Gluten-Free Baked Chicken Nuggets

Disclosure:  I received complimentary Zaycon chicken in order to create this recipe.  I have been ordering from Zaycon for 2+ years as they have the best chicken around.  I’m so excited to partner with them in this way. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own!

This past week was Zaycon chicken delivery in our area.  If you’ve never ordered from Zaycon, you’re missing out.  Zaycon provides fresh, high quality products, which come straight from their suppliers…cutting out the middle man which saves you a bunch of money.  The pick-up day happened to fall on a day when we had over 100 people from across the world at our offices for training…which mean that there was no way I’d be able to go and pick it up.  Thankfully, Zaycon pick-up is convenient and organized.  Zaycon Foods, Zaycon, Zaycon Meats, Zycon, Zycon Foods, Bulk Food

You just pull your car into the line next to the truck and they load you up.  You don’t even need to get out of your car!

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Once I told my hubby how easy it is, he immediately agreed to go.  He’s a sucker for tasty food…and Zaycon has the tastiest chicken!

Once he got the chicken home, he put it in the fridge and when I got home after work I prepped it all.  I usually freeze some as whole chicken breasts, cut some into nugget sized pieces and cut the rest in strips for chicken tenders or stir-fry.

The following recipe was made with nugget sized pieces, but you could also make this recipe using chicken strips instead.

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My kids are like most kids…they love chicken nuggets.  I’m like most parents…I hate not knowing what is in their food.  Once I discovered how easy it is to make Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets at home, I stopped buying bags of frozen chicken nuggets.  Plus, when we discovered my son has a gluten allergy, I was able to tweak this recipe to make Gluten Free Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets. (If you’d prefer to use non gluten-free ingredients, I’ve included those as well).  These chicken nuggets are absolutely delicious and even your fussiest eaters will love them!  You can serve them with Asian Garlic Dipping Sauce or serve them to your kids with ranch (that’s what my kids eat them with).

Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets Ingredients

2 lb Zaycon Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts cut into nugget size pieces (when I prep my Zaycon chicken, I usually do a few bags on chicken cut into nugget sized pieces so I can easily thaw them and make this recipe)
2 1/2 cups Panko Bread Crumbs (We use Gluten Free Panko Crumbs)
2/3 cup Grated Parmesan
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Flour (We use Gluten Free flour)
2 eggs, beaten
Cooking spray

Asian Chili Garlic Sauce

If you are gluten intolerant, check the ingredients on the ketchup and chili garlic sauce you use to make sure it’s gluten-free.  I don’t have to worry about this at my house as my gluten-free child dips everything in Ranch dressing.

1/3 cup Ketchup
1 tbsp Chili Garlic Sauce

DIRECTIONS

1. Mix sauce ingredients and refrigerate.
2. Preheat oven to 450.
3. Combine panko, parmesan, salt and oil in a shallow dish and mix well.
4. Put flour and eggs in separate shallow dishes.

Gluten Free Baked Chicken Nuggets In Process
5. Place wire rack on baking sheet and spray with cooking spray to help avoid sticking. {If you don’t have a wire rack, you can line your baking sheet with parchment paper instead. It doesn’t work quite as well, but it will do the trick.}
6. Dredge chicken in flour, then dip in egg and roll in panko before placing on rack. Repeat until tray is full.

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7. Bake about 15 minutes, turning chicken halfway.

Voila!  You have delicious Gluten-Free Baked Parmesan Chicken Nuggets!

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/28/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Carters – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Kirklands - 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $30 Juniors Apparel (exp: 4/1/2015)
Lifeway Christian – 30% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/31/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 15% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 3/31/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Party City – $10 Off $60 Purchase + More (exp: 3/29/2015)
Rue 21 – 20% Off $50 Purchase + More (exp: 3/30/2015)
Sherwin Williams – 30% Off Paints & Stains & 15% Off Painting Supplies (exp: 3/31/2015)
Staples - FREE 5 lbs Shredding + More (exp: 5/2/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/28/2015}

We’re on spring break this week which means we’ll be eating out more than usual!  Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m so thankful that there are so many coupons available to make it more affordable!  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

I’m really excited about the Sweet Tomatoes coupon as I love eating at Sweet Tomatoes and we don’t have one near us!

Bertuccis – $10 Off $25 Carry Out Purchase (exp: 3/29/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015)
Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carrabbas – $3 Off Any Dinner Entree (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 3/31/2015)
Cocos – Buy 1 Entree Get 1 50% Off When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 4/10/2015)
Del Taco - Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 4/2/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/5/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/29/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)
Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 4/1/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/1/2015)
Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 4/10/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

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Retail Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/28/2015)
Aeropostale – 30% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015)
Big 5 Sporting Goods - 20% Off Up to 2 Regular Priced Items + More (exp: 4/24/2015)
Carters – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Hancock Fabrics – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/24/2015)
Kohls - 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 3/24/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 25% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2015)
Picture People – $18 Big Bundle Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/20/15}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/31/2015)
Buca Di Beppo - Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream – $1 Off Any Cup or Cone (exp: 3/31/2015)
Dennys – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/23/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 3/25/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – The Logan 11 oz Sirloin Steak, Farm Fresh Salad, 1 Side, and Choice of Appetizer for $11.99 (exp: 3/26/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/5/2015)
Mimis Cafe - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/29/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 3/25/2015)
Village Inn – $5 Off 2 Entrees & 2 Drinks or $2.50 Off 1 Entree & Drink (exp: 3/27/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

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Zaycon Chicken is Back!

Disclosure: Zaycon provided me with a complimentary case of chicken, however, I have purchased all my Zaycon chicken in the past. As usual, all opinions are my own!

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Hey local Fort Wayne friends (and everyone else too)!  I just wanted to let you know that Zaycon chicken will be delivering to Fort Wayne on March 24th, 2015. If you live elsewhere in the country, Zaycon is probably heading your way too, so be sure to check the Zaycon website.

I absolutely love Zaycon chicken.  If you’ve never ordered from them before, Zaycon sells 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.  The chicken breasts are boneless and skinless and are sold by the case…which is 40 pounds.  The price varies by event, but it is significantly cheaper than grocery store prices for meat of this quality.  For the upcoming Fort Wayne event, the chicken is $1.99/pound or $79.60 per case.  The chicken is fresh not frozen, so you’ll want to process it when you get it.  I typically make 20 freezer meals from each case (crockpot meals, stir fries, etc).  You get to choose how you process it, so you can freeze it, can it, or make pre-made meals like I do.  I also like to throw some in the crockpot so that I have cooked shredded chicken on hand to add to recipes.

You don’t want to miss out because it will be while before Zaycon will be back with chicken.

Click here to learn more or place your order! 

 

 

Easter Chick Cupcakes

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I can’t believe that I’m already planning for Easter.  It seems like the first part of this year has flown by!

Since Easter is less than 3 weeks away, I thought I’d share a fun recipe for Easter Chick Cupcakes.  These cupcakes are absolutely adorable and they’re easy to make!

Easter Chick Cupcake Recipe

Here’s what you’ll need:

If you make your own buttercream frosting, you’ll also need the following:

  • 5 tablespoons salted
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

Easter Chick Cupcake Ingredients

 

1.  Prepare cupcakes according to box cake mix instructions.  While your cupcakes are baking, make the buttercream frosting {recipe below} or if you’re using store bought frosting, you can take this time to call a friend, clean your kitchen, or whatever else is on your to-do list.

2.  Use yellow food coloring to dye your frosting until you reach the desired color.  Save a small amount of buttercream frosting and dye it a bright orange.

3.  Frost entire cupcake with yellow frosting.

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4.  Dip your cupcake into yellow sugar sprinkles.

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5. Add chocolate chips to make the eyes.

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6.  You can also add a dab of white frosting to make the eyeball detail.

7.  Using a rosette-frosting tip make “chick wings” on the sides and then sprinkle a small amount of the yellow sugar sprinkles on top.

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8. Use a small amount of your orange frosting to make a beak and feet for your chick.

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Voila!  Super easy and super cute cupcakes that will delight kids and adults alike!

Buttercream Frosting Recipe

Why buy buttercream frosting when it’s so simple to make it?  Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 5 tablespoons salted butter
  • 5 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk

 

1.  In a large bowl, beat butter and shortening together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. The mixture should be noticeably lighter in color.

2.  Beat the vanilla extract into the butter mixture.

3.  Add sugar, one cup at a time, beating on medium speed until fully incorporated.

4.  Add milk, one tablespoon at a time, beating on high until you have a rich and creamy buttercream frosting.

See…I told you it was easy!

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/13/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Bertuccis – 15% off Dinner Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Carrows – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/20/2015)
Chuck E Cheese – 15 Free Tokens With Any Food Purchase and When You Wear Green (exp: 3/17/2015)
Del Taco - Free Turkey Taco with Any Purchase (exp: 3/19/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse - $3 Off 2 Adult Lunch Entrees (exp: 3/15/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/5/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)
Quiznos – Free Chips and Regular Fountain Drink with Regular/Large Sub, or Salad Purchase (exp: 3/25/2015)
Smokey Bones - $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 3/18/2015)
Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 3/20/2015)
Wendys - Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {3/13/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015)
Ann Taylor – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Bealls - 25% Off Your Purchase or 30% Off With Bealls Card (exp: 3/19/2015)
Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/18/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Kirklands - $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $30 Kids Apparel Purchase (exp: 3/24/2015)
Loft Outlet – 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Lord and Taylor – 20% Off Regular & Sale Price Items (exp: 3/24/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh - 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/18/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale - $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015)
Party City - $10 Off $60 Purchase + More (exp: 3/17/2015)
Picture People - $18 Big Bundle Purchase (exp: 3/22/2015)
Yankee Candle – $15 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {3/6/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 3/23/2015)

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)

Buca Di Beppo – Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)

Carrabbas - 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)

Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)

Einstein Bros Bagels - $3 Off Bakers Dozen Box (exp: 3/25/2015)

Logans Roadhouse – The Logan 12 oz Ribeye Steak, Farm Fresh Salad, and a Side for $13.99 (exp: 3/1/2015)

Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 3/15/2015)

Macaroni Grill - Buy 1 Get 1 Express Dinner Entree (exp: 3/1/2015)

Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/8/2015)

Monicals Pizza - $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)

OCharleys – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 3/11/2015)

Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 3/4/2015)

Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 3/20/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {3/6/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Aaron Brothers – 50% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 3/14/2015)
Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015)
Bealls – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/10/2015)
Big 5 Sporting Goods – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/9/2015)
Carsons - Extra 30% Off Yellow and Black Dot Womens Apparel Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)
Carters - 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/10/2015)
Dress Barn – 30% Off 1 Clearance Item (exp: 3/8/2015)
Express – $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 4/1/2015)
Kirklands – $10 Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/8/2015)
Kohls – $10 Off $25 Men’s Apparel Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh - 20% Off $40 Purchase or 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/10/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale – $10 Off $50 or $25 Off $100 Purchase (exp: 3/17/2015)
Staples – FREE 5 lbs Shredding + More (exp: 5/2/2015)
Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 2 Free (exp: 3/8/2015)

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Finding and Living Your Calling

When I was growing up, I wanted to be a singer, then a trauma surgeon, then a singer, then a special ed teacher, then a musician, then a teacher, and by the time I was 3/4 of the way through college, I had no idea what I wanted to be.  After college, I worked a variety of management and sales jobs.  Then I went back to school to study music…again.  I then began teaching piano lessons and singing jazz.  And then I went  back to working another sales job.

Somehow I found myself in my mid-thirties, married with kids, and I still had no idea what I wanted to be when I “grew up”.  Although I’ve had lots of great jobs, I always felt like I was created for more. There was a sense of unrest…of unease.  I watched people who were obviously doing what they were created to do and I wondered when I would find my calling.

I now know that I’m not the only one to feel this way.  I’ve had so many conversations with different people who are in that same spot…feeling stuck, but not knowing what they’re looking for and longing for!

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If you’re in that spot, I highly recommend that you pick up a copy of Jeff Goin’s new book, The Art of Work.

If you don’t know Jeff, he has one of the fastest-growing blogs in the world and has made waves online with his quickly growing platform.

In the past few years, he’s inspired millions (literally) of people to go beyond the status quo and live a life that matters. And in this new book, he’s encouraging you to discover your true calling, that thing you were born to do.

The message of this book is so important that Jeff wants to get it into as many people’s hands as possible. So for a limited time, you can get it for free (just pay shipping) at this link: The Art of Work

I had the privilege of reading it already and it is soooo worth reading!  If you’re struggling with finding your purpose, pick up a copy of this book!  If your spouse or a friend is struggling, grab a copy for your friend!  You only have to pay shipping!  Plus, Jeff is offering $250 in bonuses if you jump on this. I can’t guarantee that all of the bonuses will be available for long, so if you’re interested, I’d check it out now!

Click here to order your FREE copy of The Art of Work!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Top Restaurant Coupons:

Black Angus Steakhouse – $42 Campfire Feast for Two (exp: 3/23/2015)

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)

Buca Di Beppo - Dinner for Four for $40 (exp: 3/29/2015)

Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)

Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)

Einstein Bros Bagels - $3 Off Bakers Dozen Box (exp: 3/25/2015)

Logans Roadhouse – The Logan 12 oz Ribeye Steak, Farm Fresh Salad, and a Side for $13.99 (exp: 3/1/2015)

Longhorn Steakhouse - $4 Off 2 Adult Entrees (exp: 3/15/2015)

Macaroni Grill - Buy 1 Get 1 Express Dinner Entree (exp: 3/1/2015)

Marie Callenders - $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 3/8/2015)

Monicals Pizza - $3 Off Any Family Pasta (exp: 3/29/2015)

OCharleys – 20% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

Quiznos – $1 Off Regular or Large Sub or Large Salad (exp: 3/11/2015)

Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 3/4/2015)

Village Inn – 20% Off Entire Check (exp: 3/20/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Retail Coupon Roundup {2/27/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!

Carters – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Kohls – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items (exp: 3/2/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 20% Off $40 Purchase (exp: 3/4/2015)
Party City - $15 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Rue 21 – 30% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
The Limited – 50% Off Up to 3 Regularly Priced Items (exp: 3/3/2015)
Yankee Candle - $15 Off $45 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)

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No Bake Reese’s Fudge Bars

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I’m convinced that few (and I mean VERY few) things taste better than chocolate and peanut butter!  If you’re looking for an easy recipe that will have your friends and family raving, don’t miss this No Bake Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge.  It’s seriously out of this world!

Ingredients for No Bake Reese's Fudge Bars

Here’s what you’ll need:

Directions:

1. Line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper or wax paper.  {Apparently, this was not my day.  This recipe works best with a 9×9 pan, but I only had a 7 x 11 pan. Also, I prefer parchment paper but I only had wax paper on hand.}

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2. Place peanut butter cups in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. {I used 15.}

3.  Place chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in medium saucepan over low heat. Stir until chips and milk are melted together.

4.  Once everything is nicely melted, spread evenly over peanut butter cups in prepared pan.

5.  Crumble remaining Reese’s Peanut Butter cups and sprinkle them over the fudge, lightly pressing them into the fudge.

6.  Allow to cool completely then cut into squares and serve.  {You can cool it on the counter or in the fridge.  I prefer making it in a pan that has a lid that goes with it.  I think it keeps the fudge better…but that’s just my opinion.

Warning: This is fudge is highly addicting and really rich!  Try not to eat it all at once!

Retail Coupon Roundup {2/13/2015}

If you’re planning on doing a little shopping this Valentine’s Day weekend, make sure to print off these great retail coupons before you go!  Also, if your man hasn’t made it out to get you something special, make sure you have him print these coupons off so he can get more bang for his buck!  I always send my hubby to White House Black Market for gifts!  I sure do love that store!!!

Aeropostale – $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Bealls – 50% Off Red-Lined Clearance Purchases (exp: 2/19/2015)
Bonton – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 2/18/2015)
Carsons – $10 Off $25 Regular or Sale Price Purchase (exp: 2/18/2015)
Carters – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Dress Barn - 30% Off 1 Clearance Item (exp: 3/8/2015)
Express - $15 Off $30, $30 Off $100 or $40 Off $120 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Famous Footwear – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Justice - 40% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/23/2015)
Kirklands – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Kohls - $10 Off $50 Jewelry or Watch Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Loft Outlet - 10% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
Lord and Taylor - 20% Off Regular, Sale & Clearance Items & 20% Off Sale & Clearance Jewelry (exp: 2/18/2015)
Osh Kosh BGosh – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 2/16/2015)
P.S. from Aeropostale - $10 Off $40 Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Shoe Carnival - $10 Off $50, $20 Off $100, $30 Off $150 or $40 Off $200 Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Talbots - 40% Off 1 Regularly Priced Item (exp: 2/16/2015)
White House Black Market – $20 Off $80 Purchase (exp: 2/17/2015)
Yankee Candle – Buy 2 Large Jar, Tumbler or Vase Candles Get 1 Free (exp: 2/16/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/13/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Carrabbas - 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Carvel Ice Cream - Buy 1 Get 1 Free Classic Sundae (exp: 2/15/2015)
Chick Fil A – FREE Iced or Hot Coffee Every Day in February (exp: 2/28/2015)
Corner Bakery - Free 6 Pack Cupcake Bites with Adult Entree Purchase (exp: 2/22/2015)
Del Taco – Free Medium Drink When You Buy Epic Burrito (exp: 2/15/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – $5 Off XL Family Pack (exp: 2/17/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Bagel Box (exp: 2/23/2015)
Firehouse Subs - Free Cookie with Any Sub Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Huddle House - Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Jacks - Free Make It Large on Lunch or Dinner Combo + More (exp: 4/12/2015)
Jersey Mikes – Free Chip & Drink When You Buy Regular or Giant Sub Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Macaroni Grill – $10 for 2 Express Lunch Entrees (exp: 2/15/2015)
Maggianos - $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/24/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/15/2015)
Monicals Pizza – $13 for 16 Inch Thin Crust or 14 Inch Pan 1-Topping Pizza (exp: 2/22/2015)
Peets Coffee and Tea – Free Small Milk Chocolate Almond Mocha When You Buy Simply Oatmeal, Artisan Baked Good or Fresh Food Item (exp: 2/16/2015)
Smoothie King – $4.99 Medium Smoothie (exp: 2/24/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/18/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Small Fries & Small Drink with Any Sandwich Purchase (exp: 2/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/18/2015)
Togos – Free Regular Sandwich When You Buy Regular or Larger Sandwich, Chips & Drink (exp: 2/22/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!

Free and Cheap Weekend Activities and Events

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Looking for some fun things you can do this Valentine’s Day weekend that won’t break the budget?  Here’s a great list of events going on across the country!  Some are events that take place on a weekly basis (like Michaels…which we do every weekend) and others are one time only events.

Make some memories and try a new workshop, lesson, or craft. If you enjoy these free activities, be sure and bookmark this master list of free store events or PIN It for later!

Share this fun,money-saving list with your friends and family. And, if you know of any others to include, please let us know! It is always best to call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Free National Park Entrance

February 14-16th for Presidents Day weekend

Find out the list of participating parks (over 405 of them) right here.

:: American Girl Special Store Events

Special events differ by location. During February, they include Grace’s Travel Tags craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Twists & Braids hands-on hairstyles, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Making Memories with Mom and Dad, Valentine Card Craft and more.

Many of the American Girl in store events are free, however some have a fee and some have age restrictions. Get the details here and find participating stores. Call ahead and make sure that your local store or retailer is participating to avoid disappointment.

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:: Barnes & Noble

Saturday, February 14th at 11 AM

I Love You Just Like This! Storytime with Elmo and his Sesame Street friends at many locations

Most stores have free toddler story time, NOOK events, hands-on learning events and author events – find the times and participating Barnes and Noble stores here.

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Save Money on Valentine’s Day

Disclosure:  This post is a sponsored post. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Save Money on Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it and when I realized how close it actually is, I panicked because I had nothing planned.  I tend to be a spontaneous, spur-of-the-moment kind of planner but I generally have an idea in mind ahead of time.  I should tell you up front that we usually don’t make a huge deal about celebrating Valentine’s day.  Our anniversary is 2 weeks after Valentine’s Day, so we tend to focus on that a little more.

While the hubs and I are low key about celebrating, I do like to make Valentine’s Day fun for the kids.  I put together a Valentine’s Day gift basket for my daughter who lives in Tennessee. Now I just need to get it in the mail. :)  I also made a Valentine’s Day wreath for my sewing area.  It turned out really cute and the twins were thrilled because they got to help me make it.

After I panicked about not having any plans for Valentine’s Day, I set about to make some tentative plans.  I considered hiring a babysitter and going to dinner and to see a comedian, but then I found out that if my daughter wins her first sectional game, they’ll be playing on Valentine’s Day.  With that in mind, I’ve decided to not bother making reservations.  Instead, I’m going to plan on  doing little things to celebrate Valentine’s Day over the next 10 days.

Today I looked through the Valentine’s Day Magazine on The Good Stuff by Coupons.com and found movie inspired themed date nights.  I’ll be using a few of them over the next  10 days.   While some of these require leaving the house and getting a babysitter, there are some that we could do at home.  And not having to pay a babysitter saves us a lot of money!

I’m also going to be doing some fun Valentine’s Day crafts with my kids.  I’m completely in love with this Valentine’s Day Tote Bag that was featured in the Valentine’s Day Magazine.  The magazine includes step by step instruction and the instructions are so easy that my twins will be able to make this without much (if any) help from me.

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Valentine’s Day Tote Bag

Seriously…isn’t this tote bag adorable?  This will be fun to use in the years to come too!

I’m going to let the kids make mini Valentine’s Day yarn wreaths to hang in their rooms.  James will probably decorate it with a heart and then add the hulk, spiderman, and batman.  Shayna’s will probably be more along the lines of the one I made for my daughter Amina.

I’m also planning to make a Valentine’s Day Garland with the kids.  We’re also going to do a countdown to Valentine’s Day as a family and every day we’ll do 1 Random Act of Kindness as part of our Valentine’s Day countdown.

Click on the magazine below and it will open in a new tab and then you can read through it for Valentine’s Day inspiration!

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Also make sure to enter the Share the Love Sweepstakes (there’s a link on page 2) for your chance to win daily cash prized of $100.

If you’re looking for some great gift ideas, you’ll want to check out  Coupons.com Valentine’s Day Deals.  You’ll find savings on everything from chocolate to clothing to jewelry…and all of those are great gift ideas!

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

 

 

 

 

Restaurant Coupon Roundup {2/6/2015}

Eating out sure can get expensive, so I’m always on the lookout for deals to make it more affordable.  Below I’ve included the top printable restaurant coupons for this week!

Blimpie – Free Regular Sub When You Buy Regular Sub & Drink (exp: 12/31/2015)
Bob Evans – Buy 1 Get 1 50% Off Breakfast Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/14/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Meal Purchase (exp: 3/15/2015)
Chick Fil A – FREE Iced or Hot Coffee Every Day in February (exp: 2/28/2015)
Corner Bakery - Free Latte or Small Espresso Beverage with Breakfast Purchase (exp: 3/11/2015)
Einstein Bros Bagels – 20% Off Bagel Box (exp: 2/23/2015)
Huddle House – Free Waffle with $5 Meal Purchase (exp: 2/15/2015)
Macaroni Grill – Buy 1 Get 1 To-Go Express Lunch Entree (exp: 2/8/2015)
Maggianos - $5 Off Lighter Taker Menu (exp: 2/24/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 3/1/2015)
Mimis Cafe – Buy 1 Get 1 Free Entree When You Buy 2 Drinks (exp: 2/15/2015)
Old Country Buffet – $8.99 Dinner & Dessert When You Buy 1 Drink + More Coupons (exp: 2/22/2015)
Smokey Bones – $5 Off $15 Purchase (exp: 2/8/2015)
Souper Salad – Buy 1 Adult Buffet Get 1 Bufet 50% Off (exp: 2/14/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/11/2015)
Steak Escape – Free Small Fries & Small Drink with Any Sandwich Purchase (exp: 2/28/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo (exp: 2/11/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks Surviving the Stores!