Dollar Daze of Summer – Flipp

There is only a little over a month left of summer and soon the kids will be heading back to school. It has been a rainy and chilly break for us all. This week with all the great dollar daze of summer. This week I have found some deals that will make dinners a breeze. If you like quick and easy meals that can be made in a slow cooker or 1 pot, keep reading.

Dollar Daze of Summer

No Frills Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

Dollar daze of Summerhe

Frescho Valid July 27 – August 2, 2017

dollar daze of summer

Combine some meat with the vegetables below.

Basics July 27 – August 2

Pick ups some nacho or tortilla chips and make a batch of guacamole dip. Here is a quick and easy recipe to use.

Easy Guacamole Dip

  • 2 avacados
  • 1 ripe tomato diced
  • 2 green onions chopped finely
  •  clove garlic minced
  • 1 lime juiced
  • salt and pepper to taste

Just mash the avocados in a bowl and combine all ingredients and it is ready to serve.

With all the different vegetables and meat combinations, there are many 1 pot meals to be made. Make it an easy week in the kitchen.

Pull out your device and head on over to Flipp and see all the other amazing dollar daze of summer deals. From quick snacks to cake mixes this week is a win for grocery shopping.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks as we prepare for all the best Back to School deals.

Downloaded the Flipp app and don’t miss out on savings and cash back. Download Flipp from Google Play or the App Store and start saving

If you haven’t started using the coupons and rebates with the app, you can find some helpful information with Flipp’s Guide to Rebates. Print off your coupons to match them with deals.

Don’t forget to add all your loyalty cards to Flipp and you always have them with you.

5 Easy Cheesy Recipes for Teens to Make for #Cheesefest

I have an amazing teen daughter who is studying cooking in high school. This semester she has come home with all kinds of cooking ideas, and she even brings home some of the things she cooks. She has always loved to cook and one of her favorite ingredients is cheese. Really, I think that girl would eat anything, even food she hates, if I simply added cheese. I think every day is #cheesefest around my house.  Now with her love of cooking, she is always looking for recipes that she can try. One of her favorite resources for finding new recipes is the Kraft Canada website, because we always have Kraft cheeses in the house.


She often looks for recipes that she can do on her own, and, having been born in New Mexico she has a love for everything Mexican. Which is why  the Easy Baked Taco Pie is a staple in our house.

Another of her loves is pasta, and another recipe she found easy to make was the Simply Lasagna  on the Kraft Website. Make sure you watch the video.  This is another cheesy recipe that is in regular rotation in our house.

Another of my teen’s favorite things to make are loaded smashed potatoes . When I make steak she is eager to make these as a side dish. They are heaven for her.


Now when my teen is on her own will sometimes open a box of Kraft Dinner for a meal. Does she have it just as Kraft Dinner? Never; the chef in her comes out and she gets creative. She will often do things like the Double-Cheese and Veggie Macaroni .

Now if you have a teen in the house, hopefully they are like my teen who loves to bake.  One of her favorite things to bake is red velvet cake and what goes best with a red velvet cake? If you answered cream cheese frosting, you are correct. You can find a very easy recipe for Red Velvet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting on the Kraft website.


Getting teens into the kitchen means that they are learning great life skills while having fun and hopefully giving mom a break from the kitchen. If you leave your teen in the kitchen long enough who knows what cheesy creation they might come up with. Trust me, I have had a few unique ones over the years. Remember you can always pick up cheese at a grocery store especially during #Cheesefest. Kraft Cheesefest takes place at Loblaws March 19th – April 9th. You and your teens can check out the following products.

  • Kraft Singles Process Cheese Product
  • Kraft Cheez WhizCheese Spread
  • Philadelphia Dips
  • Philadelphia Brick Cream Cheese
  • Philadelphia Cooking Creme Cream Cheese Product
  • Kraft Dinner Macaroni and Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Block Cheese
  • Kraft 100% Parmesan Shredded Cheese
  • Velveeta Process Cheese Product
  • MacLaren’s Imperial Cold Pack Cheese Product
  • Cracker Barrel Snacking Cheese
  • Cracker Barrel Natural Slices

Let me know: Do your kids cook? What has been their best cheesy creation? My inquiring teen wants to know, as she needs new suggestions to add to her cooking arsenal. Remember, Kraft Cheesefest takes place at Loblaws on March 19th to April 9th and you can always get cooking inspiration from the Kraft Cheesefest page on the Kraft Canada website.

Yummy Vegetarian Lentil Tacos or Nachos

I think I first fell in love with lentils at Blissdom Canada, so for the last year I have been playing with them, and then after a night out with Chef Michael Smith I was even more inspired to play with them some more. So my teen and I love Mexican food, that is where this recipe comes from so instead of using ground beef we often will substitute in some lentils to get a powerful healthy punch. Think yummy vegetarian lentil tacos or nachos with this lentil mix.

Lentil Tacos


Vegetarian Lentil Nacho or Taco Beans


–          1 cup dry brown lentils

–          3 Tbsp cumin

–          1 Tbsp salt

–          ½ tsp chipotle powder (add more for more heat)

–          ¼ onion chopped

–          1 Tbsp olive oil

–          4 cups water


Rinse lentils well with water and discard any pieces of stem or other matter that is visible.

Add onions and olive oil to the bottom of a slow cooker and saute for 3-5 minutes until soft.

Pour in lentils, cumin, salt, and chipotle powder and cover with 4 cups of water.

Place the top on the pressure cooker and cook on low for 30-45 minutes. Release pressure valve and check the water level of the lentils. Continue cooking until all the water has been reduced.

Use a fork to slightly mash the lentils.

Serve with your favorite Mexican meals, we love them with nachos or tacos!


10 Leftover Ham and Hardboiled Eggs Recipes

10 Leftover Ham and Hardboiled Eggs Recipes

After Easter many a household including those in  my family will have piles of left over ham and about a dozen or so hard boiled eggs so what does one make with them? We have to tackle the leftover pile in the fridge. Here are some suggestions I have gathered:

Ham Recipes:

1. From Busy Cooks (Great for the Slow Cooker)  Wild Rice Chowder

2. From CEO of Me ( great if you got leftover potatoes too Ham and Potato Hash

3. From the Gooseberry Patch blog (for my lover of cheese) Cheesy Ham and Veg Bake

4. From Schneider’s (for my quiche lover) Deep Dish Ham Quiche

5. From Kraft Canada ( a staple meal in my home for years) Ham & Broccoli Casserole


Hard boiled Egg Recipes:


1. From Real Simple(we love a good Cob salad) Cobb Salad with with Garlic Vingerette

2.  From Martha Stewart (more lentils please) Lentil Salad

3. From 24/7 Moms a Classic Egg Salad recipe. 

4. From Betty Crocker (gluten free) Old Fashion Potato Salad

5. From Eating Well ( something new to try) Latin American Empanadas

If you have leftovers after Easter, what do you make with yours? Do you have a family recipe to share?

We love to cook in this house and more often now we are cooking things that are quick light and easy and making sure we use up all the leftovers in the house as well. How do you use up your leftovers on a regular basis?

We are taking part in this week’s Tackle Tuesday..

Tackle It Tuesday Meme


Happy Thanksgiving and Leftovers

Thanksgiving at the Trolls © by martha_chapa95

Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian readers!

What are you thankful for this year?

For me I am thankful for the lessons learned, the people met, my fabulous daughter and being in good health. That is a lot to be thankful for right!

So yesterday it was turkey time in my house, which means this week my menu planning is pretty simple as we tackle the leftovers.

Monday-more food coma as I am hosting a potluck tonight. I am serving the salad, everyone else is bringing something..

Tuesday-Turkey Stuffed Shells , salad

Wednesday-Turkey Tacos

after that made stock that can be frozen..

Thursday- Rachel is making her spaghetti and meatballs.

Friday- I am at Blissdom Canada for Rachel it is Subway..

Saturday-Cheese Pizza and salad

Sunday-Shrimp with Spicy Tomato Sauce and rice.

This menu will be shared as always at Organizing Junkie.

Menu Monday- My Eid Menu

It is that time of year Ramadan is coming to an end, and Eid is quickly approaching. Really here in our house the month of August has flown by. Hard to believe Ramadan is almost done and school will be back in just a week.

Now what do you make for Eid in your house if you celebrate it?

Eid for Muslims is a time for sweets and good cooking. So what am I cooking? Well since  I am still a fairly new Muslim and it is just my daughter and I celebrating together here in the GTA, we are going to keep it sweet and simple, and then there will be lots of leftovers for the week.

Monday-breaking the last day of fasting. So for our final iftar meal we are having a shrimp noodle dish that my man taught me.


I am going to be making

Butter Chicken-I found a great video for this one.

Tomato and Roasted Pepper Salad

Curried Rice and Lentils


and for the Sweets..

Strawberry Trifle



Thursday- leftovers

Friday- Taco Squash Skillet

Saturday-Breakfast for dinner- Eggs, Toast, Chicken Bacon, sliced tomato

Sunday- Roast Chicken Dinner

As always if you are interested in seeing what others have on thier menus this week you should check out Organizing Junkie’s Menu Monday.

Menu Monday: More Iftar Meals

For Muslims globally we are smack dab in the middle of Ramadan (the holy month of fasting). We have just over 2 weeks of fasting left. We are almost at the time when many Muslims get more serious for the last 10 days of Ramadan when  many pray longer, harder, read more. So to be able to do this you need a wee bit of fuel. Fuel comes from the iftar meal and the suhour mea. The Iftar is eaten just after sunset after you have broken the fast and suhour is eaten just before the morning prayer. So what are we eating here?

Suhour is usually 2 eggs, some toast, some tea, some water and a piece of fruit.

My iftar meal plan for this week includes these meals:

Monday–we are doing breakfast for dinner and making cornbread muffins, eggs, chicken bacon, and fruit( my daughter requested this)

Tuesday-Chicken Balti, rice, brocoli

Wednesday-Easy Baked Pasta

Thursday-Quick Jambalaya ( yes there is sausage in this recipe, we use a halal chicken sausage)

Friday- Lemon Garlic Chicken, mashed potatoes, carrots

Saturday- Will be eating at the masjid.

Sunday- Will be eating at the masjid.

What will you be cooking at your house this week? Have a recipe you care to share? I am off to check out the recipes shared on Org Junkie and the link up there.

7 Iftar Meals in a Jiffy

It is Ramadan time for us Muslims and many of us like to spend as little time in the kitchen as we can. For Muslims this month is about worship. There are some though who have made it about the iftar meal (the meal Muslims break a fast with). At the end of a long day of fasting, I know I don’t like to be in the kitchen. So what is one to do? This week all the meals I am making for dinner can be made in less than 30 minutes giving lots of time for prayer and worship. So if you want to get in and out of the kitchen here are some meals you can try.

Monday- Curried Shrimp and Rice

Tuesday-Shredded Chicken Salad

Wednesday-Vegetarian Chili Mac

Thursday- Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken

Friday-Homemade Soft Taco Dinner (grab a kit from the grocery store to make this with ease)

Saturday-Creamy Tuna and Mushroom Pasta (video)

Sunday-Jamcian Jerk Chicken Wraps

What is on the menu at your house this week? Is it quick and easy? I am always looking for the quick and easy recipe, something that helps me stick to my budget. As well I love having leftovers as they make for a great lunch for the kids. I do participate in Organizing Junkie’s Menu Monday. If you are looking for recipes you can try you may want to visit some of the great posts linked on her blog.

31 Days and 31Ways to Save- Bulk Cooking and Menu Monday

What a busy week that was! It flew by for our family. Can you believe we are now half way through the 31 days series. I hope you are finding ways that you can save.

One of the ways to save especially if you have a family on the go is by bulk  cooking. You cook ahead. For families on the go this works and it does cut down on the urge to grab and go on the run from the local fast food places.

So since we don’t bulk cook all that much here as I have limited freezer space I wanted to share some resources I found on the subject:

So those should get you started on bulk cooking and saving, so now it is time to look at the menu for this week.

Monday-teen cook- Spaghetti with Tomatoes and vegetable sauce.

Tuesday- Stove Top Tuna Noodle Casserole and salad

Wednesday- Easy Chicken Pot Pie and salad

Thursday- Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Rolls

Friday-left overs

Saturday- We will be eating out this long weekend.

Sunday- We will have another meal out.

So what is cooking at your house? and do you have anything planned for the long weekend? Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is on the menus of many of my friends.

PS* the winners of the Tenderflake coupons are Kim Richards and @katsima. Hope you enjoy your pie making.

Menu Monday and a Giveaway

  This week was a great week of learning new things. Last Tuesday I was invited to take part in a TweetUp ( a meet up of those who are on Twitter) that was being hosted by Tenderflake. We learned how to make pocket pies and I was glad to see that they do offer pastry shells that are not lard based but are made with vegetable oil( so they are halal). You have to look for the blue box, they are the healthier and halal option.

We made several different pocket pies. My favorite were the chocolate/ banana ones. It was a great opportunity to see the many ways you can use the pie shells. As we left we each were given coupons so we could pick up some shells when we were home and play. When I saw my coupons I asked James who heads up the Social Media team for Maple Leaf Foods if I could get some to share, and the answer was an immediate yes.

So I am giving coupons to 2 of you. You will receive coupons for Free Product. Each of you will receive 3 coupons.

What do you have to do to get the coupons:

1. Simply leave a comment telling me your favorite pie filling.

For an extra entry you can like my Facebook page or follow me on Twitter. If you do either of these simply let me know in the comments.

I will use to decide who gets the coupons next Monday, May 19th. This giveaway is open only to Canadian residents.

So now what is on the menu here this week:

Monday- Breakfast for Dinner- Pancakes, sliced tomatoes.

Tuesday- Chili Pie and a garden salad

Wednesday- Skillet Black beans and rice

Thursday-Slow Cooker Chicken Curry with Quinoa ( I add a bit of lemon to this recipe)


Saturday-Shrimp Toastadas

Sunday- Harissa Chicken and Rice ( we are taking this to a potluck)

That is what is cooking here this week. Don’t forget to share you favorite pie filling for the giveaway. As well if you are looking to save on your grocery bill you might want to read my other post today about Extreme Couponing. Now I am off to Organizing Junkie to see what is cooking this week.