Celebrate Cheesecake Appreciation Month with a Contest

The folks at Fiber One sent this to me to share with you-

Cheesecake fans no longer have to fight their instincts with this guilt-free and highly requested treat. The irresistible layers of graham cracker-y goodness and creamy cheesecake are topped with one of two flavors – Strawberry or Salted Caramel. Best of all, each individually packaged bar contains only 150 calories and 20 percent of your daily value of fiber.

 

To celebrate the launch of this new product, Fiber One has kicked off its first Cheesecake Appreciation Month. Join in on the fun by participating in Fiber One’s cheesecake sweepstakes! This month, you can enter for a chance to win weekly, including new Fiber One Cheesecake Bars and cash prizes with a Grand Prize winner chosen at the end of August. For full rules, visit Facebook.com/FiberOne.

August Savings

August savings with Georgine-

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August usually means summer is winding down, but sales are just beginning to soar.

Back To School

Back-to-school is first and foremost. Look for backpacks, school supplies, computers, and dorm needs. A good choice is Staples because they have lots of school supplies NOW that are very cheap. Don’t wait until school starts. Sneakers and running shoes will also be on sale now, so take advantage. This is the month to get the deals. Even so, save all your receipts in case you will need for a price match. Most stores now have this policy, so it’s best to buy when you see what you want and return for a price adjustment.

Vacations

Beyond back-to-school you’ll find deals on last-minute getaways especially to destinations where it is hurricane season. You may even earn frequent flyer miles on these vacations that will give you a free trip later in the year.

Clothing

Don’t forget summer clothing sales. You’ll find bargains you can use for these last few warm weather months or save for next season. Summer sleepwear will be on clearance racks too.

Camping

If camping is your passion, you will find great deals on tents and sleeping bags in stores that need to make room for winter gear and sports.

Cars

Looking for a new car? Now is the time because the new models will soon be hitting the car lots and they need to make room for them. Try to get there around the 1st or 2nd of September. This will reap you a big savings because these sales will count toward the dealer’s August quotas.

Food

In the supermarket you can stock up on school lunch favorites such as peanut butter and jelly, lunch meat, American cheese, yogurt, chips, snack cakes and bars, bottled water, and drink boxes. This time of the year you’ll find lots of coupons for these items in your Sunday newspaper and online. Take advantage of these and combine sales for a home run.

Save more money on buying your groceries at Wal-Mart with their Savings Catcher program. Once you join for free, you enter the cash register receipt number or scan it within 7 days of your purchase and then Wal-Mart does the rest They compare prices to stores in your area. If they find a lower price you will get refunded the difference via a gift card! You can accumulate these refunds for a larger amount or redeem as you receive them. In addition to using traditional and Internet coupons at Wal-Mart, you can find some on their own web site. If any coupon includes purchase of trial-size or has no size limitation, you can use these too. If the coupon value exceeds the Wal-Mart price, according to their official coupon policy, you will get the difference back as cash or it will be applied to the rest of your order.

It’s Meatless Monday-Ginger Napa Valley Coleslaw

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This time of the year coleslaw’s always on the menu, but sometimes you want something a little different. I came up with this one that uses Napa cabbage and a soy sauce based dressing instead of the usual mayonnaise based one.

It pairs well with all sorts of veggie burgers, (even meat burgers and grilled chicken if you’re not vegetarian or vegan).

Ingredients

½ Napa cabbage, washed and shredded

¼ cup oil

¼ cup rice wine vinegar

Salt and pepper

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon finely minced fresh ginger

1 peeled and shredded carrot

Method

Place the cabbage and carrot in a large mixing bowl. In another bowl add the oil, vinegar, salt and pepper, soy sauce and ginger and mix well.

Pour the dressing over the cabbage and carrot mixture and toss well,

Serve immediately.

Serves 6.

Meatless Monday recipes will return in September.

It’s Meatless Monday-Herbal Pesto Sauce for Tofu Steaks, Grilled Tomatoes or Eggplant

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I love recipes that I can use for just about any dish. My favorite way is piled on top of grilled tofu steaks, grilled tomatoes or even slices of grilled eggplant. It’s versatile too because you can use whatever herbs are growing in the garden or are on sale. While I love to make pesto sauce the traditional way using basil, I’ve had lots of fun using things like sage, cilantro, and even mint. So while this is what I call the mother recipe for the sauce, feel free to experiment with different combinations of herbs, nuts, and seeds, and even add things like olives and sundried tomatoes to the mix too.

2 cups firmly packed fresh herbs

1/3 cup nuts or sunflower seeds

½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese

2 cloves of garlic

¼ cup of olive oil

In a food processer add the herbs, nuts, cheese and garlic and pulse until everything is finely chopped. Slowly add the oil until everything pulls together. Depending on what nuts and herbs you use you might need less or even more oil.

This makes about ¾ cup. It freezes well and can also be used on pasta or the base for sandwiches.

Friday Round-Up-The High Cost of Sending a Greeting

More summer sales, and this week I headed back to the consignment shop where I’d purchased some bargains the week before. This time the deals were even better. I got two tops, a Liz Claiborne skirt, and Ralph Lauren pants, both of which looked brand new. Best thing is I can make two complete outfits from my buys. The price tag for the two combined $5.35. Yep, that’s not a typo; the blue/beige top was just 88 cents and the skirt 78 cents. The assistant told me the 75% off all summer stock begins on Wednesday so I’ll be heading back there again.

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Look Before You Buy

The surprising thing I found out this week is that clothes are now cheaper to buy than greeting cards. Before I headed to the consignment store, I went into the supermarket to buy a baby congratulations card. It was cute and thought it was perfect so I didn’t look at the price (yes, a no-no, I know), when I got to the checkout, I found out, with tax, the card was $7.50. When did sending a greeting to someone get more expensive than dressing yourself? Moral of the story, look at prices, and I think I’ll be launching my own greeting card business because someone’s obviously making lots of money.

Vegetable Garden Harvest

I started to harvest some of the homegrown food this week. Cherry tomatoes, basil, cilantro, sage and mint. Monday’s Meatless meal will feature of these goodies.

Here are a couple of articles I found on the Web this week-

Have a box of Bisquick sitting in your pantry?

http://www.delish.com/cooking/menus/g2675/brilliant-things-to-make-with-bisquick/

Ways to stay cool this summer-

https://www.yahoo.com/makers/7-tricks-for-keeping-cool-c1433890974851.html

Have a fun and money saving week.

It’s Meatless Monday-Herbal Vegan Pate

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When the weather turns warm sometimes all you need is a salad and something to accompany it. I’ve been experimenting with a vegan pate for a long time and finally came up with this one. It’s great with crackers or bread, and a side salad. It also freezes well too. I’ve had better luck with this when I’ve used the smaller meatloaf pans so if you’re using the bigger ones you might want to add another ten minutes of cooking time.

 

2 cups of sliced mushroom

1 large carrot, peeled and diced

1 onion, peeled and diced

1 stalk of celery, diced

Oil for sautéing

1 large potato peeled potato, peeled and chopped

¼ cup soy sauce

1 cup raw sunflower seeds

3 tablespoons whole wheat flour

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon of each of the following, coriander, thyme, rosemary, and sage

 

Method

Heat oven to 375 and spray either two small or 1 large meatloaf pan. Set aside.

In a skillet and over medium high heat, add the oil and then add the mushrooms and cook for about five minutes, remove from the pan and place in a food processor.

Add more oil to the skillet if necessary and then cook the carrots, onion and celery until slightly caramelized, about five minutes. Add this mixture to the food processor and then add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until everything pulls together. Don’t over pulse because you want this to be more on the firm side.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pans. Sprinkle on more herbs if you like and bake for about 30 minutes or until firm. Leave to cool in the pans and then turn out onto a plate.

Friday Round-Up-Veggie Garden Update

I can’t figure out how it got to be July this quickly. I was hoping to post a lot more recipes and other good stuff on the site last month. However, I’ve been busy with my writing and book projects and lost track of time, but I’m going to do my best to try and catch up on everything.

Veggie Garden Update

The vegetables and fruit are doing well. We had a hailstorm a few weeks ago and it took its toll mostly on the Brussels sprouts , broccoli and cabbage plants with holes in their leaves and broken stems. I think some deer got to the melons and I’ve now had to cover up the blueberries. The raspberry leaves also got eaten, but not the actual berries. I picked a few the other day and they were much better than you’d buy in the stores.

Two veggies I’ve had no luck with so far have been the spinach and peas. The parsnips and carrots seem to be doing well but I suppose the real test will be when it comes time to pull them up.

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Summer Sales

The summer sales are in full swing so make sure you take advantage of them. I got some great buys at my local consignment store. Who can beat jeans for 66 cents and t-shirts for $1.25? Some of them look like they’ve never been worn. I even saved gas by leaving my car at home and walking to the store.

Aldi

You’ve often heard me say I wish I had an Aldi store nearby and looks like my wish has been granted as one’s opening in the suburb where I live. I can’t wait to check it out because everyone’s told me the prices are hard to beat. And if that wasn’t good enough news, another supermarket has just opened close to home that features lots of bulk bins. Can’t wait to go check that out too.

Here are some articles I found on the Web-

If you’ve shopped for eggs recently you know the prices have gone sky high but they’re not the only thing for breakfast-

https://www.yahoo.com/health/7-protein-packed-breakfasts-to-help-you-survive-121856252638.html

Upgrades for $5 and under-

https://www.yahoo.com/makers/5-home-upgrades-that-make-a-big-difference-121918879110.html

And I saw this recipe. It is great served on pasta and I added some mushrooms as well which I thought paired perfectly with its smoky flavor.

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-recipe/smoked-cashew-cheese-spread

Have a money saving week.