Monday, July 25, 2016

Our Favorite Things Giveaway: Sevylor FIsh Hunter 6 Man Raft


Congratulations to Eraka B. who was the winner of our $25 Amazon Gift Certificate. We are excited to be giving away an another $25 gift card this week and highlighting another one of our favorite products. This is something we'll be doing every Monday and hope to get you excited and share some of our favorite services and products our family has grown to love. We are a big family and love to be active and have a lot of fun together. We have a huge extended family that we live near by and love to spend time with as well. So, we have tested, used up, worn out and loved many products we would love to share with you. If you ever need a good gift idea, Fathers Day/Mother's Day or Christmas idea, I'm hoping these list of items will help you in that search. I am not a very good gift giver and sometimes it's hard to think of things my family would use, that won't end up in a good will pile in a few months.

I am thrilled to share this new product with you. If you follow me on Instagram you know we use our Sevylor Raft ALL the time. About three years ago my family wanted to ride down a local river and looked into renting a raft and company to shuttle us up and back. We found out it would cost over $250 for our family to go rafting just one time. With several teenagers and little kids who love adventure, we decided to look into investing in a raft of our own. At the time we had no idea how much we would love this raft and how fun it would be! We have since used this raft 5-6 times a year and it has been amazing quality and completely dependable. My husband did hours of research to find the best raft for the price and this Sevylor Fish Hunter 6 Man Raft was the winner. Since we purchased our own raft, several of our family members have purchased them as well--and loved them!

These rafts would be the perfect Christmas or summer gift for your whole family. With one month left of summer, it's not too late to purchase one, get it shipped to you by Wednesday and be out on a river or lake by this weekend. We love going rafting because other than gas to get us to a river, the rest of the event is free. We pack a lunch or dinner, raft down the river and are back home without spending a lot of money. Here is a list of 25 of the best river rafting destinations in the U.S. to get you excited ;)




Now, enter to win $25 to go towards your purchase of this raft, or one of your favorite products. Follow the instructions below and check back Monday to find out who the winner is ;)

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Saturday, July 23, 2016

Summer Apricot Julius Smoothies--perfect solution to a hot summer!


For those of you that missed our apricot syrup from yesterday's post, you'll want to make up a HUGE batch of this syrup to have in your fridge. We have used it over pancakes, put it in some muffins, and have now loved having it in a smoothie. It was a hot summer day and the kids were wanting a snack. We decided to make an apricot version of an orange Julius. The combination was SO delicious and refreshing. I can't wait for you to give these a try and love sipping on this cold drink as you enjoy the last few days of summer before kids go back to school (here in Utah anyway--gotta love the track system). Hope you're having a great weekend!

*These smoothies work great in a Blendtec blender (I couldn't live without mine). If you have a smaller blender, half the recipe to make sure everything fits.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Flashback Friday: Breaded Pork Chops with Apricot Glaze and Apricot Gorgonzola Chicken Salad

Since I started a theme of apricots this week (come back tomorrow for a deliciously refreshing Apricot Smoothie) I thought I would share two of my favorite apricot recipes we've shared on our blog. My favorite way to serve pork chops is breaded and dipped in this amazing Apricot Glaze. The combination of the sweet, savory and crunchy pork chops is perfection. I also wanted to share this recipe for Apricot Gorgonzola Chicken Salad. It is heavenly and a great, fresh, summer meal. Hope you love them both as much as we do!





Homemade Apricot Syrup and Fluffy Blueberry Apricot Pancakes



I don't know about you, but I love fresh apricots. We are in full-blown apricot season here in Utah. We have several sweet neighbors who have been so kind and shared their harvest of apricots. I love snacking on them, but wanted to come up with a recipe for some homemade apricot syrup and pancakes. We had lots of cousins over for breakfast so it was the perfect thing to feed the hungry crowd ;) I loved the combination of the apricots with the blueberries. It's also blueberry season, so those are on sale everywhere this week too. Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can stock up on fresh apricots and blueberries. They also freeze great in your freezer for later breakfast recipes or smoothies. Enjoy!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Our Favorite Things: Intex Outdoor Pool ON SALE! Win $25 gift card to Amazon!


Hi Friends! Sorry I have been m.i.a. on our blog this past week. I have been working all day, everyday on our new blog design. I am so excited I can hardly stand it. The new functionality and style of our new blog is going to be so great (thanks to Pam @ Canvas Sky Graphic Design).  I hope you will love it! You will finally be able to organize and search our recipes in an organized manner (hallelujah!). We will also have lots of new features, contributors, and aspects to our blog you're going to love. One of them is going to be a page where we will highlight some of our favorite products and allow you to shop straight from our blog. We will share some of our favorite services, products, kitchen gadgets, emergency preparedness must-haves, food storage favorite products, family entertainment faves and many other things. Each month we will be giving away some of these products, or gift cards to go towards your purchases from our blog. We hope this will be a great resource for you and your family. You can rest assured that all products we have used, love and have found financially a good investment (we're about as cheap as they come--so if we buy them, you know they are worth your money ;).


Today I am excited to share my absolute favorite summer product with you--
especially because it is 40% off the price we bought this for three years ago. 


I know this product wouldn't work for everyone, but our family couldn't live without this Intex pool in the summer. Our backyard is pretty small so our options for summer-fun are limited. We've had to come up with fun ways to make our yard kid friendly and keep them happy during the long, summer hours. Every year for 8-10 years we have had an outdoor pool in our backyard. Nearly every year we've had to buy a new pool because they would pop or tear at some point during the summer. Once you start buying these pools you find quickly they are not all created equal! It wasn't until three years ago we found this Intex outdoor pool that it's actually lasted for several years and doesn't pop, leak or tear. We love it! This past weekend we had a record of 17 kids in the pool (some big teenagers) and it was still fun and comfortable. With the flat, upright sides it makes for all usable swimming space. Here is what they say about this pool:


"Beat the heat all summer with the Intex Metal Frame Pool Set. Engineered for strength, this pool is supported by strong, durable steel frames which are powder coated for rust resistance and beauty. Triple strong, SUPER-TOUGH laminated sidewalls are reinforced with an all-around band to keep frame legs firmly in place. This pool will make your backyard the place to be all summer as your family can relax and play. Connect the Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump to enjoy clean, refreshing water. Equipped with the Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, which is an added safety feature that shuts off the pump if electrical current is exposed to water. Ready for water in 30 minutes, - follow the instructional DVD for easy set up, and enjoy the fun! Includes: Krystal Clear Cartridge Filter pump 530 gph (110 - 120V) with 1-year warranty. Set-up and maintenance DVD. SUPER-TOUGH laminated PVC sidewalls. Convenient drain plug that connects to a garden hose so water can be drained away from pool or house area. Water capacity: (90%) 1,718 gallons."

The best part about this pool is that it is ON SALE! We bought this pool several years ago for $189. It is now on sale at Amazon for ONLY $112.49 with FREE shipping! That is an amazing deal!! I was so excited to share this with you when I saw it was on sale. Head over to Amazon to check out this great deal. This would even make a great Christmas gift for next summer if you don't want to put it up this year.

ENTER TO WIN!
Also, enter to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card to go towards this purchase, or other purchases on Amazon. It's easy to enter! Good luck to you and hope you're having a great summer.


**Check out our 'favorite thing' last week. The Brookstone Pocket Projector is another family favorite for sure ;)


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

NEW Mobile Friendly Website is up and running to take Deals to Meals on the go! Your life just got easier ;)







Happy day! Our NEW mobile-friendly website is up and running. This has been a year in the making and lots of time and thought have been put into this new function of Deals to Meals. We can't wait for you to give it a try! Deals to Meals can now be accessed on any of your mobile, handheld devices and can be used for all of your shopping and meal planning needs.  Using Deals to Meals just got easier, so login to our site on your phone, computer or any other device and see how easy it is to take our service on-the-go, helping you save even more time and money!

If you have any feedback or comments, we'd love to hear them!

Create a DTM quick linked icon on your homepage of your phone for easy access. All you need to do is open your Safari browser. Go to www.dealstomeals.com. Login to your account and then hit the share button at the bottom of the screen with the arrow. Choose the 'Add to Homescreen' button/image and it will create a quick-link on your homescreen. This makes logging into Deals to Meals super quick and convenient. Also, use the 'auto-fill' option on your phone to remember your password so you can easily login anytime you are out shopping and want to use our site. Fab, huh?! :)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Asian Chicken Burgers with Cole Slaw


I am so excited to share this recipe with you! I am a new fan of ground chicken. Have you tried cooking with it yet? It is so fun! You can infuse the ground chicken with so much flavor it is versatile and fun to cook with. I buy my ground chicken at Sprouts. It's nearly always $1.99/lb., so it's not that much more than buying regular chicken breasts per pound. Not to mention, it's healthier than ground beef which is a bonus ;)  The other day I wanted to try an Asian flair with these burgers and was so happy with the delicious results. The coleslaw is sweet and tangy, and paired with the savory, chicken burgers it was a perfect 10 in my book! The best part is if you are looking for a low-carb option, I ate these burgers piled on a large portion of coleslaw and it was SO good! It tasted so fresh and full of flavor, I can't wait for you to give them a try. Enjoy ;)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Our Favorite Things: Brookstone Pocket Projector



Each week I am excited to share with you some of our family's favorite products that make our life more enjoyable and fun! Whether it's kitchen gadgets, specialty foods, or products my family uses on a regular basis, we want to share them with you. If you are like me, you get tired of having to do endless research to figure out the best products for your money. Well, we have taken the guess work out of shopping for you. We will only share with you those products that are tried-and-true and that we own, and use, on a frequent basis--some items multiple times a day!

So, for our first product of the week, I want to share with you this Brookstone Pocket Projector. It has seriously been one of the most fun investments we have ever made. This projector has made for hours of endless fun for people of all ages. We take this portable projector with us on all of our trips and family adventures. We even bring this projector with us while we're camping. We hang a white sheet in our trailer and watch a movie at night before bed. We even project movies in our backyard for the neighborhood kids to watch. The great thing about this projector is it high enough quality you can use it as your every-day projector in a theater room. The quality is very crisp and clear and works great no matter where you are!




Monday's Favorite Things: Brookstone Pocket Projector



Each week I am excited to share with you some of our family's favorite products that make our life more enjoyable and fun! Whether it's kitchen gadgets, specialty foods, or products my family uses on a regular basis, we want to share them with you. If you are like me, you get tired of having to do endless research to figure out the best products for your money. Well, we have taken the guess work out of shopping for you. We will only share with you those products that are tried-and-true and that we own, and use, on a frequent basis--some items multiple times a day!

So, for our first product of the week, I want to share with you this Brookstone Pocket Projector. It has seriously been one of the most fun investments we have ever made. This projector has made for hours of endless fun for people of all ages. We take this portable projector with us on all of our trips and family adventures. We even bring this projector with us while we're camping. We hang a white sheet in our trailer and watch a movie at night before bed. We even project movies in our backyard for the neighborhood kids to watch. The great thing about this projector is it high enough quality you can use it as your every-day projector in a theater room. The quality is very crisp and clear and works great no matter where you are!




Summer Grocery Deals--Save $100s on your food budget!

These past couple weeks I have saved literally $100's of dollars on groceries. Summer is my second favorite time to grocery shop next to the fall holiday baking deals. There are just so many things on sale that your family uses throughout the year that are only on sale this time of year for great prices. It is the best time to stock up on SO many items (like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, relish, bbq sauce, salsa, ground beef, hot dogs, chicken, chips, crackers, cookies, Go-gurts, otter pops and MUCH more). Nearly every thing you need for your grilling, cooking, summer recipes are on sale.

Remember, it doesn't take a lot of effort to save big on your groceries. All you need to do is login to Deals to Meals, click on the stores you want to shop at, and see all of the best deals in your area (without having to use a single coupon!). Try and purchase only the red deals or gold star deals to save you the most money. You can price match all of the best deals at your local Walmart, or pick and choose which stores you want to shop at. No matter what method you choose, you are sure to save BIG with the help of Deals to Meals. If you ever have any questions or comments, feel free to email me at shandra@dealstomeals.com. We're here to help you save time and money!

Friday, July 8, 2016

Easy and Fresh Caprese Sandwiches {Flashback Friday}

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I hope you're gardens are bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil this time of year. My tomatoes are just turning red and my basil plant is overflowing. Anytime I have fresh tomatoes and basil, it is time to make homemade Caprese sandwiches. These are a favorite of my family, and were taught to us by my brother-in-law who served an LDS mission in Italy. These are a favorite summer meal, and couldn't be easier to make ;) Not to mention it's nice to have a meatless meal every now and then too. Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Healthy Hulk Green Pancakes {with Spinach and Bananas}

No, it's not your eyes. These pancakes are meant to be green. Before you mock them, or disregard this recipe, give them a try! We served these for a family breakfast this past weekend and they were a hit (especially with all who were trying to be a little healthier). These pancakes are filled with lots of good, healthy ingredients and your kids won't even know. Instead of using food dye, add some spinach to your pancakes and you'll get lots of vitamins and extra goodness in your pancakes without your kids even knowing. Not to mention these pancakes are gluten free, full of protein and a great way to start your morning. If you want a healthy breakfast your family (even your kids) will love, give these Hulk Hulgan pancakes a try. TIP: If your kids are picky eaters, don't let them see you add the spinach. My kids that saw me add it were funny about eating them. Those that didn't know what was in them, just thought I used food coloring and were totally happy to eat them.

Happy 4th of July 2016

Happy fourth of July 2016 everyone!

Friday, July 1, 2016

{Flashback Friday} Vermont Maple Blueberry Chicken Salad

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Since we are focusing on our favorite salads on our blog this week, I couldn't help but highlight my ALL-time favorite salad. If I had to choose just one as my all around favorite salad, this recipe would be the winner-winner-chicken-dinner ;) This salad has so many elements, textures and flavors happening, you couldn't help but love it. Whether it's the candied nuts, the sweet and tangy maple dressing, the grilled chicken, the tart apples, or the flavor-filled cheese--there is nothing not to love about this salad. If you want a quick, fresh, summer salad, bookmark this recipe and enjoy it for many months to come ;)

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer Stock Up Items! Save $100's on this week's meal plan and your favorite bbq items

This is the week to stock up on EVERYTHING having to do with summer and holiday barbecues. These are just a few of the sales happening this week, so login to Deals to Meals to see the best deals in your area. Many items like mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard, pickles, hot dogs, ground beef, watermelon, baked beans, olives, pickles, chips, ice cream and MUCH more are all on sale for rock bottom prices! Don't delay, this is the best week to stock up on items you will use all year long. Happy shopping :)

3 Favorite Potato Salad Recipes {All American, Sweet Potato or Blue Cheese}

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What is more traditional and American than potato salad? Fourth of July wouldn't be complete without a bbq and potato salad as a side dish, would you agree? I am excited to share three potato salad recipes our family loves and have become our families favorites. Don't be afraid of the twists on an old favorite. The sweet potatoes make for a savory-sweet salad you will love. And the blue cheese crumbles are creamy and add a tangy texture to the salad that is fantastic. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and have some fun plans upcoming ;)



Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Simple Layered Garden Salad with Bacon, Swiss & Peas

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This layered salad (in our home known as 'Sarah's Salad'..not sure exactly why? ;) has been a favorite for decades. There is nothing overly fancy about this salad, but the combination of flavors work perfectly together to make a fresh, summer salad that is easy to throw together. The great thing about this salad is it can even be made the day before and kept in the fridge until ready to serve. As it sits, all of the flavors brighten and make the salad even better. This is also a great salad to use the lettuce and peas from your garden if you have them. Not to mention all of the ingredients for this salad are on sale at your local grocery stores this week, so login to our website and give this salad a try. It would make the perfect side salad to any upcoming barbecues and parties. Hope you enjoy :)

Monday, June 27, 2016

Rumbi Island Grill Voo Doo Chicken Salad {Copycat Recipe}

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Now that summer is well on it's way, I thought I would share with you some of my favorite summer-salad recipes. I am a HUGE fan of salad's for dinner in the summer. When I use the grilled and cooked chicken from my freezer, these salads can come together in just a few minutes. Also, the salad dressings will last up to two weeks in the fridge, so they are nice to make up and have ready for salads throughout the month.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

America's Test Kitchen Best Blueberry Muffins

Before this week ended, I wanted to share my go-to recipe for blueberry muffins. If you are used to making your muffins from a box, look no further, this recipe is SO much better and not much more difficult to make. When I was packing for our trip to Midway this week, I packed the dry ingredients for these muffins in a Ziploc bag, along with the blueberries, eggs and milk in our cooler. It was so great to be able to throw together homemade muffins in only a couple minutes and enjoy them for a simple breakfast with fresh fruit. There is only one recipe I use when it comes to blueberry muffins and that is the America's Test Kitchen recipe. The method of boiling the blueberries and sugar together make these muffins super moist and help keep the blueberry flavor all throughout the muffins. Bookmark this recipe as a keeper next time you want to make a batch of these delightful blueberry muffins ;)

Friday, June 24, 2016

{Flashback Friday} S'more Cookie Bars and Summer Update


Sorry I have been awful at blogging this past week. We are spending some good, quality time disconnected this week with my inlaws and my family. We are on our annual week long reunion and having a blast. I really love the way his family does reunions. There are 9 siblings and each year one sibling is in charge of planning the reunion. They get the opinions of the other siblings, but in the end it is up to them to decide where to go. Sometimes we stay at home and do fun things each day together, and other times we get away and rent a condo or house we can all stay in together. This year we have been spending the week in Midway Utah. It has been beautiful and relaxing. I have been sharing some of our favorite pics on instagram (follow us at Dealstomeals), but for our recipe today I wanted to share a flashback recipe for these S'more Cookie Bars.

I have made these three times in the past week and they are seriously a heavenly recipe. They are amazing! They are gooey, full of chocolate, golden marshmallows, and a buttery cookie crust that is to die for. I really can't see how you could improve on this treat. I brought up all of the ingredients to make these bars in our condo and we all devoured them in a few minutes flat. These are definitely a crowd pleaser and perfect for summer! Hope you enjoy :)

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sweet Asian Cheesy Chicken Taquitos {Simple Meal under $10}

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Taquitos around our house are a staple. There is something fun to eat about a cheesy, meat filling all wrapped up in a soft, flour tortilla. Cook them until crisp on the edges and dip them in something yummy and you have a meal I can't pass up. Not to mention taquitos are totally kid friendly and super simple to make. These are a favorite around our house and the other night I wanted to come up with a little different twist on an old favorite. I gave these taquitos an Asian flair that we all loved! We even dipped them in extra sweet pepper jelly for a delicious sweet and spicy combo. It was amazing!! If you need a simple and easy recipe for dinner this week, give these taquitos a try ;) Enjoy!

*Chicken, cream cheese, cheese, avocados and cilantro are all on sale this week. Login to our website to see how you can make this recipe well under $10 for a family of 7 ;)

Monday, June 20, 2016

Healthy Southwestern Kale and Quinoa Salad with Cilantro Dressing

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How was your weekend? I hope you had a wonderful time with all of the father's and men in your life. My husband (of course) requested a hot dog bbq, so between that and all of the treats and snacks we ate all weekend, I am ready to start the week off with a SUPER healthy and delicious salad recipe to share with you. Between the quinoa, the kale, the black beans and all the vegetables, this whole salad can be eaten guilt free. Drizzle the whole salad with a cilantro lime vinaigrette that is slightly sweet and spicy and is the perfect combination with all of these fresh flavors. Give this salad a try if you want a fabulously fresh summer salad for any day of the week!
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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Happy Father's Day {Favorite Family Tradition}

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing fathers and husbands out there! I am so grateful for all of the inspiring, strong, faithful men in my life. I couldn't have asked for a better father and husband. They are both wonderful examples to me, my children and have been an enormous blessing in my life. Love you Todd and Daddio!

Every year my sister plans a huge 'Dad's vs. Kids' competition with all sorts of games and activities. This has become such a fun tradition that all of the kids look forward to every year. We have such a great time watching the Dad's (and Grandpa's) get competitive and play against the kids. The children were thrilled to win two years in a row, and couldn't help but rub it into the Dads ;) You don't have to do any elaborate games, just simple, fun activities that don't take a lot of prep work. Here are a few of our favorites:

*Clothes-pin tag--Each Dad and child has a clothes pin pinned to them somewhere on their clothing. You set a timer for a certain amount of time and they see who can take eachother's clothes pin. Once your pin has been taken, you are out and have to sit down. The team with the most clothes pins in the end wins.

*Using scrabble or Banana-gram tiles, have each team have to spell out the words 'Happy Father's Day".

*Have each team perform a simple jingle (like from a commercial). The Mom's decide who did the best job (this was hilarious!).

*Volleyball with a balloon. The balloon can't touch the ground and each person can only hit it one time on each side.

*Give each team a pile of skittles or M&M's. Give them each a straw and have them have to transport the candy with their straw (sucking in air will keep it on the end of the straw) to a designated spot across the yard. The team who gets them all moved the quickest, wins.

*"People" Taboo using each person playing the game is really fun. They have to explain the person without using specific characteristics about each person. The team who guesses the most right wins.

*Picture Match--have a picture of each participant when they were a baby. Crop the photo so that all you can see are their eyes, nose, mouth and cheeks. Remove as much of the hair or face that would give away which child it is. The Dad's have to pick out of all of the pictures which babies are their own children. The kids have to do the same and match up all the Dad's pictures. This one takes some prep work but is super fun!

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