*Expired* FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 12.15.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a FREE Blistex Medicated Lip Balm. You have until December 31, 2017 to use the coupon, but it must be downloaded TODAY.

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Adoptable Love. Las Vegas, NV

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Cat Tunnel Collapsible Pet Play Toy Tunnel with Ball Tube Fun for Cat Dog Rabbits Kittens (Blue)

BALENCIAGA 1Montgomery 1There are so many pets waiting to be adopted in the Las Vegas, NV area today.  Here are just a few of them!  Click on the photo to find out more about these sweet animals.

If you can’t adopt a pet today, think about donating items to your local shelter.  There is always a need for something.  Here are some items, all under $25.00 that your shelter might enjoy.  And if you can’t afford to gift them with things, donate your time.  Our shelter always welcomes people to walk, groom or just sit and talk with the animals.

ELK 1Layla 1MISS PIT 1

Pet Qwerks Talking Babble Ball Dog Toy

COOKIE 1BOBBY 1BULLY 1ZippyPaws Holiday Squeakie Buddies Squeaky No Stuffing Plush Dog Toy, 3-Pack

MOUSE 1TINA 1AGATHA 1

Well Love Dog Toys - Chew Toys - 100 Natural Cotton Rope - Squeak Toys - Dog Balls - Dog Bones - Plush Dog Toy - Dog Ropes - Tug of War Ball - Toys for Dog 6pack Set

SPARKLES 1CAREBEAR 1SNICKERS 1Didn’t see what you’re looking for?  Click here for all of the animals up for adoption in Las Vegas today.  You’re not from Las Vegas?  Just type in your zip code on the Petfinder.com website and you’ll be taken to a page with all of the animals up for adoption in your area.

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I hope you find your new companion today!!

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What I’m Reading Right Now. 12.12.17

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Life.  It gets in the way of reading, I tell you.  Everything feels like it’s been in warp speed lately and it’s eating away at my reading time.  Not good, people.  Not good at all.

Denton managed to crack a tooth, by eating, of all things and we’ve gone to dentist’s and doctor’s and Urgent Care’s and root canal specialist’s and round and round and round it seems.  I’ll give you an update about all that soon.  It’s a doozy of a story that’s not over yet.

Image result for harry potter house crest sockHere’s what I eeked out a slice of time to read over the past couple of weeks.

FICTION

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer

The Chemist by [Meyer, Stephenie]If you looked at the author of this book and you didn’t like the whole vampire, werewolves love triangle of her other hit books, you may decide that you aren’t going to even give this book a try.  At least that’s what I thought.  Ahem.  This book, in my humble opinion, knocks it out of the park.  I really, really liked it.  Just pretend that you’ve never heard of those other books, and you’ll enjoy it that much more!


PURSE BOOK

Living Well, Spending Less by Ruth Soukup

If you spend any time waiting, you need a purse book.  Standing in line at the post office, at the grocery store, in the dentist’s office, on the metro, any time you are just waiting, whip out your purse book and take yourself away to another place entirely.  Yes, you can mindlessly check Facebook, or twitter, but wouldn’t you rather be in a book?

I am LOVING this book.  She is so genuine.  You should definitely check this one out!

COOKBOOK

Fight Back With Food by Editors of Reader’s Digest

Another gorgeous full color cookbook.  This one is packed FULL of good info on food I love too.  For instance, Denton has always wondered how I made it to adulthood with dying of scurvy, or some other dreadful disease.  Did you know that potatoes are full of Vitamin C?  I didn’t either!  That’s why I’m not dead!  All I ate in high school was potatoes, morning, noon and night.  Seriously!  Anywho, this is an awesome book, you should get yourself a copy, pronto.

Roasted Harvest Vegetables.  I’m in love.  Doesn’t that look lovely?


MAGAZINES

My magazines. You know my love of a real magazine. These are the ones that I had on my nightstand this week.

All of these are on sale right now for $5.00!  I love them.

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JANE EYRE Charlotte Bronte Clay Mini Book HYPOALLERGENIC Earrings by Book Beads

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Here are all of the other things I’ve been reading this year.

 

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FREE: $10.00 When You Join Ebates and Shop

Image result for ebates imageDo you do a lot of your shopping online?  I do ALL of my shopping online – when I’m not at a yard sale or thrift store!

If you are going to be shopping anyway, why not get money back?  That’s what Ebates does for you, they give you cash back for shopping through their website.  Cha-ching!  Today, I bought a Christmas present and I earned $0.83.  For sitting in my pajamas, buying something that I was going to purchase anyway, Ebates gave me back money for doing it.  Yay!

If you sign up and create an account, you will automatically earn $10.00!  For FREE.

Now, I’m going to buy a few more Christmas presents, in my pajamas, and get some money back  while I do it.

Happy savings!

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Amazon $5 OFF $15 Books Code!

Do you still buy print books?  We do.  Right now Amazon is offering $5 off your $15 book purchase with the code BOOKGIFT17 at checkout!

You can only use the code once, and it’s good until December 14th, at 11:59 PM EST.

Here are some great books to give you ideas!

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Slow Cooker Coca~Cola Pork Loin

You guys.  This recipe.  It is so, so good!  I want to create this dish at least once a week, because not only is it divine the first day you prepare it, it makes the most amazing leftovers to use in quesadillas, grilled paninis or just to snack on that you will ever eat!  You can also shred the meat and mix it with the leftover sauce for pulled pork sandwiches, yay!

The marinade is spectacular.  And the Coca~cola sauce…..it is marvelous.  Seriously.  I believe that you could put this stuff on a shoe and it would make it taste great.  You have to try it.

Here’s what you need.

A pork loin of whatever size you choose.  You can choose a two pound pork loin or an eight pound pork loin, it won’t matter.  It just needs to fit in your marinade container and you’ll have more leftovers, yum!

Put all of your marinade ingredients into a gallon size ziploc bag and mix.  To do this, I seal it up and squish it around.  Easy peasy, and done.

Place your pork into the baggie and stick into the fridge overnight.  You will be so glad you did this, I promise.

The next morning, put your pork loin into the slow cooker and discard your marinade.  I know it’s painful to just dump something down the drain, but it has done it’s job.  All of the liquid you see in the photo above is from cooking all day on low.  You are definitely going to want to eat lunch, because otherwise you are going to starve to death on the day you make this from the incredible smells that will be wafting through your kitchen.

About an hour before you are ready to sit down and eat, make your Coca~Cola sauce.  Mix all of the sauce ingredients in a pot over medium and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes until thickened.  Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the pork and cook for an additional 20 to 30 minutes.

Keep the remainder of the sauce to spoon over everything in sight.  It’s so, so good!

Here’s the handy dandy printable!

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Ingredients

  • Marinade:
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 cup coca~cola
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP mustard
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 TBSP worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (I always used jarred!)
  • 1 TBSP dry mustard
  • 2 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp ginger (I use the jarred stuff here too)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 5 pounds of pork loin
  • Coca~Cola Sauce:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 TBSP corn starch
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup coke
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. The night before you want to cook your pork loin, mix all marinade ingredients in a gallon ziploc bag. Add the pork and refrigerate overnight.
  2. The next morning, place the pork loin into your slow cooker and discard the marinade. Cook on low for 6 to 8 hours.
  3. One hour before you are ready to eat, put all Coca~Cola sauce ingredients into a pot and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes, until thickened. Pour 1/3 of the sauce over the pork loin and cook for another 30 minutes.
  4. Serve and enjoy!!!
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Fat
271 g
Carbs
430 g
Protein
612 g


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Christmas Candy :AKA: Old Fashioned Icebox Fruitcake

This is a recipe that’s from Denton’s family.  Denton’s Mama makes it every Christmas that they get to spend with us.  She got my Daddy hooked on the stuff when she made it for him one year.  So this year when we had Christmas at Thanksgiving, lol, I made him and my Mama a giant batch to last them through the winter.  Maybe.

I LOVE this stuff.  I hesitated to even put the word FRUITCAKE in the title of this post because – 1. I HATE fruitcake.  I’m sorry if you love it!  B.  This has nothing, NOTHING to do with traditional fruitcake in my opinion.  Sorry for all of the shouting in this paragraph.  I feel VERY STRONGLY about fruitcake, obviously.

Let’s get on with the recipe and you’ll see what I mean.

Gather your ingredients.  You need:

A whole box of vanilla wafers.  My MIL always, ALWAYS uses the Nilla brand.  Now, you know me, unless it’s on sale and I have a coupon for this specific brand…..I used the brand from Aldi.  Shhh, don’t tell Denton’s Mama. 

Candied Cherries…..

Yum!

Candied Pineapple.

Double yum.

I absolutely could not find any candied pineapple this year until we got home and I found ONE.  So in the recipe for my parents, I substituted the tropical dreams Pineapple from Sun*Maid.  My parents still loved it, but if you can find the candied pineapple use it.

Raisins.  Denton’s Mama always uses golden raisins, but I had these, so……. and chopped pecans, which I somehow didn’t a photo of.

Nectar of the universe……it goes with everything, right?

Crush your vanilla wafers.  You can make them very, very fine or leave chunks of cookies.  Both ways are excellent!  Then, start adding the other ingredients.  Chop the pineapple pretty fine……

The raisins too……

Chop the candied cherries fine and add them.  Pour in the sweetened condensed milk and pecans…..

Stir, stir and stir.

Press into buttered dishes.

Try not to just scoop it out and eat it by the spoonful at this point!  Refrigerate for at least a couple of hours, then cut into bite size pieces.  This stuff is heaven.  But, it’s very, very rich, so you’ll definitely want to cut it into 1 X 1 pieces.  And then try not to eat forty of them.  Good luck with that!

Here’s the handy dandy printable.

Christmas Candy :AKA: Old Fashioned Icebox Fruitcake
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Ingredients

  • 1 box of vanilla wafers
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • (1) 8 ounce container of candied cherries
  • (1) 8 ounce container of candied pineapple
  • 4 ounces of raisins
  • 1 cup of finely chopped pecans

Instructions

  1. Crush the vanilla wafers until fine.
  2. Chop the cherries, pineapples, raisins and pecans until fine.
  3. Add all the ingredients together and stir until very well combined.
  4. Scoop into a very well buttered dish and refrigerate until set (at least a couple of hours).
  5. Cut into 1 X 1 pieces and enjoy!
  6. Note: This stuff freezes fantastically!!!
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1314 cal
Fat
79 g
Carbs
151 g
Protein
13 g


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Adoptable Love. Charleston, SC

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Cat Tunnel Collapsible Pet Play Toy Tunnel with Ball Tube Fun for Cat Dog Rabbits Kittens (Blue)

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Piper 1There are so many pets waiting to be adopted in the Charleston, SC area today.  Here are just a few of them!  Click on the photo to find out more about these sweet animals.

If you can’t adopt a pet today, think about donating items to your local shelter.  There is always a need for something.  Here are some items, all under $25.00 that your shelter might enjoy.  And if you can’t afford to gift them with things, donate your time.  Our shelter always welcomes people to walk, groom or just sit and talk with the animals.

LaLa 1

Cappuccino 1

Pet Qwerks Talking Babble Ball Dog Toy

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Bruno 1

ZippyPaws Holiday Squeakie Buddies Squeaky No Stuffing Plush Dog Toy, 3-Pack

 

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Moby 1

Didn’t see what you’re looking for?  Click here for all of the animals up for adoption in Charleston, SC today.  You’re not from Charleston?  Just type in your zip code on the Petfinder.com website and you’ll be taken to a page with all of the animals up for adoption in your area.

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Chew King Holiday Mustache Pet Dog Squeaky Toy

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I hope you find your new companion today!!

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*Expired* FREE Friday Download from Kroger. 12.08.17

If you have a Kroger (on the East coast and Fred Meyer on the West coast) you can score a FREE Temptations Treats for Cats . You have until December 24, 2017 to use the coupon, but it must be downloaded TODAY.

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Easy Homemade Almond Joys

This year Olivia has fallen in love with Almond Joys.  Knowing her Mama, she casually asked a few nights ago if I could make them, homemade.  Of course we can!

Here is what you will need:

Start out with sweetened coconut flakes.

Add a can of sweetened condensed milk.  (Ignore the chocolate chips for now)

Powdered sugar.

Mix it all together and add a splash of vanilla.

Next, melt your choice of chocolate. 

I went with semi-sweet chocolate chips in the microwave for 30 seconds at a time.  Take them out every 30 seconds and stir.  It will literally only take about 1 minute to a minute and a half to melt.  If you don’t do this, you run the risk of burning your chocolate.  Bad news, dude.

While your chocolate is melting, butter your dish after putting parchment paper in it.  I used aluminum foil in my dish and I won’t do this next time.  Parchment paper, yes.  Aluminum foil, no.

Pour your yummy mixture into your dish…..

Dot every available surface with almonds.  There are never enough almonds in my Almond Joys!

Pour on your melted chocolate and spread thin.  Put them into the fridge for at least an hour and then devour.

Here’s the handy dandy recipe!

Easy Homemade Almond Joys
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Ingredients

  • 14 ounces of sweetened coconut flakes
  • 14 ounces of sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 1/4 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 14 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate chips (or any other chocolate of your choice!)

Instructions

  1. Mix together: coconut, condensed milk, powdered sugar and vanilla.
  2. Pour into buttered dish.
  3. Push almonds into the mixture. We covered ours completely!
  4. Melt chocolate and pour over everything and spread until thin and even.
  5. Cool in the fridge for at least an hour.
  6. Devour and enjoy!
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Calories
7131 cal
Fat
357 g
Carbs
886 g
Protein
105 g


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