Saturday, October 31, 2009

Walgreens Deals: More rolling deals!

I had some great rolling deals this morning.  Here is what I purchased:

  1. Vaseline Infustion Lotion   $6.99
  2. Halls Refreshe  $1.00
Subtotal:  $$7.99

Coupons Used:
  1. Vaseline Infusion Lotion  $1.50
  2. Halls Refreshe $.35
Subtotal:  $1.85
Total OOP:  $6.65 w/tax

  1. RR Vaseline Lotion $7.00
  2. RR Halls Refreshe $1.00
Subtotal:  $8.00

Total for transaction #1:  $1.35 profit



  1. Dulcolax Balance $7.00
  2. Robitussin To Go $2.49
  3. Trident Layers Gum $1.29
  4. Trident Layers Gum $.71
Subtotal: $10.49

Coupons Used:
  1. Dulcolax Balance $3.00 (cpn can be found on bottle or here)
  2. Trident Layers $1.29 (cpn was B1G1, Walgreen's takes the highest price)
  3. Chapstick RR $3.00
Subtotal: $7.29

Total OOP: $3.94 w/tax

  1. RR Dulcolax Balance $4.00
  2. RR Robitussin To Go $2.50 (also received a $1.00 cpn for the 10ct pack)
  3. Trident Layers Gum $1.00
Subtotal: $7.50

There is a $5.00 MIR for the Dulxolax Balance, so this make it even a great deal!

Total for transaction #2: $3.56 profit + $5.00 MIR = $8.56 (This is a great money maker!)

Grand total for both tranactions:
   $10.59 OOP
  -$15.50 RR
  -$  5.00 MIR
   $9.91 PROFIT!

Friday, October 30, 2009

Walgreens Deals: Made a Profit!

I stopped by Walgreens today and picked up a few items.  Here is what I purchased:



I bought:
  1. Oust Surface & Air Spray   $2.99
  2. Dulcolax Balance  $7.00
  3. Chapstick  $2.99
  4. Trident Total Gum  $1.29 ($2.00 for 2)
  5. Trident Total Gum  $  .71
  6. Halls Refresh $1.00
  7. Robitussin To Go $2.49
  8. Emergen-C $3.49
  9. Super Poligrip $2.49 (to keep my neice's vampire teeth in)
  10. Beano-To-Go $2.49
  11. Dentex Dental Floss $2.00
Total $28.45

Coupons Used:
  1. Trident B1G1 Free $1.29
  2. Halls Refresh  $.75
  3. Oust Surface & Air  $1.00
  4. Vasseline Lotion $1.50 (I  just realized that I forgot to put this item in my basket, but the cashier ran the coupon anyway)
  5. Dulcolax $3.00
  6. Gillette MVP Razor Reward $6.00
Subtotal of Coupons $13.54
Total OOP:  $14.91 + $1.82 tax

Rewards Received:
  1. $1.00 Oust Surface & Air
  2. $1.00 Trident Layers Gum
  3. $1.00 Halls Refresh
  4. $2.00 Poligrip
  5. $2.00 Dentex Floss
  6. $2.50 Robitussin To Go
  7. $2.50 Beano
  8. $3.00 Chapstick
  9. $3.50 Emergen-C
  10. $4.00 Dulcolax Balance
Total:  $22.50 RR

Spent $16.73
Received $22.50 in RR
Profit:  $5.77

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Recipe: Mom's Chicken Tortilla Soup

My mom makes the most awesome chicken tortilla soup.  She doesn't have a written recipe...just throws things together.  That is a talent that I don't always have.  She gave me her basic recipe and I adapted it to what my family would like.  Her recipe is more creamy than some of the tortilla soups that I have had at restaurants, it is not a typical broth like soup.  So, here goes.....

Mom's Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup

3 chicken breast, cubed
1 large onion, diced
1 tbsp cumin
6 - 8 cups chicken broth, depending on how thick you like your soup
2 cans cheddar cheese soup
1 can fire roasted tomatoes, diced
1 cup salsa, I used tequila lime salsa
2 cups crushed tortilla chips
salt and pepper to taste
shredded cheese
sour cream
  1. Brown chicken cubes and onion in dutch oven with a little oil.
  2. After chicken has browned and onions are translucent, stir in cumin, coating chicken well. 
  3. Add six cups of chicken broth. 
  4. Add both cans of cheddar cheese soup, stirring well. 
  5. Add can of diced tomatoes, with juice.
  6. Add salsa, stirring well. 
  7. Once all ingredients are stirred and mixed, add crushed chips. 
  8. Simmer with lid on for about 30 minutes.  If soup is too thick, add a little broth until it reaches the consistency you like.  We like ours thick, so six cups of broth worked for us. 
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  10. To serve, add crushed chips in the bottom of the bowl and garnish with cheese and sour cream.
There are so many variations on this recipe.  My mom sometimes uses the cheese sauce sold in the pasta sauce aisle.  She also will use the salsa with corn and black beans. 

This soup was perfect for our cold snowy evening after the kids came in from playing in the snow.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

Recipe: Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

It was a cold morning and these sounded so good!  I LOVE anything made with pumpkin and these are yummy!  This is the perfect after school snack for my kids.

Pumpkin Butterscotch Muffins

4 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 (16 oz) can pumpkin
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup oil
1/2 butter, melted and cooled
3 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
2 tsps baking soda
2 tsps cinnamon
1 tsp salt
12 ozs butterscotch chips
  1. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, sugar, pumpkin, vanilla, oil and butter until smooth.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients together and add to pumpkin mixing between additions.  Stir in chips.
  3. Fill greased or lined muffin tins 3/4 full.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 16 - 20 minutes.
I made 16 regular muffins and 24 mini-muffins.  My cooking time was about 17 minutes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Menu Revision

Ok, well, for the most part I stuck to my menu plan this week. On Thursday, we went costumes shopping so we didn't get home until late. So, I made Eggs on Toast....a recipe that I learned from my mother and it is so good, easy and quick! On Friday, I made pot roast and balsamic potatoes with green beans because it was my husband's birthday. Saturday we had chicken enchilada leftovers. I made the cheese sauce from the beef burritos that I previously posted hoping that it would make the taste of the enchiladas more to our liking. It didn't work and we ended up just eating nachos with the cheese sauce. The chicken enchiladas weren't bad, it just wasn't the way that we are used to eating them.

Tomorrow, I will work on the menu plan for the upcoming week. I want to challenge myself to use as much out of the freezer and pantry which are both well stocked.

Walgreens Deals

I stopped by Walgreens this afternoon to pick up on a few deals before they ended tonight. Here is what I got:

  • Northern TP 2 packs @$3.99 each = $7.98
  • Fruit Loops Cereal 2 boxes @ $1.75 each = $3.50
  • Halls Fruit Lozenges @ 1.00 = $1.00
  • Starbucks Frappuccino 2 @ $1.59 each = $3.18

SUBTOTAL = $15.66

Coupons Used:

  • Northern TP $1.00
  • Northern TP $1.00
  • Fruit Loops Blinkie $1.00
  • Fruit Loops Blinkie $1.00
  • Starbucks Frap Coupon $1.00
  • Starbucks Frap Coupon $1.00
  • Walgreens Frap Coupon $ .20
  • Walgreens Frap Coupon $ .20
  • Chapstick Register Reward $3.00

TOTAL = $6.06 + $ .78 tax

I received one $1.00 Register Reward for Halls Lozenges.

Tinkerbell and The Lost Treasure

This movie comes out on Tuesday, October 27. My girls can't wait! We are definitely Tinkerbell fans in this house. So imagine, my excitement, when I found a $10 coupon on the combo pack. When Snow White came out, Safeway had an awesome deal. Purchase the movie and receive a free bottle of juice and a pumpkin. So, for $14.99, I received the combo pack movie, a $4.99 bottle of all natural pomegranate juice and a $7.99 pumpkin. What a deal! Crossing my fingers for another great deal!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Seasonal Decorating: Halloween

I was reading one of my favorite blogs today, It's The Little Things That Make a House a Home, when I came across one of her postings about decorating for Halloween with bats. She did a project off the Country Living website and I think it looks terrific and easy to do....right up my ally! I would like to try it this weekend with the girls. Tomorrow is supposed to be cold and rainy and that sounds like the perfect time for craft projects.

Thanks Karla for the inspiration and did I mention that I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your blog!

Photo provided by It's The Little Things That Make a House a Home.

~*~* QUOTE*~*~
"I've learned that people will forget what you said,
people will forget what you did,
but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Texas Rice Balls

UGH! I have been looking for a recipe for Texas Rice Balls for a while now. I remember them very fondly from when I was a kid and ate them at the Texas Rice Festival in Winnie, Texas.

I have found all kinds of recipes for rice balls but these are unique because they are fried. I did another Google search tonight and found this recipe which sounds close. I don't remember them being spicy so I might have to pick my mother's brain.

I might give it a try this weekend or maybe later next week when the kids are in school.

Recipe Review: Enchilada Casserole

Well, so far I have stuck to my menu plan. Tonight we had chicken enchiladas. They were pretty good, but I like my mother's better.

Here is the recipe that I used:

Enchilada Casserole

Next time, I will stick with my mother's. These weren't as creamy good as what I have had before. I think there was too much enchilada sauce. I even used two cans cream of chicken soup and it still wasn't the right sauce that I like. I did like having the refried beans inside the enchilada.

I also made a pot of pinto beans. I printed out the recipe here. I followed some of her recipe, except I added a hunk of ham that I had frozen in my freezer. I also cooked my beans much longer....I like them mushy. The steps for making the refried beans were very easy. Although I used bacon fat (yum!) instead of butter to saute my onions in. All in all, homemade refried beans taste so much better than the canned stuff. I don't think I will go back to canned unless in a pinch.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Weekly Meal Plan

In an effort to be more organized and to save time and money in the kitchen, I am going back to planning our dinner meals. Here is what I have planned for this week:

Chicken Cannilloni
Breadsticks (I have not tried this recipe yet, but my family loves bread sticks.)
Mom's Peach Cobbler (this is my mother's recipe and it is SOOOOO good!)

Sloppy Joes
Tater Tots

Crockpot Texas Hash

Enchilada Casserole
Refried Beans
Mexican Rice

Crockpot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham
Green Beans

Quick Croque Monsieur

Steak Inspired Slow Cooked Beef
Mashed Potatoes
Roasted Green Beans
Homemade Rolls

Some of these recipes are new for me. Once I try them I will let you know how they are.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Countdown to Christmas

I have been thinking how close Christmas is. Maybe because it snowed here over the weekend and Halloween is around the corner. I have five kids in school....three in elementary. It gets so expensive at Christmas with teacher's gifts, gifts for neighbors, friends and family. Over the summer, I read a blog about making vanilla extract. I thought that would be a fabulous idea for teacher's gifts...not the usual mug. I think that I am going to try the recipe in the first blog. I have included a few more to reference.

The "standing" time seems to differ, but I am still going to give it a try.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Time Flies...

It is amazing how fast time can fly by. Summer is gone. I don't think we really had a fall season because this morning when I looked out my window...the ground was covered in snow. SNOW!!! Can you believe it?

That means today is a perfect day to watch movies with the girls, do some baking and make a big pot of stew. So, I am going to browse the internet and my recipe books to find some yummy treats to make as well as an awesome recipe for beef stew.