Monday, August 30, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Here's my menu plan for this week. I've linked up to Menu Plan Monday at Org Junkie. Check out all of the links and get inspired to create your family's menu for the week.

Monday: grilled chicken, angel hair pasta and grilled veggies

Tuesday: slowcooker bbq chicken, mac & cheese, broccoli

Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, chips, cole slaw

Thursday: breakfast dinner

Friday: ???

Haven't figured out the weekend plans yet.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Recipe for the Halloween Cake Pops

Recipe for the Halloween Cake Pops
from Family Circle magazine

makes about 50


  • 1 box cake mix

  • 1 cup canned frosting

  • 1 pound candy melts (such as Wilton)


1. Prepare cake mix following package directions.

2. Cool, break into crumbs and stir in frosting. Roll into balls (about 50 per batch).

3. Melt 1 pound candy melts (such as Wilton). Dip one end of lollipop sticks in candy and then insert into cake balls (this keeps them from coming loose). Freeze to set.

4. Dip pops in melted candy to coat, decorate as desired, then press sticks in a styrofoam block to dry. (If drawing faces with an edible marker, let candy dry first.)

For the Love of Cake...

Do you ever watch those cake decorating shows? There's a bunch of them on tv these days...reality shows and competitions on the Food Network.

Many, many years ago I used to be a cake decorator. Ok, that is REALLY stretching it when I put it that way. But I did decorate cakes. They were ice cream cakes at Baskin Robbins (yum!!). What I did was SO basic and amateur but it was fun and I still use those basic skills on occasion for cakes for my family.

Well, the other day I was flipping through my new issue of Family Circle magazine and came across a little article about Cake Pops. Have you seen these things? So cute!

(photo from Family Circle)

The little article refers to a blogger who started making these things and I knew I had to check it out. I am loving her blog and I bet you will too! She's actually published a cookbook all about Cake Pops (coming out in September). So far in looking around her blog my favorite Cake Pops are the Ice Cream Cone ones.

So go check out Bakerella's blog right now!!!

Friday Favorites ~ It's Fall Y'all

(Willow House product photo)

I just LOVE fall, don't you? It is my favorite season. I especially love the warm, earthy colors. My home is filled with lots of browns and earthy colors year-round and I get excited when I can add fall leaves and pumpkins to the mix!

I know, I's only August 27th, not fall. But the kids went back to school this week and that somehow plays with my mind that fall is here. Or at least right around the corner.

I'm not the only one anxiously awaiting the time to start pulling out my fall decor. Check it out...

One of my very favorites, Thrift Decor Chick, hosted an impromptu fall decor linky party on her blog the other day. Lots of people linked up with fall crafts, decor, Halloween stuff. You get the idea.

Hope you get lots of fall inspiration. I know I did. Now we just need some cooler weather around here!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Thoughtful Thursday

Pinecone Research ~ Accepting Again

Pinecone Research is accepting applications again. Right now they are especially looking for new female applicants.

With Pinecone you will be paid $3 for each product survey you complete. Payment is fast and you have the option of using Paypal or having a check mailed to you. Occasionally you may be asked to try out a product at home and answer questions about it.

I've been with Pinecone since the beginning of this year and love it. It is easy and kind of fun! I've been selected to do a few product trials as well and that has been product to try plus a few dollars for my little bit of effort.

Of course you'll never get rich doing this but it makes for a little extra spending money :)

Go here to sign up...

All You Magazine $1 An Issue ~ Ends Soon!

My All You magazine deal ends this weekend! Through my Willow House business I am offering an 18 issue subscription for just $18 (regular price will be $20).

Check out my previous post for info on the magazine and a list of coupons in the current issue ($94.50 worth!!).

To place an order before Monday follow these steps:

1) Go here to my website.

2) Click on "Order" and then click "Find Host"

3) Type in my name Jennifer Pyrock and select my name when it pulls up (this will get you the $18 discounted price)

4) look in the books and magazines section and select the 18 issues for $20 option **I will take the discount when I get payment info from you

5) finalize the order and I will contact you for payment info (credit/debit card or Paypal)

The magazine will begin arriving in about 6-8 weeks after it has been processed.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Zucchini Bread

A friend asked me to share my zucchini bread recipe with her today so while I was at it I thought I'd share it with all of you too. Enjoy...

Zucchini Bread

1-1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. nutmeg

1 cup sugar
1 cup finely shredded unpeeled zucchini
1/4 cup oil
1 egg

1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

In mixing bowl, combine first 6 dry ingredients.
In a separate bowl, combine sugar, zucchini, oil and egg.
Combine bowls together and mix well.
Add flour. Stir until just blended together.
Stir in walnuts, if using.
Pour batter into a greased 8x4x2 loaf pan.
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.
Cool for 10 minutes.

I've linked this recipe to Tasty Tuesday and Works For Me Wednesday...check out all the great links this week.

Harris Teeter week of 8/25

Here are some of the deals I like at Harris Teeter this week...

Evic special...2 lb chub pack of ground beef...$2.99 (limit 1)

seedless green grapes...$0.99/lb

bartlett pears...$0.99/lb

BOGO HT boneless chicken breasts 2.5 lb bag...$9.99 (or $4.99 ea) comes out to $1.99/lb

Bertolli Pasta Sauce 24 fl. oz. at $3.15 ($1.57)
-$1/2 Bertolli Pasta Sauces, 15 oz +
printable (makes it $1.07)

Eggo Mini Pancakes 10 ct., at $2.50 ($1.57)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Eggo and/or Cinnabon frozen products, RP 7/25 (makes it $1.07)

Barilla Whole Grain Penne Pasta 13.25 oz., $1
-$1/2 Barilla Whole Grain Pasta
printable (makes it 50¢)

All Detergent, 50 oz. $3.99
-$1 off All Oxi-Active Detergent, 28 load +, RP 8/01 (makes it $2.99)

For a look at the complete ad with coupon match ups check out Southern Savers.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Some Of My Favorites...

It's been a little while since I've posted some links for "my favorites". Check out some of the fun things I've found around the blogoshpere lately. Hope you enjoy!

Free Back To School Printables...from How Does She?
You can sign up to receive the printables via email.

How to make Peanut Butter Cups...from Faith and Family

Crock Pot Banana Bread...from The Pleasures of Homemaking

All You Magazine

Are you familiar with All You magazine? It is similar to Family Circle but the big difference is that this magazine is full of manufacturer's coupons in each issue. The new September issue has $94.50 worth of coupons! This magazine definitely pays for itself with the savings you get using the coupons each month.

I am offering the following deals through my Willow House business...

8 issues of All You magazine for just $10
18 issues of All you magazine for just $18

(this is usually around $2.50 at Walmart, which is the only store that carries it)

These subscriptions can be for personal use of for gifts.

Please contact me through my website to place an order or for more info.

Here is a little peak at the coupons in the September issue that arrived in my mailbox today...

$3 off Arm & Hammer Cat Litter (exp 7/31/2011)
$0.55/1 Armour Frozen Meatballs (exp 11/30)
$1 off Barber Foods Stuffed Chicken Breasts (exp 10/7)
$1 off Carnation Instant Breakfast Essentials (exp 9/30)
$2 off Cholest-Off (exp 12/31)
$0.75/1 Colgate Total (exp 10/31)
$1 off Colgate Wisp (exp 10/31)
$0.75/1 Country Crock Side Dish (exp 11/28)
$1 off DiGiorno Pizza & Breadsticks (exp 9/30)
$1 off Dr. Scholl’s For Her Foot Cream or Lotion (exp 10/31)
$2 off Dr. Scholl’s For Her Smooth My Sole Micro File (exp 10/31)
$2 off Dream Smooth Mousse (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Edy’s or Dreyer’s (exp 9/30)
$0.75/1 Eight O’Clock COffee (exp 10/31)
$3 off E.P.T. (exp 10/31)
$10 off FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing System (exp 1/31)
$1/2 Gerber Graduates Lil’ Entrees (exp 9/30)
$1.50/2 Glade Jar candles, 4 oz. (exp 12/31)
$1.50 off Glade Automatic Spray refill (exp 12/31)
$2 off Glade Plugins Scented Oil refill (exp 12/31)
$1 off Glade Premium Room Spray (exp 12/31)
$1/2 Glade Sense & Spray refills (exp 12/31)
$3 off Glade Sense & Spray starter kit (exp 12/31)
$2/2 Glade Tough Odor Solutions (exp 12/31)
$2 off Got2B Hair Styling products (exp 8/23)
$0.75/1 Halls Refresh (exp 11/30)
$0.75/1 Hormel Refrigerated Entree (exp 11/28)
$1/2 Hot Pockets Breakfast Sandwiches, 9 oz. (exp 9/30)
$1 off Idahoan Single-Serve Flavored Mashed (exp 11/30)
$2 off Infusium23 (exp 10/31)
.50/1 Jello Mousse, Pudding and Gelatin Snacks (exp 10/31)
$1 off Kiwi Shoe Care (exp 12/31)
$1 off Loctite Control Super Glue (exp 10/31)
$2 off Miralax (exp 10/31)
$0.55/1 Nescafe Taster’s Choice (exp 9/30)
$0.55/1 Nestle Coffee-Mate (exp 9/30)
$1 off Nestle Drumstick Lil’Drums Cones (exp 9/30)
$1/2 Nestle Juicy Juice Juice Box, 6.75 oz. 8 pk.(exp 9/30)
$0.55/1 Nestle Toll House item (exp 9/30)
$3 off Neutrogena cosmetics (exp 10/31)
$1 off Nivea Body Wash or Shower Gel (exp 10/31)
$1 off Nivea Lip Care (exp 10/31)
$1 off N.Y.C. Eye Shadow, $1.72+ (exp 9/30)
$1 off N.Y.C. Face product, $1.72+ (exp 9/30)
$1 off N.Y.C. lip product, $1.72+ (exp 9/30)
$3 off Oreo Ice Cream Cake (exp 10/31)
$1 off Ovaltine (exp 9/30)
$1 off Purina Beggin’ Strips (exp 9/30)
$1 off Simple Green All Purpose Cleaner (exp 12/31)
$0.55/1 Shake ‘n Bake (exp 10/31)
$2 off Sleep product (exp 10/31)
$1 off Softsoap Body Wash (exp 10/1)
$1.50/1 Starbucks Natural Fusions (exp 11/30)
$1/2 Stouffer’s Corner Bistro Stuffed Melt and Soup (exp 9/30)
$1 off Stouffer’s Farmers Harvest Family Meal (exp 9/30)
$1 off Stouffer’s Sautes for Two (exp 9/30)
$1 off Success White Rice (exp 11/24)
$1 off Taco Bell Home Originals Dinner Kits (exp 10/31)
$1 off Tom’s of Maine Oral & Body Care (exp 11/22)
$1 off Truvia Natural Sweetener (exp 10/31)
$1 off U by Kotex (exp 11/27)
$1 off V8 Soup (exp 12/31)
$2 off Wellesse Liquid Supplements (exp 2/28)
$2/$5 Wet ‘n Wild cosmetics purchase (exp 12/31)
$1 off Wilkinson Sword Razors (exp 9/30)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

There's No Place Like Home...

My family and I decided (somewhat at the last minute) to head up north to Pennsylvania to visit some of my husband's family. We returned last night and I can definitely say I am happy to be home. Although we enjoyed a nice visit and did some fun things, there is nothing quite like the comforts of home.

I'll be back to posting tomorrow...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

HT Super Doubles Trip #2

I went to Harris Teeter this morning for Day 2 of Super Doubles. Here is a list of what I bought this morning...
(keep in mind I am only shopping for the deals)
Activia yogurt $1.99
used $1/1 = FREE
Danactive yogurt drinks $1.99
used $1/1 = FREE
Campbells Select Harvest soup $1.25
*did this twice this morning
Wheat Thins $2.50
used $1/1 tearpad coupon = $0.50
Triscuits $2.50
used $1/1 tearpad coupon = $0.50
Colgate Total toothpaste $2.50
used $1/1 = $0.50
Lysol Toilet Bowl cleaner BOGO @ 2.95
used $1/2 = $0.95 for 2 or $0.47 each
Lysol Kitchen Cleaner BOGO @ $3.39
used $1/2 = $1.39 for 2 or $0.69 each
Lysol Wipes BOGO @ $3.49
used $1/2 = $1.49 for 2 or $0.74 each
2-Wholly Guacamole 2-packs $3.99
used $1.50/1 = $0.99 each
(these coupons was received in the mail)
*they were out of the single packs that are free and I wanted to use these coupons before they 2 free ones on Day 1 :)
Lance Crackers 2/$4
used $1/2 = $1 each
Ziploc containers BOGO @ $3.25
used $1.50/2 = $0.25 for 2 or $0.12-1/2 each
*did this deal 3 times today for a total of 6 packs
(I will be giving some of these to my mom and grandmother so they will not all be for me!)
Old El Paso Taco Dinner Kit $2.89
used a $2 catalina = $0.89
(needed this for dinner tonight!!)
Total OOP (out-of-pocket) $12.67 for $86.75 worth of stuff
Have you shopped Super Doubles yet? I'd love to hear about the deals you are finding.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

HT Super Doubles Trip #1

Harris Teeter started Super Doubles today (it runs through Tuesday, 8/17). This means that they will double coupons with a face value of up to $ your $1.50 coupon doubles to $3.00 off an item. You are limited to doubling 20 coupons per day with your VIC card.

I woke up early and get a head start on a lot of shoppers this morning. I did it on purpose so that I could leave the kids at home with Daddy before he started his work day! It's amazing how fast I could zip through the store without two children pulling on me, asking for all sorts of junk food and treats, picking on each other, etc.

So...on to what I bought and what coupons I used...and I apologize for the lack of a picture. I was in a hurry to unpack and get back out the door again for other errands and I totally forgot to snap a picture.

EVIC special:
mix or match

13-16.3 oz Peter Pan peanut butter
32 oz Welch's grape jelly
.97 limit 3 total (must purchase all 3 items in a single transaction) NON member price 2/$3
I used 2 $.60/1 Peter Pan Peanut Butter and 1 $.55/1 Welch's Grape Jelly
This made all 3 items FREE!!!

Activia yogurt 4 ct $1.99
$1.00/1 8/8 SS = FREE

Danimals yogurt drinks $2
used $1/1 coupon = FREE

Wholly Guacamole single pack $1.99
used $1.50/1 = FREE

Ziploc storage containers BOGO @ $3.25 for 2
used $1.50/2 = $0.25 for 2

Lysol Kitchen Cleaner BOGO @ $3.39 for 2
used $1/2 = $1.39/2 or $0.69 ea

Lysol Wipes BOGO @ $3.49 for 2
used $1/2 = $1.49 for 2 or $0.74 ea

Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner BOGO @ $2.95 for 2
used $1/2 = $0.95 for 2 or $0.47 ea

Wheat Thins & Triscuits $2.50
used $1/1 from tearpad = $0.50 ea

Hillshire Farms Ultra Thin lunch meat $3.50
used $1/1 = $1.50 ea

Colgate Total toothpaste $2.50
used $1/1 = $0.50

**I got multiples of some of these items**

Now, it's time to sit down and pull my 20 coupons for tomorrow's trip!

What are you getting at HT this week? Leave me a comment and let me know what deals you are taking advantage of...

Be sure to check out full deal lists here and here.

Happy Saving!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Feed Your Brain...

One way that I've been trying to keep my kids' brains active this summer is by keeping quick educational activities close at hand.

We have a Brain Basket with several kinds of flashcards, math bingo games, and more. I keep this near our kitchen table and many nights after dinner we pull out some of these to play with during kitchen clean-up. We started this during the school year last year as a way to help my daughter learn her multiplication tables and my son to work on sight words. We've tried to keep it up a little during the summer months.

Now, with the new school year a few weeks away, I will be on the lookout for new items to put in our Brain Basket to keep up with all of the new skills they will be learning.

Do you have any tips or ideas to keep your kids' brains active and ready for learning?

I've linked up with Back-To-School Tips at Southern Fried Dreams.

Menu Plan Monday

This week I am taking advantage of what I have on hand for most of my menu planning. Our local Harris Teeter grocery stores will start Super Doubles on Wednesday and I am hoping to stock up on some good deals then!
Monday...grilled chicken, angel hair pasta and grilled veggies
Tuesday...taco night
Wednesday...tuna macaroni salad, cornbread
Thursday...spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
Friday...leftover night
Saturday...sandwiches, chips, fruit
So what's on your menu this week?
I've linked up to Menu Plan Monday at Org Junkie this week. Check it out to see what everyone else is cooking. LOTS of menus to see.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I'm back to menu-planning today. Last week was too crazy to do much planning. We participated in our church's VBS each evening so our dinners consisted of sandwiches, chips and pasta salad almost every night as we were running out the door. So this week I am looking forward to a more normal routine for us.

Monday...Oregano Chicken, rice, peas for family...I'm going out for a Girls Night Out!!!!

Tuesday...burgers on the grill, veggie dippers

Wednesday...grilled chicken, angel hair pasta, grilled veggies
(grilling extra chicken for Thursday's dinner)

Thursday...grilled chicken on salads


Visit Menu Plan Monday to see what everyone is cooking this week!