About Me

I'm a Utah mom, just trying to make ends meet. Several years ago, I was introduced to a new way of couponing. I've been addicted ever since. I have a hard time paying full price for anything anymore.

I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.

I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!


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December 31, 2009

Temple Portrait Classes

These are so incredibly beautiful, I had to share. I recently made one to give as a gift (sure hope the receiver likes it ;0).

A company by the name of Poppy Seed Projects has started up and they offer classes on these gorgeous temple pictures.

You've probably seen similar pictures like this at Costco running over $200. Wouldn't it be nice to have and make one for yourself that would be affordable (like $47 + tax affordable????)?

Here's a few more pictures - just so you can see for yourself how nice they are.






Manti, UT Temple



Logan, UT Temple

Mt. Timpanogos, UT Temple



Here's a few needed details:

*Stunning Temple Pictures you make yourself! $47 + tax.

*We teach classes which allow you to take home a beautiful antique style temple picture with a four inch frame available in black or cream. (You can only get cream if ordered through Renee - see below).

*We bring everything you need to do the class. Minimum of 10 pictures required to host a class. Nine different temple pictures currently available.

*Picture is poster size - much larger than local stores, which sell smaller ones for $200.

*To sign up for a class, host a class or get additional information call Renee Piula @ 801.825.6558 or you can email her at reneepiula@poppyseedprojects.com


Honestly, this took a couple of hours. I had all the supplies I needed, it was done step by step and I did it all (and I'm not a really crafty person - if I can do it, so can you!). The step that took the longest was waiting for the paint to dry (LOL!) It was certainly fun to visit with friends as I put this together. It really turned out beautiful (I did the Manti temple). This project was done in my ward - but not as an enrichment or Super Saturday. One person wanted one and it snowballed from there. I hope this is something you'd like to do too. Renee was a wonderful (and very funny) teacher.

December 18, 2009

Christmas indulgences.....

Okay - who can diet this time of year? I've tried before and have decided that this time of year comes with too many temptations. I have found for myself that resistance is futile.

I hope you don't mind if I share a few of my favorites and a few that I'd really like to try.

I love Caramel Pull Aparts - these were always made for special occassions and Christmas was one of them. Rhodes has a great YouTube channel where you can watch how they put together all their delicious recipes. Here's one way to make caramel pull aparts. Here's another version (the one I typically use) that was on Good Things Utah this morning.


Breakfast Casserole

I don't really have a recipe for this - I just use what sounds good. I start with a hashbrown and egg mixture. I usually add a small bottle of salsa, green chiles, mushrooms, bacon and sausage. I dump all of this in a crock pot (you can also put this in a 9x13 pan and cook in the oven. When I use the crockpot it will cook in 1-2 hours on high or 3-4 hours on low.


Homemade Caramels

3 C whipping cream

1/2 c sweetened condensed milk

2 c light corn syrup

2 c sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla

In a double boiler scald whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk over low heat.

In a heavy, 4 qt pan bring corn syrup, sugar, and salt to a boil, stirring occasionally with a wooden spoon. As mixture begins to turn a light golden color, add scalded whipping cream and sweetened condensed milk, 1 tablespoon at a time until all has been added, stirring constantly after each addition.

Attach candy thermometer to pan and cook, stirring constantly over medium heat until thermometer reaches 232 degrees F. Immediately remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Pour into lightly greased 9x13 pan. Cool in refrigerator until firm enough to cut into squares of desired size.

Note: Caramel becomes extremely hot. Handle with care and keep out of reach of children.

My friend from Cooking with Kiddies posted a couple of recipes that I'm definitley going to have to try out this year. Check out her posts for Cake Balls and Oreo Truffle Balls.


Yummm.....I could certainly go on with all the tasty treats that I enjoy this time of year, but I won't. If you have a great recipe you'd like to share - I'd love to hear about it!

December 16, 2009

Emerald Dry Roasted Peanuts & Hershey candy bars - Smiths

Smiths has their Emerald Dry Roasted peanuts (some were lightly salted as well) on sale for $.50 (YES - $.50 for a 16 oz plastic bottle). I picked some us yesterday even though the sale started today. You should be able to find them near the sale items for the week. These would make great gifts or even to put down in your food storage. The bottles I bought were good through May of 2011!~


They are on sale for $1.50 a bottle, but each (0r most) of the bottles have a $1.00 coupon on top (make sure to grab those bottles) and it makes each bottle $.50. The ad mentioned "while supplies last" so I'd get there quick to grab this great deal!


***I also noticed that Smiths had their large Hershey's candy bars on sale 5 for $5 - another popular gift and treat this time of year.***


December 15, 2009

Check out this great Christmas (kids/teachers) website

I'm pretty protective of what my kids can do on the computer/internet and I found this great website last year. It has a lot of fun Christmas activities, crafts, stores and recipes for the kids at your house. Check it out www.northpole.com

Hope you don't need your computer anytime soon - you'll have a hard time pulling the kids away from this site :)

Merry Christmas!

What's a Tuesday without a few freebies???

Jim Brickman Christmas remixes - Download

Free Mr. Krueger's Christmas Christmas Video

Free Baby Calendar

Free bag of Stacy's Pita Chips - Facebook Fan

Free pedometer and DVD set

Free Nourish haircare samples - Facebook fan

Free Huggies interactive potty training success video

Free 2010 Desk Calendar

Free Natural Sleep Aid sample

Free Sample of Benefiber Orange from Walmart

2010 Pillsbury calendar

Free 2010 Eat Better America calendar

Free sample of BodiHeat

Free sample of Garnier Nutritioniste Eye Cream

Have fun!

December 9, 2009

Holey Donuts Contest!

Okay, so I don't usually respond to email I don't recognize, but thank goodness I took a look at this one.
I had never heard of Holey Donuts before, but they sent me an email asking me to try their product and blog about it. Here's what they sent me!


Yep - 3 whole boxes of cinnamon buns. The ones on the right are filled with blueberry - Yum.

They came in a box filled with dry ice and were still frozen when I got them. You can store them in your freezer until you're ready to use them. All you have to do is let them thaw (I recommend putting them in the fridge) and then once they are thawed all you do is warm them up in the microwave and you have a wonderful breakfast or a tasty treat.

The best part is that these are LOW FAT - yes, you read that right, they are LOW FAT. Even better is that they don't taste low fat - I would've never known the difference if the information I received didn't tell me it was low fat.

So here comes the best part! Who wants to win $150 cash for the holidays? You have until December 15th to enter the contest (so hurry!).

Not only do you have a chance to win $150 you can also win:

1 Full Box of Jumbo Low Fat Cinnamon Buns (4)
1 Full Box of their Awesome Jumbo Low Fat Blueberry Vanilla buns (4)
1 Bull Box of Holey Donuts! Low Fat Cinnamon Bun Middles (16)
(this is exactly what they sent me and is pictured above)

Enter to win by emailing; info@holeydonuts.net. You will need to put the name of our blog (Holey Donuts) in the subject line in order to enter the contest. Please only enter once.

Good Luck - I hope you win!


December 1, 2009

New month = New coupons!!!

A new month - means new coupons! Don't forget to print your fave's from the coupon bar up above! Don't forget there are a lot of coupons for Hasbro toys. Take these with you as you're shopping and match them up with sales in town for the best savings!!!!

(I've heard that Kohl's is a great place to combine these coupons and sales!!!)

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