Zulily is currently running a Starbucks Holiday Pass Deal. When you purchase a $25 Starbucks Holiday Pass and spend the full $25 by December 3, 2013, you’ll get a $10 Starbucks eGiftcard in January. If you are a Starbucks regular, this is a great way to stretch your money a little farther!
Qualifying customers will receive their bonus $10 eGift via email by 1/10/2014.
To qualify, you must use the Starbucks Holiday Pass to purchase at least $25 worth of merchandise, beverages or food at participating US Starbucks stores or starbucksstore.com by 11:59 p.m PST on 12/31/2013.
Zaycon Foods is a privately owned company founded in 2009 with the simple mission to bring farm fresh meats direct to consumers at wholesale prices. Because they cut out the middle man (ie: grocery store) they can keep their cost lower than what you’ll typically find. They have events all over the country where they deliver their products- you simply need to drive through and pick them up!
While Zaycon Foods sells everything from raw wildflower honey to non-homogenized whole milk to fresh strawberries, they are best known for their quality meats. And more specifically for their fresh 100% natural chicken with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients. Their boneless, skinless chicken breast comes in 40 lb. boxes, but each box has four 10 lb. bags of chicken it, making it very easy to split your order with someone else if you are worried that you won’t be able to use the whole 40 lbs. yourself.
I was super impressed with my Zaycon Foods experience. Ordering was so simple; I just went to their website, set up an account and found an event in my area. Then I placed my order and paid online, so that the day of the event, I could just sail through the pick up line!
I got to the location of the pickup for my event about 10 minutes early and was fully prepared to just have to sit and wait. But I didn’t need too! As I drove up to the delivery truck, the driver hopped out and motioned me to come to the pickup spot. I handed him my order slip and popped the rear hatch on my minivan. After laying down a plastic trash bag to catch any leaks (there were none!), he loaded up my chicken and in a matter of a couple of minutes I was on my way again! It was a rainy day and I was more than happy to not have to get out of my car and the whole process was much easier than going to the grocery store with 2 little children in tow!
Then I came home and got to work. I froze some breasts whole, cooked some meat and froze it and then canned the rest. There was a little bit of fat to trim off of some of the pieces but I was very impressed with the quality of the meat. And we’ve enjoyed it numerous times since- it has great flavor!
If you are interested in ordering from Zaycon, head to their website and set up an account. They have more chicken events happening in Feb. so you may be able to get in on one of those!
Even though I can often use coupons to get cereal for $0.50 to $0.75 a box, we still actually prefer homemade granola for breakfast. Why? Well, to put it simply, it keeps us full much, much longer than store bought cereal plus it’s also healthier. When my husband eats cereal he literally has to eat half the box to get enough to keep him full until lunch time. With this granola he can eat about 1 ½ cups to do the same.
I have to tell you, I never really liked granola that well until I tried this recipe. It is very basic- doesn’t take a lot of expensive or unusual ingredients and can be mixed up in just a couple of minutes- so you’d think that is wouldn’t be that great. But in my opinion, this is a case of simpler being better. In fact, both my husband and I prefer this granola to any other recipe that we’ve had. And when I’ve served it to guests I’ve gotten lots of positive comments as well. Oh and it makes really good parfaits too!
The recipe is also very versatile and can easily be changed up to suit your tastes. Play around with it, add in other things that you love- make it yours!
Add-ins: Raisins, chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, Craisins, dried apricots- you can add any of these once the granola is cooled.
Mix everything but oil and vanilla in large bowl. (I like to mix it in my roasting pan and then just bake it in that). Add vanilla to oil, then add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Pour into oven safe dishes (if you don’t have a large roasting pan, cake pans work well) and bake at 250 degrees until lightly browned, stirring occasionally.
* You can any kind of oatmeal you want as long as the total amount equals 16 cups.
** If you prefer a chunkier granola you can use ⅔ c. honey and 2 c. brown sugar.
This recipe also freezes very well!
This Quick Caramel Icing is so delicious and it’s easy enough that even an inexperienced cook can make it. We love it with chocolate cake and it also goes perfectly with Gingerbread Cake, a yummy winter dessert.
If you are worried about not being able to eat a whole cake, you can easily half the recipe. Or just make a whole cake and freeze part of it. Cake is something that freezes really well and it’s always handy to have things like that in the freezer!
Melt butter and brown sugar together on low heat. Bring to boil and boil 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Add milk and heat just until boiling again. Remove from heat and cool slightly. Mix in powdered sugar until smooth. (I find using a whisk really helps in getting it smooth.)
Several things to note: The icing will be pretty runny but it WILL set up firm. This makes plenty for a 9×13 cake- in fact you might not even want to use it all if you aren’t much of a sweet tooth.
I love apple dumplings but don’t make them terribly often just because they can be a bit time consuming to make. So recently when a friend was telling me about this Applescotch Dessert recipe and how it tastes like apple dumplings but is much easier, I was all ears! I made it last week for some dinner guests and oh my- it was so yummy! Do you see all that gooey, caramel-y syrup? How could it not be good?!
1 1/4 c. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 c. cold water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. butter
2 c. flour
1/4 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. butter, softened (or shortening)
5 to 6 c. apples, chopped and peeled
3/4 c. milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
For sauce, combine the first 3 ingredients in saucepan and cook until slightly thickened. (It won’t thicken much at all.) Add vanilla and butter. Pour into a greased 9×13 baking dish.
Make dumpling mixture by mixing together first 5 ingredients until crumbly. Add apples and stir. Combine milk and vanilla and stir into mixture just until moistened. Drop by spoonfuls over sauce in dish.
Combine sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle over the top. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Serve warm with ice cream.