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Monday
Mar062017

Homemade Sno Balls Recipe

Homemade Sno Balls recipe

Makes 2 dozen

Ingredients: 

For the cake: 

  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups 1 percent milk

For frosting: 

  • 6 egg whites, warm
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup water, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3 cups coconut flakes
  • 2 - 3 drops red food coloring

Directions: 

  1. For the cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a muffin pan with cooking spray. Cream the butter and sugar together with a handheld mixer until combined; add eggs, one at a time. Mix in vanilla. In another bowl, mix together dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until there are no streaks of flour. Fill muffin pan cavities 3/4 full and bake for 15 minutes. Cool on a wire cooling rack. Once cakes are cooking, cut out a small cone from the bottom, discarding the triangle portion but keeping the small cake circle. (This is where the filling will be piped.)
  2. To prepare the filling/frosting: Beat egg whites until peaks form, about four minutes. In a saucepan, heat sugar, water and cream of tartar until boiling, and remove from heat and let sit until it reaches 242 degrees F. Slowly pour syrup into the egg whites and stir. Add vanilla. Beat until frosting thickens. In a blender, pulse coconut flakes and red food coloring until crumbly. Place the coconut mixture in a bowl for rolling.
  3. Fill a piping bag with 1/2 frosting. Carefully pipe frosting into the cakes and cover with the cake circle. Frost the rest of the cake with the frosting and then roll in the coconut flakes. Let cool for a few minutes and then enjoy!
Monday
Mar062017

Twinkies Copycat Recipe

Make your own @ home!

 

Homemade Twinkies recipe

Recipe adapted from TLC

Ingredients: 

For the cake: 

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

For the filling: 

  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup light cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar

Directions: 

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Grease three mini loaf pans with cooking spray.
  2. Beat the eggs and sugar with a handheld mixer until thick. Slowly add in all other ingredients and beat until fully combined. Divide the batter among the mini loaf pans, filling about 3/4 full. Bake cakes for at least an hour, or until golden brown. Cool in pans and then transfer to a wire cooling rack.
  3. While cakes cook, prepare filling by mixing shortening, sugar, vanilla and light cream with a hand mixer. Once mixed, slowly add in sugar and beat until combined. Fill a pastry bag with frosting and cut a small hole.
  4. Once cakes have cooled, carefully poke three holes in the bottom of the cakes. Pipe frosting into the holes until just filled. Cool for at least 20 minutes and enjoy!
Saturday
Feb252017

Reese's Chocolate Brownies

How can you beat the combination of Reese's, chocolate and brownies? I recently worked with Walmart on an amazing brownie recipe, here it is!


Next, the instructions said to mix up the brownie mix first:

After mixing it up, I put half of the batter in the 13x9 baking dish.

I added a layer of Reese's peanut butter chips:

After 30 min. bake time, the brownies are done!! Yum, look at all those peanut butter chips!

 

The next part of the recipe is to prepare the chocolate frosting:

CHOCOLATE FROSTING:

Melt 1/2 cup butter or margarine in saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; add 2/3 cup HERSHEY'S Cocoa stirring until smooth. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and dash of salt. Gradually add 3-1/2 cups powdered sugar with 6 tablespoons hot water, stirring until smooth. About 2 cups frosting.

I melted a stick of butter, Hershey's cocoa and vanilla. 

Then I gradually added in the powdered sugar:

After the frosting was throughly mixed, I spread it over the cooled brownies. Nothing is better than homemade frosting!

Add the Reese's Pieces and you are all set! Cut into squares, eat and enjoy!

Friday
Feb242017

Watermelon Ice Cream Pops

All you need:

2 pints strawberry ice cream (or cherry), slightly softened
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips 
1 pint pistachio ice cream (we used mint chocolate chip)
10 popsicle sticks (optional)

Preparation

Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap. 

In a medium bowl, mix strawberry ice cream with mini chocolate chips. Pour ice cream into loaf pan. 

Spread a layer of ice cream over the strawberry layer. Place sticks down the middle of the loaf pan. Place into the freezer for a few hours until firm. 

Once firm, remove from the loaf pan and slice the ice cream in between each stick to make an ice pop! I just cut them into slices, look how cute!

Eat immediately or place them into individual baggies and keep them in the freezer until ready to eat.

Friday
Feb242017

Pineapple Upside Down Cake

My mother in law Janet made the most amazing Dole Pineapple and Cream Cheese Upside Down Cake. Here's the recipe!

1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Slices, drained
7 or 8  maraschino cherries
1 pkg. (9 oz.) yellow cake mix
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (3 oz.) JELL-O® Brand Lemon Flavor Gelatin
egg(s)

DIRECTION

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Spray 9-inch cake pan orspring form pan with nonstick cooking spray.  If using a spring form pan, wrap foil around the bottom.


INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 can (20 oz.) DOLE  Pineapple Slices, drained
8 maraschino cherries

DIRECTION

Stir together melted butter and brown sugar in pan.   Place 7 or 8 pineapple slices in sugar mixture.  Place cherry in center of each pineapple slice; cut remaining 2 slices of pineapple in half and place decoratively around slice in center of the pan.


INGREDIENTS

1 pkg. (9 oz.) yellow cake mix
2 pkg. (8 oz. each) PHILADELPHIA® Cream Cheese, softened
1 pkg. (3.0 oz.) JELL-O® Lemon Gelatin
2 eggs

DIRECTION

Prepare cake mix according to the package directions (if using cake mix larger than 9 oz., a 10 or 12-inch pan is recommended).  Pour half cake batter evenly over pineapple.  Beat cream cheese, lemon gelatin and eggs in bowl of an electric mixer until smooth.  Spread cream cheese mixture gently over cake mix.  Pour remaining cake mix over cheese cake in pan.


DIRECTION

Bake 65 to 75 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

DIRECTION

Cool 5 minutes.  Loosen edges and turn out onto serving platter.

Friday
Feb242017

Cheesy Taco Casserole

We were recently given the chance to try out one of McCormick's amazing homemade recipes. We chose Taco Casserole from McCormick.com. My son Cam is sometimes a picky eater, so I was hoping he was going to love this recipe. And he did! Tacos are a family staple in our home, but my son always just wants cheese and meat. Sometimes he'll be ok with lettuce too, but not always. This recipe was perfect for sneaking in some extra healthy ingredients with the beans, which are a great source of protein.

 

1 1/2 lbs. of ground beef

Nutritional information

(amount per servings)

Total Calories: 417

Sodium: 1248mg

Fat: 21g

Carbohydrates: 27g

Cholesterol: 83mg

Protein: 30g

Fiber: 5g

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Brown meat in large skillet on medium-high heat. Drain fat.
  2. Stir in Seasoning Mix, beans, tomato sauce and corn. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 5 minutes. Spoon into 2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese and tortilla chips.
  3. Bake 5 to 10 minutes or until cheese is melted. Serve with assorted toppings, if desired.
Friday
Feb242017

Starbucks Lemon Loaf


Here's how to make it!

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cups flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon lemon extract
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil

Lemon icing:

  • 1 cup plus 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • ½ teaspoon lemon extract

Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, blend eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, and oil with an electric mixer.

Pour wet ingredients into dry ingredients and mix until smooth. Pour into a well-greased 9-inch-by-5-inch loaf pan and bake for 45 minutes. When loaf is cool, remove from pan and ice with icing. Slice into 1-inch slices. Serves 8.

Thursday
Feb232017

Mrs. Field's Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Here is the Mrs. Field's chocolate chip cookie copycat recipe!
INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup dark brown sugar (firmly packed)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 cup cold salted butter, cut into cubes
2 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well with a wire whisk.
  3. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, blend the sugars at medium speed.
  4. Add the cold butter, and mix to form a grainy paste, scraping down the sides of the bowl. Add eggs and vanilla extract, and mix at low to medium speed just until blended. Do not overmix.
  5. Add the flour mix and chocolate chips, and blend at a low speed just until mixed. Do not overmix.
  6. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto an ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart.
  7. Bake 20-22 minutes until golden. Transfer cookies immediately to a cool surface with a spatula. You can line sheets with parchment and transfer to a cold surface to do it faster.