is in order!

Happy Chilling, Friends!

 Posted by at 2:00 pm
Oct 312011
 

Happy Halloween Friends!

On Saturday, my sweet girl took her first step into her season with braces, two spacers on her top jaw to make rooms for her retainer… which means this Mom is on the naughty list for the minute. I swear I did not originally plan for her appointment to be before this candy-fest “holiday”, it was supposed to be next weekend but the orthodontist had a change in schedules. So, my sweet C has to fore-go all the good candies for the next three weeks in order to keep said spacers in place until they are removed - what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? She is so strong… I love that girl!

My brother and I carved our pumpkins last night at my parents house:

Our Pumpkins

Today I roasted the seeds from the pumpkins and oh.my.gosh they are delicious.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS

Seeds from two pumpkins, rinsed clean of the orange gunk

2 Tbsp Olive Oil

2 Tbsp Salt seasoning [I used McCormick Grill Mates Roasted Garlic & Herb]

PRE-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Preheat oven to 300* and line a baking pan with parchment paper or foil.

Place cleaned seeds in bag or bowl, add oil and seasonings, mix to coat seeds.

Empty coated seeds onto lined baking pan in a single layer [add more seasoning if it looks too sparse for your liking] and “roast” for 1 hour.

Mix up the seeds around 30 minutes.

VOILA! Your roasted seeds are complete. I was supposed to share my seeds with my brother… I don’t think they will last long enough to wait for him to get here – I am very happy with the outcome!

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