Jul 072011

Free Chick-Fil-A

Tomorrow, July 8, 2011, is Cow Appreciation Day, are you ready?

To celebrate the day, Chick-Fil-A restaurants will be handing out free meals to those who show up in full cow attire, breakfast, lunch or dinner. Those who show up partially cow-dressed will receive a free entree.

Don’t have a cow costume handy? Not to worry, Chick-Fil-A has you covered with a handy printable cow costume kit.

I’m no chikin, I’ll take a #1, please!


 Posted by at 9:47 am
Jun 152011

This week we are preparing for our vacation to Florida, so there is not much we need to get out there and shop since most of our next week shopping will be done when we arrive at our destination.

We are subsidizing some of the groceries and preparing a meal one night, to lower the “dining out” cost, that need a few items not already in the cabinet so I hit up HEB, Walgreen’s and CVS this week and spent $49.70.


CVSCVS June 14

Schick Hydro Razor @ $8.00 – $4.00/1 = $4.00 [earn $4.00 ECB]

Earn $1.00 ECB after 4 shopping strips using Green Bag Tag

Total $4.33

Total Spent $0 [Used $4.00 ECB from previous trip]

Total Saved $9.99 or 100% + $5 ECB for future use  

WalgreensWalgreens June14

2 Schick Shave Cream @ $3.99 = $7.98 -[2]$1.00/1 – [2]$2.00/1 In Ad = $1.98 or $0.99 each

Magnum Ice Cream [Special Request from C] $5.49

2 Nestle candy bars @ $0.39 = $0.78

Total $7.30

Total Spent $1.75 [Used $5.00 ECB from previous trip]

Total Saved $13.70 or 89%

 HEBHEB June 14

Bananas $1.08

2 Blackberries @ $1.98 = $3.96

Strawberries $1.97

Apple $.80

Carrots $1.99

Goldfish @ $6.98

HEB Honey Wheat Bread @ $1.93

3 Thai Rice @ 2.19 = $6.57

Hot Dog Sauce $0.69

2 Pop Tarts @ $2.50 = $5.00 – $1.00/2 HEB = $4.00 or $2.00 each

2 McCormick Taco Season @ $0.65 = $1.30 – B1G1 HEB = $0.65 or $0.33 each

2 McCormick Chili Season @ $1.00 = $2.00 – B1G1 HEB = $1.00 or $0.50 each

2 Kraft shredded cheese @ $2.38 = $4.76 – $1.35/2 = $3.41 or $1.70 each

2 HCF Colby Cheese blocks @ $1.98 = $3.96

5 Wonka Laffy Taffy @ $0.20 = $1.00

2 Energizer batteries [not pictured] @ $3.64 = $7.28 IDK why I did not use my coupon! ARG.

Total Spent $47.95

Total Saved $6.07 or 11%

June 14 Grocery/Pharmect Trips

To wrap it up, my totals for today’s trips were:

Total Spent: $49.70

Total Saved: $29.76 or 37%

Total Earned for future use: $5.00

Share how well your shopping trips went this week by leaving a comment or linking up!

 Posted by at 9:16 am
Jun 082011

I got to make my grocery and pharmacy rounds this morning [on a Wednesday!?], after seeing the Dr. for my sore throat.

Shopping on a Wednesday is strange for me because first, I have a grown up job to tend to and second, we have dinner with C on Wednesday nights during the school year. I take B to work on Wednesday mornings and head back home to get to work [this lucky duck gets to work en mi casa!]. But, the summer is upon us and we don’t have our Wednesday dinner tonight, but, we do get to pick up our home skillet on Friday!

This time last year I had the WORST case of Strep EVER. It was the first time I had ever had it, so it took me under. Today is my third day of hopping up on Vitamin C because my throat feels like it’s caving in… just like last year. Apparently, there is a virus going around that’s causing it - I think my pretty little niece brought it over on Sunday, isn’t she just so cute:

Muffin + Dakota

I stopped at CVS, Target, Walgreen’s, Randall’s and HEB and spent only $91 bucaroos. 

Wednesday, June 8

Read on for the loot:

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
Jun 022011

WooHoo, I finally found the time to make my family a home made meal! We have been so busy with Memorial Day weekend and C completing the 6th grade, we have hardly been at home much longer than sleepy time.

This past weekend we had the most amazing smoked pork butt and corn on the cob, thanks to my cousins, Heather and Dennis. Another thanks to them for being on the Forks Over Knives persuasion and handing over all the leftover yummy goodness!

Pork In My Pocket

I’m going to call this creation “Pork in my Pocket” because it just seems right.

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 Posted by at 8:00 pm
Jun 022011

June 2 Grocery Trip

I finally had a chance to make my grocery and pharmacy rounds today, there are quite a few deal to be had. I stopped at CVS, Target, PetSmart, Randall’s and Walgreens [in that order] and spent only $54 bucaroos. 

We had a blast this weekend at the beach, but we got a little toasty, I chaperoned C’s field trip to the Zoo on Tuesday and we went out again to the P-land for our last Wednesday OOh-Rah before summer starts. My baby girl is now a 7th grader, time flies, she is amazing. But, now is the time I need to check my stock to make sure I am well ready for a 7th grader, and friends, to mooch off all of the fun and delicious wares of the H-pantry.

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 Posted by at 5:00 pm
May 212011

Copperfield Bowl Groupon

Yes! I love a good bowling deal – especially with summer coming up and kids get “boooored” [you know the tone I'm using].

This deal includes three games for two bowlers, shoe rental for two and a $10 snack credit! All for only $20!

You know you want to get on this deal, and quick, because it ends at midnight, Sunday, May 22.

PS – Shop through eBates and receive 3% cash back.

The fine print: Expires Nov 23, 2011. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per visit. Non-transferable.

Finally, remember to sign up with AMF for AMF Funner Summer deals, emails start flying out next weekend!

 Posted by at 9:15 am
May 202011

Pork Sale - Randall's

I ran in to Randall’s today for very few items I found as a great deal in the current ad.

First, there is $0.99/lb bone-in pork chops. I purchased the above package for a mere $5! WHAT! I saved $14! What What!

Then, there is the $2.99/lb hickory smoked bacon [sold in 3lb packages, so $8.97 each], a definite deal for good quality bacon, just look at how much meat is on this cut!

Finally, select Ball Park Franks are B1G1. I bought 2 bun size @ $3.99 B1G1.

Ball Park B1G1

Paying $2 for a pack of franks is a lot in my book, but there is a reason I went ahead with the deal. I blew a breaker in the garage trying out an old school heat gun, but I didn’t realize the breaker was blown until about a week later. Our deep freezer is in the garage… so, yea, every piece of meat and waffle were thrown out and we are starting from scratch.

Do you like chili dogs? HEB has Wolf brand chili for $1 this week, too. I just love Wolf brand chili! Did you hear me Wolf?! I LOVE YOUR CHILI – I could totally be your taste test guinea pig, just sayin’.

FYI – Prices are good through May 24, except the bacon, it is through May 23.

 Posted by at 8:04 pm
May 192011

I whipped up a quick dinner tonight for B and I – it was amazing and I knew it would be [because Cassity said so] so I took pictures along the way to document the greatness. I have switched it up a bit from her ingredients, but it’s a delightful variation.

Pasta + Salad

Everybody’s at the Party Pasta [serves 4-6]

1 Garlic clove, minced
1 lb Ground Pork

1 Zucchini, sliced and quartered
1 Yellow Squash, sliced and quartered
1/2 cup Mushrooms, sliced
1-2 cups Spinach, torn
Drizzle Olive Oil

2 cups mixed Pasta [I used penne and spiral]
2 Cups Cottage Cheese
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Salt and Pepper to Taste

Cook pasta according to package directions [or check after 7 minutes of boiling and determine if you want to cook it any longer]

Cut veggies and toss them into a bowl, add salt and pepper and drizzle the oil on top. Set aside.

Cold Veggies

Brown ground pork and garlic in a nonstick sauté pan. Spoon pork into a bowl with paper towel lining [to catch the excess grease].

Cooking Meat

With remaining pork fat in the sauté pan, add the veggie mixture and sauté until softened [about 4-6 minutes on medium-high heat]. Remove from heat. [I spooned the mix into its original bowl for next step.]

Cooking Veggies

[On low heat] Add cottage cheese, parmesan cheese and about 4 tablespoons of the boiling pasta water, mix well. Use a slotted spoon to move the done pasta to the cheese mixture, stir. Add veggie mixture, stir. Add the pork, stir.

Mixing Pasta

HOORAY! Everybody made it to the party!

I also made a refreshing side salad with:

1 Cucumber, de-seeded, sliced and quartered [I am saving the seeded part for tomorrow’s try at a cucumber/strawberry smoothie, completely inspired by the amazing cucumber-mint ice treat I had on Sunday by Yeti Sunshine]
1 cup Strawberries, sliced
Romaine lettuce, chopped
2 tablespoons shelled sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons Marzetti Spinach Salad Dressing

Combine and serve.


The meal was just delicious and I am super excited for tomorrow night when these left-overs hit the table again; pasta always tastes better on the second day!

Clean Plate Club

PS – Ground pork has very little fat, so the remaining amount was about 3-4 tablespoons after scooping out the meat. Feel free to switch it up a bit if you feel so inclined!

 Posted by at 5:00 pm
May 162011

On Sunday, I participated in AlternaCraft with my Remy tiles, UPcycled necklaces and accessories and I had SO much fun! My neighbors, Diana from Poisonous Legwear and Amanda from Amanda’s Naturals, were amazing and very generous with information on their success. Thanks ladies!

My set up was pretty sweet, a lot of people stopped just to give compliment and ask about my display piece, I think I might start calling her “Miss Dale”. My tiles showed well, especially the America and Dot tiles – my two favorite! Maybe I just pimped them out more? Who knows… but, they are gone now! The UPcycled necklaces and flowers were a hit; many vendors there were selling vintage and vintage-inspired jewelry, but none like my cotton jewels, so I was in a unique niche.

AlternaCraft Display

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