Monday, April 21, 2014

Green Beans with Balsamic Onions, Bacon and Goat Cheese #WRALSmartShopper


I'll admit, I've felt a bit sorry for the side dish.  Always, the supporter, never the star.  

But times are changing, and more and more people are ditching the idea that meat has to take up the majority of the dinner plate.  Not just for health reasons, but also to help save money.  Now, don't get me wrong... this side dish nicely compliments ham, chicken and especially steak.  But, some days, I simply like a big serving of this green loveliness on a plate... for dinner, or lunch.  And in this case, the side dish takes center stage...


To read more, and for the full recipe, head on over to WRAL's SmartShopper Blog, where I'll be contributing weekly recipes that are fun, flavorful and frugal.  And at just .63 cents/serving, you're going to want to check this out.


For the full recipe click HERE.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

{Video} CVS Haul- Saved 89% (Revlon Parfumerie, Almay, Colagate and More!)



A mini-haul at CVS today... couldn't resist sharing!
(so excited about these nail polishes)

Here's a quick video with a few tips for how to make the most of your CVS shopping trips.








Monday, April 14, 2014

BBQ Chicken Meatball Strombolis #WRALSmartShopper


Sometimes food is so pretty, and so delicious, that it simply speaks for itself.  Which is the case with this stromboli.  The ultimate in ooey, gooey, cheesy comfort food... kicked up a bit, with some fun new flavors.

I'd never made a stromboli, let alone even tasted one.  But, I love pizza.  And I love calzones.  And how much different could a stromboli be, anyways?  Not much, except that it's long log-like shape is often braided, which ranks high in my book, for presentation.  And it's great name... appealing to movie buffs, like me, since it was named after the 1949 movie Stromboli, starring Ingrid Bergman...


To read more, and for the full recipe, head on over to WRAL's SmartShopper Blog, where I'll be contributing weekly recipes that are fun, flavorful and frugal.  And at just $1.86/serving, you're going to want to check this out.



For the full recipe click HERE.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mango Kuchen- a German Breakfast Cake #WRALSmartShopper



If you're like me, you probably have one or two sets of dishes that you got for a wedding present, or picked up along the way for... you know, those special occasions.

But then, when it came around to those special occasions, you were either too worried they'd get chipped, or just too lazy to use them.  Opting for your dishwasher-safe dishes over the thought of hand washing a stack of the good china.  So, they sat.  And got dusty.  And sat some more.  Until almost fifteen years later, you wondered where the time went... and if those dishes were even your style, anymore...


To read more, and for the full recipe, head on over to WRAL's SmartShopper Blog, where I'll be contributing weekly recipes that are fun, flavorful and frugal.  And at just .33 cents/serving, you're going to want to check this out.


For the full recipe click HERE.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Chicken Sophie and the Big, Little Things in Life... like Soulmates



After 26 years, you'd think you'd really know someone.

Until one day, you learn he's a genius gardener, after years of complaining you wish you had a green thumb.

And how the Dijon colored bath towel that he insisted on adding to the cart, while walking down the aisles of Home Goods last week, ended up added just the right pop of color to your bathroom.  

Or how after 26 years, he can barely remember to take his eye drops, bring his phone... and where did he leave his wallet?  But, he still remembers your favorite childhood book and surprises you with a tiny silver elephant on a chain for Valentine's Day.

Yes, there were times when I questioned his gifts of a Roomba over roses, and steak knives over a steak dinner out.  But looking back, I can see that he really knew my strengths, my weaknesses, my passions, and my desires... sometimes even more so, then I knew them myself.
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