Archive for July, 2010

Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies

Posted on July 6, 2010. Filed under: Coupons, Daily life, Freebies, kids | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

They sound crazy decadent, don’t they?  Well, they are!  These ready-to-eat brownies are part of another package from MyBlogSpark, this time teaming up with Pillsbury.  The package came with a cake/brownie storage container, a cake decorating kit, 2 types of frosting – chocolate and cream cheese.  There was also a $25 gift card for Sam’s Club, which is the only place to get the brownies!  I was all in a panic at first, because I’m not a Sam’s Club member, and I don’t live near a Sam’s Club.  But we went to visit my godmother for the 4th (BTW — Happy 4th of July!!!!), and lo and behold, she is a member!  So before we came home today I stopped by her local Sam’s Club and got the brownies.  Here’s a pic of the package:

The brownies are $7.98 and have 42 servings to the package, so they are a pretty good deal.  Especially when you consider that most brownie mixes cost around $3.00 and only make 12-18 brownies!

Once we got them home we all took turns trying out the cake decorating kit.  My hubby made the border, and I did the rest, while my son directed the proceedings and ate any excess frosting.  So it wouldn’t make a mess, of course.  😛  Here is a picture of the finished product:

My first attempt at decorating a cake. Ever.

I think my son summed it up best when he said “Mommy, you have to practice a lot before you can do a cake challenge!”  Did I mention he watches a lot of Food Network?

Despite my lack of cake decorating skills, the brownies tasted marvelous.  They were moist and fudgy and rich, and every bite had at least one chocolate chunk.  With make-at-home brownie mixes I always add extra chocolate chips or chunks to make them richer.  Store bought brownies are never chocolatey enough for me – but these were!  Thanks to Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark for giving me the chance to try these!

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Free GoGurt!

Posted on July 2, 2010. Filed under: Coupons, Freebies, kids, Money | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Yup, another freebie from MyBlogSpark!  This time they teamed up with Yoplait to give offer a free trial of Simply…GoGurt.  They actually sent me the package some time ago, but y’all know I am super frugal so I waited until the GoGurt was buy one, get one free at Publix (my favorite grocery store).  That way I was able to get 2 free boxes with one free product coupon.

So my son tried the Simply…GoGurt yesterday.  He loves it!  I had to institute a rule that he can only have one a day, or he would have eaten them all.  It is quite convenient too – it comes in tubes, like the plastic tubes of icy pops, you know, the ones that are basically frozen juice mixed with sugar water a food coloring.  Simply…GoGurt is definitely healthier, and just as easy to transport.  It can be frozen too, to make your own frozen yogurt treats for a hot summer afternoon.

Remember, the Simply…GoGurt is a different product than the regular GoGurt.  It is made with milk from cows that have not been treated with rBST/rBGH (hormones), no aspartame or other artificial sweeteners, and no corn syrup, high fructose or otherwise.  It uses vegetable juice to add coloring instead of artificial dyes.

Yoplait is offering coupons for readers who want to try Simply…GoGurt.  Click through and get your coupons here.

We will be keeping this one in stock at our house.  😉

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Cascade Challenge Pt 2

Posted on July 1, 2010. Filed under: Daily life, Freebies | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Well, a really long time ago I finished the Cascade Complete Challenge with the freebies sent to me by MyBlogSpark and P&G.  Real life, as usual, got in the way, so I am just now posting my results: Cascade Complete was successful!!

I put a nasty, dried, crusty pan with cheese sauce and dessicated bits of pasta stuck to the inside on my counter overnight and left it – no rinsing, no soaking, no scrubbing.  The next evening I put it in the dishwasher with my regular dishes and used one of the Cascade Complete pouches.  The pan came out with one tiny piece of dried pasta still stuck to it.  Everything else was gone!  I showed my hubby and he couldn’t believe it.

We have been using the rest of the bag of Cascade Complete and have found another minor miracle as well.  We use clear plastic Tervis Tumblers for our drinks at home, and we are HUGE tea/coffee drinkers.  Over the years our cups have gotten stained from the tea and coffee.  Well, after a few trips through the dishwasher with the Cascade Complete, they are clear again!  They look like new.  🙂  And we haven’t been using Jet-Dry with them, either.  Cascade Complete does cost a little more, but not having to buy Jet-Dry to go with it helps balance the cost.  Then you just have to decide whether the time and effort you save is enough to make up the difference!

If you don’t have time or energy to pre-rinse dishes before they go into the washer (or if you just don’t think you should have to wash the dishes before you wash the dishes), I highly recommend Cascade Complete.

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