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Many of you know by now that Safeway is one of my #1 go to stores because of all their savings, especially their J4U program. This week you can score a great deal on all their Hillshire Brand products through this link on their J4U program! They have great prices on all of your must have items, including staples.

Hillshire Farm Smoked Sausage -$.55/1

Products: Hillshire Farm Rope and Link Sausage, American Craft Links

Hillshire Farm Cocktails (Lil Smokies) – $.55/1

Jimmy Dean Refrigerated Sausage -$.55/1

Roll Sausage, Fully Cooked Crumbles, Links and Patties

Jimmy Dean Frozen -$1/1

Frozen Breakfast (Delights or Red Box)

State Fair Corn Dogs – $1/1

Ball Park Hot Dogs -$.55/1

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I have a few certain items that I buy blindly every week because I know that they will get used one way or another. My favorite go to Hillshire product is Johnsonville sausage. I will buy this every week whether I know what I am going to use it for or not. It is so versatile that it can be used for breakfast to make Sausage Gravy & Biscuits, lunch to make Homemade Stromboli with Sausage or dinner to make Ditalini & Sausage Soup it really can be used in so many ways! My favorite way to use Johnsonville sausage is to add it to soup. It is a great way to add protein and flavor without busting the budget.


My most requested soup that I use Johnsonville sausage is my  Spicy Potato Soup or a.k.a ( Copycat Spicy Zuppa Olive Garden Soup).

This recipe is so incredibly easy that you can through it together even as a last minute homemade  mid week dinner

 Spicy Potato Soup


3lbs of unpeeled cubed red potatoes

1 half gallon of 2%milk

1 16oz package of Hillshire Johnsonville pork sausage

5-6 chicken bouillon cubes

2tbs of dried onions

1tsp red pepper flakes

salt and pepper to taste




wash and cube all potatoes, boil potatoes till about 75% cooked

fry sausage with red pepper and 1tbs of dried onion (drain fat)

drain potatoes and add milk, bullion cubes, sausage, salt and pepper

serve once fully heated

Here are a few additional recommended recipes-

Tasty Smoked Sausage with Peppers
Apple Cider Braised Red Cabbage with Kielbasa
Sausage & Peppers with Cripsy Polenta
Spinach, Parmesan and Sausage Cornbread Muffins
Beef Franks in a Blanket Recipe

Disclosure: I am being compensated by Hillshire Brands™ for the participation in this campaign part of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network





Make Mid-Week Dinner Easy with Krusteaz Wednesday Night Breaskfast for Dinner

As a way to make sure everyone can regularly enjoy both the simplicity and fun of breakfast for dinner, Krusteaz is officially naming every Wednesday Night “Breakfast Night.”
                   With everyone’s busy schedule, it’s hard to have a sit down meal as a family. Between school, work, baseball practice, boy scouts and ballet, who has time to fix a hot meal that everyone will love? Easy answer: breakfast for dinner! It is a tradition in our family to have breakfast for dinner often as we all leave at different time in the morning for school and work and don’t usually have sit down meals for breakfast. That’s why I love making Krusteaz pancakes or waffles for dinner. It is so simple, all you have to add is water and you have a perfect batter for whatever you want to make. The light and fluffy consistency makes it a favorite for everyone in my family.
Capture                      My kids favorite thing to do it make their meal, their own, and with a meal this easy, I let them! They love to add chocolate chips or blueberries to the batter, or even make the pancakes into fun shapes. One thing we recently learned how to do, is put the batter into a squeeze bottle to create a picture. You them draw something such as a smiley face onto the pan or griddle and let it cook just a little first. Then make a full pancake around it. When you flip it over you will see the imprint of the face on the pancake as it will be a little darker than the rest! My children were so excited, it brought so many new possibilities. Krusteaz is the only brand I have been able to make it work with. All other mixes tend to be too runny, too thick, or have too many clumps to go through the squeeze bottle. Krusteaz has such a smooth consistency that its perfect for anything! 

                    I don’t only make pancakes or waffles for dinner though. I will have a day where I bake dozens of waffles and pancakes then freeze them. It’s a quick and easy way to have breakfast in the morning, all they have to do is pop them in the toaster. I like doing this opposed to buying frozen waffles, it not only saves money, but I can choose what goes in them and I feel comfortable giving them to my children. There have been many late mornings and late nights. Being able to fix a warm meal for my family that is not takeout makes me feel great, especially when I can make it fun along the way!
If you’d like to win a giveaway that includes Krusteaz mixes: Buttermilk Pancake Mix (1), Blueberry Pancake Mix (1),
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Disclosure: I had received product to review ad have a successful Wednesday Dinner Night – all ideas are my own


Our Visit To The Pumpkin Patches Corn MAiZE on Sauvie Island


Portland’s original cornfield maze celebrates its 15th season at The Pumpkin Patch on beautiful Sauvie Island in Portland, Oregon.


Wondering what to do this weekend while its sunny out head over to the Pumpkin Patch at Suavie Island and go though the corn maize. The Corn Maize is fun for the whole family and very frugal on your pocket. My family and I recently went to the corn maize and we had fun getting
lost but don’t fear if you want it make your challenge a little easier you can grab one of the question cards to try and answer at each pit stop 1 - 10 along the way.wpid-20141011_155312.jpg

After you’re done making your way out of the ma1ze head over to the barn and check out all the farm animals, they have peacocks and bunnies and chickens and even a cow! On your way out, head over to the market, there you can get some fresh squeezed cider, local fresh produce and pick out your pumpkin if you don’t feel like going into the field. Of course, after you’ve played the day away it’s time to fill up your
stomach with Kettle corn,  elephant ears or sausage on the stick my favorite snack is the corn on a cob yummy..!!!!!


Before you head out, make sure you head over to the link below and get your money saving coupon.

My readers can save $2.00 off regular maze tickets. Limit 4 person customer. —–

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Saint Cupcakes – Halloween Coupon Books


Not sure what to hand out to the little ones this year for Halloween?!?!?, want to give something truly unique and exciting that will make you the “cool” house or are you having a Halloween party at your house or office…..never fear  Saint Cupcakes has you covered!  Saint Cupcakes is known for their delectable cupcakes in assortment of traditional and unique flavors.





Right now during the Halloween season you can get a booklet of 12 coupons, each one good for 1 full size cupcake… you can get all this for

only $15!!!


What a fun and unique surprise for your little ghouls and goblins that will show up at your door.

 They can redeem their coupon at any two locations in the Portland area now through December 31st

1138 SW Morrison +12th              OR                 3300 SE Belmont +33rd

We are lucky enough to have two booklets to giveaway one to two lucky winners

All you need to do is Leave a comment with the flavor cupcake you would like to try :) GOOD LUCK


Happy Trick or Treat

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FREE Krispy Kreme Doughnut On Halloween (10/31


Come in to your local Krispy Kreme on Halloween (10/31) wearing your costume and receive (1) Free Doughnut

* Limit one per guest – no masks please – guest responsible for any applicable tax -no purchase required

Fun Halloween Printable Puzzle


halloween puzzle

Ready for some more Halloween Worksheets?  Well so far we’re done a Halloween Word Scramble and a Halloween Candy Counting chart so today we’re doing a Halloween Crossword Puzzle. Lets keep learning educational and fun this Halloween with these Halloween Educational worksheets.!Click here to print this Halloween Worksheet Creepy Crossword Puzzle.

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Foster Farm **NEW** Gluten Free Products

Feasting on Foster Farms products have been a tried and true trusted brand my entire life!! I am a Native Oregonian and Philips Foster Farms are probably even more special to us because they are local. I have visited the farm as a child and adult many times.

Recently I had learned that they started offering a nice line of **NEW** Gluten free products, in Corn Dogs, Breast Nuggets and Breast Strips. Foster Farms Gluten Free products are certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group (GIG) through a program authorized by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America.  The certification guarantees that Foster Farms Gluten Free Corn Dogs, Breast Nuggets and Breast Strips meet strict guidelines and practices required by the GIG certification body.

But, you maybe asking how do they taste? I have to admit that many gluten free products lack a certain something that I just can’t out my finger on but Foster Farms has really taken care to make sure the gluten free products taste as close as possible to the original, and I must say that they did an amazing job… I didn’t even tell my family of the change and they couldn’t tell a difference.



At any given time you will find Foster Farm products in my freezer. They are quick, easy and all natural, so I feel good feeding them to my family. You should have a few boxes of Corn Dogs on hand, as they great to pop in the oven for an easy filling lunch. Also grab a few bags of Breast Strips and use them to add a little extra to a mid-week dinner like salad or pasta.


Enter the Foster Farm Sweepstakes and be eligible to win a round trip airfare, three nights’ accommodations in the heart of San Francisco, a rental car, a cooking class and dinner with private chef Jordan’s Kitchen, a Ferry Building Farmers Market Food Tour, a Gourmet Chocolate Tour, a $500 gift card and a personal photographer to capture all your special memories.

Two tablet computers preloaded with delicious Foster Farms chicken recipes will be given away as well.

Click on the banner above to enter!!!


Disclosure: I had received all three products to review and give my honest option - no monetary compensation was given

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7 Tricks to Dress Up Your Lawn for Less this Halloween

yard decor


Over the weekend I came across several homes in my area that were already dressed up for Halloween and thought to myself, it’s only September! Perhaps stores lured my fellow neighbors into getting an early start when they began promoting costumes and decorations in August. In fact, retailers seem to push Halloween merchandise earlier every year. Why? Because the longer such items are on display, the more opportunities they have at driving sales. This is clearly working as various surveys show consumer spending on Halloween is expected to be up this year, with over $2 billion going to decor alone.

Before you get wrapped up in the festivities, consider these seven simple tricks to save on Halloween decor and beware of your spending!

1. Pillage Your Storage Closet Old sheets, blankets and fabric scraps go a long way when it comes to Halloween decor. A white sheet draped from the branches of your front yard tree makes for the perfect ghost while a chair with a sheet covering it instantly creates a feeling of abandonment, especially when you attach a few plastic spiders here and there.

2. Hunt for Online Deals With Halloween still a few weeks away, now is the time to start researching decor online. Pinterest is a great place to save your favorite items, since it will send you an email when the item drops in price. When you’re ready to click “purchase,” search for Halloween coupon codes from sites like, where you can find such deals as free shipping on all Halloween items from Home Depot.

3. Haunt the Dollar Store From hanging skeletons to door covers to severed limbs, the dollar store is the place for all things cheap Halloween. They even have these creepy bloody gel stickers that are sure to send the kiddos screaming. Head to your local dollar store soon to take advantage of inventory levels, and also pick up some cheap costume accessories and party supplies while you’re there.

4. Go Crazy with Creativity Halloween is one of the few holidays where heavily beaten, soiled and otherwise used items are perfectly appropriate in their wretched state. A broken-down chair, rusty watering can and blown-out sneakers can all be used in outdoor displays. You can also repurpose tomato cages into ghosts, empty milk jugs into festive lights, and toilet paper rolls into eyes for your shrubbery.

5. Repeat the Nightmare The best use of your Halloween decor dollars goes towards items you can reuse. That flimsy spiderweb fluff is not that easy to put up, super irritating to remove and is very rarely reusable. Cheesecloth, on the other hand, makes for a much more durable spiderweb and can also lend a fleeting, flyaway look to any decor item. Case in point, these haunting cheesecloth spirits by Martha Stewart. Keep this in mind when browsing decor options.

6. Prey on Your Neighbors End-of-season garage sales represent last-ditch efforts to rid your home of clutter before the cold sets in. Now is a great time to pick up gently-used Halloween costumes, accessories and decor from your neighbors. Look beyond the specific Halloween theme to things like flannel shirts and ripped jeans to create scarecrow. You can even pick up mismatched candle holders from each sale you visit, then spray paint them all black for a unified, chic display.

7. Buy Too Late You can often find discounts on decor beginning a few days before Halloween as stores look to push the last of their goods before they become obsolete. However, the very best time to snag outdoor decor deals is the day after Halloween, when retailers are eager to replace their holiday inventory with all things red and green. Every year, I pick up a couple of new decor items at over 70-percent off this way. Though inventory is typically limited, I can still find a respectable selection of fun and spooky decor, like skeleton heads and ghosts to hang from my tree.

Thanks for these great tips Andrea @ follower her on twitter for more tips

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