Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Seattle's Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Blends Creamy Caramel

Seattle's Best Coffee Frozen Blends
It's 106 degrees outside, but I'm chillin' with a delicious Seattle's Best Coffee Creamy Caramel Chiller (Frappe), and it didn't cost me $5.00!

Today I discovered Seattle's Best Coffee Frozen Coffee Blends. You can find them in the frozen food section of your grocery store (I got mine at Walmart). They're little chunks of frozen coffee (and other yummy stuff).  All you do is blend them up with few ounces of milk and...sip your way into blissdom!

The Creamy Caramel is oh-so-good, but I want to try the others, too. Just did a search for a coupon and jackpot!  I found one for $1.00 off a bag. Since I paid less than $3.00 for the one I just bought, the next will be less than $2.00. The bag makes 2 chillers, so my next two drinks will be less than a dollar each! (Take that, *bucks!)

Here's where you can find the coupon for $1.00 off Seattle's Best Frozen Coffee Blends - let me know which one you get and how you like them.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Smucker's Sugar-free Cookbook - Free

Have you tried Smucker's line of Sugar-free products? As a diabetic, I'm grateful for a company that provides high-quality, yummy products.

Want some recipe ideas using these great-tasting jams and jellies? Download Smucker's Sugar-free Cookbook. These recipe look great!

Monday, July 29, 2013

Making Boney's Trail Biscuits with Mr Lee

I've been reading Prairie Song by Mona Hodgson - a story about a brave young woman who believes that the best way to help her grieving family is for them to pack up everything and join the Boones Lick Wagon Train, heading west.

The book is filled with likeable characters. One of my favorites is Boney. He's the trail cook on the wagon train. I can just imagine Boney pulling the chuck wagon into camp, then jumping down to unload his dutch ovens and tin coffee pot. I can see him opening a big sack of flour to start mixing up biscuits to serve with a big pot of beans. I can practically smell the beans boiling and see the butter melting on the hot biscuits. It just makes my mouth water!

My Dad making biscuits.
I guess this strikes a resonant chord with me because my dad used to love to make biscuits. He also worked on a ranch in Prescott, Arizona, spent several seasons fur trapping around Williams, Arizona and worked a gold mine in Bumblebee, Arizona.

Is it any wonder that I love western fiction? Dad would have loved to join up with a wagon train and I'll just bet he would have volunteered to be the camp cook!

I was excited to see that Prairie Song author, Mona Hodgson posted a recipe for Boney's Trail Biscuits the other day, so I just had to try it. My hubby (Mr. Lee) gave me a hand because biscuits are just not as good unless a man has a hand in makin' them (IMO).

We didn't have a dutch oven, so we improvised and baked them inside, but they turned out really great. Here's how we did it...

 Measure & mix dry ingredients

Cut in the butter, then add in the buttermilk

Turn out, knead and...

...then roll out.

Cut and place on your best old blackened cookie sheet. (Do you have one of those?)  I think I will roll them out less to make the biscuits a little thicker next time.

Bake, basting with butter just before done.

Hubby thought they needed more butter basting right after they came out.

Mr. Lee wanted the leftover scraps to fry

Because his dad used to fry bread dough.

It does look yummy, but I can't eat all that fat

Then, he drizzled it with honey

So, we got Boney's Trail Biscuits - two ways

I ate mine with sugar-free blackberry jelly.

We had a lot of fun baking together, talking about our Dads (who are both gone, now) and talking about what life would have been like on the trail west. I offered to let him read Prairie Song. He asked if it was a girly romance book. I admitted that there was romance, but lots more that he would like. I doubt he'll read it, which leaves me wondering why he has such an aversion to romance!

Boney's Trail Biscuits tasted great! You can find the recipe here. (There's also a great recipe for Boney's Campfire Beans (haven't made that yet). Scroll down the page for the biscuit recipe.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Cowboy Decoupage Table

What we did on our summer vacation - Day 1

Mr. Lee has a week off work, but since we don't really have the money to go out of town, we decided to find some fun projects and things to do right here at home.  Here's today's project...

A friend (Kathy) was throwing this table out a couple of months ago, so we grabbed it.


Mr. Lee stained the legs with Sedona Red stain.

I love the rich red color and it's perfect for the pictures I wanted to decoupage onto the top.

Next we started cutting pictures from an old book we found at a thrift store.

Then, I arranged the pictures the way I wanted them to be on the table top.

I applied Mod Podge to the back of each picture...

 ...and applied them to the table in layers.

After all the pictures were glued on, we applied several coats of Mod Podge over the pictures, allowing it to dry between each coat.
(As you can probably tell, we had some issues with bubbles. Worked most of them out, but some still remain. That's okay. We'll figure that out with our next project.)

This is how the pictures were arranged on the table top.

And here's the finished table. Not perfect, but we like it and it was a fun way to spend some time together.

Side view

  Whatcha think?

Monday, July 8, 2013

Monday Saving Mondays

Mondays are my day to do grocery shopping. While some women dread that chore, I love it. Why? Because I get to exercise my awesome thrift skills.  Like today. I picked up $169.57 worth groceries for $109.57, for a total savings of $59.65. That's a 33% savings - and I didn't use even one coupon!

How do I do it? First I pray before I go. Yeah, yeah, yeah...I know most people make a menu, then a shopping list, but I pray. I ask God to lead me to bargains and help me be creative with using what I find on sale and marked down. Today, I found these meats marked down.

This week's meat bargains. Last week I scored
on lots of turkey and pork products
4 packs of Laura's Lean Beef (no preservatives), 4 packs of Foster Farms chicken thighs and drumsticks (also no preservatives) and one family size pack of Chicken Tenders (preservatives included). Saved $15.16 on meat alone.  Every morning my friendly butcher, Ray, marks down the meat that has a "sell by" date for the next day. In other words, the meat I bought today (July 8th) has a sell by date of July 9th (tomorrow). That's not the date it goes bad, that's the last day they can sell it. 

I put my meat directly in the freezer and thaw the day I intend to use it. And guess what...I've never in over 40 years of cooking, given anyone food poisoning!

I'm sure I could save more money by using coupons, but the thought of hunting for, clipping and organizing all those tiny pieces of paper creeps me out. To say nothing of trying to shop with them.  Nope, I'll stick with my tried and true method for saving money at the grocery store...prayer, making friends with the butcher, buying sale items and being flexible in what I cook and eat.

How about you? Any great bargains lately? Any tips that you can throw in the mix?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Chickens Make Me Chuckle

Bottoms Up!

photo credit: bospopp1 via photo pin cc

Sometimes this is the the only side of yourself you want to show to the world!