mickey mouse pancakes

Back To School Breakfast Recipe: Pancakes & Apple Cider Syrup

Yummy back to school breakfast that’s easy to make and the kids will love it.  Every morning I make a hot breakfast for my kids.  I do not spend much time; it is always simple but hot!  Both recipes are easy and are great make ahead items.  Just make several batches and store in plastic bags to have on hand.

To make breakfast fast and easy, double or triple this recipe and store it for up to 3 months.  Whipping up some fresh morning pancakes will be a breeze (and cheap!)

Homemade Whole Wheat Cinnamon Pancake Mix and Apple Cider Syrup

Pancake Mix Recipe:

Mix dry ingredients ahead and store up to 3 months

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon

When ready to make pancakes add

  • 1 egg,
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

In a large bowl, blend all ingredients for your pancakes.  Remember to lightly mix batter, leaving lumps!  Don’t over mix or they won’t be as fluffy.

 

Apple Cider Syrup: (store up to 2 months)

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup apple cider or juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • A dash of ground nutmeg

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, and cider until smooth; add cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Discard cinnamon stick; stir nutmeg into syrup. Pour into a bottle with tight-fitting lid and store in the  refrigerator for up to 2  months.

mini mouse pancakes

How about Mini-Mouse Pancakes!  I love this photo from mymomtoldme!

 

 

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McDonald’s Free Coffee | September 16-29

September 14, 2014 8:17 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

mcdonads brewed coffee McDonald’s Free Coffee September 2014

McDonald’s announced this week that Sept. 16-29, 2014 guests can get a free small McCafe coffee during breakfast hours at participating restaurants around the country. No purchase is necessary! See the McDonald’s News Release detailing the new September 2014 Free Coffee Event.

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Coupons.com | What are the latest coupons?

September 14, 2014 7:55 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Printable Coupons

Latest Coupons.com Coupons

Here’s a quick round up keeping you updated on the most recent Coupons.com printables.  Rudi’s Organic, Toy Coupons, $2 Tide, McCormick Skillet Sauces and more!  Be sure to search around!

Tips to remember about printable

The Latest Coupons:

$5.00 off (1) Playskool Sesame Street Elmo
Buy One (1) LITTLEST PET SHOP Toy, get 1 Free
$3.00 off any Littlest Pet Shop Scene Style Set
$5.00 off one (1) PLAY-DOH Launch Game
$5.00 off one (1) NERF BOW or RAPID RED blaster
$1.00 off any (1) one PLAY-DOH Compound
$1.00 off any two Campbells Dinner Sauces
$3.00 off any CLEAR CARE Solution 12oz or Larger
$2.00 off any Fresh Step Litter, 25lb. or larger
$1.00 off Colgate Total or Optic White Mouthwash
$1.00 off any Colgate Toothpaste
$2.00 off TWO ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents
$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON’S Baby product
$0.50 off any ONE (1) NEW McCormick Skillet Sauce
$2.00 off TWO Tide Detergents and/or Boost
$0.75 off one 6-pack Canada Dry Sparkling Water
$0.75 off any one Rudi’s Organic Bakery Product
$1.00 off ONE (1) EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge

$5.00 off (1) Playskool Sesame Street Elmo Buy One (1) LITTLEST PET SHOP Toy, get 1 Free
$3.00 off any Littlest Pet Shop Scene Style Set $5.00 off one (1) PLAY-DOH Launch Game
 $1.00 off any (1) one PLAY-DOH Compound $5.00 off one (1) NERF BOW or RAPID RED blaster
$1.00 off any two Campbells Dinner Sauces $3.00 off any CLEAR CARE Solution 12oz or Larger
$2.00 off any Fresh Step Litter, 25lb. or larger $1.00 off Colgate Total or Optic White Mouthwash
$1.00 off any Colgate Toothpaste $2.00 off TWO ARM & HAMMER™ Laundry Detergents
$0.75 off any one (1) JOHNSON'S Baby product $0.50 off any ONE (1) NEW McCormick Skillet Sauce
$2.00 off TWO Tide Detergents and/or Boost $0.75 off one 6-pack Canada Dry Sparkling Water
$0.75 off any one Rudi's Organic Bakery Product $1.00 off ONE (1) EcoTools Pure Complexion Sponge

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Las Vegas Extreme Couponing Workshop!

September 11, 2014 5:28 pm

by Jennifer Freeman


Free Las Vegas EXTREME COUPONING Event

September 24!


Presented by The Review Journal

 Click to RSVP your FREE Ticket

Meet local Las Vegas resident Jennifer Freeman, from TLC’s EXTREME COUPONING ALL Stars and SEASON 1 FINALE!! In 90 mintues she will teach you Extreme Couponing secrets the PROS use to slash their grocery bills by hundreds of dollars a month. Learn her effortless weekly method eliminating all the busy work and brain gymnastics to get your coupon savings! All you’ll need is Sunday newspaper coupons and internet access. This event will change your world (and grocery bills)!

Silverton Hotel

Veil Pavilion

3333 Blue Diamond Road

4 pm or 7 pm only!

RSVP your FREE Ticket

TLC Extreme Couponing TV clip with Jennifer Freeman

SAVINGS ARE MEANT TO BE SHARED: Make sure your friends attend with you. Who do you know looking for a major budget windfall? They will need to register, too. Post a link to this registration page on your Facebook!

HURRY, LIMITED SEATING:  Don’t miss out. FREE EVENT seating availability runs out, so print your ticket today while it is still available!

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What’s best to buy in September?

September 3, 2014 1:03 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in September?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items or what’s on clearance by month?  Here’s a list of “when is it best to buy”.   This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  One of my big strategies is ~ buy when the best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale.  While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

  • Think about buying items that are non-perishable for next years use.
  • Buy vegetables & fruit in season for optimal pricing and flavor.
  • Stock-pile items seasonally on sale to get you through the next go around of sales.

Watch for coupon to match to clearance items: Pool Chemicals, condiments, paper products and sunscreen especially. Clip or print and keep them with you to be prepared when you see clearance.  Search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Several great coupons to print and have ready for sales are:

Hispanic Heritage Month Sale:

 

What’s Best To Buy In September:

Halloween costumes start showing up.  Get your best selections now.

Watch Sears, Macy’s, Walmart for early Christmas sales especially on bikes!

Diabetes: Bayer glucose meters, Glucerna cereal

Big model appliance sales begin this month. They are making room for new model releases.

Upcoming Holidays:  Labor day and  Hispanic Heritage Month
Paper products, picnic items, barbecue supplies, large packs of meat (purchase and repackage into family meal size and freeze), BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, & dips. Mexican themed foods.

September Clearance sales:

Final Round of Back To School Discounts:
office & school supplies,  laptops and small electronics used for school. Watch for dorm sized furniture, organization/storage items, small appliances, clocks, bedding, curtains, vacuums, wastepaper baskets, desk organizers, shelving, etc. Anything to set up a small apartment of dorm room!

Garden centers offer markdowns on shrubs, hedges, trees, and summer gardening equipment, planters, fertilizers, etc.   Sunscreen, beachwear, (watch for summer clothing ~think about next year), outdoor cooking supplies, final patio furniture sales, pool chemicals and supplies, kids swimming pools, & paper/plastic tablecloths (think about upcoming holidays/birthdays).

 

September Seasonal Produce: apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, pumpkins,  squash, tomatillo, tomatoes

 

Print coupons now and watch for sales~Click Images Below!

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East Steps to Sort and Store Kids Artwork

August 27, 2014 10:56 am

by Jennifer Freeman

 

kids artwork wall

 How To Store Kids Artwork

Back to school time brings home beautifully crafted artwork from the kids.  It’s priceless, but what to do with it?

Here are my tips on how to save childhood artwork and what I do in our household.

  • Hang the artwork in a special place when it first comes home.  I have a small wall next to the refrigerator that I tack the latest masterpiece onto.
  • After artwork is displayed for a week or so then spray drawings and artwork with hairspray to keep colors from fading and smudging, the sort and store it.

Sort and store artwork in these ways. 

  • Share and send it to Grandma or Grandpa with a note from the kids.
  • Take a few of them to the kids playroom (or use their bedroom) and make a “border of artwork” around the top of their wall.   kids drawings

Use a simple method of string and colorful clothespins.  Get the kids involved: buy clothespins at the dollar store, let the kids paint them and use those pins to clip the artwork onto the string.

They are SO proud to have their items displayed and you can still enjoy it too.  I have the kids playroom lined with the artwork they did in their first artwork classes when they were 3 and they I love to see it and feel very special that it is still displayed.

  • Some of the big milestone pieces or extra special ones I keep.  Date the back of the piece.   Get a small portfolio to keep the special ones in tact.

Use a portfolio like below and it’s under $10 (see portfolio)

  • And now toss a few of the items.  Don’t be afraid-  It is OKAY!

 

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