Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Tuesday Treat Day

You are going to want to make these! Best. Pancakes. Ever.

I made these over the weekend and we liked them so much we had them for breakfast and dinner (it makes about 12 large pancakes)! I got this recipe from Health magazine January/February 2010 issue. I did some modifications to make this even more figure friendly! I hope you try them!

(my modifications are: used all whole wheat flour, egg beaters, 2% buttermilk--since I couldn't find 1%, 2 tbsp brown sugar and skim milk to offset the 1% buttermilk. I also didn't make the blueberry sauce, as I added some fresh blueberries/bananas to the mix and used maple syrup instead). Here is the recipe as printed in Health Magazine:

Oatmeal Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Sauce

Soak 1.5 cups of Rolled Oats in 1 cup 1% buttermilk in a small bowl for 15 minutes.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 large eggs
2 large egg whites
1 1/2 cup low fat milk

Mix in oatmeal mixture and blend (batter will be thick).

Wild Blueberry Sauce:

2 cups frozen wild blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tbsp. lemon juice

Monday, February 1, 2010


I know I take many things for granted. One of them is water. I don't think twice about turning on the sink and seeing clean, clear water. But for many people, they do not have this advantage. They don't take water for granted like I do. In fact, they don't even have running water in their homes. Millions of children (especially) die each year because they can't get clean water, so they drink dirty, contaminated water that is harmful to anyone who drinks it.

There wasn't much you or I could do for those people a few years ago, unless we gave a donation to a charity who provides this. But, now PUR is providing children and families with clean drinking water. They have created the Children's Safe Drinking Water Program. They distribute packets that turns dirty water into clean drinking water. AMAZING!!

Now, here is your part:

For every product PUR sells, they will make sure someone gets 10 liters of clean drinking water in an area that needs it. You can also become a fan on Facebook and they will do the same thing!

This is a pretty easy way to help make a difference in our world! Become a fan here and to find out more about PUR's program, go here!

If we work together, we can overcome together!


PS--if you have a blog, please post this information to help spread the word!

Giant Deals 1-31

Shannon has the best deals for Giant too! Check them out here. Here are my favs:

Post Select Cereals 2/$4.00
use $1.00/2 in 1/17 SS
use $2.00/1 Post Printable Coupon
FREE after coupon

Red or Green Seedless Grapes $1.49 lb.

Wholly Guacamole BOGO
use $1.00/1 in 1/31 RP

Kraft Shredded Cheese 3/$5.00
use $1.00/2 in 1/3 SS
use $1.00/2 printable Kraft Cheese Coupon
$1.33 after coupon

Ragu Pasta Sauce $1.69
use $.75/1 in 1/31 rp
$.94 after coupon

Weis Deals 1-31

Shannon, over at For the Mommas, has the best Weis deals this week. Here are my favs:

Nature Made Vitamins BOGO
use $1.00/1 in 1/31 ss

Philadelphia Cream Cheese 4/$5.00
use $1.00/4 printable coupon
$1.00 after coupon

Heluva Good Dips 2/$3.00
use $.50/1 printable coupon
use $1.00/2 in 1/24 ss
$1.00 each after coupon

Claussen Pickles $2.99
use $1.00/1 printable coupon
$1.99 after coupon

Thanks Shannon!

Look what I got Free in the Mail.....Part 1

I love free things! It's such a nice feeling to open the mailbox and see free things!!! Here is what I got:

Weight Watchers Magazine & Free samples of Lipton Green Tea

NYRS Update

I forgot to update my New Years Resolution. My official weigh in day is on Saturday and as of Jan. 30, 2010, my total weight loss is 9.5 lbs!! I'm so happy about that! I have 5.5 more pounds until I reach my first goal of 15 lbs by March 1, 2010. I think I will be able to do it!

I have to be honest and say I have not stuck to my exercise 5 times a week resolution. I decided that I needed to start 1 thing first and then add more "resolutions" after I accomplish one. Right now, I feel like I have conquered some food issues and know how to deal with them when they come back (think the hungry monster from the Weight Watcher's commericals). So, this month, I hope to exercise more.

As I have said before, I'm not following a plan, but I am waiting for Dr. Oz to contact me!! I am melting a bunch of great advice into my plan. Here are some of my melting pot diet secrets (OK, they aren't secrets, but I just could find a better word):

1. Eat more fish. (2-4 times a week, either for lunch or dinner)
2. Eat more vegetarian meals (2 per week for dinner or lunch, if leftovers)
3. Cut out as much sugar as possible.
4. Limit Sodium (I try not to have more than 1000mg per day, some days it's easy, some it's really hard)
5. Eat the same thing for breakfast (either steel cut oats or cheerios with my son)
6. Increase healthy fats (olive oil, salmon, almond butter, nuts, canola oil)
7. Limit or eliminate refined/processed foods
8. Whole wheat/grain everything (bread, pasta, flour)
9. Cheating is OK in moderation
10. Watch Dr. Oz once a week (he scares me a in a good way, motivating!)

OK Dr. Oz, I'm waiting!

Shopping Trip

I was a mad woman. I went to CVS, Darrenkamps, Giant & Weis in one night (I really needed to get out of the house)! Here is the breakdown (from last weeks sales).

Giant (I really wanted to get Greek Yogurt, but they were out, so I got a rain check):
Apples, Baby Wash, Kidney Beans, Pasta
Total before savings: $15.36
Total Coupons: $1.75
Total BC Savings: $1.43
Total OOP: $12.18

Bread, Yogurt, Chicken, Wheat Thins, Tomato Sauce, Kashi Cereal, Baby Lotion, Baby Yogurt, Oatmeal
Total before savings: $44.27
Total coupons: 8.69
Total Club Savings: $12.78
Total OOP: $22.80

Milk, Buttermilk, Bananas, Cheese, Whole Wheat Flour
Total before savings: $17.27
Total Coupons: $0.00
Total Club Savings: $4.16
Total OOP: 13.11

CVS: Isn't included in my grocery budget

Total Spent: $48.09

(I'm over $8.09 for the 1st week in February and I will try to make it up in the coming weeks!)

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Get them before they are gone!

It's the end of the month and coupons with either reset or be gone, so make sure to print them this weekend!




Thursday, January 28, 2010


I have to take a few days off, as my husband had surgery yesterday and is recovering! I should be back this weekend with great deals! Thanks!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Family Owned Markets 1-25

Here are the best deals at the FOM's. Make sure you check out your store's website, as many have store coupons. And, each FOM has a different coupon policy, some take internet coupons and some don't.

Era Liquid Laundry (50 oz) $3.88

Bananas $.39 lb

Bryer's Yogurt $.39

Perdue Chicken Thighs or Drumsticks $.69 lb

Crystal Farms Shredded/Chunk or American Cheese $1.88 each

Crystal Farms Cream Cheese $.99

Crystal Farms Butter $1.98

Weight Watchers Yogurt 5/$3
$1/5 here
5/$2 or $.40 each

Ritz Crackers 2/$5
$1/1 from 1-24 SS insert
$1.50 each

Carnation Evap. Milk $.99
$1/2 here

Silk Soy Milk 2/$6
$.75/1 here
$2.00 each

Weis Deals 1-24

Shannon, over at For the Mommas, has the best Weis deals this week! Here are my favs:

Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pastas 10/$10.00
use $1.00/2 in 1/10 SS
$.50 after coupon

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Giant Deals 1-24

Shannon, over at For the Mommas has the best deals at Giant this week.

Here are my favs:

Oikos Organic Greek Yogurt 10/$10.00
use $1.00/1 in 1/3 ss
FREE after coupon


Well, Dr. Oz's people haven't contacted me yet, but on Saturday, my official weigh in day, I was down another 2 lbs! Making it a total of 7.5 lbs since January 1! I am very encouraged and am happy to say that my pants are a wee little bit looser!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Super Swag Bucks Day!

Search & Win

Have you ever heard of Swagbucks? No? I didn't either until a few months ago. Swagbucks is a search engine site where you can earn "bucks" by searching the Internet. It's really easy to use and you can use your accumulated points for things like gift cards to Amazon, Paypal, B&N or save up to "purchase" XBox 360.

Before the holidays I was able to score some great gift cards to use for presents! For signing up, you get 5 bucks and Friday's are Super Swag Buck Days where you could earn up to 10,000 bucks just for searching!

It's a great way to get a little extra something for nothing! Just click on Swagbucks above and you will be directed to Swagbucks!

Free App at Macaroni Grill

Join the Macaroni Grill's Mac Pack to receive a free appetizer and more savings!

Thanks AThriftyMom!