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Saturday, June 18, 2011

New Wine Buying Site: Lot 18

I just found a great new wine buying site that has wines for 60% off regular prices. Plus, sign up for a free membership to the site, and you get a $10 credit added to your account to be taken off your first order. They have some really great prices and $10 off is going to make for an even better deal ;-)

Visit here to sign up... Cheers!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Gotta Try: Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad

Found a new recipe that I just have to try called Lime-Cilantro Quinoa Salad. Sounds absolutely delicious and very summery ;-)

Menu Plan- 6/13-6/19

Here's my meal plan for the week:
Monday: Italian Pasta Toss ( I always keep cooked, chopped up chicken in the freezer for quick meals like this),  salad
Tuesday: Stir Fry, brown rice, and salad
Wednesday: Hoppin John (crockpot), whole wheat skillet cornbread.
Thursday: Burritos (going to be making a bunch for the freezer so might as well have them for dinner, too), corn on the cob, salad
Friday: French bread pizza
Saturday: Crockpot Salisbury Steak, roasted potatoes, veggie, and salad
Sunday: No clue yet...

I am going to be working on preparing food for our trip as much as I can. This looks like it is going to be a fairly busy week so we will see how much I actually get done. I am going to try and work on getting the canvas fixed on our pop-up today (the stitching has come un-done and I am going to attempt to re-sew it by hand... hoping this works because I really don't want to know the price of having someone else fixing it). 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

HOT DEAL!!! 2 Movie Tickets for $9 (Living Social Deal)

There is a HOT Living Social deal on movie tickets through Fandango right now. It is just $9 for two movie tickets! And no, these vouchers do not have to be redeemed for a matinee only (it says that the voucher cannot be used for 3D or Imax movies but that is the only listed restriction). I purchased these same vouchers last time this deal came around (I think it was back in Feb, so it isn't extremely often), and we used them a couple of weeks ago to see Thor in 3D, (which is apparently not supposed to happen since it says the vouchers cannot be used for 3D movies... hmmmm not sure if that changed since the last time or what. It does say the tickets can be up to $12 each, which ours were $12 plus the $1 processing fee) at night ($25 worth of tickets) for nothing else out of pocket besides the initial $9 to purchase the voucher. The voucher does have an expiration date but it is several months after you purchase it (at that time, if for some reason you let it expire, the voucher would only be worth $9 off your total purchase. Basically, only one ticket free if you don't use it... so seriously, use it! It's worth it!).

 If you don't have a living social account, or know what it is, basically it is a site that allows you to purchase vouchers for a percentage off of the price it would cost you normally (generally 50% off) for entertainment, services (they even have vouchers for massages and spa days), classes, merchandise, and much more. You are not obligated to buy anything at all and you don't even have to sign up for emails. A lot of the deals will be listed under a specific city site, and will sometimes be a city specific item, but a lot of the time it is a nationwide deal that you can do anywhere.
Anyway, check out this deal here: LIVING SOCIAL HOT MOVIE TICKET DEAL!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

La Victoria Salsa Cpn ;-)

If you "like" La Victoria Salsa on Facebook right now, you can print a $2 off any product coupon (2 if you make sure to hit the back button 3 times to print your second coupon. Bricks coupons always allow for 2 prints of the coupon unless otherwise stated). This coupon= FREE green salsa, 12 cent regular salsa, or FREE Enchilada Sauce at Walmart ;-) This will be great for our trip!

Update: Our local Walmart had all of these priced at $2.27 cents, so I had to pay 27 cents each... I'm not complaining ;-)

Final List: Countdown to Disneyland Foods

Okay, so here is my completed list so far (See Countdown to Disneyland if you are wondering what the heck I am talking about and why I am making a list):

Snack Foods
Blackberry Peanut Rice Krispie Treats (mine will be boysenberry unless there's a deal on Blackberries soon).
Granola Bars
Trail Mix (we mix a bunch of different concoctions around here... just put whatever you want)
Yogurt
Crackers and cheese
Laughing cow cheese (not homemade, but I love these!)
Fresh fruit (picked up peaches, plums, and cherries at farmers market today... also taking blueberries and grapes).

Main Dishes
Burritos
Hot Dogs (more than one meal, most likely... we shop at Costco so we have plenty of dogs for many meals... lol).
Hamburgers
Spaghetti (making sauce and freezing it to thaw there... cooking noodles there and tossing together).
Chicken Jambalaya (mixed rice with spices and placed in a baggie, cooked chicken chopped it and froze it, and chopped all the veggies up and put in a baggie for the fridge)
Crockpot Italian Chicken
Beef and Macaroni (taking cooked beef, canned veggies, noodles, shredded cheese, and mixing flour and spices in a baggie to make sauce + butter).
Purchased a Gift Cert. from Restaurant.com so we will eat one meal out


Breakfast Foods
First off, let me say that I have frozen milk ready for this. I recently read a blog where they put frozen milk in their cooler on road trips and then it would thaw along the way so they could use it for cereal and so forth... can't remember which blog but I will provide a link if I find the post again. Totally genius ;-)

Granola
Breakfast Burritos
Scramble (potatoes, eggs, bell pepper, onion, sausage)
Toast

Miscelleneous
chocolate mousse (yep... the jello ones... I got them for really cheap a while back and having been saving them for this trip... perfect and simple desserts. A little processed food isn't so bad ;-)
Smores fixins'
Tea (taking tea pot and making tea like we do at home... hate spending money on the bottled up stuff that tastes icky).
Koolaid (yeah, not really a great option but it's cheap and sort of a simple pleasure)
Juice
Water
COFFEE (MUST HAVE)

Countdown to Disneyland

We are in full swing fundraising mode in our household. Our daughter recently qualified to compete at the Starz National Dance Competition at Disneyland, CA. One thing that has been planned from day one, mainly because we absolutely cannot stand eating a bunch of fast food or overpriced, under tasty restaurant food, is that we are going to take most of our own food with us. This is not unusual for us. We generally make our own snack foods (usually a trail mix concoction of some sort or homemade granola), take fresh fruits and veggies, and if we are traveling out of town, even if it is just for the day, usually cook up some dinner that we can easily transport with us. Either that or if we know we will be home before dinner, I make sure to have something cooking in the slow cooker. For this trip, we will be gone for about a week, up to around 10 days or so (my husband doesn't have any work lined up for this time period so we will just kinda see how it goes). So, I am in the planning stages of figuring out what I need to make and how much I need to make. I know that I am going to make up a bunch of breakfast cookies, granola and granola bars, trail mix, muffins, homemade tortillas, and bread. What I need to determine is what I need to take for our main meals. I have been stocking up on the good hot dogs whenever they are on sale (we buy the all beef ones that don't have added preservatives, nitrates, or nitrites), but truthfully, we have eaten some of these and I am not sure how many packages we have left to take. If we at least have a couple of meals worth that would suffice though. I was also thinking about making up some hamburger patties and freezing them to take, as well as burritos, maybe some cooked ground beef for tacos or spaghetti (we have tons of pasta since I always stockpile this when I am able to get it for really cheap or free), and maybe some cooked chicken (I don't want to transport a lot of raw meats just in case something were to go wrong). I was also thinking about possibly taking my crockpot and cooking a meal on the way to CA by plugging it into the outlet in the back of the van. This is still in the early planning stages since I have never attempted this before but since we are going on a day trip to Seven Falls this coming Sunday, I might try this out then to see how it works. I have also been looking into possible shops that I could maybe do during our trip so that I can make some money while we are on our trip (I work as a mystery shopper) to cover any food that we may need to pick up from the store or if we decide to eat out (which I have also been bookmarking restaurants on restaurant.com in order to determine if there are any gift cards we want to pick up for this purpose). Anyway, so that is where I am at for the planning of this trip. I will post a list of everything I end up making to take as well as recipes and links whenever I get everything a bit more organized. And, if you have any recipes to share or tips along these lines, please let me know ;-)

P.S. If you are planning to go on vacation, I just found this article from Bankrate that includes tips for saving quickly for a vacation. Can't say I agree with #8 on the list at all, but there are debit cards that allow you to earn rewards on your purchases. Check out Perkstreet.com or even the Paypal.com debit card. I have both of these and have earned quite a bit of cash back without having to pay any interest. By the way, if you pay for childcare tuition with a credit card and can't pay your bill for some reason, do they get to keep your kid??? 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Menu Plan- 6/6- 6/12

Here is my menu plan for this week:
Monday: Spaghetti, Salad
Tuesday: Salmon Patties, coleslaw, and green beans
Wednesday: A Norwegian dish called Lubscous (sp?) (family recipe from hubby's side... has rutabaga, potatos, etc. Very yummy, one of our faves)
Thursday: Seasoned pork chops (I have some really thick loin chops that I picked up for a really good price that I am going to cut in half  for this), coucous, veggie, and salad
Friday: Hamburgers and sweet potato fries
Saturday: Crockpot rotisserie chicken, veggie, brown rice, and salad
Sunday: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, veggie, and salad

For the hamburgers, I am going to make some more Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns (my stockpile has somehow disappeared from the freezer.. lol). I also plan on making more whole wheat tortillas (made some last week for the chicken tacos and they were awesome. For this, I got the recipe from Totally Tortillas and this is absolutely the best tortilla recipe. There are lots of other great recipes in the book and it is totally worth the price ;-) I am also planning on making some Honey Whole Wheat Bagels and some Honey Whole Wheat Bread since my bread stockpile is starting to run low.
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