April 27, 2015

New Things Monday

So, before I went to Super Target a few days ago for my weekly trip I scanned my cartwheel app to see if there was anything on it I wanted to get.  
I came across and added Oikos greek yogurt by Dannon.  

I've been trying to incorporate more protein foods into my diet since I'm exercising everyday so I got some to try.  I've never had this brand before.  I've had Chobani and Wegmans generic brand greek yogurts and like them.  I figured since I had the virtual coupon I'd give it a try and if I didn't like it then I know my husband might have.

I picked up the blueberry non fat greek yogurt.  
(Picture taken from google images)

I tried it and loved it.  It was creamy and very tasty.  MMMMM!  I will be stocking up on these next time I'm in the grocery store.  :)  I want to try the strawberry. 

April 25, 2015

M&M Minis Cookie Dough Dip

If you're like me then you've had your fair share of raw cookie dough.  As you eat it, you know that you shouldn't eat it because there's raw egg in it.  You think to yourself while you enjoy that heaping spoonful.....what if you get sick?  But then you shake it off and you go ahead and enjoy that spoonful or two or three.  :)

Well, no need to worry about getting sick from raw egg anymore.

At my work food swap I organized this past week, my friend, Sharon made and swapped us with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip.

This stuff is good and let me warn you......very addicting!  You can eat it with graham crackers, nilla wafers, animal crackers or just grab a spoon.

While we were all chatting, Sharon and I were thinking of other things to use instead of mini chocolate chips.  I think that crumbled up oreo cookies would be good.  She agreed.  She then suggested maybe even using M&M minis.  I thought that was genius.

So, it was on my to do list to make at some point today.  
(I'm so glad I walked/jogged for an hour on the treadmill today).


While at Target today, I picked up a bag of M&M minis.  They were on sale and also on cartwheel.  SCORE!  :)  I got the bag for $2.39.  Every penny counts when it comes to savings.

The only other ingredient that I needed was cream cheese and that was on cartwheel too. 

You will need:

1/2 cup unsalted stick of butter (cut into small pieces)
1/3 cup brown sugar
pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla (I used my homemade vanilla extract)
8oz package of cream cheese (I used 1/3 fat)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup mini chocolate chips or other candies (I used M&M Minis)


In a small pot, melt the butter, brown sugar and salt stirring constantly until everything is melted.  Remove from heat and whisk in vanilla extract and set aside to cool to room temperature.


Once the butter/sugar mix was cool, I mixed up the cream cheese and powdered sugar.

Mix in the butter/sugar mix until combined.

Add your candy.

Mix

MMMMMM  (I noticed the M&M's colors bled in the cream cheese.....oh well).

Serve it up with whatever graham crackers, cookies you'd like.

Be sure to have a spoon at the ready, because you will need it.  Leftovers (hahaha.....like you will have any) can be stored in the fridge up to 5 days.  :)

Super Target Finds

I went to my super target today to get some groceries.

This instantly drew my attention as I walked in the door.  It was on an end cap at the front.  It's Mike Ike candies.  The colors really pop out.  Don't they look cool.  I can't find anything online about it.


I walked around the store getting items on my list.  I can't believe how many different kinds of M&M's there are.  It's kinda ridiculous but then again M&M's are just that awesome.

I did treat myself a little today.  I don't do it often but today I decided to.  

After I got everything on my grocery list.....

I got myself a new pair of sunglasses.  I buy the cheap ones b/c I'm so bad with sunglasses and I like these.  They are comfortable.  LOL

I walked to the Woman's clothing section and picked up 2 t-shirts for myself.  They were on sale for $8 each.  Score!

I then walked over to the dollar spot.  Some things are $1 and some things are $3.  
They have some cute gardening things out.  Some workers were stocking some new items.  Every time I check the dollar spot there is always an associate putting things out.  

There were a few different chalk board garden markers, seedlings and pots.


I like to take pictures of things I really find cute, instead of buying so I can think it over and I don't end up buying on an impulse.  Then it ends up in the yard sale pile.  LOL

I just love this little glass terrarium.  

Tiny bushel baskets.  I love these too.  I would have bought one if it was $1.  They are kinda small (can't really tell in the picture) to pay $3 for one when I'm pretty sure the huge ones don't cost that much.


Little jars that you could use for spices or homemade candies or something.  These would be good for a food swap.

A lemonade jug.  This was very cute.  I almost bought it but stuck to my picture rule.  :)

Lots of cute things at the dollar spot.  :)

April 24, 2015

Produce Stand 4/24

I hit up my favorite farm stand this morning before work so I'd have what I needed for the weekend and for next week.  :)

I picked up a lot of goodies.  I will be prepping all of this tomorrow.


Here's everything I purchased.


-2 broccoli heads
-2 big green bell peppers
-2 big white potatoes
-2 zucchini
-2 yellow squash
-3 big carrots
-2 cucumbers
-a whole lot of green beans


I got all this for under $15.

Total:  $14.45

2015 Garden Update- #17

It's time for a garden update and I'm excited!!  :)

Here's the inside garden with some of my plants.


The sunshine in the early morning makes these little plant babies happier than a worm in an apple.

I have my first pea pod of the season!!  :)  YAY

Here's my green bean plants.  Do you see what I see?

I have green beans!!!!

They are very tiny but they are there.

Here's my mint, lambs ear and black-eyed susan plants I got from my work food swap yesterday.  If you look closely you can see the little sprouts in the egg carton.

My broccoli.

Tomatoes

Squash, which I need to re-pot.


Now outside.....

I did some rearranging this morning of my plants I have outside on my back deck.  I moved everything to the middle and did some cleaning.  My orange pepper plant, and two different eggplants needed some major TLC.  I got these from the Home Depot sale.  The pots ended up flooding early Monday morning from heavy downpours.  Everything else was fine and most of the extra rain water evaporated.  The 3 pots (pepper, eggplants) were still very water logged this morning when I checked on them.  I dumped the pots and took the plants out.  Here's the plants in the grass.

I've picked them up and put them in this plastic container for now until I get some soil to pot them.  I hope I can save them.  The plants themselves still look healthy.  *crosses fingers*

Here's the deck/patio garden as of this morning.  I have peppers, basil, marigolds, toms, lavender, and a rose bush.  I don't think I have enough plants.  What do you think?  haha  :)

Dollar Tree- Find of the week

I used to be a dollar tree snob and never ever wanted to step foot in one.  But I've grown up and learned over the years that the dollar tree has deals!  I'll admit, I even used to be a name brand snob too.  Generic store brand is just as good as name brand.  Generic is also always cheaper than name brand so why not try to save some cash.  There's a few things I still only buy name brand in.  For example:  All laundry detergent.  My Grandma Runyon used it and I use it because it reminds me of her when I would help her with laundry and it smells like her very organized linen closet she used to keep.  Ahhhh memories.  :*)

Okay, back to the dollar tree.  They sell some name brand items and everything is just $1.00.  You do have to pay attention though.  Even though something is $1.00 it doesn't necessarily mean that you're getting a good deal.  You just have to know how much the items are in the big stores and compare to know it's worth it.

For the last three years I've been going to the dollar tree and finding some awesome things. 



The other day, when I bought these containers and a new outside deck/porch broom, I ended up looking at the oven mittens.  I don't know about you but my oven mittens/pot holders have seen better days.  I cook and bake so much that they are used just about everyday.  I even still use the one I had in college and let me just say that's been several, several years.  hahahaha  Anyways, I grabbed some red potholders to go with my red and white checkered oven mitt and then I saw VEGETABLES!  I put the red ones back and started grabbing.  :)

Here they are. 

Up close:

Adorable:

Just love these!

I grabbed two of the mittens and two of the two packs of pot holders.  So, I have four pot holders and two oven mitts.  That's a good stash.  I put all my old ones in the laundry room to wash them.  :)  I might go back and get a few more in this veggie pattern so I have an extra stash on hand.

What awesome dollar tree finds have you gotten lately?

April 23, 2015

4th Work Food Swap

Last week, a co-worker asked if I could organize a food swap.  I said sure.  We choose to do the swap today.  




Last night, I made my homemade mac n' cheese.  It's so yummy and a crowd favorite.

I purchased some containers the other day from the dollar tree to use for my swap items.

We had 8 participants today.  One lady was unable to attend, due to an emergency.  
We like to do an even trade so everyone gets to take home each item.  It spares hurt feelings and makes everyone happy to get one of everything.

Here's the table full of goodies.  Before we dug in we each took a turn explaining what we made and why.  :)


Here's my mac n' cheese.  :)



Sam, made 'Chicken and Quinoa soup. 

Recipe:
Chicken and Quinoa Soup
Ingredients
·         1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, all visible fat discarded, cut into 1-inch cubes
·         4 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
·         1 large onion, chopped
·         3/4 cup water
·         1 medium carrot, sliced
·         3 large garlic cloves, minced
·         1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
·         1 medium dried bay leaf
·         1/4 teaspoon pepper
·         1/3 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed well under cold running water and drained
·         2 ounces sugar snap peas, trimmed and sliced diagonally

Preparation
1.      In a large saucepan, stir together the chicken, broth, onion, water, carrot, garlic, thyme, bay leaf, and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 5 minutes.
2.      Stir in the quinoa. Cook for 5 minutes.
3.      Stir in the peas. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes, or until the quinoa is tender and the chicken is no longer pink in the center. Discard the bay leaf before serving the soup.
4.      Cook’s Tip: Look for quinoa near the rice and other grains in the supermarket. Unless you buy prewashed quinoa, rinse it in a fine strainer under cold running water until the water runs clear. This is done to remove the bitter coating called saponin.



Sharon, made to die for.....chocolate chip cookie dough.  OMG......this stuff is addicting.

Yeah...we scraped the bottom of the bowl.  haha  :)  I think this would be awesome with using M&M's or even crushed up Oreo's.  Mix it up and make it your own.


Sue, made her Grandma's chow chow.  So yummy.  I liked it on a triscuit.



Deirdre, made deviled eggs with her Mom's recipe.  (I didn't get a picture of the eggs uncovered).  These were very good.  Deirdre, said the secret to them is "celery salt".  She used a little mayo, sugar, paprika and celery salt.

The eggs didn't last long.....haha


Gayle, made a Southwest Chicken Chili.  It's a family favorite.  It was really good.  She served it with little buttermilk cornbread muffins.



Stacy, is doing '100 days of real food' with her family.  She has this book, and she's made some of the recipes.  She made popcorn using organic popcorn kernels in a brown paper bag.  It was awesome!!!  Who knew you could do this in a brown paper bag?  It's so much healthier than those microwavable popcorn packages.


Stacy, gave each of us a Mint plant from her garden.



Stacy, also gave me 2 plants as a hostess gift for organizing the swap.  The one on the left is my mint.  The middle is a brown-eyed susan and the one on the right is lambs ear.  They are perennials so they will come back every year.  :)

We had fun and we can't wait to do another food swap.

April 21, 2015

Produce Stand 4/19

I went to the produce stand on Sunday morning while I was out.  This is the first time this year that I've been.  They just recently opened the stand.  I'm so glad it's Spring so I can get farm fresh veggies.


Here's what I got:



2 cucumbers
1 squash
1 zucchini
green beans

I spent $4.65 on everything.  Under $5!  :)  

As of today (4/21) everything but the cucumbers have been eaten.  :)