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In my head, Halloween means chili and grilled cheese sandwiches before Trick Or Treating.  I’m not sure if I’m remembering that perfectly from my childhood, but it seems that was the general rule: you had to eat your chili before you could hit the streets.  BUT…this weather doesn’t really seem chili weather. I think I’ll make it anyway!  Using Nicole’s list of what’s on sale this week, here are some menu suggestions.

Main Dishes

  • Rice & Smoked Sausage – I’ve been a big fan of smoked sausage lately and I really want to try this Food Network recipe.  It does take a little time to make, but most of it is waiting, so that isn’t so bad!
  • Oven Baked BBQ Chicken – Chicken quarters are on sale and BBQ sauce is often in the pantry, so this could be an inexpensive meal!
  • Crispy Slow Roasted Pork Shoulder – Pork Shoulder is on sale at a stock up price.  I haven’t tried this recipe, but if you have a Saturday to let this meat cook all day long in the oven, I bet your house would smell fantastic and your stomachs would be happy!
  • Tex Mex Chicken Casserole – Cream cheese is on sale and is a major part of this recipe…well, a major part of what makes it yummy!  This is one of my favorite ways of making chicken.  I serve with tortilla chips.
  • Chicken Fried Rice – Put those frozen veggies to good use!
  • One of my favorite pasta-dishes-with-a-mexican-flair is this Bow Tie Fiesta dish.  It freezes well.  It uses ingredients that I almost always have on hand.  It comes together really quickly (especially since I usually have ground beef already browned in the freezer).  I also love that you control how spicy it is.  If your family loves some heat in their food, use hot salsa, some spicer cheeses and maybe toss in a little cumin.  If your family likes things on the tamer side, go for the mild salsa and a colby jack cheese.

    On this particular day that I made it, I used tri-color bow tie pasta and some red bell pepper with some green.  It added some nice color to the dish!  It also doubles really easily if you wanted to make a 9×13 pan.

    Bow Tie Fiesta

    Barely changed from Blue Eyed Bride

    8 ounces bow tie pasta
    1 pound ground beef
    1/2 onion, chopped
    1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
    2 (15-ounce) cans tomato sauce
    1 tablespoon chili powder (or chili seasoning)
    Salt to taste
    1 cup sour cream
    1 cup salsa
    1 cup shredded cheese (cheddar, mexican, taco, pepperjack, whatever you like)
    black olives, jalapenos, tomato (optional)


    1. Cook the pasta using package directions and cooking for 7 minutes; drain.

    2. Brown the beef in a skillet, stirring until crumbly; drain. Add the onion and green pepper and mix well. Cook until the onion is tender, stirring constantly.

    3. Stir in the tomato sauce, chili powder, and salt.

    4. Add in the drained pasta, sour cream and salsa.  If you’re using black olive, jalapenos and tomatoes, add those in too.  Mix all together.

    5. Pour into a 9×11-inch or 9×9-inch baking dish.

    6. Sprinkle with the cheese.

    7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly.

    Freezer Instructions: Prepare, but don’t bake.  Cover very well and put into freezer.  When ready to bake, thaw out in the fridge for a day, then bake.  You’ll need to increase the baking time to about 45 minutes since it’s starting out cold instead of hot-from-the-stove, but it’s still good!  You can also bake it straight from frozen, but that will really increase the baking time.

    Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.


    Disclosure: Compensation provided for this post. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

    Are you looking for a flexible holiday job with great benefits? Omaha Steaks is having job fairs throughout the month of October and hires on the spot! Wondering if the job is a good fit for you? I was able to shadow an inbound sales representative and see what they do. During the holidays, Omaha Steaks hires 4,000 employees for their busiest time of year and many of those new hires are for inbound sales. Want to hear more about an inbound sales position job?

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    When you are hired as an inbound sales rep for Omaha Steaks, you will receive 20 hours of training in a high tech training facility on-site. You will learn how to answer calls, navigate their computer system for taking orders and tips to increase your sales. Omaha Steaks will provide you with all the training and support you need to be successful.

    The calls are inbound, so the customers call you and are ready to place orders! Inbound reps receive a cubicle, computer and headphones and wait for calls to come in from customers. Omaha Steaks has amazing specials you can offer the customers which makes earning more commission very easy.

    Inbound sale representatives receive a base hourly rate plus commission. The average temp wage for this position is $10/hour. They ask that you work a minimum of 16 hours per week with and extra 5 hour shift the weeks of December 7 and 14. They also require that you work December 8 and 15, their two busiest call days of the year. This is a great job if you are a stay at home mom and want to work while the kids are in school or want to pick up some evening hours to supplement your income.

    Omaha Steaks inbound sales

    Omaha Steaks is giving aways $1,000 weekly to their employees in November and December, have attendance bonuses and rehire bonuses up to $500. This is also the time of year to get your foot in the door at Omaha Steaks if you are looking for a permanent year-round position. A handful of their top employees throughout the holiday season will be offered full time positions. The best part about an Omaha Steaks holiday job is you get to enjoy the employee discount on Omaha Steaks products for an entire year!

    When I visited Omaha Steaks job fair, the atmosphere was very pleasant. Everyone was very nice, positive and it seemed like it would be a fun place to work.

    Omaha Steaks is hiring for several other positions for the holidays. Make sure to check out all details about their job fairs and the hiring process. This is the last week of the job fair, so make sure to check it out if you are interested in a holiday job.

    Are you applying for a job at Omaha Steaks for the holidays?


    Note: I was not paid to write this post, but I did receive the product for free.  All opinions are Jayme’s though!

    About a month ago, my son got lost for the first time.  He’s 2 years old and quite the adventurer at times.  We were at church after service, talking with another family, when I saw him run off.  I was able to follow him, but he made a turn.  Once I made that same turn, I couldn’t find him.  There were lots of places that he could’ve gone to – up a staircase, into the sanctuary, into a few different Sunday School rooms or even the church library.  I panicked, of course, went back and got my husband and friends and we all started looking.  Some other friends of ours saw Finn and held him and started looking for us.  Once we found each other, I was so relieved!

    As I started processing the event, in the car on the way home, I realized that the situation could have been much worse.  As big as our church is, it was still a confined place and it would’ve been hard for him to make it outdoors without us.  And because of how our church does Sunday School, Finn had a sticker on the back of his shirt with his name, our name and our phone numbers.  It would’ve been really easy for someone to find him and they’d be able to reach us.  This would’ve been a totally different situation had we been at the zoo or some where much more public.

    That’s when I realized that I ordered the wrong thing from Kidecals.  I had gotten contacted shortly before then to do a Product Review, but I ordered labels for my kitchen.  And as cool as they are (and they are cool), it was that I-lost-my-son-in-public scenario that made me realize how much more valuable to me, some of their other products would have been.

    kidecals review

    Kidecals make “stickers” that are re-usable, water friendly and completely customizable.  One of their main lines is “stickers” for kids that they can use to label things that they take to school or daycare.  Many of them have a place for a phone number – and that’s what made me thing “I really need to order some that have my phone number on them” – something like this maybe.  That way I can stick them on my boys when we go some place public, then when we come home, put them back on the sheet and I can use them next time.

    Of course, those aren’t the ones that I ordered – but the ones that I ordered are pretty cool.  I customized one for kitchen stuff, thinking that they’d be perfect to take to potlucks or relatives house as a way of marking my dishes.  Or for an extra “flair” when dropping off freezer meals for people.  And they are great for that!  I just think the kid labels are extra cool!

    Want some Kidecals of your own?  Use the ilovelabels code to get 15% off and shipping is always free! What Kidecals labels would you order?

    Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.


    Note: All deals considered stock up prices after coupon and store savings will be highlighted in red. Here is a full list of stockpile prices.

    P&G = Proctor & Gamble insert
    SS = Smartsource insert
    RP = RedPlum insert

    omaha grocery deals


    Acorn squash $0.69 each
    Gala, Red Delicious, Granny Smith apples, 3 lb $1.89 or $0.63/lb
    Pineapples $1.29 each
    Pomegranates $0.59 each
    Red grapes, 2 lb pack $1.78 or $0.89/lb
    Baker’s corner graham cracker pie crust, 6 oz $1.25
    Baker’s corner marshmallow creme, 7 oz $0.89
    Baker’s corner granulated sugar, 4 lb, limit 6 $1.49
    Baker’s corner all purpose flour, 5 lb, limit 6 $1.29
    Goldhen eggs, Grade A large, dozen $1.49
    LIveGfree gluten free rice pasta and cheddar, 6 oz $1.19
    Reggano wide egg noodles, 16 oz $1.25

    Land O Frost shaved meats, 9 oz $1.99
    Green cabbage $0.59/lb
    Act II microwave popcorn, 3 pack $1.00
    Armour fully cooked meatballs, 14 oz $2.99
    Armour lunch makers, 2.3-2.6 oz $0.99
    Bar S corn dogs, 3 lb $4.99
    Betty Crocker helper meals, 4.3-9.2 oz $0.88 ($0.75/3 coupon from 10/5/14 SS, $0.80/4 printable coupon, here, here or here = as low as $0.73 each)
    Bush’s Best chili beans, 15-16 oz $0.85 ($1/3 coupon from 10/12/14 SS = $0.52 each)
    Hawaiian PUnch, 128 oz $1.98
    Michelina’s entrees, 5.5-9 oz $1.00 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.80 each)
    Old Orchard frozen 100% juice, 12 oz $1.33 ($1/4 printable coupon = $1.08 each)
    Pepsi 2 liter bottle $1.00
    Purex laundry detergent, 43.5-50 oz or 18 ct $2.49
    Silk almond, soy or coconut milk, 64 oz $2.49 ($1 printable coupon or here = $1.49)
    Totino’s party pizza, 9.8-10.8 oz $1.25 ($1.10/4 printable coupon or here or here = $0.98 each)
    Yoplait Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $0.91 ($1/5 coupon from 9/21/14 SS = $0.71 each)
    Our Family apple juice, 64 oz $1.49

    ***Bag’N Save & No Frills 4-Day Sale – Thurs, Fri, Sat & Sun Only***
    Florida’s Naturals orange juice, 59 oz $2.48
    Knorr side dishes, 4.3-5.7 oz $0.79
    T-bone steak $5.99/lb
    Porterhouse steak $6.99/lb

    73% ground beef, sold in 5 lb tube $2.79/lb
    Aqua star pacific salmon filets, 1.25 lb bag $5.99
    Bar S franks or bologna, 16 oz $1.00
    Boneless pork sirloin roast, sold whole in bag $1.69
    Eckrich smoked sausage, 14 oz $2.50 ($1 coupon from 10/12/14 RP = $1.50)
    Heritage FArms chicken leg quarters, sold in 10 lb bag $0.49/lb
    Pork spare ribs $1.59/lb
    Wild caught snow crab clusters $6.99/lb
    Broccoli crowns $0.99/lb
    Colorado Russet potatoes, 5 lb bag $0.99
    Gala apples, 5 lb bag $3.99
    Organic kale $0.99 bunch
    Organic whole carrots, 2 lb bag $1.48
    Roma tomatoes $0.99/lb
    Big K soda, 2 liter $0.67 each when you buy 4
    Freschetta or Red baron pizza, 14.54-30.88 oz $3.99 ($0.75 Freschetta printable coupon, $1/2 Red Baron printable coupon or from 10/5/14 SS = as low as $3.24)
    Haagen-Dazs ice cream, 3.6 oz cup $1.00
    OceanSpray craisans, 5 oz $1.00
    Oral-B healthy clean toothbrush 1 ct $1.00 (Buy One, get one free coupon from 9/28/14 RP or $0.50 printable coupon = $0.50 each)
    Oral-B mint floss picks, 30 ct $1.00
    Rotella bread or Dillon’s bread 24 oz or 8 ct buns $1.00
    Tombstone pizza, 16-27.7 oz $2.25
    Kroger chicken breast, 5 oz can $1.00
    Kroger cinnamon or crescent rolls or jumbo biscuits, 8 ct $1.00
    Kroger cottage cheese, sour cream or dip, 16 oz $1.33
    Kroger cream cheese, 8 oz $1.00
    Kroger deluxe ice cream, 16 oz $1.00
    Kroger Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $0.79
    Kroger instant oatmeal, 10-12 ct $1.50
    Kroger water, 24 pack 16.9 oz bottles $2.50

    ***Baker’s Only Deal***
    Buy 3 mix and match participating items, get Free Simple Truth cage eggs, brown or white, 12 ct FREE. Participating products include:
    Kashi entrees & waffles, 9-10.1 oz $2.99
    Kashi pizza, 5.2-5.6 oz $2.99
    Kashi GoLean cereal, 13.1-14 oz $2.99 ($0.75 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $2.24)
    Kashi snack bars, 6-12 ct $2.99 ($0.75 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $2.24)
    Silk almond, soy or coconut milk, 1/2 gallon $2.99 ($1 printable coupon or here = $1.99)

    80% ground beef, sold in 10 lb tubes, limit 2 $2.99 (with in-ad coupon)
    Boneless New York strip, whole 11-14 lb average weight, limit 2 loins $5.99/lb (with in-ad coupon)
    Boneless pork ribs $1.99/lb
    Boneless pork shoulder roast $1.99/lb
    Farmland pork sausage link or roll, 8-12 oz $1.25
    Dole ready to eat baby carrots, 1 lb bg $0.88
    Rio Star red grapefruit $0.44
    Russet potatoes, 15 lb bag $2.99
    7Up brand products, regular or diet, 2 liter bottles $0.98
    Azteca flour tortillas, 8.5 oz package $0.99
    Betty Crocker fudge brownie mix, 10.25 oz pouch $0.90
    Betty Crocker muffin mix, blueberry, chocolate chip or triple berry, 6.5 oz pouch $0.90
    Bisquik, 20 oz box $1.79 ($0.50 printable coupon, here, here or here = $1.29)
    Duncan Hines cake mix, 16.5-18.25 oz $0.99
    Duncan Hines ready to spread frosting, 14 oz $1.50
    Francesco Rinaldi pasta sauce, 23.5-24 oz jar $1.33
    Keebler E.L. Fudge or Fudge Shope cookies, 6.6-15 oz $1.97 ($0.75 coupon with 500 points or $1.50 coupon with 1,000 Kellogg’s Family Rewards points = as low as $0.47)
    Keebler Townhouse original, pretzels, flatbread or pita crackers, 9.5-13.8 oz $1.97 ($0.75 coupon with 500 points or $1.50 coupon with 1,000 Kellogg’s Family Rewards points = as low as $0.47)
    Kellogg’s pop tarts, 6-8 ct box $1.67 ($0.75 coupon with 500 points or $1.50 coupon with 1,000 Kellogg’s Family Rewards points = as low as $0.17)
    Malt O Meal frosted mini spooners, original, strawberry or blueberry, 12-13 oz $0.50
    Mrs Clark’s 100% apple juice, 64 oz bottle, limit 2 $0.99
    Naked juice, 15.2 oz bottle $1.99 ($1 printable coupon = $0.99)
    Ore-Ida potatoes, hashbrowns, tater tots, french fires, wedges or sweet potato fries, 19-30 oz, limit 2 $1.98
    Pearls to go olives, black, black sliced or green, 4 pack, limit 1 $0.99 (with in-ad coupon)
    Pillsbury Grands! biscuits, 16-16.3 oz, excludes cinnamon rolls $1.25 ($0.40/3 printable coupon, here , here or here, $0.30/2 coupon from 9/21/14 SS, 10/5/14 SS or 10/12/14 SS = as low as $1.10 each)
    Purina Tidy Cats cat litter, instant action or 24/7, 20 lb $2.99 ($1 coupon from 7/27/14 RP = $1.99)
    Swiss Miss hot chocolate, milk chocolate or marshmallow, 10 ct box $0.99
    Wholly Guacamole, original or homestyle $1.50 ($1 printable coupon or here or here = $0.50)
    Wolf Brand chili with beans, original, spicy or homestyle, 15 oz can $1.50 ($0.40 coupon from 9/21/14 SS = $1.10)
    Fareway beans, dark red kidney, chili, black, refried or fat free refried, 15-16 oz can $0.70
    Fareway ice cream or sherbert, 1.75 quart $1.88
    Fareway pasta, excludes lasagna, 12-16 oz $0.90
    Fareway pumpkin, 15 oz can $0.97
    Fareway 100% pure orange juice, 1/2 gallon $1.48
    Fareway side dishes, pasta or rice & sauce, 4.3-4.8 oz $0.70
    Fareway white bread, 20 oz loaf $0.98

    85% lean Honeysuckle white ground turkey, 16 oz $2.99
    Chicken drumsticks or thighs, value pack $0.88/lb
    Jamestown brand sliced bacon, 16 oz $1.99
    Whole bone-in pork loin, 20-23 lb average $1.79/lb ($0.01/gallon/lb Fuel Saver)
    Dole greener selection, just lettuce, classic romaine or spinach, 8-12 oz $1.67
    Honeycrisp apples $1.48/lb
    Kiwi $0.33
    7Up products, 12 pack cans, limit 3 $3.00 (3/$9.00 with in-ad coupon)
    Angel soft bath tissue, 12 double, 8 triple or 24 regular rolls $4.98 ($0.55 printable coupon = $4.43)
    Baking stone french bread, original or 2 ct $2.89 ($0.10/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Banquet meals, 3.2-10.25 oz $0.69
    Birds Eye vegetables, 10-16 oz frozen $0.77
    Campbell’s chunky soup, 15.25-19 oz $1.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/3 coupon from 10/5/14 SS, $1/4 coupon from 9/7/4SS, $0.50/3 printable coupon, $0.50/2 printable coupon = as low as $1.17 each)
    Chicken of the Sea salmon or tuna, 2.5-5 oz $1.00
    Classics by Palermo’s pizza, 11-13.45 oz $1.67 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.17 each)
    Friskies cat food, 5.5 oz can $0.50 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/24 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $0.46 each)
    Hershey’s snack size candy, Kit Kat, Reese’s, Almond Joy or hershey’s milk chocolate, 10.35-11.3 oz, limit 2 $1.99 (with in-ad coupon, $1.10/2 printable coupon = $1.44 each)
    Jell-O gelatin, pudding or Kool-Aid gelatin, .3-3.9 oz $0.79 (Buy two, get one free with in-ad coupon, $1 off Kool-Whip wyb 2 Jell-O puddings printable coupon = $0.53 each)
    Little Debbies snacks, Swiss rolls 13 oz, nutty bars 12 oz, oatmeal creme pies 16.2 oz, cosmic brownies 13.1 oz or honey buns 10.6 oz $1.25 ($5 SavingStar credit when you spend $20)
    Yoplait yogurt, 4 or 6 oz $0.39 ($0.40/6 coupon from 9/21/14 SS, $0.40/6 SavingStar credit = $0.26 each after SavingStar credit)
    Zatarain’s rice, 6-6.9 zo $1.00
    Hy-Vee baking chips, 10-12 oz, limit 2 $0.99
    Hy-Vee fruit snacks, 4.8 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee ice cream, 1.75 square quart $1.99
    Hy-Vee kidney beans, 15 oz $0.50
    Hy-Vee salad dressing, 16 oz $1.67 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee sour cream, regular or light 8 oz $0.88
    Hy-Vee tea, 59 oz $1.88 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Midwest Country Fare cottage cheese, 1% or 4%, 24 oz $2.49 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Midwest Country Fare light brown or powdered sugar, 2 lb $1.48

    93% lean ground beef, sold in 10 lb roll $3.77
    Wholey imitation crab meat, flake style, 2.5 lb $3.77
    Green peppers $0.50
    Pears, bartlett, anjou or bosc $0.77/lb
    Phillips Farms sliced mushrooms, 8 oz $1.28
    Yellow onions, 3 lb bag $0.96
    Crystal Farms cheese, shredded or chunks, 6-8 oz $1.50
    Del Monte crushed pineapple, 15.25 oz $0.88
    Del Monte vegetables, whole or cream corn, cut or french green beans, peas, 14.5-15.25 oz can $0.50
    Folgers country roast coffee, 34.5 oz $5.48 ($0.25 coupon from 9/28/14 RP = $5.23)
    Frito Lay fritos, cheetos or tostitos cantina snacks, 8-12 oz $1.50
    Jiffy pizza crust, 6.5 oz $0.50
    Kraft mayo or miracle whip, original 30 oz, limit 2 $1.98 ($0.75 mayo printable coupon = $1.23)
    Land O Lakes milk, gallon, Skim, 1%, 2% or Vit D, limit 2 $2.78
    Mama Mary’s pizza crust, 2 ct $2.98 ($1 printable coupon = $1.98)
    Nature’s Harvest bread, butter bread, honey wheat, stone ground or butter top, 20 oz $1.58
    Pepsi products, 24 pack cans $6.48 ($1 on-pack coupons = $5.48)
    Pillsbury pizza crust or breadsticks, 11-13.8 oz $1.83
    Sorrisos gourmet pizza sauce, 15.5 oz $1.36
    Velveeta loaf, 2 lb $5.98
    Best Choice crushed red pepper, 1.75 oz $0.88
    Best Choice frozen vegetables, 16 oz $0.73
    Best Choice mushrooms pieces & stems, 4 oz $0.50
    Best Choice Texas toast, garlic bread or breadsticks, 10.5 oz $1.48
    Best Choice yogurt, 6 oz $0.33


    Disclosure: Complimentary tickets provided. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

    Are you a fan of haunted houses, spooky mazes and frightening scare zones? If you love the thrill of Halloween and all the spooks that come out at night, Worlds of Fun Kansas City Halloween Haunt is the place to visit. For one admission price you get access to seven scary haunted houses and horrifying mazes, including CornStalkers and Asylum Island, and three scare zones. I visited this house of horrors Saturday night with my husband and Lisa and Tim for The Walking Tourists and it was terrifying!

    worlds of fun halloween haunt

    When the sun goes down, fog filters through the park, spooky music starts to play and creatures are at every corner all leading up to the Overlord’s Awakening. Watch the live show as the Overlord summons his 400 monsters for the night to haunt Worlds of Fun. This parade of monsters is frightening because these are the creatures that will be lurking in the corners of the haunted attractions. The costumes and makeup of the monsters is meticulous and very realistic. There is a mix of sexy, scary and downright disgusting. Something to scare everyone!

    Make sure to check out Ed Alonzo’s Psycho Circus of Magic and Mayhem included free with admission. I remember Ed Alonzo from his role as Max in the Magician in the original ‘Saved by the Bell’. I was very impressed with his elaborate magic tricks and the raunchy humor. One trick he even transported a live duck to a bucket 25 feet away! I still have no idea how he managed that feat. This is a must see show if you visit Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt!

    Worlds of Fun Haunt Photo credit (far right picture): The Walking Tourists

    Halloween Haunt 2014 will run Friday and Saturday nights through November 1. Check online events and promotions for discount tickets, including Friday night military and college ID discounts.

    I will warn you that the lines for the haunted houses and scare zones are very long with an hour wait at most of them. If you really want to see all that Halloween Haunt offers I would advise spending the extra money for a Fright Lane pass that puts you at the front of the line for all the scary attractions. When you compare how many haunted houses and scare zones you get to see in one place versus the cost for just one haunted house admission at other attractions the cost for Worlds of Fun is reasonable. Plus, all the regular Worlds of Fun rides are still running during the Haunt, only they are scarier with the fog and spooky music.

    Note: Halloween Haunt and Ed Alonzo’s evening shows are for a mature audience. They are very scary and contain adult content and costumes. If you take your young kids on a Haunt night make sure to leave the park BEFORE the sun goes down. Worlds of Fun does have daytime scare-free Halloween events and a kid-friendly Ed Alonzo magic show.

    Have you visited Worlds of Fun Halloween Haunt? Do you enjoy haunted houses?


    Disclosure: Compensation provided. However, all opinions expressed are mine.

    I am happy to announce that Mayor Jean Stothert has announced October 19-25 as the second annual Omaha Family Dining Week. This is a week dedicated to cooking and eating together as a family at home! Keep the electronics turned off at the dinner table and enjoy some old fashioned food and enlightening conversations.


    Top 5 Reasons to Take the Family Dining Pledge & Eat at Home:

    1. Save Money – In my experience a solid meal plan that works around your schedule takes much less time and money versus eating out. Live Well Omaha says that on average, eating three meals a week in, versus eating out, saves a family of four $2,000 a year.

    2. Great Conversations - Here’s a fun conversation starter: ask your kids to describe the best and worst parts of their day. When I ask this question at dinner, the answers always surprise me. Sometimes, I forget that the little things, like getting a homemade treat in their lunch, are really important to a kid and can become the best part of their day.

    3. Teach Kid’s Responsibility – Someday the kids will grow up and move out on their own, which means they are now in charge of their own grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning. Involve them in the kitchen now to teach these valuable life skills young that will benefit them their entire life.

    4. Eat Healthier Foods - Cooking your own meals is much healthier than fast food fried alternatives. When you cook at home, you control the ingredients (excellent way to avoid allergens), know how your food was handled and can exercise portion control.

    5. Quality Time with Your Family – The most important thing about Taking the Family Dining Pledge is spending quality time with your family. When you work as a team to create a meal plan, prep dinners and clean up you create a cohesive family unit. Sitting down together for meals is a time when you can unwind, unplug and really connect through conversation and good food.

    So, let’s get cooking! Here is an easy meal plan based on the Omaha sale items this week and check out more meal planning tips and events from Live Well Omaha.

    Ready to take the Live Well Omaha Family Dining Pledge? Simply fill out this quick Family Dining Pledge form and be entered to win a $15 Hy-Vee gift card!

    Note: Taking the Pledge does not mean you have to commit to make every meal at home, it justs means you make an effort to make more of those meals at home with your family.

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    Check out these other local bloggers also giving away a $15 Hy-Vee gift card during Family Dining Week.
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    Disclosure: Contains affiliate link.

    Check out the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest for a chance to win $4,000 each week!

    Here’s how it works:

    1. Scratch off the ticket to see list of given ingredients for your recipe. You have until Sunday to submit a VALID recipe including the given ingredients.

    2. New ingredients and new contest each week! Enter weekly through November 24, 2014.

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    My office is having a tailgate-themed potluck party next week and I’m torn on what to bring.  Salty?  Sweet?  Main dish?  Appetizer?  The “problem” with potlucks is that if everyone makes a big batch of something, you end up with gigantic amounts of food!  I guess that’s a good problem to have.  Once I figure out what to bring though, it’s off to the store, using Nicole’s full list of what’s on sale this week!

    Main Dishes

    • Pizza – Aldi’s is just daring you to make a pizza with the yummy stuff they have on sale – mushrooms, tomatoes, tomato sauce.  Don’t mind if I do!
    • Chili & Baked Potatoes – Fareway has both potatoes and chili on sale – a super easy meal is to bake the potatoes, add chili and cheese!  Got a vegetarian?  Skip the chili and do broccoli!
    • Roasted Chicken – I don’t often (okay, like once a year, maybe) roast a whole chicken, but when I do, I love the results.  Depending on your family size, you can have the chicken for 1 meal, pull off any leftover chicken meat and use it again in a soup or maybe chicken salad.  I’ve had great luck with Pioneer Woman’s recipe.
    • Baked Penne – Hy-Vee has their pasta on sale.  You can make this casserole with either Italian sausage or regular ground beef.
    • Chicken, Cheddar & Broccoli Braid – I haven’t made this yet, but it’s on my “MUST MAKE SOON” list because it looks easy to make, but impressive to serve.

    One of my favorite things to order at restaurants is potato skins.  Which is strange because they aren’t hard to make, but they do take some time – mostly time waiting for the potatoes to bake.  Want to make some yourself?  Do this!


    Quick & Easy Baked (Not Fried!) Potato Skins

    Potatoes (like russet)
    Cheese (like cheddar)
    Bacon (either fried yourself or cheat and use bacon bits)
    Green onions (optional)
    Sour cream (optional for some people; required for me)

    1. Using a fork, poke holes in clean, but dry potatoes.  Do as many as you want.  If you want to get fancy, lightly cover the potatoes with olive oil and sea salt before baking.  But that’s a fancy step.
    2. Bake potatoes.  Bake for about an hour at 400 degrees.
    3. Take the potatoes out of the oven and cut in half horizontally (so they look like a boat).  They’ll be HOT, so I usually hold them with a towel as I slice them.
    4. Scoop out the potato pulp.  Leave some in, but take most of it out.  You can use the “leftover” potato for other purposes – mashed potatoes, potato soup, skinless baked potatoes, whatever you want.
    5. Put some cheese in the potato boat.
    6. Put some bacon and green onions (if using) in potato boat.
    7. Place on a cookie sheet.
    8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes until cheese is melted.
    9. Take out of the oven.  Put on a plate.  Smother with sour cream and moan over how good it tastes.

    Jayme is a wife to 1 and, so far, a mother to two little boys. She coupons, but isn’t super extreme about it. She price matches and loves it! While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better! She never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.