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Recipe Exchange – Beef & Pork

Admit it, we can all use a few more good recipes. So share your favorite! Today, tell us what your best Beef or Pork recipe is! Send us a picture of your finished product, along with the recipe and you could be featured in a future Recipe Exchange post!

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Half Price Hair Cuts at RazorCutz

Today only – at RazorCutz in Mankato – you can get half off haircuts.  Now go, get pretty ๐Ÿ˜€

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Homemade Face Paint

Man I wish I had posted this for you last week, I just found it a few minutes ago!  I realized that I closed all weekend and am teaching today, so I haven’t had time to run and get face paints now that the kiddos finally figured out what they want to be for Halloween.  So I knew I’d have to run uptown after work and school and grab facepaints and rush home to get the kiddos ready.  Well, here are some ways to make your own face paints!  How easy are these?  My boys are going to be mummies and I was going to paint their faces white with black around their eyes.  I never thought to just use regular old baking flour!!  Now I don’t have to run uptown today!  AND I saved myself some money!!!  Plus, I have so much makeup, I know I have black eyeshadow to use on the boys, so that’s also taken care of. 

Do you have any other tricks for Halloween makeup?  Do share!

Learn how to make your face look like a blood-sucking vampire's!
These easy face paint recipes show how to make homemade face paint using common household ingredients. Mix and store in baby food jars or discarded film canisters. Be ready for your next kids party or dress-up event.
Face painting is a fun summer activity that you’ll find at festivals and fairs-often for free. But it’s fun to do this yourself for birthday parties, family reunions or just some weekend fun.
Always start with a clean face.Baby wipes work well for this. Apply thin layers of paint and allow them to dry in between colors. (Blow on the painted spot and you’ll not only dry it a little faster but you will have a giggly kid too!)

Face paint Recipe #1
1 tsp. Cornstarch
ยฝ tsp. Cold cream
ยฝ tsp. Water
Food coloring (variety of colors)

In each small container, mix cornstarch and cold cream until well blended. Add water and stir. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Paint small designs on face with a small paintbrush; remove with soap and water. Store covered.
Face paint Recipe #2
3 tblsps. Cornstarch
1 tblsp. Flour
3/4 cup Karo light corn syrup
1/4 cup water
ยฝ tsp. Liquid food coloring

Mix cornstarch and flour together in a bowl. Gradually stir in Karo syrup and water until smooth. Divide mixture into individual containers as needed and tint each one with the food coloring of your choice. Leave one batch un-tinted.

Body Paint
baby shampoo
powdered tempera paints

Add tempera paint to shampoo until desired color is reached.

Face and Body Paint
1/2 cup baby lotion
1/2 tsp. dish detergent
powdered tempera paints

Mix all ingredients and store in air-tight jars. (Baby food jars work well.) Use paint brush to paint designs on skin. Paint will wash off easily because the dish detergent has been added.

Clown Make-up
Blend on a paper plate:
2 tblsp. shortening
5 tsps. cornstarch
1 tsp. flour
Dab of Vaseline
Add food coloring for various colors.

In bowl, mix shortening, flour and cornstarch until smooth. Mix in a dab of Vaseline. Add food coloring one drop at a time until you get the desired color. Use a sponge or fingers to apply paint to a large area, such as an entire face. To apply with a small brush, thin paint with a little water first. Remove with soap and water. Store covered.

Fake Blood for Halloween Party Make-up
Karo brand corn syrup
Red and blue food coloring
Add some red food coloring to the corn syrup, then just a drop or two of blue to get a more realistic dark color. Milk will make the blood appear more opaque and more realistic. Note: This mixture is sticky and can stain clothes.
More Fun Make-up Tips:
To lightly blacken faces, carefully burn a cork and when cool, rub on the face.
For a ghoulish look, add a dusting of flour to already made up faces.
For a stubbly bearded look, sprinkle tobacco over a thin layer of Vaseline.
Thank you so much, Easy-Homemade-Recipes, for all these recipes!
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FREE Mr. Goodcents Subs

It says one coupon per family – I’m assuming they just don’t want one coupon for each of your kids, but that each child still gets a FREE sub.  We might do this and save it for cold lunches tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜€ 

It also doesn’t state that a parent needs to buy a sub.  However, their subs aren’t too shabby, so pick one up for yourself or surprise your hubby with a good lunch tomorrow!

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Cash Wise Ad 10-30-2011

For those of you in the New Ulm area – here are your Cash Wise ad/coupon matchups for this week!
Thanks for the list, Definitely Deals!
Click here to see the Cash Wise Lock down prices – Good through the month of Oct.

The Cash Wise Coupon policy is available here.

Sargento Cheese Shreds (6-8 oz) Asst. Varieties – FREE with coupon and $30 or more

Valu Time Chicken Breasts (2.5 lb) Frozen – $3.88
Cash Wise Certified Boneless Eye of Round Roast – $2.98/lb

Gold’N Plump Chicken (14-16 Oz) Extra Tender Boneless Skinless Split Chicken Breast, Breast Tenders Or Breast Pieces – $3.98
$1/1 Gold’n Plump Chicken, exp. 11/27/11 (SS 10/16/11 R)
$1/1 Gold’n Plump Chicken printable coupon
as low as $2.98 after coupon

Hormel Pepperoni (4-7 oz) – $3.18

Farmland Bacon (16 oz) Asst. Varieties- $3.48
$0.55/1 Farmland Product printable coupon
$2.93 after coupon

Braeburn Apples – $0.87/lb
Bolthouse Farms Baby Carrotts (2 lb. Bag) – $1.98 limit 2
Fresh Cranberries(12 oz) – 2 for $3.98

Coke, Sprite, or Diet Coke (12-Pack 12 Oz. cans), (6-Pack 24 Oz. bottles) Or (8-Pack 12 Oz bottles) – 3 for $10.88

Nestle Baking Morsels (11-12 Oz) Semi-Sweet, White, Milk Chocolate Or Butterscotch – $1.68
$1/2 Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels, exp. 10/31/11 (SS 08/21/11 R)
$0.50/1 Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels, exp. 10/31/11 (SS 08/21/11)
$0.50/1 Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Morsels printable coupon
$0.50/2 Nestle Toll House Morsels printable coupon
As low as $1.18 after coupon

Food Club Eggs (1 Dozen Grade A Large) – FREE with purchase and coupon with Purchase Of two (11-12 Oz) NESTLE Baking Morsels

Kellogg’s Cereals (17 Oz) Apple Jacks, (24 Oz) Frosted Bite Size Mini Wheats, (24 Oz) Corn Flakes, (17.2 Oz) Corn Pops, (17 Oz) Froot Loops, (23 Oz) Frosted Flakes or (18 Oz) Rice Krispies – 4 for $8.88
$1/2 Select Kellogg’s Cereals, exp. 3/31/12 (Product Insert)
$1 off Fresh Fruit wyb (2) Kellogg’s Cereal, exp 3-31-12 (Kellogg’s Great Days)
$1 off Eggs wyb Kellogg’s Cereals, exp. 3/31 (Kellogg’s Great Days)
$1/2 Select Kellogg’s Kids Cereals, exp. 3/31/12 (Kellogg’s Great Days)
$1/2 Kellogg’s Raisin Bran Cereal, exp. 3/31 (Kellogg’s Great Days)
As low as $1.72 each after coupon
Cash Wise White Bread (1.5 lb Loaf) – 98ยข Limit 2 with coupon
Kraft Mac & Cheese (5-Pack Bonus) – $3.88 Limit 2 with coupon

S&W Beans (15-16 Oz. Can) Chili, Kidney, White Or Black – 5 for $3.88
$0.50/2 S & W Beans, exp. 12/31/11 (RP 09/11/11 R)
$0.50/2 S & W Beans, exp. 12/31/11 (RP 09/11/11 R)
$1/5 S&W Beans printable coupon
as low as $0.53 after coupon

Food Club Instant Oatmeal (10-12 ct) All Varieties – 2 for $3.88
Food Club Boullion (3.75 Oz. Or 25 Count) – $1.18
Food Club Fudge Brownie Mix (18.3 oz) – $0.98
Pam Cooking Spray (6 oz can) – $1.98
$0.50/1 Pam Cooking Spray printable coupon
As low as $1.48 after coupon
Jacks Original Pizza (15-18.9 Oz) Asst. Varieties – $1.98 limit 5 with in-ad coupon
$0.75/1 Jack’s Frozen Pizza printable coupon
$1.23 after coupon

DiGiorno for One (5.5-10.2 Oz) Asst. Varieties – 4 for $11
$1/1 DiGiorno Pizza, exp. 12/31/11 (Tearpad)
As low as $1.75 after coupon

Totino’s Party Pizza (9.8-11.9 Oz) Asst. Varieties – 8 for $8 with in-store coupon
$1/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product, exp. 12/24/11 (GM 10/02/11 R)
$0.75/3 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product, exp. 11/26/11 (GM 10/02/11)
$1.10/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable coupon
$1/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable coupon
$1/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable coupon
$1/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Products, exp. 12/3/11 (GM 09/11/11 R)
$0.60/3 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza, exp. 12/3/11 (GM 09/11/11 R)
$1/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza, exp. 12/3/11 (GM 09/11/11 R)
$0.50/2 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza, exp. 12/3/11 (GM 09/11/11)
$1/4 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza Product printable coupon
$0.50/2 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza, exp. 10/29/11 (GM 08/07/11)
As low as $0.73 after coupon

Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles (10.75-12.3 Oz -10 Count) Asst. Varieties – $1.88
Minute Maid Orange Juice (64 Oz Carton) Asst. Varieties – $2.88
Food Club Butter or Soft Spread With Canola (8 Oz) – 2 for $2.98
Angel Soft Tissue or Sparkle Paper Towels (12-Double Roll Bath Tissue Or 8-Roll Paper Towels) – 2 for $10 with in-store Manufacturer Coupon
Hefty Foam Plates (50 ct) – 3 for $4
Food Club Napkins (250 Count, 40 Ct. Premium Dinner or 100 Ct.) Premium Luncheon – $1.68

Wisk Laundry Detergent (50 oz) – $4.98
$2/1 Wisk Laundry Detergent, exp. 11/6/11 (RP 10/16/11)
$1/1 Wisk Laundry Detergent printable coupon
As low as $2.98

Sweet Yellow Onions – $0.88/lb
Mann’s Cut Vegetables (12 oz) select varieties – $1.98
$0.55/1 Mann’s Fresh-Cut Vegetables printable coupon
$1.43 after coupon
Harvest Club Russet Potatoes (5 lb) – $1.88
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Where to Get Coupons

There are several ways to get coupons to add to your stash.  Here are my favorite ways to get coupons…

  1. Contact the company that makes a product you love and tell them why you love their product.  Just a quick few sentences is all it takes.  Tell them what it is specifically that you love about their product, how it helps you save time, you bond with your children while cooking their product, whatever.  Just be honest.  Kristin at Couponing to Disney has a great list of 5 a Day companies to email.  I don’t usually follow these as I think the companies get bombarded with emails all at the same time, so I’ll go thru her master list and just grab a few here and there.  Here’s my 5 a Day shopping spree I did last year that she posted on her site ๐Ÿ˜€
  2. Gas Stations will have lots of coupons for candy and pop I have found lately.  Especially gas stations that aren’t overly busy.  Casey’s General Store is a good one I have found in Mankato.  I’ve found coupons in the candy isle, on the doors to the pop selection and also up by the counters.
  3. As I shop in stores, look for Blinkies and Peelies on shelves near products you normally buy.  I will usually grab a few of each and save them for another time and sometimes another store. 
  4. Sign up for loyalty programs.  Any store that is in Mankato, I am pretty much signed up for their loyalty program, which also includes birthday bonuses.  So, look up your favorite stores, or even stores you rarely shop at, and sign up for their email or texting programs.  Many offer sign up bonuses, like Kohls.  If it’s available, sign up for their mailing lists also, JCPenney is notorious for sending out $10 off a $10 purchase coupons a few times per year. 
  5. Hotels, restaurants, and the ER are also places I’ve found coupons.  Yes, my daugher swallowed a dime on a Sunday, so when we went to the ER for x-rays I found several inserts just laying around ๐Ÿ˜€  Anywhere places have papers for people to read is where you’ll find coupons laying around. 
  6. Check your Dollar Store for the Sunday paper.  I did this for several months before Mankato dropped their coupon inserts.  I do believe they are getting them back, but now I’m in the habit of buying them from CVS.  The Pioneer Press is the cheapest in town, tied for the Mankato Free Press if the coupons have returned to the paper. 

Where do you find coupons?  Besides buying papers, of course ๐Ÿ˜€

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Menu Plan Monday

Last week I knew I would be gone most nights so I planned a week full of crock pot meals.  Unfortunately, my job took so much of my time (see the lunchbox addition) that I have no idea what my family ate for supper last week because I didn’t even have time to put the crock pot meals together.  Wait – they had eggs and sausages on Thursday, because I did see them for a few minutes on my way from work to a meeting.  Anyway, last week was a zoo and I plan to do better this week.  :o)  I’m keeping it simple, but I think they’ll appreciate getting back to “normal” again.

Monday:  Baked Potatoes, Broccoli, Deviled Eggs
Tuesday:  Chicken Taco Bowls, Carrots and Dip
Wednesday:  Pork Chops, Baked Beans, Bread or Rolls
Thursday:  Tator Tot Hotdish, Green Beans
Friday:  French Toast, Eggs, Fruit
Saturday:  Hamburgers, Fries, Raw Veggies and Dip

That’s it – keeping it simple.  What’s on your menu this week?

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Menu Plan Monday – Lunchbox Edition

I have to confess – I have no idea what my children found to eat for school lunches last week.  Is that terrible?  I work for a company that primarily sells Halloween items, and I saw more of my office than my home last week.  This week, I’ve stocked up the lunch box supplies, and am getting back on track.  There’s still some catching up to do tomorrow, because I don’t actually have any of the frig items prepared, but they are in the house and available for Monday morning.

In the coming weeks I’d still like to work on adding more homemade and /or raw food choices, even though I took a another short cut this week with processed food.  I’ll be on the prowl for easy and nutritious lunchbox ideas.  So please feel free to share anything that works for you and your kiddos.  (hint, hint)

Here are our lunch choices this week:

From the pantry: (pre-packed into single serving containers)
Cheez Its
Chewy Granola Bars
Snack Chips (variety pack)
Breadstick / Cheese Packs
Natural Almonds

From the ‘frig / freezer:
String Cheese
Pre-made “uncrustable” sandwiches (PB&J)
Hard Boiled Eggs
Cottage Cheese

 Now it’s your turn – I’d love to hear what’s going to be in your child’s lunchbox this week.  Thanks in advance for sharing!

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Super C-A-S-H at Old Navy

From now until November 13, 2011, stop in to Old Navy and check out their Super C-A-S-H promotion.  For every $20 you spend, you earn $10 in Old Navy Super C-A-S-H.  Then, from the 17th – 22nd, return to the store and use those coupons to save on any in-store purchase.  I have two kids who need jeans, so I’ll be checking this out soon.  Let us know if you find and great in store deals to pair with this promotion.

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Recipe Exchange – Soup & Sandwiches

Admit it, we can all use a few more good recipes. So share your favorite! Today, tell us what your best Soup or Sandwich recipe is! Send us a picture of your finished product, along with the recipe and you could be featured in a future Recipe Exchange post!

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