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Penny Pincher: Free Recipe Book from Jiffy

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I found a new blog that helps you to save money. Bargain Briana posts penny pinching coupons and sales every day. Fridays are her ‘freebie’ days. Today, the one that caught my eye is the free recipe book from Jiffy. Click this link and sign up to receive your copy.

German Potato Pancakes (Kartoffelpuffer)

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I wanted to try something new. For our rehearsal dinner (3 years ago), we had different stations of food. At one of the stations they served miniature potato pancakes with different toppings. I remembered they were SOOO good and just had to Google for a recipe. After searching and comparing, I found this one to […]

Penny Pincher: The Melting Pot

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You are probably wondering how an expensive place like The Melting Pot can ever be in one of my Penny Pincher categories. Well, let me enlighten you… If you live in the area, the Oakbrook Terrace location (on Roosevelt Rd) is shutting it’s doors for good. This Saturday is their last day, because they have […]

Enchilada Lasagna

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Please click here for an updated photo and recipe. Lately I haven’t been motivated to take nice photos of our dinners. After working all day then coming home and cooking, I’m too drained to think of a cute, creative way to capture my plate on camera. And, the dark nights are now arriving earlier, so […]

Creamy Chicken Pockets

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Yesterday, as I was planning dinners for the week, I saw this recipe on the front page of AllRecipes. It caught my eye, so I had to try it! However, I read some reviews of the original recipe and decided to change it up a bit myself. The recipe you see below includes my revisions. […]

Everyday Chic Giveaway – Winner Announced

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And the winner is… Congratulations to Stephanie from Macaroni and Cheesecake. She won the cute, trendy apron from Everyday Chic. If you didn’t win, don’t fret, you still have your chance to buy your chic apron at a 15% discount until November 1st. Just type the code PENNIES into the coupon box at checkout on […]

A Chic Give-away!

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Did you envy the fantastically chic apron I received from my best friend for my birthday? (If you missed that particular post you can check it out here.) Well, it is your lucky day as Alison from Everyday Chic donated an apron to give to one of my wonderful readers! If you want a chance […]

Penny Pincher & Quick Fix – Water & Lemon

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I’m hosting a jewelry party tonight and got out of work late… So, here’s a quick post to a quick fix and penny pinching idea. Stock up on sliced lemons, store them in a freezer bag and when you serve water they are ready to dress up your pitcher! *UPDATE* As I was reminded by […]

Colossal Cup

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What a great idea for using the few mason jars I have on hand!

My Best Friend Loves Me!

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My best girl friend sent me a birthday gift the other day. It is the cutest apron ever! It’s from a boutique called Everyday Chic. Check out their website for other cute aprons, handbags and accessories.I love the one she picked for me. They all are pretty vintage looking, but this one is the best! […]

Cinnamon Chip Scones

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Unfortunately I didn’t get a great pic. I love the cinnamon chip scones from Starbucks and really wanted to recreate it so I didn’t have to buy them any more. I searched the internet for a recipe but found nothing. So, I decided to take the plunge and do it myself. Using the recipe for […]

TCHO Chocolate – “Nutty”

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I received more TCHO chocolate the other day. What’s that you say? How am I getting all of this FREE chocolate!? Well, it all began in the land of BlakeMakes where I became a Sooper Hero; meaning I would receive samples of new food, taste it and blog about it. This land of Blake Makes […]

Penny Pincher: Freecycle

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Okay… so this isn’t exactly food related, but it’s Penny Pinching related. I think that’s reason enough to include it on this blog. Tonight, we met for our first small group meeting for church. It was the official cook out kick off. During our cook out my friend, Stacey, mentioned that she is never going […]

Penny Pincher: They Say It’s Your Birthday…

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“…it’s my birthday, too, yeah! We’re gonna have a good time!” I have no shame in announcing it’s my birthday today! No shame, because it means I get to, once again, share with you the deals that I got, and that YOU can also take advantage of on or around YOUR birthday. Click here to […]

Leftover Chicken Salad Sandwich

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I cooked up some chicken and had some leftover for lunch the next day. So, I just whipped up a quick chicken salad sandwich by adding mayo and some spices. I served it on some leftover toasted hamburger buns. Not bad… for being so fast and cheap!

The Lovebirds

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Ben and I had a photo session done because we never had engagement pictures and we didn’t really get many good photos of us at our wedding. So, some friends of ours gave us a photo session as a gift. Nancy Beale was the photographer…right out of Chicago. She and her fiance, David Wittig, do […]

Ground Turkey Casserole

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When my sister was in town, we bought some ground turkey. It was on sale, so we bought a few packages. I do not have much experience cooking with ground turkey, so I headed to AllRecipes to find a meal. I needed something quick and easy, and something where the ingredients were all on hand. […]

Amano Chocolate Giveaway

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Yes, another giveaway from BlakeMakes. And, yes, more chocolate! This is definitely MY summer! Amano’s chocolate came in the mail a few months ago…actually while we were on vacation in May. Since we were away, I asked my friend to pick it up at our doorstep and keep it at her home until we returned. […]

More TCHO Chocolate! What a Surprise!

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If you remember, back in March I received free TCHO Chocolate as a giveaway on Blake Makes. To my surprise, I received another flavor of their chocolate bar in the mail a few days ago. The wonderful people at TCHO (pronounced “cho”) followed up with an email and a letter asking for some more feedback […]

Tomato & Mozzarella Salad

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I make this salad all of the time, but never even thought about posting it. Of course, I shouldn’t assume that everyone knows this concoction already. Heck, I didn’t even know about ANY food only four years ago! So, here’s my favorite salad…using mainly tomatoes and mozzarella. Just dice up the two ingredients, then splash […]