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Eggs.  Ham.  Veggies.  Cheese.  Yup, Easter’s this weekend!  Tis the best week for stocking up on those items – especially ham and cheese as they freeze really well!  See the list of what’s on sale here.

Main Dishes

  • Sweet Potato Stuffed Peppers – I admit that this recipe looks to be delicious, but out of my comfort zone!  But with sweet potatoes on sale at Aldi, this would be the week to try them!
  • Pineapple Brown Sugar Spiral Ham – Looks like a great recipe – and in a crockpot too!  You’re your limited oven space for other goodies!
  • Skillet Italian Sausage & Peppers – I’m putting this one on my “Must Try” list!  I’d probably simplify it a little bit to use my semi-homemade sauce, but this had me drooling!
  • Chicken Noodle Casserole – this uses the Cream of Chicken soups that Hy-Vee has on sale.  It really is comfort food at its best.
  • French Onion Burgers – We made cheeseburgers this past week and it reminded me of how good this recipe is.  In a skillet or big pan is a great way to make burgers indoors!

Pick up some strawberries?  I totally recommend Pioneer Woman’s Strawberry Shortcake Cake.  It can be a bit of work, but it’s very, very, very tasty!  I wish it traveled well because I’d definitely take it to my in-law’s house this weekend.

In need of an easy dessert?  With marshmallows and peanuts on sale at several places this week, make some fudge!  This is a very easy way to do it and a guaranteed crowd pleaser!  I didn’t have any peanuts the other day when I made this, so I used cashews.  Wonderful option as well!

rockyroadfudge
Rocky Road Fudge

Ingredients:
3 cups chocolate chips (about a bag and a half)
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted peanuts
1 1/2 cups mini marshmallows

Directions:

1) Prepare an 8×8 or 9×9 baking dish by lining with foil.  An 8×8 dish is what I use, but a 9×9 would work too – you’ll just get “shorter” bars.

2) In a large pot, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt on low heat.  Melt the ingredients while stirring often.  Heat and stir until melted and smooth.

3) Stir in the marshmallows and peanuts.  It might get a little gritty, but keep stirring until smooth again.

4) Spread it out in the pan.  Refrigerate until cool.  Remove and cut into squares.  You can cut them as big as you want, but I often cut at least 30 pieces – it’s THAT rich!

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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ACTS OF KINDNESS

I am really loving the Acts of Kindness challenge. I am amazed at the wonderful acts of kindness happening all over Omaha and even in Texas (by a former Omaha friend). The challenge was even featured by Jen Schneider on the Momaha blog!

An amazing thing happened this week! I was gifted an Act of Kindness bracelet from a stranger while I was in St Louis for a blogging conference. I was discussing the challenge I was doing on my website and he decided I deserved the bracelet. The idea is that you pass on the bracelet when you witness an Act of Kindness. I passed it on a few days later to a woman who is using coupons to make huge donations to the homeless shelters and people in need in Omaha. What a blessing!

acts of kindness bracelet
These last two weeks helped me realize that the small things are important. Even a tiny token of appreciation is recognized. Being kind does not cost much money and does not take much time. It’s just takes effort to recognize that there is an opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life.

This week, I’ve done lots of small acts of kindness, including writing a letter of appreciation to my husband, giving away coupons, buying a stranger coffee, plugging quarters in the ‘rented’ grocery carts at Aldi’s, watching my brother’s dog and volunteering an hour of my time to teach at Bellevue’s Parent University. Acts of kindness shared using the #AOKMomSavesMoney hashtag include babysitting for free, giving away coupons to customers at a retail store, donating markers and school supplies to the school, dropping off donations at a thrift store, participating in a food drive, leaving magazines in a break room and giving small gifts to coworkers. Everyone is so inspiring! Keep up the amazing work!

It’s not too late to join the Acts of Kindness challenge. Use hashtag #AOKMomSavesMoney on social media so we can see all the good you are doing and get some more ideas to Pay it Forward.

Are you participating in the Acts of Kindness challenge? Please leave a comment about the experience so far or some Acts of Kindness you have done.

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$3.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Cereals

Print a $3.00/3 Kellogg’s cereal coupon from coupons.com and pair it with Target Cartwheel 50% off Frosted Mini Wheats for a great deal! You can also use this deal toward the $10/$50 grocery coupon found in this week’s Target ad.

Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats, 18 oz $2.50 at Target (buy three for $7.50 total)
- 50% Cartwheel discount or $1.25 per box – expires 4/19/14
- $3/3 Kellogg’s cereal printable coupon
= $0.25 a box or $0.75/3

Note: Cartwheel can be used for up to 4 qualifying items per transaction.

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