Freezing Blueberries

How to Freeze Blue Berries (1)
Just this last week the blueberries at my store were on sale for $.97 a pint. For being out in the middle of somewhere all our food has to be trucked in, that’s a fantastic price!  I went a little bit crazy and bought 9 packages.  We put blueberries in EVERYTHING in this house, and my 2 year old will sit down and eat a pint any chance he gets.
How to Freeze Blue Berries (2)I wanted to save some blueberries for later, so I froze 7 of the 9 pints I bought.  I am excited now that I have super fresh fruit that was really inexpensive.  The bags I put them in are Ziploc I bought with coupons on clearance from Christmas, too!  So how do you freeze fruit?  It’s really, really simple.

  • Do not wash the fruit-make sure it is dry and lay it out on a cookie sheet that has a lip.  I try to do about 1 layer of berries at a time to allow them to freeze separately and not stuck together.
  • Throw them in the freezer for a couple hours.   Once the fruit is mostly frozen (or completely, it doesn’t matter), pull the tray out of the freezer and scoop the fruit into a clean, dry Ziploc bag or sturdy plastic container.
  • When you are ready, wash enjoy your frozen fruit!

Frozen fruit can last several months in the freezer.  You might consider double bagging it if you plan on long term storage or putting it in the deep freeze.  Putting the fruit on a cookie sheet while they are dry keeps them from sticking together when they freeze. It also gives you a chance to pick out any that are not desirable.  Frozen fruit is good for:

  • Pies
  • Teething babies (make sure they are TINY blueberries! The cold numbs their gums and gives them a healthy treat)
  • Smoothies
  • Cooling down hot oatmeal and other cereals
  • Putting in cold cereal 
  • Enjoying as a healthy summer treat
  • Keeping fresh fruit costs down, stock up and freeze when they are in season and prices are low

*HoT* Dole Pineapple Coupon (Teriyaki Crock Pot Chicken time!)

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75¢ off when you buy any THREE (3) 20 oz. Dole® Canned Pineapple

Grab this new Dole Coupon and score some pineapple for almost $1 a can! Then you can use it to make Crock Pot Terriyaki Chicken! So easy, so good!

At Family Dollar $1.35
At Dollar General $1.50
75¢ off when you buy any THREE (3) 20 oz. Dole® Canned Pineapple
Final Price as low as $1.10

Terriyaki Chicken words Crockpot (Medium)
I have tried several freezer crock pot dinners (meals you make ahead and then pull out of the freezer and toss in a crockpot when you need them) and some of them were a bust. This one was DELICIOUS. I loved it. And, it needs pineapple so that’s where you can put this stuff to use!
Terriyaki Chicken words (Medium)
Teriyaki Chicken (2 Bags) for 2-4 people, depending on how hungry they are

Split a large bag of Baby Carrots between the 2 bags (I cut up my own large carrots-it’s much cheaper that way and I prefer small slices)
Cut Red Onion into Large Chunks and split between the 2 bags
1 20oz can pineapple in each bag with the juice
2 Garlic Cloves chopped per bag
2 Chicken Breasts in each bag
1/2 cup teriyaki sauce in each bag
*Add 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce to mixture when you put it in the crock pot.

Cook on HIGH for 3 hours or LOW for 6 hours. I shredded the chicken with a fork and then served over rice.

Diamond Nut Printable Coupon (Use for Crock Pot Apples)

$1.00 off Diamond Nuts 8oz or greater

You know what sounds delcious right now? Crock pot apples, with buttery/sugared chopped pecans. I made crockpot apples for dessert not too long ago and they were so easy and delicious I could have just died. And, they’re not THAT bad for you :)
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I used a fork and mixed together some white and brown sugar, some cinnamon and a bit of flour.   I didn’t measure exactly because it really doesn’t matter too much… just don’t over do the flour.  That is just there to help keep the mix together.
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Then you slice up however many apples are in the fridge not being eaten and throw them in the crockpot, peeled or not, whichever you prefer.  Pour in the sugar mixture and lightly mix it with the apples.  For good measure, throw some butter on the top of the apples.  If I had had nuts I would throw in some pecans, too!   Cook them on low for about 4 hours or until soft.  My crock pot is CRAZY hot and cooks everything crazy fast so my times are off.   And that’s it.  You could do this with peaches, too.  If you wanted a more hearty flavor you could even throw in some oatmeal and a little milk!  That’s the nice thing about these apples, they don’t take much and you can kinda just put anything in.

I served the apples in a bowl with homemade whip cream and Blue Bell ice cream. It was delicious.

Don’t forget to print your $1.00 off Diamond Nuts 8oz or greater coupon!

Blue Bell Cookiewich

Last night I was in Family Dollar to see what was new.  They had a clearance section with Libby’s pumpkin and Betty Crocker cookie mix.  They weren’t crazy discounted like I was hoping for, but I found some Snickerdoodle mix for $1.60 so I grabbed one.   Today we had a lazy Sunday and decided to make some quick cookiewiches.
The trick to a good cookie for a cookiewich is that it’s a large, soft cookie.  You could use the smaller cookies, but that’s not as fun.   To get the larger cookie I used 3 scoops instead of 1, and took them about a few minutes earlier than usual.Then you take the giant cookies… add a couple scoops of ice cream (we’re trying to be reasonable, so we just did 1 scoop)…. and




Total success.

Crescent Roll Chicken Casserole


My friend just had a baby and I wanted to bring her dinner. By the time life happened, I never made it to the grocery store, and it was already 4. I looked around to see what I had, and surprisingly, I had everything for this recipe I pinned a long time ago. I didn’t have cheddar cheese or cream, so I used both swiss and mozerella cheese and substituted milk for the cream.

You Will Need:
2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury Refrigerated Crescent Dinner Rolls $0.40 off THREE Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can cream of chicken soup, undiluted $1/4 Campbell’s Condensed Great for Cooking Soup printable
3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese or swiss cheese (any cheese of choice)
1/2 cup 18% table cream (I used milk)

FILLING
4 ounces soft cream cheese
4 tablespoons soft butter
1/2-1 teaspoon garlic powder $1.00 off two Spice Islands Products or SAVE $1.00 on any one (1) Spice Islands® bottle of spices or extracts
1/3 cup onion, finely chopped
2 large cooked chicken breasts, finely chopped (can use canned chicken)$1.00 off 2 HORMEL Chicken Breast products
1/2-3/4 cup finely grated cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2-4 tablespoons mayonnaise or whipping cream
1-2 cup grated cheddar cheese (for topping)

Directions:
Set oven to 350°F. Butter a casserole dish and set aside. In a saucepan, mix cream (or milk), 3/4 cup grated cheese and undiluted chicken soup. Heat just until the cheese melt, do not boil.

For the filling — (make certain that the cream cheese and butter are very soft) in a bowl, mix the soft cream cheese with butter until very smooth, then add in garlic powder, chopped chicken, onion and cheddar cheese; mix well until combined. Add in 2 tablespoons whipping cream or mayonnaise; mix to combine. Season with seasoned salt or white and black pepper to taste.

Unroll the crescent rolls. Place 1 heaping tablespoon chicken mixture and a spoonful of sauce on top of each crescent triangle, then roll up starting at the thicker end. Drizzle a small amount of sauce on the bottom of the dish. Then place the crescent rolls seam-side down on top of the creamed mixture in the casserole. Drizzle the remaining sauce on top (you don’t have to use the full amount of cream sauce, just use as much as desired) and sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheese, or amount desired. Bake for about 30 minutes.

COUPONS:

$0.40 off THREE Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$1.00 off 2 HORMEL Chicken Breast products
$1.00 off two Spice Islands Products
$1/4 Campbell’s Condensed Great for Cooking Soup printable
SAVE $1.00 on any one (1) Spice Islands® bottle of spices or extracts

Simple, Delicious Stuffing + Coupon

$0.40 off Swanson Flavor Boost broth
I am just kicking myself for not taking pictures of the food I had last night! My friend’s husband is a dentist, but really wanted to be a chef. Because he loves cooking, he invited a group of us over to learn how to make some Thanksgiving side dishes. I am not even kidding you, he cooked an entire Thanksgiving dinner for us in about 1 hour, and everything was amazing. Well, OK, he cooked the turkey before we got there, as well as dessert, but he made 5 side dishes in 1 hour and they were all crazy delicious. The stuffing is what surprised me-it was SO simple, but absolutely delicious.  From Bill:

Stuffing
2 large loaves white sandwich bread
1 cup salted butter
1 cup minced onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
5 tablespoons minced fresh sage ($1.00 off two Spice Islands Products )
1 cup chicken stock ( $0.40 off Swanson Flavor Boost broth  )

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Cut bread into 1 inch cubes, set aside into a large bowl.
3. In a large and deep skillet (a wok is great), melt butter over low heat.
4. Add onion and celery. Saute until the vegetables are translucent, but try not to let them brown
5. Add the salt and pepper and fresh sage, and cook until the sage is fragrant.
6. Toss the bread cubes with the butter vegetable mixture, making sure all the bread is coated in
buttery goodness. Tip the entire thing into a baking dish, and pour the stock over it. Bake
covered at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, uncovering in the last 5-10 minutes of cooking to let
the
bread crisp.
7. This can be made ahead — just add the stock right before baking and bake right before
serving.

(He used bread from the bakery and had BIG chunks, which was SO yummy… )

What to do With Canned Chicken


Chicken Salad is one of my favorite meals!  The other night I was not in the mood to make anything hot, so I just grabbed a can of chicken and thought I’d see what I could come up with.  I googled a few recipes, but I didn’t have half the ingredients required for most of the recipes.  So I just winged it and threw in what I did have.  It roughly ended up being something like this:

  • 1 Can of Chicken
  • 1/4 Cup Mayo
  • 1/2 a Chopped up and Sauteed Red Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Minced Garlic
  • A Little Bit of Red Onion
  • Some Random Spices for Flavor (including salt and pepper)

It was actually REALLY good!  I am wishing now that I would have written down what I put in there! Nuts.  But, I love canned chicken for nights like this!  Dollar General only has the Clover Valley ($2, 5.5 oz) and Swanson (9 oz, $2.60) kind.  Family Dollar has the Swanson cans (12 oz, $3.15), so your best bet is to use this at Wal Mart.  I checked I Heart the Mart for the best price.

$1.00 off 2 HORMEL Chicken Breast productsHormel Chicken $1.58 
$1.00 off 2 HORMEL Chicken Breast products
Final Price $1.08

Pioneer Cinnamon Rolls

I was at my friends house the other day when she served homemade cinnamon rolls.  They were so good!  I asked her for the recipe and she said it was super easy.  All you need are Pioneer Brand baking mix, milk, butter and sugar.   That’s it.  Well, I used flour instead of baking mix to keep the dough from sticking to the table, but you can do whatever you want.  You don’t have to wait for these to rise, you don’t even have to mix them with the mixer.  Just need a spoon and a bowl!  Mix 2 cups baking mix and 2/3 cup milk in a mixing bowl.  The dough will be very sticky.
Have your little helper sprinkle baking mix (or flour) on a hard surface.  Allow him to cover everything in reach.
Roll out dough.

Spread 3 tablespoons of melted butter on the dough, then sprinkle 2 teaspoons and 1 cup of sugar generously over the butter until everything is covered.
Roll the dough up!  You can see where I did not put enough flour down.  The dough stuck to the table! Whoops.

Cut the roll into about 2 inch long rolls.  You can see where I am going with this next step…

Throw them in the oven at 375 for about 20 minutes.  Or until just barely golden on top.

Decide that 1 small pan of rolls is not enough.  Make another batch.  And then make a quick glaze to go on top because that sounds good, too.  These are totally good without frosting. I just got carried away.

PIONEER CINNAMON ROLLS from Cindi

2 Cups Pioneer Baking Mix
2/3 Cup Milk
1 Cup Sugar
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon

Mix milk and mix in a bowl. Roll out on flour or baking mix. Spread melted butter over dough, then sprinkle cinnamon and sugar mixture over. Roll the dough up, cut, put in greased pan and bake at 375 degree for 20 minutes.

Accompanying Coupons:
$1/2 Spice Islands Product printable
$0.40/1 Smith’s Milk printable
$0.75 off Milk, any brand printable (Valid in UT or ID)

Hocus Pocus Rolls – Pinstrosity

I am on a roll this week with disasters!  In my defense this one actually happened a few weeks ago, and now that the initial embarrassment is over I can finally talk about it.  I am sure some of you have seen those Hocus Pocus rolls on Pinterest, also known as Resurrection Rolls or Disappearing Rolls.  They should have been easy to make and then You can see how mine turned out.  The only thing that made me feel slightly better about this was seeing that I wasn’t hte only one who had this happen… check out the other disasters on Pinstrosity!
They really were easy to make, despite my culinary skills.   You just need about 8 kids under the age of 10, cinnamon and sugar, and a package of crescent rolls.
Give each child a crescent roll and a marshmallow.  Help them roll the marshmallow in a bowl of melted butter.  Then roll the marshmallow in the cinnamon and sugar mix.
Now, this is the tricky part.  If we had left the roll like this, given it a little room to breathe, they would probably have turned out!  Instead I totally had the kids pinch the dough over the marshmallow, which cause the marshmallows to get very angry and explode Hulk style.   Whoops.  Well, now YOU know the secret and can make them safely :)

 

 

Coupons:

Dollar Tree has Domino Sugar $1
$0.75/2 Domino Sugar Product, exp. 11/30/12 (RP 09/16/12)
Final Price $.62 each WYB 2

Dollar Tree also has Kraft jet-puffed marshmallows!

$0.55/1 Florida Crystals Natural or Organic Sugar Product printable
$0.75/1 Truvia Natural Sweetener or Truvia Baking Blend with Sugar printable
$1/2 Spice Islands Product printable
$0.50/1 Smart Balance Spreadable Butter or Blended Butter Sticks, exp. 11/14/12 (SS 09/30/12)
$0.55/2 Challenge Spreadable Butter printable
$0.40 off TWO Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls

$0.40 off TWO Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls

Hot Dog Mummies – Your Craft of the Week


I thought showing up at a Halloween party in the same costume unplanned as someone else was pretty bad.  I thought mistaking the pregnant girl in the orange shirt to be dressed as a pumpkin when she wasn’t in a costume at all was pretty bad.    But how about showing up to the same party, bringing the same party food as someone else?  That’s not that bad.  Unless your friend is really cute and crafty and her food looks well, like it came out of a magazine, and your food looks like it was mauled by a rabid croissant.  That was me yesterday.  And guess which hot dog mummies are made by yours truly….

Our playgroup today had a Halloween party.  I volunteered to bring sprinkles (I know, right! No baking required) and these “croissant things” I had seen pinned sometime last year.  I figured they’d be super easy and cute to make.  A hot dog wrapped in pre made croissant dough.  Uh, done.  Even I can handle that.   I had every intention of making sure they were cute so my little man (or Dittle Man as I call him) wouldn’t be embarrassed at the tender age of 18 months by his uncrafty mom.

What I didn’t plan on was remembering I used my last roll of Pillsbury croissants earlier in the week (um, another Pinterest fail) after I had put the baby to bed and my husband was at the library studying late.  “No problem! I’ll get up early and get them!”  I thought to myself.  I got up early, but only because Dittle decided to wake up grumpy.  He was only happy if he had my 100% undivided attention. If not, he screamed like a banshee.  I finally had a chance to run to the store and grab the dough.  I was hoping he would take a nap while I made the mummies since he ws grumpy.   But he decided life would be better if he cried and clung to my leg because I wouldn’t let him play with my iPhone, steak knives or the light socket.

It’s evident how well that worked out for all of us by how amazing my hot dog mummies turned out.

We were also 30 minutes late to the party.  I also had to drag my kid in by one arm as he wanted to stop and eat rocks in the middle of the road.  Then, as if that wasn’t enough fun already, the screen door shut faster than I expected and caught the 2 plates of cupcakes and 2 plates of attempted hot dog mummies I was try to carry at once, sending them flying across the front step.

It was a good day.

 

Do you call them croissants or crescents??? Which word is it?!  Is it tomato or tomatoe?

 

Want to make your own hot dog mummies?  Here are a few coupons you can use!

Bar S Franks at Dollar Tree $1
$0.75/2 Bar-S Classic Jumbo or Bun Length Franks, exp. 12/10/12 (RP 10/07/12 R)
$0.75/2 Bar-S Classic Jumbo and/or Bun Length Franks (change zip code to 30033)
Final Price $.62 each WYB 2

Pillsbury Crescent Rolls $2.79ish (find a store that doubles your coupons!)
$0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, exp. 12/29/12 (GM 10/07/12)
$0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls, exp. 12/1/12 (SS 09/09/12)
$0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls printable
Final Price Varies