Sunday, October 30, 2011

Halloween Treats

We had a fun weekend with grandma and cousin Gracy this weekend. Movies, the pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, halloween themed mani/pedi's, and lots of treats and meals out. So we decided to take it easy today. Church this morning and then a nap, but then we woke up hungry.... So we made this quick and easy treat.

Easy Chewy Popcorn Balls

1/2 cup of unpopped popcorn.1 stick of butter (my results are based on real butter not margarine)
1/2 cup of brown sugar
1 package of marshmallows
Spray cooking oil

-Pop the corn into a large bowl. (I used an air popper to pop it*)

-Melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in brown sugar and marshmallows over medium heat until completely melted.
-Pour over popcorn and stir thoroughly. Let cool slightly so that you can handle it.
-Spray a pan and your hands with cooking oil.
-Form balls and place on tray.

*you can pop corn in a pan on stove or even use microwave popcorn if you want.

ghostly fingers clutch a warm popcorn ball.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Freezer Cooking in a Jiffy!

We have been enjoying many of the meals from the freezer, so it was time to make a few more. Today I focused on breakfast foods. I whipped up some Egg Sandwiches that just need to be reheated. And double batch of Cinnamon Rolls (this time I made them larger and did 6 instead of 12) For the first batch I generously coated the bottom of a 9x13 pan with butter and sprinkled 3/4 cup of brown sugar and about 1/4 cup of pecan pieces then placed rolls on top. In the morning after baking them I will invert them so that the caramelized sugar can drip over them.

Egg Sandwiches6 English Muffins sliced in half
6 pieces of ham
6 slices of cheese
6 cooked eggs*

Layer together cover with foil and freeze. For the best results reheat in a toaster oven.

* Cook eggs by spraying a muffin pan with nonstick spray, crack open eggs and bake at 350 F, until desired doneness.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

A gift idea that gives back!

Scholastic has some fantastic prices on many of our favorite children's books. Many are only $1 each! That means we can stock up of birthday and Christmas gifts! AND our kid's daycare earn free books for every one purchased!!

Sign up at On the parent page, click the "Register" button in the "First Time Here?" Section. Register for your own user name and password. When prompted, enter the one-time
Class Activation Code= DZJ3F
(This unique code ensures that your order earns free books)

After checkout your order will be sent to the daycare. (if you share this info with Grandma or Grandpa be sure to let us know, so that we get the books to the right people!)

Let's get it started!

If you have seen my photo's for GREAT shopping trips, and wanted to do that too. This is a perfect week to start. There were 6 coupon inserts in today's paper! I get one delivered to the house every week. But this week I picked up extra!

$3/1 Olay regenerist in the P&G insert
match that with the Target Mobile coupon for $3/1 Olay regenerist and score the $5.99 package of Olay regenerist facial wipes at Target for free!

$5/1 Transformer toy in the PlaySchool insert
match with the Target Mobile coupon for $5/1 transformer toy and score a $9.99 toy for free! check out this cool Transformer toy offer to pair with the deal!
(Christmas present idea)

$8/2 Covergirl in the P&G insert. Walmart has Covergirl makeup priced at $3.97 so 2 free!

Be sure to save the entire insert. I file them by the date I got them. My favorite coupon site references them that way.