Quick Tip

Not enough time to plug in the iron? That’s no excuse for wrinkled clothing! Pull out your hair dryer and give them a blast (while on your body). It only takes a moment and although it isn’t as perfect as an iron, it gets out most of the wrinkles for a more presentable look.

Salt for Acne? A Beauty Experiment

During my teenage years I was blessed with clear skin but unfortunately, now in my mid 20’s I cannot say the same. Since going off birth control 18 months ago I have been battling with acne and plainly, it sucks! Just when I think my skin is starting to look great BAM! up pop a couple of those nasty red bumps. UGH! 

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Blender Cheesecake

I made this super quick and simple dessert for Easter Dinner on Sunday and it was a hit as usual. Unfortunately I did not think to take a picture. My family has been making this recipe since I was a kid and the best things about it is that it is low in sugar and you don’t have to bake it. It is called blender cheesecake but it is actually more like mousse.

Blender Cheesecake

1 cup Graham wafer crumbs (I used gluten free of course)
1/4 cup melted butter or margarine
1/2 cup boiling water
1 package light jello
500g 1% cottage cheese
1 liter light cool whip (softened)

Combine crumbs and butter/marg and press into 8 inch round pan. Chill for 20 minutes or so until set. Pour hot water and jello into blender and blend until crystals have dissolved; cool until luke warm. Gradually add cottage cheese, blending until no curds are visible. Add cool whip and blend or stir until smooth. Pour mixture over crumb crust and chill in fridge until set.

This is also a great make ahead dessert, make it a day or even two before you plan to eat it.

I’m still kickin’

Appologies for my lack of posts. I seem to have fallen behind on life in general and am playing catch up. I have a huge to do list including cooking my first Turkey this weekend. I do have some posts storming in my brain, that I will put into words for you ASAP!

Shoppers Drug Mart Savings March 24, 2012

ImageI’m back! I am happy to tell you I passed my exam. It was almost a week ago but I have been busy playing catch up around the house as I put off a lot of things while I was studying. Frugal shopping was one of those things. The couple times I stopped by the store to pick up a few things, it actually was painful to see the total as I did not plan out the shops or use coupons.

Last night after a delicious dinner of Thai food with my good friend, we stopped at Shoppers. It was 20x the points after all.

1x Healthy Choice Gourmet Steamers @ $2.99 (saved $2)
1x Schneiders Hot Dogs @ $3.29 (saved $2)
2x Simply Sweet & Salty Granola Bars @ $1.79 (saved $1.20)
1x Simply Frozen French Fries @ $1.99 (saved $1.50)
1x Dempsters Bread @ $2.29 (saved $1.20)
1x Coffee Creamer @$1.99 (saved  $1.30)
1x Dempsters Hot Dog Buns @ $2.99 (saved 80¢)
1x Carnation Hot Chocolate @ $3.99 (saved $1.50)
1x Magazine @ $2.99
2x Thinsations @ $1.99ea – 2x 75¢ cpn = $2.48 (saved  $1.80)
3x Sensodyne Toothpaste @ $3.88ea – $3.50 cpn WUS$10 = $8.14 (saved $8.24)
3x Green Works All Purpose Cleaner @ $1.99 – $3.00cpn WUB3 = $2.97 (saved $8.49)
1x Life Brand Cashews @ $5.99 (saved $1.00)

Total Savings = $31.03
Total Spent = $45.68 (before tax)

*Points earned= 11,590

Superstore Savings March 13, 2012

I stopped by Superstore this afternoon, armed with my shopping list and coupons. This is what I got…

5x No Name Canned Veggies @ 73¢ =$3.65 (saved approx $1.30)
1x Dole Pineapple @ $1.59
1x El Paso Green Chili’s @ $2.19
1x Kraft BBQ Sauce @ $2.27 (they were out of $1 no name brand)
3x Sunrise Dessert Tofu @ $1.00 = $3.00 (saved $2.97)
1x Becel Buttery @ $3.98 – $1 cpn = $2.98 (saved approx $2)
1 x Country Naturals Sandwich Meat @ $1.94 – 75¢ instore cpn = $1.19 (saved 75¢)
1x Glutino Cereal @$6.29 – Free cpn = FREE! (saved $6.29)
1x Dole Coleslaw @$1.00 (saved approx $2)
1x 5lb Bag Grapefruit @$2.46
1x Chapman’s Frozen Yogurt @ $4.48 – Free cpn = FREE! (saved approx $6)
4x Soft Soap Body Wash @ $2.98 – $1.00 cpn = $7.92 (saved $12.04)
1x Soft Soap body Wash @ $4.99 – $1.00 cpn = $3.99 (saved $1.00)*missed 4 limit on sale price oops!

Total Savings (approx) = $34.35
Total Spent = $32.21 (before tax)

Woo Hoo!! This is my first shop using more than 1 coupon and I would have to say it turned out pretty great.

I will be studying for an exam this week, just a heads up that my posts may be a bit sparse until after March 21st.

Addicted

Just over a week ago I decided to make the commitment to start couponing and shopping frugally. By shopping frugally I basically mean making my grocery list from what is on sale in the flyer. So far I have only used 3 coupons but, by shopping from the flyer, I have managed to save over $100 (spending just under $200) and earned 19, 650 Shoppers Optimum points. Just imagine what can be saved once my coupon collection grows!

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Gluten Free Flour Mix

I received a request to post the flour mix that I like to use. It is actually from the book “The Gluten-Free Gourmet Bakes Bread” by Bette Hagman. I actually recommend this book to anyone wanting to bake their own bread and bread type things. Every recipe that I have made has turned out rather tasty and it includes directions for using your bread machine (although I prefer the oven method). Note: If you do buy this book, I suggest baking your bread at 350°F rather than the recommended 400°F and for a little bit longer (about an hour).

Four Flour Bean Mix

2/3 Part Garfava Bean Flour
1/3 Part Sorghum Flour
1 Part Cornstarch
1 Part Tapioca Flour/Starch

I like to mix up a big batch and store in a container or ziploc bag. The book claims that you can exchange this mix cup for cup with wheat flour, although I have not tried that yet. But you still need to add some xanthan gum.

Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years now, ever since I discovered that it was the cause of all my tummy troubles and lack of energy. All recipes that I post will most likely be gluten or wheat free . I do a lot of my own baking as I enjoy it and is more cost-effective. Also, most of the recipes I post are my own concoction, in the case that it is not, I will give credit where it is due.

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I love pancakes! If I had it my way, I would eat them every day. My favorite variety that I just discovered recently is oatmeal pancakes. Although oats are not 100% gluten free, you can buy wheat free oats. I purchase Only Oats Quick Oats as they make for an easy go to bowl of oatmeal in the morning and can also be used in cookies and such. Bob’s Red Mill also makes a wheat free rolled oat that is perfect for granola. Oatmeal pancakes are not only delicious but seriously filling.

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