Thursday, November 29, 2012

Homemade Peanut Brittle....in the microwave!

 
Hello!
I'm so excited to share this recipe with all of you! My mom made it tonight and it tasted so good and it was very simple! I told her she could go live with the Amish now :) That is, if Amish people used microwaves...
 
 
 
Here's what you'll need:
 
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1 1/2 cups shelled peanuts
1/8 tsp salt
1 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1tsp vanilla
 
***Please be VERY careful while making this because the mixture gets very very very hot!!!***
 
Directions:
 
1. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
 
2. Combine sugar, corn syrup & salt in a microwave safe bowl. (do not use a plastic bowl because it will melt!)
 
3. Stir in the peanuts and microwave on high until it turns light brown. This took about 9 minutes or so. (stir twice while cooking)
 
4. Stir in the butter (or margarine), baking soda and vanilla.
 
5. Quickly spread the mixture onto your greased baking sheet.
 
6. Let cool! (We stuck ours in the fridge)
 
7. Break into pieces and enjoy! :)
 
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
-Kara



Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Kara's Publix Trip 11/28/12

Hey everybody! I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I spent lots of time with family and stuffed myself til I was nearly sick lol. Then I enjoyed some shopping with my mom, sister and boyfriend from 8 pm to 6:30 am. I LOVE Black Friday! It excites me so much and I know a lot of people say it's crazy and I agree, it is, but I look forward to it all year long! I'm sure it has something to do with getting the same rush as when I'm at the checkout counter with all my coupons. And we all know how addicting that rush is lol. I was finally able to snatch some towels up this year before they were all gone and that was a big accomplishment! We needed the towels last year, but didn't get to them in time so this year it was number one on the list! Do you know how difficult it is to dry off with towels that have holes all in them? lol they were much needed! We was actually able to get everything we were after this year so it was a lot of fun, but very tiring!
 
I didn't get to Publix last week because of Thanksgiving which was fine because we had everything we needed for our Thanksgiving dinner and we had plenty of leftovers so I didn't have to worry about supper for a few nights. I did go to Publix today though and it's a good thing because my dad ate the last of the oreos from my shopping trip the week before last and he had no other snacks in the house (He can seriously eat anything and everything and not gain a pound! Makes me so jealous!) and we needed some things for supper the rest of the week!
 
The Publix ad this week wasn't great and I didn't do my best, but I'm still proud of it so here it is!
 
Total before coupons - $245.49
Total after coupons - $126.57
Total Savings - $118.92
 
 
It doesn't look like a whole lot (maybe that's just me?), but the meat was where most of the money went!
 
Here's what all I got:
 
6 - Chips Ahoy Cookies
3 - Pepperidge Farm Bread
2 - Mrs. Pauls Seafood Entrees
2 - Juicy Juice 8pk.
4 - Cheez-It Crackers
5 - Stouffer's Frozen Entrees
7 - Snuggle Fabric Softener
4 - A&W Diet Root Beer
4 - Rice Krispies Cereal
1 - Publix Gallon Milk (free wyb 4 cereals)
2 - Lysol Cleaners
1 - baby carrots
2 - 3ct. Garlic
1 - Progresso Recipe Starter
1 - Publix Garlic Powder
1 - Publix Basil
1 - 4pk Green Giant Peas
1 - Publix Bleach (penny item!!!!)
2 - Gardien meals
1 - Birthday Card
2 - Pkgs. Mueller Egg Noodles
1 - Boston Butt Roast
1 - Chuck Roast
1 - Top Sirloin Steak
 
Here's the menu plan for tonight and the rest of this week:
 **You can view the recipe by clicking on it**
 
Tonight
 
Thursday
 
Friday
 
Saturday
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie
(I can't find the recipe I use, but I'll keep looking!)
 
Sunday
Stouffer's Frozen Entree
 
My menu may change depending on leftovers.
 
I'd love to see any good deals you got or some new recipe ideas!
 
Thanks for stopping by!
 
-Kara


Monday, November 19, 2012

Proctor and Gamble Pink Cookware Set from Good Cook's Hope Line!

Hello! How's your Monday so far??? I received my free pink cookware from P&G today so I'd have to say my Monday is going pretty good! For those of you who know me, or if you saw the blog before my sister and I redone it, you know that I love the color PINK!
 
 I received this cookware set for purchasing $30.00 worth of P&G products. The total had to be $30.00 BEFORE coupons, so after coupons I actually only spent maybe $15.00! This promotion ran last month for Breast Cancer Awareness.
 
 
They even packaged it up nicely!
 
 
I received a 9.25" Saute Pan, Colander, Flexible Non-slip Cutting Board, Flexible Nylon Turner and Nylon Tongs all for FREE! This cookware set retails for $50.00! Let me just say, this set is very nice! It's all nylon and dishwasher safe. I was a little worried about the cutting board since it's flexible because I've had two flexible ones and I cut right through those, but this one is very thick so I shouldn't have that problem and it also has a non-slip back.
 
 
I can't wait to cook with these! Just in time for Thanksgiving cooking also! :)
 
Thanks for stopping by! Have a great day :)
 
-Kara
 


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Chocolate Chip Pan Cookies

Hello everybody! I hope you've had a great weekend!
 
I just got done baking some Chocolate Chip Pan Cookies and oh my goodness they were so good!
 
 
If you've been looking for a recipe for those nestle semi-sweet chocolate morsels that were BOGO at Publix a couple weeks ago, then this is a great one to use!
 
 
Here's what you'll need:
 
2 1/4 cups self rising flour
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup pure cane sugar
3/4 cups packed brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups Nestle toll house Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 cup chopped nuts
 
 
 
 
Directions:
 
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
 
 
2. Beat the butter, pure cane sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl.
 
 
 
 
3. Add the eggs one at a time and beat after each one.
 
 
 
 
4. Gradually beat in flour.
 
 
 
 
5. Add the chocolate morsels and nuts and stir it together.
 
 
 
6. Spread into large lightly greased cookie sheet.
 
 
7. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until it's golden brown.
 
 
8. Let cool! Cut into squares and enjoy! :)
 
 
I hope you like these as much as I do! I don't normally like anything chocolate, but these were so good!
 
Tomorrow is Monday so that means I get to start getting my Publix shopping list ready for Wednesday! I'm so excited :) I also wanted to let ya'll know that you should've got one Smart Source in your paper today! Hopefully you picked one up because I noticed some pretty good coupons in it!
 
I hope everyone has a great week!
 
ROLL TIDE! :)
 
-Kara


Roasted Garlic Chicken Leg Quarters with Homemade Pan Dripping Gravy Recipe

Hey y'all! Remember those chicken leg quarters I bought on sale for $0.99/lb this past week at Publix? Well, I hope you picked some up as well, 'cause you're definitely going to want to make this! It was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! Now, I'm not going to lie, I'm not a huge fan of dark meat chicken or stuff on the bone but this dish changes everything. It was super simple so it will make a great weeknight meal (or weekend!) for you busy moms out there. This was my very first time to make homemade pan dripping gravy & it was a total success, thankfully:)
 
 
Ok, I'm definitely no photographer and my picture does this dish no justice....so you're just going to have to make it and see for yourself how delicious it is;) I paired it with some Idahoan Baby Red Instant Potatoes & cheesy baked squash and zucchini (I'll also share that recipe)....the boxed potatoes, squash & zucchini were all on sale this week at Publix and the Kraft shredded cheese was on sale last week! This entire meal made 4 servings and cost me maybe $5 total because I bought all of the ingredients on sale & with coupons. That's only $1.25 PER SERVING!!! You can't hardly beat that! Alright, I'll get on with sharing the recipe:)
 
 
 
Roasted Garlic Chicken Leg Quarters
 
4-5 cloves garlic, finely minced (or 4-5 tsp pre-minced raw garlic)
1 tsp dried oregano leaf
1/2 tsp fine sea salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp ground cumin
dash of black pepper
2 tbsp olive oil
4 chicken leg quarters
3/4 cup chicken broth
 
Heat oven to 425°.
 
Combine garlic, oregano, salt, chili powder, cumin, & black pepper in a small bowl. Add olive oil & mix well. Mash it together with a fork until it forms a paste consistency.
Wash chicken leg quarters, pat dry & cut off any excess skin. Place the chicken pieces in a large baking dish, pat the spice mixture over each piece & under the skin. Pour 3/4 cup of chicken broth into the baking dish, around the chicken. Bake for 60-80 minutes, or until juices run clear.
Yields 4 servings.
 
 
 
 
Homemade Pan Dripping Gravy
 
Cornstarch
cold water
1 cup chicken broth
pan drippings from chicken leg quarters
 
To make this gravy, simply remove the chicken leg quarters from the pan once they're finished cooking. Carefully, pour the hot drippings & chicken broth into a small pot and begin heating on medium high, until boiling. Mix about 2-3 tbsp cornstarch with approximately 1/8 cup cold water until it forms a slurry. Next, add the slurry mixture to the boiling pan drippings, stirring constantly.  Allow to cook for 1 minute or until desired thickness is reached. It may be necessary to add more of the cornstarch slurry if your gravy doesn't thicken with the first mixture.
 
 
 
 
Cheesy Baked Yellow Squash & Zucchini
 
1 large yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 large zucchini, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Mozzarella & Pepperjack Cheese
olive oil 
Jane's Krazy Mixed Up Salt, to taste (LOVE this stuff!)
black pepper, to taste
 
Heat oven to 425°.
 
 Place the sliced squash & zucchini in a shallow baking dish, drizzle with olive oil & toss to coat. Next, season to taste with the Krazy Salt (you can use regular salt if needed) & pepper. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until almost tender. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese & bake for another 8-10 minutes or until cheese is browned & bubbly. Enjoy!
 
 
Let me know what y'all think!
 
-K.Goble


Saturday, November 17, 2012

48 Double Rolls of Quilted Northern Toilet Paper shipped straight to your door for only $22.74 on Amazon!

SO excited!!! Just got 48 double rolls (equal to 96 rolls!!!) of Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Toilet Paper in the mail. We got this shipped for free straight to our door from Amazon!! This deal is still available and it's a GREAT stock up price on Toilet Paper! You end up paying $0.47 a roll!
 
 
 
If you would like to get this deal just click here. I recommend stocking up with this price so hurry before it's gone again!
 
 You will need to use the subscribe and save option when checking out so that you get the 5% discount, which is how you get the price down to the $22.74, and then you can cancel your subscription after your order has shipped.
 
I actually just ordered this again because it's such an awesome price! And I had a $0.50 gift certificate so I got another 48 rolls for only $22.24!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Homemade Pumpkin Dog Treats

I'm so excited to share these homemade pumpkin dog treats with you! They are healthy and your dog will love them and love you for making them! It's a fairly simple recipe and they are pretty fun to make. We made two batches the other night and the dogs have ate nearly all of them so I made another batch tonight.
 
 
 
Here's what you'll need
 
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
7 tbsp water
2 tbsp molasses
1/3 cup oats (optional)
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
 
 
Directions:
 
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
 
2. Mix the pumpkin, molasses, vegetable oil and water together in a bowl.
 
 
3. Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon & oats to the mixture.
 
 
4. Stir all that until it's all mixed together. The dough should be soft. I found it easiest if I just used my hands, but you can do it however you prefer.
 
 
 
5. Take some parchment or wax paper and lay it out. (I used parchment paper and put some whole wheat flour on it.)
 
 
6. Pat the dough out with your hand then use a roller (or cup) and roll the dough out flat.
 
 
 
6. Use a cookie cutter (if you don't have one you can just make balls and then flatten them out like cookies!) and cut out the treats from the dough.
 
**I got my dog bone cookie cutter, along with a dog treat recipe, from Target in the dollar bins. Score!!!**
 
 
7. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet.
 
 
 
 
8. Bake for about 25 minutes or until the dough is hardened.
 
 
9. Let cool!
 
 
 
**These are chewy, but I still don't give my dogs the whole treat because they turned out pretty big and I don't want them to choke on them.**
 
I hope your dogs enjoy these as much as my dogs do! Thanks for stopping by!!
 
**Be sure your dogs have no food allergies before giving these to them**
 
- Kara


Kara's 11/15 Publix Trip (Best trip so far!!)

Hello everybody! I.AM.SO.EXCITED!  I just did my BEST couponing trip so far and I scored so many good deals! I was reminded, yet again,  just how much I love coupons! I'm so glad now that I decided to clean out another closet for my stockpile because I don't know where I would've put everything, but I couldn't have passed on any of these deals because I would've been kicking myself for it later! Here's how I did...
 
Total Before Coupons - $427.86
Total After Coupons - $174.47
Total Savings - $253.39
 
Here's what I got:
 
 
We have enough whipped cream and butter to last us a while! lol
 
I got:
 
9 - Campbells' Condensed Great for Cooking Soups
4 - Del Monte Canned Vegetables
4 - Del Monte Tomatoes
6 - Dole Canned Pineapples
4 - Nestle Carnation Evaportated Milk
7 - Hellmann's Mayo
(My dad takes 2 sandwiches to lunch everyday so we go through a lot of mayo!)
4 - Capri Sun 100% Juice Blends
6 - Lipton Tea 100ct.
2 - Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice
9 - Idahoan Instant Potatoes
4 - Ziplock Storage Bags
1 - Planters Nuts
6 - Velveeta Shells n Cheese Dinners
1 - Ocean Spray Fresh Cranberries
6 - Kraft Natural Cheese Chunks
2 - Oscar Meyer Bacon
4 - Swanson Broth
2 - Wesson Canola Oil
9 - I can't believe it's not butters
8 - Cool Whip Whipped Toppings
5 - Colgate Toothpaste
4 - Oreo Cookies (The Birthday Cakes ones are SO good!)
2 - Bounce Dryer Sheets
4 - Bounty Basic Paper Towels
3 - Bounty Napkins 100ct.
2 - Ragu Spaghetti Sauce
1 - Publix Milk
1 - Publix Ground Round
1 - Publix Shoulder Roast
2 - Sweet Onions
2 - Pepperonchini Peppers
2 - Publix Auju Seasoning Mixes
1 - Publix Bakery Buns
2 - Publix Bakery Pizza Doughs
4 - Sara Lee cakes
2 - Keebler Club Crackers
2 - Philladelphia Cream Cheese
 
I love all the great deals in the ad for this week!
 
I also love meal planning now! It makes it so much easier.
For supper tonight I'm cooking Slow cooked Italian Beef Sliders! It smells so good. I started it in the crockpot this morning!
 
What's for supper at your house??
 
Thanks for stopping by and keep watching the blog because I'm gonna post a homemade dog treat recipe soon! I made these for my dogs and they LOVE them!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Kayla's Publix Trip 11.8.12

I'm so excited about my couponing trip today! This is my first big haul & I was finally able to save well over 50%! As you can see, toilet paper is my weakness. Angel Soft double roll 12 packs were on sale this week for $5.00 each....they're regularly priced $9.95 each! I had a $1/1 Target printable and a $1.50/1 Publix store coupon that I stacked to get each pack for only $2.50! That's only $0.001 cents per square foot!
(I apologize for such low quality pictures, I had to use my iPhone camera)
Total Before Coupons - $351.20

Total After Coupons - $145.91

Total Savings - $205.29
 
 
 
10- Betty Crocker boxed potatoes
3- Betty Crocker cookie mix
4- Campbell's Cream of Chicken soup
5- Campbell's Cream of Mushroom soup
8- Del Monte canned green beans
2- Duncan Hine's Moist cake mix
2- Duncan Hine's supreme frosting
10- Hall's cough drops
6- Kraft shredded cheese bags
8- Stove Top stuffing mix
2- Milk-Bone dog snacks
4- Nestle Morsels
2- Pompeian Olive Oil
7- Progresso Recipe Starters
3- Eagle Brand sweetened condensed milk
4- Domino confectioner & brown sugar products
5- Angel Soft Double Roll toilet paper 12 pk
 6- Sundown Naturals Vitamin D (MONEY MAKER!)
1- 5lb bag baking potatoes
1- Daisy light sour cream
1- Sparkle paper towel 6 pk 
3- Diet Dr Pepper 2 liters
3- Dr Pepper Ten 2 liters
2- Fleischmann's yeast strip 3 pks
1- Karo Syrup
1- Johnsonville frozen bratwurst burgers
2- Dixie Ultra paper plate packs
2- Ken's Steakhouse dressings
1- Heinz homestyle gravy jar
2- Country Crock spread butter
1- International Delight Coffee Creamer
2- Diamond Crystal kosher salt
2 Silk Soy Milk, half gallons
1- Publix brand light cream cheese
2- Pillsbury refridgerated pie crust
2- Progresso chicken broth
2- Publix Bakery pizza dough
1- red onion
1- Publix brand canned black beans
1- Rotel
1- McCormick Chili Powder
1- Tyson grilled and ready frozen chicken breasts
1- Publix brand stir-fry steak pack
1- Publix Deli hummus
 
 
 
I made a BBQ Chicken Pizza with those pizza doughs! It was amazing & only took 30 minutes to make from start to finish! You can find the recipe here.  Thanks for stopping by:) 

-K. Goble

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Super Simple BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

I made this pizza tonight and it was SO GOOD! My husband loved it & the best part was....it was cheap, easy & fast! Since I began couponing I've also began planning my family's meals out for the week according to what's on sale so that I maximize my savings! I definitely recommend doing this if you don't already.










I had a picture of my finished pizzas but it has mysteriously disappeared?! So, I guess I'll just share the recipe. *EDIT* I made it again & took pictures!
 

 
 




BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:
 
Pizza Dough ($2.69 at Publix Bakery)
Perdue Short-Cuts cooked, sliced chicken breasts 
  Kraft shredded cheese
  Kraft BBQ Sauce
 diced red onion (optional)
minced garlic (optional)


Instructions: 
 
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
 
First, flour your rolling surface & roll out your pizza dough. We like thin crust so I rolled it as thinly as I could but you can definitely do any type crust you like. Next, spread the BBQ sauce over the top of your pizza dough, I used about 1-2 cups. Then, evenly distribute the red onions, chicken and cheese (I used Pepperjack & Mozzarella cheeses) across the pizza.
 
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
 
 This recipe can be adjusted in so many ways to suit your family's taste buds! Keep in mind that any cooked chicken, as well as, any brand of cheese & BBQ sauce can be used....these were what I bought on sale & with coupons though:) I hope y'all enjoy it as much as we did!
 
-K.Goble
 


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Kara's 11/7 Publix Trip!

Hey everybody! I'm so excited to share my deals with you today, as always, so here's how I did today at Publix!
 
Total Before Coupons - $364.82
Total After Coupons - $123.19
Total Savings - $241.63
 
Today was one of those days when I'm so thankful for coupons! If I had not had coupons I wouldn't have been able to get half the stuff I got today because I don't have $364.82 to spend on groceries and I don't think that anybody should have to spend that much on groceries! It's crazy to me that some people refuse to use coupons though because it is free money and you can get so much more when you use coupons!
 
Anyways, here's what I got:
 
 
16 - Betty Crocker Boxed Potatoes
9 - Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes
9 - Campbell's Condensed Great for Cooking Soups
12 - Del Monte Fresh Cut Vegetables
4 - Dove Deoderant
4 - Duncan Hines Moist Cake Mixes
6 - Halls Cough Drops
6 - Kraft Shredded Cheese
6 - Kraft Stove Top Stuffing Mixes
2 - Milk Bone Dog Treats
8 - Nestle Toll House Morsels (I'm so excited about these!)
2 - Oscar Meyer Weiners
2 - Pompeian Olive Oils
7 - Progresso Recipe Starter Sauces
1 - Daisy Sour Cream
2 - International Delight Coffee Creamers
3 - Borden Eagle Sweetened Condensed Milks
6 - 2L Diet Dr. Peppers
8 - Hunt's 100% Natural Tomatoes
4 - Bayer Aspirin
1 - Angel Soft
4 - Domino Brown Sugar
1 - Sparkle Paper Towels
2 - Tyson Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
6 - Sundown Vitamins (money maker!)
4 - Diamond Kosher Salt
1 - Publix Ground Chuck
1 - Perdue Chicken Nuggets
 
LOTS of good deals in the ad this week! What kind of deals did you score??

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Kayla's Publix Trip 11.1.12

Before I get to my shopping trip details, I thought I should introduce myself a little bit. I'm Kara, the "original" Southern Coupon Junkie's, older sister Kayla. This is my first post here but I've actually been couponing since 10.25.12:)  
 
 
OK, now for the fun stuff!
Unfortuanately, I didn't think to take pictures of this week (or last week's) couponing haul's. I will share with y'all what I got though! I'm not nearly as good as Kara is at couponing yet, but I hope to get there soon!
 
 
Total before Coupons - $190.04
Total after Coupons - $104.00
Total Savings - $86.40
 
Here's what I got:
 
5- Diet Mt Dew 12 packs
2- Thermacare neck & back heat wraps
3- Pantene Pro-V shampoos
1- Pantene Pro-V conditioner
2- Jose Ole frozen Taquito boxes
6- Kashi frozen entrees
4- Green Giant canned corn
1- Green Giant Valley Fresh frozen steamer
4- Pepperidge Farm Milano Cookies
4- Campbell's Naturals chicken noodle soups
4- Pillsbury R2B! refridgerated cookie doughs
3- Publix  thick cut bacon
4- Kraft salad dressings
2- Country Crock churn style butter
2- Publix brand Sirloin tip sliced steak packages
4- Del Monte canned tomato sauce
1- Publix 2% milk
1- Cottonelle double rolls 12pk toilet paper
 1- Cottonelle wet clothes 42ct tub
 
Thanks for stopping by!
-K. Goble