Tip Tuesday – Perfect Cookies

Have you ever wondered how the bakery gets those cookies so perfectly round? Sure they use a cookie cutters, but the cooking process still makes them a little uneven.  Well keep your cookie cutters out. Right after those cookies are done and still warm, give them another cut. You will have perfectly round cookies.

What do you do with perfectly round cookies??? You make faces, angry birds, ornaments, suns, beach balls, baseballs, santa faces, M&M’s, eye balls OR head over to Bakerella and make these adorable peppermint cookies! She has the full recipe and instructions on her site!

 

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Food Friday – Yummy Turtles

These delicious treats are easy easy easy!!! We are sure you’ve seen them around, but just in case you haven’t, here’s the instructions:

What you need:

  • Pretzel Twists
  • Bag of Rolos
  • Pecan Halves

 

 

What you do:

  • Lay pretzel twists on cooke sheet
  • Top each pretzel with and unwrapped Rolo
  • Place in a 350 degree oven for 3-4 mins. (do not over cook)
  • Push pecan half on melted Rolo
  • Let cool
  • Try not to eat them all at once

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Thrift Thursday – Gift Card Savings

We are only 6 days away from Christmas and shopping time is limited. Gift cards are always a great option and require very little wrapping! The great news is there are a ton of great offers on gift cards right now. We searched the internet and and found a ton, but our friends at Surviving the Stores had the best list so we thought we would just share it instead. For a full list of each offer, visit her site.

http://www.survivingthestores.com/gift-card-holiday-promotions.html

 

 

Here are the best 2013 gift card promotions for the holidays so far:

Abuelo’s – Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards, get a $10 bonus VIP gift card

Applebee’s – Buy a $50 Gift Card, get a $10 bonus Gift Card

Au Bon Pain – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus Gift Card

Baker’s Square – Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Bonus Gift Card

Barnes & Noble – Buy $75 worth of Gift Cards, get a $10 bonus Gift Card

bd Mongolian Grill – Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 Go Mongo Discount Card

Ben & Jerry’s – Buy $10 worth of Gift Cards, get a free scoop of ice cream

Benihana – Buy $50 worth of Gift Card, get a $10 promotional card to be used anytime between 1/2 and 3/31/13

Bertuccis – Buy $25 worth of Gift Card IN-STORE, get a $5 Grazie Gift Card; Buy $100 worth IN-STORE, get $25 Grazie Card

Boston Market – Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a $5 bonus Gift Card

Bravo Cucina Italiana – Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card

Brio - Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card

California Pizza Kitchen – Buy $100 worth of Gift Card, get a $20 promotional card

Caribou Coffee – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus eGift Card

Carraba’s – Buy $100 in Gift Cards before 12/31/13, get a $20 bonus card valid 1/1/14 – 2/10/14. (Includes Outback, Bonefish Grill, Roy’s, & Flemings)

Charming Charlie – Buy $50 or more in Gift Cards, get a $10 bonus card

Children’s Place – Buy $40 in Gift Card, get a $10 bonus gift card between 11/1/13 and 12/24/13 (or 12/25/13 online)

Chili’s – Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards, get a $10 bonus gift card

Chipotle – Buy $30 or more in gift cards between 11/16 and 12/31. Bring in your receipt on your next visit (before January 31, 2013) for a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos or salad

Coffee Bean – Buy a $25 gift card, get a FREE coffee or tea in-store

Daphne’s California Greek – Buy $30 worth of gift cards, get a $10 bonus gift card to be used 1/1 – 2/9/14

Del Taco – Buy a $25 gift card, get 1 free combo meal; Buy a $100 gift card, get 5 free combo meals

Flemings Steakhouse – Buy $100 worth of gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill – Buy a $25 gift card, get a bonus $5 certificate

Jamba Juice – Buy $25 worth of Gift Card, get a free smoothie

Kona Grill – Buy $100 in gift cards, get a $20 bonus gift card

Lettuce Entertain You Restaurants – Buy $100 in Gift Cards, get a $25 bonus Gift Card (November 1 – Dec 30)

Logan’s Roadhouse – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus gift card

Lonestar Steakhouse – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a free appetizer; Buy $75 worth of Gift Cards, get a free entree

Longhorn Steakhouse -Buy $25 in Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus gift card

Macaroni Grill – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 Grazie Gift Card to be used 1/1 – 2/14/14

Maggiano’s – Buy $100 in Gift Cards, Get a $20 bonus gift card

Morton’s – Buy $100 in Gift Cards before 12/24, get a $20 eReward Card valid 1/2/14 – 2/11/14

O’s American Kitchen – Buy $25 worth of Gift Card, get a $5 promotional certificate; Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards, get a $10 promotional certificate (promotional certificate valid 1/1 – 3/31/14)

Outback Steakhouse – Buy $100 in Gift Cards, get a $20 bonus gift card

P.F. Changs – Buy $100 in Gift Card, Get a $20 Bonus Gift Card

Pita Pita – Buy a $20 Gift Card, get a free Pita

Red Mango – Buy $30 worth of Gift Cards, get a $10 bonus gift card

Red Robin – Buy $25 worth of Gift Card, get a $5 bonus gift card; buy $250 worth, get 20% off

Rubio’s – Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus coupon

Ruby Tuesday – Buy a $25 Gift Card before 12/31/13, get a $5 bonus coupon gift card OR buy a $50 Gift Card before 12/31/13, get a $15 bonus coupon valid 1/2/14 – 2/28/14.

Rusty Bucket – Buy $50 worth of Gift Card, get a $10 bonus gift card

Smokey Bones – Buy a $25 Gift Card through Dec 29th, get a $5 bonus gift card

Souplantation & Sweet Tomatoes – Buy $50 worth of Gift Card, get a free meal pass

Steak n’ Shake – Buy a $20 Gift Card, get a $5 bonus Gift Card

Taco Bell - Buy a $20 Gift Card, get 2 free Doritos Locos Tacos and a Large Drink

Texas de Brazil - Save $10 on a $70 Gift Card, or save $25 on a $125 Gift Card

T.G.I Friday’s – Buy $50 worth of Gift Cards, get $10 in “bonus bites”

Toys R Us – look for a $10 off $50 Toys R Us coupon in ever Wendy’s Kid’s Meal

Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Buy a $20 Gift Card, get a free smoothie of your choice at the time of purchase

UNO Chicago Grill – Buy $25 worth of Gift Cards, get a $5 bonus voucher

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Tip Tuesday – Beautiful Boots

Tis the season for boots. If you aren’t walking around in a great pair of riding boots, you will be soon! They are all the rage and great this time of year. Keeping your boots in good shape is important.  Often times our boots look like a pile on leather on the floor.  Grab one of those old magazines sitting in that end table and roll it up. That magazine will help to keep the shape of your boot and save a little space in your closet.

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Monday Funday – Parent’s Room

Do you need a fun craft idea? How about a recipe? If you’re doing a DIY, need a laugh or want to explore your creative side, we have a suggestion….PARENT’S ROOM!

I know Pinterest has cornered the market with online browsing, but Parent’s Room really has a ton of great ideas for kids. Every day we are WOW-ed by the fun and creative things they share. Hop on over and follow them on Facebook. You’ll thank us later!

https://www.facebook.com/theparentsroomishere

 

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Food Friday – Cookie Friday!

Todays recipe is courtesy of Yummly! Visit their site for some of the best recipes

http://www.yummly.com

Dark Chocolate, Pistachio & Smoked Sea Salt Cookies

makes about 24 cookies

Ingredients:

1/2 cup (1 stick)  unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cups dark chocolate chips

1 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped

smoked salt for topping

Directions:

Place rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 300 degrees F.  Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat butter and sugars together until pale and fluffy, about 4 minutes.   Add the egg and beat in for about 1 minute.  Add vanilla extract and beat to incorporate.

In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, and salt.  Add the mixture all at once to the butter mixture.  Beat on low speed until just incorporated.  Finally mix in the chocolate chips and nuts.

Dollop or scoop cookie dough by the 2 tablespoonful onto prepared baking tins.  Leave about 2 inches of room between each cookie.  Sprinkle generously with smoked sea salt.

Bake cookies for 18 minutes, or until just golden brown.  Remove from the oven and allow to cool on the pan for 5 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.  Cookies will last, well wrapped at room temperature for up to 4 days… as if they’ll last that long.

 

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Thrifty Thursday – Beauty Blowout!

We are really excited about this one. As we were browsing the travel section at Wal mart we came across a jackpot! We found a travel size container of Ponds facial cream. It even came in 3 different varieties. Our favorite was the dark spot correcting cream. These gems were only $1.49 for a 1.75 oz. jar. That is $0.85 an ounce. We hopped over to the face cream isle and we found the actual size Ponds. It was $8.97 for a 7oz. jar. That’s $1.27 per ounce. Additionally, they did not have the dark spot correcting cream available. At a $0.42 per ounce savings it’s a steal. Next time you are in the travel isle stock up. But beware, most times travel sizes are not a better value. Be sure to compare to the traditional size before you load up your cart.

 

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