Posts made in September 2020

Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili

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If you are looking for a new chili recipe to add to your menu this fall, this Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili is going to be your new favorite! It combines sweet and savory elements into one delicious dish. It is delicious served with cornbread on the side.  Let me know if you try it! I love to think that this is fall in a dish! 

Sweet Potato, Apple & Turkey Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 22 minutes

Total Time: 32 minutes

Servings: 4-5

Ingredients:

● 1 ½ tbsp olive oil

● 1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into small chunks

● 1 medium onion, diced

● 1 ½ tbsp minced garlic

● 2 tbsp chili powder

● 4 tsp ground cumin

● 2 tsp smoked paprika

● ¼ tsp salt

● 2 ¾ c water

● 1 15oz can black beans

● 1 15oz can dark red kidney beans

● 1 14oz can diced tomatoes

● 3 tsp lime juice

● 1 large Granny Smith apple, diced

● 1 13oz Turkey Polska Kielbasa, cut into small chunks

● Optional: sour cream and cheese for topping

Directions:

1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the sweet potato and onion, and cook until the onion begins to soften, approximately 3-4 minutes. Pour half of the lime juice over the apples to keep them from turning brown until they are ready to be added.

2. Add the minced garlic, chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, and salt. Continue cooking for 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Add the water, and bring to a simmer. Cover, and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 10 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

3. While the sweet potato mixture is cooking, heat a large skillet pan over medium-high heat. Add the turkey kielbasa to the pan. Cook approximately 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the turkey is lightly browned on each side. Set aside.

4. Add the black beans, kidney beans, tomatoes, and remaining lime juice to the sweet potato mixture. Increase the heat to high until the mixture returns to a simmer, stirring often. Reduce the heat back to medium-low, and add the turkey kielbasa and apple. Stir well, and let simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. Top with cheese and sour cream if desired. I hope that you enjoy!

Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

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There is something about Fall that makes me want all the pumpkin goodies! I absolutely love Pumpkin Spice Lattes and Coffees, and I could devour and entire pan of Pumpkin Muffins! If you are like me and have a passion for all things pumpkin, this Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole is going to be a new family favorite for sure! You can easily make this a Gluten-Free recipe by substituting GF bread. This would also be the perfect dish to serve for a Thanksgiving Brunch!

Pumpkin Spiced French Toast Casserole

Ingredients:

● 1 stick of butter (½ cup)

● 1 cup of brown sugar

● 1 loaf of thickly sliced bread (Sara Lee’s Artesano Brioche is perfect for this recipe)

● 4 eggs

● 1 cup pumpkin spice coffee creamer (Coffee Mate Natural Bliss Pumpkin Spice Creamer was used for this recipe)

● ½ cup whole milk

● 1 ½ tsp pumpkin spice

● Optional: powdered sugar and maple syrup for topping

Directions:

1. In a medium saucepan, melt one stick of butter over medium heat. Add the cup of brown sugar, and stir continuously until the sugar has mostly melted and combined with the butter. Be careful not to overcook or burn the butter. Pour the mixture into a 9×13 baking dish, and spread evenly across the bottom.

2. In a large mixing bowl, beat eggs, pumpkin spice coffee creamer, and milk until well blended.

3. Place slices of bread on the butter and brown sugar mixture to form one layer. Spoon or pour half of the egg mixture over the bread. Add a second layer of bread on top, and spoon or pour the remaining egg mixture over the bread.

4. Sprinkle pumpkin spice over the bread. Cover with foil, and refrigerate overnight, or for at least six hours.

5. When you are ready to bake, remove the dish from the refrigerator, and let sit for about 15-20 minutes. (This is especially important if using a glass baking dish, so that you are not putting a cold glass dish into a hot oven)

6. Preheat the oven to 350℉. Bake the casserole for 30 minutes with the foil on, and then remove, and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve with maple syrup if desired.

Polar Bear Toast

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Looking for a fun and new breakfast or snack idea for the kiddos? This Polar Bear Toast is sure to be a hit! I love that you can use regular or gluten free bread too, and it could not be easier to prepare!

Polar Bear Toast

Ingredients: 

  • Whipped Cream Cheese
  • Sliced Bananas
  • Blueberries 
  • Toasted White Bread (you can use regular or gluten free) 

Directions: 

  1. Take a slice of toasted white bread and spread whipped cream cheese on top.
  2. Take 3 slices of banana. Place two slices on top of the toast for ears and one at the bottom for a mouth.
  3. Take two blueberries and place them on the toast as eyes.
  4. Take another blueberry and place it on the banana mouth.
  5. Serve & enjoy! Your kiddos (and even adults) are sure to love this! 

Save Big at Publix with the Family Celebrations Promotion + Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe!

This post is sponsored by Sivan Social. All comments and opinions are my own. 

Now that school is in session and I am back in the classroom this year, meal planning has become a very important part of my life each week. I love to plan my meals on the weekends so I know exactly what we are having for dinner each night. Not only does meal planning help with time-management, but it also helps me with my budget. I especially love shopping at Publix to help me navigate these areas of my life, because they always offer such fantastic promotional offers.

Publix is currently offering new, exclusive coupons as part of their Family Celebrations Promotion. There are over $44 in coupons online at GetTheSavings.com/FamilyCelebrations for you to to scan, print and redeem, or you can find the Family Celebrations Booklet at your local Florida Publix store. You will need to hurry though as these offers are only valid through 9/26

As someone who loves to save money wherever I can, I appreciate that the coupons from the Family Celebrations booklet are for grocery items that I use on a weekly basis. A few dollars here and there stacks up to some really sweet savings in my grocery budget each week!

Grocery Items for the Family Celebrations Promotion:

  • $1.50/1 Café Bustelo Espresso Ground Coffee 10 oz can 
  • $1/1 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes 24 oz or Frosted Flakes 24 oz 
  • $1/1 Kellogg’s Eggo Waffles 10.7–12.3 oz 
  • $1/1 Garden Fresh Gourmet Salsa 16 oz 
  • $1.25/1 Lantana Hummus Item 10 oz 
  • $0.50/1 Ortega Taco Sauce 8 oz (excludes Street Taco Sauces) 
  • $1/1 Pop Tart Bites, Pop Tarts Crisps or Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Treats Poppers 
  • $1/1 Rizo Bros California Creamery Queso Cheese 8 oz 
  • $1.50/1 Smithfield Pork Tenderloin or Filet Item 
  • $0.50/1 Thomas’ English Muffins 
  • $1/1 Wesson Vegetable, Canola, Best Blend or Corn Oil 48 oz 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor SportWater 1L 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor Sports Drink 16 oz 
  • $1/4 BodyArmor Sports Drink 28 oz 
  • $0.40/1 Rico Jasmine, Medium or Long Grain Rice, 2-3 lb 
  • $1/2 Frontera Salsa 16 oz or Skillet Sauce 8 oz 
  • $0.75/1 La Lechera Dulce de Leche or Sweetened Condensed Milk 13.4-14 oz 
  • $2/1 Nesquik Powder 30-35.5 oz 
  • $0.50/1 Green Giant Four Cheese Pizza 9.6 oz or Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 pk 
  • $1/1 Apple & Eve Organic Juice 64 oz

Our family loves to have pizza night each week, so I was thrilled to see the coupon for $0.50/1 Green Giant Four Cheese Pizza 9.6 oz or Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 pk. Have you tried these yet? The Cauliflower Pizza Crusts are absoluetely delcious, and I love that they are made with simple ingredients like real Cauliflower and have no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives. The Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust 2 packs are perfect for a quick and delicious dinner and for bringing the family together around the table during the hustle and bustle of a busy week.

One of my favorite pizzas to make with these crusts is a Chicken Pesto Pizza. With the savings that we can score right now at Publix, I am stocking up my freezer on these delicious crusts! These are a great way to get dinner on the table in no time! 

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Ingredients:

2 count pack of Green Giant Cauliflower Pizza Crust

3 tablespoons of your favorite Pesto Sauce

2 cups shredded mozarella cheese

2 cups cooked chicken cubes (you can also use cubed rotisserie chicken)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

Place the Green Giant Cauliflower Crusts on a sheet pan and bake for 8-10 minutes

Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes

Top each Cauliflower Crust with 1 1/2 tablespoon of Pesto

Place 1 cup of cubed chicken and 1 cup of shredded mozarella cheese on top of each pizza

Place equal amounts of red onion on each pizza

Bake at 425 for another 8-10 minutes or until the crust is nice and crispy and toppings are melted and bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! Let me know if you try this delicious and easy recipe!

Walgreens Photo: 6 FREE 5×7 Premium Photo Cards!

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Wow! Through September 12, 2020, Walgreens Photo is offering a set of 6 FREE 5×7 Premium Photo Cards with promo code 6PREMIUM at checkout.

Be sure to choose  free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

GO HERE to create your photo cards. The holidays will be here before you know it, so this is a great time to get a few cards for Free!

15 + Fall Leaf Crafts for Kids

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Looking for something fun to do with the kids? Check out these 15+ Fall Leaf Crafts for Kids. There is something for everyone, and these crafts will keep the kids busy for hours! These would also be great if you are a teacher and looking for fall craft ideas!

Fall Leaf Sewing Cards by Kids Activities Blog
Leaf Fox Family by Sweet Silly Sara
Clay Leaf Bowls by Make Life Lovely
Watercolor Leaf Garland by
Stained Glass Fall Leaf Craft by Ginger Casa
Watercolor Leaf Wreath by Happiness is Homemade
Crayon Shaving Leaves by Meaningful Mama
Yarn Wrapped Leaves by Paper and Glue
Leaf People by Fantastic Fun and Learning
Pretty Leaf Garland by Paper and Glue
Thankful Tree Craft by Meaningful Mama
Leaf Peg Dolls by In the Playroom
Paper Leaf Wreath by Polka  Dot Chair
Scrapbook Paper Leaf by Cutesy Crafts
Leaf Rubbings by KC Edventures

Clean and Deoderize Your Kitchen With Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner!

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In our home, the kitchen is constantly in use. I am always up to something, whether it be cooking and cleaning, or baking, the kitchen is a very high-traffic area. With that being said, I love for my kitchen to always smell fresh and clean!

I find that no matter how tidy I may try to keep the kitchen, there are always dishes in the sink. Even though we have a dishwasher, the dishes always mysteriously find their way into the sink. Of course, with the dishes comes food scraps. The garbage disposal in my sink defintely gets a workout each day, and I find that it can often start to smell. I am so thankful that I found out about Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner. It has truly been a lifesaver!

Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner cleans and deodorizes your disposal with the power of baking soda, leaving behind a fresh citrus scent. I appreciate that it is also super easy to use. In fact, you simply prep, get the sink ready, and drop the capsule into the disposal. Use twice a week or as needed to clean and deodorize your garbage disposal leaving behind a fresh citrus scent. It really is that easy! 

  • Eliminates Odors
  • Easy to Use
  • Leaves behind a fresh citrus scent

Would you like to try Arm & Hammer Garbage Disposal Cleaner for yourself? You can find it on Amazon and other retailers nationwide. Be sure to let me know if you try it and what you think!

Back to School with the New Crayola Colors of the World Crayons!

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School is in full swing for our family! Whether your kids are attending a brick and mortar building for school, or you choose to teach them at home virtually, you will more than likely need school supplies. One of my favorite products to shop for every year is crayons. Of course, only the best will do, and hands down, Crayola  wins every year!

This year, Crayola is excited to announce their new Crayola Colors of the World Crayons. With Colors of the World Crayons, children can fully and accurately represent themselves and the world around them through creativity, imagination and self-expression! The 24 newly formulated colors reflect more than 40 global skin tone shades encompassing three undertones – Rose, Almond & Golden – and range in skin tone colors from Extra Light to Deepest. Colors of the World packaging features color panels and authentic color names to help kids find the shade that best represents themselves. Each crayon is wrapped in a gradient skin tone label, with the color name in English, Spanish and French.

Colors of the World Crayons (32 count): In addition to featuring the 24 new skin tone colors, the Colors of the World 32 count crayon pack features four hair and four eye color crayons – perfect for creating a complete self-portrait.

The 24 count is available on Crayola.com for $2.49, and the 32 count is available exclusively at Walmart for $1.77.

In addition to the Crayola Colors of the World Crayons, you can find other Crayola favorites at retailers nationwide. My son Brady loves the Crayola Sketchpads to create his own unique creations!

See Why Our Family Loves Baby Magic Products + Enter to Win $100!

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I have a little secret for you. My youngest son Brady is 8 years old, and to this day, I still use Baby Magic products on him! When I brought both of my boys home from the hospital, I began using Baby Magic products and instantly fell in love with them. In fact, I love this brand so much that I use the products as well! There is a reason that this brand has been loved by protective parents for over 65 years. 

Baby Magic nourishes baby’s skin with wholesome ingredients and is Dermatologist recommended for a baby’s delicate skin. I also appreciate that Baby Magic products are free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates & dyes. Oh, and did I mention the smell? When you combine things like calendula, coconut oil, and aloe you are sure to have a scent that the entire family will love! When I smell Baby Magic products, it also takes me on a trip down memory lane and to when my boys were tiny babies. The smell of a baby is unlike any other, and I love that Baby Magic allows me to keep those memories alive. 

I encourage you to see for yourself why our family loves Baby Magic products so much, and to check out all of the fabulous products that they have to offer on Amazon. There are lots of options to choose from, but our family favorites are the Baby Magic 2 in-1 Wash and the Baby Magic Calming Lotion.

The Baby Magic 2 in-1 Wash is a tear-free and sulfate-free formula that is enriched with nourishing Calendula and Coconut Oil. It nourishes and cleanses at the same time while being gentle on the skin. My son Brady still hates to get soap in his eyes so this is the perfect solution for him. I love when he gets out of the bathtub and smells so fresh and clean! 

My personal favorite Baby Magic Product is the Calming Body Lotion. If you love the soothing scent of lavender and chammomile, this product is for you. Not only does it smell amazing, but your skin stays super soft and subtle all day long! I also appreciate that the Calming Body Lotion is vitamin-enhanced and hypoallergenic.

As someone who is always trying to find ways to save for my family, I appreciate that Baby Magic Products are budget-friendly. Right now you can sweeten the deal by saving $1 off any Baby Magic Product with the printable coupon HERE.  In addition, select households will receive an additional $1 off Baby Magic coupon from Valpak, so be sure to check your envelope! 

How would you like to win some extra cash? I have an easy way for you to win $100! Savings.com is giving away 10 $100 Visa e-gift cards on behalf of Baby Magic! Just click on the image above to enter! 

Giveaway Details

  • Tuesday, September 1st at 12:00 AM PT to Wednesday, September 30th at 11:59 PM PT.
  • Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Visa e-gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Grocery page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form on the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Thursday, October 1st via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.