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.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

{Video} Harris Teeter Super Doubles March 2014- Spent $3.77, Saved $99.60

It's another Super Doubles Week at Harris Teeter... and I braved the crowds and saved a ton.  

Seriously, my best trip yet- getting products that I really wanted for just $3.77, including tax.  And saving just under $100.  Yes, you read that right.  A huge savings (watch more about it below).  And to get all the matchups for this week and more info on couponing, click HERE to go to my YouTube channel.  All of the details are under the "about" section.  And please leave a comment, if you'd like, letting me know what types of videos you'd enjoy seeing in the future!


So, the best part of today's trip?


I was able to find lots of healthy food..  Really... couponing is not just about junk food.  I found Rice Dream, which I love to pour over my oatmeal.  Albacore Tuna, packed in water, for lunches on the go.  Better-for-you soda... and tofu.  Yes, I will finally be trying tofu, folks (wish me luck!!)

Another day... another dollar saved.


Monday, March 24, 2014

Roasted Carrot, Smoked Sausage and Spinach Tortellini with a Gruyere Cream Sauce #WRALSmartShopper


One of my favorite things about time spent in the kitchen is experimenting with common ingredients in different ways… especially taking an ordinary dish and turning it into something extraordinary.

Take the carrot.  An often overlooked vegetable, typically found as filler on a relish tray.  But there are so many other ways to use the cost-effective carrot.  Shred your peeled carrots on a cheese grater...

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 $2.10/serving, you're going to want to check this out.


For the full recipe click HERE.
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