California Tortilla Free Taco

Sign up for a free taco at California Tortilla. If you have kiddos, check with your favorite Cal Tort to see if they have a Kids Night where kids eat free or cheap.

Bath Body Works $3 Shipping

Today, Friday, June 26th, 2009, Bath & Body Works is offering $3 shipping when you use the code SHIP3 during checkout.

Tomorrow, Saturday, June 27th, $4 shipping using the code SHIP4

& Sunday, June 28th, $5 shipping using the code SHIP5

Cinnamon Sugar Pita Chips


2 pita bread rounds, cut into triangles and pulled into two parts from the edges.
Cinnamon-sugar mixture in a shaker
3 tsp melted butter or margerine

Preheat oven 350*
Place pita triangles onto a cookie sheet in one layer
Brush on the butter using a pastry brush
Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar

Bake 8-10 minutes or until golden. Cool and eat warm.

The verdict:

My kids loved these. Said they were the best thing ever. I thought they were good, but not the best thing ever. Anyways, its an easy snack and the kids can help you make them too.

Mint Chocolate Pudding Pops

Here is a tasty, easy and fun treat you can whip up in a jiffy and let the kids help.
This recipe is adapted from Kraft Food and Family Magazine's Cookies & Creme pudding pops recipe.

1 pkg Chocolate Instant Pudding or 4 packs of Jell-o instant pudding singles
2 Cups Cold Milk
6 Keebler Mint Cookies - they are similar the the Girl Scout Thin Mints YUM!
1/2 Cup Cool Whip, extra creamy tastes the best

Using a large bowl, beat pudding with milk; whisk for 2 minutes.
Place mint cookies into a ziploc bag and crush them with a meat tenderizer, hammer, or whatever you have close by.
Add cookies and cool whip to pudding. Stir gently until blended. If you fold in the cool whip it will have a swirled effect.
Spoon mixture into 9 small paper or plastic cups. Use a large ice-cream scoop to make this go faster.
Insert popsicle sticks into the cups to make the handles. Freeze 5 hours or until firm.

Tip: To remove the pops from the cup. Place the bottom of the cup in a bowl of warm water for about 15 seconds. Push up on the bottom of the cup and the pop will release.

Free Can of Glidden Paint Still Going On

Get it while you still can....

Glidden is giving away a free quart of egg shell finish paint. Just click here to sign up for the free offer while supplies last. The website was bogged down yesterday, so they extended this offer one extra day.

Bloom Triples June 24 - June 30th

Get your coupons ready because Bloom is hosting a triple coupon event for an entire week this time from Wednesday 6/24 to Tuesday 6/30. I am so glad they decided to do this since the kids are out of summer. Sheesh! Anywho...Here are a few websites with coupon matchups for you to check out:

We Use Coupons

Southern Savers

Hot Coupon World Forum

Kids Bowl Free All Summer Long

Kids bowl free all summer long with a new program many bowling alleys are participating in. Check here to see if your area has a participating bowling alley.

In order to participate, click on the bowling alley you will be attending and register directly on that page. You will also have the opportunity to purchase a family pass, which allows "2 GAMES PER PERSON PER DAY. The Family Pass covers up to 4 adult family members. You may have 1, 2, 3, or 4 adults on the family pass." The cost is a nominal 23.95 and covers up to 4 adults all summer long. This way you can take the kiddos to the bowling alley whenever you want and only pay for shoe rentals.

VERY IMPORTANT!!! After registering for the KIDS BOWL FREE they will send you 2 confirmation emails. You must click on the second email to confirm your request, so you can start receiving your weekly coupons.

You can read more about the program here.

"Ghetto" Garlic Bread Using Leftover Hot Dog Buns

I am not sure where this recipe came from or how it came to be called "ghetto" garlic bread, but it has just stuck and we still call it that. Hopefully I do not offend anyone with the name. If so, my apologies.

This is a very simple recipe I have used for many years, and did I mention it is out of this world too?!?

4 Hot Dog Buns, break into two pieces
1/2 stick Butter or margerine
2-3 cloves Garlic, chopped(or grated), or 2 tsp prepared minced garlic from a jar
pinch salt

Melt butter in microwaveable dish. Add garlic and salt. Stir well. Dip hot dog buns into the butter mixture making sure to get the garlic smeared on each piece. Flip each piece over and repeat. Place on a cookie sheet and broil until toasted (2-5 minutes). Serve and watch your family fight over them. :)

Side Note:
This does not work well with garlic powder or garlic salt, but it is doable.

Easy Beef Stroganoff (Using Frozen Meatball's) with Homeade Egg Noodles

I made Meatballs with Ikea Cream Sauce one night and had some leftover meatballs and sauce, so I decided to make two meals out of one. I added sour cream and paprika to the original Ikea Graddsas cream sauce recipe and made what tastes like a rich Beef Stroganoff without mushrooms (I detest mushrooms!) It turned out really well, and was quick and easy. So, here is the Cream Sauce Recipe with the additions and directions.

Easy Beef Stroganoff or German Style Gravy

1 - 2 lb Precooked Meatballs*
2 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
1 cup Beef Broth or stock (can substitute beef bouillon dissolved in water)
1 tsp soy sauce
Pinch Salt and pepper, to taste
Pinch Paprika
1/2 Cup Sour Cream

Heat Butter in small sauce pan. Add flour and cook stirring constantly for about 2 minutes. Add 1 cup beef broth or stock, 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream, salt and pepper, paprika, and sour cream. Heat until slightly thickened. Mix with cooked frozen meatballs, or cook the meatballs in the gravy. Serve over egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

* Make meatballs in advance by mixing ground beef, egg, breadcrumbs, seasonings, onions, Worcestershire sauce. Roll into 1" balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for approx 30 min @ 350*. When cooled place in freezer bags, label and freeze. To serve, thaw in refrigerator, microwave to heat up, or throw in your favorite sauce and simmer.

(Egg Noodles) Fresh Pasta in a Mixer or Food Processor
2 Cups Flour
3 eggs
1 tsp
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 - 1 Tbsp water

Mix Flour and eggs together. Add salt and mix again. Add oil and water. If dough is too sticky add a little flour. Scrape out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface. Add flour if necessary. Knead for a few minutes (2-3). Let rest 20 minutes before putting through the pasta maker. Cut dough into 4 sections and put each section through your pasta maker. If you do not have a pasta maker, roll the dough out and cut into small pieces with a pizza cutter. You can also wrap the dough in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for later use.

Free Smoothie @ Orange Julius with Coupon Today Only

Get a Free Smoothie at Orange Julius with this coupon Today, June 19th only.

Mini Ham & Cheese Pita Sammies - A Pitawich :)

I made these for my kiddos for lunch today. I was given these tiny pita breads and thought mini sammies would be a good change from the same old PB & J's the kids have been having in school. They are very easy to make and the kids really enjoyed them. If you have a hard time finding the mini pita breads, Trader Joe's carries these.


Mini Pita Breads
White Cheddar Sliced Cheese or block cheese cut into slices
Sliced Ham lunch meat


Slice the pitas open carefully about halfway, so it looks like they have a mouth. Slice the ham and cheese into strips. Place the meat and cheese inside the pita. Place pitas in a toaster oven for about 2-3 minutes on toast to melt the cheese and crisp up the bread a little.

You could also fill these with chicken or tuna salad for a quick and tasty lunch.

Free Pan Pizza @ Pizza Hut for Good Grades

Did you child get good grades this quarter? If so, take his or her report card to your local Pizza Hut and they will reward your child with a Free Personal Pan Pizza and a small soft drink or milk. To qualify the child must have at least 3 A's or the equivalent. Read more on the programs at Pizza Hut here.

Easy Taco Salad

I tweeted about this earlier, so I thought hmmmm maybe I should blog about it too. This is a great recipe I use often. Its one of those family favorites that everyone loves and mom loves it too, because it's easy.

1 lb Ground Beef
1 Onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic (can use dried if you dont have fresh. Use Rachel Rays tip for garlic: Grate the garlic on a grater)
1 Packet taco seasoning (or you can use Chili Powder, Cumin, Salt and pepper to taste)
1 lb Velveeta, cut into large cubes
1 can Rotel (3/4 can of diced tomatoes works too)
Iceberg Lettuce, chopped
Tomato, chopped
Tortilla Chips

Brown ground beef until almost done. Drain. Add onion, garlic, seasonings and saute until done. Add Velveta cubes and Rotel and cook on medium heat stirring occasionally. To serve: Place lettuce, tomatoes, and chips in bowl and pour meat and cheese mixture over.

I like to mix the meat with the lettuce and tomato, but when you have leftovers this gets soggy. Either way its good eats!

$5 off $25 @ Walgreens - One Day Left

Print off this coupon for $5 off any $25 or more purchase at Walgreen's. This is only good today and tomorrow, so hurry down to Walgreen's before it expires on June 11th.

Chadwicks up to $40 off Coupon Code - Summer Savings!!

The more you spend the more you save sale at Chadwicks. Use the promo code CHSAVE40 to receive $40 off $120, $30 off $90, or $20 off $60.

80% off Restaurantcom Gift Certificates - expires soon

Get 80% off at when using the promo code PRESENT. Code expires June 15th, 2009.

This is a great way to save money when dining out or when you want to try out new places to eat. Make sure to read the details on each certificate before buying. Most certificates have minimum purchase requirements, such as minimum $50 food and drink purchase to use a $25 gift certificate.

SuperFresh Triples Friday 6/05 - 6/11

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Heads up - SuperFresh is doing triples again June 5 through June 11th. Check your local ad to see if your store is participating. Most stores are tripling coupons up to .99 cents. So a .75 coupon is worth $2.25 and a .50 coupon is worth $1.50. The ad states they will not double coupons that state "do not double" on them. (side note - GAY!)

National Donut Day June 5th Free Donut @ Dunkin Donuts & Krispy Creme

Get a free donut at either Dunkin Donuts or Krispy Creme on Friday, June 5th, National Donut Day. Read more here at Surviving the Stores.

TGI Fridays Buy One Get One Free Coupon

Print this coupon and take it to your local TGI Fridays to get a free entree when you buy one entree. The coupon is good until June 22cd.

Sign up for Fridays points program here to get a free appetizer and a cut the line pass.

Regal Movie Theater FREE Movies This Summer

Bring your kids to the movie theater every Tuesday and Wednesday this Summer while school is out for a free movie at Regal movie theaters. Seating is limited to first come, first-served, so get there early. The movies are selected G and PG selections and are a wonderful way to get out of the extreme heat and have a fun family outing.

Check your local schedule here.

Bloom 6/03 - 6/09 Ad Highlights

A few highlights from this weeks ad.

Angus Choice T-bone or Porterhouse Steaks $4.98 lb

Breyers Ice Cream BOGO (or half price $2.35)
~ Use Breyers Ice Cream, Any 1.5 Quart + - 05-17-09 RP $1/1 or .75/1; Final cost $1.35 or $1.60

Great American Seafood Frozen Products BOGO (prices vary but should be half off, so cheaper) Limit 2 free

Dorito's Chips Buy 2 Get 2 Free; $8 for 4 bags of chips

Coke Products $2.75 each or 4/$11

Bloom Drinking Water Bottles 24 pack $3.50

Tyson Family Pack Chicken Buy More save more
~use Tyson Frozen Chicken or Beef Strips product, Any - 05-31-09 SS $1/1
2 for $7.99 each; Cost after coupons $6.99 each
3 for $6.99 each; Cost after coupons $5.99 each
4 for $5.99 each; Cost after coupons $4.99 each

Bloom Sherbert 32 oz $1.79

And also earn points for knives with Bloom points. The knives are actually of good quality. Check out the details at your local store.