Entries from March 1, 2015 - March 7, 2015

Saturday
Mar072015

Cheesecake Factory NY Style Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

For the crust:
1/2 cup almonds, finely ground
1/2 cup vanilla wafers, finely ground
1/2 cup graham crackers, ground
2 tablespoons melted butter

For the filling:
24 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups granulated sugar
5 large eggs, at room temperature
16 ounces sour cream, at room temperature
1/4 cup flour
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons lemon juice

For the blueberry compote (optional):
1 cup blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Grease a 9-inch springform pan with melted butter or cooking spray.
  2. Make the crust: Thoroughly mix together the nuts, graham crackers, vanilla wafers, and melted butter in a medium bowl. Pat mixture into prepared pan, pressing firmly into bottom and about 1 1/2 inches up the sides.
  3. Make the filling: Using a stand or hand mixer, beat the cream cheese on low until light and fluffy. Add the sugar a little at a time and beat until creamy. Add 1 egg at a time, beating until smooth after each egg. Add the flour, vanilla, and lemon juice, and mix well. Add the sour cream, and beat well. Firmly tap the bowl against the counter to release bubbles from the filling.
  4. Pour the cheesecake filling into the springform pan, shaking the pan to ensure that the filling is evenly distributed. Cook on the oven's middle rack for 1 hour and 30 minutes, or until firm. Turn off the oven's heat, and leave the cheesecake in the oven with its door propped open for 1 hour.
  5. Remove cheesecake from oven, and let cool completely on the countertop before transferring to the refrigerator to chill for at least 12 hours.
  6. Make the blueberry compote (optional): Combine the blueberries, lemon juice, sugar, and lemon zest in a small saucepan set over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. Add the cornstarch, and cook until the blueberries have broken down and the sauce has thickened slightly.
  7. Serve plain or with whipped cream, fresh fruit, or warm blueberry compote.
Saturday
Mar072015

Disney Movie Rewards: 25 Free Points

Go here and enter codes Bunnies,CandyGoodiesBlossom, AND Spring to earn a total of 25 more points! Go here for more details.

Saturday
Mar072015

Free Upcoming Events, Restaurants, More

Here are the best events and more going on this weekend!

 

*Bank of America/Museums on Us
On March 7th & 8th, get FREE Admission to Museums in 31 states across the country through Museums on Us! Each Bank of America or Merrill Lynch cardholder gets one FREE admission to more than 150 museums. For a complete list of museums go here.

*Barnes & Noble
On March 7th at 11AM, attend the FREE Once Upon a Cloud event with storytime and activities.

*Bass Pro Shops

On March 6th & 7th and March 13th & 14th, bring in your dog for a free 4×6 photo, doggie gift bag, prizes, and more! Go here for details.

*Bed, Bath & Beyond
Attend FREE Rock Your Registry events at Bed, Bath and Beyond! RSVP for an event near you and get expert registry consultant advice, creative tips for entertaining, enjoy light fare and a free goodie bag!

*Dreamworks

If you are interested in attending a FREE advanced movie screening of HOME on March 18th, head on over here to see if there is one available in your city or a city nearby! Don’t wait to claim your spot, as they will fill up quickly.

*Gander Mountain
Attend FREE Kid’s Workshops from 10AM-2PM each month this year with Crafts, Activities, Giveaways, and more!

*Home Depot
Attend the FREE Kids Workshop on March 7th where kids can build FREE Bookends. These workshops are designed for ages 5-12 and are offered the 1st Saturday at all The Home Depot stores between 9AM-12PM. Also, you can now sign up for the FREE Kids Workshop on April 4th where kids can build a FREE Chalkboard Planter Stand.

*Lowe’s
Register for the upcoming Lowe’s Kids Clinic! On Saturday, March 14th at 10AM, head on into Lowe’swhere kids can build a FREE Monster Jam, featuring El Toro Loco! Be sure to register your kiddosnow as spots tend to fill up quickly! If you’ve never attended one of these free Kid’s Clinics, check out my previous experience here.

*Marcus Theaters
Join them thru March 22, 2015 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 10AM to view your favorite family flicks for just $2 (OR get 2 free passes here with voucher)! Grab the family and head to your nearest participating Marcus Theatre location!

*Michaels
On March 7th from 1-4PM, grab your pals and bring them to Michaels for an afternoon of creative fun – aMake it with Michaels Party. The first 25 Customers will receive a Party Booklet full of project instructions and a coupon for 20% off your entire purchase! Also, attend various Kids Club events for only $2 per child. Sessions start every half hour from 10AM-11:30AM. Go here for details.

*National Parks
A new initiative to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE! Soon, you will have access to your own Every Kid in a Park pass. This pass will give you free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more! The Every Kid in a Park pass will be available for the 2015-2016 school year.

*Williams Sonoma
Go here to check out FREE Junior Chef Classes and Technique Classes.

 

RESTAURANT DEALS:

*7-Eleven
Get a FREE Doritos Loaded 2-pack when you download the 7Rewards App (found under the Scan & Save section), valid through 4/30! Make sure you don’t click Redeem until you’re ready to use it as it’s only valid for 15 minutes once you do.

*Arby’s
Head on over here and enter your email address to score a coupon for a FREE Coleslaw or Small Fry AND Small Drink with purchase of ANY Reuben or Turkey Rachel Sandwich, valid through 3/10.

*BJ’s
Sign up for the rewards club to get a FREE Pzookie or Handcrafted Root Beer coupon!

*Burger King
Head to your local Burger King where they are offering up 10-piece Chicken Nuggets for only $1.49 (regularly $2.99!) – for a limited time. Be sure to call ahead to verify that your local restaurant is participating.

*Carl’s Jr.
Go here to print a coupon for $1 off any All-Natural Burger Combo, valid through 3/31.

*Dairy Queen

On Monday, March 16th, participating Dairy Queen locations across the country will be hosting FREE Cone Day and will be offering a free small vanilla soft-serve cone to every customer.

*Hardee’s Restaurant
Check out their Facebook page and click on the tabs to print various coupons.

*Logan’s Roadhouse
Go here and download the Logan’s App to score a mobile coupon valid for $4 off $20 purchase.

*Melting Pot

Every Sunday in March from Noon-4PM, Kids eat FREE with the purchase of an adult 3-course brunch meal! Contact your local restaurant for details and to make reservations.

*Panera Bread
Panera Rewards members, (if you’re not a member, it’s free to join)! Go here, scroll down, and click on the “How to: Eat Adventurously” banner ( be sure you’re signed-in), then watch 3 videos to score a $5/1 Asian-Inspired Broth Bowl coupon, which will be loaded to your MyPanera card. Plus, if you watch the remaining 3 videos, you’ll score an additional offer valid for a FREE Coffee, Hot Tea, or Soda.

*Olive Garden
When you purchase 1 entree (dine-in only), you can take one home for FREE - NO coupon needed! Through March 6th, go here to print a coupon valid for a $5 Unlimited Soup, Salad and Breadsticks Lunch at your local Olive Garden – dine-in only. 

*Outback Steakhouse
Through 3/15, Outback Steakhouse restaurants are offering 15% off your entire check with this coupon (excludes alcohol). 

*Pizza Hut
Get 2 medium pizzas with 4 toppings total for $6.99 each. You can go here for more details and to find a location near you.

*Sonic
Through September 1st, Sonic is offering 1/2 price Real Ice Cream Shakes after 8PM.

*Starbucks

Every Monday in March from 2PM-5PM, Starbucks Rewards members will receive special offers as follows: 30% off Food and Drinks on March 9th, Buy 1 Get 1 Free Tea on March 16th, Free Pastry with Drink purchase on March 23rd and 50% off Frappuccino Blended Beverages on March 30th. Note that you must pay with your registered Starbucks Card in order to receive these special offers. Click HERE for more information.

Saturday
Mar072015

Shutterfly: 2 Free 8x10, More!

All customers receive 1 free 16x20 print or 2 free 8x10 prints with promo code YOUCHOOSE. 

Click below!

Shutterfly Free Stuff

Saturday
Mar072015

AEO and Aerie Spring Try On Instant Win Game

You could win:

One (1) Grand Prize: A 1971 Volkswagen Westfalia and $10,000 road trip spending money and $13,500 to use toward taxes. ARV: $58,500

(11,100) Instant Win Prizes:

  • (7,000) First Prizes: AEO shorts awarded as a digital code. ARV: $49.95
  • (4,100) Second Prize: Aerie bathing suit awarded as a digital code. ARV: $49.95

All entrants will be offered a tiered coupon for use in-store or online of $10 off a purchase of $40 or $20 off a purchase of $75 or more, only once per brand and cannot be combined with any other offer.

Enter to win here, good luck!

Saturday
Mar072015

Cracker Barrel: Win a Ham for Easter

Enter the Cracker Barrel Ham-a-Day Easter Giveaway for your chance to win a $45.00 coupon for a Free Meat Product from the Cracker Barrel Old Country Store.
Saturday
Mar072015

Free Advil PM Sample

Go here to receive a FREE 2-count sample of Advil PM! Allow 3-6 weeks for delivery.

Friday
Mar062015

Orange Coconut Cream Cake

For the cake:
2¼ cups cake flour
¾ cups granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
pinch of teaspoon salt
1½ sticks butter, at room temperature
6 egg whites
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Zest of 1 orange
1 vanilla bean

For the Frosting:
3 sticks butter, at room temperature
1 pack (8oz) cream cheese
1½ cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 tablespoon milk
2 cups shredded coconut

Make the Cake:
Preheat oven to 350° F and grease two 8-inch round cake pans; set aside.

Sift the cake flour into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add the sugar, baking powder and salt and beat on low speed for 15 seconds to combine.

Cut the butter into pieces, add to the batter and beat on low speed for 1 minute, or until the mixture is coarse and crumbly.

In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the egg whites, condensed milk, orange zest and shredded coconut until combined.

Cut the vanilla bean lengthwise; scrape the seeds into the mixture and whisk.

Add half of the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and beat on medium-high for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl, add the remainder of the wet ingredients and beat on medium speed for 30 seconds, or until the batter is well-mixed, light and fluffy.

Divide the batter evenly between the cake pans and bake for 35 to 45 minutes, or until the tops are firm and golden brown and spring back when pressed lightly in the center. Let the cakes cool completely in the pans on a wire rack.

Make the Frosting:
Beat the cream cheese with the electric mixer on high speed for about 5 minutes, scrape down sides.

Add sifted powdered sugar and keep beating on medium speed, then add the milk.

Cut the butter into pieces.

Turn the mixer back up to high speed and add the butter pieces. Keep beating for at least 5 minutes until the frosting is light and fluffy.