Saturday, March 31, 2012

A Little Pintereality - Birthday Decoration Style

In three short weeks, my little love will be celebrating his FIRST birthday!

I've been spending hours on Pinterest, browsing for party ideas, making myself feel totally inadequate for my lack of craftiness and creativity.

I admit, I momentarily considered buying a decoration package from an Etsy shop - perfectly coordinated b-day banners, cupcake toppers, posters - you know, something that to my guests would appear homemade - but would lack the imperfections that my handiwork would be sure to leave behind.

Snapping out of my moment of crazy, I realized, he's turning one. ONE. It's very likely he won't remember the party when he wakes up the next morning. Why pay someone to make decorations? And why stress myself over creating a picture picture, themed day, when I know that's really not my forte. Create a fun day for the little man and put out a spread of great food - those are things I CAN do!

But...I'm not saying that I want the house to look same old, same old for N's big day. I do have a color scheme in mind (red, blue, and green)and a few decoration ideas that I think even I can handle (photo banner, printables).

Tonight's project was an attempt at recreating a printable I found on Pinterest, pictured below. The Pinterest link was broken, so I wasn't able to link to the original poster. Know that I DID NOT create this image.


At the bottom of the picture is a quote from the Dr. Seuss Happy Birthday To You! book.
"Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive you is you-er than you."
This became the inspiration for my own customized printable - below.


It's a work in progress, but I'm pretty happy with the results so far. I'd love to download some interesting fonts (free, of course) and play around with the layout and colors. If you know of a website with free fonts, send it my way!

Dr. Seuss sure was right, Nolan - no one is "you-er than you!" :)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

50% off Toys at Target



Toy deals abound this week at Target. Check out this previous post about Hasbro games, selling for as little as $1.00.

In addition to the Hasbro deals, Target is offering coupons for 50% off any Fisher Price, Mega Bloks, or Disney Princess toy. Check your weekly ad for the coupons, text EASTER to 827438 to have a coupon sent to your phone, or print from the Target website, found under the Easter category.

I was able to use a Fisher Price coupon and a Mega Blocks coupon to pick up inexpensive birthday and Easter basket presents for the soon to be one year old. I've got my fingers and toes crossed that N will find the remote control toy an adequate replacement for the real thing he's constantly carrying around the house.

I also picked up a Memory game. At $1.00 after coupons, I couldn't resist. I'll either keep it until N is old enough to play, donate, or gift it. I'm sure I'll find a use.

I spent just $15 on toys worth $35! 


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Harris Teeter Deals - Week of 3/28/12



While Triple Coupons may be over, the new sale week at Harris Teeter offers plenty of great deals.

Here's a sampling of my favorites. For a complete list of deals, along with coupon matchups, visit Southern Savers.

Remember - HT doubles coupons with a value up to $0.99. You are allowed to double up to 20 coupons each day. You may double 3 like coupons per transaction, but you may only double 2 like internet printable coupons per transaction.

McCormick Food Coloring (4 ct.) – $1.00  (Think Easter Eggs!)
Use $0.75/1 coupon (3/25 Red Plum insert) X 2 (doubled)
Final Price: FREE


Kashi Frozen Entrees - $1.99
Use $2.00/1 Kashi item printable coupon (100 points on Recyclebank)
Final Price: FREE

Rice Crispies Cereal - $2.49
Use  $4.00/4 printable coupon (Hope you already printed it - this one might disappear quickly)
And use $4.00/4 e-vic coupon (activate by adding to your HT store card)
Final Price: $0.49 each when you buy 4 (rice crispy treats??)

Smart Balance Milk (half gallon) - BOGO - rings up half price at $1.99
Use $1.50/1 coupon (3/4 Smart Source insert)
Final Price: $0.49 ($1.00 for a gallon of milk - WOW - stock up if you have the coupons!)

Boneless Chicken Breasts (small packs) - Buy 1, Get 2 FREE (should come out to a stock up price)



Aldi Produce Deals - Week of 3/28/12

Here's a look at this week's Aldi produce deals for the Durham, NC area. Keep in mind that weekly sale items vary by area, and you local sales may differ. Check out the Aldi website to view your local ad.

It will be a great week to stock up on veggies. I plan to pick up at least one of each featured item - and my mind is already running away with menu planning around them!

  

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Kids' Games - Less Than $2.00 at Target


Head to Target this week, where you can stack coupons to score some classic kids' board games for less than $2 each! These would be perfect for Easter baskets or to keep in the house for birthday gifts!


Spongebob Square Pants, Strawberry Shortcake, Cars Memory Game $7.04, Regular Price
Use $3.00/1 – Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Cootie, or Memory Board Game, Target Coupon – (target.com)And use $3.00/1 – Hasbro Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie or Memory Game – (hasbro.com)
Final Price: $1.04



Chutes & Ladders $7.04, Regular Price
Use $3.00/1 – Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Cootie, or Memory Board Game, Target Coupon – (target.com)
And use $3.00/1 – Hasbro Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie or Memory Game – (hasbro.com)
Final Price: $1.04



Cootie $7.79 Regular PriceUse $3.00/1 – Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Cootie, or Memory Board Game, Target Coupon – (target.com)
And use $3.00/1 – Hasbro Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie or Memory Game – (hasbro.com)
Final Price: $1.79



Candyland $7.79, Regular Price
Use $3.00/1 – Chutes & Ladders, Candyland, Cootie, or Memory Board Game, Target Coupon – (target.com)
And use $3.00/1 – Hasbro Candy Land, Chutes & Ladders, Cootie or Memory Game – (hasbro.com)
Final Price: $1.79


Scrabble Simon or Yahtzee Flash – $15
Use $5/1 Scrabble Yahtzee or Simon Flash Target store coupon

and use $5/1 Scrabble Flash; Simon Flash, Yahtzee Flash, exp 4/15/2012 (Playsaver 3/25/2012)  or printable here



PLUS - Hasbro Card Game – $5.24 - FREE with purchase of Hasbro game $10 or more
Final Price: $5 for both items 
Battleship – $10Use $3/1 Operation, Battleship, or Twister Game Target printable coupon
And use 
$3/1 Operation, Battleship or Twister Game

PLUS - Hasbro Card Game – $5.24 - FREE with purchase of Hasbro game $10 or more
Final Price: $4 for both items



*Thanks Totally Target

Monday, March 26, 2012

Back at It - Harris Teeter Triple Coupons 3/26

The babe and I are back from Wisconsin (more on that later), just in time to catch the tail end of Triple Coupons at Harris Teeter.

When you coupon shop at the end of a big sale event, it's expected that some of the "big ticket" items will be out of stock. This was definitely true this morning, but all things considered, I'm really happy with my haul. I purchased $50 worth of groceries for less than $7, an 86% savings. Keep in mind, this is NOT my main grocery shopping trip for the week. I'll be heading out to another store, probably Aldi, to stock up on milk and produce.

Because I was "vacationing" last week, I didn't post coupon matchups for this sale, but if you're interested in shopping before it ends tomorrow evening, check out Homemaking Mom, where you will find a list of all the freebies and inexpensive items. Remember, you can triple a maximum of 20 coupons each day, and you may only use two of the same internet printable coupon.



N's first birthday is coming up on April 22nd (YIKES!). I'm trying to think ahead to his is birthday party. I bought all of these party food items for less than $4.00 - total! 



I purchased (prices after store card and coupons):

1 Arnold Bread - $2.14
1 Colgate Baby Toothpaste - $1.50
1 Minute Maid OJ - $1.44
1 Wholly Guacamole - $1.29
2 Betty Crocker Cake Mixes and 2 Frostings - $1.28 for all four

2 Krunchers Chips - $0.50 for two

2 Coffee Mate Creamers - $0.40 for two
1 Yoplait Greek Yogurt 4 Pack - $0.25
1 2 L Diet Pepsi - $0.14
2 Yoplait Greek Yogurts - $0.08 for two
1 Nasoya Tofu - FREE
1 McCormick Oregano - FREE
1 McCormick Paprika - FREE + $0.50 Overage (using e-vic coupons - applied to other items)
1 Fiber One Cereal - FREE + $0.75 Overage (using e-vic coupons - applied to other items)

Friday, March 16, 2012

Blogcation + Harris Teeter Triple Coupons

Nolan and I are heading to Wisconsin for a week long visit with Grandma and Grandpa. Expect blog posts to be sparse, or if I do a really good job of unplugging, non-existent. 

Since I won't be back until next Saturday, I wanted to give you a heads up that Harris Teeter will be running Triple Coupons, beginning next Wednesday, March 21. This means that they will TRIPLE coupons with a value up to $0.99. If I have the chance before the sale begins, I'll post a list of freebies and other good deals. If you definitely want to shop during this promo, though I'd suggest a site like Southern Savers, where you'll find full lists of deal matchups. The first of three deal lists has already been posted.

Have a great week, and I'll see you back here soon! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Busy, Busy, Busy, Busy

Nolan's "big" Christmas gift this year was a Fisher Price play table, complete with phone, laptop, piano, and telephone. It flashes, beeps, and sings incessantly. One of us loves it.

One of N's favorite keys on the table produces a little ditty with the lyrics, "Busy, busy, busy, busy - there's so much to do!"

This song has wormed its way into my brain and seems a fitting description for the past few days.

So indulge me for a moment, this is my blog after all, and check out Nolan's "busy, busy" week. :)

 Ready for story time at the library. When did my baby start to look like such a big kid?

Climbing at Piney Wood Park




 Trying to avoid the grass at Duke Gardens 

 My Favorite of the Week


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Nearly Wordless Wednesday

Dogs can be so distracting. :)

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Aldi Produce Deals - Week of 3/14/12

After last week's opportunities to stock up on fruit at great prices at Aldi, I'm excited to see vegetables featured in this week's sale ad.

Check out these LOW prices on veggies like, broccoli, cauliflower, and potatoes. The Aldi price for broccoli is $0.89. As a comparison, I spent $2.00 yesterday (which was a sale price) for a smaller package when I shopped at Harris Teeter. Cauliflower was over $3.00 at Harris Teeter, while it's on sale at Aldi for just $0.89.

Remember, Aldi sale ads are regional, so check their website to confirm you local area sales. Those pictured below are for the Durham, North Carolina store.


  

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Harris Teeter Trip 3/13/12

After a weekend stuck in the house, I finally got to Harris Teeter to do my weekly grocery shopping. Tuesday is the last day in the HT sale week, and today's trip made it clear that by the last day of the sale week, don't count on big sale items to be in stock (not a jar of PB to be found).

I began my trip with a $20 pharmacy credit and a massive stack of coupons in hand. Though I wasn't able to take advantage of every deal I'd hoped for, I was still able to bring home $89 worth of groceries for less than $14, an 85% savings. Awesome.

At check out, a strange thing happened, though. After my store card was scanned, I received a $5 deduction from Enfamil and a $2 deduction from Kraft. I definitely didn't buy any formula, and as far as I'm aware, I didn't buy any Kraft promo items...so it's very likely that my bill should have been $7 more than I was charged, but the cashier had no answers for me and sent me on my way. Guess today was just my day.

HT's produce prices seemed really high, so I'll be making a trip to Aldi later in the week to round out my shopping.


For $13.87 (plus tax), I purchased:

1 Kashi Go Lean Crisp - $1.97 - $2.00 coupon = FREE
2 dozen Land o Lakes Eggs - $1.74 each - $0.75 coupon x 2 (doubled) = $0.24 each
2 Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond - $2.14 each - $0.70 coupon x 2  - $1.00/2 e-vic coupon = $0.24 each
1 HT Tomato Sauce - $0.57
1 Barilla Whole Grain Penne - $1.49
Bananas - $0.81
Broccoli - $2.00
1 Rotisserie Chicken - $6.99 (yikes!)
1 Bag Perdue Chicken Breasts - $4.99 (regularly $8.99, had $4 coupon attached)
1 lb ground beef - $3.69
1 Digiorno Frozen Pizza - $5.50
1 Pepperidge Farm Bread - $2.14
1 Yoplait Smoothie - $3.00 - $0.75 coupon x 2 - $0.75 e-vic coupon = $0.75
1 Dannon Yogurt - $2.39
1 32 oz International Delight Creamer - $3.00
1 HT Skim Milk - $2.97
Pillsbury Deal (click to see coupon matchups - too many to list here) - Buy 10, receive instant $4 savings = $2.60 for all 10 items
4 Crescent Rolls
4 Cinnamon Rolls
2 Grands Biscuits

- $20 pharmacy credit
- $5 Enfamil e-vic ???
- $2 Kraft e-vic ???

Meal Plan Monday (Tuesday...)



Thank goodness for last week's freezer cooking!

A cold knocked me out this weekend, and though I definitely appreciated the hubby's efforts to take care of dinners, my stomach couldn't handle another fast food meal (ok - I could have dealt with a few more Shamrock shakes).

Freezer meal to the rescue!

Before the hubs could hop in the car and head to Chick-fil-A or McDonalds, I pulled a bag of stuffed shells from the freezer, threw them in a pan, turned on the oven, and went back to the couch to cuddle up with my blanket and cup of tea.

The cold has been kicked, but meals this week are still going to be a bit off. The hubs has work/work events, and the boy and I are heading to Wisconsin later this week to visit my family. So, a day late, here's a look at an abbreviated weekly menu.

Sunday's Meal - Frozen Pizza in front of the tv - watching college basketball :)

Monday - Stuffed Pasta Shells from the freezer

Tuesday - Chicken Enchiladas using rotisserie chicken and enchilada sauce from the freezer (leftover from chicken enchilada soup). I'll freeze half.

Wednesday - Spaghetti - It would normally drive me crazy to eat similar tasting meals so close together (pasta shells), but I want to make sauce to freeze so that Alex has something to eat while we're out of town.

Thursday - Hubs at a work event - the babe and I will fend for ourselves and throw some kind of dinner together. I'd really love to grill. It's supposed to be 80 degrees and sunny in Durham.

Friday - Hubs working - see above :)

Saturday - off to Wisconsin to see the fam!!!

Reader Response: What's for dinner at your house this week? Do you have a favorite dinner solution for those days when, for one reason or another, you're just not up for cooking?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Weekly Savings + Success Stories

It was a slightly over budget week for me, with trips to both Harris Teeter and Aldi.

After last week's shopping fiasco, I set my mind on making just one shopping stop on Monday. I would do the bulk of my grocery shopping at Harris Teeter, even though I knew I could could score a few items for less by shopping at more than one store. With a content baby strapped into one of those massive green race car carts, I felt like I was steering an 18 wheeler through the store. But hey, if driving a big rig is what it takes to grocery shop in peace...

I spent $50 on this trip and saved about $20. Coming home it sure didn't seem like a lot of food for the money. Something that I found crazy - the raisins were my most expensive purchase - almost $5.00 for a box of golden raisins. I don't have a whole lot of raisin buying experience, but this floored me! I almost scrapped the recipe they were part of, but with the other ingredients already in the cart, I tuned out the scolding from my frugal mind and "trucked" on. 


I also made a trip to Aldi later in the week after the sale ad had changed. I spent about $18 on meat and a boat load of produce.

I bought:
4 lbs Pork Chops - ~ $9
5 lb bag of grapefruit - $1.19
4 lb bag of oranges - $1.39
strawberries - $0.99
Broccoli - $1.99
Mushrooms - $1.29
Blueberries - $1.49


How did your shopping trips go this week? 

Did you find some great deals at the grocery stores or drugstores? Leave a comment below or share a link to your blog post or website!

Harris Teeter Deal Idea

There is a promo happening this week at Harris Teeter, which I failed to mention in my coupon matchup post.

Mix and Match 5 of the following items for $8, before coupons - each additional item $2.00 if you buy more than 5 in one transaction

Grey Poupon, 8 oz
Nabisco Wheat Thins
Planters Peanut Butter, 16.3 oz
Kraft Homestyle Mac and Cheese
Kraft Deluxe or Velveeta Shells & Cheese
Capri Sun
Crystal Light, 0.8-2.1 oz


There are some great coupon matchups available to decrease your out of pocket expense. Keep in mind, you may only use two of the same internet printable and three of the same insert coupon, which means you'll have to mix and match items to get the best deal and stay within the rules.

Coupon Matchups:

$0.75/1 Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese printable - which will double to deduct $1.50

$1.00/1 off Planters Peanut Butter printable

$1.00/1 Planters Peanut Butter (Sunday Insert)

$1.00/2 Nabisco Crackers printable

$1.00/2 Crystal Light 

So here's a deal idea using only internet printables - anyone with a computer and printer could do it.

Buy 2 Planters Peanut Butter - Use two $1.00/1 printables
Buy 2 Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese - Use two $0.75/1 printables
Buy 1 additional item of your choice
Total After Coupons = $3.00 for all five items, $0.60 per item

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Turning Deals Into Meals - Honey & Spice Glazed Pork Chops



Honey & Spice Glazed Pork Chops made freezer meal #3 for the week. It replaced Smothered Pork Chops in the weekly meal plan after I decided I'd had enough bacon in my diet for one week. Like the past two freezer meals, we ate half tonight and put half into the freezer for future use.

The pork chop glaze was easy to whip up, and the entire meal was prepped and cooked in under 30 minutes.

After attempting to photograph this meal, I realized two things.
1) It's awfully hard to take good photos of a brown meal, especially with a point and shoot digital. How do you make a tan pork chop covered in brown sauce look as tasty as it actually is?
2) I desperately want a DSLR camera.

Until I round up $800 extra dollars, you'll have to bear with me and my lack luster pics. You'll just have to take my word for it, that these pork chops are yummy - just the right amount of sweet.

The recipe that follows was adapted from What's Cookin' Chicago?.

Honey and Spice Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients:
Cooking spray or a small amount of olive oil (enough to thinly coat pan)
(4-ounce) boneless center-cut loin pork chops (I had bone in chops and trimmed them)
salt (to taste)
black pepper (to taste)
1/2 cup
 honey 
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard 
1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger or ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves 




Directions - half to eat now, half for freezer:

  • In a small bowl, combine honey, mustard, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves. Set aside.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. 
  • Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper, cook 2 minutes on each side until browned. Remove half the pork chops from pan and set aside to cool for freezer meal.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Add half the honey mixture to the pork. Cook 10 minutes or until done, turning pork once. Thinner chops will need less time.
  • Remove pork from the skillet and allow the sauce to boil until thickened and slightly reduced for a glaze. Spoon glaze over the pork before serving.
  • For Freezer Meal - Place reserved pork chops in a labeled, gallon sized freezer bag. Add remaining sauce, seal, and freeze.


* To prepare frozen meal - Remove from the freezer and defrost. What's Cookin' suggests transferring the contents into a crockpot, covering, and cooking on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 3-5 hours. I'm wondering if the meal can be put back into a skillet to cook. I'll let you know if I try.


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A Little Pintereality - Almond Joy Truffles Gone Wrong

Darn you, Pinterest.

Darn you for once again convincing me, against my better judgement, that I should try to bake.

In more competent hands (like those of the original baker), I'm sure the that this recipe for Almond Joy Truffles is quite easy and the final product delightful. In my hands, it was a complete and utter mess.

The idea seemed simple - no actual "baking" involved. Mix coconut with corn syrup, cover in chocolate. At home Almond Joy in minutes. Easy Peasy.

Here's the recipe from Desserted Planet...


Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 c. Dessicated (Unsweetened) Coconut
  • 3/4 c. Light Corn Syrup
  • 1 lb. Good Quality Milk or Dark Chocolate Coating
  • Slivered Almonds, toasted (or toasted coconut, white chocolate, etc)
Instructions
  1. Place coconut in a medium bowl. Bring the corn syrup to a boil over high heat. Pour the corn syrup over the coconut and gently mix to coat. Let this sit for at least one hour.
  2. Melt chocolate in a bowl in the microwave at 20 second intervals, stirring between each time until completely smooth and melted. Roll the coconut into small balls and dip in the chocolate. Top immediately with one almond sliver (or whatever you are using) and let dry completely on foil.
Here is the final product from THAT blog - a perfectly formed little bundle of coconutty goodness.

Image from Desserted Planet - NOT my end result



And...here's a run down of my truffle attempt...

I started by combining the coconut and corn syrup. I used cheapo generic products from Kroger. Hey, trying to save a buck.



I let the mixture sit for more than an hour, as directed. Then, I tried to form the coconut balls.

Here's where things went downhill. Maybe I should have sprung for more expensive ingredients. Maybe I misunderstood the meaning of dessicated. Maybe I should have let the mixture sit longer. Maybe I should have mixed it better or more often throughout the wait time. Whatever the reason, the coconut refused to "ball."


I managed to form about 12 lumps, somewhat resembling spheres, getting my hands covered in goo and coconut shreds in the process. 

I melted the chocolate as directed, again using Kroger generic (I KNOW this was a mistake - the blogger told me to use high quality). After melting, I scooped one "ball" up with a spoon and attempted to dip it in the chocolate. 

What happened next makes perfect sense, but I just can't decide what I should have done differently to avoid the result. 

Upon hitting the warm chocolate, the corn syrup in the "ball" liquified and the ball became the pile of grossness you see below.


When sugar is heated, it melts. Makes sense. So, answer me this (really, please do if you can)...how should I have dipped the "balls" to have them remain intact?

Dipping was clearly not going to work, so I switched gears and decided to spoon a bit of chocolate on top of each "truffle."



 I put an almond sliver on each mound and refrigerated to let the chocolate set.



Though the final product doesn't look horrible, it's not without issues.

After being out of the fridge for more than a minute or two, the truffles begin to melt, the corn syrup losing its hold on the coconut. And that Kroger chocolate. Yuck. It seems to have more sugar than a glass of southern sweet tea. 

Chalk this one up as an Allison Pinterest Fail. But oh well, at least it's blog fodder. :)

Favorite Daily Deals Roundup

I've posted these deals to Facebook, but for those of you who aren't yet followers (really, get on that), here are three of my favorite daily deals.

40% off at Gap, Gap Kids, and Baby Gap
- Like their Facebook page, share with a friend, and print a coupon for 40% off your entire purchase! This coupon is good through the weekend.

FREE Greeting Card from Cardstore.com
- It seems that every few weeks, I'm able to score a free card from this online site. The cards are high quality and can be personalized with text and pictures. Use the code  CCE2246 at checkout. Shipping is included. Be aware, the number of freebies is limited, so this deal could expire without notice.

$10 Tanger Outlet Giftcard
- Heading to a Tanger Outlet this weekend (There's on down the road from Durham, in Mebane)? Like Tanger on Facebook and print a coupon (under Style Deals,) and redeem at Customer Service for a free $10 gift card - valid through 3/14/12.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Turning Deals Into Meals - Caramelized Onion, Spinach, and Bacon Linguini

Tonight's dinner was an on the fly, from my head concoction, made in an effort to use up some ingredients that have been hanging out in the fridge for a while. 



The final creation was linguini with bacon, caramelized onions, spinach, and cream. It was an easy meal to toss together, and I actually did some of the prep work earlier in day (while baby napped), making dinner time a breeze. 

Ingredients:
2 onions, thinly sliced
6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
1 bag spinach
1/2 cup cream (I used 1/4 cup heavy cream + 1/4 cup skim milk)
1/2 package pasta of your choice (I used linguini)
salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste


  • Bake six slices of bacon at 400 degrees for just over 10 minutes (thicker slices will need longer). Be sure to line the baking sheet with foil - easier clean up! After the bacon has cooled, crumble it, and put in the fridge until ready to prepare meal. Reserve ~ 1 tablespoon of bacon fat for later use.

  • Wilt 3/4  to 1 bag of spinach. Add spinach to a hot skillet with a small amount of water. Cover and let it cook for about 3 minutes. Drain spinach, squeeze to remove excess water. Transfer to a dish and refrigerate until ready to prepare meal. 


  • Thinly sliced two onions. Add olive oil a large frying pan and heat over medium heat. Add onions and cook at least 20-30 minutes, stirring frequently. Allow onions to brown - until they look like this...  

  • Cover onions and refrigerate until ready to prepare meal.
When ready to eat...
  • Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.
  • Heat large frying pan over medium heat. Add rendered bacon fat (or other fat of your choice).
  • Add bacon, spinach, and onions to skillet. Stir to warm.
  • Add cream and pasta, stir. Add salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste. 
  • Plate and top with a small amount of parmesan cheese.

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Harris Teeter Deals - Week of 3/7/12

A new Harris Teeter sale week has begun. While it's not a special week like Super Doubles or Triple Coupons, there are still a number of interesting promotions and good deals to be had. The list below is a sampling of the deals I find most enticing. To see a full list of deals and coupon matchups, visit Southern Savers.

Remember, Harris Teeter will double up to 20 coupons per day. They will double up to three identical coupons per transaction and double only two identical internet printable coupons.


Pillsbury Deal - buy 10 participating items, receive $4 instant savings (I've listed the best coupon matchups)

Deal Ideas: 
Buy 4 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls = $5
Buy 6 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls = $7.50
Total = $12.50. 
Use 2 $0.50/2 Crescent printables and  $0.50/2 e-vic
Use 2 $0.60/2 Cinnamon Roll Printables
Use 2 $0.30/1 insert coupons and $0.40/2 e-Vic coupon
Get $4 off instantly = $2 for all 10 = $0.20 each!

Buy 4 Pillsbury Crescent Rolls = $5
Buy 4 Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls = $5
Buy 2 Pillsbury Cookie Dough = $5
Total = $15
Use 2 $0.50/2 Crescent printables and $0.50/2 e-vic
Use 2 $0.60/2 Cinnamon Roll printables and $0.40/2 e-Vic
Use 1 $0.75/2 Cookie Dough coupon and $1/2 e-Vic coupon 
Get $4 off instantly = $3.20 for all 10 = $0.32 each


Kraft Cheese and Dairy Catalina Coupon Deal


Buy 3 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Items - receive a $2.00 catalina coupon, good on your next order
Buy 4 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Items - receive a $3.00 catalina coupon, good on your next order
Buy 5 Kraft Cheese or Dairy Items - receive a $4.00 catalina coupon, good on your next order


Deal Idea:
Philadelphia Indulgence Cream Cheese Spread - $1.67
- $0.75 coupon (newspaper insert) x 2 (doubled) 
Final Price: $0.17


So...buy three tubs of Philadelphia Indulgence, pay $0.51, receive a $2.00 catalina = $1.49 Money Maker!

Thought the Philadelphia Indulgence offers the best deal, other participating items include:

  • Kraft Singles
  • Kraft Parmesan Cheese
  • Kraft Natural Cheese (blocks, shredded, sticks, cubes, slices)
  • Kraft String Cheese
  • Kraft Cracker Cuts Cheese
  • Velveeta
  • Cracker Barrel Natural Cheese
  • Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cooking Cream or Pure Indulgence
  • Cheez Whiz
  • Breakstone’s/Knudsen’s Sour Cream and Cottage Cheese 16 oz
  • Kraft Fresh Take Breadcrumb Mix
  • Kraft MilkBite Bars
Other Deals:

Quaker Soft Baked Bars – $2.00
– $0.75/1 coupon (2/19 insert) x 2 (doubled)
- $0.75/1 E-VIC coupon (my account did not have this coupon, but yours might)
Final Price: FREE + $0.25 overage

Land O Lakes Eggs – BOGO – $1.74 each
$0.75/1 printable coupon x 2 (doubled)
Final Price: $0.24

Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond Cereal – BOGO – $2.14 each
– $0.70 printable coupon x 2 (doubled)
- $1.00 off two Kellogg’s Raisin Bran 
 E-VIC coupon (link to store card)
Final Price: $.24 each when you purchase two and use two printable coupons AND E-VIC coupon


Kellog's Crunchy Nut Cereal - BOGO - $1.92 each
- $0.70/1 printable coupon x 2 (doubled)
Final Price: $0.52