Food Friday – Healthy Choices

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Oatmeal is a great choice when it comes to breakfast options. Any oatmeal is better than no breakfast at all, but is one oatmeal better than another? Maybe! Although instant oatmeal may seem more convenient, the old fashion oatmeal might be a better option.  The traditional oatmeal is free from harsh chemicals and preservatives that are found in the instant versions.  The lack of preservatives helps the body to process more slowly therefore allowing your body to use it as fuel rather than convert to sugar and eventual fat. A great alternative to instant is to pre-measure the traditional version in baggies. You can still heat it up in the microwave and add fresh fruits, nuts, milk or sugar after heating.

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Fun Cheap or Free

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Did your budget make it in to your New Years resolutions? Eating right and losing weight always seem to make the list, but lots of families have monetary goals they want to reach. Weather you’re saving for a vacation or reducing debt we have a suggestion for you. Visit Fun Cheap or Free. This frugal mom has great tips and tricks to saving you money this year. From free entertainment to meal planning, she has some great ideas that you’ll love. Head over and subscribe today!

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Words of Wisdom Wednesdays – Mark Twain

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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover.

-Mark Twain

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Tip Tuesday – Dipped Strawberries

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Chocolate dipped strawberries don’t have to be for special occasions. They are a great dessert for any night of the week. Next time you make this delicious treat, try cutting off the bottom of the strawberry. You will have perfect standing strawberries that can be filled with cream or cream cheese!

 

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Food Friday – Cranberry Sauce Year Round

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Cranberry sauce is usually reserved for the holidays, but it shouldn’t be! It’s true that cranberries are seasonal, but most fruits and veggies are. It’s easy to have delicious cranberry sauce year around with this tip and easy recipe.

1. Buy fresh bagged cranberries while in season and freeze them.  You can use them in smoothies etc…

2. Use this easy recipe to enjoy a great cranberry sauce that complements dinner, sandwiches, toast and more.

 

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz bag of cranberries
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1  cup orange juice

 

Directions:

  • Put cranberries in sauce pan over medium heat
  • add sugar
  • add orange juice
  • Bring to a boil
  • Let cranberries cook down to a sauce
  • refrigerate

 

Yup its that easy! and delicious!

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Cheap Hockey Tickets

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Do you like hockey games? If you are a Utah local and want to attend a hockey game this season, we have a thrifty tip for you. If you visit a Maverick gas station location you can get a $5 off coupon. But we have have an even bigger saving for you! After heading to Maverick for our coupons, we found out that they had tickets for just $10! The $10 vouchers were exchanged at the ticket window. We were surprised to get 3rd row with our vouchers! What a great deal! We do recommend that you take the vouchers to the box office sometime before the game. Your seats will be better and you will avoid the game day crowd.

 

 

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Tip Tuesday – Quick Egg Peeling

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Peeling the shell off hard boiled eggs is sometimes tedious. We’ve got a quick tip that will help.

  1. Tap the end of the hard boiled egg and remove the bottom shell.
  2. Tap the other end of the egg and remove the shell.
  3. Blow through one end of the egg.
  4. It will pop right out!

We recommend that you do this with eggs you plan on personally eating.  If you have several to do for a large group or party, you may want to do it the old fashion way.

 

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Food Friday – Lettuce Wraps

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Lettuce Wraps are yuuuuuu-mmmmmyyyy.  And the  PF Chang’s lettuce wraps are awesome! We’ve posted the recipe here for you. Grab some butter lettuce from your local grocer and follow the recipe below.

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons oil
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 cup water chestnut
2/3 cup mushroom
3 tablespoons chopped onions
1 teaspoon minced garlic
4 -5 leaves iceberg lettuce

Special Sauce

1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon hot mustard
2 teaspoons water
1 -2 teaspoon garlic and red chile paste
Stir Fry Sauce
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon rice wine vinegar
Directions:

  1. Make the special sauce by dissolving the sugar in water in a small bowl.
  2. Add soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ketchup, lemon juice and sesame oil.
  3. Mix well and refrigerate this sauce until you’re ready to serve.
  4. Combine the hot water with the hot mustard and set this aside as well.
  5. Eventually add your desired measurement of mustard and garlic chili sauce to the special sauce mixture to pour over the wraps.
  6. Bring oil to high heat in a wok or large frying pan.
  7. Saute chicken breasts for 4 to 5 minutes per side or done.
  8. Remove chicken from the pan and cool.
  9. Keep oil in the pan, keep hot.
  10. As chicken cools mince water chestnuts and mushrooms to about the size of small peas.
  11. Prepare the stir fry sauce by mixing the soy sauce, brown sugar, and rice vinegar together in a small bowl.
  12. When chicken is cool, mince it as the mushrooms and water chestnuts are.
  13. With the pan still on high heat, add another Tbsp of vegetable oil.
  14. Add chicken, garlic, onions, water chestnuts and mushrooms to the pan.
  15. Add the stir fry sauce to the pan and saute the mixture for a couple minutes then serve it in the lettuce”cups”.
  16. Top with”Special Sauce”.

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Thrifty Thursday – Free Movies!!!!!

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Do you like free movies? Of course you do! Do you like seeing them before they are even released at the theater…….DUH

Well you can. We have a site where you can enter to win tickets to see movies in your area before they even come out. GOFOBO , is a mvid site that lists upcoming movies screenings in your area. Here’s how it works.

1. Click the link GOFOBO

2. Create an account (upper right hand corner)

3. Go back to the home page and click on the “screenings” tab

4. In the “find a screening” box on the left. Enter your zip code and hit search

5. A list of movies will pop up. Next to each movie you will see one or more of these options:

“open screening”, “enter RSVP code”, or “enter ticket drawing”

  • Opening screenings – Click and grab your tickets. They are first come first serve so hurry
  • Enter RSVP code – You need to find these from local radio stations, promotions, etc..
  • Enter ticket Drawing – click to enter and you will be notified by email if you have won your drawing

TIPS:

  • Movies are often on weekdays
  • Movies typically start at 7pm. There are no previews and the seats are first come, first serve so arrive early (about 6:00-6:15)
  • If you are late, they will NOT seat you
  • Many times they will ask for your phone upon entering the theater. They will give you a claim ticket. We have never had a problem, but if you a re worried, just leave it in the car.
  • You can also sign up for sites such as Advanced screenings  or Screening.com. They will notify you when gofobo lists a new movie or drawing. They will also give you links to those RSVP codes in your area. And finally, they sometimes do text drawings that always seem to work out well.
  • Most of the free screenings are for 2 tickets. If you have a family with more people, have another person in your household create an account. There are no rules against this.

Since signing up in November we have gotten FREE tickets for:

  • The secret life of Walter Mitty
  • Lone survivor (twice)
  • Wolf of Wall street
  • Paranormal activity
  • Hercules

 

Good Luck!

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