Couponing for the Rest of Us

Super Bowl Recipe: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders

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Today’s the big day, Super Bowl XLV11.  To be honest, I didn’t even know who was playing in the Super Bowl until my friends 12 year old son asked me if I was rooting for the Raven’s or 49ers.   If you ask me, the best part about Super bowl Sunday is the food. Hot Sandwiches, Pizza, BBQ, Chips and Cheese, Chocolate……yummy!!!  Don’t mind me, I’ll just be in the kitchen all night. [Read more...]

Valentine Cupcakes: Strawberry & Chocolate Sweetheart Baking Bliss!

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Everyone enjoys a yummy cupcake, especially around Valentine’s Day! Nothing beats a tasty Valentine’s cupcake covered in rich frosting. Luckily, you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen or your weekly paycheck to whip up these sweet treats. Take a minute to peek at this Valentine’s recipe for whipping up your own Strawberry and Chocolate Sweetheart Valentine’s Cupcakes at home.

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Valentine Day Dessert Recipes: Peanut Butter Valentine Heart Cookies

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I absolutely love Valentine dessert recipes.  Just make a couple adjustments to your regular favorite recipes and viola’ before you know it you’ve got a super cute Valentine themed dessert.  In this case, I took my mom’s special recipe for Peanut Butter Cookies and added a chocolate heart.  They turned out super good and were so easy to make!!  If a way to a man’s heart is through is stomach, then this recipe is the way to my man’s heart for sure!  He loves Hershey’s chocolate and peanut butter, put the two together and I’ve got one happy man!!

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Valentine Dessert Recipe: Easy Fantasy Fudge Recipe!


Valentine’s Day is around the corner – and they say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.  Of course we all know the way to a woman’s heart is through chocolate in her stomach.  Hence – I think some good Valentine chocolate dessert recipes are definitely in order!  Let’s start with this easy Fantasty Fudge recipe that will have men and women alike falling at your feet.

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Valentine Cupcakes: Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe

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It’s time to start thinking about Valentine’s Day recipes!!  How fun it is to bake Valentine cupcakes, especially if your kiddos are old enough to help!  It’s so easy to make your kids feel super special as we countdown to Valentine’s Day by making Valentine’s themed desserts, dinners, snacks etc.  Stay tuned, as we have lots of fun Valentine’s Day ideas to share with you!!

Y’all are going to love this yummy Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcake Recipe guest post from my friend Sadie!! She is an amazing baker if only she lived closer to me I’d love to have one of these Strawberry Shortcake Red Velvet Cupcakes right now!!!  There is just something about scrumptious cupcakes – the perfect balance of cake and frosting that makes them irresistible.

Sadie is a blogger that loves to cook. Her Kid-Friendly Tofu Nuggets are always a hit. For more recipes, you can follow her on Pinterest!

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Low Carb Chicken Recipes: Baked Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fajitas

Recently, I’ve seen all kinds of yummy looking recipes all over facebook.  Since many are shared, and not linked to the original source I am a little leary of trying the recipe.  Anyone can type up a recipe, and find an image that appears to go with it.  So, when a recipe gets my attention I prefer to test it out in my kitchen.  Of course I am not a great recipe follower, so I tend to change up the ingredients a bit to suit my family’s taste.  We loved this recipe,  although it was a little spicy.  I  made homemade Mexican Brown rice to serve with the Baked Chicken Fajitas to complete the meal.  If you are looking for low carb chicken recipes,  I would suggest serving the chicken fajitas in lettuce wraps or whole grain tortillas.  Since we  completed our AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge, we are still following the principles of the eating plan so this recipe worked perfectly.  My husband and I both feel so much better and he has lost 43lbs (see our story here).
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New Years Eve Appetizers: Kid-Friendly Finger Foods (Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket)


Jamie here, whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and me too!)

Sausage Balls:


Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!

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How to Brine a Turkey for Thanksgiving: 3 Basic Steps

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Yesterday as I was chauffering my kids around town to various events – I caught a segment on NPR where Alton Brown (Host of Iron Chef America) proceeded to tell Melissa Block (Turkey traditionalist) that she was doing her turkey all wrong.

First of all – I love Alton Brown – he’s nerdy and adorable in a crush-worthy high-school science teacher kind of way.  Secondly – I was NOT having any of his guff about turkey traditionalists being wrong.  Don’t baste my turkey?  My grandmother would be ashamed of me!

But somehow, by the end of the episode – he had convinced me to skip my traditional methods for once and try brining my turkey this year. (He’s so darn cuddly and convincing!)  It’s true – I’ve never been  completely wowed with my turkey on Thanksgiving – and according to Alton,

“….you should be wowed. You should be like, oh, my dear Lord, wow, that’s turkey.”

So okay – I want a WOW Turkey.  Show me how to brine Alton!  I’ve spent the last couple days watching YouTube videos about brining a turkey and reading articles on the science of brining – now I’m ready to jump in.

Here are the 3 Basic Steps I’ve learned after researching how to brine a turkey:

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