Thursday, June 28, 2012

Thinking Thursday - Things you didn't know about couponing

Today's Thinking Thursday is just a few couponing tips I learned from Southern Savers Extreme Couponing Workshop back in April:

  • Read the fine print on your coupons. Manufacturers put the most expensive item's photo on the coupon, but it may not be the one you have to buy to use the coupon.
  • Jenny at doesn't list everything in a store's sale flyer - she only posts the items that are on sale at their lowest price in it's cycle.
  • You are legally able to only print two (2) copies of a printable online coupon. Each coupon is tracked in it's code.
  • When shopping with a $/$$ coupon ($5 off $25), use it first before your other coupons to ensure you meet the minimum purchase.
  • Your local IGA or local grocer is the best place to buy meats, and the cheapest. They use their meat prices to get you into the store. Publix has the most expensive meat in the Southeast.
  • Buying store brands or shopping at Wal-mart does NOT beat shopping Publix or Ingles B1G1 sales with coupons.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Yummyday Tuesday - Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Homemade Cocktail Sauce

Such a simple recipe and I have people ask me all the time how to make it.

20 oz.Premium Ketchup (such as Heniz)
8 oz. Fresh Horseradish (not prepared - you can find this in the refrigerated seafood section)
Lemon Juice - Apx. 2 Tbsp
Tabasco - to taste

Mix well. Add more ketchup to adjust the heat. Serve with chilled shrimp.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Yummyday Tuesday - Vidalia Onion & Watermelon Salad

Watermelon & Vidalia Onion Salad

This is a great summer salad! The longer it chills, the yummier it gets!

1/2 Small Seedless Watermelon apx 5#, Cubed (see instructions)
1 Med. Vidalia Onion, Sliced into Large rings
1/4 C. Red Wine Vinegar
Salt & Pepper, to taste
1/2 C. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 Tbsp. Fresh Mint
4 oz. Feta Cheese Crumbles

To cube the watermelon, stand it on it's end as apposed to the way you would normally cut a watermelon. Slice the watermelon on each side in a straight line (like you would peel a pineapple.) Once you have "squared" all four sides, lay the watermelon down flat, cut each end off and slice into cubes or wedges (I like wedges).

Add to a large bowl the the onions slices. In a separate bowl, whisk together all ingredients but the Feta. Pour this mixture over the fruit and chill until ready to serve. Add Feta immediately before serving.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

THINKING THURSDAY - It goes on where?!

Why do we do the things we do? We cover our legs with sheer nylons. We stumble around in heels that make us bleed. We wear earrings that make our lobes droop. Why? In the name of our cavemen who barely have to get out of bed to look stunningly handsome.

Today's Thinking Thursday touches upon the wonderful world of cosmetics. Specifically the order in which you are supposed to apply your creams and colors. And you thought you just had to run a little liner across those baby blues! Fact is, if you actually put your make-up in the correct order, it enhances its effectiveness.

Gather all your jars, compacts, tubes and sprays and let's go!

Eye Cream goes on first to allow it time to dry before adding on. If you don't let it dry it will just smear your cosmetics.

Antioxidant Serum - This helps prevent environmental skin damage and should be worn closest to the skin.

Moisturizer with Sunscreen - Locks in moisture and adds the SPF protection we all need.

Eye makeup - Real Simple Magazine recommend eye makeup before other cosmetics to prevent color speckles from falling on concealer for foundation. Shadow first, the liner, then mascara - SEE, you learned something new didn't ya!

Under Eye Concealer - then dab blemishes


Powder - Gives foundation it’s "staying” power



Brows - Don't really know why this matters but it has something to do with using how heavy your other makeup is to determine the heaviness of brow liner is needed.



Treatments - Acne, pigmentation


Begin again.... :)

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Yummyday Tuesday - Cornbread Salad

Cornbread Salad
2 boxes Jiffy Cornbread Mix, baked
1 (14.5-ounce) can red kidney beans, drained
1 (15-ounce) can corn, drained
1 medium Vidalia onion, finely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
2 to 3 ripe tomatoes, chopped
1 (8-ounce) bottle ranch dressing
2 cups grated Cheddar cheese
Cherry tomatoes and parsley, for garnish
Additional ranch dressing (optional)

Cut cooled cornbread into 1-inch cubes and place cubes in a large glass bowl.

Layer kidney beans, corn, onion, bell pepper, and tomatoes.

Top layers with ranch dressing and sprinkle with Cheddar cheese.
Chill, covered, 2 to 3 hours, until ready to serve.
Garnish with cherry tomatoes and parsley and serve with additional ranch dressing, if desired.

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Thursday, June 7, 2012

THINKING THURSDAY - Clamshell, you say?

No! Not THAT kind of clamshell...

You know, those @#$! things that toys and stuff are packaged in to keep people from stealing them, but also keeps US out?

Our Thinking Thursday tip gives you a little help breaking into those suckers.

Use a hand-turned manual can opener. Instead of scissors, a knife or  your teeth (!) align the edge of the package with a manual can openr and crank away!

You're welcome.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Yummyday Tuesday - Vidalia Onion Tarts

Vidalia Onion Casserole Tarts

2 dz. Pastry Cups (found in the frozen section)

3 Cups Chopped Vidalia Onion
3 Tbsp. Butter

Mix together:
1/2 C. Milk
1 1/2 C. Sour Cream
1 tsp. Salt
3 Eggs, beaten well
3 Tbsp. Flour
1 pkg Real Bacon Bits

Pour mixture over sauteed onions. Add mixture to baking cups or in one large casserole dish. Bake for 30 minutes at 325 degrees.

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