Harris Teeter Triple Coupons 11/4 - 11/10

The hub's spoke with someone at Harris Teeter today and they confirmed triple coupons for November 4th through November 10th over the phone for the Ashburn, VA location. I am not sure about other Harris Teeter locations, but rumour online is it will be happening all over. Check your local HT for details.

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Menu Plan Monday 10/26

Monday – Pork Stir Fry – Heat oil in large skillet add onions, peppers and sauté for a few minutes. Add cubed pork; Add Shredded carrots, (Slice 2 onions and 2 bell peppers. Place half of peppers and onions in a bag for Tuesday)

Tuesday – Chicken Fajita's (marinate chicken breasts with lime, garlic, adobo seasoning, salt and pepper and grill) with Bell peppers and onions, beans and rice

Wednesday – Meatballs * with Ikea Gradaas Cream Sauce, mashed potatoes and fresh green beans

Thursday – Tuscana Soup with Kale

Friday – Easy Taco Salad **

Saturday – Halloween - leftovers 

Sunday - Eggplant Lasagna

*Make meatballs ahead of time, take 5-6 (or more) pounds of ground beef and add bread crumbs, Worcestershire sauce, onions, garlic, salt, pepper, and eggs. Shape into small balls and line onto a cookie sheet; Bake in 350* oven for 30 minutes then place in freezer bags to store. To make meat loaves, reserve 1 to 2 pounds of the mix and add tomato paste and a chopped green pepper to the remaining meat mix. Shape mix into small loaves for meat loaf (small loaves cook faster). Freeze the meat loaves on a cookie sheet then place all of them into the same bag and freeze again (you will be able to take them out as needed). To bake, thaw meat loaves in the fridge or take meat directly from the freezer to the oven; bake @ 350 for 20 - 45 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves.

**Make this master meat mix ahead for taco's, enchiladas, spaghetti, lasagna, taco salad, taco dip, etc. Brown several pounds (4-6) of ground beef in a large pot; Drain fat. Add in chopped onions, and garlic; saute until onions are opaque. Add salt and pepper. Cool mixture, place in freezer bags, label and store in freezer until ready to use.

Menu Plan Monday is linked to the following sites; Check them out to get more dinner ideas.


Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday

Kitchen Tip: Freeze and Steam Veggies

I really love Ziploc's Zip and Steam Bags because they make storing and cooking fresh veggies so easy. Almost any type of vegetable can be placed inside, such as potatoes, carrots, green beans, etc; and then frozen. Simply pull out the bag and place into the microwave for a few minutes and you have your very own steam fresh vegetables that are much cheaper than those big brands.

Take the Patty Pan Squash, or other vegetable, cut off the brown parts and slice it in half and then into thin slices. Place squash in the Zip And Steam Ziploc Bag. Add salt, pepper, butter (if desired) and seal; freeze or cook.

To cook immediately or to cook after freezing, place bag into microwave and cook for 4-6 minutes.

Note: After several months, these bags did not hold up all that well in the freezer. Several of them cracked when I tried to reheat the veggies. I am not very careful when I put my items in the freezer, so it could be operator error, but I still wanted to put the info out there.

Menu Plan Monday 10/19 – 10/25

Off to a late start this week. I did have my menu written down on Monday, I just have been a busy bee, well maybe I have been goofing off a little. So, here goes this week's menu. To see more great menu's and recipes check out orgjunkie.com, Dining With Debbie, and Tasty Tuesday.

Monday – Crock-Pot Pinto Beans, Rice and Cornbread

Tuesday – Leftovers

Wednesday – Enchiladas with homemade green chili sauce, refried beans, leftover rice – whip up an extra batch and place in the freezer; the sauce can be frozen by itself and the dish assembled later.

Thursday – Leftover enchiladas

Friday – Potato Soup and rolls

Saturday – Porterhouse Steaks, baked potatoes, squash

Sunday –Pan Seared Pork Chops, Potatoes Au Gratin, Squash Medley (squash, bell pepper, and onion sautéed)

Yellow Cake Mix Lemon Bundt or Tube Cake

Cake Mix Lemon Cake

I have had a huge craving for lemon cake. I have no idea why, but I just had to try to make this cake lemony. This was the BEST CAKE! It is almost gone, and that never happens in our house. I am planning on making it again today because it was so AWESOME! Not that I need to eat more cake, but oh well...that's what treadmills are for, right?

Anyone have a favorite cake mix recipe made with yellow cake? I would love to see it. I have about 12 boxes of yellow cake mix to bake up and I need some variations.

Cake Ingredients:

1 box yellow cake mix (or lemon)
1 box (4 oz) Cream Cheese Instant Pudding mix ( vanilla or lemon pudding)
1 1/4 cups water
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tsp lemon extract (you could try to substitute with lemon juice and lemon zest)
3 eggs

Cake Instructions:

Preheat oven to 325*. Grease bundt pan or tube pan with shortening and flour or Baker's Joy (baking spray and flour). Using a mixer beat together cake mix, pudding, water, oil, vanilla extract, lemon extract, and eggs on low for 30 seconds; Mix on high for 2 minutes; Pour into cake pan. Bake for 40 - 55 minutes until a toothpick or knife inserted into center of cake comes out clean.

Frosting Ingredients:

1 can of frosting (vanilla, buttercream, or cream cheese)
1 - 2 Tbsp lemon juice
1-2 tsp lemon extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 Cup Powdered Sugar
a few splashes of milk to thin it

In a large bowl, mix frosting, lemon juice, lemon extract, vanilla extract, and powdered sugar. Using mixer whip frosting; add a few splashes of milk to frosting and mix. Continue adding milk until the desired consistency is reached. It should be somewhat runny, so you can drizzle the frosting on the cake.

Frosting Yields enough for 2 cakes.

Crock-Pot Meatball Subs

Crock-Pot Meatball Subs

I had originally planned on making Spaghetti and Meatballs with the meatballs I made in bulk the other day, but since we had a ton of bread that we picked up at our CSA farm for free, I decided to make Meatball Subs. It was pretty basic. I just threw the frozen precooked meatballs into the Crock-Pot and poured 2 jars of sauce over them.

15 - 20 meatballs
2 jars of pasta sauce
french bread or hoagie rolls, sliced in half
mozerella cheese

Place meatballs and sauce in slow cooker; stir well. Heat for 4-6 hours on low, stirring occasionally.
Place bread into the oven on broil to warm up. Take bottom part of bread and carefully place meatballs and sauce on the bread. Place bread back into the oven and broil until cheese melts. Remove from oven and put the top on the bread. Now...if you can open wide enough to eat the sammie, chow down!

Chicken or Turkey Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

I love this simple dish because it is well, easy and lets face it, everyone loves chicken pot pie. It can be made with a refrigerated pie crust or a homemade crust. It is also a great recipe to have on hand for all the leftover turkey most of us try to figure out what to do with after turkey day!

Tip: when making a pie crust, double the recipe and freeze half for later use.


1 unbaked double pie crust recipe, or 1 box of Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust dough.
2 cups chicken or turkey, cooked and cubed
1 - 12 or 16 oz Bag of mixed veggies (veg-all)
1 can cream of mushroom
1 can cream of chicken
1/2 tsp salt and several twists of fresh black pepper
1 soup can milk
In a large bowl mix chicken or turkey, veggies, cream soups, salt, pepper and milk; stir well. Spoon mixture into 9 * 13 casserolle dish or small individual baking dishes.

Roll out pie crust dough on flour surface; Roll out large enough to fit the top of the casserolle dish. Cover casserolle dish with pie crust; tuck under edges and dent sides with knuckle. Bake uncovered @ 425* for 30 - 45 minutes or until crust is golden.

*Place cookie sheet on bottom rack of oven to catch any drips.

If making individual pot pies, seperate dough into 4 or 5 portions and roll each portion into a circle. Top individual baking dishes with rolled out dough. Bake uncovered @ 425* until golden.

*This is not a low cal or healthy dish. Just FYI :D <3 Jennifer Wood

Spaghetti Pomodoro Fresca (tiny tomatoes)

Spaghetti Pomodoro Fresca

I learned how to make Spaghetti Pomodoro Fresca while stationed in Naples, Italy. I fell in love with this fresh pasta sauce and adapted it here to use some tiny yellow tomatoes I had received from our CSA. Traditionally it is made with pomidorini, which are tiny tomatoes (Nature's Sweet is a great one to use).

2 cups small tomatoes, yellow or red or heirloom
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped
1/4 - 1/3 cup olive oil
5 leaves fresh basil, snipped
 a few tbsp reserved pasta water
salt and pepper

Boil pasta water with plenty of salt. In another pot, drizzle the bottom with about 1/4 cup olive oil. Cook garlic lightly in oil for a few minutes. Do not burn the garlic. Add tomatoes, salt and pepper and basil.  Cook on med to med high heat until the tomatoes start to burst. Add a little of the pasta water to the tomatoes. Drain pasta and add to tomato mixture; stir well. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

*Add a pinch of hot pepper flakes to kick it up a notch!

Baked Parmesan Asparagus - DELISH!

Baked Parmesan Asparagus

Want to get your kids to eat their veggies? Make this easy and good for you dish in a snap! I promise the entire family will be fighting for the last spear. Make sure to choose thin spears, since the thicker spears will be tougher and harder to eat.


Olive Oil
Hand full of Parmesan Cheese
Salt and pepper

Rinse asparagus; snap one spear to see where to cut the remaining spears. Cut the ends off the asparagus spears. Place in a loaf pan. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper; toss to coat. Sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese; Bake uncovered at 350* for 30 minutes.

RITE AID Lots of Freebies this week! 10/11

Head over to Rite-Aid asap if you have one close by. There are a ton of items free after rebate. I was able to pick up $43 worth of cold related items today and will receive all of it back after I submit the rebate here.

Here are a few of my favorite freebies from this week:

Poligrip Denture Cream Adhesive
$1.99 with a $1.99 SCR (limit 1)
Free Product Coupon (copy & paste this link: https://www.mypolicare.com/Poligrip_TryMeFree.promo) or 10/4 RP
FREE + profit after coupon and rebate!

Comtrex 20 ct.
$3.99 with a $3.99 SCR (limit 1)
$2 peelies found on some packages
FREE + profit after coupon and rebate!

Simply Saline Nasal Mist
$4.99 with a $4.99 SCR (limit 1)
$1 off 7/26 SS
FREE + profit after coupon and rebate!

 Head over to The Freebie Blogger to see the full list.

Menu Plan Monday 10/12 – 10/18

It's been a busy week. It seems we are all getting colds and spreading it around. I am thankful it has not been the flu, but its still dragging the kids and myself down a bit. We are having salad a lot this week because we received several types of salad and more greens with our CSA pick up this weekend. A CSA is basically a farm co-op where you buy shares of the harvest in advance and then pick up your portion every week. Check back later to see links to more recipes!

Sick Kid Monday - Chicken Noodle Soup with homemade noodles and Chicken Pot Pie

Tuesday – Spaghetti and Meatballs** with salad - we had Meatball Subs instead because Mommy felt like crud.

Wednesday – Easy Meatball Stroganoff **

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Philly Cheese steak sandwiches on sourdough baguettes (using shaved pork because that's what was on clearance) and German potato salad

Saturday - Potato Soup with Salad

Sunday – Meat Loaf, mashed potatoes and okra

** Make meatballs ahead of time bake in 350* oven for 30 minutes then place in freezer bags to store. I make about 5 lbs at a time, reserve the last lb and add tomato paste and a chopped green pepper to the remaining meat mix. Shape mix into small loaves for meat loaf, then you will have about 3 servings of meatballs and 2 servings of meatloaf depending on how much your household eats at each meal. I freeze the meatloaves on a cookie sheet then place all of them into the same bag and freeze again. To bake, thaw meatloaves in the fridge and bake @ 350 for 20 - 45 minutes, depending on the size of your loaves.

Menu Plan Monday is linked to the following sites! Check them out to get more dinner ideas.



Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday

Blessed with Grace

Apple Crisp

I had a craving for something sweet without all the prep work that it takes to make an apple pie, so I decided to improvise and make a fruit crisp. It was a hit with the kids and the hubby. Serve with a scoop of ice cream to make it extra tasty! After making this the first time, I decided to double the recipe to make more since it dissapeared in a few minutes. If you want to double it, just double the crumb topping and add more apples.

Apple Crisp

4-6 apples, peeled and sliced thin
Can of lemon lime soda, optional (to soak the apples)
1 Cup Rolled Oats
1/2 cup brown sugar (dark or light)
1/4 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon (plus extra for sprinkling the apples)
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup butter or margerine (1/2 stick)
vanilla (about 1 tsp)

Place peeled apples into lemon lime soda to prevent browning, sprinkle with cinnamon and add a drizzle of vanilla; toss to coat.
Mix oats, brown sugar, flour, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg; cut in butter until well combined.
When ready to bake, drain apples and place into a 9 * 9 baking dish; Sprinkle apples with crumb mixture. Bake @ 375 for 30 - 35 minutes.
Serve warm with vanilla ice cream.

Olive Garden's Tuscana Soup ~ use up that Kale

Tuscana Soup



4-6 Red potatoes, or russet potatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices and then quarters
1 - 1 1/2 cups heavy cream, light cream or 1/2 and 1/2
6-8 cups chicken stock *
hefty pinch Salt and pepper
1 lb spicy italian sausage**, regular sausage, or turkey sausage
Bundle of kale, remove large veins and chop (can also use Rainbow Chard)
red pepper flakes, only when using sausage that is not spicy

In a large stock pot cook sausage. Remove sausage from pan and cut into quarters. Drain grease if there is a lot of it, otherwise leave the brown bits in the pan. Add chicken stock and cream or half and half; stir well. Add sausage, potatoes, kale, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes (optional). Let soup simmer for about an hour. I also added rainbow chard to this batch along with the kale and it was delish! This does freeze well.

*Make chicken stock in advance and save for later use in storage containers. Place chicken in stock pot with an onion, celery, and a carrot. Simmer for 1 hour or more for more flavor. When done boiling, remove chicken and save for later use in chicken salad, enchiladas, soups, or casseroles.  Strain stock when cooled and store in storage containers or plastic storage bags (4 quart storage containers are the easiest to deal with; I found some at my local dollar store on the cheap!)

**I made this again and used Hot Italian Sausage links. I slit the links open and then took out the meat. Using a potato masher, I broke up the sausage while it cooked. It was very spicy, so I rinsed it off and then put it back in the pan. This way it still had lots of flavor and a little heat, but not too much!

Serves 4 - 6

Redbox Code October 5th

Get a free movie today only using the code QNGJ7KD during checkout.
Code is good until midnight tonight.

Giant Eagle Run ~ Free Eggs and Wilton Cookie Sheet

I read on hotcouponworld.com about a possible deal with Betty Crocker cake mixes, so I rounded up my q's and headed out for a few deals I was wanting to get in on. They have signs posted by the cake mixes that say "get a free Wilton cookie sheet when you purchase 4 products listed below," and items include cake mix, frosting, cookie mixes and brownies. The cake mixes are on sale for $1; although, at my store only the yellow cake mix was $1. I think I will head back tomorrow to get more cheez-its to send for snacks at school and hopefully pick up some more cake mixes and frosting too.

Cheez-its 3/$3 when you buy 3, so total was $6
~used (3) $1.50/2 cheez-its
Milk 1.98
Giant Eagle Bread .33 each
Giant Eagle Brats and hot sausage links BOGO or 2.30 each
4 cake mixes $1 each
~ free eggs when you buy 3 cake mixes, coupon prints at register
~free wilton cookie sheet when you buy 4 cake mixes (or frosting, brownies, cookie mixes)
2 Orieda Microwave French Fries $1 each
~ used $1.50/2 Orieda Fries; final cost .25 each
Total OOP $14.25

German Potato Salad

My friend Katja taught me how to make German Potato Salad when we lived in Italy. Its very easy and tastes great! Double the recipe to make a larger batch. This recipe will serve four people.

Warm German Potato Salad

Yields approximately 4 servings

5- 6 Small Red potatoes, washed with skins on
1/3 cup white vinegar
1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
large pinch sugar
1/2 - 1 tsp regular salt
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Few twists of fresh pepper, or ground
1 small Cucumber, chopped fine (optional)
3 pieces of bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 green onions, snip finely
1/2 small red onion, chopped
In a large pot, bring water and 1 tbsp salt to boil; Drop in potatoes whole. Cook about 20 minutes or until barely fork tender. DO NOT over cook or they will be more like mashed potato salad. Drain in a strainer. Allow potatoes to cool. With a paring or small knife, cut the potatoes into small uneven chunks and slices. Just like if you were peeling something, but a little thicker. Add vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, pepper, cucumber, bacon, red onions and green onions; stir well. Serve immedietly or let salad sit at room temp for 30 minutes or refrigerate. Flavors get better the longer it sits. Serve warm or cold.

To view more Tasty Tuesday Meals, check out Beauty and Bedlam's site.

Menu Plan Monday 10/05

Phew, made it through another busy week. Here's to making this one a great week full of flavor because a happy eater is a happy person. Check out orgjunkie for other meal plan ideas.

Monday ~ Beer Brats (grill brats or simmer in a pan of beer, serve on Hoagie or traditional brat rolls, (Brotchen recipe) with brown mustard and sauerkraut and German Potato Salad

Tuesday ~ Honey Mustard Chicken or Maple Mustard Chicken (I am still not sure yet, they both look divine!)

Wednesday ~ Crock Pot Roast, Mashed Potatoes and gravy & parmesan crusted asparagus

Thursday ~ Leftovers

Friday ~ Crock Pot Herbed Chicken, Rice with Herbes de Provence

Saturday ~ Dining out

Sunday ~ Chicken Fried Steak, Mashed potatoes and gravy, and peas

Check out dining with debbie for more Crock-Pot meal ideas, or  Beauty and Bedlam's Tasty Tuesday 

TGI Fridays $5 off 15 with any VISA card AND $5 Burgers

TGI Fridays is still offering up their delicious burgers  for only $5 - I am in love with their Jack Daniels Chicken Sandwich! There is also a coupon here for $5 off $15 when you use your visa card to pay. Just print the coupon and take it with you.

You could get 2 burgers or sandwiches and 2 drinks for around $10!

Papa Johns FREE Pizza Code

Get a FREE large one-topping pizza with the purchase of an extra large specialty pizza at regular menu price.

Use the promo code 100209A (Code expires 10/16/09)