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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Spaghetti Pizza Pie Recipe

This is one of my son's favorite's as it combines two of our family's most liked recipes : Pizza and Spaghetti!


1 lb Organic Ground Meat (Turkey, Beef, Chicken or Lamb)
2 tsp Olive oil
1/2 Cup finely chopped onions
1 finely chopped garlic clove
1/2 lb (or 8oz.) Spaghetti Noodles 
1 Jar Pasta Sauce 24 oz. (or homemade spaghetti sauce) 
2 eggs 
1/2 cup parmesan cheese (+2 tbsp for sprinkling on top at the end)
2 Tbsp melted butter 
1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (+1/4 cup for sprinkling on top at the end)
3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese (or ricotta)
***Please note you can use an Alternative to Cow's Milk Cheeses in recipe with Vegetarian/Soy or Almond Cheese blends available.

Heat in frying/saute pan on medium heat:
Olive Oil

Stir gently until heated through, not carmelized though.

Then stir in:

Meat and cook over medium high until done (until no pink in meat remains). Season to taste with salt and pepper (optional).
Then stir in Pasta Sauce and heat until bubbly, turn down to simmer. (See picture below)

Cook spaghetti noodles according to package directions until al dente and drain. (can be prepared earlier in day and refrigerated) Put noodles into a Large Round Baking Dish (a deep pie dish). Set aside. 

**Note:  You can also use 2 small pie dishes if you don't have a Large Deep dish  and then have one to eat and one to freeze and bake another time or 1 to share. If you do 2, just distribute noodles and egg/cheese/meat mixture evenly between them both.

Mix into a bowl (pourable bowl if available):
Parmesan cheese
Melted butter 
Garlic Powder
Shredded mozzarella cheese
Cottage cheese (or ricotta)

Pour this mixture over the noodles in pie dish. Mix it really well and press down as this will be the crust. (see above)

Spoon on and gently spread the meat sauce mixture over the crust and to finish off, sprinkle with the final mozzarella and then parmesan. (see below)

Bake in 375 degree oven for approx. 30 minutes or until slightly browned cheese (like a pizza), some bubbling around the edges and it is set. Let rest about 10 minutes and then cut and serve. Add a Salad and French bread for a great complete meal!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Free Summer Bowling for Kids - Register Soon!

AMF Summer Unplugged

Free Bowling For Kids

All Summer Long!

Summer Unplugged is Back in 2012!

Kids registered in the Summer Unplugged program can bowl two games per day, every day all summer long! (Shoe rental is not included.)
Sign-up begins April 1st, so be sure to come back here and register! Summer Unplugged Website Register Here

To find out what AMF Bowling Alleys are in your area you can  Go Here to their website and input your zipcode and state. 

Monday, March 19, 2012

So Delicious Coupons for Coconut Milk Products GIVEAWAY!

If Dairy free milk products are a usual staple in your home, I have a Giveaway of So Delicious Coupons for you to be able to save over $16.00 in Yummy So Delicious brand Coconut milk products.

From Coconut Milk Creamer for your morning coffee and creamy Coconut Milk Beverage for your cereal to an afternoon smoothie using Cultured Coconut Milk for a protein filled refreshing snack or perhaps a dessert treat of Chocolate Coconut Milk Frozen Dessert you will be amazed at this creamy, smooth and healthy alternative to dairy!

This morning I felt like I was on a tropical island when I poured So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage in vanilla on my typically boring cereal but the addition of a sliced banana combined with the rich, creamy flavor of this milk was awesome!

You can find these wonderful products at most larger Grocers in your area either in the dairy/frozen food section/ or in the natural food/dairy/frozen dairy section. I purchase regularly at Fred Meyer in their health food section.

Here's some fresh and fruity recipe ideas using So Delicious Coconut Milk Beverage:

Easy Strawberry - Banana Coconut Smoothie (and Frozen Treats)

  • 1 cup strawberries fresh or frozen
  • 1 banana 
  • 1 cup So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Beverage
  • 2 TBSP Honey, Natural Sweeter such as Stevia or Organic Cane Sugar
Mix in Blender until smooth. You can also double this recipe and make extra to fill your frozen "popcicle" or frozen treat holders as I did. Yogurt can also be added for extra flavor and richness, but the creaminess of the Coconut Milk Beverage is quite smooth and flavorful! Enjoy!

If you would like to get a .55 cent off Coupon to print on Facebook (Will need to "Like" their page) Click here -So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk Product Coupon on Facebook

You can also go to   for recipes, product info and to sign up for email and get more coupons! (to print)

This Sunday's Smartsource coupon insert has $1.00 off Coupons as well (3-25-12)

(Subscribers only - via Email or Google Following) GIVEAWAY:  I will give away the two coupon booklets shown above so you can save and try these delicious "So Delicious Coconut Milk" products!  Please leave a comment below on this post of something you liked reading about on my blog I actually started a year ago as of Tuesday, and also if you have ever tried So Delicious Dairy Free Coconut Milk products.  Your first name and last name initial is fine in your reply.

This giveaway ends 3-31-2012. If you haven't yet subscribed you can do so by entering your email on the right side of my page to follow by email or sign up via Google to Follow where it says Join this Site, and then enter this Giveaway. (Please note if you sign up via Email you will need to confirm the email you receive via Feedburner after you sign up on this blog for it to count.) Thanks!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Fred Meyer Savings Tips and Sweepstakes

If you have a Fred Meyer near you then you may want to check out these great offers!
Go here to and click Sign up (for Reward Card or to input your Reward card you may already have) and sign up for weekly emails of sales.

I have been able to save regularly by using my Rewards Card. I shop for two households and really get some great discounts by loading my card with deals online, clipping weekly ads and using manufacturer coupons from each Sunday's newpaper. I also get in the mail quarterly my Rewards bonus just for shopping there. I like to go online to see the weekly ads before I head out and print out just in case they are all out of Store coupons when I get there. Here are some of the kinds of savings coupons I receive and have available by shopping here. (Shown below: Rewards Card Bonus Coupons, Register Coupons, In Store Coupons and In Store Bonus Discount Coupons for different Departments)

A few things I love about Fred Meyer is their Health Food Dept and Produce section always have great deals and many organic fruits and veggies for my family. Of course their One Stop Shopping while saving money feature can't be beat especially if your busy and just don't want to shop around town to every separate store, (like automotive, gardening, cosmetics, toiletries, and so on before getting home).

Right now there is even a fun Sweepstakes game you can play when you sign in to your online Rewards account daily through March 24th. They are giving away thousands of free food items. I just won a Free Breyers Ice Cream Tub up to $6! It automatically loads it to your Rewards card so you can redeem on your next shopping trip. Easy!

March To Savings Sweepstakes

If you don't have a Fred Meyer nearby to shop at, the Official Rules link below shows some other Kroger stores to enter this fun contest.

Official Rules (and other Kroger Stores) 

This weeks' Ad 3-11 to 3-17 you'll find a great deal on Seeds in their Garden Dept. if your thinking about planting your garden soon. Buy One Get One FREE on Lilly Miller and Ed Hume Seed Packets. Make sure you clip out the coupon to use in the store Ad for these. Great time to buy is now! 

I will be posting some pictures of what I start planting here in the next month or so and some inside germination tips.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Save Money Buy Baking Soda -100's of Uses Part 2

I am still fascinated by all the uses for Baking Soda! I hope you had a chance to learn or try some of the previous Baking Soda remedies I posted a few weeks back for your household and hopefully, saved some money too.

I like the fact that I am noticing less and less harsh chemicals under my sink. By keeping the basic "healthy comparable yet simple versions" that are safe for all the family (Distilled White Vinegar and Baking Soda) to help out in cleaning chores, I don't need to be concerned about toxic fumes or skin reactions.

Here are some more uses I found for Baking Soda in recipes, cleaning, storage, and even de-icing:

To make a fluffy omelette, add 1/2 tsp. baking soda (for every 3 eggs).

To clean your microwave safely you can use a general cleaning solution of 4 Tablespoons Baking Soda to 1 Quart warm water to wipe down the interior. Another way is to boil a few spoonfuls of Bakings Soda in a microwave-safe cup with water for 3-5 min. Cup will be hot to touch so use a potholder to remove. The interior can now be easily wiped down with a clean sponge or paper towel of cleaning mixture moisture from the steam created. Wow thats easy!

Before you put your garbage bag in your garbage can in your kitchen, you can neutralize odors by sprinkling Baking Soda in the bottom. I use this idea for the smaller waste baskets in our home also!

I did not realize but you can use Baking Soda as a De-icer! We actually had more snow here (in March!) Just sprinkle on your front steps to promote traction and melt ice. It is much safer for outside surfaces than most of the harsh chemical brands and if tracked in to the house, it is less to worry about too. You can mix with sand if you need more heavy texture/grit.

I found it is really handy to just have a shaker or container filled with baking soda at arms reach in my kitchen and bath on a regular basis. I like to re- use small plastic containers with lids for this purpose! 

Baking Soda is just such a versatile substance and is so friendly on the budget! Okay I know, I know, I will have to do another Part 3 for Baking Soda uses.....stay tuned!

This Weeks Great Deals 3/4-3/10...Why NOT Save?

Here's some great deals this week you can easily take advantage of to save. Just click to print the coupon for Michaels's or save your receipt of Proctor and Gamble purchases at Bartells and mail in to get a nice savings at the gas pump!

Michael's Arts and Crafts Weekly Coupons to print

Print this coupon this week (through 3-10) for 40% of one Regular priced item. Also, a Get $5.00 off every $25 you spend coupon available.

Bartell's Click Here   

Find out how to get a Free $10 Gift Card toward your next gas purchase from Bartell Drugs!

If you purchase $25 in P&G products you can get a $10 Gift Card back by Mail. See details on website in their Weekly ad by clicking in above link. Details are in this weeks Ad in the store or you may receive like I did in your mailbox.  (P & G Products listed below qualify). You have until the end of June to get receipt and form in for the gift card.

Bartell Drugs logo* Offer valid 2/27/12-3/12/12

Participating Proctor & Gamble products: Align®, Always®, Aussie®, Braun®, Camay®, Clairol®, Cover Girl®, Crest®, Fixodent®, Gillette®, Gleem®, Glide®, Head & Shoulders®, Herbal Essences®, Hydrience®, Metamucil®, Natural Instincts®, Nice & Easy®, Olay®, Old Spice®, Oral-B®, Pantene®, Pepto Bismol®, Prilosec OTC®, PUR®, Safeguard®, Scope®, Secret®, Tampax®, Vicks®

Note: Their is also another mail in offer from purchasing Kimberly Clark Products of $25 or more (see ad for details)

And while your at Bartells check out their easy Store Ad and recent Sunday paper coupons Match ups:

Campbells Chunky Soup on sale this week for 4 for $5, use your $1.00 off of 4  Coupon so now they only are $1.00 each!

Clairol Hair Color on Sale for 15% off regular prices, use your P&G Brandsaver Coupon from recent Sunday paper coupons for $2.00 off

Full line of Nature Made Vitamins are 50% off this week so match up with your recent Sunday paper coupons for either $1.00 off one or $3.00 off two products. 

or take advantage of these deals now such as Bigelow Tea in assorted varieties only$1.69 (reg. $3.49) and Bounce Dryer Sheets are only $1.99 box 40ct (reg $3.49)

Friday, March 2, 2012

TRAVEL Sites, Games for Kids Printables and Giveaways

With winter winding down and thoughts turning to spring I thought it would be nice to post some upcoming Travel websites so you can start planning for upcoming vacations or business trips.  I included a fun, free printable travel games for kids page from, a link to vote for my friend on another great travel site for women and a website that has travel giveaways to enter, so check them out!

Free Printable Car & Travel Games for Kids |
Be sure to check out upcoming travel giveaways and trip planning on this trustworthy family friendly travel site as well.

Women on their Way Travel Website Click Here 
Please click on Like under Vote for this Entry on this page for my friend's Travel Blog Contest Entry, thanks!
Great Travel website to check out with Special Offers and Tips so bookmark this one while your there too.

Click Here for Neo Travel Sweepstakes! 

Enter to win several travel never know, if you don't enter, you can't win. 

My son on our trip last summer I won to Victoria, BC, Canada via Black Ball Ferry! (pictured above)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Homemade TV & Laptop Screen Cleaner

After I had my Laptop Computer for a month or so I realized how dirty the screen can get but was not at all sure what was safe to use. I found the Computer Screen Cleaning Wipes left streaks and decided to go a more natural route but still wanted to make sure it was safe for the screen. 

I have tried this solution and found it works great for my Laptop and TV screens but make sure you don't apply or spray directly to the screen but put a small amount on a Lint-Free Cloth (you can purchase at local office supply or use an old soft t-shirt type rag) Please use at your own risk with your equipment, however I have not had any problem with this gentle formula.

Note: Do not use paper towels. Do not use plain tap water, only Distilled. Do not spray directly on screens as it can drip down into parts and damage. Less is more :) when applying to your cloth, either spray on the cloth or dip cloth into jar just a little first. You can do a second round of cleaning if screens are really dirty.  I prefer to gently use a back and forth cleaning motion and end with a dry Lint-Free Cloth. Ahhhh, just like new again!

The basic recipe is:

1/2 cup plain White Vinegar
1/2 cup Distilled Water

Pour into small jar with a fitting lid or a spray bottle and label. Can be stored for future use.