Wednesday, July 22, 2009

My father's passing

My father died suddenly Monday evening. I'll not be posting any new blog entries for a while.

Monday, July 20, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

I think this week we are taking a culinary trip around the world. I love ethnic cuisine so I'm going to incorporate several types in this week's plan. Please feel free to comment on the recipes and tell me what you tried or how you think they can be improved upon.

Meatloaf Muffins
Doesn't sound great but this seems to be the only way I can get the kids to eat meatloaf!
Mashed potatoes

Tuna Salad Sandwiches
Apple slices

Mexican Sausage Skillet
This is a favorite in our home. I serve this with warm buttered flour tortillas.

1 beef sausage such as Hillshire Farm
1 C. frozen corn
1 14.5 oz. can petite diced tomatoes
1 C. uncooked instant rice
1/2 C water
1 t. chili powder
1/2 t. ground cumin
1 15 oz. can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained.
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese

In skillet brown sausage. Drain off fat and set aside. Add undrained tomatoes, uncooked rice, water, chili powder and cumin to skillet. Bring to boilin; reduct heat. Simmer covered for 5 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender. Stir in corn, beans and cooked sausage; heat through. Sprinkle with cheese; cover until cheese is slightly melted. Top with sour cream if desired.

Jamaican Chicken Curry
I serve this with brown or jasmine rice and Naan which is an Indian bread you can buy at Wal-Mart or Giant Eagle locally.

2 T vegetable oil
3-4 pounds chicken thighs, skin removed
salt and pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1 t. ground cumin
3 T. curry powder
1/2 t. dried thyme
4 carrots, thinly sliced
1 can 13.5 oz coconut milk
1/2 pkg. (5 oz.) frozen peas

In dutch oven heat oil over med-high heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Brown chicken 3-4 minutes per side and transfer to another plate. Reduce heat to medium. Add onion, garlic, cumin, curry powder, thyme, and 1/2 cup water (I use cream or 1/2 and 1/2) and season with salt. Cook until onion has softened, 3-5 minutes. Add carrots, coconut milk, 1/2 cup water and chicken with any accumulated juices. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover partially and cook until chicken is cooked through and carrots are tender, about 15 minutes.

Chicken Tortilla Casserole
Fresh Cantaloupe

Barbeque Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Steamed Vegetables

Beef with Rag Sauce
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This is a different kind of meat sauce that uses tomatoes instead of tomato sauce. I use petite diced tomatoes.
Green Salad

Sunday, July 19, 2009

CVS Weekly Deals - 7/19/09 - 7/25/09

Looks like another great week for getting free back to school supplies! If you have a great deal you've found please comment and share with others. New to CVS? Read CVS 101 to learn the basics and to get started.

Sunday, Monday, Tuesday deals

$.99 Caliber or CVS/pharmacy memo book 50-80 sheets, earn $.99 ECB
Limit 2
Cost: Free after ECB!

$1.99 Caliber or CVS/pharmacy No. 2 Pencils 24ct., earn $1.99 ECB
Limit 2
Cost: Free after ECB!

$3.00 1" Vinyl Binder, earn $3.00 ECB
Limit 2
Cost: Free after ECB!

$.99 Paper Mate 1.2 pens 10 ct., earn $.99 ECB
Limit 2
Cost: Free after ECB!

$2.00 Caliber or CVS/pharmacy filler paper 150 sheets, earn $2.00 ECB
Limit 2
Cost: Free after ECB!

Weekly Deals
B1G1 Gatorade, Sobe or Izze
B1G1 Free LifeWater printable
Cost: Two free after coupon!

$9.99 Kodak Picture Movie DVD, earn $9.99 ECB
Limit 1
Cost: Free after ECB!

$.89 CVS/pharmacy Pantiliners 22 ct., earn $.89 ECB
Limit 1
Cost: Free after ECB!

$2.99 Speed Stick Pro Deodorant 2.7 oz., earn $2.00 ECB
Limit 2
$1.00 off Speed Stick, CVS Reinventing Beauty Magazine
Cost: $.99 after ECB!

$2.99 Duracell Batteries AA, AAA 4pk., C, D 2pk. or 9-volt 1pk., earn $1.00 ECB
$.75 off 4pk. or larger AA or AA or any size C, D or 9-volt batteries 06/28/09 RP
$1.00 off Duracell Batteries, P&G Year of Savings Book
Cost: $.99 - $1.24 after coupon/ECB

Spend $10.00 Band-Aid Brand Bandages 6-100 ct., J&J Red Cross products, Neosporin 0.5 oz., Neo to Go Spray 0.26 oz. or packets 10 ct., earn $5.00 ECB
Limit 5
$1.00 off J&J Red Cross product 05/17/09 RP
$1.00 off Neosporin printable
Deal Suggestion:
Purchase 11 J&J First Aid to Go kits
Use 10 $1.00 off J&J Red Cross product coupons
Cost: $9.11 Money Maker!
Note: You can purchase them on ebay if you don't have them.

B1G1 Viologie Shampoo or Conditioner 12.8 oz., psa $3.99
$1.00 off any Viologie purchase, CVS Reinventing Beauty magazine
Cost: $.99 each after 2 coupons

$2.99 Johnson's Baby powder, lotion, oil, wash , shampoo 13-15oz., oil gel 6.5oz. or Desitin 2oz.
$1 on any Desitin product
$1 on any Johnson and Johnson baby product
Johnson & Johnson baby product printable
Cost: $1.99 after coupon

$3.49 Veet
$2.00 off any Veet product, CVS Reinventing Beauty magazine
$2.00 off Veet printable
Cost: $1.49 after coupon


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