Saturday, April 30, 2011

Fantastic Low Carb Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

I saw this in a Publix magazine, tore it out and had it in my purse forever. I finally made this recently, and it was great! My ten year old son begged for more and made me promise to make it again. The best part is that it is so healthy and super easy to make. I had never used lettuce as a wrap but loved it. I also like that it uses basic low-carb ingredients in a new and unusual way. Next time I will double the recipe.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps


2 cups package coleslaw mix
1 sliced medium red pepper
2 chopped green onions
2 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro

2 6-oz packages of refrigerated cooked chicken breast strips
2 tablespoons bottled teriyaki sauce

8 Bibb lettuce leaves


Combine first four ingredients in a food processor and process with several on/off pulses until finely chopped.

Transfer slaw mixture, two packages of chicken strips and two tablespoons of teriyaki sauce to large skillet. Cook and stir over medium heat until heated through.

Spoon slaw mixture and chicken onto 8 Bibb lettuce leaves; roll up.

Makes 4 servings.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Organic Strawberries at Whole Foods for $1.99 Friday 4/29

Every once in a while Whole Foods will have an amazing sale on one item, usually on a Friday. Tomorrow (4/29) only, get 1 lb packages of Organic Strawberries for $1.99/ea. That is a savings of $3/ea. Also, it's cheaper than the strawberries on sale at Publix this week which are not organic!

Thanks t0 Stretching a Buck for this tip! Check out her site for other great savings.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Great Deals at HG Hill!

I don't post as often about HG Hill as I used to since their sales have changed, and they are not as great as they used to be. However, there are some great deals this week:

Ground Beef, 1.99 per lb

Green Cabbage, 3 lbs for $1 (most cabbage heads weigh around 3 lbs)

Yellow or Zucchini Squash, .89 per lb (Farmer's Market is usually 1.29 per lb)

Kiwi Fruit, 4 for $1

Fryer Leg Quarters, .39 per lb (sold in 10 lb bags)

Yellow Onions, 3 lb bags, $1

Purity Lemonade, 1/2 Gallon, .99

Monday, April 25, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 4/25/2011

Monday: Baked Chicken and Potatoes
Tuesday: Hamburgers
Wednesday: Spinach Lasagna
Thursday: Chicken Gumbo
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: Meatloaf, Rice & Salad
Sunday: Chicken Chili

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Need Some New Free Music for the Weekend?

WXRT Radio offers 35 downloads in its Coachella Artists MP3 Sampler for free. It includes songs from Bright Eyes, Chromeo, The Swell Season, and more.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

For the Locals: Treasures from Tutankhamun!

For lunch I recently visited the Tennessee State Museum. For those of you who have never been, it is located in the TPAC Building in downtown Nashville. You walk in the main entrance and off to the right are stairs that lead down into the floors of the museum. The best part is that it is free. I have spent many lunch hours there and love to discover new things every time I go. Just fyi, there is a fantastic permanent collection of Tennessee pottery.

Currently there is also an amazing traveling exhibit for all things Egyptian. The museum has done an excellent job with presentation. It is a three-part exhibition looking at the art, history, and culture of ancient Egypt and its influence on Tennessee. You can see it in the Changing Galleries (located on the bottom floor) until Sept. 4, 2011. I will definitely be taking the kids back for this one!

The exhibit, entitled Egyptian Relics, Replicas & Revivals: Treasures from Tutankhamun, features ancient artifacts from the Institute of Egyptian Art & Archaeology of the University of Memphis (IEAA/UM) and beautifully detailed replicas presented in the International Museum Institute of New York (IMINY) traveling exhibition, “Tutankhamun: ‘Wonderful Things’ from the Pharaoh’s Tomb.”

Tennessee State Museum
505 Deaderick Street
Nashville, TN 37243-1120


Open: Tuesday - Saturday:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5 p.m.
Closed: Mondays and four holidays: New Year's Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day.

(615) 741-2692

Monday, April 18, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 4/18/11

Monday: Crockpot Barbecue Chicken Legs, Red Potatoes & Green Beans
Tuesday: Tuna Pasta with Green Peas
Wednesday: Black Bean Mango Salad & Rice
Thursday: Chinese Roasted Crockpot Chicken & Steamed Vegetables
Friday: Kids' Choice
Saturday: Spinach Turkey Meatloaf & Rice
Sunday: Cheeseburger Bread

Sunday, April 17, 2011

DiGiorno $1.25/1 Printable!

Go HERE (facebook) to print your $1.25 off of one DiGiorno pizza!

Hurry! JC Penney Coupon: 20% off Online or In-store

JCPenney takes 20% off most items sitewide via coupon code "BESTPALS". It also stacks with clearance items, which are already discounted by up to 80% off. Shipping starts at $5.95 and sales tax is added where applicable. Some exclusions may apply. Coupon expires April 18.

Thanks to Deal News for this tip.

Zatarains and Captain Crunch Printable Coupons

Go HERE for your .75/2 Zatarains and $1/2 Captain Crunch printable coupons!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Kroger Trip and Free Pedigree Jumbones!

I stopped at Kroger because my daughter's Daisy Troop was collecting pet supplies to donate to a local pet charity. This is the reason why there is no trip picture because I gave a lot of it away. However, I wanted to share with you this fantastic find. Hopefully you will find the same at your Kroger.

Also, the trip below was actually two trips. If you are local, the Jumbone deal was at the Kroger in Cool Springs. The fantastic Perdue Chicken deal was at the Kroger in Franklin on Columbia near Franklin High School.

So when I was at the store I saw this:

It's for $1/1 Pedigree Snacks including Jumbone. And then I saw this:

Woohoo!! Even if you don't have a pet, pick some up for charity!

30 Pedigree Jumbones, regularly 3.59, on sale $1
-(30) $1/1 blinkies (found at store)
Final Price: Free

3 Xtra Laundry Detergent, 1.98
-(2) .50/1 IP Q, doubled
-.50/1 MF Q from Kroger homemailer
Final Price: .98 ea

Pinesol Cleaner 48 oz, $3.39
-$1/1 MF Q from Kroger Homemailer
-$1 for Kroger Mega Sale Buy 4 Items on List Get $4 Off
Final Price: 1.39

Lysol Bathroom Cleaner, 2.49
-$1/1 MF Q from Kroger Homemailer
-$1 for Kroger Mega Sale Buy 4 Items on List Get $4 Off
Final Price: .49

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner $2.49
-.75/1 MF Q from Kroger Homemailer
-$1 for Kroger Mega Sale Buy 4 Items on List Get $4 Off
Final Price: .74

Soft Scrub 26 oz or Total 25 oz, $3.19
-.75/1 MF Q from Kroger Homemailer
-$1 for Kroger Mega Sale Buy 4 Items on List Get $4 Off
Final Price: 1.44

Kibbles & Bits Dog Food, 3.79
-$2/1 MF Q
Final Price: 1.79

2 Dove Frozen Treats, 2.99
-(2) $1/1 blinkies (found this trip)
Final Price: 1.99

Kroger Frozen Fruit Bars, on sale 2.50

3 Easter Candies, on sale $1 (bribery for kids)

Starburst, .50

Kroger Ground Beef, 2.76

6 Packages (2-3 lbs ea) Perdue Drums or Chicken Thighs, on sale 1.19 per lb, also BOGO
Final Price: 1.43 average per package

Total before sales/coupons: 166.83
Sales: 93.01
Coupons: 43.50
OOP: 30.32 (Saved 82%)

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Publix Trip Saved 73%

Publix has a Kraft cheese deal going on right now which is hard to pass up! I freeze my shredded cheese so I stock up when there is a good price. I don't notice any difference when I use it. After all it's on frozen pizzas, and you don't think twice about the cheese when you cook them.

2 Kraft Deluxe Mac & Cheese, 2.19 BOGO
Final Price: 1.09 ea

2 Yo-Plus Yogurt, 4 pk, $2.00 BOGO
-(2) $1 off Yoplait Yoplus printable
Final Price: Free

Pure Wesson Oil, 48 oz, $4.19 BOGO
-$1/1 MF Q from Kroger Homemailer
Final Price: 1.19

10 Tuttorosso Canned Tomatoes, or Sauce or Puree, 28-29 oz, 1.87 BOGO
-(5) $1/2 Tuttorosso canned tomatoes, 28 oz., in store dispenser (found this trip)
Final Price : .43 ea

2 Nabisco Ritz Munchables,12.25 oz, $3.79 BOGO
-$1 off Ritz Munchables Pretzel Rounds, 12.25 oz printable
Final Price: .89 ea

2 Lay’s Potato Chips, 10-10.5 oz, $3.99 BOGO
Excludes Kettle Cooked, Baked, Light, and Natural
-(2) $1 off Lay’s potato chips (Publix coupon), 10-11 oz, Yellow Advantage flyer (EXP 4/15)
Final Price: .99 ea

2 Alexia Artisan Breads, 10.5-14 oz, $3.39 BOGO
-$1 off Alexia Foods product (Facebook) printable
Final Price: .69 ea

Red Potatoes, 5 lb, $2.99

Sweet Potatoes, 3.9 lbs, 49¢ lb
Final Price: 1.91

Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs, 3.29 (for the little helpers)

Krispy Kreme Donuts, 2.99 (for the little helpers)

12 Kraft Shredded Cheese (with Philly), 1.67
-(12) $1/1 MF Q blinkie (found on this and previous trips)
-(2) $1.50/2 Kraft Shredded Cheese Publix Printable (no longer available)
Final Price: .42 ea (Great for Freezing!)

Progresso Beef Broth, 2.59
-Publix Penny Item
Final Price: .01

Scotties Facial Tissues, 60-132 ct., 99¢
-.50/1 Scotties facial tissue, 60-264 ct, single or multipk printable
Final Price: Free

Total before sales/coupons: 122.44
Sales: 56.36
Coupons: 33.33
OOP: 32.75 (Saving 73%)

Link Love: Ball Park Printables

Check out the post at For the Mommas to see two new printables for Ball Park Hot Dogs. Spring time is the best time to stock up on hot dogs for your freezer! It is pretty much the only time of year when there are lots of coupons and sales. Start collecting those coupons now because the sales are not far behind!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Xtra Laundry Detergent Printable

Go to this site to print the $0.50/1 Xtra Laundry Detergent coupon. This brand frequently goes on sale at Kroger for as low as $1.98 and is currently on sale at CVS.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 4/11/2011

Monday: Chicken Nuggets and Broccoli & Rice (Cub Scouts)
Tuesday: Black Beans & Rice
Wednesday: Crockpot Pineapple Chicken
Thursday: Spaghetti
Friday: Spicy & Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
Saturday: Chili & Cornbread
Sunday: Chili Cheese Potato Casserole

For the Locals: Williamson County Young Scholars Summer Program

This is something that no one told me about, but I happened across it and my kids love it. The Young Scholars Institute is a wonderful two week program during the summer that Williamson County children between 7 and 14 can attend. It's a learning opportunity where kids get to pick the things they want to learn from a long list of classes (like Percy Jackson, Digital Photography or Cooking). Kids do not have to be brilliant, just able to pay attention and want to be there. It cost a little more than summer camp and you do have to pay extra for aftercare through the MAC program who picks them up and transports them to the Holiday MAC site. However, last year they provided a healthy hot meal for lunch for free for the elementary students through a grant. It is totally worth it and a great learning opportunity.

There are Junior Scholars and Senior Scholars, each at a different school. However if you have children in both age groups, you can drop them off at the Senior Scholars in the morning and they will take the younger kids to the Junior Scholars location. Just a tip, if you need to be at work early and can't wait for Junior Scholars to begin, drop your kids off at the Senior Scholar site as they begin earlier and will take them where they need to be.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Things You Can Do With Junk...

What I did this weekend in honor of Easter...

Flopsy Bot was designed by the Easter Bunny to work in the Easter Egg Factory. However, he has decided that if he sees another Easter Egg he will explode. His dream is to work in pharmaceutical sales.

Principal Parts: Metal cup, metal bowl, beverage shaker, candy mold tins, metal blind bracket, wine opener, drawer pulls, measuring spoons, industrial coffee filters, antique adding machine gear, and various nuts and bolts.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Link Love: Free Software

Yahoo News has a great article on free software and what that software compares to in the purchasing world. I particularly like the free Kindle software that you can put on your phone. I recently got a new phone that came with Kindle software and I LOVE it. It makes football and soccer practice with the kids so much nicer! There are numerous books that you can download for free at Amazon.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

For the Locals: Free Admission to the Frist April 8-9!

The Frist Center Celebrates its 10th Birthday with FREE Admission and Festivities!

Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9
Free admission both days
in Nashville, TN

The Frist Center celebrates 10 years of stellar art exhibitions, education and enrichment programs, outreach, and service to the community with a weekend of celebration, including two free days of admission and a day of art-making activities.

This is to thank YOU for your support and patronage throughout the years and for making the Frist Center what it is today.

Schedule of Events:

Friday, April 8, FREE DAY
10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
6:00–8:00 p.m.
Music in the Grand Lobby

Belmont Bluegrass Ensemble

Saturday, April 9, FREE DAY
10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Celebrate with a full day of art-making activities on Saturday:

Great Art Makes Great Memories
Collage, cut, color, and paste to create memory markers inspired by your favorite masterpiece!

Create, Collaborate, and Recreate: Carving the Carousel
Channel your inner sculptor: use modeling dough and sculptor’s tools to help remake the community art project, Carving the Carousel, which was originally made to celebrate the 2004 Red Grooms family day at the Frist Center.

Happy Birthday, Frist Center for the Visual Arts!
Work with longtime Frist Center collaborators and Nashville artists James Threalkill and Michael McBride to recreate the 2001 opening-day activity that invited visitors to create an artistic “tile” to be placed in a mural depicting the Frist Center.

Martin ArtQuest Gallery
Visit the Martin ArtQuest Gallery, located on the upper level, to experiment with a variety of exciting hands-on art activities ranging from draped figure drawing to printmaking. Enjoy additional activities inspired by Vishnu: Hinduism’s Blue-Skinned Savior.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

For the Locals: Franklin Main Street Festival April 30-May 1, 2011

You know those fun homey festivals that you see on TV in quaint little towns that you wish you could experience at least once in your life? Well this is it. It's free. Well, kinda. They sell amazing food and art and games and, well the list goes on. The kids LOVE it. It's packed with locals, pets and visitors. A couple of years ago there were even Star Wars characters walking around. If you get a chance, check it out. HERE is more information.

Hours for the free street festival are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, with the Fourth Avenue Street Dance continuing until 10 p.m., and all activities re-opening noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Arts and crafts booths line Main Street from First to Fifth Avenue.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Link Love: One of the best states to live in...

THIS article almost tempts me to want to move to North Dakota! It's nice to see a state with an actual surplus.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Favorite Deals This Week 4/1/2011


Kellogg’s Cereal 12-15.3 oz, $4.09 BOGO
Frosted Flakes, Froot Loops, Apple Jacks, Corn Pops, Honey Smacks or Crispix
-$2 off Publix coffee WYB Kellogg’s Frosted or Corn Flakes (Publix Coupon) Calle Ocho Booklet
-Free Publix milk 1 gal WYB (3) Kellogg’s Rice, Cocoa or Frosted Krispies or Honey Smacks cereals (Publix coupon), Yellow Advantage Flyer
-$1/3 Kellogg’s cereals (Target coupon), RP 3/06
-$10 Debit card Mail in Rebate WYB 10 Kellogg’s Crispix

-$1 off Fresh Fruit WYB (2) Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes, or Froot Loops, 12 oz +, on product
-$1/3 Kellogg’s cereal, 10 oz +, RP 3/06 or printable
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Crispix cereal, 12 oz +, on product or printable
Final Price: 1.54 - 1.71 ea plus discounts on other items

Log Cabin Syrup, 24 oz, $3.89 BOGO
-$1 off Log Cabin syrup, SS 2/27
Final Price: .94¢

Purina Friskies Party Mix Cat Treats, $1.75 BOGO
-$1 off Purina Dog or Cat Treat, 2.1-32 oz printable (Publix Q)
-$1 off Friskies cat treats, SS 1/23
-$1.50/3 Purina Friskies cat treats, SS 3/27
-$1/1 Purina Friskies Party Mix cat treats, 6 oz One Stop, One Store Booklet
Final Price: Free+

Smart Balance Half Gallon, $2.50
-$1 off Smart Balance milk product printable or printable
-$1.50 off Smart Balance milk, SS 3/06
-$2 off Smart Balance milk, SS 3/27
Final Price: .50 - 1.50

Yoplait Yogurt, 4-6 oz, 50¢
-$1/4 Yoplait yogurt cups (Publix coupon), 6 oz, General Mills Celebra tu Cultura! Calle Ocho booklet
-$1/10 Yoplait yogurt cups, SS 2/13
-$1/6 Yoplait yogurt cups (50 points), Recycle Bank coupon home mailer
-.40/6 Yoplait yogurt cups, SS 2/13, SS 3/27 or printable
-.50/4 Yoplait yogurt cups OR Yoplait Original or Light Smoothie printable
-.75/4 Yoplait yogurt cups printable (print limit reached)
Final Price: use store and .50/4, makes it FREE-12¢

Jolly Time Microwave Popcorn Healthy Pop 4 ct, $1
-$1/2 Jolly Time Healthy Pop Microwave popcorn printable
-$1/2 Jolly Time Microwave popcorn printable
-.35/1 Jolly Time popcorn Poly Bag or Kernels jar printable
-.50/1 Jolly Time Microwave popcorn, SS 2/13
Final Price: Free - .50

French’s Spicy Brown Mustard, 12 oz, $1
-.50/1 French’s mustard, on product
-.50/1 French’s Mustard printable
Final Price: Free

Thanks to Southern Savers for this information. Visit her site for complete sale/coupon match-up!

HG Hill:

Ground Beef, 1.79 per lb

Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts or Tenders, 1.69 per lb

Boneless Pork Chops, 1.99 per lb

Boneless Chuck Roast, 2.99 per lb

Pork Spare Ribs, 1.79 per lb

Mangos, 2 for $1.00

Seedless Naval Oranges, 4 for $1.00

Idaho Potatoes, 5 lbs, 1.99


Hershey’s Candy 1.4-2.5 oz, 39¢
-$1/2 Hershey’s Reese’s or Cadbury centerpiece items, 2 oz +, SS 4/03
Final Price: Free

Butterball Chicken Broth, 14 oz, 50¢ w/in-ad coupon

Domino Sugar, 1 lb Confectioners or Brown, .79 w/in-ad coupon

Walgreens Pure Honey, 32 oz, 3.99 w/in-ad coupon


Whole Frozen Strawberries, 5 lbs, 7.99

Fresh 1/4" Diced Onions, 5 lbs, 5.99

Jumbo Spanish Onions, 5 lb bag, 3.99

Yellow Onions, 5 lb bag, 2.79

Idaho Bakers Potatoes, 10 lb bag, 3.99


Red or Green Grapes, .99 per lb

Strawberries, .99 per lb

Grapefruit, .25 ea

Gala Apples, 3 lb bag, $1.49


Chicken Leg Quarters, .39 per lb

Red or Green Grapes, .99 per lb

Yellow Onions, 3 lbs, 1.49

Shelby's Grove Mandarin Oranges (can), .49