Back To School

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!




Back to School Deals and My Shopping Trip

10:23 am

by Jennifer Freeman

back to school 2014 Back to School Deals and My Shopping Trip

The Back to School deals are starting and I did some quick shopping. My secret to getting the savings without spending time or extra effort driving all over~I stop by the store with the deal only when I am driving by for another reason.  I do not make a special trip!  Yesterday, my errands took me past Walgreens, so I grabbed this weeks Walgreens dealsI used the $4 in Register Rewards produced by the 4 Schweppes Waters to pay for the kids school supplies.

During my Sunday Morning TV Show Segment  I expresses how Back to School includes many office supplies that we use around the house all year long. If you are a small business owner certainly take full advantage of the sales and supply your office at rock-bottom prices. Stock-up ~this can save you literally hundreds of dollars!!

Current Back To School Deals 2014:

Office Depot/Office Max

Scholastic & Office Max Glue Sticks (4 ct.), $0.25 (limit 3)

5 in. Scissors, $0.25 (limit 3)

Sharpie Permanent Markers (1 ct.), $0.25 (limit 10)

Oh Wait …. Click & Get All Current Back To School Deals 2014:


A helping hand for schools

Times are tough and our schools struggle more and more for funding.  Here is a way to help out your child’s school that doesn’t cost you time OR money (actually saves you money by keeping taxes lower) — what could be easier??   If you don’t have kids in school you can still participate, think of grand kids or use your local neighborhood school.

How To Participate:  Enter your school’s ZIP code, Choose a school to support. Your designated school will receive all of your online Box Tops earnings!

This is a painless & easy way to help the schools. Imagine a school getting an extra $20,000 this year? It helps to fund programs, instead of kids asking for extra money for school projects etc and it is super easy to do.  Participating items & companies are vast: General Mills, Green Giant, Totino’s, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Ziploc, Hefty, Juicy Juice, Betty Crocker, my 8×10 paper reams even had them!

What’s Included: After you sign up to support the school of your choice. Enter your codes or start clipping Box Tops for Education. Look in your cabinets (freezer and fridge included) I am sure you have some of these products now!. You probably have a ton in your pantry, and they can make a world of difference to a district in need.

Each Box Top you clip is work 10 cents. Doesn’t sound like much but it adds up fast!

Clip And Save MY Easy Way: I have a small ziplock bag that sits in a dish in the kitchen that I fill. I use an Exact-O utility knife and slice off the Box Tops For Education labels when I come home from shopping. It’s easy to slice the top layer of the Box Top and not damage the package. There are just a few freezer items that I have to wait on.

Bonuses:  At the stores, sometimes a catalina type coupon will spit out that give you BONUS Box Tops — enter those bonus box tops to your schools designated account –BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION.

Sign up for Box Tops For Education and help a school.


Bic Pens $.15 each

9:52 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Bic Pens Deal

Need pens for back to school still?  There is a great deal going now get 12 Bic blue, medium point pens 12 for $1.81 and shipped free! That’s only $.15 each.

BIC Round Stic Ball Pens, 12 blue ink & medium Point , 1.0 mm
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Office Stores Back To School Deals

1:20 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Post it coupons

Back To School Savings

There are still great back to school deals running this week.   But be assured we are nearing the end of these deals.  So take advantage of the last of the season back to school sales.  Stock up for upcoming projects throughout the year!!  These deals are valid through 9/15.  Learn more about saving at the Office Supply Stores.

Office Depot Deals: 

Office Depot brand 2-pocket folders $0.25  (limit 10 per household)
Elmer’s Glue-All (4 oz.) $0.50 (limit 3 per household)
Office Depot brand 6″ protractor $0.50 (limit 3 per household)
Post-it 3″ x 3″ Super Sticky Die-Cut Notes $1
Office Depot brand School Copy Paper $1

Office Max Deals:  Text WEEKLYAD to 62999 for special offers and mobile alerts.

$.01 after Rewards Deals!

Boise X-9 8.5″x11″ Multi-use Paper (1o ream case), $43.99 (limit 2)
$43.98 Max Perks Bonus Rewards
$0.01 after Rewards

Avery 5160 Mailing Labels (3,000 ct.), $26.99
$26.98 Max Perks Bonus Rewards
$0.01 after Reward

$3 Deals:
Really Useful 0.3 L Storage Boxes, 2/$3
Crystal Geyser Natural Alpine Spring Water (24 16.9 oz. bottles)
Office Max Legal Pads (6 pk.)
Kleenex facial tissue (2 pk.), $3

B2G2 FREE ~ all PaperMate InkJoy pens

B2G1 FREE Deals:
Office Max 8 1/2″ x 11″ inkjet or laser paper (500 sheet ream)
Place Heavy-Duty View Binders and Filing
select Office Max mailing and shipping supplies
Avery 1″ and 1 1/2″ Full-Size Comfort Touch binders
Avery fashion dividers and binders

B1G1 50% Off Office Max Brand Deals:
Office Max mailing and shipping labels
Office Max and Just Basics pens and pencils
Office Max clips and fasteners
select Office Max notebooks
Office Max binders and filing

Office Depot Deals:

FREE Ream of HP Paper when you buy $50 of HP Ink
Office Depot® Brand School Copy Paper – White, Save $2
50% off ALL HP Photo & Presentation Paper
FREE $20 Office Depot® Gift Card when you buy 2 of the same HP Toners
Get 10% back in Rewards plus $2 back when you recycle any Ink and Toner cartridge
Texas Instruments® TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator – Black, $14.49 each
Texas Instruments® TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator, $89.99 After $10 Mail-In Savings Visa® Prepaid Card

FREE McAfee Internet Security 2012, 3 PCs, $73
-$13 Instant Savings
-$60 Mail-In Savings
(makes it FREE)

Shopping at the office supply stores can save you a great deal of money. Learn about the rewards programs and how to save big at these stores with my Office Supply Stores information.


Pilot Pens Coupons And Staples Deal

7:07 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Pilot Pen Coupons

How about some Pilot Pen coupons and a great deal at Staples.  Plus there are so many great office supply deals and back to school deals, to print these coupons and keep them with you.

Pilot Pen Coupons –

$1.00 on any pack (2 pack min) of Pilot® B2P pens

$1.00 on any pack (2 pack min) of Pilot® FriXion® pens or highlighters


Staples Deal:

Pilot B2P 5 pks on sale for $3 this week
Use Save $1.00 on any pack (2 pack min) of Pilot® B2P pens
Final Total:  $2 each

Check for more office supply coupons and other back to school supply coupons in the Free Coupon Database.

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