Month: January 2015

7 EASY SUPERBOWL SNACK IDEAS!

Hello football lovin’, SEAHAWKS fans!,

Are you throwing a Superbowl party this year?  Have no idea what is on your list of things to make, but are wanting football themed ideas?  I think I can help you with that!

Check out some simple and awesome ideas that you can use to make your party a smashing hit (and one that people will want to copy!):

Football Deviled Eggs

http://www.mymommystyle.com/?p=6697

Of course, you will want these to be on something blue or green, and nowhere near red… but for the sake of a picture you get red.

Also, this is not the recipe I use for my deviled eggs, but the main idea was getting the eggs to look like a football!

Chocolate covered Strawberries

I think there is little explaining needed here, but just in case.  Steps to make these:  1.  Buy strawberries.  2.  Melt chocolate chips.  3.  Dip strawberries in chocolate.  4.  Use white icing to make lines as picture shows!

BEAST MODE POPCORN!

Beastmode Popcorn Intro

http://ourbestbites.com/2014/01/popcorn/

This treat will take a little more time perhaps, but I am sure your guests will LOVE the work you have done!

FOOTBALL CUPCAKES

Double Chocolate Football Cupcakes

http://www.the-baker-chick.com/2011/09/double-chocolate-football-cupcakes/

In order to make these cupcakes better, you will want white frosting that you can color BLUE & GREEN… because obviously you are hosting a Hawks party (if you aren’t… you should be!).

SOFT PRETZELS (FOOTBALL SHAPED!)

Soft Pretzel Footballs

http://www.hungryhappenings.com/2014/01/Superbowl-snacks-soft-pretzel-footballs.html

Little needs to be said for the way American’s love soft pretzels!  YUMMY!

OREO TRUFFLES

Football Shaped Oreo Truffles :: Recipe on HoosierHomemade.com

http://hoosierhomemade.com/football-shaped-oreo-truffles/

Uhhh, so cute… so yummy!  Someone keep me away from the Oreo truffles.

TOUCHDOWN RICE KRISPY SNACKS

Chocolate Kickers Cereal Treats

http://www.wilton.com/idea/Chocolate-Kickers-Cereal-Treats?cmp=pint2013&icid=0108chocolatekickers

These can be made to look WAY better by simply making the white lines, blue and green!  In case you haven’t caught on yet, I am most definitely rooting for the Seattle Seahawks to win!!!

I will unfortunately be working this year for Superbowl (waaaaah!).  If you don’t have plans, feel free to visit me at Buffalo Wild Wings where I started working (second job… bored housewife).  I won’t be making treats but will be anticipating the photo’s of all the things people made into football shapes!  Might I suggest that if your table is of rectangular shape… you turn it into a football field?

Easy Football Field Party Table by { anightowlblog.com }

http://anightowlblog.com/2013/01/easy-football-field-party-table.html/

There are obviously so many yummy things to be made for such an eventful day… and please remember to be safe!  Don’t drink and drive, a cab is significantly cheaper than a DUI.

Enjoy,

E.

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Two Ingredient Floor Cleaner

Hello my fellow frugal friends,

In my quest to discontinue the use of store bought cleaners, I have been waiting until I was out of Swiffer wet mop refills to start making my own floor cleaner.  In a few short minutes you can whip up your own floor cleaner using my two favorite ingredients.  Do you want to take a guess as to what they are?  …. Vinegar …. and water.  What a fantastic combination!

To make the mixture, use 1 cup of white vinegar for every 1 gallon of water.  Make sure to ring out the mop so it isn’t dripping wet.

        

You can use a spray bottle if you want to spot clean an area.  In this case, head to the Dollar Tree for a spray bottle.  If you need a bucket, same thing- Dollar Tree to meet your needs.

Friends, keep in mind, there is no reason to continue to waste your money buying store products that cost $5 when you can make this concoction for next to nothing.  I personally buy distilled white vinegar by the gallons so that I can use it for whatever I need, whenever I need it.  If you head to WinCo you can buy the big jugs for less than $4 and it can be used to clean a number of things, like cleaning your bathroom when added with blue Dawn dish soap.

Here is to starting your year saving money and spending more on what’s important in life!

Until next time,

E.

2 Ingredient Mint Chocolate Bark

Hello fellow frugal friends,

I’ve got a treat for you… Simple, tasty, and a crowd pleasing bark!  Basically, all you need is chips, pretzels, and an oven!  This has been a hit for many years, and I never tell anyone the recipe… because if I did what would they need me for?  But, for you guys, all of you who I may or may not know, here is what I have for you= )

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This is the main thing you need!  Winter blend Toll House chocolate chips!  It’s a mixture of dark chocolate and mint chips.

What you need to do to get those to turn to this:

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-Turn your oven to 325 degrees.  It must be completely ready to go when you put these in.

-Put chips evenly dispersed on a foil lined cookie sheet.  Bake for 2-4 minutes until chips get shiny.  The closer your cookie sheet is to the top of the oven, the quicker it will be ready.  I usually open the oven at 2.5 minutes and use a knife to see if it spreads like a butter.

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-Once it is ready to spread, take it out, spread it until it is creamy and smooth.

-Add pretzels (or nuts) to your hears content.  I prefer lots of pretzels for the salty effect.  Then I take a fork and push them in so they stick once they are cold.

-Cool for about an hour in the fridge.  Once chilled, break into pieces & enjoy!

This might be the easiest dessert to make and people LOVE it.  They rave about this simple delicious item, and think I worked very hard on it.  I have let them believe for three years… But now, I share with you the joys of easy treat making!

Enjoy friends,

E.

**PS.  I found this recipe on the back of the chocolate chip bag.  All credit to Toll House!

Welcome to the New Year… Some Post Xmas Sales

Hello my fellow frugal friends,

I know it has been a few weeks since I have given you something good, but man oh man, did the holidays overwhelm me this year!  Last holiday season I was so busy with school I didn’t get to do much for those that I loved.  This year, I thought I had so much time to do all these fun things for my family… but then, I ran out of time.

My family got goody boxes- fudge, caramels, chocolate covered pretzels, mint chocolate bark, and other yummies, but I didn’t get to make them the stuff I really wanted to try (homemade Bailey’s primarily).  I received some very nice things like an ice cream maker, Seahawks stuff, and gift cards for good food!  I hope your time was as enjoyable as mine.

Now that the holiday’s are over, all the department stores are here to give you discounted holiday gear!

Dollar Tree:  50% off all holiday stuff

Top Foods (Haggen):  Christmas decor marked down…. Not cheap enough for my taste, but there is some really cute stuff that I will keep my eye open for a better

Fred Meyer:  Holiday clothes up to 75% off.

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75% off Totes gifts… These would be great for next years stocking stuffers or white elephant gifts…and at such a discounted price.

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Rite Aid:  They have toys up to 50% off and same with Christmas decor.  This is a place I will be back at, because last year this is where I got most of my toys for donation from.  They quickly go from 50%-75% off so if you are interested in what they have, keep checking back to see when it drops (as soon as I find out I will let you guys know)!  They have so much stuff left over- blankets, toys, lights, decorations, & CANDY : )

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In addition to the Christmas stuff they had left, they also have some make-up on a great sale!

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I am not a big fan of Wet n Wild, but I got $1.19 mascara (BONUS) and they had cover up for $0.99!!

Walgreen’s:  Do you have a thousand photo’s from Christmas and New Years that you want to get printed?  Walgreen’s has $0.09 prints on all orders over 100.  This deal is good until 01/07.  Use code PRINTTHEM9.

Gymboree:  Right now you can get up to 75% off clothes online!

There are so many good things going on right now  : )  If you find something good, let me know, I love to hear from you!

Until next time.

E.