Friday, February 27, 2009

Peggy Li Creations "Infinity Necklace" Giveaway

Check out Frugal and Fabulous on how to enter to win this pretty necklace! But hurry, entries close tonight at 5pm!! Sorry I didn't post sooner!

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Thursday Supper - Crockpot Pulled Pork Sandwiches

We haven't eaten yet, but this meal will be yummy, yummy, yummy. I could smell the meat outside the door when I came home from work. This was SO easy...I had to share. You will need:

Pork chops (3-4lbs. should be plenty. I used 7 chops)
Stock (3-4 cups)
Onion (I used about 1/2)
Cider vinegar (little over 1/3 cup)
Worcestershire sauce (about 1/3 cup)
Minced garlic (few tablespoons)
Bulkie rolls
seasonings (I used Italian, salt, pepper, basil)
(as usual..amounts are to taste. I don't think you could mess this up.)

I had the assorted pack of chops from Shaws that I bought earlier in the week...3+ pounds for under $6! Good deal. Anyway, since the chops were assorted, some were sitll on the bone, so I just cut it off. Place chops in crock pot. Slice onion and add to crockpot. Add stock (to cover pork chops), vinegar, worcestershire, minced garlic and seasonings. Cook on low for...about 8 hours.

Shred chops one by one. Really, they should just about shred tender! I dumped the juices thru a strainer and added the onions and some of minced garlic "leftovers" to the shredded pork pile.

Next, put shredded pork mixture back into crockpot and add a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. I used Wegman's (*sniff*) Memphis flavor. Mix together and cook on low for another hour or so. If this wasn't already tender enough....! Now, it just melts in the mouth. (Of course I sampled it!)

I got a free 5lb bag of potatoes a few weeks ago from Shaw's, and there were 3 left that were on the verge of extinction. I decided to make some homemade french fries to use them up! Dump a little veggie oil in a skillet, and voila! Insta-fryer.

Ok, so honey is on his way home, fries are frying up nicely, and I'm charging the camera battery. Will post a pic of the "finished product" later!

**Update: The pork was AMAZING!**

Friday, February 13, 2009

Freebie (or close to it!) Friday

I did not do much grocery shopping or otherwise this week, but there were some promo's that I could not pass up! I did 3 transactions at 2 different grocery stores, but each one ended in getting a catalina (coupon) for $10 off your next purchase! Over 2 deals at Stop & Shop I spent $22.32 and had a $10 coupon left over to spend later. Here's what I got:

3 Crest Pro-Health toothpaste
2 Satin Care shave gel
4 Kids Crest toothpaste
4 Oral-B Stages toothbrush (kids)
2 Oral-B toothbrush (adult)
1 family size Herbal Essence shampoo
1 family size Herbal Essence conditioner
4 Lunchables
2 Brown-n-Serve sausages
Loaf of Italian bread

So today, I needed to get some things for Valentine's dinner and just some staples we needed. There was also a deal at Shaw's that I wanted to do, because it would give me another $10 catalina. I am SUPER happy about this grocery trip. I only spent $40.56!! and got the $10 off next purchase coupon that I will use next week when I go!

2 3Lb bags kitty food
1 box Keebler Club crackers
2 Betty Crocker Cake mix
2 Betty Crocker frosting
1 Jell-O No Bake cheesecake
2 Crystal Light
4 Betty Crocker Warm Delights
2 bottles soda
1 bottle Hunts ketchup
2 Over the Moon milk
1 bag Quaker ranch rice snacks
4 cans Del Monte diced tomatoes
2 Home Life fire starters (I'll explain that in a minute)
3 Pillsbury Grands
2 bags Kraft shredded cheese
1 wedge Parmesan cheese
bunch of asparagus
14 Yoplait yogurt
1.5 Lbs. scallops

The thing with the HomeLife fire starters is this: Shaw's periodically puts out a store coupon booklet. These are good because you can stack these coupons with MF (manufacturer's) coupons. Anyway, when I see these books, I grab like 4-5. This time around, there is a coupon in it for $3 off the fire starters. Any of them. Well, the ones I bought cost..... $.59!!! So, for spending $1.18 on these and using the $3/1 coupon gives me an extra $4.81 profit towards my grocery bill!! :o) YAY!

How did you do grocery shopping this week?

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Sickness & Supper

I've been sick. With a Pandemic. :o) Seriously, it's been the never-ending illness since last Thursday! Both the hubby and I had "it"...he's feeling pretty much normal and I finally went to the Dr. today. The only reason I went was because it's been a week, and I was starting to wonder about strep, because of a sore throat. I actually had a fever when they took my temp, but no strep. Yay! Just a flu strain that doesn't make you pukey. Oh, and a sinus/cold thing. I'm a mess!! But I was told the usual...get plenty of rest, Vitamin C, Sudafed, etc. It will probably work itself out in another couple weeks. YIKES!!! I think I'm single-handedly keeping the tea industry in business right now!

Moving past the self-pity, menu-planning kind of fell by the wayside this week...because of the malaria. I had some ideas, but nothing concrete. It's worked out okay...just for this week. :o) Tonight, I made a take on a Rachael Ray Shepherd's Pie recipe. I'll just give you my version. It is really easy and fast. You might even say it was "DELISH!".

Mashed potatoes (If you have a ton of free Betty Crocker boxed ones, use those. Or just make your favorite type of mashed. Any will do.)
1 Lb. ground turkey (or beef, whatever you prefer)
1 Tbsp. EVOO
1 onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour
1 c. beef or chicken stock/broth
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce (just eyeball the amount)
Corn (frozen or canned. I used 11oz can of Niblets, drained)
Fresh parsley

Preheat skillet over med-high heat. Add EVOO to hot pan with turkey. Season with salt and pepper. If you're using a fattier meat, drain or scoop out most of the fat. Once mostly browned, add onion to meat and cook about 5 more minutes, stirring frequently. In a second smaller skillet, cook butter and flour together, over medium heat, for about 2 minutes. Whisk in broth and Worcestershire sauce. Thicken gravy for about 1 minute. Add gravy to meat and onion. Stir in corn.

Preheat the broiler to high. Fill a casserole dish (I used 8x8 glass) with meat & vegetable mixture. Spoon mashed potatoes over meat evenly. Top potatoes w/paprika and broil. Heat until potatoes evenly browned. Top with chopped parsley.

The thing I like about this, besides the ease and taste, is that you can add/substitute other veggies (peas, carrots, etc.) and also adjust the size of the dish pretty easily. Enjoy!!