Coupon Queens

First let me say that I am sorry for the absence of post especially my new dish night posts but we were stuck in Baltimore for two weeks after two snow storms.  I know you heard of Snowmagadden, well we were right there in the thick of it.  Buried in over two feet of snow and then to only get buried in two more three days later.  It was a mess, but we did have some fun times from it.

Last night I went to Harris Teeter because they were running Super Double Coupons.  If you are not a coupon person or don’t usually see this let me break it down for you.  Harris Teeter was doubling coupons with face values of up to $1.98.  So that means if you had a coupon for $1.98 off you would be getting $3.97 off instead.  Usually supermarkets only double coupons up to $0.99 cents and every how and again they will triple those coupons and that’s a coupon clippers dream but this is good too and also very rare because all the dollar off and $1.50 off coupons that you have are not gold mines and its even better when you are using them on items that’s already on sale.

When I saw it on the website I was so excited that I had some coupons from when we were in Baltimore so I started clipping the ones I though I would want and headed out to HT.  Now this is not my first experience with coupon shopping I just haven’t done it in a while but I have made my husband a believer after one trip to Lowes Supermarket when We saved over $70.00 on a grocery bill.  I even brought myself a little coupon holder and everything but stopped after I stopped my newspaper subscription because we were traveling and they were getting taken by our neighbors.  After I finished clipping them I placed them in my purse and got ready for the trip to the store.  When we got there I started to organize my coupons based on what I really wanted to get and headed down those isles.  At first I didn’t notice anyone else shopping or using coupons and I found that odd because when they have triple coupons the store is always full.  I did notice that the items I wanted wasn’t stocked on the shelves so I knew people had been there shopping and buying items.

So I head down the household cleaner isle to get some items from there and then to my surprise I found the Coupon Queens.  I felt like a amateur when I looked at these two moms shopping with there kids.  I mean they had this thing down to a science.   Now I had some of my coupons scattered in my cart and was frantically looking through some in my hand trying to find a Lysol coupon I knew I had clipped but for some odd reason I couldn’t find and I bumped into a black 3 inch three ring binder filled with baseball card collector pages all organized with rows and rows and pages and pages of coupons.  Every section color coded and properly accounted for.  I don’t think this woman didn’t have a coupon for something.  I looked at her savings binder and knew I was way out of my league.

Coupon clipping and shopping is an art form.  Its not easy to get all your coupons clipped and now with so many other places to check for them you always want to make sure you have some.  Then you have to check sales papers every week to see how you can double your saving with matching a coupon with a sale item.  Not to mention getting ready for the Superbowl of coupon shopping with events like Triple and Super Double Coupon Days.  Its hard work and so worth it in the end.  I know my deals were nothing compared to theirs but nothing is better than watching the coupons being scanned and your total get lower and lower.  This time I stocked up on essentials.  My best deal was a box of Tylenol Allergy and Cold medicine that was originally $6.48 for $0.48 cents.  The store had it on clearance for $2.48 and I had a $1.00 off coupon and when it doubled it was $2.00 off leaving me with just $0.48 cents.  I also got a bottle of Welchs Grape Juice for a dollar and some amazing deals on yogurt.  I felt good.  I saved $46.07 in coupons.  It was a great trip but I am going to invest in the Coupon Queen in me and step my game up.  What a night it was.  Catch you soon.  No new dish night again, we are taking Kennedi to Chuck E Cheese because she has been asking for two months to go. Peace and Blessings

The Submissive Wife.

Nicki

South Florida Night

In the middle of our little snow storm on Saturday the Stephens Family was enjoying a little taste of South Florida.  This week was inspired by a Key Lime Pie recipe that I saw while I was on allrecipes.com and Steve saw it and asked if I could make it.  I immediately saved it in my recipe box and started to make a plan to form other dishes around it so we could have it this week.  Now like I state the snow storm changed my menu a bit but I still tried to get some of the dishes I wanted done starting with the Key Lime Pie.  Next I searched a recipe for Cuban Sandwiches because I remember Steve always telling me stories of him having these when he went down to Tampa to visit his dad and older brother so I figured why not add it in the mix and see what I find.  I was happy when I found a simple and easy recipe for a Classic Cuban Midnight Sandwich. Finally I capped the night off with a simple and easy Strawberry Daiquiri recipe.

Now the original plan was to do a penne and spinach pasta with feta cheese for our veggie dish because I promised someone I would post some of those every now and again but the snow and the naked shelves at Walmart made that a little impossible to do but I am still going to do the dish today as a side dish but it could be a main dish just make bigger portions for the more people you are feeding so check back for that dish.

Let me share the pictures of the dishes.

cuban sandwiches

cuban sandwiches

These sandwiches were simply amazing.  If you click on the link above you can find the recipe I used.  I did make a few adjustments because of the whole snow issue.  I didn’t use any pork in the dish just the sliced deli ham and I am not a pickle person so mines didn’t have pickles but the others did.  I loved mines just as and my husband truly enjoyed his.  So don’t be afraid to switch things up a bit to suit your taste buds the idea is to enjoy it the way you want.  Also we don’t won a sandwich press so we just used a griddle and put something on top of the sandwich to press it down on the griddle just to mess those ingredients and melt the cheese a bit.  I also used Honey Dijon Mustard and it just gave the sandwiches a little extra kick and it was just great.  Nest is the pie.

key lime pie

key lime pie

I am not a big pie person so this really wasn’t for me but more so for my husband and from the little piece that I tasted it was good.  Not too tart and not to sweet just perfect.  The recipe I used didn’t call for green food coloring but I used three drops anyway just to give it the color since Steve wanted it green.  I also didn’t have key lime juice so I just used regular lime juice and it was just fine.  As you can see from the pictures I am not a decorator but you get the idea I was trying to make.  It tasted great and was surprisingly easy.  Lastly we had the drinks.

strawberry daiquiri

strawberry daiquiri

Let me first start off by saying this is not your average Daiquiri.  I was surprised when I took a sip and boy did the liquor pack a punch.  I had to take a major short cut on this dish because the store didn’t have frozen strawberries and I didn’t want to buy fresh ones since its not the season for them they are very bitter and I didn’t want that to leave a taste in the drink so I just opted for a frozen mix that just need the rum and some ice.  I must say the goal wasn’t to make it strong, I didn’t want to make anyone drunk it was just  something to have with dinner.  That being said I made th emix per the directions and I also added about 3 extra cups of frozen lime flavored soda to add another layer of taste.  Well to my surprised the rum I used was still strong even then you could smell it.  I should thank my sister for bringing us back that bottle of Royal Oak Select Trinidad Rum when she went back home last year.  Now I wasn’t happy I had to open the bottle because we were planning on saving it but since I didn’t have any choice I just used it and boy it was so strong I under estimated how strong it was.  I had to add extra soda to mine because it was so strong but overall it was a great drink.  I still have one glass left in the freeze and you know its strong when none of the men in the house wants to finish it off.  Hey I may amend it a bit and drink it with dinner tonight.

Before I go I should add that I did another dessert that wasn’t apart of the original plan but I did it because its been a while since I had made a pound cake.  I found this recipe for Something Different Pound Cake and when I saw it the first time I knew I had to try it.  I did make a few small changes to the recipe.  I used margarine instead of butter.  I know that a lot of bakers would be upset that I did this but I wanted to see what it would come out like and since I had to use shortening I figured what harm could it be.  I also didn’t use the evaporated milk in the recipe I used all milk and I am not sure how that changed the flavor or taste but to me it was excellent.  It was perfect – nice and heavy, perfect moisture and a nice crunchy top, the way I like my pound cakes.  The coconut and rum extracts gave it some a wonderful taste it was just filled with flavor and surprises.  I used McCormick extracts and it was perfect in the recipe if you can’t buy those then try the store brands if they have them but be sure to use those two in the cake and it will be great.  I also didn’t make the glaze for mines but next time I make this cake I will.  Here is a few pictures of the cake.

pound cake (bottom)

pound cake (top)

I may not be posting dishes next week because we will be traveling but keep checking back for more dishes.

The Submissive Wife

Nickida