ABC Family & Pillsbury Teamed up to provide you with some fun Holiday Recipes – 25 Days Of Christmas


Celebrate Christmas with ABC Family and Pillsbury as they share recipes and fun Holiday ideas for the whole family. Check out this awesome Sweet Gingerbread Pull Apart Bread.

Money Saving Tips for the Christmas Season

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Christmas season is a wonderful time that is celebrated at the end of every year with family and friends. However, this great festival proves to be very expensive and many a times includes massive credit card bills that take a long time to clear. With a proper plan, it is possible to make Christmas a fabulous time and make everyone feel special without worrying about the huge expenses. There are various creative ways to save money at Christmas. Here are some tips that can help –

  •  Make use of vouchers: You may find success while searching for some gift vouchers online. In addition to that, there are a number of online retailers featuring special promotions and deals that could be a money-savers delight.
  • Make a shopping list in advance: Last minute shopping that solely depends on your impulse could prove to be one costly affair. Thus, it is recommended to make a shopping list beforehand and stick to it. This helps in buying only the items necessary during the festival.
  • Set a limit on the cost of presents: You don’t need to go over the top while selecting presents for your family and friends. Setup a limit on the budget of the presents to be given to each person in your list. Maybe your family has a tradition of giving particular kind of gifts to the near and dear ones. You could suggest some changes in these aspects as well.
  • Shop early: Planning and shopping early increases the chances of finding the desired items at reasonable prices as the prices are quite low during the off-season.

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  • Shop Online for more discounts: For those people who prefer shopping online, there are several outlets and clearance stores, offering branded products at discounted prices exclusive to online shoppers. The stock from the previous season is usually sold at discounted prices during Christmas. In addition to that, there are sites such as CouponsHQ which has the latest coupons and offers which can be used to get further discount on the already discounted prices.
  • Personalized gifts for the many: While buying gifts, it’s better to buy those that could be personalized and carry a discount when ordered in bulk.
  • Try making homemade gifts: Browse internet for getting exceptional ideas for homemade Christmas gifts. Moreover, for preparing these gift items you are not required to be especially gifted with arts and crafts skills. Just make use of some items or decorative materials present in your home and prepare the gifts.
  • Avoid unnecessary Christmas wrappers: Instead of buying expensive gift wrappers, there are numerous other creative ideas that could save a lot of bucks being spent. Make use of newspapers, grocery paper bags, decorative papers, old Christmas cards as gift tags, to name a few.
  • Send e-cards instead of Christmas cards: You could now save a huge amount by sending e-cards to your loved ones instead of buying expensive Christmas cards. These days, the various social media channels, namely Facebook and Twitter, makes it easy to send wishes in a snap.

Following these tips will make your Christmas celebrations more memorable and help you in cutting down a lot of unnecessary expenses. Have a blessed and sacred Christmas season.

Author Bio:

Jasmine Brown is a blogger and blogs for CouponsHQ which is a website offering the latest coupons and offers on various brands from Australia and the world. In the above post she is recommends some of her interesting tips on how to save money during this Christmas season.

Ways to Save Money on Your Winter Grocery Bill

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Does it seem like even your grocery bill goes up in the winter? That’s probably because it does! There are many items that get marked up in the winter months, but there are also many ways to combat those sky-high grocery bills all winter long.

Buy local or in-season
Those blackberries that were $1.98 a carton two months ago are now $4.98- because they aren’t in season! If you want to save money on produce, either buy what’s in season, buy canned or frozen, or buy what’s being sold locally. This will help cut down your bill drastically.
Plan ahead
When winter is approaching, many stores offer huge discounts on produce. Buy what you can and freeze what you’re able to freeze. This will keep your winter gorcery bill down as you adjust to what’s out of season if it costs an arm and a leg to buy.
Buy in bulk
When you can, buy meat in bulk and repackage it for safe storing. You can buy potatoes and cheese in bulk, too, and that can cut down on not only your grocery store spendings, but what you spend at the gas station making so many trips to the stores.
Buy items that make more than one meal
If you are looking at a turkey for $15 and thinking that’s too expensive, consider this- that turkey can make four meals if you plan it right. Roast it for turkey breasts, green beans and mashed potatoes one night. The next night, use leftover meat and make a quick turkey noodle soup. The next night you can have grilled turkey sandwiches with baked potatoes. The fourth night have turkey legs, rice and gravy, and carrots. It’s easy to get blindsided by the up-front cost of some items, but it’s best to remember that those items can sometimes save you money at the end of your grocery store trip. Large bags of potatoes, a full gallon of milk instead of a half gallon, and 2 dozen eggs instead of a dozen are all good exmples of this.

RECIPE – Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Chicken Picata

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You go to the grocery store with a plan to eat healthy—but you feel overwhelmed, because you don’t really know what eating healthy looks like.  Eating healthy has to be expensive, right?  That’s not necessarily true.  By make conscious choices when shopping, you can actually eat healthy on a surprisingly small budget.  A good grocery store trip at my house equals $75 per week for two people, if I don’t overspend on things we don’t need.  Buying certain items in bulk may cost you more for that week, but these products are also an investment that will help you spend less in the long run.

Sticking to the perimeter or outside isles of the grocery store is one trick to keep in your arsenal.  That means the produce section, dairy, deli, etc.  All of these raw ingredients are a lot cheaper than the processed junk food you will find in the middle of the store.  With the money you save from keeping to the perimeter, you can splurge on a few of your favorite junk food items once and a while.

“But wait,” you say.  “Isn’t cooking from scratch expensive too?”  It can be if you have a recipe that calls for small amounts of exotic foods you wouldn’t normally use.  I’m betting you already have most of what you need for this recipe in your pantry and fridge.  Choose your recipes wisely, and if you do that well, there will be some room for experimentation with exotic foods too.  Below is an estimated cost per plate for this recipe to illustrate this point.

Another important trick to saving money that I wholly believe in and practice every day is the weekly meal plan.  Choose your meals for every day of the week before you go to the store, and you will save money and stay within your budget as long as you stick to your plan.

Cheap, Easy, Healthy, Chicken Picata

2 chicken breasts

2 cloves chopped garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil added to a large pan

Enough flour to dredge the chicken (about 1 teaspoon flour)

1 sprig of rosemary

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup white wine

1 tablespoon corn starch

Capers to taste (about 3 tablespoons)

Salt to taste

Pepper to taste

4 servings

248 calories, 7.3g fat, 5.1g carbohydrates, 33.5g protein, 328g sodium
(nutrition information from calorie count.com)

 

1.  Slice the chicken breasts in half.

2. Mix corn starch, lemon juice, and white wine and set aside.

3.  Dredge the chicken in flour until well coated.

4.  Add the oil to the pan.  Add the chicken to the pan when the oil is up to temperature.

5.  Brown the chicken on one side, and then flip it over.

5. Add the rosemary sprig and the corn starch liquid mixture.

6.  Cook until liquid thickens up and chicken is done, 5-10 minutes.

Total Cost                                     Cost Per Recipe

$1.54 Mezzetta Capers                                                               $.59

$5.28/pound Tyson Chicken breast                                    $5.28

$1.98 Realemon Lemon Juice                                               $.61

$3.95 Oak Leaf Pinot Grigio                                                   $.61

$1.18 Sweet Yellow Onion                                                      $1.18

$.58 whole garlic – 2 pack                                                     $.58

$3.68 Great Value Pure Olive Oil                                        $.008

$1.00 Great Value Corn Starch                                           $.02

$1.98 Gold Medal Unbleached Flour                             $.008

$2.24 Fresh Rosemary                                                    $.75

$23.41                                                                              $9.64 Per recipe

                        $2.41 Per plate (for 4 people)

Serve with sautéed zucchini ( $2.98 per pound, .75 per plate for 4 servings), and you have a total cost of $12.05 per meal and $3.16 per meal.

(All prices estimated from Walmart.com and will vary depending on store and location.)

Author Bio:  Crystal is a native Montanan who loves to create. She has always been passionate about cooking, baking, and eating, and food has been a huge part of her family.  She learned how to cook from her Grandmother (who learned to cook from her French Grandmother) and her Mother.  Writing is her other passion, after her husband of course. She has a degree in English with an emphasis in creative writing.  She writes at: www.simplyplayfulfare.com and you can find her on facebook at: www.facebook.com/SimplyPlayfulFare.

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Plus when you sign up you get a FREE gift after your first $25.00?s worth of purchases.

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All in all, Ebates is about saving money all the while making money. There are never any membership fees, and Ebates will send you a check as payment. Some of the stores included for the cash back program include: Barnes & Noble, Kohls, Target, Gap Kids, Saks, Old Navy, QVC, HSN, JCPenney, Groupon, Target, Expedia, Petco, Half.com and so much more! If you don’t have an account, now is the time to get one and all you have to do is use your e-mail to start your membership…click HERE to get yours now! If you already have an account, click HERE to check out todays best deals.

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Starbucks Fan? Here is a way to save on what you love :)

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Great way to save on something you love!

How a Meal Plan Can Save You Money

weekly-meal-planningIt’s a well-known fact that meal planning can help you lose weight, but did you know that it can also save you money? If you plan out your meals, including snacks and drinks, you can cut your grocery bill by as much as 20 percent in one month, and here’s how.

Cut down on extra stuff
When you meal plan everything right down to the soda you will be drinking, you know exactly what to buy. You know not to buy snack cakes because you aren’t eating those, or you know that you should buy chicken breasts for two dinners because you will be eating them. It’s basically a way to make a detailed shopping list as you watch your weight.

Cut down on wasted food
If you know you need to have baby carrots for only one dinner and porkchops to go with the carrots, you will buy just what you need for the portions you allow. No more bulk sizes on perishable foods! This will cut down on the amount of food you waste in a year, which will reduce your grocery bill.

Cut down on shopping and temptation time
When you know what foods you’ll be buying, you know where to go and you won’t be left wandering aisles after aisle looking for things to make for dinner. This will cut down on impulse buying, which can account for 1/3 of most grocery budgets for people who do it often. Meal plans help you stick to what you need to buy and nothing more.

Cut down on multiple trips
When you know what to get, you can buy it all in one trip instead of getting home only to find out you missed one or two items. This will slash gas costs for making multiple trips, or for going to multiple stores looking for food items you need. You can plan where you need to go based on what you need to buy to make your meal plan happen.

Cut down on fast food trips
When you;re sitting at home and you don’t know what to eat you’re more likely to run to a fast food place than to cook something. If you have a clearly defined meal plan in front of you, you already know what to make. Also, the meal plan is not rigid! You can swap Monday nights dinner for Thursday night’s dinner if that suits your palate more, but don’t go completely off the plan.

Tips: Plan all breakfast items first and then dinner. These will be the anchors of your meal plan. After, plan all of your snacks. For a proper meal plan you should have at least two snacks (one before and after lunch), then plan your lunch. After you write all of your items out, look at which can be used for other meals. For example, if you want chicken and rice for lunch on Tuesday, make chicken for dinner on Monday and use the left over chicken for your lunch. This will cut down on what you need to buy. After you’re done making a 7-day meal plan, write out all of the items (by day) that you need to buy to make the meals you have listed. Then, go through and cross out duplicates and add them to a master list. For instance, if you have apples as a snack for Monday, Wednesday, and Friday you should write “3 apples” on your master list.

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AMAZING!! No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake – Must Try

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Looking for an easy yet AWESOME desert for the fall?

Give this No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake recipe a try!  This will be a BIG hit!

No Bake Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 16 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1  cup pumpkin puree
  • 7 oz Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 graham cracker ready made crust

Instructions

  1. Remove the plastic cover from the ready made pie crust, remove paper insert and set aside, you will re-use this.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the marshmallow fluff, sweeten condensed milk and mix until combined.
  4. Add in the pumpkin puree and mix well.
  5. With the beater going, slowly add the cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, ginger and cloves to the mixture, mix until combined, scraping down sides of bowl and mix again.
  6. Pour into the ready made crust and spread out evenly, you will have extra cheesecake billing, this can be used for mini cheesecakes, or custards.
  7. Add the “lid” back onto the cheesecake (upside down from when you took it off) and place in fridge, this lid will help insure nothing falls into your cheesecake.
  8. Chill in fridge for 4-24 hours.
  9. Serve chilled with whip cream if desired, we loved it without.