Entries from February 16, 2014 - February 22, 2014

Friday
Feb212014

Baked Cheesy Omelet

Doesn't the photo make you want to go make an omelet right now?! Get the recipe here. From Chef in Training.

Friday
Feb212014

How to Start a Cooking Co-Op

Co-op cooking provides tremendous time and financial savings, and simplified trips to the grocery store. But high on the list of benefits is that even in the midst of sometimes hectic days, I no longer stress about what to make for dinner!

 

Cooking co-ops can take many forms, and that’s one of the beauties of the co-op – each one develops its own personality, reflective of the different communities with distinct needs. Some cooking co-ops are neighborhood co-ops. Other families might co-op with co-workers, church members, civic organizations, or extended family members. Cooking for one another’s families is a natural extension of neighborhoods, churches, community service groups and friendships. Any definition of community has the potential to develop a successful cooking co-op partnership.

So on those gray, dreary days when the rain is falling, and you have no idea what to make for supper, rest assured that your girlfriends are there for you with a warm smile, a quiet wink, and a delicious dinner in hand!

Suggestions for Starting Your Own Cooking Co-Op
1. Ask a few close friends to pursue the co-op with you. Choose friends with
families around the same size as yours, with similar tastes and lifestyles, and who
live nearby so delivery is not an added burden

2. Choose recipes to start with that are your family favorites and are kid friendly.
But don’t feel the need to limit your co-op to only kid friendly recipes. After all,
you are cooking for the grown ups as well.

3. Purchase inexpensive, glass baking dishes with lids and Ziploc containers to share
meals; do not expect to get the exact dishes back you sent out.

4. Be honest about food likes and dislikes, and possible food allergies up front when
you plan your meal calendar.

5. Buy in bulk for your meals, when items are on sale, and try to budget recipes so
you don’t make two expensive ones in a row (i.e. pot roast is more expensive then
pizza burgers)

6. Meet every three months to plan your meals. Give each family the opportunity to
leave the co-op each quarter, guilt free.

7. Have one co-op member write out or type up your three month co-op meal calendar and distribute it to each co-op family to hang on their fridge.

8. Delivery times can vary depending on what works for each family. If you deliver at dinnertime, have the meal cooked and ready to eat. If you deliver in the morning, have your meal prepared with baking instructions; that way it is fresh out of the oven at dinnertime. Have delivery times printed on the meal calendars.

9. Stick to the meal calendar. However, if you must change your recipe or adapt your delivery time, let your co-op partners know in advance.

10. Be flexible with one another when life throws you a curve ball, like a sick child, a broken down car, or unexpected circumstance. Have a meal back up plan for those nights agreed upon at the outset, like switching days or having pizza delivered if you are in a pinch.

11. Decide what constitutes a meal at the outset. We only prepare and deliver two dishes: a main dish and a side or dessert. Each family is responsible for adding sides, salad or bread to complete the meal on their own.

12. Relax and enjoy the ride. Don’t expect your co-op to last forever, since co-ops do have life cycles. If co-op members leave, try and find 

Source: Trish Berg is author to 4 books, including Rattled-Surviving Your Baby’s First Year without Losing Your Cool and A Scrapbook of Christmas Firsts. Read more of Trish’s columns, tips, and download tons of free stuff to help you simplify motherhood atwww.TrishBerg.com.

Friday
Feb212014

Coupon Preview: Feb.23, 2014

Here is the coupon preview for Sunday!

SmartSource (SS 02/23/14)

 

  • $1/2 Blue Diamond Chilled or Shelf Stable Almond Breeze, exp. 3/31/14
  • $1/1 Blue Diamond Reduced Sugar Almond Breeze, exp. 3/31/14
  • $0.50/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush, exp. 3/15/14
  • $3/1 Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, exp. 3/15/14
  • $0.35/1 Colgate Toothpaste, exp. 3/8/14
  • $1/1 Dannon Danimals Superstars Multipack, exp. 4/16/14
  • $1/2 Edge Shave Gel or Cream, exp. 4/6/14
  • $0.20/1 Gain, Cheer or Era Detergent or Gain Fabric Enhancer, exp. 3/31/14
  • $1/2 Gain, Cheer or Era Detergent or Gain Fabric Enhancer, exp. 3/31/14
  • $2/1 Hartz Multi-Cat Litter, exp. 4/20/14
  • $0.50/1 Huggies Baby Wipes, exp. 3/22/14
  • $3/1 Huggies Diapers, exp. 3/22/14
  • $3/1 Huggies Little Snugglers, Little Movers or Overnites Diapers, exp. 3/22/14
  • $1/1 Irish Spring Gear Bar Soap, exp. 3/15/14
  • $1/1 Irish Spring Gear Body Wash, exp. 3/15/14
  • $1/1 Johnsonville Meatballs or Sausage Slices, exp. 4/6/14
  • $5/1 Mucinex Allergy Product, exp. 4/6/14
  • B1G1 Purina Beneful Healthy Smile Dog Snack, exp. 4/23/14
  • $4/1 Schick Hydro Disposable Razor, exp. 4/6/14
  • $4/1 Schick Hydro Razor, exp. 4/6/14
  • $2/1 Schick Hydro Refill, exp. 4/6/14
  • $1/2 Schick Hydro Shave Gels, exp. 4/6/14
  • $4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Disposable Razor, exp. 4/6/14
  • $4/1 Schick Hydro Silk Razor, exp. 4/6/14
  • $6/1 Schick Hydro Silk Refill, exp. 4/6/14
  • $1/1 Scrubbing Bubbles Disinfectant Bathroom Cleaner, exp. 4/6/14
  • $1/2 Skintimate Shave Gel or Shave Creme Product, exp. 4/6/14
  • $0.35/1 SoftSoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, exp. 3/15/14
  • $1/1 SoftSoap Liquid Hand Soap Pump, exp. 3/15/14
  • $0.20/1 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables or Gain Fireworks, exp. 3/31/14
  • $1.50/2 Tide Pods, Gain Flings, Downy Unstopables or Gain Fireworks, exp. 3/31/14
  • $3/1 Ultimate Flora Probiotic, exp. 4/30/14
  • $0.50/1 Wonderful Halos, exp. 3/30/14
Friday
Feb212014

Sara Lee: Win a Sara Lee Snack Basket

Check out the Sara Lee Happy Snacking Challenge on Dailybreak for your chance to win 1 of 10 Sara Lee Snack Baskets! Everyone who enters will receive a coupon for $1 off Sara Lee Snacks. This Challenge ends 3/18/2014 so start playing today!
Friday
Feb212014

33 Ways to Add Disney To Your Wedding

I thought this was really fun- adding Disney to your wedding! When my husband and I got married, we had Mickey and Minnie champagne flutes and wedding topper. Here are more ideas from Buzzfeed.com.
Friday
Feb212014

Six Flags: Free Six Flags Tickets

Read to Succeed is a program by Six Flags to encourage children in grades K through 6th to read for enjoyment. All students who complete six hours of recreational reading will earn a free ticket to Six Flags!

This program is open to teachers, homeschool parents, and schools at no cost. The program deadline is March 3, 2014 at 5pm CST.

Friday
Feb212014

EXPIRED-Free Target Shopping Guide Kindle Book

Find out how to save more money @ Target! Click below!
Friday
Feb212014

Old Navy: Free $5

Try on any pair of jeans @ Old Navy this weekend and get a FREE $5 to spend on your purchase of $35+. Cool!