Entries from June 8, 2014 - June 14, 2014


Pudding Beach Snacks

I love this idea for a fun poolside snack!

You'll need:


3 packages Berry Blue Jello

1 Package Instant Vanilla Pudding

1 box Vanilla Waffers (Waffers need to be crushed)

Gummy Sea Animals, Can be fish, shark, dolphins etc.

Round Peppermint Candy

1 container CoolWhip

Teddy Grahams


Here's How:

Prepare Jello and Pudding according to the directions on the packages. Be sure to allow to cool and form.

Crush up Vanilla Waffers

Let Cool Whip thaw so it becomes spreadable.

When Jello and pudding are ready layer blue jello, Cool Whip, then Vanilla Pudding.

Sprinkle on crushed Vanilla Wafers and decorate the top with your sea creatures!


Father's Day Freebies and Deals 2014

Here are the Father's Day freebies for this weekend!

Beef 'O' Brady's
 will treat dads to a free meal (up to $10) on June 15 with the purchase of a meal of equal or greater value at participating locations. There are more than 200 locations in the U.S.

BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse is giving dads a free limited edition pint glass June 14 and 15. You also can enter the "Best Memories with Dad" photo contest by liking BJ's on Facebook for chance to win a $100 BJ's gift card. BJ's has 151 locations in 18 states.

Boston Market has a coupon you can use to buy one BBQ ribs meal and get one free for your dad on June 15. Present the coupon when ordering. There are more than 450 Boston Market restaurants nationwide.

Ikea is offering Father's Day brunch all the info.

Joe's Crab Shack- For every $25 in gift cards you purchase at Joe’s Crab Shack, you’ll snag $5 in Bonus Bucks, valid to use on your next purchase between 6/16 – 7/27! Head on over here to order your gift cards.

Medieval Times- If you live in (or near) Atlanta, Baltimore/Washington D.C, Buena Park, Chicago, Dallas, Lyndhurst, Myrtle Beach, Orlando, or Toronto, you may be interested in snagging tickets to go see the Medieval Times show! Through June 15th, they are offering up a FREE admission for dad when you make a full-priced adult purchase, valid on shows from June 3rd-15th. Just use promo code FDWEB at checkout.  OR you can add the Father’s Day special package for $25 which will include a FREE picture of dad in a frame, commemorative scroll to honor his special day and a 25-oz beer stein (with choice of draft beer or soda). Go HERE to get tickets.


Outback Steakhouse- Through June 15th, spend $50 on an Outback Steakhouse gift card and snag a FREE $10 Bonus gift card for yourself! Please note that your Bonus Card will be valid to use through July 31st.

Penn Station- If you have a Penn Station nearby, head on over here to print a coupon valid for Buy one 6″ sub, get one FREE – valid to use on June 15th only! Please note that you can only use one coupon per order.

Ruth's Chris Steak House will be giving dads who dine at one of its 140 locations during Father's Day weekend a special gift (varies by location).

Ryan's, Hometown Buffet and Old Country Buffet will be distributing "Two Can Dine for $17.99" coupons to customers June 13 through 15. The coupons can be redeemed on a subsequent visit between June 16 and June 25. The coupons also have a code that can be used to enter a sweepstakes for an outdoor getaway valued at $5,000 for Dad and a guest.

Shoney's will be giving away two $500 Home Depot gift cards to the winners of its Father's Day 2014 Giveaway. You can enter online through 10 p.m. CT June 15.

Spaghetti Warehouse is offering dads a free lasagne or spaghetti entrée on June 15, no coupon required. If you enter Spaghetti Warehouse's "Incredible Dad Photo Contest," you can get a free appetizer (with the purchase of a meal) and chance to win a lasagne entrée for each month of the year.

Texas de Brazil will give fathers who present this coupon while dining on Father's Day at one of its locations in 16 states a certificate for a complimentary dinner, valid June 16 through August 28.

The Counter is giving diners who tell their server "My dad is a BFD" on June 15 a standard one-third pound burger for their father. There's a limit of one free burger per dad with a paying guest. The Counter has locations in nine states. BFD, by the way, stands for "Burgers for Dads."


Target: New Mobile Coupons

Text OFFERS to 827438 to receive the following store coupons. They expire June 27,2 014.

*$1 off Up & Up sun care item (Excludes trial/travel size)
*$0.75/1 Up & Up oral care purchase of $2 or more
*$0.75/1 Up & Up hair care item (Excludes trial/travel size)
*$0.50/1 Up & Up nail care purchase of $2 or more

*$3 off Women’s apparel purchase of $15 or more (excludes Intimates, Sleep, Performance Wear & Fan Central)
*25% off Clear Eyes eye care item
*$2.50/2 Allegra intensive relief anti-itch crèmes
*$3/1 Nasacort allergy spray 120-dosage
*$1/1 L’Oreal cosmetic item (Excludes trial/travel size)
*$2/1 Bausch & Lomb eye care item – Soothe eye drops or Peroxiclear, Biotrue, Boston or Alaway
*$0.75/1 Market Pantry frozen vegetable item

*$1/2 Sargento natural cheese slices 6.67- to 8-oz.  (Void in CA, ND, and TN)
*$0.50/1 Juicy Fruit gum (3-pk. or Bottle)
*$1/1 DiGiorno Design A Pizza kit
*$1/1 Market Pantry ice cream sherbet or frozen yogurt 1.5 quart+ (Void in CA, LA, ND, NV, and TN)
*$0.75/4 Simply Balanced yogurt cups 5.3-oz.  (Void in CA, LA, ND, NJ, NV, and TN)
*$1.50/2 Archer Farms snacks Trail mix or Nuts (Excludes single-serving size)
*$1 off Deli purchase of $3 or more
*$1/1 Market Pantry frozen chicken item (20-oz. or larger)
*$1/4 Fancy Feast Broths gourmet cat foods
*$0.50/1 Target Café fountain soda
*$1.50/1 Simply Balanced multiserve juice
*$0.75/1 Up & Up dish soap or dishwasher detergent
*$1/1 Up & Up infant formula
*$1/1 Angel Soft bath tissue (12-pack)
*$2 off the purchase of 40 4×6″ prints


7 Surprising Cooking Hacks


We all need to find ways to save time, if for no other reason than we need adequate time to rest and relax. Food prep can take up a significant amount of time, and if we've had a long day, we're likely to order take-out or grab food that's quick, easy, and less-than-nutritious. Here are seven surprising cooking hacks that will keep our tummies satisfied while saving time. (See also: 6 "As Seen on TV Kitchen" Gadgets That Are Actually Worth the Money)

1. Cook From Frozen

When it come to frozen ingredients — meat, veggies, fruits — don't bother defrosting before cooking. Fish? You bet (and any way you like — grilled, steamed, roasted, sauteed…). Steaks and chops? Absolutely! In fact, you'll be dabbling in the dark arts of molecular gastronomy with this method. While this recipe for frozen seared steak calls for freezing a fresh cut for an hour, then searing, you can just as well pull a frozen steak out of the icebox, sear it, then slow cook it in the oven for about an hour (which should give you time to get out of your work clothes and unwind from the day before dinner).

2. The Quickest Way to Perfect Pasta

Boiling a giant pot of water for pasta isn't necessary. Save time, water, and energy with your frying pan. Harold McGee, author of "Keys to Good Cooking," suggests placing the pasta in a frying pan, covering it with about a quart and a half of water, and then cooking until al dente. Next, drain the pasta but save that starchy water at the bottom of the pan; it's the perfect thickener for pasta sauces.

3. No-Fail Crispy Roasted Chicken

The key to making crispy chicken is a very hot, dry oven. Rinse the chicken and pat dry with paper towels. Season the skin with salt and pepper, put it into a pre-heated 500 degree oven, close the door, and bake for 60 minutes (or until a meat thermometer in the thigh reads 165). Don't open the door and don't add anything else to the oven. One hour later you'll have perfectly cooked chicken — crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. The extremely hot oven sears the outside, sealing in all of the juices while perfectly crisping the skin.

4. Gourmet Bakery Bread at Home

Do you covet those perfect boules of bread at your corner bakery? I tried many times to replicate them at home with my bread pans to no avail. Then I got a tip from master baker Jim Lahey at Sullivan Street Bakery. The trick is a very hot cast iron Dutch oven with a cover.

Preheat the Dutch oven for 30 minutes in a 500 degree oven. It will be extremely hot so carefully remove it from the oven. Place your dough (such as this easy No-Knead dough) in the Dutch oven, replace the cover, and carefully place it back in the oven for 30 minutes. Then remove the cover and continue to bake it for an additional 15 minutes so that the crust turns a deep golden brown. When you take it out, remove it from the Dutch oven and place it on a cooling rack. If you listen closely, you'll hear the bread crackle. This is the sound of the air bubbles in the dough popping to give the inside of the bread a rich, chewy texture.

5. Crock-Pot Desserts

While we turn to our crock-pots for pot roast, soups, and stews, it's also an amazing kitchen tool for warm and decadent desserts that cook while you're preparing and eating dinner without consuming any of your oven space. For example, a crockpot pulls together a chocolate fondue and keeps the chocolate at the perfect temperature while you skewer and dip items like marshmallows, strawberries, and pineapple without any danger of burning the chocolate or having it prematurely harden. The Stir offers these seven sinful crock-pot dessert recipes.

6. An Easy Way to Keep Fresh Grated Ginger On-Hand

Ginger is one of my favorite spices. I use it in stir-fries, sauces, smoothies, and to season rice. I used to just toss it in my vegetable drawer and deal with the fact that I would probably not use it all before it went south. Then I learned that freezing ginger right away makes it easy to peel and grate.

Still, I wanted an easy and fast way to toss it into my recipes without peeling and grating it every time I wanted to use some. I found this tip to portion it out and freeze it in teaspoonfuls. The perfect single-use portions keep for six months in an airtight container in the freezer.

7. The Fastest Way to Thaw Meat

If you're determined to thaw before cooking despite the advice above, here's a way to thaw a steak in less than 15 minutes.

For the longest time the USDA and other experts advised against thawing meat, fish, and poultry in hot water. The idea was that doing so would hold the meat in the temperature "danger zone" where bacteria thrive. However, the hot water thawing method is so fast, meats don't spend enough time in the danger zone for bacteria to really bloom.

Hot water from your tap is hot enough. Fill up a stock pot, drop in your plastic wrapped (or ziplocked) meat in the bath, and give it an occasional stir.

The method is great for cuts up to an inch thick. Bigger pieces — like roasts or whole birds — take too long to thaw, and should be thawed the old fashioned way (in the fridge, on the counter, or in cold water).

I hope these surprising and easy tips make mealtime and snack time a snap for you and your family. 

Have any surprising kitchen time-savers you'd like to share? Hurry and add them to comments!


Written by Christa Avampato and published on Wise Bread. Read more articles from Wise Bread.

Target: New College Registry

I wish they offered this when I was in college!

Before future freshmen sign up for campus events or clubs, they can prep for campus life by signing up for Target’s first college registry program. Once reserved for the soon-to-be-married and soon-to-be-parents, college-bound students can now use Target’s college registry to score everything from futons and flip flops to extra-long twin sheets and stylish storage solutions.

Launching in early June, students and their families can create, manage and share a registry at Target.com for all the campus necessities. So smart. So collegiate!

The college registry complements another digital tool that Target is using to innovate the back-to-college scene — Target Subscriptions Service, which lets you order everyday essentials from Target.com on a recurring schedule and have them delivered to your doorstep.

A modern day twist on the classic college “care package,” Target Subscriptions help doting moms and dads deliver college life necessities (toothpaste, detergent, water filters…Tylenol) to students on a regular basis.


How to Find Freebies at the Grocery Store

Here are a bunch of really great ways to get free groceries and more! 

Test new seasonings in your own kitchen. Visit consumertesting.mccormick.com and sign up. If you're accepted for an at-home study, McCormick will mail you a full-size sample of the test product along with recipes to try. Once you've made one recipe, complete an online survey. Testers may participate four times per year. Plus, you get more than a free sample—McCormick also pays volunteers $10 to $15 for home testing, often via amazon.com gift cards.

Sign up at bettycrocker.compillsbury.com,livebetteramerica.com or boxtops4education.com; each will send you one sample every month. Across all four websites the samples are the same and might be soup or Nature Valley granola bars. Be sure to watch your in-box for e-mail alerts, and act fast—only the first 10,000 requests are fulfilled.

When you create a free Kraft First Taste membership account, choose a featured product to try from the Offers section and you'll be mailed a coupon for a free sample. Fill out surveys about the company's products on the website to boost your chances of getting more coupons in the mail.


Pinchme.com testers sample one to three products every two weeks. Your chosen items arrive in the mail, and you review them online. Past treats include Gevalia coffee and organic chocolate. Products are available at noon Eastern time every other Tuesday. They go within 10 minutes, so act fast.

Kroger gives away a full-size product nearly every Friday at kroger.com. Download the digital coupon to your shoppers card and it is applied at checkout. Past giveaways include pizza, greek yogurt, and toothpaste. 

Get a free truffle every month at a Godiva store. Sign up for rewards at godiva.com.

Visit truvia.com for two sample packets of the sweetener while supplies last.

Vocalpoint.com regularly offers coupons or samples from Barilla, Downy, Kashi, or another brand in exchange for your feedback. Sign up and watch for e-mail offers. 

Teavana is always serving a few teas at its stores' brewing stations. Visit their website for locations.

Whole Foods stores will let you taste any prepared food. Want to try several products, even packaged crackers? Ask an employee to open them at any time. Stores also hold quarterly Cheese Nights, when you can graze your way through several fancy fromages.

Trader Joe's is ready to quench your thirst--enjoy a mini beverage and a bite of whatever's being promoted at the demo station.


Buy Something, Get Something

Buy $8 worth of merchandise at Entenmann's Oroweat bakery outlets and ger a free item. Find bread, cookies, muffins, pastries and more from Bimbo, Mrs. Baird's, Sara Lee and other brands. Fresh items are already discounted by up to 20 percent, and day-old goods are discounted even more! Find an outlet near you at bimbobakeriesusa.com.

Thanks All You for this awesome info!


Coupon Preview: June 15, 2014

Redplum 6/15

$1 off Alka-Seltzer product, excl Plus Cold (exp 7/31)
.75/1 Bar-S smoked sausage or hot link (exp 7/13)
$2 off Bayer aspirin, 20 ct.+ (exp 7/31)
$4/2 Bayer, 20 ct.+, One A Day adult or Alka-Seltzer antacid (exp 6/29)
$1 off Crest rinse, 500 mL+ (exp 7/31)
$1/2 Dial Kids body + hair wash, deep cleansing hand soap, 8 oz, foaming hand soap, liquid hand soap refills or bar soaps, 3 pk.+ (exp 7/11)
B2G1 Dial or Tone reg. or For Men body wash, 6 oz+ or bars, 6 pk.+ (exp 7/11)
$1 off Disney or Marvel gummy vitamin (exp 7/15)
$2 off Dry Idea StainClear deodorant (exp 7/13)
$2 off Duracell Coppertop select batteries (Rite Aid coupon) (exp 6/28)
$2 off Duracell hearing aid batteries, 16 ct. (Rite Aid coupon) (exp 6/28)
$2 off Garnier Nutrisse haircolor (exp 8/9)
$2 off Gillette Fusion shave prep (exp 7/31)
.75/1 Gillette Mach3 shave prep (exp 7/31)
$5 off Gillette razor wyb Fusion cartridge (exp 6/29)
$1/2 Head & Shoulders, excl 200 mL, 6.8, 1.7 oz, trial & treatments (exp 7/31)
$1.50 off K-Y product, excl Jelly, 2 oz (exp 8/30)
$3 off K-Y Yours+Mine couples lubricant (exp 8/30)
$2 off Kerasal one step exfoliating moisturizer foot therapy, 30g (exp 7/13)
$2 off L’Oreal conditioner, shampoo or treatment (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)
$1 off L’Oreal cosmetic item, excl trial size (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)
$1 off L’Oreal eye item (exp 7/12)
$1 off L’Oreal eye shadow or liner (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal hair color item (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)
$1 off L’Oreal Ideal moisturizer or cleanser, excl trial size (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal Oleotherapy, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverCreme or EverCurl shampoo or conditioner (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal Oleotherapy, EverPure, EverStrong, EverSleek, EverCreme or EverCurl treatment or EverStyle item (exp 7/12)
$2 off L’Oreal skin or sun care item, excl trial size (Target coupon) (exp 12/31)
$3 off L’Oreal Youth Code, Revitalift Triple Code and Miracle Blue or Age Perfect Glow Renewal, excl BB cream and trial size (exp 7/12)
.50/1 Luigi’s product (exp 7/9)
$1 off Newman’s Own Complete Skillet meal (exp 7/26)
$1 off Newman’s Own frozen pizza (exp 7/26)
.50/1 Newman’s Own pasta sauce (exp 7/26)
.75/1 Newman’s Own ranch dressing (exp 7/26)
.75/1 Newman’s Own salad dressing (exp 7/26)
.50/1 Newman’s Own salsa (exp 7/26)
$1 off Newman’s Own wine (exp 7/31)
$1 off One a Day multivitamin (exp 7/31)
$3 off Osteo Bi-Flex product (exp 7/15)
$2 off Phillips Colon Health or Fiber Good gummies, excl trial size (exp 8/31)
$5 off Phillips digestive health item, excl trial size (exp 6/30)
$1 off Phillips product, excl trial size (exp 8/31)
$1.50 off Purina Beneful dry dog food, 3.3 lb + (exp 8/31)
$1.50 off Purina Healthy Smile dog snacks, 7.4 oz + (exp 8/31)
$2/2 Right Guard Total Defense 5 or Xtreme (exp 7/13)
$2 off Right Guard Xtreme Clear or Clinical Clear (exp 7/13)
$1.50 off Silk Almond Coconut blend or Protein+Fiber, half gal (exp 7/30)
.50/1 Soft Scrub 4-in-1 toilet care (exp 7/6)
$1 off Soft Scrub product, 20 oz + (exp 7/6)
$2 off TruBiotics product (exp 7/13)
.75/1 Truvia natural sweetener or baking blend (exp 8/15)
$1/2 Truvia natural sweetener or baking blend (exp 9/30)

Smart Source 6/15

$2 off Australian Gold sun care item, 3 oz +, excl lip balm (exp 8/15)
.50/4 Chef Boyardee can or microwave pasta (exp 7/27)
$2 off Clairol Age Defy hair color, excl trial size (exp 7/31)
$1 off Clairol Balsam hair color, excl trial size (exp 7/31)
.75/1 Colgate toothpaste, 3.4 oz + (exp 6/28)
$1/2 Edge Skintimate shave gel or creme, excl 2.75 oz (exp 7/12)
$3 off Enfagrow product (exp 8/31)
.30/1 French’s mustard (exp 9/30)
$1/2 Hershey’s select candies, 8 oz + (exp 8/10)
$1 off Nabisco multipk., 9 oz + (exp 8/2)
.40/1 Olive Garden dressing, 16 oz (exp 9/30)
.50/1 Palmolive liquid dish soap, 12.6 oz + (exp 7/5)
$1.50 off PeroxiClear product, 3 oz + (exp 7/14)
$4 off PeroxiClear product, 12 oz + (exp 7/14)
$1.50/2 Poise pads or liners (exp 7/26)
$1 off Poise pads or liners (exp 7/26)
Free Purina Busy package wyb any Busy package, excl rollhide (exp 7/15)
Free Purina Waggin’ Train package 3 oz wyb Waggin’ Train 11 oz (exp 9/15)
$3 off Schick Hydro Silk disposable razor (exp 7/12)
$4 off Schick Hydro Silk refill (exp 7/12)
$3 off Schick Intuition, Quattro for Women or Hydro Silk razor (exp 7/12)
$3 off Schick Xtreme3, Slim Twin reg, 2 or 3, or Quattro for Women disposable razors, excl 2 ct., 10+2 ct., and Hydro or Men’s disposable (exp 7/12)
$1 off So Delicious dairy free item (exp 9/30)
.50/1 Speed Stick deodorant, 2.3 oz + (exp 7/5)
$2 off Speed Stick Gear deodorant or body spray, excl 0.5 & 1.8 oz (exp 7/5)
$1.50 off Starbucks K-Cups, 10 or 16 ct. (exp 8/15)
$1 off Starbucks Via instant beverage, 5 ct. + (exp 8/15)
$1 off Terminix Ultimate Protection insecticide (exp 12/31)
$1 off Three Bridges chef-crafted meal (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Twizzlers or Jolly Rancher Bites, 10 oz + (exp 8/10)
$3 off Ultimate Flora product (exp 8/31)


Kohl's: 20% Off Coupon

Get an extra 20% off at Kohl's with this printable coupon.