Monday, September 19, 2011

Easy 10 Minute French Bread

So, I've been looking to make some easy bread recipes. White, wheat, french, italian, etc. I suck at making bread. I have no idea what the yeast does, I don't know what it's suppose to look like when it's "active." I have no idea how to knead bread, or for how long, or how it's suppose to "feel" when it's ready. So because of all my fear, I haven't really tried any bread recipes.

But this weekend, I conquered my fear and found a really easy french bread recipe. Even those who have never made bread before can do this! I found a video online. I did a quick search for french bread recipes and came across this video.

I followed everything step-by-step and my bread came out AWESOME! And I thought I'd share it with you.

Happy Monday!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Free Blockbuster Kiosk Codes

Got a blockbuster kiosk near you?? Get a free movie tonight when you enter in these codes at the kiosk.

Expires September 2!

Find a Kiosk near you!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Free Target Beauty Bag!!

The free Target Beauty Bag is back! Get your free make-up bag packed with free samples!

Just answer a few questions plus your mailing address and get your sample bag mailed to you.

PS: after sending your info the page may load for a while. Just refresh and try inputting your info again and you will get a pop-up saying you've already submitted for a sample. This means they got your info!!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ways to Save at Chuck E. Cheese

It’s inevitable. We all find ourselves at Chuck E. Cheeses with the half-eaten pizza, soda cups strewn around the table in every flavor, including the infamous suicide soda cup, pockets empty, and kids begging you to take them to the ticket counter so they can buy the same toys they got in Susie Q’s birthday gift bag a month ago. And you are now out about $40 some dollars. Makes you want to curse that stupid rat and buy a chain so you can rake in all those tokens!

All is not lost! I have some tips for you to use when visiting the fat rat, to help save you money and some of your sanity.

  1. Sign up for the Chuck E. Cheese mailing list. You get an email about every month with new coupons for tokens, food, and drinks.
  2. Check the website for the reward calendars. Have your child complete one of the rewards and turn it in for 10 free tokens!
  3. Eat before you go. The pizza is expensive, at about $10 for a medium cheese pizza. Little Ceasars cost $5 for carry out!
  4. Play Skee Ball online and win up to 40 tickets!
  5. Turn in those $25 coupons you get in the emails and you get around 165 tokens (.15 cents a token depending on the deal for the month), but don’t use them all up in one visit. Give each kid about 20 tokens and let them run loose and when they are done, they are done!
  6. My fav, turn in those pizza and drink coupons every once in a while and upgrade to the plastic cups for 99 cents each. Bring those cups back with you and get some free soda!
  7. Go early in the morning and go Monday through Thursday. This way you avoid the crowds and large birthday parties. You can also catch the employees who are there early testing out all the machines and they leave the tickets they win on the games. Great way to get a get at least free tickets!!
I hope that helps! Let me know if you guys can think of any more money saving tips!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Easy Peasy Banana Bread

Have some mushy, old bananas sitting in a bowl that no one will eat? Well, don't throw it out!! Make some banana bread!!

I have an easy recipe that will get rid of them and make a yummy dessert or quick breakfast.


3 overripe mashed bananas (brown spots make them extra yummy)
1/2 cup (or one stick) of butter, softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 to 1 cup walnuts (optional)

How to make:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degress F, spray some non stick spray onto a bread loaf pan

2. Mix the softened butter and brown sugar until well incorporated and fluffy. About 5 minutes on a medium-low speed

Almost! Not quite as fluffy and mixed.                                       

 Just like this! Light and mixed!

3. Add the eggs and mashed bananas

Looking kinda runny now.

4. Pour in flour, salt, and baking soda, mix until it's just moistened. Then add the optional walnuts. Pour into the baking pan and bake for about 55-60 minutes.

This recipes makes a heavy, dense loaf. It will not be light and fluffy like angel food cake, but it tastes awesome! Just store in a ziploc bag right on the counter. Add a nice light dusting of powdered sugar and *drool* it's a yummy dessert!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Make Your Own Laundry Detergent

Laundry detergent is expensive! Especially with kids, who can dirty 5 shirts in a single day. You can easily go through a bottle a month. So, to make things cheaper I make my own detergent. I've used it for months now and I cannot tell the difference in cleaning between the brand names and my own. Although I always keep a bottle of Shout nearby, just in case! ;)

You can find many recipes online for powdered and even liquid laundry soap, but I find using the powered much easier since I don't have room to store a 5 gallon bucket anywhere for the amount the recipes call for. This is the recipe I use to make my detergent. You can find all these items in the same laundry aisle as the big boys!

1 bar of Fels Naptha
1 1/2 cup of Borax
1 1/2 cups of Washing Soda

Grate the bar of Fels Naptha, it should look like the picture below (although you will get much more out of the bar, I just took this picture after I started the batch)
Now you can do 1 of two things here. I like to grind everything together to make a fine powder, but if you don't feel like dirtying anymore appliances you can leave the the Fels Naptha as is and just add the Borax and Washing Soda and POOF! You're done!

But if you are feeling up to it or just OCD like me, then lets GRIND!

Mix the Borax and Fels Naptha together in your grinder. I find mixing the fels naptha with the boarx while grinding makes less mess and the soap grinds up more finely instead of becoming a big goop.
Once you're happy with the powder, just add the Washing Soda and you're finished!

The end result of the grinding should look something like this. 

For the laundry, use 1 Tablespoon for a small load and 2 Tablespoons for a large load. You can always mess around with the amounts of each ingredient depending on how you like the mix.

So what is the cost break down of this cheap soap??

1 bar Fels Naptha - .99 cents
1 box 55oz washing soda - $2.50 
1 box 76oz Borax - $4.00 

With my math it breaks down to less than $2 a batch. Depending on the prices you find the items at. Remember this is a homemade recipe and it is low sudsing, but your clothes will still come out clean!

Happy Laundry day!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

JCPenny early morning shopping brag

Ok, I should have known about this and posted about it earlier so more people could have know, but luck just so happen to shine down on me this morning I thought I needed to brag about it!

JCPenny was having a door busting sale until 1pm today. I received 2 coupons in the mail last week for $10 off a purchase of $10 or more and a $10 off a purchase of $25 or more. I've been beating around the bush all week with these coupons and wanting to go buy some more maternity shorts. Well, I had to leave early this morning to go walk a friend's dog and on the way back home I thought, "Ok, it's the last day I can use these stupid coupons and I really need some more shorts, I'll just stop by real quick pick some up and get home." Well, as luck shown down on me they had a red tag clearance up to 80% off! YAY!! So, it turns out it was not just a quick trip, not that is was a bad thing. :)

Lets get the run down on the savings, I need a drum roll here:

Denim Bermuda Shorts     Reg. $36.00
Black Cami                      Reg. $16.00
Pink Cupcake shirt           Reg. 12.99
3/6m onesie                       Reg. 9.99

Total without discounts: $ 76.45 (with tax)
Total Paid: $26.04  Savings of 66%!!
Second Transaction ( I used both coupons)
Sterling Silver Chain   Reg. $30.00

Total paid: $2.12  Savings of 93%!!!

Ahhh, I feel much better today. Shopping does the body good.