Baked Egg, Bacon and Cheese Brunch Dish

breakfast casseroleThis recipe is adapted from my sister whom kids lovingly call Aunt Rooie.  When I bake it my house fills with comforting aromas and my kids say “it smells like Aunt Rooie’s house!”   A family favorite for sure and also a very popular dish to take to a MOPS meeting or potluck brunch.

Ingredients:

8 slices of bacon

3 green onions, chopped

6-8 slices of honey wheat bread loaf, cut or torn into 1-inch cubes

1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

8 eggs

1  cup milk

1/4 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cook bacon in large skillet until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels; crumble and set aside.

2. Spread the bread cubes in 9×9-inch baking dish.  Layer bacon, Cheddar cheese, green onions on top of bread cubes.

3. Beat eggs in medium bowl until foamy. Add milk and pepper; beat until well blended. Pour evenly over top. Press bread cubes lightly into egg mixture until completely covered. Let stand 10 minutes.

4. Bake 40 to 50 minutes or until center is set and top is golden brown.

Coupons: bacon, bread, cheese, eggs, pepper

Sara Spahr from Fairmount, IN

Sara Spahr - APRILI can’t remember how many years I have used my Couponizer until yesterday.  This isn’t the first time I’ve had to retrieve my Couponizer …. but this time I did not get it back.  After shopping at Meijer in Marion, Indiana, I left the Couponizer in the cart.  I was just ill.  We went back to the store which is about 10 miles from home to look or check to see if some good samaritan turned it in.  Not so lucky this time.  After using one for so long I’m totally lost without it. Not to mention my accumation of coupons which I can’t replace. Now I’ll have to order another one and wait on it to come in!

The Organized Parent Blog

TOP BlogOur money saving tool this month is a blog but this isn’t just any old blog, it is a blog written by overworked parents.  Now why would we feature articles written by overworked parents as a money saving tool?  Well, if you are a parent, then this is the very place we all can relate to since raising kids, living within means, keeping a home running, meals flowing and enjoying the journey can push anyone to their limits.  However, the contributers at The Organized Parent have one goal in mind and that is to offer great products and useful advise for achieving organization of everything you can think of including time and money.  So enjoy this month’s post and visit often for a fresh perspective from the trenches.

Mambo Sprouts March Messenger

mess-callout-mar13One of the most common excuses for not using coupons is that they are mostly for junk food. What this tells me is the average consumer may not yet know of the sources for more natural and organic savings. Coupons are in fact alive and well for healthy alternatives to support your goals for healthier living. Reducing the cost of most any product these days is as simple as finding the sources that offers coupons for the brands you buy and trust including natural and organic products.

One source we have known about for many years is Mambo Sprouts Marketing. This team of smart organo-groovy-crunch-granola (my way of saying healthy minded) marketing professionals develops and executes marketing and research programs aimed at consumers who are focused on health, natural and organic products. They offer helpful educational materials, free samples and value-packed coupon books through email and in-store distribution. They publish the Mambo Sprouts Messenger to learn about the latest and greatest trends, tips, and of course get coupons! It is emailed 6 times a year and includes printable coupons for everything from yummy bakery treats to healthy snacks to whole grain ingredients to organic baby foods and over the counter all natural medicines. Load up these savings in your Couponizer to shop healthy, buy smart!

So, add the Mambo Sprouts Messenger today to your arsenal of savings tools and save MORE than money!!

 

Apple and Goat Cheese Salad

apple salad 4Apple and Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
from Amy Bergin’s kitchen

This fresh spring salad pairs well with roasted chicken! Save extra
dressing for a marinade or sauce for a sandwich with fresh veggies.

Ingredients:

4-6 cups mixed greens

3 oz. Goat Cheese

1 medium Pink Lady apple, cut into bite sized chunks

Dressing:

¼ c. Olive oil

3 TB raspberry vinegar

½ tsp Italian herb seasonings

½ tsp sugar

pinch of salt

Mix dressing ingredients and toss lightly over salad greens. On 4 plates arrange the dressed greens equally; crumble equal parts of goat cheese over each plate. Add diced apple and finish with more dressing to taste.

couponsCoupons to look for: goat cheese, olive oil, vinegar, Italian herd seasonings, sugar, salt

 

 

 

Amy Cottrell, Louisville, KY

amy cottrellI love my Couponizer! I received it after attending an online workshop and I had no idea how great it was going to be. I love using coupons but sorting them was a nightmare. The Couponizer takes all the work out of sorting and when I am shopping, I know exactly what category to go to for the coupon I need. No more standing in the middle of the aisle (blocking traffic) trying to find the coupon. I can take out the ones I know I will need for that shopping trip and put them in their own pocket. I love having a pocket for the ones that I will need at the checkout. It keeps me more organized and I don’t get home and realize that I had coupons that I forgot to use. Thank you for creating such a wonderful product!!

5 ways to be a Couponizer!

42-15530293Being a Couponizer means applying  just the right amount of order and efficiency in your mind, actions, home and of course coupons towards your goal of being a good steward of your financial resources.  Below are 5 practical ways to do this and maintain a healthy flow of goods and savings to help you reach your goal of living within your means and enjoying a full life. 

1.  Know your priorities.
This will drive what coupons peak your interest and prevent you from clipping every coupon and cluttering your mind and organization system.  For example, if you care about healthy snacks for your kids then you will clip coupons for granola bars, yogurt, energy bars, organic cereal, etc. and pass over coupons for junk food. 

2.  Play by the rules.
Sponsored giveaways and sweepstakes have rules and so do coupons; it’s all promotion marketing by manufactures and stores. It makes sense that they would write the rules since they control the prize or prize money. So, organize your conduct accordingly when clipping and shopping with coupons, this way everyone wins.  For more information about coupon policies, visit the Coupon Information Center.

3.  Stockpile according to need.
Finding deals is the goal and when a good one comes along, by all means stock up!  However, don’t go overboard filling your basement, extra rooms and garage with free or low cost items.  This will wind up costing you and others around you something.  People who border on hoarding items obtained through extreme couponing seldom see the effect their behavior has on others.

4. Know and use what you buy.
Knowing your inventory of supplies for meals and other household items happens as a result of good planning.  Unplanned trips to the grocery store and using coupons to get cheap stuff sabatoges a good plan.  By knowing and consuming your grocery store haul with coupons within a month or less, you will keep a leaner pantry and refrigerator, so more of your money stays in your account instead of in perishable items and it will reduces waste.

5.  Take breaks.
Organization takes effort.  If you are overwhelmed by coupons, then take a break for a month from clipping. During this time, use up as many of your existing coupon supply and it is good time to clean out your pantry and refrigerator and assess your needs.  Then when you return to coupons, you’ll see patterns in offers and pick up quickly where you left off with renewed energy for savings!

Keeping Coupons in Perspective

Recently I had the chance to talk with Star 94 News Director Rob Stadler about the topic of “extreme couponing” on his Atlanta based radio show InfoStar.  It is a weekly newsmagazine show covering the news, stories and topics that concern Atlanta. It’s airs on Sundays, 6-7 a.m. 
Click here to access the segment.  Enjoy!seeme extreme
 
 
 

Organize ME Weekly Planner

planner2Anyone serious about managing money better quickly learns that managing time better is a great place to start.  As families grow in size and age, each person will have a varying schedule of activities and the bigger the family, the more complex it becomes. So to manage this efficiently, a planning tool is needed that has the ability to list multiple people and days to uncover days when extra help is needed or plans for meals or other activities need to change.

The Organize ME Weekly Planner can be adapted to list famliy members down the left column and then fill in the activity and time under the day of the week.  This way any days that are loaded up with appointments, practices and other obligations can be easily spotted!   Planning meals and building a grocery shopping list become much easier.   Also, built into this calendar are friendly reminders of other family priorities such as healthy eating, exercise and household chores.  Also, a poignant quote from Helen Keller will remind you the “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all!”

Carrot Cupcakes

carrot cupcakeRecipe adapted from Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook

These are made without an electric mixer!  Save time by using a food processor to shred the carrots.
Easy enough for a beginner baker to make.

Ingredients:

1 ½ c. sugar

1 c. vegetable oil

3 large eggs

2 c. all purpose flour

1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. vanilla

¼ tsp. ground nutmeg

3 cups shredded carrots

1 c. coarsely chopped nuts

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease bottom and sides of cupcake liners.

2. Mix sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl until blended; beat 1 minute. Stir in remaining ingredients except carrots and nuts, beat 1 minute. Stir in carrots and nuts. Scoop into cupcake liners ¾ full.

3. Bake 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack.

4. Frost using piping bag (or plastic bag with corner cut out) with Cream Cheese Frosting.

 

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 package (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/3 c. stick butter or margarine, softened (not vegetable oil spread)

1 TB milk

1 tsp. vanilla

4 c. powdered sugar

1. Beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla in medium bowl with electric mixer until smooth.

2. Gradually beat in powdered sugar on low speed 1 cup at a time until smooth and spreadable.

couponsCoupons to look for:  Sugar, Vegetable oil, Flour, Cinnamon, Baking soda, Nutmeg, Cream cheese, Butter or margarine, Powdered sugar!