Jumping Into The World of Couponing

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Let’s be honest for a moment, the cost of food and household necessities are overpriced and most families can’t afford to buy what they need without setting an extreme budget and using different ways to save. For over 18 years, I have tried to get myself into couponing but it never stuck. Time and time again, I would get myself all psyched up to get into the world of couponing. I wanted to become like all the amazing stories I would read about or hear about on tv. Even before the Extreme Couponing tv shows, I wanted to find ways to use these coupons to save my family and I as much money as I could so we can use that extra money to enjoy the fun things in life.

I am not going to lie, the thought of jumping into this couponing world does overwhelm me. I joined a local couponing group to get the heads up on deals in the area. I watch these women purchase $100s of dollars worth of products for just a few dollars. I am in complete awe when they display the pictures of all the products they just brought home and the receipt of how much they paid and saved. Now to get to be like those women and save, save, save!

When I began couponing, the only coupons I knew about were the ones in the Sunday papers but now you can print them off at home as well. One thing I do need to be vigilant about is purchasing the weekly papers for the coupons. In my area, one paper comes out on Saturday and one on Sunday that covers the best coupon inserts. There has been multiple times, I completely forgot what day it was and never purchased my papers only to watch these other women show the great sales they just got from the coupons I missed out on. Now, I set an alert on my phone to remind myself to buy my weekly papers.

In addition to the weekend paper coupons, you can print coupons from various websites including the manufacturer sites which just amazes me because in less than 20 years things have changed so much in the couponing world. Anyway I can get a coupon to save money, I will use those ways and my ink/paper to spend less money at the grocery store.

With a new baby in the house, we will be needing to purchase diapers and other baby items so finding those coupons are going to be a must. Plus, the little shopping trips to Walmart or my grocery store for those items we run out of faster like milk, bread and fresh produce the coupons can come in handy. I love when I find coupons for the halo oranges because Danyella could eat a bag all by herself!

The world of couponing, not even extreme couponing, can be intense and overwhelming to start which is why I am going to do a couple of in-depth posts about couponing to fit around your schedule and some key tips on how to save the most money on those products you need to buy over and over again. Stayed tuned to next week’s post about what essential things you need to get started with couponing.

 

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Hungarian Walnut Kiffle Cookie Recipe with Printable #feedmefriday

Hungarian Kiffle cookies

I grew up eating these delicious cookies that my Austrian grandfather would bring home from a German bakery near his shop. It was always a special treat to eat these cookies around the holidays. Since that bakery closed down many years ago, I have never found another bakery that made them until today. Today, I was just browsing the bakery section at ShopRite and found them. Problem was…. they wanted $10 a pound for them which amounted to about 5 cookies. That is not acceptable for our budget at all. So I did some research and created my own Kiffle recipe to share with all of you.

I grew up eating the walnut filled cookies but you can use other fillings such as jams and jellies.

Hungarian Kiffle Cookies

  • Difficulty: intermediate
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A light, fluffy cookie with delicious filling inside.


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Ingredients

    Filling
  • 4 cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • Cookies
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 16 tablespoons (2 sticks) of unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces sour cream
  • powdered sugar (optional)

Directions

  1. Starting with the filling: combine sugar, milk and walnuts together in a saucepan and heat over medium-low heat until the sugar is melted. Set aside until cookies are ready to be filled.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  3. Mix the sugar and butter together until creamed. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together.
  5. Add dry ingredients to the first bowl, a little at a time, mixing until combined. The mixture will be dry.
  6. In a new bowl, whisk the eggs, vanilla and sour cream together.
  7. In the other bowl, create a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and add a little of the egg mix. Mix together with a spoon or spatula. Continue to do this a little at a time until the dough becomes mixed. The dough will be sticky.
  8. On a large surface, dust with flour and have flour ready to dust on the dough and rolling-pin. I roll out little sections at a time. Place a damp towel over the bowl of the dough you are not working with. Roll out dough to a square piece. With a pizza or pastry roller, cut the dough into 3″ squares.
  9. Using a flour-dipped spatula, take the squares and turn them on an angle. Spread the walnut mixture in the middle. Dab a little water on the 2 opposite corners and pinch the corners together. Repeat with each square until done.
  10. Bake 25-30 minutes or until the bottoms are golden brown.
  11. Sprinkle with powered sugar and enjoy!

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Crockpot Recipe with Printable #feedmefriday

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This is one of the easiest crockpot recipes you will come across because all you do is put all the ingredients in the crockpot and go! We prefer to pair it with pair but egg noodles is a nice alternative as well. The only thing that we do different then the recipe is our cream of chicken soup is actually cream of chicken and mushroom soup because we like mushrooms.

Creamy Chicken and Brocoli Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Super Easy Crockpot meal for families on the Go.


Ingredients

  • 1-2 pounds of boneless chicken tenderloin or breasts
  • 8 ounce can of Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 14 ounce can of Chicken Broth
  • 1/4 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons of sour cream
  • 1 bag of frozen broccoli
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Pre-Heat the crockpot on high then add the soups. Whisk until the soup and broth are mixed. Add the chicken, onion and garlic. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  2. About a half hour before serving, add the cheese and sour cream and mix well to blend it in. Then add the broccoli.
  3. Make your rice or noodles.
  4. Serve your delicious, easy dinner!

Week of Eating Out #feedmefriday

bake breadWhen your week consists of being on the go between classes, mid-terms, doctors appointments, dance, family life and just life itself, being able to cook was not on the menu this week. We ended up eating out for most of our meals or eating the leftovers because we needed everything to be quick and easy.

So I will admit not all of our choices have been healthy ones…. Breakfast was between Dunkin Donuts or one of the two diners that we frequent. The diners are not as bad because I was able to order eggs BUT I had to have my crispy bacon with it which is not so healthy. Lunch was either a diner or fast food because we were on the go from one place to another and really didn’t have time sit for to long to eat. So this was a lot of sandwiches or burgers/fries. Not so healthy either. I did try to keep dinner a little healthier with salads and soup from Panera. I have been obsessed with the Fuji Apple salad and Chicken and Rice soup from Panera lately. The only downfall is that the soup is only available on specific days… that doesn’t work when a pregnant woman is craving something lol. My poor boyfriend has been stopping at Wawa for one of their bowls or ending up with late night cereal after a long day for dinner.

This just proves that I really need to start meal planning and meal prepping because when the baby comes, I won’t be able to just go out and pick up something for breakfast/lunch/dinner. Not to mention how much money we spent on eating out this week. It had to be twice as much as our typical grocery bill budget… that is scary!

With the holidays coming, it will get to easy to try to stop and eat out but I am determined to make meal plans and keep to them. Does anyone have any tips on easy meal planning?

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread with Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

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Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe 

This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples. Feeds 4-5 People

Ingredients:

-1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)

-2 apples

1/2 cup of white sugar

1/4 cup of brown sugar

1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

Baking dish of your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.

 

Cinnamon Apple Pull Apart Bread Recipe

  • Servings: 4-5
  • Difficulty: easy
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This is a yummy recipe for easy breakfast mornings, especially in the fall and winter because it fills your home with the smell of delicious apples.


Ingredients

    -1 can of Pillsbury biscuits (we use regular Flaky biscuits or the Honey biscuits)
  • 2 apples
  • -1/2 cup of white sugar

    -1/4 cup of brown sugar

    -1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon

    -1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg

    -Baking Dish of your choice Preheat oven to 350 degrees

    Note on my recipe: I use my ceramic bread baking dish which measures 9″x5″. You can increase the recipe by doubling the ingredients and using a larger baking dish or a bundt pan. Also, I use a covered bowl to more evenly coat the pieces with less mess.

Directions

  1. Cut the Biscuits in Quarters
  2. Peel and dice the apples. Then add them to the biscuits bowl.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the sugars, cinnamon and nutmeg together.
  4. Add a little bit of the biscuits/apples into the sugar mix.
  5. Put the lid on the mix and shake, shake, shake (kids would love this part). Place the pieces in the baking pan. Keep going until all of the bits are covered with sugar.
  6. Once all of the pieces are in the baking dish, Bake for 40 mins or until all the pieces look golden brown. I place on the bottom rack for 30 minutes and top rack for the last 10 minutes. Let the dish cool 10-15 minutes before serving.

Cranberry Apple Porkchops Crockpot Printable Recipe #feedmefriday

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I just love fall and all the flavors that come with it. This baby is loving apple everything so I decided to make some pork chops with apples but wanted to add something else to it. Why not try some cranberries? Plus, I needed to make an easy recipe because Wednesday nights are dance nights which means it is crockpot night.

 

This recipe is super super simple with pork chops (I chose boneless but you can you bone-in), slices of apples, cranberries, apple cider, balsamic vinager, brown sugar and onions. This is how I made it…. I placed a layer of cranberries, then the pork chops, sprinkled Tastefully Simples Onion Onion (I am not a fan of chopping onions and making my hands smell), added the vinegar and cider and let it sit for 4 hours. About an hour before serving, I added the sliced apples and brown sugar. I served this with egg noodles and wow the pork chops were so moist and just pulled apart! The only thing that I am changing for the recipe is less balsamic vinegar and more brown sugar because the fresh cranberries were still quite tart when I bit into them but still very yummy!

Cranberry Apple Pork Chops Crockpot Recipe

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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An easy crockpot recipe full of Fall flavors.


Ingredients

  • 2 pounds pork chops (boneless or bone-in)
  • 1 pound fresh cranberries (whole cranberries in a can work as well)
  • 5-6 apples (I used Golden apples because they were on sale)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (or more if you like a sweeter dish)
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Directions

  1. Place the crockpot on low and spray with non-stick spray (Easier clean up).
  2. Place a layer of onions, then cranberries, then pork chops.
  3. Add the balsamic vinegar and apple cider.
  4. One hour before you are ready to serve, add the brown sugar and apples. Mix the ingredients.
  5. When you are ready to serve, serve with noodles or rice and enjoy!

Rice Krispie Treat Monsters

Fun Halloween Rice Krispies Treatsfor Kids

For my brother’s memorial BBQ, my mom is always looking for something that Danyella and the couple of other girls her age can do to keep them busy while the adult talk and watch the football game. This year we found some fun Halloween games at Target. At Walmart, we came across Rice Krispies Treat Monsters that I figured the kids could decorate them and it would add to the dessert table.

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Looking at the box, everything was basically included but to make it easier on the kids and less mess for the parents, we opted to get the bottles of pre-made, pre-colored frosting instead of making the frosting from scratch with the stuff from the box. Also, we decided to get 2 boxes to make sure there was enough for all the kids to participate in the decorating fun.

Inside the box, there is Rice Krispies, marshmallows, a mold for the monsters, mix for the frosting, coloring for the frosting, bags for the frosting and brown sprinkles. The mold that is included in the box could make a mummy, Frankenstein or a vampire. I had Halloween cookie cutters in a coffin and pumpkin so it added to the variety. ‘

Making Rice Krispies Treats are pretty simple with the cereal, marshmallows and butter. I made those and molded them the morning of the BBQ so they had time to harden as the mold for the kids to decorate. Between the molds and cutters, the 2 boxes made 20 different Halloween figures. One tip is to make sure you spray the molds with PAM spray before you put the Rice Krispies in them so they come out with ease.

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Time for decorating….

The girls had a blast decorating their monsters, pumpkins and coffins! The only downfall was that we were in a heat wave (90+ degrees at the end of September), so the frosting was a little to liquid-y for stay on the monsters. The frosting was basically running off and into the nooks and crannies of the treats. Despite the frosting downfall, they came out super cute and we have to admire the creativity of a few 9 and 10-year-old girls.

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