On Strike~Sort of

by Shelley on February 22, 2013 · 994 comments

in Who Knows?

Have you ever just been in a mood where you don’t want to cook? Can’t think of even what you would want to cook? Feel like you are cooking up the same thing over and over and just want to create something different you just don’t know what?

That’s where I am at! Things have changed here and I am the only one home most of the time. How do you cook for one? I will figure it out! But lately fast food, Subway and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches rule! No kitchen to clean up! But lots of calories!

Kind of difficult to run a food blog when you don’t want to cook!

Have you been there too?

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Want more coupons~Just Ask

by Shelley on February 15, 2013 · 622 comments

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One way to get coupons is to ask. I have devised this Company Contact List with links to company sites. Simply send an email and let them know you like their product, compliments go a long way;  I have done this before and received coupons for FREE products.  You can ask if there are any extra coupons available. You can also use this list for contacts if you have any issues or problems with their product, but if so please be polite, describe the problem exactly (so that maybe they can fix the problem in the future) and include any information such as the UPC code, expiration date etc.

If you find any broken links please be sure and let me know and I will fix them if possible. This is a LONG list with many links to many different companies some links are to companies that distribute many products, so several links may take you to one particular site.

Let me know what you start getting in your mailbox.

 

 

 

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A Loving Giveaway!

by Shelley on February 6, 2013 · 784 comments

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Welcome to A Loving Giveaway!

Hosted by:

Ground Beef BudgetCookin’ for my CaptainNoshing With The NolandsCrispy Bits & Burnt Ends, and Knead to Cook.

Five food bloggers have come together to bring you one huge Valentine’s Giveaway!  We love our readers and followers and we have found some prizes we are sure you are going to love and we have all shared a recipe  for the OXO Cookie Press!  Check them all out
Prize #1

 

Old Farmer’s Almanac Everyday Baking $9.99 US Yankee Publishing Inc.
 
Prize #2
Noshing With The Nolands Apron $28.95
 
 
Prize #3
Silpain Half Size, Measuring 11 5/8 by 16½ inches, $26.70 US
Prize #4
One case of single serving Chobani yogurt $15.00
Prize #5
Taste of Treme Cookbook $21.95 US Ulysses Press
 
Prize #6
Savory Pies Cookbook $16.95 US Ulysses Press
 
Prize #7
Fresh and Healthy Dash Diet Cooking Cookbook $17.95 US Ulysses Press
 
Prize #8
OXO Cookie Press $29.99 US
 
Prize #9
$25 Walmart Gift Card
Prize #10
$50 Williams Sonoma Gift Card
 
 
 

Giveaway starts 2/7/13 at 12:01 AM, and ends 2/15/13 at 12:01 AM.

All of the prizes are listed on the Rafflecopter form above, and all winners will be chosen at random. Entering the giveaway qualifies you to win any of the prizes. There is not a way to enter to win a specific prize. Mandatory Entry must be completed, or all optional entries will be rendered invalid. The number of eligible entries received, determines the odds of winning. By entering, you are giving permission to use your email to contact you in regards to prizes. Your information will be protected and never shared. Giveaway is open to US residents only. All entries will be verified. Winner will be selected in a random drawing. Winner will be notified by email, and have 24 hours to respond with shipping information. If no response after 24 hours, a new winner will be selected. The winners of this contest will be announced within 14 days after the contest end date. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or in associated with Twitter, Facebook or any other entity unless otherwise specified. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. Disclosure: All prize shipments will be handled independently by the contributors and/or sponsors.

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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Cookie Press Butter Cookies

by Shelley on February 6, 2013 · 503 comments

in Cookies, Recipes

I recently received the OXO Good Grips Cookie Press to give a try. I have to say to say this cookie press the easiest cookie press I have every used and comes with a disk storage case and that is a major plus!  If you had a sneak peak into my gadget drawer you would understand…I promise.

I just love pressed cookies, they are so easy to make and add something special to any holiday.

Cookie Press Butter Cookies

Yield: 12 dozen cookies

Cookie Press Butter Cookies

I have made cookie press cookies many times and this has got to be the perfect recipe. Not too sweet and this dough presses out perfectly formed cookies.

These cookies are great all on their own but wouldn't they make perfect toppers for holiday cupcakes?

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter (3 sticks) at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups self rising flour
  • food coloring if desired

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, sugar and salt. Beat until light and fluffy. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, beating continuously.
  • Gradually add flour, beating until well incorporated.
  • (optional) Add food coloring to desired color and mix well.
  • Place dough in cookie press with desired disk. Press dough out onto an ungreased, unlined baking sheet.
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes. (I baked mine 8 minutes) Rotate baking sheet halfway through cooking time.
  • Once cool brush with light corn syrup and add sprinkles. The corn syrup is the glue to hold the sprinkles in place and adds just a little sweetness to the cookie.

Notes

You can easily half this recipe if you don't need 12 dozen cookies.

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Click on over and enter A Loving Giveaway and you could win an OXO Good Grips Cookie Press.

A Loving Giveaway: Ends 2/14/2013

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Don’t you just love Pinterest? I am addicted…. so many recipes, crafts, decorating ideas and on and on! But, when I first joined Pinterest I was lost and didn’t quite understand….this book will help you so much with Pinterest.

Melissa Taylor of imaginationsoup.net has accomplished quite a feat and has over 1 million Pinterest followers. She is the author of the new book Pinterest Savvy where she shares the ins and outs of Pinterest that are perfect for the Pinterest beginner and tips and tricks for the advanced pinner as well.

Chapters Includes

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Complete with downloadable worksheets to help guide you through the chapters.

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Pinterest Savvy: How I Got 1 Million+ Followers (Strategies, Plans, and Tips to Grow Your Business with Pinterest)

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So what are you waiting for? Be sure and snag this book FREE and come back and let me know what you learned from reading it! I am sure that you will find something new!

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If you have followed my blog for a little while you will already know I love Lodge Cast Iron and I have quite a collection. Cast Iron is not just a necessity in a Southern kitchen of today but an heirloom that can be passed down from generation to generation.

So to help put some sizzle in your kitchen I have joined up with the fine folks at Lodge Cast Iron to bring you a chance to….

Win A

 Lodge 6 Quart Enameled Red Dutch Oven!


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 Retail Value $104.95

The Lodge Enameled Cast Iron has tight-fitting lids absorb and retain heat extremely well. The porcelain enamel adds its own benefits too, making clean up a snap. You can marinate, cook, serve, and store food in these versatile vessels.

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Tell us what you will be cooking in your new Lodge Enameled Cast Iron Red Dutch Oven if you are the winner.

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Lazy Pie~Quick and Easy Peach Cobbler

by Shelley on January 31, 2013 · 815 comments

in Desserts, Recipes

Lazy Days….we all have them, we all deserve them!

Hey, it’s cold outside….Brrrr. Freezing cold, rain or snow it calls for a lazy day. But who says you still can’t get some cooking and baking done. Got 5 minutes? Put down that book, drag your lazy butt to the kitchen, Snuggie and all, who cares what you are wearing…it’s a lazy day and you deserve it.  Whip this Lazy Pie up and throw it in the oven, in a little bit, hot out of the oven, top it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and you can be fat and lazy! You have my permission.  It’s ok, it’s your lazy day.

This is no secret recipe it’s been around for a while. A 93 year old lady I know shared it with me as well and she called it Lazy Pie, so that’s what I am going to call it here. I love that lady. I forgot all about this recipe until my mom cooked one the other day! So simple and so delicious, you’re going to love it.

Lazy Pie…..Peach Cobbler…..Quick Cobbler…..doesn’t matter what you call it, even on a lazy day you can whip up a quick cobbler with very few ingredients that is sure to please! No rolling out a crust, just pour, mix, pour and bake. Go ahead and be lazy!

Lazy Pie

Lazy Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 stick melted butter or margarine
  • 1 large can of sliced peaches in heavy syrup (29 ounces)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
  • a few pats of butter

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Pour melted butter into baking.
  • Pour peaches, syrup and all in a baking dish over the butter. DO NOT STIR
  • Mix flour, sugar and milk. Stir in vanilla.
  • Pour flour/sugar mixture over peaches, DO NOT STIR.
  • Place the pats of butter on the top.
  • Bake for 45-60 minutes until the top in browned and the cobbler is bubbly.
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Chicken Pot Pie

by Shelley on January 29, 2013 · 340 comments

in Main Dishes, Recipes

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Fall and Winter days call for warm comfort food for dinner. After a long day at work or for Sunday dinner this is comfort food the whole family will enjoy. This recipe is not “from scratch” this is a quick and easy recipe but still homemade, delicious and nutritious that you can have on the table in about an hour. This is perfect for the weeknight meal, just mix it up and throw it in the oven to bake while get a few things done in the house or unwind.

If you plan ahead cook extra chicken for dinner a day or two ahead of time and you will have it ready for this Chicken Pot Pie recipe….saving you some time.

Serve with some Fried Okra and Sweet Tea and you have a full meal.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 package Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crust
  • 1 cup cooked chicken cubed into bite size pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 onion chopped and sauteed (optional)
  • 1 stalk of celery sliced in this pieces and sauteed (optional)
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup of chicken broth
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions:

  • Remove pie crust from fridge and vegetables from freezer to thaw.
  • Preheat oven to 425.
  • Saute chopped onions and celery until tender.
  • Lay bottom crust into a 9 inch pie pan.
  • In a bowl mix together all other ingredients and spoon into the pie pan with crust.. Top with second crust, crimp edges together and cut slits in top. Cover edges of crust with aluminum foil.
  • Bake 30-40 minutes until golden brown.10-15 minutes before pie is done remove foil from edges of crust to brown.
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Organize Your Scarves For $1

by Shelley on January 23, 2013 · 326 comments

in Organizing

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One of my favorite accessories in the Fall and Winter are scarves. They keep you warm and can dress up an outfit or allow you to mix and match clothing that you would have otherwise never worn together. For instance that brightly checked scarf is one of my favorites. I have a bright green winter vest that I wear with a bright blue or hot pink shirt, throw on this scarf and instantly it makes sense. With a crimson shirt and that hounds-tooth scarf and I am in full support of my favorite team, Roll Tide Roll! You just can’t live in the south without loving sweet tea and college football!

I have quite the collection of scarves and keeping up with them is not easy. Put them in a basket or hang them on coat hooks and when you went to choose one two or three came with it or fell in the floor. I found a cheap and easy way to organize them on Pinterest:

Buy a set of shower curtain hooks for $1  at the Dollar Tree or Dollar General, snap them to a coat hanger, thread your scarves through the shower hooks and you have instant organization and they hang right in your closet. signature2211

 

 

 

The pin I found on Pinterest didn’t link back to a site to give credit to this idea.

 

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Crock Pot Candy!

by Shelley on January 14, 2013 · 548 comments

in Candy, Crock Pot, Recipes

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Valentine’s Day or the Super Bowl it calls for candy to give as a gift or something delicious to snack on! I must confess this may not be the most frugal recipe ever but let me tell you it is one of the easiest and best candies I have ever made.

Just throw it in the crock pot and forget it for a few hours….you don’t even have to stir for 3 hours! No checking a candy thermometer or watching the pot boil. Easy peasy I tell you!

Crock Pot Candy!

A huge thanks for Gloria at work for sharing this recipe with me!

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound of salted peanuts
  • 1 pound of unsalted peanuts
  • 12 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips
  • 4 ounce bar of German Chocolate
  • 3 pounds of white chocolate bark (like you use for dipping)

Instructions:

  • Layer in crock pot in the order listed.
  • Do not stir.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours,
  • Stir to mix well and drop onto wax paper.
  • Wait till they cool and harden.
  • Dig in.

Notes

It may take a while until they cool enough to harden just be patient and don't place in the fridge. (placing in the fridge will cause it to have a chalky look to it)

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