Entries from December 22, 2013 - December 28, 2013


17 Delicious Warm and Cozy Bread Recipes

Here are 17 delicious homemade breads to make this weekend!

Starbucks: Tumbler Deal at Target

Head over to your local Target, that has a Starbucks inside and when you purchase a Starbucks Stainless Steel Espresso Refill Tumbler, you can then bring the tumbler into a participating Starbucks store in January 2014 and you will receive 1 FREE handcrafted espresso beverage everyday throughout the month of January (a $140 value!). Some are finding they are now 50% off on clearance, down to $37.50.

Cookie Exchange 2013

Every year, my family has a cookie exchange during December. It is always a fun time to get together and catch up with each other during the busy holiday season. This year I made Chocolate Chocolate Chunk cookies that came out amazing. 



  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda; set aside.
  2. In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the butter and 12 ounces (2 cups) of the chocolate. Microwave on high in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until melted and smooth; let cool slightly. Whisk in the sugar, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.
  3. Gradually add the flour mixture, mixing until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the remaining 12 ounces (2 cups) of chocolate. Let cool for 15 minutes.
  4. Drop mounds of the dough (about 1 heaping tablespoon each) 2 inches apart onto the prepared baking sheets.
  5. Bake, rotating the baking sheets halfway through, until firm around the edges and cracked on the tops, 12 to 15 minutes. Let cool slightly on the baking sheets, then transfer to wire racks to cool completely.
First, mix up everything up. Doesn't even the dough look delicious?? And of course I used my trusty Kitchen-Aid mixer-
Next, drop onto cookie sheets. 
Here is the delicious finished product!!
I packaged the cookies in these cute containers that I found @ Target-

My Target Holiday Clearance Finds 2013

I stopped by Target yesterday to see what clearance they had and holiday items in the dollar section were 50% off, holiday food items were only 30% off. Here is what I got!
  • Ribbon and Mickey Mouse 2014 planners were all 50 cents each
  • Starbucks mugs were $4.99 each
  • Hello Kitty yard decoration was $17.49
  • Scotch tape was 50% off
  • Glade candles were  $2.54 each. Buy 5 and get a $5 Target gift card. I also had (3) $1 off coupons from various Dec. issues of magazines, like Good Housekeeping. Final cost for all the candles $4.70.
  • Mickey Mouse mug, this is really cute, $4.99
  • Mickey Mouse popcorn tin, $6.99
  • stockings were 50 cents each

By New Year's Eve/Day, most Targets will be 70% off. I'm finding the sales are even better this year than last year, happy shopping!


Meijer 3 Day Sale- Ends Dec.28, 2013


Meijer is featuring a 3-Day Sale that starts on Thursday, December 26th and runs through Saturday, December 28th.  Here are some deal highlights:

  • Certified Angus Ground Chuck (Family Pack), $2.49/lb.
  • Meijer Chunk Cheese, $1.49
  • Meijer Natural Cheese Slices or American Cheese Singles, $1.69
  • Tyson Bagged Chicken, $4.99
  • Jack’s Original Pizza, $1.99
  • Lay’s Potato Chips, B1G1 Free
  • 7-Up 2-Liters, $0.79
  • Nabisco Wheat Thins or Triscuits, $1.99
  • Keebler Town House or Club Crackers, $1.99
  • Honey Nut Cheerios, Cheerios, Lucky Charms, or Reese’s Cereal, $1.99
  • Chi-Chi’s Tortilla Chips, B1G1 Free
  • Era Laundry Detergent, $2.99
  • Athletic Shoes for the Family, B1G1 for $1
  • Men’s or Women’s Thermal Underwear Tops or Bottoms, B1G1 for $1
  • Falls Creek Men’s 5-Pocket Jeans, B1G1 for $1




Krispy Kreme: Free Holiday Donut

Go to Amazon Local and register or sign-in to receive a coupon valid for one FREE Krispy Kreme holiday doughnut (choose from Red Velvet Cake, Snowman, Holiday Sprinkles, and Wreath). This coupon is only valid at participating Krispy Kreme stores; limit 1 coupon per customer.

Amazon: Free $5 Credit

Get a FREE $5 credit, when you download the Amazon App Store and download an app, this includes free apps! Even if you're already an Amazon Appstore customer - you can check for an upgrade when you log in and still qualify for the credit. Click below!


Coupon Preview: December 29, 2013

There will be one Proctor and Gamble coupon insert on Sunday:
  • $3/1 Align Product
  • $1/1 Always Infinity Pad, Radiant Pad or Radiant Pantiliner
  • $0.50/1 Always Pad or Feminine Cleansing Cloth
  • $0.50/1 Always Pantiliner
  • $0.50/1 Bounce Product
  • $0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins
  • $0.50/1 Cascade ActionPacs
  • $0.25/1 Charmin Product
  • $3/1 Clairol Age Defy, Nice 'N Easy Foam or Perfect 10 Hair Color
  • $5/2 Clairol Hair Color, exp. 1/12/14
  • $3/1 CoverGirl Bombshell Mascara
  • $0.75/1 Crest Rinse
  • $0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel
  • $0.50/1 Dawn Hand Renewal, Power Clean, Bleach Alternative or Oxi
  • $0.25/1 Dawn Product
  • $1/1 Dayquil or Nyquil Severe Product
  • $0.50/1 Duracell Coppertop, Quantum, Ultra Photo Lithium or Specialty Batteries
  • $0.50/1 Duracell Rechargeable, Charger or Hearing Aid Batteries
  • $1/1 Febreze Air Effects
  • $1/1 Febreze Fabric Refresher
  • $2/1 Febreze Noticeables Sleep Refill
  • $1/1 Febreze Set & Refresh
  • $1/1 Fixodent Adhesive or Cleanser
  • $3/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor
  • $2/1 Gillette Fusion Shave Prep
  • $2/1 Gillette Mach3 Razor
  • $1/1 Head & Shoulders Product
  • $1/2 Ivory or Safeguard Personal Cleansing Product
  • $1 off Luvs Diapers
  • $1/1 Metamucil Product
  • $1/1 Olay Body Wash, Bar Soap or In Shower Body Lotion
  • $3/1 Olay Facial Hair Removal Product
  • $1/1 Olay Facial Moisturizer
  • $3/2 Olay Pro-X, Regenerist or Total Effects Moisturizer
  • $0.75/1 Oral-B Glide Floss or Glide Floss Picks
  • $0.75 off Oral-B Pulsar, 3D White, Pro-Health, Complete or (2) Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrushes
  • $1.50/1 Pampers Diapers
  • $2/1 Pantene Expert Product
  • $3/2 Pantene Product
  • $1/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product
  • $0.50/1 Pepto Product
  • $1/1 Prilosec OTC
  • $0.50/1 Puffs Fresh Faces, exp. 1/13/14
  • $0.25 off Puffs Singles or Multipack
  • B1G1 Scope Outlast, Dual Blast or Classic Mouthwash, exp. 1/12/14
  • $2/1 Secret Body Spray
  • $2/1 Secret Clinical Deodorant
  • $0.50/1 Swiffer Refill or Dust & Shine
  • $5/1 Swiffer WetJet Starter Kit
  • $1/1 Tampax Pearl or Radiant Tampon or Pearl Liner
  • $0.50/1 Tampax Product
  • $1.50/1 Tide Detergent, Boost, Washing Machine Cleaner or With Oxi or Downy Item
  • $3/2 Tide Detergent, Boost, Washing Machine Cleaner or With Oxi or Downy Item
  • $2/1 Venus or Gillette Cartridges
  • $5/2 Venus or Gillette Cartridges
  • $3/1 Venus Razor
  • $1/1 Vicks Product
  • $3/1 Vidal Sassoon Hair Color
  • $1/1 Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner
  • $1/1 Vidal Sassoon Styler