September 30, 2009

Free Sample Clorox Wipes


If you are a Sam's Club member, you can request a free sample pack of Clorox Wipes here. Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Ijam’s Nature Center Fall Plant Sale, Knoxville

25th Annual Fall Native Plant Sale & Garden FestTennessee Cone Flower
Sunday October 4, from 9:00am - 3:00pm
Ijams' signature event featuring the best of Knoxville's local nurseries and garden-related artisans:

  • Native wildflowers, grasses, shrubs &trees
  • Herbs, bulbs and potted arrangements
  • Garden related items, herbal soaps
  • Quilts, Wood carvings, pottery
  • Live music: Joey English
  • Children's activities: seed art, face-painting
  • Food from local vendors
Plus special Hummingbird Programs at 10:00am, Noon, and 2:00pm
Proceeds benefit Ijams Nature Center! For further information, please contact Sabrina DeVault at

Coupon Preview 10/4

bs01864_ Head over to Coupon Mommie’s site and see the preview for this upcoming Sunday circulars.  Happy Couponing!


BS01178_1 Do you have a family budget?  If not, I encourage you to sit down with your spouse or partner and write up a budget tonight—BEFORE the first of the month.  If it is your first time budgeting, you might want to read this information on the Dave Ramsey site and this post.  Let us know how it goes for you.

Locals—Kroger Sale

banner_logo_header The Kroger on Broadway in Fountain City now has many of their items on half off sale in prep for their move to the new building. Stock up your coupon binder before you head out, especially on items that might not normally sell fast (lotions, drug and medicine items, organics and natural products). There were some good deals to be had.  Of course, as it gets closer to the move, the sales will most likely get even sweeter.  They were already selling out of some items, and therefore I thought I should let you all know about the sale.

They had all sorts of canning supplies still available today. If you plan on doing any sort of canning or just would like to get some relatively inexpensive mason jars, I'd head over that way today or tomorrow before they sell out.

End of month reminders

With today being the end of the month, it is a good time to clean out your coupon binders and organizers.  Since many printable coupon sites refresh their coupons at the first of the month, now is also a good time to print any coupons you think you might use before they expire.  Happy Couponing!

Tip of the day

Make a habit of closing the shower curtain after each shower to reduce the build up of mold and mildew.

$5 off Stride Rite Technology Purchase


Go here to print your coupon.  Offer good through 11/15/09.  Go here shop on line using the discount code SRT5OFF at checkout.

September 29, 2009

Potato Boxes



I have received quite a few questions about the potato boxes I wrote about in my lazy day post and Independence Days Update this week.  You can go to this website for more details on the boxes. 

The photo at the top shows the plans for the boxes.  The cost of each box was around $30ish, but the boxes can be used year after year.  Because potatoes are susceptible to many diseases and insect infestation, it is important to change out your planting material (soil, mulch, etc) each year.  The planting material can be added to the compost, used on other plants next year or set to “rest” for a few years before used for potatoes again.  We chose to use the mulch for a landscape bed in the front of the house and the soil to fill in some shallow parts of the front yard. 

Our original plan had been to take photos periodically of the boxes for the blog, but this summer was a doozy for us and that plan didn’t come to fruition.  The other step that we were going to take was to “rob” the potatoes on the bottom tier of the box as we needed them this summer.  However, having a full share of the CSA this year and the vegetables from our garden proved to keep our plates full of all sorts of vegetables, including an abundance of potatoes. 

So, why potato boxes when they grow just fine in a trench and hill method?  A few reasons

  • The potato boxes allowed us to use the cultivated garden plots for other vegetables.
  • Since potatoes need to be rotated well to help prevent scab and insect infestation in future years, the boxes remedy that problem.  We are able to use fresh soil and clean the box material well to reduce those risks.
  • When you hill a potato, it helps to increase the plant’s yield.  The boxes were “hip high” (you can tell that I’m not the builder in the family), and some of the species we planted had full sized potatoes in the top layer.  It was a rough year for potatoes in our area due to all of the rain we’ve received, and I’ll be interested to see what the yield will be like next year in comparison to this one.  Some of the varieties did very well and others did not.  Even still, I had a much higher yield as compared to last year when I planted some of the same species in a cultivated bed.

Of note for the boxes--

  • We noticed that in 3 of the 4 boxes ants had gone crazy with building.  In one of those 3, they had even started to infest the potatoes themselves.  We don’t use chemical pesticides at our home, and so next year I’ll do some more research on what we can put in the boxes to help keep the ants away. 
  • We had bought some soil from a local source.  In the bottom of the boxes, it was more clay than a sandy loam.  In the future, we’ll make sure to get a lighter mix of soil.  Potatoes like well rotted compost or manure (I’ve heard at least one year old), and we do not have enough compost in our bins to use that next year.

Please add any questions or thoughts you have to the comments section so that we can address those for the benefit of all.  I hope you give them a try!

Free Annie’s Calendar Reminder

Memories Stitched with Love Calendar

Annie’s Calendar from Kiwi still available.  If you haven’t yet signed up, go here to do so.  Ours arrived in the mail last week, and it is super cute.  Bonus—it contains great coupons!

Free Technique Classes and Demonstrations at Williams-Sonoma


Culinary Events at Your Local Williams-Sonoma

As the leading retail authority on kitchen products and
entertaining, Williams-Sonoma offers a variety of
in-store events:

Technique Classes
We’re pleased to offer hour-long technique classes at your
local Williams-Sonoma store. Presented free of charge, each
class is dedicated to a specific topic and led by one of our
culinary experts. Class size is limited, see below for class
descriptions and reservation information.

At select Williams-Sonoma stores, regularly scheduled
demonstrations focus on seasonal foods and entertaining.
All are led by culinary experts and offered at no charge.

Fresh Pasta
Sunday, October 4

Discover how easy it is to make fresh pasta at home – and it’s a fun cooking project that friends and family can enjoy doing together. We’ll show you the techniques for preparing delicate fresh pasta, plus tips for cooking and serving it.

Knife Skills
Sunday, October 11

Keep your knife skills sharp – this
class will cover everything from
the essential knives and cuts to
specific knife functions, such as
making garlic paste, slicing
ginger and creating simple
garnishes. Learn which style of
knife matches your cutting style,
along with the basics of knife
care and maintenance.

Fall Baking
Sunday, October 18

This class will showcase classic
fall desserts that both children
and adults will love. You’ll learn
how to make a great apple pie,
delicious pocket pies and
delectable cupcakes. Savor the
season’s best with these
outstanding recipes for autumn.

Hors d’Oeuvres

Sunday, October 25
Monday, October 26

You can never have too many recipes for hors d’oeuvres, especially during the holiday season. To help you expand your repertoire, we’ll show you how to make some simple yet elegant starters that are perfect for entertaining.

Locate your nearest Williams-Sonoma store

Free Craft Events at AC Moore

Thanks Thrifty Mommy for the heads up on these free events--

Halloween is just around the corner....and AC Moore would like to help you and the kiddies get ready for it!! This week they are offering FREE Make N Take craft events for the you & the kiddies too!!

This Wednesday, 9/30 stop in your local AC Moore from 3-5 pm and create a Batty Treat Bag!! Just perfect to hold all those sweet treats they will be receiving real soon!

On Saturday, 10/3 stop into AC Moore from 3-5 pm to make a Halloween themed Dry Erase Board. Perfect to place in a locker or on a refrigerator, a great way to stay organized!

Do you have a Mrs. Field’s near you?

ms fields free cookieI know there are some readers from the Nashville and Jackson areas that might be able to use this freebie.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there is a store in the Knoxville area.  Enjoy one for me!

Thanks Faithful Provisions for the following info:

Mrs. Fields is celebrating National Cookie Month and participating stores are giving away a FREE Chocolate Chip Cookies from 11AM to 1PM on Thursday, October 1st, 2009.

Go here to find a participating store near you!

Free Sample of Soybutter


Sometimes I have these little debates back and forth with myself regarding freebies and deals on certain foods, soy products being one of these.  Yet, I know how my sister struggles with multiple food allergies, and I know how expensive alternative foods can be for her.  So, I decided to go on and post this freebie here in hopes that it might help someone out there.

Go here to request a free sample of Soybutter.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

New Redbox Codes for October


Thanks to Coupon Dad for this info:

Two new Rebox DVD codes for a Free nights rental! Not sure on the expiration dates yet but will add them as I find out.

This one looks like it works everywhere. Coupon Code: 9HB6MP22

This one only at McDonalds locations. Coupon Code: SMR8DVD

Both of these are working now.

Remember these are good for only one night free rental and the move has to be returned the next day by 9:00 pm or you will be charged the next days rental.

Voluntary Infant Formula Recall

Nutricia North America, Inc. ("Nutricia") has contacted customers to undertake the voluntary recall and replacement of one (1) lot of the specialized infant formula product, Neocate®. This recall involves a limited quantity of individual cans (approximately 3700) from Lot # P91877, and does not affect any other Neocate® products or lot numbers.  Go here for more details.  Thanks Ali at!

Free Home Fragrance Diffuser with purchase

Bath & Body Works Diffuser CouponBring this coupon to Bath & Body Works to get a free Home Fragrance Diffuser (up to a $12.50 value) with any $15 purchase. This offer is valid through 10/13. Thanks, Deal Seeking Mom!

King Arthur Flour

I don’t usually post about giveaways, but I really liked this one.  Moms Need to Know has a giveaway going through the weekend for a copy of the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking Cookbook.  If you haven’t yet been turned on to King Arthur Flour, I encourage you to request their free catalog.  (Note that I like this catalog and have cancelled almost every other catalog to reduce paper waste).  The catalog and website both contain yummy seasonal recipes to try.  Most grocery stores carry their flours, and their white whole wheat flour is a nice introduction to whole wheat use.  I have one of their baking cookbooks and it is jam packed full of helpful information and great recipes.  Check out the King Arthur Flour website here.

Tip of the day

When picking herbs from the garden, pick them in the morning.  Their natural oils will be at their peak.

September 28, 2009

Wendy’s Coupon Book—Free Frosty Treats

Stop by Wendy’s and get a Trick or Treat Gift Book from Wendy’s for just $1. Inside you’ll find 10 free Jr. Frosty coupons. The coupons are valid November 1 through February 1. Proceeds go to the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption.  Thanks Coupon Cravings!

A Lazy Day

DSC_9550 I’ve had one of the best days today.  All of the windows are open in the house blowing a cool breeze throughout—how I love fall!  I was able to sleep a little later than usual (7:15am before the “rooster” daughter pounced).  I’ve barely done any housework and have been able to work on my presentation for tonight and play on the computer.  I probably should stop playing on the computer and do a little housework… maybe. Our daughter has been pleasantly occupied with art projects, puzzles, counting projects, and pretend play.  She’s been in a terrific mood.  I haven’t needed to prepare supper because I doubled a recipe a week or so ago and have it ready to put in the oven.  I have fresh bread baking for the potluck at the meeting tonight, and its scent mixed with the crispness of fall makes me so happy.  When I go downstairs in the house, I can’t help but grin from ear to ear at the sight of my food storage.  We harvested our potatoes last night from 4 potato boxes, and they are drying on the counter in the downstairs kitchen next to the stores of butternut squash.  There are purple, red, and yellow potatoes of all shapes and sizes (really, there were some weird shapes that one would never see in a grocery store).  My muscles are sore today, making me grateful for my body and the work that it provided me yesterday in the garden.  Funny how pain and illness can sometimes make you appreciate your body even more, huh?  One of my closest friends had her baby yesterday, and I’m feeling all of the warm and fuzzies that come along with that.  I’m wearing a homemade necklace that another close friend made me for my birthday, and I’m feeling very appreciative of the wonderful people I have in my life. It has been a very good day. 

I’m feeling so blessed and grateful!  What have you been delighting in today? 

(The photo above is of our potato boxes when they were first planted.  As the potatoes grow, you add tiers to the boxes and hill the plants with soil and mulch to increase their yield.  This was our first year planting in boxes, and we’ll most likely do so again next year.  The yield wasn’t quite as high as we had hoped, but it was still much larger than it would have been if we planted in traditional trenches and hills). 

Moms Best Oatmeal 24cts at CVS

Thanks to Thrifty Mommy for this info:

Is your oatmeal stash getting a bit low? Well, even if not quite yet, you may want to check out this great deal on Mom's Best Oatmeal. This week CVS has both the Quick Oats canisters and Instant Oats boxes On Sale for just $1.00 each. Use this $.75/1 printable coupon here and you end up paying just $.24 each!!! You can print 2 coupons.
In my local CVS the Mom's Best oatmeal is found in the $1 section near the if you cannot find it in the food isle check around the store.
The sale at CVS runs through this Saturday 10/3.

Jump on these FAST!


There are two new coupons available which will likely reach their print limit quickly. Go here (or here in IE) to print a coupon for $1/1 any Pillsbury Crescent Rolls or Italian Meal Breads coupon. You can often find the small 5-count rolls on sale for $1 making them free after this coupon.

Thanks Money Saving Mom!

Free Gold Medal Whole Wheat Baking Cookbook

You can go here to view a free cookbook, Whole Wheat Baking, offered by Gold Medal. This book has 12 great recipes!

Thanks Saving Your Cents!

Bach Rescue Remedy Coupon

rescue remedy products

Go here for your $2/1 coupon for Bach Rescue Remedy.

Knoxville Cuts for the Cure October 4th

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Knoxville area salon and spa professionals will join the fight against breast cancer on Sunday, Oct. 4, with “Cuts for the Cure.” The salons will provide services with all proceeds donated to the Knoxville Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Donations for haircuts are $30, manicures are $20 and pedicures are $30. Selected salons will offer massages for $1 per minute and facials for $30. Each salon donates its staff’s time and products for the afternoon. Appointments and drop ins are welcome.

Participating salons this year include:

Belleza Salon & Spa, 6209 Kingston Pike, 558-8424

European Body Works, 8042 Ray Mears Boulevard, 693-0485

Metropolis Hair Fashion, 6513 Kingston Pike, Suite I. 584-3033

Orange Curl Salon, 9337 Kingston Pike, Market Place, 693-3393

Twisted Scissors, 4928 Homberg Dr., 588-2311

Vibe, 5042 Kingston Pike, 558-8423

Thanks Shopper News Now!

Stockpiling, Emergency Preparedness, and Food Security

Wondering why you are seeing this post on a couponing site?  View my posts here and here to find out why I believe these issues are important.

Stockpiling-- Here are the weekly “best buys” I found for adding to your stockpile.  Some of the stores are regional.  If you do not have a store listed in your area, or if you do not eat the items mentioned, then consider taking $1-$5 from your weekly grocery budget to use for building your stockpile. 

If you find some deals I missed, please post in the comments section. The scenarios are from the websites I’ve linked for the sales and match-ups.

TargetUPDATE—Go to Common Sense with Money to find the details of a few more freebies and cheapies this week at Target (chex mix, Jimmy Dean breakfast bowls, and Skippy PB)

  • Ronzoni Healthy Harvest Pasta - $1.19/ea
    Use $1/2 here
    Final Price = $0.69/ea when you buy 2
  • Kellogg's Pop Tarts - $1.25-1.52/ea (price varies by store)
    Use $0.75/1 Target coupon here (print 2 if your store will take 2 in one transaction) - exp 9/30!
    Use $1/2 in 8/2 Kellogg's insert or $0.55/1 here and in 9/13 Red Plum insert
    Final Price = FREE or $0.22-0.27/ea when you buy 2
    * Receive $10 back via the Kellogg's Fuel for School Rebate when you purchase 10 of these products in one transaction.
  • Kellogg's Whole Grain Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tarts - $1.52/ea
    Use $2/2 in 8/30 Smart Source insert
    Use $1/1 Target coupon here (use 2)
    Final Price = FREE when you buy 2
  • Crystal Light On the Go (3 pks)- $0.99/ea (found in check out lanes)
    Use $2/2 in 9/13 Smart Source insert
    Final Price = FREE when you buy 2

Kroger Atlanta/Knoxville area--

  • Kroger Macaroni & Cheese 7.25 oz .38¢ ea
  • Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soup .50¢ ea
    -.40/4 Campbell’s Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups SS 9/13
  • Betty Crocker Cake Mix $1 ea
    -.50/2 Betty Crocker Cake Mix & Frostings printable
    -.50/2 Betty Crocker Cake Mix & Frosting Cellfire eCoupon or Shortcuts eCoupon


  • No Yolks Egg Noodles 6 oz $.98 ea
    -.50/1 No Yolks SS 3/15 (exp 9/30)
    .75 saved for college wyb (1) Upromise eCoupon

Walgreens—Stock up on drug items this week free after coupons and register rewards.  Use overage to buy food items.

  • Emergen-C Immune System 2 pk (2.5 oz each) $3.49 get $3.50 rr 9/27-10/31
  • Halls Refresh Sugar Free 20 ct $1 get $1 RR 9/27-10/31
    -$.75 Halls Refresh Hard Candy ss 9/27/09
    -$.50 Halls Refresh Hard Candy all you magazine 10/23/09 issue page 151
  • Robitussin DM To Go 2 pk $2.49 get $2.50 rr 9/27-11/??
    -$2 robitussin, any (internet coupon no longer available)
  • Theraflu cold, cough, flu or sinus relief get $4 rr wyb 2/$8
    * or get $8 rr wyb 3/$12!
    bonus packages w/ 2 extra packets also produce rr's
    -$2 Theraflu Healthy Savings Book (will automatically deduct $4 wyb 2, $6 wyb 3)
    -$2 theraflu
  • Vaseline Sheer Infusion Lotion 6.8 oz $6.99 get $7 RR 9/27-10/31
    -$1.50 Vaseline Sheer Infusion and here and here
    -$1.25 Vaseline Lotion, Any 200 mL + Except Renewal Or Glow (EXP 9/27/09) 08-02-09 RP or buy this coupon
    -$1 Vaseline Sheer Infusion body lotion cvs's reinventing beauty magazine
  • Dentek Floss 55 yd or picks 35 ct $2 get $2 RR
    -$1 DenTek Floss Picks $2 + may not display for all zip codes, 90210 works
  • Chapstick Fresh Effects $2.99 get $3 RR 9/27-10/31
  • Gillette Fusion MVP Manual or Power Razor System $8.99 get $6 RR 9/27-10/24
    * gillette fusion rr is rolling (you can use it to pay when buying another gillette fusion and a new rr will still print)
    -$4 Gillette Fusion Razor 9/27 P&G
  • Herbal Essence Hair Care $2.99 get $2 RR
    * herbal essence rr is rolling (you can use it to pay when buying more herbal essence and a new rr will still print)
    -$1 Herbal Essences Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Product, or Hair Color 9/13/09 RP or 08-23-09 RP
  • Food items and “fillers—Imperial Sugar (4lbs) $1.99 with in store coupon, Planters Peanuts 2/$5 earn $1 RR, 49ct Hershey's Candy with in store ad (use 55ct Reese's coupon to make it free), Butterball chicken broth 2/$1 with in store coupon, Hunts tomato sauce 39cts with in store coupon, Chicken of the Sea tuna 69cts with in store coupon.

Three Rivers Market/Co-op Advantage Stores—(These are good through the end of September.  I hope to have the match-ups for October up on the 1st)

  • Organic Rolled Oats--89cts/lb—FANTASTIC PRICE
  • Organic Thompson Raisins--$2.49/lb—GOOD PRICE
  • San-J Tamari Soy Sauce $1.99, 10 oz--Pg 155 September Weight Watchers Magazine 55ct/1
  • Traditional Medicinals Organic Teas $2.99--Go here for $2 coupon, $1/1 Co-op Advantage Coupon Booklet
  • Country Choice Organic Sandwich Cremes $2.79, Go here for $1/1 coupon , 50ct/1 Co-op Advantage Coupon Booklet
  • Thai Kitchen Instant Rice Noodle Soup 3/$2, Go here to sign up for the newsletter—says it will send coupons , 50ct/1 Co-op Advantage Coupon Booklet

    Emergency PreparednessThis week I encourage you to have a fire drill at your home.  Decide where your family will meet up in the event of a fire—you wouldn’t want someone running back into a burning building to rescue someone who was already outside of the home.  Teach even young children where you would meet and how to crawl out of a home to reduce the risk of smoke inhalation.  Test your smoke detectors and let the children hear what it would sound like if they were going off.   Go to this website for more ideas and steps to take for your fire drill at home.

    Food Security—This week I encourage you to find a source for local honey, preferably as close to your home as possible.  Honey is the only food that I know of that won’t “go bad”.  It might crystallize, but it can still be used.  Honey can be used as a sweetener in recipes and also for medicinal purposes.  In ancient times it was used as a wound dressing due to its antibacterial properties.  It has also been used for skin and hair care for centuries. In addition to finding a source for local honey, I hope you’ll also find some recipes using honey to try this week.  Let us know if you find some good ones!

  • Free Puppy Food


    Eukanuba Dog Food is offering a coupon for a FREE bag of Puppy Food.  All you need to do is go here an register for this freebie (scroll down to Get your Free Voucher Today).  This offer is limited to U.S. residents 18 or older, one per household. Offer good while supplies last.

    Thanks Common Sense with Money!

    Meal Planning Monday

    Breakfasts—boiled eggs, cheese toast, cereals, soaked oatmeal, and omelets

    Lunches—sandwiches, leftovers, salads, soups, Annie’s mac and cheese


    Monday—One Skillet Dinner from the freezer for hubby and daughter while I’m at the food preservation class tonight

    Tuesday—Lemon Pepper Chicken, with either sweet potatoes or some of the potatoes from our garden, green beans

    Wednesday—Quesadillas with leftover chicken, black beans, and cheese.  Sides of cilantro rice, squash, and salsa.

    Thursday—Vegetable Soup and grilled cheese

    Friday—Tuna Noodle Casserole and salad

    Saturday—We’ll be eating the best chili and tamales you’ve ever tasted at the Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Festival.  Our church, Faith UMC, will have a trailer selling chili, tamales, and coke products.

    Sunday—Vegetable meal with foods from the garden and CSA basket.

    Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale--Knoxville

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    I have this same Earth Machine composter and have been very pleased with it thus far.  The price is also great, as I paid $60 for ours!  If you do not  yet have a rain barrel or composter, or if you could use another, please pick yours up this weekend!

    Kroger Deals 9/27-10/3

    krogerSouthern Savers has the Kroger deals for the Atlanta/Knoxville area posted.  Happy Savings!

    Ingles Deals 9/27-10/3

    advantage_card The Ingles deals for the week are up at Southern Savers.  Happy Shopping!

    Independence Days Challenge

    We participate in Sharon Astyk’s Independence Days Challenge.   This is our weekly update. 

    Plant Something—Red Onions (I plan to use them as scallions more than bulb onions).  I bought a few daffodil bulbs to plant later in the season.  I tried to find some seeds, but I haven’t found any yet.  I was disappointed that I had not bought enough lettuce, spinach, and turnip green seeds this year. 

    Harvest Something—Tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, green beans, Muscatine grapes, shitake mushrooms (we have a mushroom log), okra, bell peppers, jalapeños, our potato harvest, and a few shelling beans.    Flowers, berries, and herbs for flower arrangements.

    Preserve—Dehydrated pears (I’m very happy I finished preserving the last of the pears!!), butternut squash soup for the freezer, put the potatoes out on the counter to finish drying and will store in baskets once that is complete, saved marigold and butternut squash seeds.  I thought I was worn out with food preservation this year, but the preparation for the class tonight has reenergized me a bit. 

    Prep/Storage—Added some heat wraps and cheese to storage.  “Bought” a few activity books for Halloween prizes, free after coupons.  We took down the potato boxes and will store them for the winter.  They were a breeding ground for ants, and we put some diatomaceous earth around the area to prevent ants getting into the house. 

    Reduce Waste—We continue our energy conservation and compost, recycle and use a rain barrel.  My cousin brought over a large box of puzzles, books, ballet outfits, clothes, and toys for our daughter. She has been enjoying exploring the new treasures more than she ever would have a new toy.  There is something so special about it coming from her cousins.  We made a few more donations to the church rummage sale.  I shared some old books and magazines with a friend who is a counselor.  She will use them both for her office and for making therapeutic collages with the clients.  Bartered jewelry repair for banana bread with a church member and brought her the bread yesterday morning.  Since I won’t be seeing our egg farmer again until November, I’m passing the egg cartons I forgot to give her on to a friend who has chickens.

    Building Community Food Systems—The canning class takes place this evening, and I’ve been busy getting ready for it.  I have approval from the church to host a mozzarella/yogurt making class in early October and a couponing class later in the year.  I ordered a local lamb to split with a friend.  I made up a few more boxes for easy distribution at the food pantry, and I’m planning some fundraisers for the pantry later this year. 

    Eat the food—The shitake mushrooms were probably the highlight of the food this week for me.  I sautéed them in a little olive oil and Worcestershire sauce to go along with a salad we had prepared.  Our daughter was delighted to arrive home from school and see the Honey Whole Wheat Cookies cooling on racks.  “Yummy, Momma!”

    80% OFF: Get $25 Gift Certificates for only $2!

    Use the discount code CHEF at checkout.  Offer good through 9/30/09.  Go here for more details.

    Tip of the day

    Check your coupons.  If they do not exclude trial sizes, check the travel section of stores like Target.  Often you can get free travel sized bottles of shampoo, deodorant, and detergent with $1/1 coupons.

    September 27, 2009

    Free P&G Magazine and Coupons


    Thanks Coupon Mommie for the following info:

    Sign up to get Rouge, a Free Magazine from Procter & Gamble.  It is for fashion and beauty trends and tips, but also has coupons for Procter & Gamble personal care products (CoverGirl, Olay, etc.)

    Walgreens $5/$25 coupon

    In-Store Coupon valid Sept. 29-30, 2009. $5 off your in-store purchase of $25*. Limit 1 per customer

    Wow!  What a great week for this coupon.  Note that the $25 is after all manufacturer’s coupons have been taken off of your total.  Thanks I Heart Wags!

    Walgreens October Coupon Book


    There is a new coupon book at Walgreens, so be sure to look for it!  Thanks Moms Need to Know for the heads up.  The coupons are valid 9/27 through 10/31 and include the following coupons:

    $1/1 Wags Ora Relief Spray
    $10/1 Wal-itin 10 mg. Tablets 150 ct.
    $3/1 4 Way Nasal Spray Fast Acting 1 oz.
    $1/1 Sustenex Probiotic, 30 ct., Digestive Advantage, 32 ct.
    $1/1 Carmex 3 Pack Original or Cherry Squeeze Tube 3 pack, .35 oz.
    $1/1 Wal-born Plus Probiotic
    $3/1 Mucinex 600 mg. Tablets 100 ct.
    $4/1 Iron Mike Virility Enhancer
    $5/1 Colon Aide All Natural Colon Cleanse
    $.50/1 Quilted Northern, 12 rolls
    $.99/3 Wrigley’s Orbit Gum 14 Pack
    $.30/1 Indiana Kettlecorn, 3.5-10.5 oz.
    $4/1 Viactiv Calcium Chews, 60 or 90 ct.
    $2/1 Excedrin Menstrual Complete Express Gels, 20 ct.
    $1/1 Pediasure Vanilla, Strawberry, Chocolate, 6 pack, 8 oz. each
    $1/1 Mucinex for Kids 4 oz or 12 pack
    $3/1 Hollywood Diet Cookie, 12 pack, 48 Hr. Miracle Diet, 32 oz.
    $1/1W Skin Care Intensive Lotion, 14 oz., Cold Cream 9.5 oz., Dry Skin Cream 10.1 oz.
    $5/1 W Scar Cream with spf 30 1.76 oz.
    $5/1 A1c Diabetes Home Test Kit
    $1/4 Mentos 1.32 oz.
    $5/1 Conair Chopper 2 in 1 Trimmer
    $5/1 Cardiostat Omega 3 Fish Oil Softcaps 60 ct.
    $10/1 Finest Natural Glucosamine Chondroitin 180 or 240 ct.
    $5/1 Finest Natural Joint/Heart Health Softgels, Advance Joint Relief, Glucosamine Chondroitin or 120 ct.
    $2/1 Sally Hershberger Shampoo, Conditioner or Styling Products
    $5/1 University Medical Face Lift Skin Care
    $2/1 Infusium 23 leave in treatment, 16 or 33.8 oz., Shampoo or Conditioner 16 oz.
    $50/1 Simply Apple Juice or Lemonade 13.5 oz.
    $2/1 Mitchum Smart Solid
    $3/1 Joint Juice Glucosamine 150 mg., 6 pack, 8 oz. each
    $5/1 Trigosmine Fast Acting Caplets 60 ct.
    $1/1 Dr. Fresh Plaque Rinse Spiderman 16 oz., Firefly Toothbrush, 2 pack.
    $.50/1 Dentemp Recapit cement, 1 gm., One Stop Filling Mix
    $1/1 Doo Gro Hair Care
    $2/1 Gas-X 18-72 ct., Ex-Lax, 24-90 ct., Benefiber 48-125 dose powder, caplet 114 ct., stick pack 28 ct. Maalox 12 oz. Tablets 90 ct.
    $1/2 Rock On or Energy Shot 2 pack Berry or Orange
    $10/1 Hydroxy Cut 70 to 72 ct, Sachets 21 ct.
    $5/1 Claritin Liqui-gels 10 mg. 24 ct.
    $3/1 NoDoz Maximum Strength, 60 ct.
    $1/1 Airplus products
    $1/1 Heel Rescue Foot Cream, 16 oz.
    $5/1 Rayovac Hearing Aid Battery 10, 13 or 312 24 pack
    $1/2 Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers Cheddar or Xtra Cheddar, 6.6 oz.
    $1/1 Walgreens Effervescent Cold Relief Plus Original Tablets 24 ct.
    $1.50/1 Baby Bliss Travel Pack Gripe Water, 3 oz., Gripe Water Original 4 oz.
    $5/1 Afrin Pure Sea Nasal Rinse 4 oz.
    $2/1 Huggies Wipes, 184 or 216 pack (not as good as the one in August but promising with a Register rewards promotion)
    $10/1 Neuragen PN, .17 oz.
    $1/1 W Medtime Planner
    $.50 Summer’s Eve Feminine Products
    $5/1 Benefiber Orange, 58 doses
    $1/1 Vagisil Max Strength or Satin crème 1 oz., wipes 12 pack
    $3/1 Almay Bright Eyes liner highlighter, eyeshadow, concealer
    $.50/1 Curad Products
    $4/1 Revlon Foundation ColorStay Mineral, Custom Creations or Beyond Natural

    Free Starbucks for a friend

    Thanks to BeCentsAble for the following info:

    On the Starbucks You Deserve A Frappuccino website, you can nominate a friend to receive a free Starbucks Frappuccino. You will have to complete a nomination form and then your friend will be contacted to accept his or her nomination before it appears in the online nomination gallery.

    Target Deals 9/27-10/3

    Go here to view the weekly Target deals at Stretching a Buck.  Happy Shopping!

    Tip of the day

    Want to conserve water?  Get serious about taking shorter showers.  Set a timer for 2-3 minutes and try and stick with that.  If you prefer baths, let the shower run for 2-3 minutes with the tub drain closed.  Mark the fill line either with a wax crayon or mentally.  Stick with that amount for your tub water.  Ask yourself if you really need a shower or not.  I have a relative who had the habit of taking two showers a day whether he needed them or not—what a waste! 

    A Happy Thought


    “Gardening is how I relax. It’s another form of creating and playing with colors.”  Oscar de la Renta

    September 26, 2009

    Free Sample Nature Made Triple Flex


    Go here to request a free 10-caplet sample of Nature Made Triple Flex.

    Thanks Money Saving Mom!

    Honey Whole Wheat Cookies

    I adapted this recipe from one I found in Good Housekeeping that Meryl Streep had submitted.  It is a wholesome alternative to sugary treats. 


    3 sticks of butter, softened

    3/4 c. honey

    1 1/2 t. vanilla extract

    2/3 cups almonds

    1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (if using freshly milled use, hard red)

    1 3/4 cups white whole wheat flour (You can find this under the King Arthur brand.  If you cannot find it, use regular all purpose white flour.  If using freshly milled, use soft white)

    Jam (I used peach and strawberry)

    1. In a dry cast iron skillet, toast the almonds, making sure not to burn them.  Add the toasted nuts to a food processor and pulse until they are completely ground into a mealy nut flour.
    2. Cream the butter, honey, and vanilla.
    3. Add the flours and ground almonds. 
    4. Divide the mixture into 4 and cover with plastic wrap.  Refrigerate at least 2 hour.
    5. Flour your board or counter top and roll the dough to 1/8-1/4 inch thickness.  Bring out only one portion of the separated dough at a time and return any cutting scraps to the refrigerator to cool.  Cut in whatever pattern you prefer.  I like hearts.
    6. Place the cookies on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
    7. Gently use your thumb to make an indentation in the cookie.  Add the jam of your choice to the well. 
    8. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Let them sit in the pan for 2 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.

    IMPORTANT!!!!  DO NOT EAT RIGHT AWAY!!!  The jam will be very, very hot and can easily burn your mouth.  Wait a few minutes for them to cool before you eat them. 

    These cookies will not be ultra sweet.  They are more like a shortbread cookie.  If you are looking for alternatives to refined sugars and want to make your family’s treats a little healthier, though, these are a great option.

    A little light reading

    • Go here for ideas on stocking up your freezer with ready made meals.
    • Go here to learn how to make foaming hand soap.
    • Go here for an idea on a tomato soup ready to pull out of the freezer.

    Have a great weekend everyone!

    Tip of the day

    Want to conserve water?  If your family is anything like mine, we often have water glasses leftover from meals.  Let the leftover water warm to room temperature and then use it to water indoor house plants.

    Random Acts of Flowers Fall Bulb Sale begins today


    To find out more about Random Acts of Flowers or the Fall Bulb Sale please visit their website.  You can order bulbs on line or visit Earth Fare in Bearden or Turkey Creek in Knoxville each Saturday today though October 24th. 

    September 25, 2009

    How do your actions affect others? --Boddhisatva on the Metro

    Be sure to watch the short video to completion.  I think you’ll be happy you watched it to its entirety.  When I watched this I was reminded of a recent interview I heard on NPR discussing the importance that Indian healers place on laughter. 

    Ask yourself, how do my actions affect others?  What steps do you take to bring light and life to others? 

    Thanks Melanie for this great video!

    Tylenol Recall


    My hubby just e-mailed me the details of a Children and Infant Tylenol recall.  This is what we found on the Tylenol website:

    You may have heard that McNeil Consumer Healthcare (the makers of TYLENOL®) is voluntarily recalling certain lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products that were manufactured between April, 2008 and June, 2008. All products manufactured met internal specifications. However, the company is implementing this recall because during this period, an unused portion of one inactive ingredient did not meet all quality standards. Therefore, as a precautionary measure, it was decided to recall all Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products listed below, which were made during this time.
    Parents and caregivers who have questions or concerns should contact their child's health care provider or our consumer call center at 1-800-962-5357 (available Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time). Consumers can find the lot numbers on the bottom of the box containing the liquid product and also on the sticker that surrounds the product bottle. The lot numbers of the affected products are listed below.
    These actions do not apply to Children's TYLENOL® Meltaways and Junior Strength TYLENOL® Meltaways. The voluntary recall applies only to select lots of Children's and Infants' TYLENOL® liquid products.

    Go here to view a full list of products and descriptions.

    Snow White for less than $1

    snow-white-dvd-great-deal Southern Savers has the scoop on how to get a Snow White DVD for less than $1—wowizowie!  Our gift closet is stocked with the free or cheap movie deals that have been out this year, and I’ll look forward to grabbing this one too.  Happy Shopping!

    Coupons on Rachel Ray’s website

    Rachael Ray is offering some coupons/coupon codes on her website.  Go here to check them out. Thanks Frayda for letting us know!

    Mark Your Calendars—Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Be sure to check out the chili and tamales trailer—our church, Faith UMC, will be bringing you some of the best tamales you’ve ever eaten!

    9th Annual

    Raccoon Valley Bluegrass Festival

    Saturday, October 3rd, 2009

    10:00am - Saturday

    Music Starts @ 11:00am

    Great Music, Great Food, Great Family Fun

    Powell, Tennessee

    Bluegrass jammers welcome - plenty of shade tree pickin'

    Scheduled Performers for 2009








    Admission-- $15.00 (Age 10 and under free)








    265 Patt Rd. - P.O. Box 525

    Powell, TN 37849 - 865.548.0326

    Go here for more details.