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Easy Chocolate No Bake or Boil Cookies

When I was growing up a tradition that my Dad and I would do is make these yummy No Bake Boil Cookies.

They take minutes to make and are so yummy and even a bit healthy since they have oatmeal in them.

Makes 3 Dozen cookies

2 Cups Sugar

1/2 cup Cocoa

1 Stick Butter

1/2 cup Milk

1/2 tsp Vanilla

1/2 cup Peanut Butter (optional)

3 cups dry uncooked oatmeal

Boil sugar, Cocoa, Butter, Milk and Vanilla for 2 to 4 minutes.  Take off burner.  Add Oatmeal and stir.   Then drop 1 Tablespoon on wax paper.  Let dry.

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Vistaprint – FREE 140 Holiday Labels (just pay shipping) – 3 days only!

Hurry! This is a great offer! Holiday season is underway, and so are more specials for freebies from Vistaprint! For THREE DAYS ONLY, you can choose from holiday-themed labels with snowmen or wreathes, to bold chevron designs, classic monograms, or elegant floral designs—or even upload your own—and get a set of 140 labels for free, only paying for shipping and processing!

Here are some awesome ideas to use these labels:

  • Return address labels for your Thanksgiving dinner invitations, holiday cards, annual holiday newsletters, and thank you cards.
  • You can even upload your own image!  Including a company logo.
  • Use them as “Property of” labels for your dishes during all of those upcoming holiday potlucks
  • For your children’s new toys and books that are filling their stockings of the space under the tree.
  • You can even get creative and design your own To/From gift stickers for stocking stuffers, holiday goodie bags, holiday care packages, or even little presents from Santa.
  • Or personalize a set with a chef’s hat or cupcake for your family’s aspiring chef, one with a wine glass for the future sommelier, or football labels for your star football player to use them as free stocking stuffers!

3 day fast shipping is ONLY $3.69!  This deal expires on Friday, November 16, 2012!

I just ordered mine!  I’m creating a new business this coming year.   It is a sewing embroidery part-time business.  I’m so excited.  More information to come!

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The best Cinnamon Buns in the world!

Have I mentioned how much I love my breadmaker?  Have I mentioned that I have 2 breadmakers?   Ok, the truth is my husband has one and I have one.  I received mine as a Christmas gift almost 10 years ago and use it often.    My hubby would talk all of the time about how he grew up with a bread machine but the bread would come out differently then mine did in my machine.  He was also frustrated with my bread machine because it requires the wet ingredients to go in first and then dry on top.  While the version he grew up with had the opposite:  dry and then wet.  So each time he tried to make bread in my machine it never turned out.  After mentioning this to his Mom, she found at a yard sale the same model he grew up with.   He now can make the same bread he grew up with.  I can’t complain.  Oh, it is so yummy!   Besides we can make 2 loafs at the same time!

I find that making home-made bread is so much fun and healthier than store bought bread.  I’ve made all sorts of breads including whole wheat, egg, Italian, herb, white, Chatuah and now my favorite Cinnamon buns!  Most of my recipes are very easy.  I mean 10 minutes at the most.  I have to watch my kids so I try and do all of my recipes super fast.  Majority of the time Doodle helps she loves putting the ingredients in the machine.

Thanks to MoneysavingMom for sharing this awesome recipe.   When she shared this recipe back in 2010 I was in love.  I’ve made it several times since then usually on special occasions.   It does take a bit more time then just throwing the ingredients in and walking away.  You have to do the dough setting on the bread-maker which does take a couple hours and then roll out, sprinkle the filling in, roll it up and put it in baking pans.  I find doing this the day ahead makes a great roll.  I put them right in the fridge and then the next morning take them out of the fridge to come to room temp before putting them in the oven.

I made a couple changes.   I used 2 eggs with a little bit of water instead of 1 egg and egg whites.  I just hate wasting yolks or storing them if I don’t have to.

I used 2 Tablespoons butter with 1 cup of brown sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.  I don’t think I need 4 tablespoons of butter to double the filling.  🙂  Makes me feel a little bit better.

Honestly, I don’t make that much icing and for this picture I didn’t even add the butter.  I find a little bit of icing is all that is needed.   But the butter sure is good too!

Yummy!  Enjoy!

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Dough:
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk  ($.15)
3 tablespoons canola oil ($.03)
2 eggs + 1 tablespoons water ($.17)
1/2 cup sugar ($.08)
4 cups flour (Add a bit more if dough seems too wet after first few minutes of kneading in the bread machine.)  ($.40)
1 teaspoon salt ($.01)
3 teaspoons bread machine yeast ($.02) (I get my yeast from Sam’s Club 2 large packages for about $4)

Filling:
2 tablespoons butter  ($.18)
1 cup brown sugar mixed with 2 tablespoons cinnamon  ($.30)

Icing:
1 teaspoon milk  ($.01)
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar  ($.30)
4 tablespoons (or less) butter, softened ($.36)
1 teaspoon vanilla ($.05)

Put the dough ingredients in the bread machine in the order listed and run on the dough cycle. After the dough cycle is finished, roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread it with 2 Tablespoons melted butter and 1 cup brown sugar mixed with 2 Tablespoons cinnamon.

Roll up and cut into 10-15 rolls and place in two greased round cake pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 20 minutes or until browned. Spread the icing on as soon as they come out of the oven.

You can also cover the unbaked rolls with plastic wrap, stick them in the refrigerator overnight, and then bake in the morning.

I estimate that the cost to make this is about $2.06 for 2 pans of 16 rolls!   I doubt I will buy Cinnamon rolls at the store ever again.

What do you think?

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Check this out the next time the power goes out!

Thanks to my wonderful husband, we are fortunate enough to have a generator.   Woohoo!  So when the power goes out we can push a button that will turn on the diesel beast and it will give us power to run the well pump, some lights, TV/DVR, refrigerator, freezer and pellet stove.  The generator has been worth every penny because it has given us piece of mind and comfort.

Last night right before going to bed the power went out.  My hubby and I talked and agreed that it didn’t make sense to run the generator and use the fuel, if we didn’t need to right away.  Our refrigerator and freezer were very cold and we hoped the power would be back on soon.

So as we collected our LED flashlights including our Harbor Freight freebie flashlights and placed them in easy to reach locations my husband pulled out his dollar tree find!  A pack of bracelet glow sticks!   He took attached them to each of the kids door knobs and our banister.   In case, we had to get up in the middle of the night we could see easily the door knob.   It was amazing how much they glowed.   And, it only cost a couple cents.   What a great idea!

In your emergency kit think about getting a pack of glow sticks!

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LivingSocial- G Street Fabrics $25 for $50 Fabric or Classes

Lately, I’ve become even more in love with fabric and crafts.  I think I have fabric fever.  My plan is soon to create a small side business so I can sell some of my creations and hopefully earn enough to pay myself back.  If you love fabric like I do check out this awesome deal before it is gone.  LivingSocial is offering a G Street Fabrics $50 voucher for $25. The best part is you can buy as many as you want even as gifts.  Hint!  Hint!

If you use my link then I can get it for FREE, if 3 people buy it through my link. You can do it too!

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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 Redberrydeals.com, 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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My CVS Shopping Trip 8/27/2012

Yes!  You read that right.  I paid $.36 out of pocket for all you see.  I used a $10 Extra Care Bucks that I had with me from last week’s diaper deal.   I didn’t expect to pay that little.  I expected to pay around $8 or so. Which is still a great deal!

1 Cascade 75 oz $4.99

1 Dimetapp $4.99

2 Children’s Advil $4.49 each

1 Stayfree Pads 24 ct $2.00

1 Gillette 4 Ct Custom Plus $8.49

1 Gillette 4 Ct Venus Simply $8.79

1 Snickers $.99

Subtotal = $39.23

Use the $4/$20 coupon I got in my email.  Note:  If you get one of these it is recommended to print it out when you are going to use it because it will expire 4 days after you print it.  I printed mine on Friday so it set to expire on Monday.   Others printed it on Thursday so it set to expire on Sunday.   That gives you more time to plan for the following week.

Use the Buy 1 get 1 Free Gillette coupon found in the 8/5 RP (This coupon states any Gillette disposables.)  Max value $12.99  (I mentioned the value above to my cashier but she gave me the full value. That lowered my Out of pocket.)

Used a Free coupon for any Advil product  Max value $6.99 (I got this coupon because I had a children’s advil that leaked so I called the company and got this coupon.)  (I mentioned the value above to my cashier but she gave me the full value. That lowered my Out of pocket.)

Used 1 $2/1 coupon found here for Dimetapp

Used 1 $1/1 Advil coupon found Red Plum Insert 8/26

Used 1 $2/1 Stayfree coupon found Red Plum Insert 8/26

Used 1 $1/1 Cascade coupon found in P&G insert 8/26

Used $10 ECB from previous purchase

Total = $.36 (I believe because the tax came out to $1.11 and it some how subtracted some of it.)  Still not sure how this worked.

I got back:

$1 ECB for using the green tag 4 times
$5 Ecb for buying Gillette disposable razors for men
$5 Ecb for buying Gillette disposable razors for women
$4 ECB for buying 2 select medicines

Since my receipt said if you buy 2 mars you get a $1 ECB and I already got 1.   I did a quick 2nd transaction and got another Snickers for free and got another $1 ECB back.  Sweet!

Now I qualify for the buy 3 participating Pfizer products, submit for the $10 rebate found in the 8/26 RP!

Talk about a moneymaker!

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Dollar Tree: Accepting Coupons starting on 8/26/12

Dollar Tree stores will be accepting manufacture coupons starting on 8/26/12!   I’ve added it to my list of coupon policy pages.

Here are the details:

IN-STORE COUPON ACCEPTANCE: GUIDELINES & LIMITATIONS

DOLLAR TREE WILL ACCEPT COUPONS IN STORES BEGINNING SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2012

  1. Only original and intact manufacturers’ coupons will be accepted. Retailer-specific coupons will not be accepted.
  2. Coupons are void if copied, scanned, or if they have been altered in any way.
  3. Only two (2) print-at-home Internet coupons may be redeemed per transaction.
  4. We are unable to accept coupons for “Free” items with no purchase requirements or where the amount for the product is blank.
  5. Coupons can only be used in stores and must be presented at time of purchase. Coupons cannot be redeemed for cash at a later time.
  6. Coupons will not be accepted without the purchase of the item specified and are subject to the terms listed (e.g. expiration date, size, limitations, quantity, etc.).
  7. Coupons cannot be redeemed for more than the purchase price of the item.
  8. Only one (1) manufacturer’s coupon will be accepted per item.
  9. Management has the right to refuse any coupon or otherwise limit quantities.
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Meal Planning 8/13/12

This is week 5 on creating a meal plan.  I fell off the bandwagon for 4 weeks!  I think I got in a rut about creating the meal plan.  So it is technically Saturday and I’m on my computer and MAKING myself do this.

Monday: Breakfast:Cereal Lunch  Left overs of stuffed peppers Dinner  Pasta bake

Tuesday:Breakfast Cereal and Yogurt Lunch  Sandwiches, veggies  Dinner: Roast Beef Sandwiches

Wednesday: Breakfast Oatmeal Banana Cookies Yum! Lunch Pasta bake leftovers    Dinner:   Turkey Burgers and veggies

Thursday: Breakfast Oatmeal Banana Cookies Lunch Fake Crab Sandwich and veggies  Dinner: Mac N Cheese with veggies Yum! – My kids LOVE it when I take the frozen yellow carrots and orange carrots cooked really well and then pureed and added to good old Mac N Cheese.  They eat it all up.  Yum!

Friday: Breakfast Cereal Lunch Fastfood treat Dinner: Grilled veggies and Shrimp cocktail

What’s for dinner at your house tonight?

Thanks to HealthyMenuMailer.com for the awesome meal plan chart. Check it out HERE. Thanks to orgjunkie.com for the encouragement.