New recipe ideas – and videos!

Posted on May 15, 2011. Filed under: Daily life, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

MyBlogSpark and Bisquick have put together a few recipe videos to show us lots of new ways to use Bisquick – it isn’t just for pancakes and biscuits!  This video tells you how to use Bisquick to make a delicious crumb coating for chicken tenders.  It looks great, and I would never have thought to use Bisquick for something like that.  This one is a quick and easy blackberry shortcake.  I’m not a big dessert chef, but I might make this for a dinner party.  And it would be really easy to sub a different fruit, so you could use whatever is in season.

This caprese pizza recipe is my favorite – we love homemade pizza at my house!  It looks super simple and you could even prebake several crusts to keep on hand for quick week night dinners.  You could use them for other kinds of pizza too, whatever your family likes!  I think I will try a new experiment soon – freezing prebaked crusts.  That way I can make them every couple of months and keep 10 or so in the freezer.

What are your favorite uses for Bisquick?  Do you have any great recipes that are quick and easy?  Or do you make your own Bisquick style mix?  I would love to hear your ideas!

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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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Slow Cooker Chicken

Posted on October 25, 2009. Filed under: Daily life, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I made the most fabulous dinner last night, with a minimum of effort, which of course made it even better!  I bought a whole roaster chicken (about 7 lbs), rubbed it down with spices, and cooked it in the slow cooker!  I got the recipe from A Few Short Cuts – an awesome blog by the way – and followed it exactly this time.  I think in the future I may vary the spice rub a bit to pair it with different sides.  This time I served it with Uncle Ben’s Chicken and Wild Rice and lima beans.  Hubby wasn’t home to take a picture of the chicken when it came out of the pot or I would show you.  The only problem I had was that it was so tender it fell apart.  Literally.  I went to pull off a drumstick for the munchkin and the bone slid right out!  I’m thinking I may pull the rest and add some BBQ sauce.  I bet it would make killer sandwiches.  And as an extra bonus, the chicken was on sale for $.99/lb and I had the rest of the meal in the cabinet, so it was very budget friendly too, especially since we will get 2 meals from it.

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Betty Crocker magazine cover

Posted on August 9, 2009. Filed under: Daily life, Money, Recipes | Tags: , , , , , , |

I got to vote on another Betty Crocker magazine cover yesterday – this one was for the Christmas cookie edition that will come out in November.  They had some awesome looking cookies, and the information pack they sent along with the potential covers talked about some truly yummy sounding recipes.  None of them waistline friendly, of course, but we are talking about Christmas cookies here.  And brownies.  They had a best of brownie recipe section too.  I love brownies.  Yummmmmm….sorry, I got distracted.  Anyway, here is the cover I voted for:

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Pretty, huh?  Keep an eye out for this magazine in a few months!

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