Tuesday, March 16, 2010

My new shopping love - SAVERS!

A new store opened close to where I work called Savers. It is honestly a good mixture between a goodwill and a consignment shop. Why? The store has basically only popular labels - abercrombie, nautica, aero, express to name a few, similar to a consignment shop. However, the prices are more like a goodwill! The best part of Savers - if you donate things, you automatically get a 20% off coupon towards your total purchase! I got a nautica bathing suit for $4! Now, I know, I know, no shopping! It is bad! BUT, if you are going to take a trip to buy new clothes, choose Savers. Good buys, great clothes, good quality.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Frugal Dog Treats

We have two dogs - one big and one small. Nevertheless, dog bones are starting to add up! I recently found some good recipes for homemade dog bones. I have not tried them yet, but they do look promising. I have these common ingredients at home, so I thought this would make sense to make them at home while I am cooking all of the time anyways.

Dog Cookies from  http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Good-Dog-Cookies/Detail.aspx


2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 3/4 cup nonfat dry milk powder 1 egg, beaten 1/2 cup vegetable oil 2 cubes beef bouillon cube 3/4 cup boiling water 2 tablespoons brown sugar

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Lightly grease one cookie sheet.
Dissolve bouillon cubes in boiling water and allow to cool.
Combine the flour, dry milk, egg, oil, beef broth and brown sugar. Mix well and knead dough for 1 minute.
On a floured surface roll out dough to about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out bones and place on cookie sheet.
Bake for 30 minutes and allow to cool.

Homemade Dog Treat Recipe from http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Everyday%20Biscuits.htm
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 tablespoons dry parsley
2 tablespoons minced garlic 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons honey
1 egg
5-6 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Stir in the parsley, garlic, broth, honey, and egg. Gradually blend in flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

Transfer to a floured surface and knead until smooth (about 3-5 minutes). Shape the dough into a ball, and roll to 1/4-inch (6 mm) thick. Using small bone-shaped cookie cutters, make biscuits! Transfer to ungreased baking sheets, spacing them about 1/4 inch (6 mm) apart. Gather up the scraps, roll out again, and cut additional biscuits.

Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and turn over. Bake for an additional 15 minutes, or until lightly browned on both sides. Let cool overnight. (After we finish baking all batches of biscuits, we turn off the oven, then spread all the biscuits out on one baking sheet and set them in the oven to cool overnight. The extra time in the oven as it cools off helps make the treats crispier and crunchier.)

Apple Cinnamon Drops from http://www.bullwrinkle.com/Assets/Recipes/Apple%20Cinnamon%20Drops.htm

1 large apple
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup of water
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 cup oatmeal
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/8 cup whole wheat flour


Preheat oven to 350 ° F (180 ° C).
Core, slice and mince the apple (use a food processor if you have one). In a large bowl, combine the minced apple bits, honey, water, cinnamon, and oatmeal. Gradually blend in the wheat flour, adding enough to form a stiff dough.

In a small bowl, add 1/8 cup wheat flour. Spoon the dough by rounded teaspoon onto ungreased baking sheets, spacing about 2 inches (5cm) apart. Using the bottom of a glass dipped in the wheat flour (to prevent sticking), flatten each spoonful of dough into a circle. Adjust the size of the drops based on how big a treat you like to feed your dog.
Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven and flip each cookie to brown evenly on both sides. Reduce oven temperature to 325 ° F (180 °C). Return to oven and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Let cool overnight.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Coupons - deal or no deal?

I was clipping coupons tonight and I have to say, I was unusually disappointed. I only found a few, in the past I would have found a ton. Not that I used all of those, but I  kept them in case I needed something I frequently bought or if there was a good sale (use the coupon with the sale = fantastic deals!). I was talking to my mom and grandmother (coupon experts) and they too felt that coupons are becoming less beneficial than ever before. Oy!