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Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe – Yummy!

It is that time of year again! This weekend we made our favorite Pumpkin Scones.

All I can say is Wow!  These are truly the best scones I’ve ever made and eaten.

Two years ago I was introduced to the amazing Pumpkin Scone at Starbucks but at $1.95 a piece, it’s not the frugal way to go.

I found this recipe on MomsWhoThink online and made it.  A couple changes that I made include using pumpkin pie filling instead of regular pumpkin (hard to find regular pumpkin at some stores) and I also used heavy cream instead of half and half.   They came out so well I tried the recipe yesterday a couple more times, I used the self-rising flour and only used a 1/2 tablespoon of baking powder and omitted the salt.  I then did another batch with cooking margarine and my hubby preferred those.  I recommend cream for the icing because milk seems to make it too “watery”.

Starbucks Pumpkin Scones Recipe

These pumpkin scones are so moist and flavorful you’ll be wanting to make them all year round. They taste just like the ones you get from Starbucks. Make them on a fall morning and they’re the perfect fit with hot tea or coffee. Save yourself the hassle of waiting in line for your breakfast and shelling out big bucks for the same wonderful scone you can easily make at home.

Scones Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
7 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
6 Tablespoons cold butter
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
3 Tablespoons half-and-half
1 large egg

Sugar Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
1 Tablespoon powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whole milk

Spiced Glaze Ingredients:

1 cup powdered sugar
3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons whole milk
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch ground cloves

Scones Directions:

1.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

2.  Lightly grease a cookie sheet or line with parchment paper.

3.  Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large mixing bowl.

4.  With a fork, pastry knife, or food processor, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly and no chunks of butter remain. Set aside.

5.  In a separate mixing bowl, whisk pumpkin, half and half, and egg.

6.  Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Form the dough into a ball.

7.  Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface and form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle (about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide).

8.  Use a large knife to slice the dough into three equal portions. Cut diagonally to produce 6 triangular slices of dough.

9.  Place on prepared baking sheet from step 2.

10.  Bake for 10–16 minutes until scones turn light brown.

11.  Place on wire rack to cool.

Sugar Glaze directions:

1.  Mix the powdered sugar and 2 Tablespoon milk together until smooth.

2.  Brush glaze over the top of each cooled scone.

Spiced Glaze Directions:

1.  As sugar glaze firms, combine the spiced icing ingredients.

2.  Use whisk to drizzle over each scone and allow to dry before serving.

Makes 6 pumpkin scones.

My guess this cost me about $2 a batch to make, if that.

What do you think?  Any suggestions for other recipes to try?

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DC area McDonalds Offer Free Coffee 9/23/12-9/29/12 & Giveaway!

McDonald’s Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C. want to thank you for your continued support by participating in the biggest giveaway to hit McDonald’s restaurants, along the Eastern Seaboard, from Maine to Miami!  From Sept. 23-29, in honor of National Coffee Day on Sept. 29, local McDonald’s will be hosting a week-long celebration by offering FREE small Premium Roast McCafé Coffee to all customersNo coupon or additional purchase needed!

To kick off the celebration, street teams, accompanied by a giant McCafé coffee cup will be giving away coupons near the Silver Spring and Metro Center (12th & G streets entrance) metro stations on Monday (September 24th) and Tuesday (September 25th) from 7:30 – 11:30 a.m.  In addition, people will have the opportunity to take a photo with the giant cup, tweet it to the local McDonald’s twitter handle @McDonalds_DMV and have their photo appear on the local Facebook page!

Giveaway Details:
McDonald’s is offering a super fast giveaway to my readers!  The first 5 (five) followers in the DC-region to comment on this post letting me know how you take your coffee will receive a coupon for a McCafé beverage of your choice for free.  Coupons will be mailed by Greater DC McDonald’s and will only be valid in the Great Washington, DC area.  If you’re reading this via email, you’ll need to click on the title to be taken to, where you can leave a comment.

Please follow McDonalds Washington, DC on Twitter to be the first to know of their promotions!  Send them a quick tweet, thanking them for their terrific healthy deals!

Fine Print: These FREE McCafe beverages will be given out in the form of coupons – these coupons will be valid in the Greater Washington, DC area.

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McDonalds: Free Medium Fries Coupon –! – Ended!


How do you survive these record breaking temps in D.C. and sizzling summer heat? Why with the perfect icy cool beverage coupled with your favorite tasty snack of course! McDonald’s® Family Restaurants of Greater Washington, D.C. has just the combo to satiate those hunger pains and make sure you stay hydrated ….or should I say FRYDRATED while also saving a couple bucks!

A Frydrator combines McDonald’s® World Famous French Fries with one of the McDonald’s McCafé® premium iced beverages or any other McDonald’s beverage of your choosing to create the ultimate in Frydration.

What’s more, from now until September 16, head to to get a coupon for a FREE medium fries with the purchase of a medium McCafé beverage  and create your very own Frydrator with one of the more than 40 McDonald’s refreshing drinks.

And all of you Nationals fans and music mavens stay tuned! McDonalds have some fun in store and prizes galore!

Keep tabs on the Nat’s and head to and register for sweepstakes for the chance  to win a prize from McDonald’s or MLB throughout the month based on your team’s performance!

Then, come August 1, tune into iHeartRadio and play the Frydrate Custom Mix game to be entered to win an all-expense paid trip to the iHeartRadio Music Festival!

Don’t forget to let your friends know how you stay #Frydrated in this sweltering heat by posting your Frydrator combo to either Twitter @McDonalds_DMV or FACEBOOK! It’s all about fighting defrydration this summer at McDonald’s!


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Giant Dairy Deal 6/3/11-6/9/11

A big thanks to MoneyWiseMoms and Beltway Bargain Mom for match-ups for this great Dairy Deal at Giant Food.

I went today with one of the babies and this is what I purchased.

3 Smart Source 64 oz Milk $2.50 each

3 Smart Balance Milk — $2.50

Use 3  $1.50/1 from 5/8 or 6/5 Smart Source insert

Final Price: $1.00 with coupon, then .29 each after instant savings

1 Eggland’s Best Grade A Large Eggs — $2.79 (Note:  My store it was cheaper than MoneyWiseMoms.)

Use 1 $0.55/1 from 5/1 Smart Source insert (Washington Post)

Final Price: $1.69 with coupon, then $0.98 after instant savings

2 Smart Balance Buttery Spread — $2.50 = $5.00

Use $1.00/2 from 5/8 or 6/5 Smart Source insert

Final Price: $2.00 with coupon, then $1.29 each after instant savings

1  Sargento String Cheese 12 oz — $3.49

Use $1.00/1 from 6/5 Smart Source insert

Final Price: $2.49 after coupon, then $1.78 after instant savings

Total:  $4.92 for 7 dairy products!!!

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Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon up to $1.98 08/11/10-08/17/10

Thanks to Laura from FrugalFriends for the advance notice.

So many friends have been talking about the Super Double coupons at Harris Teeter that I had to mention it.

I hope to create a list tonight and go tomorrow!  Woohoo!

Here are some places that have some great matchup lists for Harris Teeter:

Madame Deals and HERE

Southern Savers

Mrs. MoneySaver

The Coupon Challenge

What have you found at Harris Teeter?  Or what do you hope to buy? I love to hear what you got.

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Farmers Markets in Fairfax County, VA

May is the time of year to check out the local Farmers Market.  Here is a list of Farmers Markets in Fairfax County, VA:


Mount Vernon Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 4 – November 23


Fairfax Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 4 – October 26



Vienna/Oakton Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 5 – November 17

Frying Pan Farmers Market, 8:00 am – 12:30 pm
May 5 – October 27

Wakefield Farmers Market, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
May 5 – October 27


Herndon Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 6 – October 27


Annandale Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 6 – November 4



McLean Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 7 – November 19

Please Note: Market closed for McLean Day, May 14, 2010

Kingstowne Farmers Market, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
May 7 – October 29



Burke Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 1 – November 20


Reston Farmers Market, 8:00 am – Noon
May 8 – October 30



Lorton Farmers Market, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
May 2 – October 31


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Harris Teeter Triples 4/27/10-5/4/10 – Washington Metro/NOVA Area Coupon Match Up List

Thanks to SouthernSavers for a great list of triple coupon matchups.

Limit 20 coupons per day per household.

If you live in the NOVA or Washington Metro Area, you may notice that we don’t have a lot of under $1.00 coupons so here is a list of match-ups I found to make the most sense for a trip to Harris Teeter.

This is just a start so please feel free to add more match-ups.

Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter w/ Olive Oil, $2.19
-.75/1 Land O Lakes Spreadable Butter, SS 4/11

McCormick Spices $1.89-$2.00
McCormick Premium Quality Imitation Vanilla Extract $2.99
-.75/1 McCormick Perfect Pinch Seasoning Blend, RP 4/11
-.75/1 off McCormick Seasoning Blend, Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color RP 4/25

Coffee-Mate 16 oz Creamer $2.00
-.75/1 Coffee-mate printable

Reese’s Peanut Butter Dark Cups 89¢
-.55/1 Reese’s Dark Cups SS 3/14

Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spreadable Sticks $1.39
-.50/1 Shedd’s Spread RP 3/7
-.40/1 Shedd’s product printable

Old El Paso Green Chiles $1.65
-.55/1 Old El Paso Chiles printable

Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 4.5 oz., $1.25
-.50/1 Franks Sauce SS 3/7 (exp 4/30)
-.75/1 Franks Sauce printable

Heinz Worcestershire Sauce $1.79
-.75/1 Heinz Worcestershire printable

Nescafe Tasters Choice, 7 ct, $1.19
-.50/1 Nescafe Tasters Choice Product, SS 2/28
-.75/1 Nescafe Tasters Choice printable

Reese’s Peanut Butter Dark Cups 89¢
-.55/1 Reese’s Dark Cups SS 3/14

Mahatma White Rice 16 oz $1.69
-.75/1 Mahatma White or Whole Grain Brown Rice, RP 2/7

Stonyfield Organic Yogurt Cups, 6 oz- 50 cents
Use .50/3 coupon = all 3 FREE

Breakstone’s Sour Cream 16 oz $1.99
-.55/1 Breakstone’s Sour Cream SS 3/21

Tetley Tea Family Size Bags 24 ct $2.29
-.60/1 Tetley Tea SS 3/14 (makes it 49¢) I bought the $2.29 and $2.99 with the printable = $.79 and $1.49

DanActive $2.50
-.75/1 DanActive Drinks SS 2/28 (makes it 25¢)

Ziploc Storage Bags with Slider Lock 15-20ct $2.59
-.55/1 Ziploc Slider Bags SS 3/21
B1G1 Ziploc Slider Bags SS 4/11(buy 2 makes it 35¢)

You can always purchase the “cents” off coupons from The Q Hunter.  You get 20% off your first order by entering the Promotion Code “20offFirst” at checkout. (Excludes shipping, good once per customer) Click HERE.

I am a customer and affiliate of The Q Hunter.

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Shoppers Update – 4/22/10-4/28/10 – Promotion Spend $25 get $10 back!

I made it to Shoppers today.  When I got there the first thing I did was look for the Double Deal Washington Post newspapers which this particular store didn’t carry and then off to the ad rack to pick up an ad.  To my surprise was an ad for this promotion spend $25 and get $10 back.  I didn’t have all of the coupons with me.  That’s a bummer since it was double $1 and triple up to $.50 but I still got some great deals and you can still too since it ends 4/28/10. (I apologize I put the wrong date down earlier.)

I bought the following:

11 Healthy Choice All Natural Entriees $1.99 ($1.99-$2.00 is my best price) Healthy Choice Frozen Meals, Any – 03-28-10 SS (Wish I had those with me.)

2 Dannon Activia $1.99 Dannon Activia 4-Pack, 8-Pack, or 12-Pack, or 24 Oz. Tub (DND 5) – 03-28-10 SS $1.00/1 Doubled = FREE

OOP = $21.87

Received 2 $5 coupons to use on my next trip.  It states I can only use 2 coupons during each visit/transaction.  However, it is pretty cool that 2 $5 coupons print out because that means I DON’T have to spend $10 on a transaction!

If you can get to Shoppers tomorrow which is after the double and triple coupon event you can still get some good eals.

Healthy choice complete meals $2.49 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals, Any – 03-28-10 SS $1/2

Healthy Choice All Natural Entries $1.99 Healthy Choice Frozen Meals, Any – 03-28-10 SS $1/2  Click HERE for a coupon

Poppycock Glazed Popcorn $3.49

Chef Boyardee Canned Pasta $1.00 Chef Boyardee (15 oz. cans) any DND9 – All You, April 2010 $1/5

Alexia Natural Crunchy Stancks 2 for $3

Hunt’s Tomatos $1.29 Hunt’s diced tomatoes (14.5 oz cans or larger), any DND9 – All You, April 2010 $1/3

Hunt’s Manwich Sloppy Joe Sauce $1.25

Hunt’s Snack Pack Pudding $1.29

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa Mix $1.79

Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers $2 for 5 Healthy Choice Fresh Mixers, Any – 03-28-10 SS $1/2 (some papers it is $.50/1 or $1/3)

Blue Bonnet Spread Quarters $1.00

Orville Redenbachers’s Popcorn $2.69 Orville Redenbacher’s Cheese Flavored Gourmet Popping Corn, any 3-pack+ – 03-28-10 SS $1/2 or $.75/1

Pam Non-Stick Cooking Spray $3.69 Pam Cooking Spray any – 03-28-10 SS $1/2 or $.35/1

Wesson 100% Natural Pure Oil $4.19 Wesson Oil any – 03-28-10 SS $1/3 or $.25/1

Activia 4 pack $1.99 –  Dannon Activia 4-Pack, 8-Pack, or 12-Pack, or 24 Oz. Tub (DND 5) – 03-28-10 SS $1.00/1 = $.99

Marie Callender’s Pot Pies, Entriess or Dinners $2.49

Marie Callendar’s Home Style Creations 2 for $5 Marie Callender’s Home-Style Creations, Any – 04-18-10 SS $1/2 or $1/1

Marie Callendar’s Pasta Al Dente Entries $2.99 Marie Callender’s pasta al dente or Asian recipes entree, dnd – All You, April 2010 $1/1

Hunts’s Pasta Sauces $1.29

Chef Boyardee Microwave Pasta $1.25

Fleischmann’s Margarine $1.98 Fleischmann’s original margarine (11.4 oz. tubs or larger), any DND9 – All You, April 2010 $1/2

Gulden’s Spicy Brown Mustard $1.78

Healthy choice Cafe Steamers $2.99 Healthy Choice Cafe Steamers, any – All You, April 2010 $1/2

Healthy choice Soup 2 for $4

Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chillies $1.39 RoTel , any DND-9 – All You, April 2010 $1/3 and RoTel – All You, September 2009 – valid up to $1.00 B2G1

Hunt”s Tomato Ketchup $1.69 Hunt’s Ketchup, Any – All You, April 2010 $1/2

Did you go to Shoppers?  Are there any other deals that I missed? Please comment!