Sunday, December 13, 2009

Merry Christmas to Me!!! (and you - I guess I can share)

Well boys and girls, I am darn near giddy with excitement over this weeks deals. Fine retailers across this great state have exceeded my ever high expectations in awesome deals. So far, I'm making 3 trips to Rainbow this week. I'm sure my kids will love that.

What is wrong with her that she is going to make not one, not two, but three trips to Rainbow this week? That's not any question easily answered in a blog post, but, let me throw down the deals and you'll understand. Rainbow is having a 4 day kick ass sale (okay, I added the kick ass part, its not in the ad. I just looked). The following are only good until Dec 16.

With coupons in ad and $25 purchase :
1 lb salted or unsalted butter is $.88/lb Limit 2
Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Sierra Mist (and other selected) 12 packs of 12 oz cans or 6 packs of 24 oz bottles are $1.48 when you buy 4 Limit 4 (this is pretty much the cheapest I've seen pop)
Kemps 48 oz ice cream $1.98 Limit 1
Roundy's Chunk cheese $.88/8 oz Limit 2
Philadelphia Cream Cheese $.78/8 oz box - Limit 4
Nestle Morsels are $1.68 a bag Limit 2
Maxwell House Coffee (31.4 - 34.5 oz exclude columbian) $3.88 Limit 1

Selected Kellogg's, Keebler or Sunshine Products are $.99 when you buy 8 - LIMIT 8
Yup, you read that right. 99 cents each. Happy Holidays from Kelloggs. Happy Holidays, indeed. In the ad the following are listed:
Frosted Flakes
Mini Wheats
Apple Jacks
Raisin Bran
Fruit Loops
Wonder Pets, Power Rangers, Operation, Tinker Bell, and Toy Story Fruit Snacks
Rice Krispies
Special K bars
Pop Tarts
Cinnabon Bars (ever tried them? They are delicious!)
Fiber Plus Bars
Cheez-It Crackers
Town House Crackers
Vanilla Wafers
Toasteds Crackers
Club Crackers
Zesta Crackers
Keebler Cookies

There were coupons in the Sunday paper for these items and you can also go online to to find more coupons. I have enough coupons, I'm going 3 times. But, these prices are only good until Dec 16. Don't forget, Wednesday, Dec 16 is double coupon day so double your savings.

Old Navy-
Lately I've had good luck with Old Navy. The ad in the Sunday paper has a 30% one item coupon in it.
Slippers are on sale, starting at $5 (last year Santa brought everyone slippers. Santa's a nice guy)

Geisha 15 oz peaches, tropical fruit salad, or pear halves are $.79 Limit 4 w/coupon in ad
Geisha 4 oz Mushies or Madam Mandarin Oranges 11 oz are $.39 Limit 4 w/coupon in ad
Starbucks Frappuccino 4 packs are $4.99
Progresso Soup 18.5-19 oz cans are $.99 Limit 4 - there is a coupon for $1.10 off 3 on

Toys R Us-
Star Wars Action Figures are 2 for $9.99 (must buy 2 for offer) has a coupon for $5 off a Hasbro Star Wars purchase of $20 or more
TRU is offering gift cards of varying amounts for buying 2 or more Wii, PS3 or Xbox360 games - check out their website for full details.

Target -
Logitech V220 cordless notebook mouses (mice?) are $9.99 (regularly $25.09). I want the pink one. Hint, hint.

The following are $88:
Guitar Hero World Tour bundle (game, drums, wireless guitar, and wired mic) for Xbox 360
DJ Hero (game & turntable) for PS3, XBox360, and Wii
RockBand 2 (game, drums, wireless guitar, and wired mic) for PS3 and Xbox 360
Tony Hawk Ride (game and motion sensing controller) for PS3, Xbox 360, and Wii

Target has started clearancing out their Christmas stuff - trees are 50% off and the rest is 30% off

Cut Ham is $.98/lb w/coupon
Cub Butter is $.98/lb w/coupon Limit 2
Del Monte Veggies are $.37/can w/coupon Limit 6
Pepsi 12 packs are $1.88/pack limit 4
Nestle Tollhouse Morsels are $1.48/bag limit 2
Kellogs Cereal $1.67 each Limit 3 w/coupon, must purchase 3
Eggs are $.88/dozen

And that's about it for this week. Happy shopping.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Recipes - December

You may have looked at my google calendar and saw on December 9 "8 Polish Christmas foods" and thought, "WTF?" There's a Veggie Tales Christmas song called the "8 Polish Christmas Foods I bring to the Party" and Baba (and Zippy) love it, so we are attempting to recreate the song. If you aren't familiar with the Veggie Tales you should be. Search on Youtube for it. So far, I've got the Kielbasa (which, btw, Target has the lowest price on), pierogies, poppy seed cake (technically, they are lemon poppy seed muffins, but close enough), boiled potatoes topped with dill weed. I need simmered gulpkie and fried hoosiecheekies. I'm on a mission (from gawd).

December 11:

Easy Stuffed Shells

Zippy doesn't like Ricotta cheese, so that limits our Italian recipes. I like stuffed shells, the kids like to eat, so I found a recipe that doesn't use Ricotta cheese. Yeah!


1 pkg (12 oz) jumbo pasta shells

1 jar (26 oz) spaghetti sauce

36 frozen cooked Italian meatballs, thawed

2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese


1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse in cold water. Place 1/2 c sauce in a greased 13x9 baking dish. Place a meatball in each shell; transfer to prepared dish. Top with remaining sauce and sprinkle with cheese.

2. Cover and bake at 350˚ for 35 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

December 14: Creamy Chicken and Biscuits (sorry Ben, this one has peas in it)


1 tsp oil

12 oz boneless, skinless chicken thighs, fat trimmed, cut bite-sized

1 c baby carrots, halved lengthwise

8 oz sliced mushrooms

2 cans (10.75 oz each) condensed cream of chicken soup

1 1/3 milk

1 tbsp Dijon mustard

1 c bisquick

3 tbsp chopped dill

1/3 c frozen peas

3 scallions, sliced


1. Heat oven to 400˚. Heat oil in an 11 to 12 inch nonstick ovenproof skillet. Add chicken and cook over medium-high, stirring often, 3 minutes or until lightly browned.

2. Stir in carrots and mushrooms. Cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms release some of their liquid and carrots are almost crisp-tender.

3. Stir in soup, 1 cup of the milk and the mustard until blended; bring to a simmer. Meanwhile, mix Bisquick, 1 tbsp of the dill and the remaining 1/3 c milk in a small bowl until blended.

4. Stir remaining 2 tbsp dill, the peas and scallions into skillet. Remove from heat and spoon 8 dollops biscuit dough on top. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden and cooked through.

December 15: Marinara Sauce with noodles


2 tbsp olive oil

2 minced garlic cloves

Pinch of red-pepper flakes

2 28 oz cans whole tomatoes with their juice

Salt and pepper


1. In a large pot, heat 2 tbsp olive oil, 2 minced garlic cloves, and a pinch of red-pepper flakes over medium until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.

2. Add two 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes with juice, crushed; season with salt and pepper. Cook at a rapid simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 15 minutes.

December 16: Chicken Alfredo Potatoes


4 potatoes

1 bag (14 oz) frozen broccoli florets

1 c shredded chicken

1 c jarred Alfredo sauce


1. Pierce potatoes a few times with a fork and place in microwave. Microwave on high for 8 minutes.

2. Cook broccoli following package directions. Place shredded chicken and Alfredo sauce in a small saucepan and heat gently, about 4 minutes.

3. To serve, cut each potato in half lengthwise. Place 1/4 of the broccoli over each cut potato. Spoon equal amounts of the chicken and Alfredo sauce mixture over each potato.

December 17: Leftovers

December 18: Pizza (Happy Birthday to me! I'm not cooking today)

December 21: Creamy Pasta with Chickpeas


1 lb asparagus, cut into 1-inch pieces (my hubby is a total asparagus hater - I usually substitute green beans)

1 red pepper, chopped

1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

8 oz penne pasta

1 c (15.5 oz) chickpeas, drained & rinsed

1 package (4.4 oz) light, spreadable herb cheese (such as Boursin)

Pinch nutmeg


1. Generously coat a medium-size nonstick saucepan with nonstick cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Add asparagus, red pepper and 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper to pot. Cook, stirring, for 6 minutes. Remove and keep warm.

2. Cook penne in boiling salted water for 12 minutes. Drain; reserving 1 c pasta water.

3. Return pasta to pot. Over medium heat, stir in asparagus mixture, remaining 1/4 tsp each salt and pepper, chickpeas, cheese and nutmeg, adding reserved pasta water as needed to thin sauce. Serve immediately.

December 22: Honey Teriyaki Chicken


1/2 c honey

2 tbsp rice vinegar

2 tbsp soy sauce

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp peeled and finely grated fresh ginger

Coarse salt and ground pepper

8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 lbs total)


1. Preheat oven to 475˚. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. In a large bowl, mix honey, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, 1 tbsp salt, and 1/2 tsp pepper. Add chicken and toss to coat. Transfer chicken and sauce to baking sheet.

2. Bake chicken, skin side up, basting occasionally with pan juices, until well browned and cooked through, 25 to 30 minutes. Serve chicken drizzled with pan juices.

December 23: Leftovers

December 24: Surf & Turf - We'll be grilling. Its kind of turning into a Christmas Eve tradition. We are having steaks and shrimp. Yum and yum.

December 27: Roast Turkey - okay, before you lynch me and say, "No more turkey! Ever! Blah!" I know a lot of people are going to have a ton of leftover turkey. Gotta use that up before it goes bad and since we'll be having the traditional hamburgers and malts on Christmas Day, we won't have turkey. :-)

December 28: Hot Turkey Salad with Sage Biscuits


1/4 c mayonnaise or salad dressing

2 tbsp Bisquick Original baking mix

2 cups cut-up cooked turkey

1/4 c shredded Cheddar cheese

2 medium stalks celery, sliced (about 1 cup)

2 medium green onions, sliced (1/4 c)

2 1/4 c Bisquick

3/4 c milk

1/2 tsp dried sage leaves


1. Heat oven to 425. Mix mayonnaise and 2 tbsp baking mix in medium bowl until well blended. Stir in turkey, cheese, celery, and onions; set aside.

2. Mix 2 1/4 c baking mix, the milk and sage just until soft dough forms. Turn onto surface generously dusted with baking mix; gently roll in baking mix to coat. Knead gently 10 times. Roll 1/2 inch thick. Cut with 1 1/2 inch round cutter dipped in baking mix. Place close together around edges of ungreased square pan, 9x9x2 inches.

3. Spoon turkey mixture into mound in center of biscuits. Bake uncovered 18 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown and salad is hot.

December 29: Turkey & Pasta with Peanut Sauce


6 oz fettuccine or linguine

2 c fresh pea pods or 6 oz frozen peapods

1 c chicken or turkey strips, cooked

1 c (8 oz) pineapple chunks, drained

1/4 c chicken broth

2 tbsp creamy peanut butter

1 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp lime or lemon juice

1/4 tsp red pepper


1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, put pea pods and turkey in colander. Pour hot cooking liquid from pasta over pea pods and turkey. Drain well. Return pasta, pea pods, and turkey to pan. Add pineapple.

2. In a small saucepan, combine chicken broth and peanut butter. Stir with wire whisk until peanut butter melts. Stir in soy sauce, lime juice, and red pepper.

3. Add sauce to pasta.

December 30: Turkey & Dumplings


2 tbsp butter

2 stalks celery, chopped

1 package (8 oz) sliced fresh mushrooms

1 c frozen chopped onions

1 tsp crushed garlic

3 c leftover turkey, chopped

2 c frozen peas and carrots

1 can (14 oz) reduced-sodium chicken broth

2 packets (.87 oz each) turkey gravy mix

1 1/2 c Bisquick

3/4 c sour cream

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh sage

1 tsp black pepper


1. In a Dutch oven, melt butter over medium heat. Add celery, mushrooms, onions and garlic; cook for 2 minutes.

2. Add turkey, peas, carrots, and broth. Whisk in turkey gravy mix. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

3. Meanwhile, make dumplings. In a medium-sized bowl, combine baking mix, sour cream, sage and black pepper, stirring until a soft dough forms. When soup comes to a boil, drop heaping tablespoons of the dumpling dough into soup.

4. Maintain a low boil and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Cover and cook 10 minutes more. Dumplings are done when they are dry in the center. Ladle soup and dumplings into soup bowls and serve hot.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Anyone else have gifts to buy? That's what I thought. In December, I like to go as long as possible without buying groceries (except the basics, milk, eggs, bread, milk, more milk, and then probably some more milk because my children are little calves. Moo!). Not only can I use some grocery money to buy some nice gifts and I can also you the "extra" money to buy ingredients to make an extra special Christmas Eve dinner and/or Christmas cookies. Say you spend $50 a week on groceries, for every week you can stay out of the grocery store that's $50 in your pocket!

I'm going to post what we are eating for the next couple weeks on the google calendar. And my Christmas present to you: lots of new recipes (without peas, just for you, Ben)! I just added over 100 recipes to my collection and starting Dec 11, I'll share the wealth.

This week deals:

Target: Didn't really notice anything great at Target this week.

Toys R Us: Lego's are buy one get one half off. I like Lego's.

Cub: No Name Steaks, Chicken, Salmon, Tilapia, and Surf and Turf are $9.99 a box.
Nestle Toll House Morsels are $.98/bag Limit 2
Navel Oranges are $.77/lb
Tide is $9.99/100 oz Limit 1
Selected General Mills Cereals are $1.50/box, must buy 4. Use coupons from last week Sunday's paper to get them for a buck a box and you know the buying cereal rules....

Rainbow is having their 10/$10 sale. I like things that are a dollar. The following items are a $1:
2 liter Pepsi products
Chicken of the Sea Tuna or Pink Salmon
Duncan Hines Cake Mixes
On Cor Redi Serve Chicken Nuggets
Roundy's Split Top White or Wheat Bread
Totino's Pizza Rolls (7.5 oz size)
Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta
Barilla Pasta
International Delight Flavored Coffee Creamer
5lb bag Russet Potatoes
Lipton Knorr Side Dishes
Cool Whip
Whole White Mushrooms
Hunt's Snack Packs ("I thought I was your Snack Pack!?")
Ocean Eclipse Salmon, Tilapia, Pollock or Scallops (yum!)
Sobe, Life Water or 0 Calories
6 ct breadsticks
Green Giant Vegetables in Sauce
Roundy's Bologna
Hershey's Theater Boxes or King Size Candy Bars
Orbit Gum
Sparkle Paper Towels

I feel like retailers are trying to recover from last week's deals are are not rocking the deals as much this week. Sigh.