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Yay! I did it. I completed my first Omaha Marathon 5k run on September 21, 2014!

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I ROCKED THE 5K
Sunday was the big day I’ve been training the last 9 weeks to complete and I rocked it! It was a beautiful, sunny day in Omaha and I had my four favorite cheerleaders there to support me.

My goal was to run the entire time and I completed the 5K in 33 minutes and 15 seconds. I was the 43rd female to cross the finish line and 5th in my age group. For my very first 5K, I’d say I did great!

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FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE TRAINING
I’ll be completely honest, I signed up for a chance to win the LiveWell Nebraska contest for a free endurance coach and entry into the Omaha Marathon 5K on a whim. I’m not sure why I wrote a compelling essay that led to me being selected as the winner, but I am so, so incredibly glad that I did. All I can say is that this training has been life changing for me.

I have always exercised, but never really focused on nutrition, other than occassionally tracking calories. For several years, the scale has not budged, no matter how much I exercised and counted calories. My trainer’s advice to eat a low-carb, no processed sugar diet has been the best advice I’ve ever recieved. Since July 21, I have lost an impressive 15 pounds and I am thrilled!

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WHEN IS MY NEXT 5K?
I am going to continue running and eating the low-carb, no processed sugar diet, but will not participate in any more 5K races by myself. I would love to run again if my husband, kids or friends join me. I am not very competitive, so the races are more for fun to run with others.

In case you are curious what essay I wrote that led to my selection as a 2014 Omaha Marathon 5k Winner, here it is:

“I want to participate in the 2014 Omaha 5K because I want to be an example to my kids, ages 8, 5 and 3. I served in the U.S. Navy, but that was three kids and nine years ago, and my physical condition has changed. I really want to maintain a healthy lifestyle through good nutrition and exercise. Extreme dieting is not for me and I know it doesn’t work. Fitness is a journey, not a destination. I want my children to see that fitness is a priority and hard work and dedication helps them reach their goals. I would love to win and have my three kids and husband cheer for me in this event!”

WANT TO TRAIN FOR A 5K?
For the past nine weeks, I have shared my training schedule and nutrition advice with you. Start your fitness journey today and run a 5K in just two months.

Here are the training schedules:
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Week 4
Week 5
Week 6
Week 7
Week 8
Week 9

Have you participated in a running event? Please share your advice and experience.

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Another week, another trip to the grocery store – using Nicole’s what’s on sale this week’s list of course!  Here are some menu suggestion based upon things that are sale this week or what might be in your cupboards already.

Main Dishes

  • Crockpot BBQ Drumsticks – Drumsticks are on sale!  Buy some for the freezer too.  You could also try Oven Fried Drumsticks.
  • Tacos – No real recipe here, but Bakers also has taco shells and refried beans on sale.  Good week for tacos!  I also like this bean dip made with refried beans, salsa & cream cheese. Good football food!
  • Chunky Soup Over Potatoes – I admit, this seems kind of weird to me.  But it also seems pretty creative.  Campbell’s Chunky Soup is on sale, so why not serve it over potatoes (or rice would be good too!).
  • Zuppa Tuscana – Let’s see, Bakers has potatoes, kale, bacon on sale – those are the main ingredients in this soup.  My husband really likes it – maybe your family will too?
  • Hot Ham & Cheese – Or make it turkey and cheese.  Or roast beef and cheese.
  • Are you an apple fan?  Like cheesecake?  I got a winner of a recipe for you – it’s a little more complicated than apple crisp, but if you prep all your ingredients before you start making it, it does come together pretty fast.

    caramelapplecheesecakebars

    This is a Paula Deen recipe and I usually make it just as she has it, but this last time, I had a bunch of graham cracker crumbs in the freezer (they keep really well – if you’re going to crush just a few, why not a whole box and save them for later?), so this time I did a graham cracker crust.  I’ve included both instructions, so you choose!

    For me, cheesecake is best cold, so this is something that you can easily make the night before a fancy breakfast or maybe a baby shower brunch.  Or even for a dessert.

    Caramel Apple Cheesecake Bars
    Slightly adapted from Paula Deen

    Ingredients:

    Graham Cracker Crust:
    2 cups crushed graham crackers
    4 Tablespoons sugar
    1 stick butter, melted

    Original Crust:
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

    Cheesecake Filling:
    2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Apple Layer:
    3 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and finely chopped
    1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    2 Tablespoons sugar

    Streusel Topping:
    1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup quick cooking oats

    Plus: caramel topping

    Directions:

    1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    2a) Make your crust.  If doing the graham cracker crust, mix all crust ingredients together and press to the bottom of a 9×13 pan.  Bake 10 minutes.

    2b) Make your crust.  If doing the original crust, combine flour and brown sugar. Cut in butter with a pastry blender until mixture is crumbly. Cover a 9×13 pan with foil.  Bake 15 minutes until light brown.

    3) Make your cheesecake filling.  In large bowl (I use my KitchenAid mixer), beat cream cheese with 1/2 cup sugar at medium speed until smooth. Then add eggs, 1 at a time, and vanilla. Stir to combine. Pour over warm crust.

    4) Make your apple layer.  In a small bowl, stir together chopped apples, 2 tablespoons sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Spoon evenly over cream cheese mixture.

    5) Make your streusel topping.  In a small bowl (you can re-use the one you did for the apples), combine all streusel ingredients.  Sprinkle evenly with Streusel topping.

    6) Bake it.  Bake 30 minutes, or until filling is set.

    7) Serve it.  Drizzle with caramel topping.

    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.

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    I love good food and I particularly enjoy local restuarants. But, I’ll be honest, with three small kids, we just don’t eat out very often and I have been missing out on some yummy local cuisine. I was so delighted to be invited to sample Plank Seafood Provision Happy Hour with other Omaha bloggers (without the kids.) My verdict: amazing, delicious and going back on date night.

    I know every single person I talked to raved about Plank Seafood Provisions and having experienced it myself, I see why it’s so popular. Their food is delicious and each bite is full of flavor. I even tried Shucked Oysters on the Half Shell for the first time and really enjoyed them. Their horseradish sauce was extremely tasty on the oysters and they are only $1.00 each during Happy Hour.

    Here are a few of my favorite Happy Hour specials:
    Braised Beef Flatbread – caramelized onions, havarti cheese, baby arugula, grape tomatoes, blue cheese sauce, sherry reduction, olive oil, sea salt, cracked black pepper
    Scottish Salmon Crostini – house smoked, boiled egg, shallots, citrus tarragon creme fraiche and tomato caper relish
    Baked Mac & Cheese – cast iron baked, cheddar, bechamel, cavatappi pasta, parmesan breadcrumbs, paprika, chives
    RedBearded Rita – No clue what was in this drink, but it made me happy (see pic below)

    That all sounds amazing, right? Honestly, I don’t even know what some of those ingredients actually are, but the combination created absolutely mouthwatering food. If you haven’t tried Plank yet, check them out in downtown Omaha at 1205 Howard St. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Saturday 3-6:30pm and Sunday noon-8pm.

    Plank Seafood Omaha

    Want to win some FREE gift cards to Plank? Join us for a Twitter party on September 29 from 9pm-10pm. They will be giving away (6) $15 gift cards and (2) $50 gift cards during that hour.

    Never done a Twitter party? Here’s how to participate:
    1. Register here NOW with your Twitter name – You have to register for this party to win
    2. Follow me on Twitter @momsavesmoney
    3. Follow the Twitter Party Hosts @momontheside and @PlankSeafood
    4. Log into Twitter on Monday September 29 from 9pm-10pm
    5. Both the hosts and I will ask questions throughout the party and simply tweet back using the hashtag #PlankSeafood
    6. The more you tweet with the hashtag #PlankSeafood during the party the more chances you have to win

    Good luck and I hope to see you at the Twitter Party on Monday!

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    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.

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

    omaha grocery deals

    ALDI
    73% lean ground beef chub, 5 lb roll $12.99
    Chicken drumsticks, family pack, 4.5 lb average weight $0.89/lb
    Cantaloupe, large $1.29 each
    Del Monte bananas $0.33/lb
    Green peppers, 3 pack, 20 oz $0.99
    Navel oranges $2.49/3-lb pack or $0.83/lb
    Organic baby carrots, 16 oz pack $0.99
    Organic baby spinach or spring mix, 5 oz $2.49
    Organic grape tomatoes, 10 oz pack $2.49
    Red Grapes $1.58/2-lb pack or $0.79/lb
    Roma tomatoes, 20 oz $0.99
    Gluten Free penne or fusilli, 16 oz $1.29
    Organic diced tomatoes, 28 oz $1.49
    Organic spaghetti or linguini, 16 oz $1.29
    Organic thick & chunky salsa, hot, medium or mild, 16 oz $1.99

    BAG’N SAVE & NO FRILLS SUPERMARKETS
    85% lean ground beef $3.49/lb
    Bar S jumbo or turkey franks, excludes beef, 16 oz $0.99
    Boneless New York strip steak $6.99/lb
    Barlett pears $0.99/lb
    Green Leaf, Red leaf or Romaine lettuce $0.99 each
    Honeycrisp apples $1.77/lb
    Armour lunch makers, 2.3-2.6 oz $0.99
    7Up or Dr Pepper 2 liter bottle $0.99
    7Up or Dr Pepper, 12 pack cans $3.00
    Campbell’s canned pasta, 14.75-15 oz $0.97 ($0.40/2 Spaghettio’s coupon from 9/7/14 SS, $0.40/3 Spaghettio’s printable coupon = as low as $0.77 each)
    Campbell’s slow cooker or skillet sauc, 9-13 oz $2.00 ($1/2 printable coupon or here = $1.50 each)
    Hiland chocolate milk, 64 oz $1.88
    Hiland orange juice, 64 oz $1.88 ($0.25 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = $1.63)
    Kraft BBQ sauce, 17.5-18 oz $0.99
    Quilted Northern bath tissue, 12 pack double roll, soft & strong only $4.99
    Suave shampoo or conditioner, 12 oz $0.88
    Totino’s party pizza, 9.8-10.9 oz $1.25
    Our Family chopped or sliced ripe olives, 2.5-4 oz $0.99
    Our Family diced green chiles, 4 oz $0.89
    Our Family enchilada sauce, 10 oz $0.99
    Our Family fajita or taco seasoning, 1.25 oz $0.40
    Our Family oyster crackers, 12 oz $0.99
    Our Family refried beans, 16 oz $0.99
    Our Family sliced jalapenos, 12 oz $1.49

    ***Bag’N Save & No Frills Only Deal***
    Buy 6 particapating mix and match items, save $3.00 at checkout. Participating deals inlude (price listed is after discount):
    A1 steak sauce, 10 oz $2.99 ($0.55 coupon from 8/17/14 SS = $2.44)
    Capri Sun drinks, 10 pack $1.50 ($1/2 coupon from 8/3/14 RP – expires 8/28 = $1.00 each)
    Claussen pickles, 20-32 oz $2.49
    Cracker Barrel cheese, 6-8 oz $1.99
    Crystal Light drink mix, 1.62 oz or 10 ct $1.99
    Gevalia coffee, 12 oz $4.99
    Kool Aid Jammers, 10 pack $1.49
    Kraft Cheez whiz, 15 oz $2.99
    Kraft Jell-O pudding or gelatin, 4 pack $1.49
    Kraft miracle whip or mayo, 22-30 oz $2.49 ($0.75 printable coupon = $1.74)
    Kraft salad dressing, 14-16 oz $1.49
    Maxwell House or Gevalia coffee, 12 ct pods or K-cups $4.99
    Maxwell House coffee, 28-36.8 oz $6.99
    Oscar Mayer lunchmeat, 7-9 oz $2.99
    Planters peanuts, 16 oz $2.49 ($1/2 coupon from 8/24/14 SS = $1.99 each)
    Velveeta cheese, 2 lb $5.99

    ***Bag’N Save & No Frills Two-Day Sale, Wednesday & Thursday Only***
    Campbell’s chunky soup, 15.25-19 oz, limit 8 $1.00 ($0.50/3 printable coupon, $0.50/2 printable coupon or $1/4 coupon from 9/7/14 SS = as low as $0.75 each)
    Dole classic iceberg salad, 12 oz $1.00

    ***Bag’N Save & No Frills Three-Day Sale, Friday, Saturday & Sunday Only***
    Pork riblets, feather bones, sold in 10 lb box $0.99/lb

    ***Bag’N Save & No Frills Two-Day Sale, Monday & Tuesday Only***
    Land O Frost deli shaved meats, 9 oz $1.99
    Our Family white bread, 16 oz $0.88

    BAKER’S
    Boneless pork sirloin roast, sold whole in bag $1.99/lb
    Heritage Farms bacon, 12 oz $1.99
    Heritage Farms chicken leg quarters, sold in 10 lb bag $0.49/lb
    Kroger tilapia, cod or catfish filets, 2.5 lb frozen bag $9.99
    Seasoned chicken leg quarters $0.89/lb
    St Louis Style pork ribs $1.99/lb
    73% lean ground beef, sold in 5 lb roll $2.49/lb
    Bartlett pears $0.99/lb
    Broccoli crowns $0.99/lb
    Colorado Russet potatoes, 5 lb bag $0.99
    Iceberg lettuce $0.99 each
    Missouri Jonathon apples, 3 lb bag $1.99
    Navel oranges, 3 lb bag $2.99
    Organic kale $0.99 bunch
    Roma tomatoes $0.99/lb
    Romaine, red or green leaf lettuce $0.99 each
    Whole organic carrots, 2 lb bag $1.50
    Blue Diamond almond breeze, 1/2 gallon $2.79 ($1 coupon from 8/17/14 SS = $1.79)
    Chicken of the Sea, 5 oz $0.50
    Gatorade or G2, 32 oz $0.69 each when you buy 10
    Green Giant vegetables, frozen, 7-10 oz $1.00 ($1/5 Baker’s digital coupon = $0.80 each)
    Fanta, Sierra Mist or 7Up, 2 liter bottles $1.00
    Hawaiian punch, 128 oz $1.99
    Ivory soap, 3 bars $1.00 ($0.25 printable coupon = $0.75)
    King’s Hawaiian rolls, 4 ct $1.00
    Michelina’s entree, 4.5-9.5 oz $0.88 ($1/5 printable coupon = $0.68 each)
    Mission flour tortillas, 10 ct $1.00
    Nestle hot cocoa, 6 ct $1.00
    Old El Paso taco shells or tortillas, 10-12 ct or refried beans 11oz $1.25 ($2/4 Baker’s digital coupon, $1/3 printable coupon or from 9/7/14 SS, $0.60/3 SavingStar credit = as low as $0.55 each after SavingStar credit)
    Oscar Mayer lunchables, 2.25-4.4 oz $1.00
    Pictsweet frozen vegetables, 6-10 oz $1.00
    Pillsbury cinnamon rolls, 4-10 ct $1.00 ($0.40/2 printable coupon or Baker’s digital coupon,$1/2 printable coupon or here, $0.40/2 SavingStar credit = as low as $0.30 each after SavingStar credit)
    Pillsbury crescent rolls, 4-10 ct $1.00 ($0.40/2 printable coupon or Baker’s digital coupon$1/2 printable coupon or here$0.40/2 SavingStar credit = as low as $0.30 each after SavingStar credit)Pillsbury Grands or Grands Jr biscuits, 4-10 ct $1.00 ($0.40/3 printable coupon or Baker’s digital coupon$1/3 printable coupon or here$0.40/3 SavingStar credit = as low as $0.53 each after SavingStar credit)
    Ramen noodles, 3 oz $0.20
    Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni, 4.2-7.2 oz $1.00
    Rosarita refried beans, 15-16 oz $1.00 ($0.60/3 Baker’s digital coupon = $0.80 each)
    Rotella bread, 16 oz or Dillons buns, 8 ct $1.00
    Snack Pack pudding or gelatin, 4 ct $1.00 ($0.25 SavingStar credit = $0.75)
    Special K cereal, 11-13.1 oz, bars 5-10 ct or chips or crackers, 4-8 oz $1.99 each when you buy three ($1/3 coupon from 9/14/14 RP or printable here, $1/2 bars printable coupon, $5 Saving Star credit when you spend $18 on bars = as low as $1.49 each)
    Vo5 shampoo or conditioner, 12.5-15 oz $0.88
    Big K soda, 12 pack cans $2.25 each when you buy 4
    Kroger cheese, 6-8 oz or singles 16 ct $1.67
    Kroger chipmates cookies, 12.75-15 oz or vanilla wafers, 11-13 oz $1.89
    Kroger cottage cheese or sour cream, 24 oz $2.29
    Kroger frozen vegetables, 10-12 oz $1.00
    Kroger fruit snacks, 6 ct $1.00
    Kroger marshmallows, 10-10.5 oz $1.00
    Kroger saltine cracker, 15-16 oz $1.00

    ***Baker’s Only Deal***
    Buy 4 mix and match participating Private Selection items, save $4 instantly. Limit 16 items. Participating products inlude (price listed is after discount):
    Private Selection bread, 21-24 oz $0.99
    Private selection cheese crumbles, 4 oz $0.99
    Private Selection cookies, 6 ct $2.99
    Private Selection coffee, 10-12 oz or 12 ct pods $4.99
    Private Selection fruit, frozen 12-24 oz $2.99
    Private Selection Greek yogurt, 5.3 oz $0.39
    Private Selection ice cream, 16 oz $0.99
    Private Selection kettle chips, 8 oz or tortilla chips, 9 oz $1.49
    Private Selection pasta sauce, 16.9-24 oz $1.69
    Private Selection pizza, 11.6-15.35 oz $3.49
    Private Selection steamable vegetables, frozen 16 oz $1.29
    Private Selection turkey breast, bone-in $1.99/lb (save $1 per package)

    NOTE: Baker’s digital coupons are considered manufacturer coupons and cannot be used with a paper manufacturer coupon on the same item.

    FAREWAY
    Ground pork $2.49/lb
    New York strip loin, whole, 13-15 lb average $6.99/lb
    Oscar Mayer turkey bologna or salami, 16 oz $1.00
    Dole carrots, 2 lb bag $0.99
    Green cabbage $0.49/lb
    McIntosh, Jonathon or Gala apples, 3 lb bag $2.50
    Tomatoes $0.99/lb
    Yellow onions, 3 lb bag $1.50
    AppleSnax applesauce, 46-48 oz $1.99
    C&H sugar, 4 lb $1.88 ($0.75/2 coupon from 9/7/14 RP = $1.50 each)
    Hungry Jack pancake mix, 32 oz $2.00
    Hungry Jack syrup, 24 oz $2.78 ($0.55 coupon printable here = $2.23)
    Hunts ketchup, 24 oz $0.99
    Large eggs, dozen $0.99
    Resers salads, 2.75-3 lb, excludes deviled egg $3.99 ($0.55 printable coupon or $1 coupon for 3lb salads = as low as $2.99)
    Smuckers grape jelly or jam, 32 oz $1.98
    Xtra laundry detergent, 75 oz $1.88
    Yoplait yogurt, 8 pack $2.99
    Fareway popcorn, 3 pack $0.99
    Fareway potato chips, 8 oz $0.99
    Fareway shredded cheese, 8 oz $1.67

    ***Fareway Two-Day Sale, Friday & Saturday Only***
    Bear Creek soup mix $2.50
    Betty Crocker corn muffin mix, 6.5 oz $0.25
    Fareway waffles, 10 ct $1.50
    Lay’s stacks $0.99
    Old Orchard apple blends, 64 oz, limit 2 $0.99 ($0.50 printable coupon = $0.49)
    Rotella small hamburger or hot dog buns, 8 ct $0.99
    Washington Red delicious apples $0.77/lb
    Whole beef tenderloins, 5-6 lb average, limit 2 $12.99/lb
    Whole pork butts, 7-9 lb average, limit 2 $1.99/lb

    HY-VEE
    Driscoll’s red raspberries, 6 oz $2.00 ($0.50 printable coupon = $1.50)
    Montery baby bella mushrooms, whole or sliced, 8 oz $1.88 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Banquet meals, 4.66-10.25 oz $0.69
    Classics by Palermo pizza, 11-13.45 oz $2.00 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.50 each)
    Coffee-Mate creamer, 32oz $2.50 ($0.75 printable coupon = $1.75)
    Del Monte vegetables, 11-15.25 oz $0.68
    Eggo, 8.4-16.4 oz $1.69 ($0.75 printable with 500 points or $1.50 printable with 1,000 Kellogg’s Family Rewards points = as low as $0.19)
    Hot or Lean pockets, 2-4 ct $2.00
    Larry’s potatoes, 8.16-10 oz $1.25 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Michelina’s or Zap’ems entrees, 4-9.5 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/5 printable coupon = $0.80 each)
    Nabisco snack crackers or Ritz, 3.5-16 oz $1.88
    Palermos pizza, 11.6-25.25 oz $3.00 ($0.03/gallon Fuel Saver, $1/2 printable coupon = $2.50 each)
    Post cereal, Fruity Pebbles or Cocoa Pebbles 11 oz, Honeycomb 12.5 oz, Raisan Bran 20 oz, Golden Crisp 14.75 oz, Waffle Crisp 11.5 oz, Alpha-Bits 12 oz or Fruity Pebbles Treats 6.2 oz $1.88 ($1/2 printable coupon = $1.38 each)
    Purex laundry detergent or fabric softener, 43.5-50 oz or 18 ct UltraPacks $2.25
    Solo cups, 15-150 ct $2.99 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver, Bonus $0.20/gallon when you buy both Solo cups & plates, $1/2 coupon from 8/24/14 SS = $2.49 each)
    Solo plastic plates, 12-20 ct $2.99 ($0.05/gallon Fuel Saver, Bonus $0.20/gallon when you buy both Solo cups & plates, $1/2 coupon from 8/24/14 SS = $2.49 each)
    Yoplait yogurt, 12-18 oz $2.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee all purpose flour, bleached or unbleached, 5 lb, limit 2 $0.99
    Hy-Vee baking chips, 10-12 oz $1.88 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee fruit snacks, 4.8 oz $1.25 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee orange juice, regular or with calcium, 64 oz $1.48
    Hy-Vee pasta, 12-16 oz $1.00 ($0.01/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Hy-Vee pillow soft bath tissue, 6 double rolls $1.50 ($0.02/gallon Fuel Saver)
    Midwest Country Fare ice cream, 4 quart pail $4.98
    Midwest Country Fare light brown or powdered sugar, 2 lb $1.28

    SUPER SAVER
    93% lean ground beef, value pack $4.18/lb
    Banquet Brown’N Serve sausage, 6.4 oz $0.98
    Bone-in Angus beef T-bone steak, value pack $6.77/lb
    Boneless Angus beef sirloin tip roast $4.18/lb
    Landlocked seafoods cooked shrimp, 71-90 ct, 1 lb package $8.97
    Best Value Russet potatoes, 15 lb bag $2.77
    Fresh Express iceberg garden, 12 oz or cole slaw, 3 color deli or angel hair, 10-14 oz $0.78
    Santa Sweets grape tomatoes, pint $1.18
    Coca-Cola products, 6 pack, 1/2 liter bottles $1.87
    Freschetta pizza, 14.54-30.09 oz $3.88 ($1.25/2 printable coupon, $0.75 printable coupon = $3.13)
    Nabisco Oreo cookies, 11.3-15.35 oz $2.28
    Best Choice apple juice, 64 oz $0.98
    Best Choice beans, mexican chili, dark or light kidney, 15-15.5 oz $0.44
    Best Choice chunk cheese, 8 oz $1.67
    Best Choice diced tomatoes, 14.5 oz $0.44
    Best Choice ice cream, 1.75 qt square packs $1.68
    Best Choice macaroni & cheese dinner, 5.5-7.25 oz $0.50
    Best Choice soda, 12 pack 12 oz cans $1.67
    Best Choice tomato juice, 46 oz $0.98
    Best Choice vegetables, peas, cut or french green beans, whole or cream corn, 14.5-15 oz cans, limit 12 $0.33
    Best Choice water, 24 pack, 1/2 liter bottles, limit 2 $1.98
    Best Choice yogurt, 8 oz $0.30
    Super Saver split top bread, white or wheat, 24 oz $1.18

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

    I received a behind the scenes tour at a local Bellevue Papa Murphy’s restaurant with another blogger, Robyn, from Coolestmommy’s Coolest Thoughts and was very impressed with the quality and prices.

    FRESH INGREDIENTS
    Papa Murphy’s uses many fresh ingredients for their pizzas. They chop bell peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes daily. They even grate their own fresh cheese which makes for a very tasty pizza. Their dough is made in-house daily and is carefully measured and set in the coolers to raise for the best quality. They do carry gluten-free pizza crusts that are made in another facility that is an option for families with gluten intolerances.

    My personal favorite pizza is the thin-crust herb chicken Mediterranean, which is what I chose to make during the tour. All the ingredients are carefully measured, so every pizza is guaranteed to have the same quality every time. I did learn that thin-crust pizzas will cook better on a lower rack of your oven, and traditional crust cooks best in the middle of the oven. You can also cook your pizza outside on a grill during the hot summer months. If you haven’t cooked a pizza on a grill yet, I highly recommend trying it, the taste is amazing.

    papa murphys tour

    GREAT PRICES
    The local Omaha area Papa Murphy’s stores offer a $5 FAVE pizza every day of the week! The FAVE pizzas are large 1-topping pepperoni, cheese or sausage and there are usually several already pre-made, so you can just stop in, grab a few pizzas and go. It’s great to know there are reasonably priced pizza options to feed a hungry family on a cook’s night off.

    If you are looking for a fun experience for kids, check out their Mini Murph’s pizzas for only $4.00. The kit includes crust, sauce, cheese and pepperoni that you take home and let the kids make themselves. My kids made fun designs with their pepperoni and loved the process of making their very own pizza!

    If you love deals like I do, join their text club (Text ‘FRESH’ to 90421). When you sign up for the text club, you will get a mobile coupon for a FREE Faves pizza with regular pizza purchase. Note: This coupon is good ONLY on the day you sign up via text. I love the text club, because they send a few texts a month when they have special promotions and deals.

    FUNDRAISERS
    Papa Murphy’s stores have lucrative fundraiser options for your group. They provide discount cards for Papa Murphy’s pizza and food that your organization can sell at a cost you find most suitable and raise lots of money for your group.

    They can also accomodate group tours for your Scout, church or other kid’s activity group. Just call your local store for more information on fundraising and tours.

    Check out CoolestMommy’s Coolest Thoughts for her behind-the-scenes tour of Papa Murphy’s.

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    GIVEAWAY
    One lucky local reader will win a Papa Murphy’s Meal Deal – 1 family size pizza, 1 side item and a 2 liter of soda redeemable at any of these 10 locations:

    1702 W Broadway, Council Bluffs, IA
    1751 Madison Avenue, Council Bluffs, IA
    5104 L St, Omaha, NE
    15330 Weir St, Omaha, NE
    2701 N 156th St, Omaha, NE
    701 Galvin Road, Bellevue, NE
    2903 Samson Way, Bellevue, NE
    1740 Bell St, Fremont, NE
    206 Wilmar Ave, Grand Island, NE
    30 W 42nd St, Kearney, NE

    Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. NOTE: You must be able to pick up the Papa Murphy’s Meal Deal at above locations if you win. Good luck!

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    This is a great deal! Get one (1) FREE personalized 11 ounce mug using the code MUGSEP14 at checkout or save $15.99 on any other mug. Just pay shipping costs of $7.95 plus tax. This offer ends 9/23, so create your mug now.

    Tiny Prints is my favorite online printing store because the quality is always amazing. It’s a tradition for my mom to receive a personalized photo mug of all three of my kids as a gift every Christmas. She says it makes her morning to drink her coffee and look at her cute grandchildren.

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    This was the last week of 5K training and I will run the Omaha Marathon 5K race on Sunday, September 21.

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    READY TO RACE
    I feel really prepared for this race and know that I will not have a problem running the entire 5K. The weekly one hour runs proved to me that I can run the distance and persevere the entire 3.1 mile run.

    I have lost over 10 pounds in the last eight weeks of training which has helped me run faster and feel better. My goal is to run the 5K in under 30 minutes. However, I will be happy just to finish the entire race. The weather will be perfect for the race on Sunday and I am excited for the big event. Stay tuned for my 5K race results (posted on Facebook day of the race) and my final thoughts on training for a 5K.

    WEEK 9 TRAINING SCHEDULE
    Day 1: OFF
    Day 2: Light strength training of choice
    Day 3: 30 minute easy jog
    Day 4: OFF
    Day 5: 30 minute easy jog
    Day 6: OFF
    Day 7: 5K

    Are you running in one of the Omaha Marathon Events on Sunday or will you in the crowd cheering for someone? Leave a comment.

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