Entries from April 20, 2014 - April 26, 2014


Our Favorite Cheesy Potatoes Recipe

Here is my fave Cheesy Potato Casserole, which has become a family favorite!

can  (10-3/4 oz.) condensed cream of chicken soup
cups  BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
pkg.  (32 oz.) frozen Ore-Ida hash browns, thawed
pkg.  (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
2 cups of Tyson frozen chicken (thaw out in microwave)
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Here's How!

HEAT oven to 350°F.

MIX soup and sour cream in large bowl. Add potatoes and cheese; stir until well blended. Add in thawed out chicken.

SPOON mixture into 13x9-inch baking dish. Top with cheddar cheese.

BAKE 50 min. or until heated through.


Look at all this cheesy goodness!


Wedding Button Bouquets

My sister Em is so talented. She made these amazing button bouquets for her bridesmaids and herself for her wedding in 2010. I thought I'd share the how-to with all of you!

(approximate numbers for one bouquet)

Step 1:
Take a piece of wire about the length of your arm, then thread a bead onto it and bend it in half. Then twist so that below the bead is around an inch of twisted wire.

Step 2:
For the two 'tails' of wire left dangling, bend them upwards and do the same thing again so that each bead is held up by around an inch of twisty wire. For the smaller feathers and buttons just add them to the spray in place of beads.

Step 3:
Then twist the 'tails' together and arrange the beads so that hey spray outwards and still have a stem of twisted wire. Wire any larger buttons or feathers individually to their own stems.

Step 4:
For the buttons, take a smaller button and a larger one, and a little bead. Stack the buttons with the largest at the bottom.Thread the wire through one hole of each button, through the bead and then back through the other holes of the buttons, then twist the tails of wire together to make the stem.

Step 5:
Do this about 100 times until you have what looks like the right number of stems. The bouquet I made has around thirty larger flowers, twenty smaller ones, around thirty sprays of beads, twenty button stems and fifteen feather stems.

Step 6:
Bunch all of the stems together and twist the stems together to hold it all in place. I found it easiest to start off twisting just a few stems together, and then add them a few at a time so I could adjust their positions as I went along.

Step 7:
Once you're happy with the positions of all of the stems and they are all secure then you can form the handle for the bouquet. Cut a piece of thick card to the right length (around 6 inches) and roll it around the stems. If any poke out of the end then fold them around to secure the card.

Step 8:
Wrap the whole thing in sticky tape to make sure it doesn't move. Squirt some hot glue into each end of the tube, around all of the stems.

Step 9:
Wrap the handle in coordinating ribbon and stick it down with yet more hot glue, tuck the end into the bottom of the tube with a squirt of glue to hide the messy bit. Tie a few more ribbons around, and you're done! 

Instruction Source: Offbeatbride.com


Sara Lee: Win Free Gift Cards, More

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  • Week 2:    $250 sporting goods giftcard
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  • Week 4:    5 Night Stay at an All-Inclusive Health Resort

Enter to win here, good luck!


Target: $5 off $20 Laundry Coupon

Coming in the 4-27 Target ad, check for $5 Off a Laundry Care Purchase of $20 or more. This coupon states that it is valid on any Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softeners, Stain Removers or Bleach and will expire 5/3. You can also text LAUNDRY to 827438 for a mobile version (not yet live). 

#MomSavings Twitter Party- Prizes! April 29 @ 9 PM

How can you make Mother's Day special without giving into spendy marketing schemes? Come share your tips and memories with us at our Mother's Day Twitter party!

Join us on Tuesday, April 29th @ 9 pm in the #MomSavings hashtag on Twitter!

Hosts: @mommyswishlist @savingsmania @lisajoythompson @frugaladventure

Prizes and sponsors:
  (1) $50 gift card to Fannie May Chocolates, (1)  Swarovski Serious Bracelet(value: $115.99) (1) Tria gift package (value: $50), (2) $50 Amazon gift cards courtesy of Valpak.
RSVP here, we'll see you there!

Free Target Gift Cards and More from Recyclebank

If you’ve been saving up your Recyclebank Points, you’ll be excited to hear that they are offering a $5 Target eGift Card for 1,500 points! There are also new $10 TGI Friday’s AND JCPenney eGift Cards available for 2,500 points. 

If you are new to Recyclebank, sign up here, it's free! I've found it's easy to earn points. From earning points for recycling, taking easy quizes and more, I've cashed in points for gift cards, coupons and more.

Consumer News: Amazon Prime Pantry

Yesterday, Amazon finally unveiled its Prime Pantry service, which allows customers to consolidate as many grocery items as they can into one large box for home delivery. But given Prime Pantry’s selection and long delivery times, is this something that people can actually use? The answer is… maybe.


•Urban Dwellers Who Don’t Cook: I’ve met a surprisingly large number of people who live in major cities but who rarely, if ever, cook at home. They eat out, get take-out, or order every meal. But these people also tend to have things like soda, cereal and snacks in their cupboards… and of course they need the usual suspects like toilet paper and soap.

But many densely populated cities lack proper supermarkets, forcing urban dwellers to pay extortionate corner store prices. Having a service that delivers these pantry staples cheaply and efficiently to their doors may be appealing.

•Senders Of Care Packages: Got a kid living off ramen cooked on a hot plate in her college dorm room? Prime Pantry seems tailor-made for the parent or loved one who wants to treat someone to a box full of stuff to someone who could use cookies, deodorant and toothpaste.

•Rural Shoppers Who Want To Save A Trip To The Store: Some rural areas of the country face a similar problem to densely populated urban centers — a lack of readily available quality supermarkets. And sometimes those stores don’t carry items for shoppers with specific dietary needs, like food allergies. A service like Prime Pantry wouldn’t solve all these issues for everyone, but it could be used to supplement trips to the supermarket.

•Consumers Without Cars: For people who don’t drive or don’t have ready access to a vehicle, supermarket shopping can be a huge pain in the read-end, especially for the non-perishable items. Shopping without a car means you often have to sacrifice value for convenience; for example, buying only a single roll of paper towels instead of the 8-pack. Every non-perishable item you can get delivered to your door is one you don’t have to carry home from the store.

•Extreme Couponers: Prime Pantry does offer coupons on some items, but people who are practiced in the coupon martial arts will probably want to stick with their current shopping habits.

•Food Snobs: While there are a handful of smaller brands available on Prime Pantry, most food snobs will turn their noses up at almost every item. This is not the place to pick up items you can brag to your friends about having in your kitchen.

•Anyone Who Needs Things Quickly: Yes, ordering online is incredibly convenient and may be less expensive than going to the store. But if you’re going to run out of dishwashing detergent tomorrow, Prime Pantry isn’t going to help. The delivery estimates on Pantry orders are upwards of 3-4 business days, so it’s not for people with any urgent needs.

•Warehouse Shoppers: Even though Prime Pantry is all about shipping items in bulk to save time and money, it’s not about actually buying in bulk. So if you’re a fan of going to Costco and buying a stack of toilet paper the size of a dog house, or if you looked at the earlier mention of a 30-oz. jar of mayo and went “Is that all?”… then you’re probably best sticking with your local warehouse store.

Would you use this service???

Source: Consumerist.com


Win Chocolate Covered Pretzels

You could win chocolate covered pretzels from 1800baskets.com, enter to win here, good luck!