Monday, October 31, 2011

Extreme Couponing and Stockpiling: What it is and What it Isn’t

On a good day, I use coupons to save 40% or more on my grocery bill. I  buy fresh ingredient type foods, green products, and cook from scratch. I wrote about How to Extreme Coupon for Healthy Food on my green living and DIY blog Condo Blues.



















An "extreme" Meijer shopping trip. The regular price is $65.60. I spent $38.08. I saved 42% on my total.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Chicken with Spinach and Garlic Almonds

When it comes to making a quick, healthy, and cheap dinner, you can’t beat a stir fry. This Chicken Spinach and Garlic Almond dinner took less than 30 minutes to make – which is faster, more nutritious, and to us tastes better than Hamburger Helper. 

The even better part of this meal is I was able to stretch the two lone chicken breasts in my freezer to feed four people. Oh yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Goodbye Summer, Hello Pumpkin!

Summer is my favorite time of year. I love the warm days. Spending time outside in the sun. BBQs. Picnics. Ice cold lemonade and fresh fruit ripe for the picking.

While others celebrate fall I grab every last bit of summer I can with both hands. To me, fall signals the soon to come cold, overcast, and depressing days of winter.

With one exception.




Seasonal pumpkin beer makes me look forward to fall.

Have you tried pumpkin beer? What did you think?

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Monday, October 17, 2011

Freschetta Pizza and Ear Bud Giveaway

My first Lazy Budget Chef giveaway was so fun, I decided to do it again! Would you like a little music to go with your food? Today’s giveaway is the Freschetta pizza or Artisan Pizza crust of your choice and TWO sets of Proud to Support Pink ear buds. If you are prone to losing ear buds (ahem…) this one’s for you because you’ll have a spare pair. If you are more careful with your ear buds than I am, you can always give the extra set to a friend – the holidays are coming!

Win Us!


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Start Natural Energy Drink and Defense Tea Review

When I want a caffeinated slap in the head to wake me up I reach for coffee or tea. Super sugar and caffeine laden energy drinks taste like liquid pixie stix to me – ew!

So how did I end up reviewing a energy drink?

Curiosity.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Apple Cider Carmel Cookies

I pinned The Cooking Photographer’s Carmel Stuffed AppleCider cookie recipe to my Pinterest recipe board because it looks amazing. Like most things I pin on Pinterest for inspiration, I didn’t think I’d make them. I just like to look at them.

I made an exception for these little caramel stuffed gems.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

How to Freeze Fresh Berries

I dance with delight at the availability, sales, and price of fresh berries during the summer. Now that I am getting the sale 411 on the We Use Coupons forums by grocery store, I find that I am able to buy fresh berries when they go on sale. Before this whole extreme (ly nornmal) couponing and sale watching started I thought buying fresh berries was a luxury - not anymore!

However it sure would be nice to save some of those summer sale berries for later in the year. I wondered if I could freeze fresh berries without them turning into a large brick of ice when frozen or container of smoosh when defrosted.

It turns out, you can!

The lovely folks at Naturipe sent me a very generous sample of raspberries to use for developing recipes. After working and reworking my Very Raspberry Scone recipe several times, I had something I was happy with and made them for Husband’s birthday.

That made Husband very happy.

I wanted to try making raspberry infused vodka with the rest of the Naturipe raspberries. The raspberries waited in the refrigerator until….

Monday, October 3, 2011

Farm Rich Snack Giveaway!

I keep a package of frozen meatball in the back of the freezer at all times. Farm Rich turkey meatballs  are one of my life’s little emergency kits when I have to prepare a quick meal. More often than not it's the thing that makes a low effort meal on lazy weekends and saves us from the temptation of ordering a pizza or going out to dinner.

I bake them in the oven, add them to a quick homemade tomato sauce and Boom! Instant spaghetti and meatballs. I use Farm Rich meatballs to make Swedish Meatballs my Husband says taste just like the meatballs Ikea serves in their restaurant.

Farm Rich asked me if I wanted to try their new cheese Farm Rich Stuffed Pretzel Bites.  Farm Rich Stuffed Pretzel Bites are high fructose corn syrup and trans fat free. Since Husband loves all things pretzel I went for it and said yes.