Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Great Savings At Publix!!

(i apologize for the iphone photo, i couldn't find my camera fast enough... lol)

So, I had a super shopping day today at Publix. I went in just to stock up on some BOGOs. Thought I would share what I purchased and the coupons in case you were interested.

The best deal to me right now is on sunscreen! There is a coupon for $2.00 off Coppertone sunscreen (at coupons.com) and there is a $2.00 off coupon in the Publix green saver... Looks like this:

So when you combine the two $2 coupons, you get a savings of $4! YAY! For Floridians, that is a super deal on sunscreen because it is sooo expensive.

Anyway, the Coppertone spray sunscreen is $8.99 at Publix so I got it for $4.99. You can only by 1 per trip per customer, so you will have to go back several times to stock up. This coupon runs through June 11, 2010.

The other deals I found were the BOGOs and tomorrow is the last day for these.

1. Lysol Wipes
Coupon for $1.00 off 2 in the paper (Smart Saver 5/23/10)
Total: $4.49 for 2

2. A-1 Steak Sauce
Coupon at this site (http://tinyurl.com/3ypmxc9) for $1.00 off of 1 (so use two coupons)**
Total: $2.29 for 2

3. Sweet Baby Rays BBQ Sauce
Coupon for $1 off 1 in the paper (Smart Saver 5/23) ((You can use 2 coupons for this but I only had 1))
Total: $1.49 for 2 ((WITH 2 coupons $0.49 for 2!!!))

4. Right Guard Total Defense 5 Deodorant
$3.00 off 2 coupon at coupons.com (I printed 2)
Total: $0.99 for 2, I bought 4 so $1.99 for 4 (these are usually $3.99 each!!)

5. Hefty Onezip Quart Bags
$1.00 off 2 coupon at coupons.com
Total: $1.29 for 2

6. Hefty Onezip Gallon Freezer Bags
$1.00 off 2 coupon at coupons.com
Total: $1.29 for 2

**There are also a bunch of other coupons you can print at this site. So just select how many of each one you want, and have at it!

Hope this is helpful to you!! It made me very happy as I was checking out. I might even go buy some more of this stuff later just to stock up. Some deals are just hard to pass up.


Monday, May 24, 2010

Let The Chaos Reign

Boxes, boxes, and more boxes. Its getting close to moving time!
We don't have our official closing date yet, but it will be any day now. So, in preparation, I am slowly packing up our stuff. Which isn't too bad since its not a whole house load. And even better, Madi loves to help pack. She filled up a box today with her stuffed animals and books and toys. She can't wait to open the boxes in her new house. I think Madi might be more excited than we are (ok, not really). She asks every morning if we are going to the new house. Too funny.

Anyway, the smell of cardboard and tape adhesive is going to be around for a few days, so I am going to enjoy it. And as the days get crazier, I am just going to picture myself sitting on my new back porch reading a book and listening to the crickets.

Can't wait!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Quesadilla Update...

They were fantastic! The grilled pineapple was undoubtably the best feature! Josh loved them... and that is saying a lot because he doesn't find too many "healthy" foods delicious. My dad said they were good, but they were healthy so they could have been better, lol.

Anyway, I highly recommend them.
Here are the things I would change:

1. The layering process: I would layer cheese so that it touches both the top and bottom tortilla. Without some on top to act as "glue," the top tortilla just kinda slides around.

2. Using a hawaiian teriyaki marinade on the chicken kicked it up a notch and was awesome.

3. A little more cheese than recommended. I do like a gooey quesadilla... of course not too gooey, can't add up the calories too much.

So, definitely give them a try. Enjoy!

I have been dreaming about these...

The other day the Pioneer Woman (PW) posted this recipe on her website and I cannot get it out of my mind!

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas. Yum! I haven't made them yet, but I think that they would be an excellent option for dinner tonight. So, I thought I would share the recipe with you, in case you love grilled Pineapple as much as I do.

And here's a picture from PWs website of the finished product -

(photo credit: the pioneer woman, Ree Drummond)

Doesn't that look delicious? And if you use low-fat, high fiber tortillas from La Mission - then it is healthy too! (Just go easy on the bbq sauce and the sour cream) Also, I was thinking that instead of traditional barbeque, it might be delicious with some of that hawaiian barbeque sauce. I will let you know how they turn out!

The Recipe:

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

Prep Time: 15 Minutes Cook Time: 25 Minutes Difficulty: Easy Servings: 6

8 whole Flour Tortillas
Butter Or Margarine
2 cups Grilled Pineapple, Sliced
3 whole Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts
Salt And Pepper, to taste
3 cups Monterey Jack Cheese, Grated
1 whole Jalapeno, Sliced
3 Tablespoons Barbecue Sauce

Preparation Instructions
(To grill pineapple: cut wedges, stick on skewers, and grill over low heat. Cut into slices.)

(To pound chicken, place inside a Ziploc bag and pound with a mallet or large can to flatten to uniform thickness.)

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and Cajun spice (or cumin/cayenne, etc.) Drizzle olive oil on a grill pan and grill on both sides until done, brushing with barbecue sauce. Set aside and slice into very thin slices.

Warm griddle over medium heat and put sizzling butter or margarine in the pan. Slightly warm and toast tortillas on both sides, then remove from griddle and set aside.

To assemble, sprinkle four browned tortillas with grated Monterey Jack. Arrange chicken slices evenly over the surface. Add pineapple slices and jalapeno slices. Sprinkle on cilantro. If desired, drizzle extra barbecue sauce over the top. Add second browned tortilla on top of each one. (You’ll have four complete quesadillas at this point.)

Add to oven to warm, or back to skillet to warm, until cheese is melted. Cut each quesadilla into six wedges. Serve with sour cream, pico de gallo, and lime wedges.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

It never gets old.

We have season passes to Disney and try to go every week to make the most of it. However, it has been a few weeks since we've been, so we decided to go this past Friday. The best part of having season passes is that you don't have to rush. When pay to go for a day, you feel the need to cram as much into those park hours as possible, but with the passes, its ok to go and just stay a couple of hours. With this Florida humidity, that is a huge blessing. :)

Anyway, it always amazes me that every time we go to Disney, it is just as special to Madi as if it is the first time. The first glimpse of the castle gets a gasp and an "oooohhhhh, so pretty!" And then she can't wait to catch a glimpse of Mickey or the princesses. And this time, we did something new. Madi got to meet her new favorites- Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen (Nabean if Madi says it). She was very excited. And afterwards, said "Mama, they got married today!"
So here's a picture of my cutie with the royalty:

But it amazes me that Madi would wait hours to see her favorite characters. She might get bored, but when she is next in line that is already forgotten. We've taken pictures with the princesses so many times, I can't count. But every time we walk down main street Madi asks to see them. We have watched that "wonderful" parade what feels like a hundred times, but Madi can't wait to peek and catch a glimpse of Mickey and Minnie. And it reminds me how often I take things for granted. Its so easy to get in the rut of tradition and forget that each day is a gift. So, today, when you do something you've done a hundred times and it seems routine, stop and remember how blessed you are and be thankful.


Friday, May 14, 2010

A dessert worth breaking a diet for...

I saw a recipe on tastykitchen.com yesterday called chocolate cobbler and I couldn't get the picture out of my mind! It was called My Granny's Chocolate Cobbler, and you know that means I had to try it. Low and behold all the ingredients were magically in the pantry. :0)

My friends and I tested and approved of the dessert...
(please excuse the cell phone camera quality)

And it was gone before the night was over... i promise we didn't eat it all. Josh helped.

So anyway,
here is the recipe if anyone would like to try it out.
And vanilla ice cream on top is required.

Enjoy! No calorie counting allowed.

My Granny's Chocolate Cobbler*

1 cup All-purpose Flour
2 teaspoons Baking Powder
¼ teaspoons Salt
7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
1-¼ cup Sugar, Divided
½ cups Milk
⅓ cups Melted Butter
1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed
1-½ cup Hot Tap Water

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar.

Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.

Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.

In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.

Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR!

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.

Let stand for a few minutes if you can hold yourself back. Serve with homemade ice cream using the gooey sauce to spoon over all.

*Thank you, tastykitchen.com

Thursday, May 13, 2010

I thought it would be appropriate for my first post to be about something very exciting! Last night, my friend Stephanie and I drove to Orlando and met up with Angela and her family. We all went to Barnes and Noble and..... met Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman! It was so exciting! (I know, Josh says I am a complete dork... ) If you don't know who she is, Ree has a website: thepioneerwoman.com. On it she posts random stories about her life on a working cattle ranch, delicious recipes, photography tips, and homeschooling advice. I have to thank Angela for getting me hooked, and now I paid it forward to Stephanie! lol.

So here are some pictures from our adventure.

We are in line. We only had to wait 3 hours....

I promised Madi a surprise for being a good girl. I told her she had to wear a happy face and be sweet. She hammed it up for the camera.
And with only one major meltdown...
she definitely earned that macaroni and cheese.

Ree and her daughters arrived... and Im sure you can imagine hundreds of women and their response.
(I did not cheer and act like a fool... no, really.)

A little time of Q & A.

Still rockin' that happy face...

Madi had no problem crawling right up into "Mrs. Ree's" lap.

Yes, she's just as pleasant in person.
And it only took 3 1/2 hours to find out.

As soon as we were done getting our book signed and while still in Ree's lap, Madi whispers to me, "Can I get my surprise now?"

It was a fun evening and Madi and I had a great time with Aunt Ti Ti, Angela and her family.

Thanks for the memories!