Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Cowboy Quesadillas

A few weeks ago, I found some stellar deals on Velveeta Cheese and Rotel. I needed something fun to make with these ingredients besides the obvious Queso Dip! Thankfully, Heather at House of Woyaks sent me a recipe for Cowboy Quesadillas made with Velveeta Cheese and Rotel!!

What You Need:
1/2 lb (8oz) Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (10oz) Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
4 green onions, thinly sliced
6 flour tortillas (10 inch)
**I really loaded our quesadillas, so we were only to get 4 out of this recipe**

I used chicken tenderloins, but you can use any type of chicken/meat/veggies, etc

Toss your Rotel and diced Velveeta into a microwave safe bowl for 3 minutes (stirring after 2 minutes).
I received this Pampered Chef microwave safe bowl as a gift, and it's wonderful!

While your cheese and Rotel are in the microwave, go ahead and slice 4 green onions

When the cheese and Rotel are done heating,
 stir in your shredded chicken (or meat/veggies) and green onion

Scoop 2/3 cup of your chicken & cheese mixture onto half of a 10-inch tortilla. 
Fold tortilla in half. Add to a PAMed skillet (med-high heat). 

Cook 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling. 

Cut into wedges and serve.

What You Need:

1/2 lb (8oz) Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 can (10oz) Rotel Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, drained
4 cups shredded cooked chicken
4 green onions, thinly sliced
6 flour tortillas (10 inch)

Make It:
>Combine VELVEETA and ROTEL in 1.5 qt, microwaveable bowl. Microwave on HIGH 3 min. or until VELVEETA is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring after 2 min. Stir in chicken and onions.
>Spray large nonstick skillet with PAM cooking spray and heat on medium-high heat. Spoon about 2/3 cup chicken mixture onto half of 1 tortilla; fold in half. Add to skillet; cook 1 min. on each side or until golden brown on both sides. Removed from skillet. Repeat with remaining tortillas and filling.
>Cut into wedges.

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Friday, February 24, 2012

My Coupon Binder

So, this is where I used to keep my coupons....

And this is where I keep them NOW:
And let me tell you, this guy is HEAVY! But that's because it's full of money-saving coupons!!!

I first started by assembling supplies for my coupon binder:

Zipper organizer: $5 at Big Lots | Mini Scissors (for in-store clipping): $1 at Target | Mini Calculator: <$3 at Office Max
9-Pocket Pages: $7.99 at Hobby Lobby ($4.79 after 40% off coupon) or $5 at Target by cash registers/trading cards 
32 tabs with printable index: ~$5 after coupon at Office Max

I tried to get by with a 2" binder from Target, but it was too small and not durable enough for all of the constant flipping of coupon pages, so I upgraded to a Heavy Duty 3" from Office Max. I believe it was between $14 and $16. But I had a $10 off of a $30 purchase coupon, so, after my purchase of additional items to reach the $30, I was able to shave a little bit off of the binder price.

Inside of my binder is a zipper case with scissors, pen, and calculator. The zipper case also has an expandable accordion file. This is where I keep my weekly store circulars. 
I also have each store's coupon policy stored in sheet protectors followed by coupon pages with store specific coupons (Target, Publix, etc). After the store policy/store coupon section is the coupon index followed by tabs and lots and LOTS of coupons!!

I organized my coupons into the following 32 categories:
1. Air Fresheners/Candles 
2. Baby Supplies & Toys/Games
3. Baking 
4. Beauty/Face: Wash & Lotion
5. Bread, PB &J 
6. Breakfast, Granola Bars
7. Canned: Fruits, Vegetables
8. Canned: Soups, Meats
9. Cleaning Supplies & Trash Bags
10. Coffees & Teas
11. Condiments, Salad Dressings, Pickles/Olives/Jalapenos
12. Cookies, Candies, Gum/Mints
13. Dish Washing & Laundry
14. Drinks
15. Feminine Hygiene
16. Frozen: Breakfasts, Baked Goods, Ice Cream
17. Frozen: Dinners, Entrees, Vegetables, Pizzas
18. Hair Care
19. Medicines, Vitamins, First Aid
20. Miscellaneous
21. Oral Care
22. Paper Products, Ziploc Bags, Aluminum Foil
23. Past & Mexican/Ethnic
24. Prepared Sides & Rice/Dry Beans
25. Produce
26. Refrigerated: Dairy, Dough, & Eggs
27. Refrigerated: Meat and Seafood
28. Restaurants
29. Retail Store Coupons
30. Shaving & Deodorant
31. Snacks: Chips, Crackers, Pretzels, Nuts, Dips & Salsa
32. Soap & Body Wash, Lotion

Organizing the binder was the fun part! Then came the not so fun part....organizing all of my coupons. I thought I could knock this out in an hour...but with a 5 month old, it took about 4 hours! I layed out all of my dividers, sorted coupons accordingly, put them in the 9-pocket pages, then placed them into the binder.

And here are a few of my coupon pages:

This is my coupon binder tote! My binder fits perfectly in here! I found this tote in the clearance section at Office Max; originally $19.99, it was marked down to $15. After my 20% coupon, I paid just $12!

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your coupon binder TODAY!!
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Thursday, February 23, 2012

DIY Dollar Tree St. Patty's Day Decor

In case you haven't noticed, I love decorating our home for the holidays! Because I'm Irish and my favorite color is GREEN, I look forward to decorating for St. Patty's Day from April-Feburary!! You better believe my house was mighty green on February 15! I've accumulated some fun decorations over the years, but, as you can imagine with moving multiple times, I've lost some:( So, when I was at Dollar Tree in late January, I stocked up on some St. Patty's Day supplies. Here's some of the decor items I created from the supplies!
shamrock cardboard cutout + hot glue + foam cutout + hot glue + glitter foam cutouts=mirror decor!
(they're hanging with dollar tree suction hangers that I had on hand)

 I love this centerpiece! These are Christmas tree spiral fillers (bought them in the 70% off after Christmas sale at Target...marked down from $2 each to $0.60 each! I also bought them in pink & red for Valentine's decor) in a vase with green ribbon! I put the vase on a large shamrock cutout (Dollar Tree) on top of a green placemat. And, of course, shamrock napkins (Dollar Tree).

 There are lots of green accents in the guest bathroom, but I needed some shamrocks! So, I used some more of the foam cutouts and just layered the glittered ones on top of the plain ones.

 I used this silver wreath for Christmas (had some small ornaments hot glued to it). I removed the ornaments after Christmas so that I could continue to use the wreath year round. The St. Patty's Day accent is made just like the mirror decor (above) and tied to the wreath with bright green ribbon!

And, finally, a collage of my St. Patty's Day decor!

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Fab Finds!

So, I found some pretty good deals this week!

Look how much I saved at Publix:
My best stacking deal:
Advil $8.69 ($2 off coupon)=$6.69
Thermacare Heat Patch $6.99 ($3 off coupon)=$3.99
Advil + Heat Patch=$10.68
Publix deal (get $5 off when you buy Advil + Thermacare Heat Patch)

So, I paid $5.68 for the Advil + Thermacare Heat Patch (instead of $15.68!) That's $10 in savings!

And here is my favorite Target deal of the week:
I have been eyeing this top at Target for quite some time now! So, today, the $10 tee was on sale for $7. PLUS, I had a $3 off any Merona clothing item Target coupon making my total $4! That's $6 in savings!

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Spaghetti Squash

My dear friend, Heather, at House of Woyaks told me about a yummy dinner she made for her family: spaghetti squash. I was very interested to learn about this squash. So, I found this easy tutorial on how to store and prepare it!

Here is what the squash looks like:

And here's the easy tutorial on how to prepare this monster of a vegetable:

I've made this twice as a dinner entree, but next time I think I'll make it as a side to a meat dish. For those of you who haven't tried this, the texture is a bit crunchy but also soft. It's interestingly delicious!

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Easy Chicken Stir Fry

Last night I made a super easy chicken stir fry! 
Below are the simple ingredients and easy steps!

Cook some chicken tenderloins in a skillet with oil until golden brown. Go ahead and
 cut the chicken into smaller pieces (I did this in the skillet when they were almost done cooking). When the chicken is done, set it aside on a plate/in a bowl, whatever tickles your fancy:) Return the pan back to the stovetop.

I found this rice in the clearance section at Publix..plus I had COUPONS for Uncle Ben's rice. Yay!
Anywho, after you've browned the chicken, go ahead and start cooking your rice.

I got this vegetable stir fry as part of a 3/$5 deal at Publix. So, you just dump the veggies into the same skillet that you used to cook the chicken. Then cover them with soy sauce....we LOVE soy sauce, so I soak the veggies in this delicious sauce. 
Cover the skillet with a lid and let it sit on medium 
heat until the rice is done, or until veggies are nice and soft. 

Remove the lid and add your cooked chicken. Stir together to ensure 
veggies and chicken are nice and warm (ie: ready to be served)!
Looks yummy, right?!

 While my stir fry was heating, I decided to put some leftover gordita bread to good use! I spread melted butter on the gorditas and sprinkled on some garlic salt. Then, I baked them until they were golden brown (maybe 5-10 minutes at 350??) I just kept an eye on them. 
They were not too soft but not too crunchy. Perfect addition to this meal!

And here is your final product:
Is your mouth watering?? Mine is! Yum!
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