March 20, 2012

Easter Craft Ideas Using Eggshells

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People are so creative; I just LOVE these creative ways to use eggshells.  Some of these ideas are worthy to adorn a table!

Flower Arrangements in Eggshells (Martha Stewart)



Break an egg at the top of its shell, drain the contents, and carefully rinse out the inside.

Next, fill the empty shell with room-temperature water and place it in an eggcup for stability.

Finally, insert small cuttings of your favorite blossoms (we used lilacs, lily of the valley, and violas).

Individually or grouped together in a centerpiece, these tiny arrangements make a wonderful addition to the place settings at your table.

Eggshell Votives (Martha Stewart)

First, make a hole in the top of each egg with a pin; enlarge the holes, and pour out the yolks. Clean shells, then dye them with food coloring (follow package directions). Nestle shells in a carton.

Cut wire-core wicks to 4 inches long, flatten one end, and fasten in shell with a bit of warm wax.

Using a funnel, fill shells with hot wax (tinted with dye pellets).

Let the wax cool. Trim the wicks, and light.


Eggshell Planters (Neb. Dept. Ag.) (FS&B)

This is a super super cute idea I came across that can double as a learning moment for little ones!

Prick a tiny hole in the large end of the egg with the tip of a small paring knife. Working slowly chip away the edges until the hole is about the size of a dime. Run the knife down inside the egg to break the yolk membrane, then hold the egg over a bowl and shake until the contents run out. 

Rinse the inside of the shells and turn them upside down to drain.

Optional Dye the eggshells as you would ordinary eggs, being careful not to break them.

Fill the shells up with some soil and plant your seeds.  Add a tiny bit of water.  **One lady did not want to use dirt so she used cotton balls moistened with water instead!  Be sure to add water if your soil gets too dry.

If you want, you can even transplant your little seedling: you simply crack the shell gently in your hand and plant the entire thing, shell and all, into the ground.


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Recipe of the Day: Roasted Brisket with Parsley & Thyme from Whole Foods Market

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I had no idea brisket could be made without smoke and BBQ sauce!  Did you?
Within a month's time many families will be sitting down for their Passover and Easter meals.  Here is a brisket recipe, courtesy of Whole Foods Market that looks divine! 

Roasted Brisket with Parsley & Thyme
Serves 10 to 12


Ingredients
1 (4-pound) beef brisket, trimmed
Salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup roughly chopped fresh parsley
1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint
2 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
6 cloves garlic
1 cup roughly chopped yellow onion
2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

Method
Preheat oven to 350°F. Season brisket all over with salt and pepper and then arrange on a rack in a roasting pan; roast for 1 hour. Meanwhile, put parsley, mint, thyme, vinegar, pepper flakes, garlic, onion, salt and pepper into a food processor and pulse to make a thick paste; set aside.
After 1 hour, remove brisket from oven; reduce oven temperature to 325°F. Carefully add broth to pan, spread herb paste over brisket, cover pan with foil and continue roasting, basting every 45 minutes or so, until very tender, 2 to 3 hours more.
Transfer brisket to a platter; set aside to let rest for 10 minutes. Skim off and discard any fat from liquid in pan. Trim brisket further, if desired, then thinly slice against the grain and spoon pan sauce over the top.
Nutrition
Per serving (about 8oz/234g-wt.): 270 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 4.5g saturated fat, 105mg cholesterol, 270mg sodium, 3g total carbohydrate (1g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 35g protein


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Fun for All at the Pink Palace Family of Museums!

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The Pink Palace Family of Museums has some fun and interesting events both currently running and scheduled to run in the coming weeks.  Here are the highlights:

Now
Sharpe Planetarium 2 shows: Visions of a Spring Night; Mars Quest
Exhibit: The Bison: American Icon
CTI IMAX Theater:  It's a Twister!; Born to be Wild

Upcoming

Author Dr. Janann Sherman visits the Pink Palace to discuss her new book during a free lecture and book signing.

Date: April 12, 2012
Reception: 6:00 pm
Lecture and Q & A: 6:30 pm
Book Signing: 7:30 pm
Please RSVP by April 9
Call 901-636-2362 to RSVP.
  



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Free Blooming Onion Today at Outback Steakhouse

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If you love Outback Steakhouse's Blooming Onion as much as I do then you'll love today's Freebie!  Today is the official start of spring and Outback is celebrating by giving away FREE Bloomin’ Onions!  



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Play to Win FREE Grocery Items on Kroger's March To Savings Game

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Don't forget to play Kroger's March To Savings Game EVERY DAY through March 24th!  You can win FREE groceries!  I won FREE Breyer's Ice Cream - up to a $6 value - the first time I played, haven't been lucky since though.  You can play, too, by clicking here and signing in.  Let me know if you win!



 Also, don't forget to check out the AWESOME Kroger deals you can get this week (including 5 FREEBIES)!




 
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*HOT* $2/1 Similac SimplySmart Bottle + New Toy Coupons

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 Check out these great NEW coupons!  Be sure to print them quickly as they do have print limits.

$2.00 off Any ONE (1) Similac SimplySmart™ bottle











$10 off Hot Wheels RC Stealth Rides™ vehicle

















WEIGHT WATCHERS:







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**High Value Coupon** $2/1 Jose Ole Product

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JOSÉ OLÉ brand is offering a high value coupon today, only, at 2 P.M. CST.  If you want to grab one for yourself then visit the JOSÉ OLÉ brand Facebook page, click on the tab that reads "Celebrate Spring Coupon", and print your coupon for $2 off ANY (1) Jose Ole brand item (16 oz. or larger).

You can also help add smiles to thousands of kids' faces by helping to generate up to $50,000 for the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. For every $2/1 coupon that is printed, JOSÉ OLÉ brand will donate $1.00 (up to $50,000) to Children's Miracle Network Hospital!

**IMPORTANT**  This deal does not start until 2 P.M. CST.  If you go to the page early you will still get a coupon, but the value will only be $1/1... so be patient and wait for 2 o'clock!  (Don't wait too long, though, because there is a limited number of coupon prints available.  The coupon will revert back to $1/1 when the print limit has been reached on the $2/1) 


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Kmart Coupon Matchup 3/18-3/24

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Kmart will once again be doubling coupons ALL week this week. There are several catalina promotions running right now and some are even rolling!  (Rolling means you can use the catalina you earn on the same promotion again and a new catalina will print). I will only indicate rolling on the ones I can confirm, but it's likely the others are as well.  Here are the rules for the doubles promotion and the best deals from both ads:

1.  You must be a Shop Your Way Rewards member and scan it at checkout.  (You can sign up for free in store or online).

2.  Your before coupon total must be $25 (in grocery and drugstore) for the coupons to double.

3.  Limit of 5 coupons doubled per customer per day (if you are planning to use more than 5 coupons in your transaction hand over the highest value coupons first.)

4. Limit of 4 of the same item purchased with doubled coupons.

5.  Doubled coupon value cannot exceed the value of the item. (Coupons adjust down and the item will be free.)

View the full Weekly ad and Storewide Savings Guide online HERE.

Remember to hand over your coupons in the following order:  Free item from the Storewide Savings Guide, followed by your 5 coupons to be doubled, and then all other coupons you are using.

Weekly Ad

All Detergent or All Small and Mighty, $2.97
$1/1 All Mighty Pacs or Liquid Laundry Detergent, 24 Loads+ from the 3/4 RP
=.97 each when doubled

Snuggle Fabric Softener 50 oz, $2.97
.50/1 Snuggle Fabric Softener from the 3/4 RP
=$1.97 each when doubled

Get a $5 Coupon when you purchase $10 in participating brands pictured above.  This catalina is rolling!

Deal Ideas:

Buy 3 Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Bowl Gels, $10.50
Use (3) .75/1  Scrubbing Bubbles Toilet Bowl Gel
Pay $8.75, get back $5 Catalina
=$3.75
***If you add this into a doubles transaction and your .75 coupons double, you'll pay $6.50 and get $5 back.

Buy 4 Ziploc products, $10 (2/$5)
Use (4) $0.50/1 Ziploc Products from the 3/18 SS
Pay $8, get $5 Catalina
=$3/4 or $1.33 each
***If you add this into a doubles transaction and your .50 coupons double, you'll pay $6.00 and get $5 back.

Buy 2 Windex Twin Packs, $10 ($5 each)
Use (1) .75/2 Windex Products
Pay $9.25, get $5 Catalina
=$4.25 or $1.06 per bottle!!

Buy 5 Bar-S Products @ 5/$5, get free Van Camps Pork and Beans 15 oz, and Smart Sense Chips 
(Smoked Sausage 8 oz, Jumbo Franks 16 oz, or Salami 12 oz included)
***These come off automatically.  Do not count the free items towards your $25 for doubling.

Coke 12 pks, 3/$9.99 plus get a free exclusive NCAA poster w/purchase

Free Easter Basket when you buy 4 bags of Hershey's Easter Candy 10-12 oz (Through 4/8)

Deal Idea:
Buy 4 Hershey's Whoppers Robin Eggs 10 oz, $6
Use (1) $2/3 Hershey's Kisses, Reese's, Bliss, Minatures or Cadbury or Whoppers Eggs, Bags, 8 oz+ from the 2/26 SS
=$4 for 4 bags + free basket!!

M&Ms Eggs, Peeps and More, 10/$10
Use the $1/2 Mars Easter Products from the 3/18 RP
=2 Free (M&Ms Eggs) when doubled

Free Easter Bunny Plush wyb 3 American Greetings Cards priced $1.99 or higher

Buy 3 Greeting Cards, $1.99 each
Pay $4.97 + Free Bunny ($3.97 if this coupon is doubled)

Capri Sun, 2/$4 
Use the B2G1 Free from the 3/18 SS
=3/$4 or $1.33 each

Get 5 Free Powerade wyb TEN Powerade @10/$10
=$10/15 or .67 each

Get a $2.50 coupon wyb $9 or more of Kingsford Charcoal, KC Masterpiece BBQ, Glad Trash Bags, Food Containers, Storage Bags, or Wraps.

Buy 1 Glad Trash Bags, $7.99
$1/1 Glad Trash Bags 30 gal + Printable (zip 12345, sort by household)

Buy KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce, $1.99
.50/1 KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce Coupon
Pay $8.48, get $2.50 coupon back ($6.98 if your Coupons are doubled)
=$5.98 (or $4.99 with doubles)

Get a $2.50 coupon wyb $9 or more of Clorox, Formula 409 and Pine Sol Pictured. 

Free Chex Mix with $25 Grocery, Beauty or Healthcare purchase.  As usual, scan this coupon first.

Get $5 (5,000 points) when you buy The Muppets Blu-Ray Combo Pack @ $22.99
=$17.99

Get a $5 Coupon when you spend $30 in participating brands (John Frieda, Ban, Curel, Jergen's). Shop Your Way Rewards Members will get an additional $3.00 (3,000 points). (Through 4/2)

Deal Ideas:

Buy 2 Biore Cleaners, $5.99
Buy 2 Biore Strips, $5.99
Use (2) B1G1 Biore Cleanser, up to $9 WYB Biore Pore Strip from the 3/4 SS
Pay $11.98, get $5 Coupon + $3 in points
=as low as $3.98 for all!

Be on the lookout for $1 peelies on the Ban, John Frieda and Biore.  When used during doubles these would be worth $2.  Ban is 2/$5 this month.

Receive a $5 Coupon when you spend $20 or a $10 coupon when you spend $30 on the brands listed below:

This particular promotion is rolling which means that you can use the $10 you get from the first deal on your next qualifying transaction and a new $10 coupon will print.  You can repeat this as many times as you want through the end of the promotion.  This Promotion is valid on these brands-- Brawny, Mardi Gras, Tone, Coast, Dial, Dry Idea, Zout, Right Guard, Purex Sparkle, Vanity Fair, Coast, Soft Scrub, and Angel Soft.

Thanks, My Military Mommy


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