Posts made in March 2020

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Air Fryer BBQ Drumsticks

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I am sure that one thing many of you may have in your freezers right now is chicken. I am always on the hunt for new chicken recipes, and this one for Air Fryer BBQ Drumsticks is so easy and delicious! If you are looking for an air fryer this one is a great option! 

Air Fryer BBQ Drumsticks 

Ingredients 

  • 6 Drumsticks 
  • BBQ Sauce 
  • 1 Stick Butter (Melted)
  • Salt
  • Pepper 

Instructions

  1. Make sure drumsticks are as dry as can be by patting them down with a towel. 
  2. Coat each drumstick in butter. 
  3. Sprinkle with salt & pepper.
  4. Place drumsticks on air fryer basket without overcrowding. 
  5. Cook at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.
  6. Remove from air fryer and coat drumsticks in bbq sauce.
  7. Place back in air fryer for another 10 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle parsley for a garnish and enjoy with your favorite side dish and vegetable. 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

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Many of us are being forced to cook and bake with items that we have right in our own pantry. Times are tough for many people so we are having to become creative with the items that we have on hand. This recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread is sure to cure any sweet tooth that you have and combines chocolate and peanut butter all in one delicious bite!

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bread

Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp of baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, plus 1 tbsp for drizzle
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil

 

Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cocoa powder and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl whisk together milk, egg, peanut butter, and vegetable oil until smooth.
  3. Slowly combine wet ingredients to dry ingredients and combine until batter forms.
  4. Pour into a greased loaf pan.
  5. Bake at 350 for about 28-30 minutes until center is cooked and toothpick comes out clean.
  6. Let cool for at least 10 minutes before taking out of pan.
  7. Optional microwave 1 tbsp peanut butter until melted and drizzle over loaf.
  8. Let cool completely before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

Homeschool Essentials

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I thought it would be helpful to put together a list of items that you may need for homeschooling. During this time of uncertainty and with many stores out of items, Amazon is a great resource for supplies. Some items may take longer to ship than normal, but it is worth not having to go to the store. I actually just purchased many of these items for my boys. If you can think of anything else that I should add to the list, please let me know! (The items that I ordered are supposed to arrive on Sunday)

30-Count Elmer’s All Purpose School Glue Sticks $5.82

Westcott 5” Hard Handle Kids Blunt Scissors 2Pk $1.82

Ticonderoga Pencils, Wood-Cased #2 HB Soft, Pre-Sharpened with Eraser, Yellow, 12-Pack $2.79

Electric Pencil Sharpener with Rust-proof Spiral Blade $6.99

Five Star Loose Leaf Paper, 3 Hole Punched, Reinforced Filler Paper, College Ruled $3.59

AmazonBasics Fine Point Tip Permanent Markers – Assorted Colors, 24-Pack $6.57

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Black, 60-Count $4.89

BIC Round Stic Xtra Life Ballpoint Pen, Medium Point (1.0mm), Blue, 60-Count$4.89

Scotch Super-Hold Tape, 3/4 in x 800 in, 3 Rolls, 1 in Core $5.97

Scotch Desktop Tape Dispenser Silvertech, Two-Tone (C60-St), Black/Silver, 1 Pack $3.98

 

Shut Down Restaurant & Takeout Deals

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Did you know that today is the Great American TakeOut Day? Since restaurants have been forced to shut their doors delivery and takeout services are being offered at nice discounts! Here is a great list thanks to Savings.com! 

&pizza – Free delivery when you order thru the app.
Arbys – Say “drive thru deal” to get the latest offer (no coupon needed)
Auntie Annie’s Pretzels – Free Deliver on orders of $15 or more through DoorDash.
Bertucci’s – Free Delivery for a limited time.
Black Angus – Free Delivery through March 29 on DoorDash, Postmates, and Grub Hub.
Blaze Pizza – Free Delivery on orders of $10 or more on their website or through their app.

Bonchon – Free Delivery for first time through DoorDash.
Bob Evans – Free Delivery for a limited time (participating locations that offer delivery).
Boston Market – Free Delivery + latest Coupon is $5 off $15 order.
Bucca di Beppo – Free Delivery .
Burger King – two Free Kids Meals with purchase.
Buffalo Wild Wings – BOGO free wings togo on Tuesday & Thursday.
Burger King – Free Delivery on orders of $10 or more through GrubHub through 3/29.
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – 15% off through March 29 with code Spring15 takeout & delivery.
Cheesecake Factory – free slice of cheesecake until 5pm every day
Chipotle – Free Delivery on orders of $10 or more on their website or app through 3/31.
Cici’s Pizza – Free Delivery
Del Taco – Free Delivery on Tuesday’s.

Denny’s – Free Delivery for online orders through 4/12.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Free Delivery through the end of April plus $5 off with code CARRYOUT5
El Pollo Loco – Free delivery via Grubhub from participating locations from March 25 to April 7.
Ike’s Sandwiches – Free Delivery on app orders through 3/30.

Little Ceasars – Free Delivery on order of $10 or more.
Jersey Mike’s – Free Delivery through the mobile app.
KFC – Free Delivery $10+ orders through April 26.
Macaroni Grill – Free Delivery for a limited time.
Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free Delivery on app orders of $10 or more.
Mooyah – Free Delivery through DoorDash through 3/31.
Outback Steak House – Free Delivery through April.
Olive Garden – 15% off togo order with code OGSAVE15.
Panera – Free delivery on orders of $15 or more in March with code: FREEDELIVERY
Panda Express – $20 Family Feast (2 Large Sides + 3 Large Entrees).
Pizza Ranch – Free delivery with online orders.
P.F. Chang’s – Free Delivery, order online or through the app
Pizza Hut – 50% off menu priced pizzas with code MARCHLOCALFLASHSALE
Pollo Tropical – Free delivery, order online or thru the app thru April 3rd.
Popeyes – Free delivery, order online or through the app.

Potbelly Sandwich Shop – Free delivery via DoorDash & Grubhub thru March 29.
Red Lobster –  Free Delivery until the end of the month with $30 purchase.
Ruby Tuesdays – Free Delivery & 25% off TakeOut through April – no coupon needed.
Shake Shack – Free delivery via Grubhub with a order of $10 or more through March 25.
Subway – Free footlong when you buy any footlong, order online or the app
Taco Bell – Free delivery on your first Grubhub order of $12 or more at Taco Bell today through March 31.
Taco Cabana – Free delivery thru the My TC app through April 3.
Tijuana Flats – Free delivery with $25 minimum order thru March 31.
Wendys – Free Jr. frosty with every drive thru order.

Amazon is Offering Free Audio Books for Children!

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Audible, an Amazon company is offering Free Audio Books for Kids right now. This is regularly priced at $14.95 per month so what a nice savings!

All you have to do is download the free app. From there, you will find a variety of children’s stories for all ages including teens! 

GO HERE to take advantage of this offer.

Tips to Prepare for the Unexpected Future

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Let’s face it. We are facing unprecedented times in our country. The recent pandemic has caused panic, stress and fear in our lives. Many people are losing their jobs while others are not sure when (and if) they may return to work.

Since many people are facing layoffs and budget cuts, it is important now more than ever to stretch our hard-earned dollars. There are a few things that we can do in the coming months to put money back into our wallets:

Coupons– Even though couponing is nothing like it used to be, you can still save money by clipping coupons from your Sunday paper or from online. I find that there are still great coupons available for items like toiletries and household essentials. A few dollars here and there adds up after awhile.

Money-Saving Apps– One of my favorite ways to save money on each grocery trip is by using money saving apps. Even if you don’t use coupons, consider using money-saving apps. It takes very little effort to use these apps and the benefits are very rewarding! And, you can use these apps in conjunction with each other to really speed up the earning process! I have 3 top money-savings apps that I recommend and use each and every week:

Fetch Rewards– This app has to be the easiest way ever to earn money! Just scan and earn! Yes, it is that simple! Sign up HERE and use my referral code K3DEH. After you scan your first receipt you will get 2000 points! That is almost enough for your first gift card!  

With Fetch Rewards, there are no specific products to keep track of. You simply scan your receipts each time that you shop and the points add up. If you really want the points to add up, there are bonus products that you can purchase which will earn you more points each time that you shop. In addition, purchases from Amazon and other online stores will also count. Simply scan your receipts each time that you shop and watch the points accrue in your account. AND, it only takes 3000 points to earn your first gift card to places like Amazon, Dunkin’ and Target. Save up your points to earn even larger gift cards! GO HERE to sign up for Fetch Rewards and use code K3DEH

Shopkick This app allows you to earn kicks which are rewards points that can be use towards digital gift cards to your favorite stores. Earning kicks is super easy, and this app is one that you can have your kids help you with! It is kind of like a scavenger hunt as you go through the store scanning products to get kicks My boys love to help me with this! 

There are six easy ways to earn kicks while you shop:

  1. Walk into stores.
  2. Scan barcodes of selected products.
  3. Purchase items and submit your receipt.
  4. Purchase items with your linked card.
  5. Make online purchases.
  6. Watch videos.

That’s it! The Shopkick app is so easy anyone can do it! You shop, you get kicks, and you redeem for gift cards! GO HERE to sign up. 

Ibotta With Ibotta, you can earn real cash back every time you shop online or in-store. Simply check Ibotta before you shop in-store or online, travel, dine out, or make a purchase and you can get rewarded with cash back and gift cards to your favorite retailers. Ibotta works with leading brands and retailers to help you save money without the hassle of traditional coupons, or promo codes.

And, now, earn with their newest feature, you can pay with Ibotta, too! When you use Pay with Ibotta, you can pay for your purchases right from the app, and earn cash back on your entire purchase, instantly. GO HERE to sign up for Ibotta.

Stockpile– I cannot stress enough the importance of stockpiling. I am not talking about hoarding.My general rule of thumb is to have enough items (like canned goods, pastas, etc…) in my stockpile to last for several months. This was especially helpful to my family and I when my husband lost his job several years ago. We were able to live off of our stockpile for several months.

One of the ways that you can stockpile is by shopping the BOGO sales at your favorite stores. When items are on sale, buy extra as your budget allows and those items into your pantry.

Another one of my favorite ways to stockpile is by purchasing reduced meat at the grocery store. I find that stores like Target, Walmart and Winn-Dixie will mark down their meats in the morning or late afternoon. Thanks to these sales, I always pick up several packs each time that I shop and add them to my freezer. This is especially helpful in situations like right now when there is hardly any meat available to the public.

Cancel Gym Memberships– If you don’t use your local gym more than once a month, evaluate whether or not that is a good investment. This may be a great time to cancel your membership for the time being and to find other free options and apps for exercising.

Grooming Services– Consider doing your own hair and nail services right at home. If you cut your spouse’s and kids’ hair at home think of the money that you could save during the month! Invest in a clipper set to start cutting their hair this month! You may be surprised at what a great job you can do! When it comes to your nails, there are so many great at-home gel kits available. By doing these two services at home, you will put a decent amount of money back into your wallet each month.

Sell Unused Items– During this time while we are home, go through your closets and cabinets to see what items that you can sell. Places like Facebook Marketplace, Ebay and Poshmark (for clothing) are great places to make extra cash from items that you have right in your home.

Student Loans– Due to ongoing circumstances, student loans will be deferred for the next 60 days. (at least, maybe longer) without interest or penalties. Check into this as soon as possible if you are a student.

Mortgage Payments– Contact your mortgage lender as soon as possible to see if your payments can be deferred. For many Americans, housing is one of our largest expenses. If you have lost your job or are facing a layoff, this is the number one issue that needs to be discussed. Many mortgage companies may defer payments or offer mortgage forbearance.

Spending– Track your spending. You will be surprised at how much you spend on things that you really don’t need. Things like daily coffee, trips to Target, etc…can put a generous amount of money back into your wallet each month. Start tracking today and save for tomorrow! I have a feeling that once you start track your spending you are going to be surprised at how much money that you were spending each month on these things!

Change the Due Dates of your Bills– Consider asking your creditors to see if you can change the due date of your bills. If you get paid towards the end of the month, see if your credit card companies and utility providers will work with you and let you pay those bills at that time. In addition, see if you can negotiate for a better deal. You may surprised at what one quick phone call will do!

These are some of my favorite tips and ideas for helping us to get through these difficult times ahead. Please remember above all to stay strong and positive!

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite comfort foods when I am stressed or tired is a big bowl of soup. One of my favorite soups is from Olive Garden. Have you tried their Zuppa Toscana Soup? It is so creamy, rich and delicious! Zuppa Toscana Soup can easily be made right in your own home using your slow cooker! There are many varieties of this soup, but I have found that making it in the slow cooker is not only the easiest, but most flavorful.

Slow Cooker Zuppa Toscana Soup

Ingredients: 

4-5 slices pre-cooked bacon (you can also use bacon and cook it on your own, but I love the quickness that the pre-cooked variety offers.

1 48-oz. carton chicken broth

1 cup water

1/2 cup diced yellow onion (this will be around 1/2 an onion)

1 lb. cooked pork sausage (I used Jimmy Dean, but any brand will work-you can also use Italian if you prefer)

1 pint heavy whipping cream

4 russet potatoes sliced into rounds

3 cups chopped kale (remove the stems)

1 tbsp. diced garlic

freshly grated parmesan

salt/pepper for taste

Directions:

Fry sausage in a non stick skillet. Halfway through the cooking process add the onion and garlic. Drain off any excess fat that you may have.

Add in the pre-cooked bacon to sausage mixture. (If you are cooking your bacon do it separately from this step then add in)

Transfer sausage mixture into the slow cooker.

Add in the chicken broth, potatoes, salt/pepper.

Cook on low for 5-6 hours.

Add in the chopped kale and heavy cream and stir until combined.

Cook an additional 45 minutes on low or until kale is tender.

Serve with grated parmesan and enjoy! We love to have this with crusty bread to dip into the soup! Yum!

15 Games Under $10!

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We are in uncertain time right now, but I firmly believe that we need to try and live our lives as normal as possible. I love to play games with the boys as it really is a great time to bond and to have fun in the midst of all that may be happening in our world. Here is a huge list of 15 games that I found on Amazon for under $10 each shipped to your door with Amazon Prime! (please note that these prices are current at the time of this post and prime shipping may take longer than the regular 2 day shipping period for this time)

Hasbro Jenga Octagon Game $7.78

Hasbro Connect 4 Game $7.88

Yahtzee $5.99

Jenga Mini $3.99

Clue $7.88

Guess Who? Classic Game $9.97

Sorry! Game $9.99

Connect Four $7.88

Trouble Game $7.88

Orangutwang Kids Game $9.99

Ants in the Pants $9.21

Don’t Spill the Beans $9.26

Boggle Classic Game $9.99

Like Ducks to Water $8.99

Let’s Go Fishin $9.99

+ so much more HERE!

3 Ingredient Lucky Charms Treats

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Do you need a fun and easy treat to make with the kiddos for St. Patrick’s Day? These 3 Ingredient Lucky Charms Treats are sure to be a winner! We make these quite often since they are gluten free!

Lucky Charms Treats 

Ingredients:

  • 10oz Bag Marshmallows 
  • 5 Cups Lucky Charms 
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter 

Instructions:

  1. In large pan melt butter over low heat. 
  2. Pour in the marshmallows & stir until completely melted. 
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add Lucky Charms.
  5. Stir until all Lucky Charms are coated in the marshmallow/butter mixture. 
  6. Pour into a greased baking pan or my favorite, silicone pan.
  7. Cool.
  8. Cut into 2 inch squares.
  9. Serve & enjoy!