Monday, January 31, 2011

Sample Savvy and Hot Printables! 1/31

Internet Printables
.50/2 packs of Extra gum (15 stick)
$1/1 Special K Oats & Honey
Baskin-Robbins BOGO
Arm & Hammer $4/1 Rechargeable toothbrush and more!
$1/2 Bar S Franks
$1/1 Quaker Oats Squares
TGI Friday's BOGO 
$1/1 Pampers Wipes Thick Care

Freebies and Samples
Maybelline FitME foundation
Origins Plantscription
Bath & Body Works candle
Free Book: Dr. James Dobson, Dads & Daughters

Thanks Frugal Living NW, Coupon Geek

Emigrant Springs State Park: Review

Saturday morning my family packed up to meet my sister's family (sadly only her husband and 2 of their boys could make it since one of them was very sick), and other friends' families. Our destination? Emigrant Springs State Park. It's a campground situated off I-84 just far enough that the sound of passing semis doesn't interfere with the natural sounds of wilderness. The park offers tent sights, trailer/RV sights, hike-to tent sights, horseback trails with appropriate camping sights, and cabins. We rented a cabin since it's January. There's really too much snow for tent camping and even though the park plows a few sights for trailer accessibility, we would've had to lay our tent on top of cold black top. The cabin was more than what I expected. If I had thoroughly read my confirmation receipt, I'd have know that it had a gas stove/oven on the porch, electricity, heating, and a mini fridge. I left my laptop power cord at home because I didn't know there was electricity there, so I only had enough battery power to last through two movies (one for the kids while we drank beer by the fire, and the other movie was for me and Bob). Oh well, I needed a new stove anyways (we bought a new one for this trip), since our previous one broke. The cabin itself was very comfortable and well-heated. I love cabins and natural wood just sets the right mood for "cozy". The only thing that was uncomfortable were the mattresses, which were pretty thin, but not horribly thin. I would suggest bringing your own air mattress for the beds on the floor. They can be laid on top of the existing mattresses, other than the top bunk. The plus side to these mattresses is that they are covered in vinyl and therefore are waterproof and don't have other peoples' know I'm kind of a germ freak, right? Well, here's the low-down on everything:

Click here to view specifics about the park and reserve your spot.
Rustic cabin cost: $39 + $8 reservation fee = $47
Cabin comes with 1 full-size bed and one bunk (twin on top and full on bottom), small table w/4 chairs, mini fridge, heater, stove/oven combo, electricity, one rug, trash can, broom, and lighting. You will need to provide sheets, blankets, and pillows. Our cabin was big enough to place at 2 more cots on the floor and the beds are far enough off the ground that we could slide our suitcases underneath them.

Fire pit, picnic table, water spigot, bbq provided.
The camp also has flushing toilets and showers available that are just a short hike from the cabins.
Location: Just before Meacham exit off I-84 in Eastern Oregon. It's about 25 miles from La Grand, and 20 minutes from Pendleton high up in the Blue Mountain range. There are a variety of activities offered in the summer, but still sledding, snowmobiling, and other winter opportunities nearby.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this for the value received. The cabin takes the headache out of a lot of things that come with camping, and when it's cold outside, the last thing I want to is to have a problem with my tent. The kids had plenty to keep themselves busy with outside and the park is very well-maintained. The park's ranger was extremely pleasant and friendly. Overall, we were all completely satisfied with our first stay at Emigrant Springs State Park.

Camper's Skillet Breakfast

Nothin' feels better than filling your belly with good food when you're camping. This weekend, I had planned on making banana pancakes using my dad's Mountain Man Baking Mix. The problem? I forgot to bring the mix!, well at least I had everything to make THIS! Our cabin had a gas stove on the porch that included an oven, so I made some crescent rolls to go with breakfast too! Let me know what you think of this recipe!

2 TBSP olive or cooking oil (I used canola)
4 medium Yukon/gold potatoes, diced
1/2 medium sweet onion, diced
2 tsp. southwestern spice mix (I used Pampered Chef's mix, my fave)
4 eggs
1/2 package Virginia ham (I used Oscar Mayer's in the tub), sliced
handful of fresh baby spinach, chopped

Heat the oil in your skillet on medium high. Add potatoes, onions, and seasoning and cook until tender. Crack eggs over the potato mix so that they look like fried eggs on top. Cook until eggs are done to desired consistency (I like mine all the way done). Add ham and spinach and cook until spinach is just withered, but heated through. You may cover this too, but I didn't need to. Everything cooks so it is like a casserole from a skillet. I didn't add any salt. It didn't need any!

Cheesy Cornchip Casserole

I threw this together for a quick meal last night after getting back from our camping trip. It was crunchy, cheesy, and had just the right blend of everything to make kids and adults love it!

Preheat your oven to 400.
Spray 9x13 casserole dish with nonstick spray.
Layer the pan with corn chips (just enough to cover the bottom)
Then, add ingredients in this sequence:
2 cups prepared rice (brown or jasmine)
1 small can mushrooms
1/2 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar
corn chips or corn tortillas (again, just enough to cover)
1 (15 oz) can of corn
rest of diced tomatoes
1 small can sliced olives
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar

Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Serves about 6-8 people.

*Note: If you don't want the fat/calories from all of that cheese, just reduce it to what you're comfortable with.

Menu Plan Monday 1/31-2/6: Light Fare and Superbowl!

Hopefully, I'll have my stuff more together this week, since I kind of screwed up last week's menu plan by forgetting that we were going to be gone for 2 days on a camping trip! This week's menu is going to be light fare and of course there's going to be some game day faves too! I hope you enjoy these recipes and stop by to see her full menu plan as well! Also, don't forget, if you haven't already, sign up for the Full Size Giveaway! It's still got pretty low entry numbers!

Served with spinach salad and curried brown rice
This looks so good, but I'm gonna try it with legs instead, since I don't have any thighs handy! 

How can it get any lighter than this? 

Wednesday: Fend for Yourself Night

This recipe has inspired me to try to think of my own recipes to make this way.

Friday: Undecided: I might make something new that I can post in  a future plan!

Saturday: Dinner at The Olive Garden in celebration of our anniversary a month ago! This is our favorite restaurant! But of course, I'll be using a coupon I clipped a couple of weeks ago!

Sunday: Game Day!! Who're you goin' for? Me? I'm a little undecided since my team (Seahawks) has a history with both teams! 
Beef nachos
Lil smokies smothered in bbq sauce
Alicia's Healthified Greek Layered Dip (for moi) with pita chips
deli wraps

In case anyone is wondering, that Tri-tip with sundried tomatoes and feta was PHENOMENAL!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

$10 for $20 or $15 for $30 at Bath & Body Works' Online Store

Have you used Groupon before? If not, you're missing out on some pretty great deals! Even if your city isn't listed (mine's not), chances are there is a city listed that is within at least a few hours of you where you can take advantage of walk-in offers. There are also online offers, like this one from Bath & Body Works:
$10 gets you $20 worth of product OR
$15 gets you $30 worth of product

All you need to do is go to Groupon and sign up. If this deal isn't available for the city you selected, click on "Change Location" and select Seattle. I'm pretty sure this is a nationwide deal though. After you have made your purchase through Groupon, you will be given a code that you copy and paste into  the promotion code box at the online store with Bath & Body Works. If you'd like additional savings, shop through then search for Bath & Body Works there. By doing that, you will earn 3% cashback! 

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Mamapedia: Free Parents Magazine Subscription

Get a free Parents Magazine subscription by signing up with Mamapedia. You'll get a $5 credit, which you can use towards the $5 subscription, which makes it free! Since I already receive this magazine, I'm not using my credit on this deal. I'm guessing it is similar to Groupon though. 
After making your purchase, you'll get a code you use in your shopping cart when you go to the provided link for the subscription.
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