Archive | December, 2011

Easy and Cheesy Ham Panini

31 Dec

With some leftover ham after Christmas, just sitting all nicely flavored with honey and sliced for easy use, I just had to create something for lunch. Using a reduced fat cheddar, 10 grain bread, and dijon, this sandwich is much healthier than most restaurant paninis.

First, I grabbed some dijon mustard and 10 grain bread.

Next I grabbed the yummy leftover ham. We bought the ham to make “egg stuff” for breakfast on Christmas morning. Usually we use sausage, but this ham looked so good to us. For reference, it was a Smithfield boneless ham, about 4 lbs. It was my first time buying ham like this, and tasted similar to the Honeybaked Ham that I’ve had with my husband’s family.

Next I sliced up some tomatoes and got my grill ready. I don’t have a panini maker, but I have a griddler junior. It’s a mediocre substitute for an outdoor grill. But its great for quick chicken dinners and easy panini lunches!

Once my grill was heated nice and hot. I sprayed it with some non-stick spray. This grill is also made to accommodate meats cooking on both side and has a spring that allows you to fit thick foods without squishing them.

To make life easy, I recommend doing a final assembly of the panini on the grill. I put down the first slice of bread with dijon and ham. I then topped them both with tomatoes and then finally some cheddar cheese.

And after the second slice of bread, I closed the lid for even cooking and quick cheese melting. After only five minutes, the bread was a toasty golden brown and the ham was nice and hot, covered in gooey cheddar cheese. I couldn’t wait to eat it!

Of course, you could do a lot of different variations with this sandwich. Use your meat and veggies and sauce of choice. Just be sure not to pile the fillings too high!

Recipe Lovers:

4 slices whole wheat bread
6 slices of tomato
4 tbsp dijon mustard
4 medium slices of ham
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
(Makes 2 sandwiches)

Other filling ideas:
Turkey, Cranberry and Brie
Steak, Balsamic Dressing, Provolone
Ham, Swiss, Yellow Mustard


Coupons for the Weekend

31 Dec

Are you heading out to shop this weekend? Thanks to Your Retail Helper, we have a list of all the coupons you should take with you!

I’ve highlighted my favorite coupons in BOLD.

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My CVS Trip: 12/30

30 Dec

Since a lot of my coupons expire tomorrow, and tomorrow is filled with activities, I just HAD to go to the store today. Its like the coupons were yelling, “USE ME” before we expire please! So off to the store I went.

I got these items:
(2) ThermaFlu Warming Capulets, 24 ct $4.77
(4) Head & Shoulders 2 in 1 Shampoo/Conditioner $3.15 (50% off clearance)
Pantene Restore Frizz Shampoo (50% off clearance)
Pantene Restore Breakage Shampoo $1.57 (75% off clearance)
Replenish Shampoo $1.84 (75% off clearance)
Replenish Conditioner $1.84 (75% off clearance)
Covergirl Last Blast $9.39
Covergirl Last Exact Mascara $4.49 (CoverGirl Eye B1G1 50% off)
CVS Airshield (hubby not feeling so great, not pictured, not on sale) $6.29

Coupons that I used:
$21 in previous ECB (Extra Care Bucks)
$5/$25 coupon from CVS, loaded to my card
(2) $1/2 Head & Shoulders products
$3/2 Pantene products
$4/2 Theraflu
(2) $1/1 CoverGirl products

Total OOP (out-of-pocket) – $14.94
CVS Sales Savings – $37.36
Coupon Savings – 37.00
Total Savings – $74.36, That is 80%!
PLUS, I earned an extra $9 in ECBs for my next trip!

Old Navy Snap Appy

30 Dec

Old Navy has a cool new app called, “Snap Appy” out that will give you coupons to use in store! How sweet is that? Simply download the app to your iphone, ipad, tablet, or smartphone – basically any mobile device with a camera. And here’s how you can land some awesome deals:

1. Search for “Old Navy” in your app store.

2. Once you download the app, click “snap” to begin taking pictures. The app asks you to take a picture of any Old Navy logo. I just google image searched for the old navy logo and it worked fine.

3. A surprise will be revealed to you. I got $15 off $75! I also got some other miscellaneous  things like funny quotes and a game to play.

4. You can only snap 10 pictures for 10 surprises each day.

Have fun!


Victoria’s Secret: Free Panty in Stores Today!

30 Dec

Victoria Secret is offering a free panty with ANY purchase in stores today only, 12/30.

Just print out the coupon and bring it into stores to get your free New Year’s Eve panty! Talk about a great start to your weekend with a freebie like this!

If you want, you can also go to VS’s facebook page to access the coupon as well.

Kohl’s: A Few Christmas Clearance Items

29 Dec

While the sale has been going on for a few days, I wanted to point out some great finds in the clearance section. Use coupon code, “CELEBRATE20” to get an extra 20% off everything. Shipping is $0.99 an item. Free for Kohl’s Cardholders.


The first item is a reindeer candle holder with a sparkly red candle. This is a great hostess gift and is only $5.00.



This is a simple stocking holder set that you could dress up to match your style. The set is only $15.00 It was originally $59.99! Add in 20% off and shipping, and get the set for $13.00.




Oh check out these super cute plates. If they aren’t your style, there are a few more patterns as well. Prices go from $1.75-$10.00. They have a cookies for santa plate, dip mix set, mini snowman spreaders, rectangular platter, and more.




Ok…I know these aren’t for Christmas, but I use them for my guests at Christmas! They hold up well and its a great time to buy them for only $2.99 each. The big bath towels are available in four colors, but the other sizes are available in about 8 colorful varieties.

Express: Additional 20% Off Clearance

29 Dec

Its that time again! This is one of my favorite sales that Express does online. Already marked down prices are reduced even more. Here are some sample prices:

Jeans starting at $31.99 (Org. $70)
– Tops starting at $7.99 (Org. $34)
Sweaters/Cardigans starting at $23.99 (Org. $69)
Underwear starting at $3.19 (Org. $10)
– Earrings starting at $6.39 (Org. $24)
– Wristlets and Wallets starting at $7.99 (Org. $15)

Check out all the clearance right here.

And here is a great New Year’s Eve outfit that I put together:

My Cranberry Holiday Salad

29 Dec

About a week before Thanksgiving, I decided to grab a bag of fresh cranberries at the store. My original thought was to make a cranberry sauce, but that was to easy for me. So I began to look for a recipe that included fresh cranberries and gelatin…because now it was two days before Thanksgiving and I was not going to the store for a package of jello. Luckily I had some orange juice on hand and began my experiment. First, I rinsed the berries.

Before I added the cranberries to a pot, I wanted to let my gelatin bloom. I added three packets of gelatin to 1/2 cup of very cold water. This makes for a super ugly photo. But to show you, it will look like a off-white paste. Don’t stir, just let it sit until you need it.

Next, I added 2 cups of water to a medium saucepan. Then I added the berries to the water and turned the heat to medium-high.

Once the cranberries started to pop, I added 2 cups of sugar to the mix. I stirred the mixture frequently to make sure the berries were popping right. They don’t make a popping sound, but they will become noticeably softer.

I also added some orange juice to infuse the cranberries as they softened too. I then grabbed some lemon juice and zest to give the sauce some zip as well. It was tangy and perfectly sweet and I was starting to get excited. Now it was time to add the gelatin/water mixture. It will be like a thick paste. Try to get as much of it in the pan as possible. Meanwhile, I only had a can of chopped pineapple on hand. Turns out most recipes call for crushed pineapple. So I crushed it with a wooden spoon…perfect. I reserved the pineapple juice in a glass, in case I needed it later.

Then I chopped up one red apple. I love my apple corer/slicer. If you don’t have one, be sure to invest in a stainless steel model. Plastic just won’t hold up.

I carefully added the apples to the now very full pot of cranberries. I think I needed a bigger pot…what do you think?

After the apples had incorporated into the mixture, I removed the saucepan from the heat and added them to the crushed pineapple.

After stirring the mixture together and tasting it, I felt like it needed something else. So I added the reserved pineapple juice. And then I caught a glance of my homemade marshmallows on the counter. What a great addition!

So I chopped up the marshmellows and added them to the still warm mixture.

So they quickly melted. Whoops. Gotta remember that for next time.

I gave it a final approval taste and poured it into a smaller bowl to refrigerate and jell together. Note to self, buy jello mold for prettier outcome!

After the jello had set overnight, I needed to make sure it came back out. I found a great solution. First, turn on your sink to the hottest that your water will run. Then, fill up a slightly larger bowl with hot water in the sink. Remove the plastic wrap from the jello. Carefully place/hold the bowl of jello in the warm water for about 30 seconds. Then, take an offset spatula, plastic knife, or other long and flexible utensil. Next, place a large, flat plate on top of the bowl. Firmly grasp the bowl and plate with bowl hands, and in one quick, swift, cautious movement, flip the bowl over.

This jello gets better the longer it sets up. We first ate it about 24 hours later. When my husband had it the day after, he liked it more than on Thanksgiving. So if you have a chance to make it more than 24 hours in advance, do it!

Recipe Lovers:

1 12 oz bag fresh cranberries
2 cups sugar
3 packets gelatin (4 packets come in one box, usually)
2 cups water
1/2 cup cold water for gelatin
1 can chopped or crushed pineapple, juice reserved
2 cups orange juice
1 red apple
1 tbsp lemon juice
Lemon zest to taste
Marshmallows, optional

Free Monopoly Game App from Amazon for Android

28 Dec

Another great freebie app from the Amazon App Store today! Grab this Monopoly App to play on your phone/tablet device until Midnight. This is a highly addicting game. Have fun!

Julep Maven: $45 worth of products for just $0.01!

28 Dec

Who wouldn’t want some great nail/beauty products shipped to their door for only a penny?!

Julep Maven is a website that offers a monthly box of the latest nail, hand, and feet products. And you can get your hands on a box today for only $0.01!

Here’s how the deal works:

1. Click here to take the short style quiz. This will help customize the products that you receive.
2. Once you get your results, click to sign up for the program.
3. When you get to checkout, enter coupon code, “ShareOn” and the price will drop to $1.91
4. Click your state from the dropdown box and the price will drop to ONE PENNY! Woohoo!

You are signing up for January’s box as well as to receive boxes on a monthly basis from Julep Maven. And after the first box is sent for just $0.01, you will be billed $19.99 for each additional month unless you cancel.

Thanks for this awesome idea Wheel N Deal Mama!

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