March 1, 2013

Cooking with Coupons – Rainbow Drop Cupcakes

As a treat for my daughter who recently received an award at our church I decided to make her a special surprise – Rainbow Cupcakes!  We love anything rainbow at our house: Rainbow Sprinkle Cookies, Rainbow Jello etc… I thought I’d share with you how simple it is to make a great any occasion goodie or St. Patrick’s Day treat!  Plus, this one is super inexpensive as all it require is a cake mix (purchased for as little as $0.25 with coupons), food color and paper liners – that’s it!  I love cheap and easy! Does that me cheap and easy?

Rainbow Cupcakes:

Ingredients:

White Cake Mix
Food Coloring
Paper Liners

Directions:

Step #1: Mix cake mix according to package directions

Step #2: Divide Batter into 4-6 bowls

Step #3:  Add 10-12 drops of desired food coloring per bowl  and mix well. (I used the neon variety for some explosive brightness!  FYI – food coloring usually goes on sale at the same time as other spices and especially during Easter!)

Step #4: Layer one tablespoon of colored cake mix in paper lined muffin cups at a time.  Smooth mix to the edge of the paper for each color.  If you do this just right you’ll actually end up with a “perfect rainbow” in your cupcake, meaning there will be clear and definite division of color horizontally! (Or if you want easy – just plop the colored mix one spoonful at a time and you get an awesome result too!   I wasn’t very careful spreading mine out because I was in a rush, so my layers didn’t turn out evenly, but the kids loves these either way!) A Savvy Tip:  I always spray my paper liners with cooking spray so they come out of the paper better!

Step #5:  Bake according to package directions. Serve with coolwhip as frosting!

This makes for fun cakes too!  I made two batches of these and with half of one batch made one 8″ round by simply dropping spoonfuls of color on top of each other in random order.  I’ve made two 8″ rounds frosted with white frosting for birthday parties before and you should see the kids faces when we cut the cake!

December 2, 2012

Christmas Neighbor Gifts – Walmart Grocery Style

It’s almost Christmas and hopefully you’ve hung the holly, lit the tree, wrapped the gifts and … wait … did you forget the neighbor gifts?  Theses token plates of cookies or festively wrapped packages seem almost a requirement on some Utah streets each year.  But, Christmastime can be so hectic with speed of light shopping that every now and then this token gift slips your merry mind.

If you’re like me, up to my eyeballs in jingle bell spirit, baking may not always be an option.  So, I like to wish my neighbors and co-workers “Season’s Greetings” with pantry giving.  Every year I find inexpensive groceries from my pantry that I can turn into fun and creative gift giving!
Never be unprepared for holiday gifting or even last minute, unexpected neighbors showing up on the porch in need of a gift from your pantry arsenal when you prep a few of my favorite pre-made presents:
  • A mug, a packet of instant soup – “For a souper friend.”
  • Muffin mix – “You’re getting muffin for Christmas!”
  • A two-liter bottle of soda pop  – We’re soda-lighted to have you as neighbors.”
  • Microwave Popcorn – “Just poppin’ in to say Merry Christmas,” or “It may sound corny, but we wish you a Merry Christmas!”
  • Vegetable peeler – “Here’s hoping your Christmas is appealing.”
  • Ho-Ho cupcakes – “Ho! Ho! Ho! Merry Christmas.”
  • Ding Dongs – “Merry Christmas from the Ding Dongs next door!”
  • Nuts – “From the nuts next door” or “From your nutty neighbors.”
  • Bubble gum or bubble bath – “May your holidays bubble over with fun!”
  • Snickers candy bar – “Don’t snicker, just be glad you got something!”
  • Cookie dough – “Here’s a little extra dough for Christmas.”
  • Jam – “Hoping your Christmas is jam-packed with cheer.”
  • A bag of dried pasta – “Have a pasta-tively happy holiday!”
  • Jolly Ranchers – “Have a holly jolly Christmas.”
  • Chex Party Mix – “Santa always Chex his list twice – Have you been naughty or nice?”
  • Measuring cup or spoons – “Wishing you a joy beyond measure!”
  • Oranges (or a chocolate orange) – “Orange you glad we’re friends.”
  • A bottle of soda with scotch tape attached: “Holidays can be stressful. Sit down and have a scotch and soda!”
  • Bag of mini carrots and veggie dip : We know you are 24 “carrot” neighbors!
  • Roll of wrapping paper : “Wrap” yourself up in a wonderful holiday season!
And one of my all time favorites when in a hurry is to attach a giant candy bar to this poem: (Thanks Kathy!)
A day or two ago,
We thought we’d make a treat,
For all our specials friends,

A Christmas gift to eat.

Our intentions were top notch.
But our schedules would not budge.
Hence, here’s this years’ edition
of homemade…CHRISTMAS FUDGE
December 1, 2012

Pipe Cleaner Snowflakes – Walmart Craft

My kids love to make Christmas ornaments each year for our Christmas tree, and while I’m fairly OCD about the tree matching perfectly, I can control myself enough to let them put on a few random ornaments without going crazy.  (Though I’ll admit I do have to re-place the ornaments into their correct positions after the kids go to sleep). Hey – I haven’t been diagnosed so give me a break already!

I saw these snowflake pipe cleaner ornaments a few years back and thought they would make a fun family craft.  The kids had a blast making them and they were so easy and inexpensive to make (because I bought all the ingredients at Walmart!)that we made them again this year.  If you’re looking for a last minute craft to fill your family party, this just might do the trick!

Project Requirements:

Wire Cutters
Pipe Cleaners (Plain white and Iridescent or silver)
Crystal Plastic Beads

Step 1:  Cut 2 white pipe cleaners and 1 iridescent pipe cleaner in half

Step 2:  Twist the 4 white 1/2 size pipe cleaners together one full turn

Step 3:  Twist 1 iridescent pipe cleaner on at a time around the white pipe cleaners, alternating two white, one iridescent

Step 4:  Add crystal beads to white pipe cleaners as desired

Step 5:  Kink white pipe cleaners and twist ends together

Enjoy!

May 13, 2012

Schick Silk Razor Bonus Deal

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The next time you’re at Walmart make sure to grab a bonus pack of Schick Silk Razors!  You can get a pack of razors PLUS a free Skintimate trial size bottle for only $1.97

Walmart Deal:

  • Schick Silk Razor Bonus Pack = $5.97 – $4.00/1 (S5/13) = $1.97
May 12, 2012

Free Milkbone Trail Mix Sample

Join Milkbone in celebrating National Trails Day and get a Free Milkbone Sample.

Just pledge to hit the trails with your dog and the free sample is yours for the taking!

May 12, 2012

Free Milkbone Trail Mix Sample

Join Milkbone in celebrating National Trails Day and get a Free Milkbone Sample.

Just pledge to hit the trails with your dog and the free sample is yours for the taking!

May 12, 2012

$2.00/2 Dial Soap Coupon Walmart Deal

Print this $2.00/2 Dial Bar Soap coupon right away and score a great deal on Dial.

Walmart Deal:

Scrub-a-dub-dub – saving money in the tub!

May 12, 2012

$2.00/2 Dial Soap Coupon Walmart Deal

Print this $2.00/2 Dial Bar Soap coupon right away and score a great deal on Dial.

Walmart Deal:

Scrub-a-dub-dub – saving money in the tub!

May 12, 2012

$1.10 Jello Temptations Walmart Deal

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Jello Temptations are on a price roll back at Walmart this week to $2.00.  Use this $1.10/1 coupon and get them for just $0.90 WOW!

Walmart Deal:

May 12, 2012

Free – $0.47 Gain Dish Liquid Walmart Deal

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I’m so excited to be getting some more cheap Gain Dish Liquid this next week!  Watch your 5/13 Sunday Newspaper Coupon inserts for a $0.50/1 Gain Dish Liquid coupon.  Walmart has 9 oz Gain for only $0.97!

Walmart Deal:

  • Gain Dish Liquid 9 oz = $0.97 – $0.50/1 Gain Coupon or $1.00/2 in some locations (PG5/13) = $0.47 or if you have a participating Walmart Double Coupon Store then they are FREE!

Free is my favorite word!

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