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Monday, August 18, 2014

Back to School - Coupon Savings



Shopping for school supplies is tough.  But it doesn't have to be expensive.  Here is a list of some great savings from supplies to breakfast and lunch item coupons.  While you are at it remember Mom needs a way to survive the school year too! So check out the Mom survival coupons!

School Supply List Coupons

Breakfast Coupons

Packed Lunch & After-School Snack Coupons

Quick & Easy Dinner Coupons

Mom Survival Coupons

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tasty Tuesday Recipe ~ Bean Posole



Growing up I would grab a can of hominy from my grandmother's cabinet, open it up and eat it straight from the can.  I have never experienced it that I can remember cooked in a recipe. My search for recipes using hominy produced very few until I came across this bean posole recipe that is a hit with everyone.  This recipe cooked in a slow cooker is easy, flavorful and filling.

We like heat, so I use Hot Salsa in ours.  The good thing with this recipe is you can make as spicy as you like by using mild, medium, hot, or mixing to come up with your own heat. It is all up to you. You can use your favorite salsa purchased from the local grocery store or use your own homemade salsa. Which ever you chose, it will add a zesty bite to this bean posole.

If you prefer to keep it as a vegetarian posole you can replace the chicken broth with vegetable broth. 

Easy Bean Posole

Ingredients
2 15 - 16 ounce cans golden hominy, rinsed and drained
2 15 - 16 ounce cans red beans, rinsed and drained
3 1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1 16 ounce jar thick and chunky salsa (1 2/3 cups) (Your choice of Hot, Medium, or Mild)
2 teaspoons dried oregano, crushed
1 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 cup whipping cream, half-and-half
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
Slivered or sliced green onions
Shredded cheese (optional)
Tortilla Chips (for the side) (optional)

Directions
1. In a 4-quart slow cooker combine hominy, beans, broth, salsa, and oregano. Cover; cook on low-heat setting for 7 to 8 hours or on high-heat setting for 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

2. With 30 minutes of cook time remaining, increase to high-heat setting if necessary. In a small bowl stir together cream and flour until smooth; stir into mixture in cooker. Cover; cook for 30 minutes more or until mixture is slightly thickened.

3. To serve, ladle soup into bowls. Top with green onions and shredded cheese, if desired. Serve with Tortilla chips on the side for dipping (optional)

Makes 6 servings.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Motivational Monday ~ Just One



I cannot count the times that I have either said or heard someone else say "I am just one person." But if f we just stop and have faith and confidence in our own abilities, maybe we could see how the power of one person or one idea can make a huge difference.  I came across this poem and it truly defines how being JUST ONE can make a difference.


Just One - Anonymous

One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey.
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true,
One life can make a difference,
You see, it's up to you!

Friday, August 8, 2014



It has been a while but I am back! New projects at work and time constraints kept me away from doing what I love.  Things have finally slowed down and I am looking forward to bringing to you more reviews, recipes and some great offers.

School is set to resume in a week or two, are you ready?  Do you still have more shopping to do for school supplies and clothes? 

How about labeling backpacks, lunchboxes, and jackets?  Need labels that will last for the school year or longer?  Upcoming review for Kidecals Waterproof Labels.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Motivational Monday ~ Life's Too Short to Be Anything But Happy


“There comes a time in your life when you have to let go of all the pointless drama and the people who create it and surround yourself with people who make you laugh so hard that you forget the bad and focus solely on the good. After all, life is too short to be anything but happy.”
 
Karl Marx (1897-1985);

Friday, September 6, 2013

Coupons.com - National Coupon Month Giveaway - Win $500 - Enter Daily!

In celebration of National Coupon Month, Coupons.com is launching a new giveaway super-bonanza! It’s super easy to enter and WIN!

Dates: September 6 - September 15
Prize: Daily $500 cash prize
One winner per day for 10 days! You may enter each day!

TEN (10) GRAND PRIZES (awarded one (1) per Daily Entry Period): $500 awarded as a check.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Hey Victoria! What's For Supper? Just the Best Sloppy Joes Ever ~ Mmm!

I used to buy Sloppy Joe Sauce from a can.  After trying this recipe, I will never do that again!  Made with ingredients that most of us already have in the pantry, these are bold and tasty.  We have them at least once a week and it is easy to freeze for a quick meal on a hectic night.  This recipe is Gluton-free (with the exception that I use regular hamburger buns instead of Gluten-free buns and of course add cheese.).  


Prep Time 15 Minutes                         Cook Time 10 Minutes           4 Servings
(You can double or triple the recipe for more people)

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 pound lean ground beef
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 green pepper, diced
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or to taste)
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon yellow mustard
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
8-ounce can tomato sauce

Cooking Directions:
  1. In a medium skillet over medium-high heat, brown the ground beef, onion, and green pepper in oil, breaking the meat up with a fork.
  2. Stir in the chili powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, cumin, mustard, garlic powder, salt, pepper, brown sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and tomato sauce and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring often.  Serve on hamburger bus or Gluten-Free hamburger buns and if you like add some American or cheddar cheese to top it off. 
Hope you like this recipe.  Cook some up this weekend and enjoy!

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