Meijer at a glance... 2/28 - 3/06

Here are just a few of the deals at Meijer this week. Be sure to check out the Meijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!

March is Frozen Food Month!!! Buy $20 in the following frozen products and get a $5 Catalina valid toward next frozen foods purchase...

Boston Market... $2.19
$1/3 Boston Market Coupon

Digiorno Pizza... $5.00

Stouffers Party Size Entrees... $9.99

Dean’s Ice Cream... $3.00

Tyson’s Family Pack Bonless Chicken... $3.99
$1 in the 2/7 SS

Totino’s Pizza Rolls (40 count)... $2.50
$.60/3 in the 2/7 SS

Aunt Millie’s Healthy Goodness Bread... $1.50
$.55 in the 1/10 RP
$.55 Aunt Millie’s Bread Coupon

Kellogg’s Cereal 10 oz or larger...Buy 5 boxes get $5 Instant Savings at checkout

$1.50/2 Kellogg’s Mini Wheats Coupon
$1.50/2 Kellogg’s Cereal Coupon

Jennie-O Turkey
... $2.50
$1/2 in the 1/3 SS

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat 7.9-10 oz... $2.50
{Includes: Shaved Ham, Turkey, Chicken or Roast Beef}
$1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Nabisco Wheat Thins or Triscuits 7-10 oz... $2.00
$.55 in the 1/24 SS
PLUS $1/3 via Meijer Mealbox

Quaker Instant Oatmeal 10.9-16 oz... $1.88
$1 in the 2/7 RP
$1 in the 2/14 RP
$1 Quaker Printable Coupon

Classico Pasta Sauce or Alfredo Sauce 15-24 oz... $2.00
$1/2 Classico Coupon
PLUS $1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice... $2.50
$1/2 in the 2/21 RP

Kraft Cheese Singles 10-12 oz... $2.00
$1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Ziploc Snack or Sandwich bags... $1.50
$.40 in the 1/10 SS
{Buy 3 and submit for rebate...Purchase 3 SC Johnson Products and receive $5 with the mail-in-rebate form. This offer expires 6/30/10. You will need the original register receipt and the bar codes from the packages.}


my {stampin'} girl...

Guess Little Bit is following in my footsteps! I got a couple sets from the Dollar Store that included stamps and an ink spot. One was princesses and the other Toy Story. Little Bit is having a blast "stamping" just like mommy! {She's really pretty good!}


Banana Bread

I found this lower fat banana bread recipe when I had some bananas going bad that I didn't want to go to waste. It is super easy to whip up and tastes yummo! I do add chocolate chips, which weren't in the original recipe, but a girls gotta have her chocolate, right!!!

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup white sugar
1 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
2 egg whites
1 cup mashed banana
1/4 cup applesauce
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease an 8x4 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon. Add egg whites, bananas and applesauce; stir until combined. Mix in chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Turn out onto wire rack and allow to cool before slicing.



Creative Corner...stitched card

I just love this card! The colors and the stitching...just make me smile! This card was for a challenge Kristina Werner does every Friday on her blog and at Two Peas. The segment is called Finally Friday. The challenge this time was to use pastel colors. I loved her card layout...so I went with that. I used the paper-piercing template from the Stampin' Up mat pack to get the holes all nice and lined up for the stitching.

Paper ~
kraft, basic grey two scoops collection pack
Accessories ~
buttons, rub-ons, embroidery thread, corner rounder


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ creamy mushroom & chicken soup, bread

Tuesday ~ southwest roll-ups, rice, corn

Wednesday ~ pita pizzas, salad, fruit

Thursday ~ tilapia sticks, green beans, mac&cheese

Friday ~ leftover buffet

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Meijer at a glance... 2/21 - 2/27

Here are just a few of the deals at Meijer this week. Be sure to check out the Meijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!

T. Marzetti Dressing... $1.67
$.75 in the 1/24 SS
$1 in the March All You

Arnold Soft Breads... $1.89
$.55 in the 11/1 SS
$.55 in the 12/6 SS

Post Cereal... $1.99 {$2 Off Instantly wyb 4 Boxes}
Includes: Honey Bunches of Oats, Shredded Wheat, Grape Nuts
$1/2 in the 1/17 SS
$2 Post Printable Coupon

Campbell’s Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup... $.79
$.30/4 in the 1/3 SS
$1/4 Campbell’s Cooking Printable
PLUS $1/8 via Meijer Mealbox

V8 Splash... $1.99
$1/2 via Meijer Mealbox


Creative Corner...Scrap Club

{HAPPY} cause January means a new year, my birthday and another round of scrap club! This is our 3rd year offering this great opportunity to stay caught up on your memory keeping. If you are interested in joining check out more info here.



Enjoy this free 20-song album "20 in 10" by Sister Hazel from Amazon.com. It's rock with a little touch of country to it.

Get a free sample of Underjams for Kids from Pampers as advertised at Walmart.

Stop by a participating Hallmark Gold Crown store and get a free Hallmark Kids card ($1.99 value), there are 9 designs to choose from now through March 14 (or while supplies last). No purchase is necessary and the limit is one free card per customer.

Get a free sample of Fekkai Hair Care from Walmart.

...For more freebie goodness, deals and coupons check out Freebies4Mom.


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ chicken stir fry, crab rangoon, fruit

Tuesday ~ orange-ginger tilapia, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus

Wednesday ~ creamy mushroom & chicken soup, bread

Thursday ~ turkey, dressing, sweet potatoes, green beans

Friday ~ pita pizzas, salad, fruit

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Meijer at a glance... 2/14 - 2/20

Here are just a few of the deals at Meijer this week. Be sure to check out the Meijer Mealbox for extra savings on various items. Also, for more deals check out your local ad here!

Health Choice Meals 8-12.3oz... $2.00
$1/2 in the 1/3 SS
$1/2 Healthy Choice Coupon

Green Giant Boxed Veggies 7-10 oz... $1.00 {B5G1 FREE}
$1/2 Printable at Coupon.com, SmartSource AND CoolSavings

Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa 8-10 ct... $.99
$.50/2 in the 1/10 SS

Kelloggs Cereal... $2.49 {$2 Off Instantly wyb 4 Boxes}
Includes Frosted Mini Wheats, Frosted Flakes, Rice Krispies, Apple Jacks, Fruit Loops, Raisin Bran
Various Printables at Coupons.com AND Kelloggs.com
$1.50/2 Kellogg’s Coupon

Ortega Products 25% off
$1/4 via Meijer Mealbox

Bush’s Best Variety Beans... $.89
$1/4 via Meijer Mealbox

Yoplait Yogurt 4-6 oz... $.40
$.50/8 in the 1/3 GM
$.40/6 in the 2/7 SS
$.50/6 Yoplait Yogurt Cup Coupon

Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough *includes Simply*... $2.00
$.55 in the 12/6 SS
$1/2 Printable at Coupon.com, SmartSource AND CoolSavings
PLUS $1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks... $1.50
$1/2 Printable at Coupon.com, SmartSource AND CoolSavings
PLUS $1/2 via Meijer Mealbox

happy {heart} day!


Creative Corner...LOVE

I created this card for A Year in Cards, January 2010 over at Two Peas in a Bucket. The challenge was to create a love themed card. I used paper from the BasicGrey lemonade paper pad and a crocheted heart I made! I learned how to whip these up from this great video tutorial!


{check} this out Valentine's Day...

Valentine's Day is right around the corner! This is a wonderful time of year to show someone how much you care. Check out how we've been enjoying this heart filled holiday!
My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall

Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse by Laura Numeroff

The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond

Valentine Cats by Jean Marzollo

Franklin's Valentines {DVD}

Rolie Polie Olie...Springy-time Fun {DVD}

{don't forget...utilize your local library for reading and AV material!!!}

Here are a few activities to go along with the heart theme...

valentines stick dolls...craft sticks, foam adhesive hearts, paper doilies, yarn and some google eyes make a fun stick doll!

heart shaped brownies {or cookies}...made a pan of brownies and used a heart shaped cookie cutter to make these festive yummy treats!

valentine garland...foam hearts adhered to some ribbon

heart cut outs...cut hearts from construction paper and hang up for decoration

valentine cards....various designs


Creative Corner...heart art

I was inspired by Ali Edwards post to make this heart art! I used my Creative Memories small heart punch to punch out hearts from Basic Grey's lemonade paper pad. Then I used pop dots to adhere them to vanilla cardstock and placed in a double matted 5x7 frame.


Sausage Cups

So I had sausage cups on the menu last week and said I would share the recipe. These are so simple to put together and taste yummo!


Wonton Wrappers
1 lb ground sausage
1/2 cup ranch dressing
2 cups shredded cheese, your choice

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crumble sausage into medium skillet. Cook over medium heat until lightly browned, stirring occasionally. Drain.

Spray muffin tins and insert wonton wrappers to form a small cup. Bake 5 minutes in preheated oven. Allow wrappers to cool.

Mix sausage, cheese and ranch dressing together. Fill won ton wrappers. Bake for 5-10 minutes until bubbly.

{The sausage mixture is something you can make a day or 2 before you are ready to use...just store in fridge.}

Other ideas using wontons...
Taco cups {I used leftover taco meat mixed with cheese and filled wonton wrappers as in above recipe.}
Crab rangoon {I tried this recipe but cooking time needs to be shortened. Think I might try this recipe next time.}


Creative Corner...heart {day} shirt

I got this pink shirt on clearance at Walmart for like $1.50 after Valentines Day last year. It had an image on it that I wasn't crazy about so I thought why not turn it into something new!

To make the circle, I used my Creative Memories circle cutter and cut the size circle I needed out of paper. Then I pinned the paper to the fabric and cut out using pinking shears. Next I cut out 2 hearts of felt and whip stitched those on the fabric circle with embroidery thread. Then I used wonder under to apply the circle to the shirt. I finished it off by sewing on a little flower button on the brown heart.

What a cute remake to wear for Valentines Day and beyond!


Menu Plan Monday

Monday ~ pasta, salad, garlic toast

Tuesday ~ crock pot bbq chicken, green beans, ramen noodles

Wednesday ~ fish sticks, mac & cheese, apple slices

Thursday ~ out to dinner!

Friday ~ chicken caesar burgers, corn, tater tots

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Creative Corner...wintery thanks

To continue along with my post yesterday about reading winter and snow themed books...I thought I would share a wintery card. I used elements from Card Calendar: A Year's Worth of Celebrations {2010 Day-to-Day Calendar} that my mother-in-law got me for my birthday. This calender comes with thick cardstock-like pages that have three days per page. Some of the pages make special cards like pop ups, while others are punch outs...like I used for this card...

Paper ~
white, choc. chip
Stamps ~ retired SU word set
Ink ~ choc. chip
Accessories ~ ribbon, modern label punch, cord. button, card calendar


{check} this out...

Since the groundhog saw his shadow yesterday and we are in for 6 more weeks of winter...that means you have plenty of time to read some snow and winter themed books! These are a few Little Bit and I have been enjoying over the past couple weeks...

There was a cold lady who swallowed some snow! by Lucille Colandro

I am snow by Jean Marzollo

Hello, snow! by Hope Vestergaard

The snowy day by Jack Ezra Keats

{don't forget...utilize your local library for reading material!!!}

Here are a few activities we've done to go along with the wintry theme...

number snowflakes...{these continue to be a hit} For the fall months I numbered silk leaves 1-9 and she loved them so much, I found foam snowflakes at Hobby Lobby and did the same with them.

paper snowflakes...cut snowflakes out of paper and tape them on the windows or throw them up in there like it's snowing!

playing in the snow, of course!...building a snowman, sledding, or just running around in it.


Menu Plan Monday

Have you ever used wonton wrappers before? Well my first experience using them was making sausage cups for a baby shower brunch. You use muffin tins to form the "cup" and then fill with yummy goodness! I made the sausage cups recently and had extra wonton wrappers...so be watching for a later post with this recipe and a few other ideas I have to use these up!

Monday ~ sausage cups, scrambled eggs, diced potatoes

Tuesday ~ pork fajitas, coconut rice, chips & salsa

Wednesday ~ crock pot bbq chicken, green beans, ramen noodles

Thursday ~ pasta, salad, garlic toast

Friday ~ leftover buffet!

Visit Org Junkie for more recipes!