Friday Round-Up-Biscotti Giveaway

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Another quick Friday round-up at the beginning of this holiday weekend for folks in both the US and UK.

I plan to get all my vegetable and herb plants in the raised beds over the weekend. I hope to have some photos to share with you next week and I’ll be doing an update on my successes and yes, failures too, as the season progresses.

I have learned that starting your vegetable plants from seeds can save you lots of money. I just visited my local DIY store and the tomato plants were $3.50 each. I paid less than that for the package of seeds which has yielded at least a dozen plants. So first tip is when you can, go with the seeds. I also discovered that if you’re opting for plants select the packs of 4 or 6 instead of the single pots as you save money too. You can always can, dry or freeze extra veggies.

And before I forget I got to sample these new biscotti cookies. They’re great dipped in tea! The company is hosting a summer giveaway and there’s also a $1 coupon you can download. Here are all the details-

Nonni’s, creator of the number one selling biscotti recently introduced Mango Coconut THINaddictives, a delicious tropical treat made with real ingredients, including sweet mango, grated coconut and California almonds.

In celebration of the new flavor, Nonni’s THINaddictives will host a “Summer Giveaway” beginning June 1 on Facebook. 50 winners will be selected to receive a free box of the new Mango Coconut THINaddictives. Fans can also download a $1 off coupon of a box of THINaddictives on Facebook by selecting the coupon tab. Be sure to check out all of Nonni’s social channels for special offers, including THINaddictives Facebook, THINaddictives Instagram, Nonni’s Foods Twitter and Nonni’s Foods Pinterest.

Meatless Monday will be on a holiday break next week but will return June 1st. I’m working on lots of summer recipes that I hope to share with you over the coming months. And this site will be one of the stops for an author who’s written a great book packed with money saving tips.

Have a money saving week and a safe and happy holiday weekend.

It’s Meatless Monday-Speedy Picnic Loaf

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Next week marks the beginning of BBQ and picnic season so I thought I’d post one of my favorite picnic recipes that can also be used for Meatless Monday. It’s so easy I hate to call it a recipe. This is what I use to make it but you can add more ingredients or substitute anything you like. The key is to wrap it tightly and let all the flavors blend and soak into the bread.

Take an uncut loaf of bread, cut it in half horizontally and pull out some of the bread (you can keep it for making breadcrumbs)

In a bowl, add half a peeled and sliced onion, the sweet varieties like Vidalia and Walla Walla are great for this recipe

Two chopped tomatoes

Half a red pepper, seeded and chopped

Add a handful of chopped olives

¼ cup blue cheese or any cheese you like

Enough Italian or vinaigrette dressing to coat all the ingredients.

Mix everything together and pile onto one half of the loaf and top with the other half. Press down firmly and wrap tightly with cling wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour. When it’s chilled enough, slice it into wedges.

Serves 8.

Friday Round Up-Yes, It’s Sunday

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For the last couple of weeks this was meant to be a Friday Round-Up but I got so busy with writing projects that it’s become a Sunday one instead.

I found lots of useful things on the Web lately-

If you’re thinking of organizing on the cheap-

https://www.yahoo.com/makers/11-easy-diy-projects-to-declutter-your-home-116944538585.html

Three ingredient pancakes who could ask for more?

https://uk.screen.yahoo.com/food-hacks/three-ingredient-pancakes-try-015315701.html?vp=1

Beat the high cost of granola bars by making your own-

http://www.cheatsheet.com/life/6-healthy-granola-bars-you-can-make-using-4-ingredients-or-less.html/?a=viewall

Got a gardening question?

http://www.ebstone.org/experts.php

Quick and easy homemade pickles-

https://www.yahoo.com/food/easy-homemade-quick-pickle-recipe-summer-118130140361.html

If like me you have a vegetable garden this has some great tips-

https://www.yahoo.com/food/the-10-tips-for-growing-your-own-food-in-your-118376985826.html

Crockpot Cooking-

http://www.cheatsheet.com/life/7-mouth-watering-mediterranean-meals-you-can-cook-in-your-crockpot.html/?a=viewall

 

Healthy breakfasts-

http://www.cheatsheet.com/life/5-meat-free-mediterranean-meals-to-make-for-breakfast.html/?a=viewall

Have a money saving week.

It’s Meatless Monday-Slow Cooker Rice Stuffed Peppers

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One thing I couldn’t live without in the kitchen is my slow cooker…well actually I have three of them. Peppers were on sale last week and I had a container of leftover brown rice. Put them together with the slow cooker, add some jazzed up tomato sauce, and you have a tasty meatless meal waiting for you at the end of the day.

Ingredients

For the peppers

4 green peppers, washed, cut the tops off and then cut them in half lengthwise and deseed them

2 cups leftover rice

½ cup chopped black olives

½ cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes in oil

1 teaspoon each of garlic and onion powder

1 teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon pepper

1/3 cup chopped dried parsley or you could use a handful of the fresh variety

 

For the sauce

1 15 ounce can of tomato sauce

1 teaspoon of both garlic and onion powder

1 teaspoon each of dried oregano and basil

 

Method

In a bowl add the tomato sauce and then stir in the garlic and onion powders. Next add the oregano and basil.

Pour about a third of this sauce into the bottom of the slow cooker and turn it on low.

In a large bowl add the rice, parsley, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, salt, pepper and garlic and onion powders. Mix everything together and then begin spooning the mixture into the pepper halves. Place them in the slow cooker and don’t worry about piling them on top of one another.

Pour the remaining tomato sauce over the peppers and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3.

Serves 4.

May Savings and Shopping at Kohl’s

Georgine has some springtime saving tips including the smart way to shop at Kohl’s

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It’s May. Flowers are blooming and so are sales. If you’d like to get away from it all before the rush of summer vacation, now is a great time because it’s after the high season in places like the Caribbean and before the season starts in places like the Hamptons or Cape Cod.

Mother’s Day

Get creative where Mother’s Day gifts are concerned. You can save money by thinking outside of the normal gifts to things like books, magazine subscriptions, linens, a planned day trip, and even a cook book.

BBQs

Are your thoughts roaming to BBQ? Stock up on accessories and supplies. If you find a sale on paper goods before Memorial Day be sure to get plenty for the entire season. That will be one last thing to think about, plus you’ve saved a few bucks. Don’t buy a new grill yet. Wait a little longer. At this time you may find seasonal sales in patio furniture, this will be your best bet. Be sure to change last-year’s stale gas that is remaining in your lawn mower or else your mower will spit and sputter.

Winter Merchandise

Pick up some jackets and coats for next year during end-of-season sales.

Mattresses

Mattresses can be reduced as much as 50% this month.

In the Supermarket

In the grocery store look for outdoor cooking essentials like hot dogs, ground beef, hamburger and hot dog buns, ketchup, mustard, pickles, BBQ sauce, and relish. Combine your coupons with sales on ice cream novelties, salad dressing, frozen pies, bottled water, and soda.

Shopping at Kohl’s

Many of us shop at Kohl’s so I thought I’d give a few tips on making the most of your shopping experience:

Sign up for emails or text alerts

Most Kohl’s coupons can be used both in-store and online and can be stacked (meaning you can use more than one coupon in your transaction)

In-store items can be price-matched

Gift registry items earn you rewards

Kohl’s Cash typically lets you save $10.00 on $50.00 or more purchases. If you spend only $48.00 you’ll still earn your $10.00

The Gold Star clearance is the event that saves you up to 80% off original prices. This happens 4 times each year

Senior Day is every Wednesday. Shoppers 60+ will save an extra 15%

You have 2 weeks to exchange your purchase for a price adjustment

If you have a Kohl’s credit card you can save up to 30% each month by using your card, plus when you charge a purchase (with any credit card) you can get a refund without a receipt for up to 12 months.

It’s Meatless Monday-Tomato and Basil Crostini

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I can’t wait until basil season is in full swing. Last week I got a great deal on it at the local supermarket. Tomatoes were on sale too so I thought I’d put together one of my favorite meatless recipes. It’s a quick and easy meal to enjoy now that the weather has turned warmer.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon cream cheese

1 tablespoons pesto

2 beefsteak tomatoes, sliced

1 red onion, thinly sliced (you can also soak it in some vinegar for about an hour to take away the raw flavor)

Salt and pepper

Shredded fresh basil

1 loaf of French or Italian bread

Method

Slice the bread and toast it. Set aside.

Mix together the cream cheese and pesto and spread on each slice of bread.

Top with a slice of tomato and about a tablespoon of the onion.

Sprinkle with salt and pepper and a couple of shreds of basil.

Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Friday Round-Up-Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

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Happy May. April went by really fast but maybe that’s because I’ve been so busy with various writing projects.

 

Finally a Greenhouse

The veggie seeds I planted about five weeks ago are all doing really well. I’ve even started the seeds for the cucumbers, broccoli and Brussel’s sprouts. And yes, the potatoes are even planted. And this weekend I’ll be planting lettuce outside. I’ve been looking for a cheap greenhouse for months and finally found one. Just a small one but it’s going to extend the growing season which means more homegrown vegetables. Another buy this week was the purchase of two blueberry and raspberry plants. Can’t wait for those to start yielding fruit.

Homemade Pesto

I used the remaining tub of my homemade pesto sauce the other day. It’s lasted a long time and was made from the basil I’d grown in the backyard. Today I needed some for a recipe. I had some basil but no pine nuts or walnuts but what I did have was some raw sunflower seeds. And guess what? You hardly notice the difference so moral of this story, try what you have on hand because most of the time it works.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes

Time hasn’t been on my side these last few weeks but sometimes mashed potatoes have to be made to satisfy my need for this comfort food. My shortcut is the slow cooker. I used one pound of Yukon gold potatoes and didn’t even have to peel them. Just give them a good wash and cut them into one inch cubes. Put them into the slow cooker along with about ½ cup milk and 4 ounces of cream cheese, some salt and pepper and cook on high for about two hours. Best thing is you can even mash them while they’re still in the slow cooker. I’ve tried this more than a couple of times now and you can even add different flavorings to them while they cook. Try a good sprinkling of Italian seasoning or about a tablespoon of either onion or garlic powder.

And the Web’s had lots of great food related articles. This first one list some cheap ways to get your protein-

https://www.yahoo.com/health/7-cheap-sources-of-healthy-protein-117170150988.html

If like me you’ve been looking for kitchen shortcuts you’ll love this article from Chow-

http://www.chow.com/food-news/164198/9-dinner-recipes-so-simple-you-ll-forget-about-seamless/

And finally I’ve featured Lindsay’s cookbooks a few times here and she had an interesting post on her blog about her recent supermarket trip and how healthy foods don’t have to cost a lot-

http://happyherbivore.com/2015/04/grocery-store-tour-cheap-plant-based-food-finds/

Have a money saving week.