Monthly Archives: December 2013
For Christmas dinner, everyone in the house gets to pick what they want for a snacky-treat. We cook and eat all day long – probably our favorite part of Christmas day. At our house you have to come early and stay late to get some of ALL of the treats!
This year a few favorite requests were sausage bread(HERE) and chicken wing dip… I have extra bread dough and some chicken wing dip left over, so we decided to try a chicken wing pizza… OOOOMMMMMGGGGGG!!! Such deliciousness – it is truly yumm-a-licious!!
Chicken Wing Pizza (a use for left- over chicken wing dip)
- · Let a loaf of frozen dough thaw and rise, then stretch it into a greased (Pam spray and a little corn meal) deep cookie sheet. You can use any dough you choose….
- · Mix a ½ cup of alfredo (jarred sauce is fine – don’t hate) and a ½ cup of ranch dressing with a teaspoon of minced garlic and use that as sauce on the flattened dough (spread very thin).
- · Spread about 2 cups of prepared chicken wing dip on the sauce then I cover it with about 2 cups of shredded cheese – I mixed cheddar and mozzarella.
- · Bake at 375 for about 22 minutes….. YUU-UUM!!!!
My pics are HORRIBLE – but the PIZZA is delicious!!!
Lookie here – another post… who knew?!! I am on fire with planning my deals and meals and figured I may as well blog about it so I hold myself accountable!
This week RA has some GREAT deals with the new GAME starting, see them HERE.
I also see that both Sav-a-lot (all week – frozen) and Aldi (fresh on Thursday) have boneless, skinless chicken breast for only $1.49/lb… Certainly will have to check that out!
Tops advertises a great deal on Hillshire Farms Smoked Sausage at B2G3 FREE, that will probably equate to less than $1.50 per ‘rope’. (They also show chicken for $1.99/lb if the others are a bust)
I have a few friends who do such an awesome job on the TOPS match-ups, Check them out:
With these deals in mind, I planned my WEEKLY MEALS:
Monday: Vegetable Beef Soup
I made some awesome Roast Beef for our Christmas Dinner and we have already had leftovers in sandwiches, so now I will use the rest to make a big ole’ pot of Vegetable Beef Soup (recipe HERE) which we’ll have with some fresh crusty rolls. *As always I will make triple the amount of soup needed… some for the freezer and some to thicken even further and make a shepherd’s pie later in the week
Tuesday: Dinner OUT – Steak Roast
New Year’s Eve Dinner (and our 14th Wedding Anniversary) – kids get pizza and snacks with Grandma and we go to an awesome get together (30+ for dinner this year!!)where we have a Steak Roast with all the yummy appetizers you can imagine, totally our favorite night out!!!
Wednesday: Baked Chicken and my Cowboy Caviar
New Year’s Day, nice lazy day – looking forward to the rest of the week off and doing some FUN projects around the house / Baked Chicken (will make a few extra breasts to make baked alfredo chicken later in the week) and my Cowboy Caviar (recipe HERE) – which is as close to the traditional black eyed peas as I get today. Get ready with all those resolutions (re-reading mine HERE from last year and vowing to make it all occur again)! How about you??
Thursday: Shepard’s Pie
Taking the soup from earlier in the week and thickening it up to make the Shepard’s Pie (recipe to follow) – Super Yummy!
Friday: Chicken Alfredo
Using the chicken made earlier in the week to make a creamy baked Chicken Alfredo (recipe to follow) as my inspiration is a recipe I have been tweaking to our tastes for a while…
Saturday: Stuffed Baked Peppers
Another “We’re still Celebrating” Christmas Party… Cannot wait to see the friends I did not get to see enough of over the holidays! There is always delicious food and I will make my friend Heidi’s Stuffed Baked Peppers for an awesome appetizer (recipe to follow)! Lucky kids will have another sleep over with PIZZA of course… LOL!
Sunday: Turkey Dinner
Of course I have 8 more 20 lb. turkeys in my freezer from the Thanksgiving sales and love having the leftover turkey (shredded and frozen) for all my week night chicken dishes. I also have to “pay” my Momma back for 2 (maybe even 3) sleep over baby sittings this week… LOL… works for all of us!
Wow – feeling much better about another crazy week ahead now that I have this all planned out… How about you? What are you eating this week??
Oh me – oh my… I still have this little ole’ blog just sitting here – who knew??!! LOL – it has been in the back of my mind for months… and I noticed that in my last post I specified that I was going to be swamped until at least Christmas – LOL!! Also on my mind – the back of my mind – deal doin’, stock piling and meal planning… and you know what? It shows! I am stressed out over the lack of organized planning, shopping and cooking.
Anyhow, how are you? How was your Christmas?
I’ve missed the fun… AND I have to tell you – I ran out of cookies on Christmas AND I am sitting at only 933 points (needing 1000) on my Rite-aid card! Oh the HORROR – I know!! Anyhow, I vowed to get back into the swing of things so this doesn’t happen again!
So – let’s start with REVISITING RITE-AID:
1 – I verified my points at the RA site: https://www.riteaid.com/wellness/dashboard
2 – I verified with RA that I actually have until the 31st to get the 1000 points. Happily, this is indeed the case. Now I have time to plan my deals for Sunday, Monday or Tuesday (watch the holiday hours though…) and not stress about getting them in today!!
3 – I looked at the next week’s ad, courtesy of: http://www.iheartriteaid.com/2013/12/1229-0104.html I am super excited that the New Year’s promotion starts:
- I like to just assume I will hit the $200 for January, so I will envision 25% off everything I purchase that is part of this deal!!
4 – I looked ahead to the Video Value Qs that would be available, courtesy of Beautiful Amanda: http://www.momscouponaffair.com/2013/12/27/rite-aid-january-2014-video-value-coupon-sneak-peek/
5 – I found deals that were as close to FREE as I could get, that were also part of the “UP REWARDS GAMES” and so far this is what I have for:
Rite-Aid Deals for the week of 12/29/13-1/4/2014:
Crest Toothpaste – $2.99 / Buy one, get $1.50 +UP! (Limit 2)
• Included in +Up Rewards Games (25% valued at -$.74) ‘
-$1 Crest Pro Health Stages Or For Me Toothpaste (PG Insert – 12/01, expires 12/31)
= As low as $.49 (Better than FREE after GAME reward!)
GE Light Bulbs – $3.99 / Buy one, get $3 +UP! (Limit 2)
• Included in +Up Rewards Game (25% valued at -$.99)
= $0.99 (FREE after GAME reward!) *excludes reveal
Keri skin care – $6.99 / Get $3 +up (Limit 4)
• Included in +Up Rewards Game(25% valued at -$1.74)
-$2 Keri Lotion (10/13/2013 SS – expires 01/31/2014)
= $1.99 each (almost FREE (only .25) after GAME reward!)
Garnier Fructis Hair Care – $2.99 / Buy two, get $2 +UP! (Limit 4)
• Included in +Up Rewards Game (25% valued at -$.74)
= $2.00 each wyb 2 (Only $1.26 after GAME reward!)
I (HEART) Rite Aid also supplied this CATALINA Deal:
Kleenex 4 pk – $3.99 / Get $2 oyno wyb 2 4-packs (December Catalina Deal)
• Included in +Up Rewards Game(25% valued at -$.99)
-$.75 Kleenex Facial Tissue Three 50ct Boxes or One Bundle Pack (12/08/13 SS – expires 01/11/14)
= ONLY .31 per box (x8) after all deals!!
AND – a “Just in Case you NEED it” Deal:
HP ink cartridges $12.99 – $34.99 / Get $12 +up wyb $59! (Limit 2) • Included in +Up Rewards Game (25% valued at – ??)
-$5 hp inkjet cartridge rite aid coupon
= QUITE a deal… if you NEED ink!!
Even without the ink, here are 20 items, $56.85 worth of product (which puts me ¼ of the way to the GAMES reward) which will NET cost… Less than $10!!