February 7, 2013

Half Price Zoo Admission

As noted in the Onondaga County Park News - A trip to the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY is a great way to get the kids out of the house during their winter break. Stations with various animal artifacts will be found around the zoo allowing guests to feel the fur of a tiger or see how big an elephant’s tusk really is. Learn about what happens behind-the-scenes of the zoo by meeting zoo keepers and enjoying animal demonstrations.

Snow Leopards
(Image credit Rosamond Gifford Zoo)

My family loves the Rosamond Gifford Zoo.  They have a wonderful indoor monkey exhibit that the kids really enjoy.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo is offering half price zoo admission all month long.  Click here to visit their website for more information.



Reward your child and save a little money!

Chuck E. Cheese is a great way to reward your child. Help your child develop in areas that are some of the most common challenges of parenting. Chuck E. Cheese offers a Rewards Calendar to help with cleaning room, homework, great behavior, reading, brushing teeth, good night's sleep and more. The calendar is for 2 weeks, you mark off the calendar as your child accomplishes their goals. Take the completed calendar to Chuck E. Cheese and your child will receive 10 free tokens. Before you go don't forget to visit their website to print off a coupon for more savings.

Click here to choose and print your Rewards Calendar.

Have fun!


February 6, 2013

Mom on a Meal Mission

Here is a new post from our Mom on a Meal Mission.

Ahhh...Super Bowl weekend.  A weekend full of food not consumed on regular basis. I found a simple recipe to make for lunch that was simple and only 5 everyday ingredients that wasn't to much to eat before the big Super Bowl spread - Turkey Panini Sandwiches.

Shopping list:

Pillsbury French Loaf Bread
Barbecue Sauce
Sliced Monterey Jack Cheese
Sliced Turkey
Red Onion

Cost: $9.00

Click here for the Pillsbury recipe I used.

The Panini's turned out really good. My son didn't like them because of the BBQ sauce. But the rest us gave it two thumbs up! The hardest part was rolling out the dough.  I made two without onions so the kids would eat them. I also didn't have a panini press so I used my George Foreman grill. They came out messy, but had very good taste. It was good for a quick sandwich.


Christina - Mom on a Meal Mission

Sharing the Sweets ~ Week #1!

This past weekend was the start of our Sharing the Sweets - Baking Buddies group.  It was wonderful receiving our first sweet treat.  The chocolate cupcakes were delicious! 

Michelle and Alison had a great time baking and decorating the cupcakes.


Mandy wanted to share how much Evan enjoyed eating the cupcakes.  He was trying to lick the frosting off his face.
What a great start to our Sharing the Sweets ~ Baking Buddies Group.  I can't wait to see what sweet treats show up at my house this Saturday.
You can start a Baking Buddies Group also.  Pick three friends who live close to you and each week a different friend bakes for everyone and delivers them.  It's wonderful receiving fresh baked goodies each weekend and only baking once a month.

February 4, 2013

Zatarain's Review

This year we brought a little of New Orleans to our Super Bowl party thanks to Cravebox.  I was chosen to receive the Zatarain's Big Game Cravebox and was very pleased with all the products I received.  My family had never tried any Zatarain products before so I was very interested in the products.

I prepared the New Orleans Style Jambalaya Mix with Kielbasa, Red Beans and Rice and West Bank Wings.

I really enjoyed each dish and so did the other adults.  The Red Beans and Rice were my favorite.  Each rice dish was very flavorful and not to spicy.  The Jambalaya had a little more heat to it then the Red Beans and Rice.  As for the West Bank Wings, while I was preparing them I was thinking they were going to be spicy hot because of the ingredients.  But much to my surprise they had the perfect blend of sweet and spicy.  Everyone really liked the wings and they were easy to prepare.  Zatarian's is now a name our family will use know, because I will definitely be preparing these dishes again.
West Bank Wings
(Zatarain's Recipe)
3 lbs. chicken wing pieces                             1/4 cup sweet chili sauce
2 tsp. Zatarains Creole Seasoning              1/2 tsp ground pepper
1 tbl. vegetable oil                                            1 tbl minced garlic
1/2 cup pineapple juice                                  3/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1/4 cup Zatarain's Creole Mustard              Chopped fresh Cilantro
1/4 cup cane syrup or molasses                   Sesame Seed
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Toss chicken wings with oil and Creole Seasoning in large bowl.  Arrange wings in single layer on foil-lined large shallow baking sheet.
Bake 35 minutes or until wings are cooked through and skin is crisp.
Mix remaining ingredients, except cilantro and sesame seeds, in large skillet.  Bring to boil on high heat and reduce to simmer.  Cook sauce for about 15 minutes, until  it is reduced by a third and is a "syrup" consistency.  Transfer wings with tongs into skillet.  Toss until coated with sauce, move to serving platter and garnish with cilantro and sesame seeds.  Serve immediately.
Makes 8-10 appetizer servings.
I hope your family enjoys the wings as much as my family did.
If you would like to learn more about Cravebox visit www.cravebox.com.


Pepsi is giving away 1 million bottles of Pepsi Next.  Click here to get you FREE Pepsi Next.

Coupons will be sent to the first one million valid registrations who log on to PepsiNEXT.com to request the coupon on or before 11:59:59pm EST on February 4, 2013. Offer valid for US consumers only. Requests will only be honored for registrants who are thirteen years or older. Coupon expires March 31, 2013.

Hurry and get your coupon.


February 3, 2013

My Sunday Savings!

Today I had to run out to the store to pick up a few things for our Super Bowl party.  I decided to scan the store ads and take a quick peek at my coupons to see what I could use, share or donate that was a good deal.  These are the deals I took advantage of using my coupons.  I have enough dish detergent in my pantry for my family so I bought these 3 bottles with the intention of sharing or donating.
Palmolive Dish Detergent on sale for $1.00 used $.25 coupons (doubled) total off $.50 
Total cost each $.50
Kikkoman Soy Sauce on sale for $1.79 used $.75 coupons (doubled) total off $1.50
Total cost $.29
Campbell's Skillet Sauces on sale 2 for $4.00 used 2 $.75 coupons (doubled) total off $3.00
Total cost each $.50
Newman's Own Salad Dressing on sale for 2 for $5.00 used 2 $.75 coupons (doubled) total off $3.00
Total each $1.00
Hormel Pepperoni on sale BOGO cost $3.99 for one, used $1.00 coupon
Total each $1.50
After saving $11.12 in Advantedge Saving and $10.00 in coupons, my was total $ 6.29.
Are you shopping with coupons?  You don't have to be an extreme couponer to save a few dollars.