Friday, August 26, 2016

Flashback Friday: Buffalo Chicken Pizza and Thai Chicken Pizza {Favorite Pizza Dough Recipes}

Last weekend we had the best time making homemade pizzas with my extended family. We experimented with lots of different flavors and combinations and were in LOVE with these two gourmet pizzas. The first pizza we used our favorite quick pizza crust recipe and topped it with grilled chicken, ranch dressing, fresh tomatoes, green onions, crumbled blue cheese, lots of mozzarella cheese and Buffalo sauce. It was amazing!!

On the second pizza we topped the crust with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce, added grilled chicken, green onions, diced bell peppers, chopped cilantro and lots of mozzarella cheese. This Thai pizza was a hit and the sweet and spicy flavor was unforgettable. My mouth is still watering thinking about these pizzas. If you want to have a fun, family activity, whip up a batch of homemade pizza dough and have fun playing with new toppings and flavors. Hope you have a great weekend! Enjoy ;)

*Btw, there are TONS of great deals on produce and meat this week, so login to Deals to Meals to find where to get your pizza toppings at the best price.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Southwestern Shredded Pork Stuffed Bell Peppers

Do you ever get stumped on what to use your leftover in? The other day we had tons of smoked, pulled pork that my neighbor gave to us. It was amazing on a sandwich with barbecue sauce, but last night I wanted to try a little something different. We're trying to eat a few less carbs, so I decided to come up with a stuffed bell pepper recipe that was healthy, easy and something my family would eat. These bell peppers were stuffed with a cheesy, southwestern combination of fabulous flavors that went so perfectly with the sweet pepper flavor. I drizzled these peppers with a creamy cilantro dressing that made the whole thing a perfect 10 in my book! If you are looking for a new, and flavorful way to use up your leftover pork or chicken, this recipe is a keeper ;) Hope you love!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Cheesy Tomato Avocado Pesto Paninis {Meal Under $10 for Family of 7}

Ready for one of the most simple, healthy, delicious sandwiches you've ever had? You are going to love this meatless meal you can make in less than 15 minutes. Not to mention, it uses fresh tomatoes and basil from your garden so it's fresh and summer-licious. We made these for a quick dinner the other night and they were a hit with the whole family. For my hubby and teenage son I added a few slices of deli turkey to give their's a little more protein. For the rest of us, we loved the fresh vegetables melted in between layers of cheese and pesto. Oh, it was lovely! Can't wait for you to try them ;) Enjoy!

*Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these ingredients are on sale in your area: tomatoes, avocados, cheese and bread are all on sale for great prices this week.

Monday, August 22, 2016

NEW Favorite Things Giveaway and Mimi Cafe's Copycat Honey Bran Muffin Recipe

Happy Monday everyone! I'm excited to share with you another one of my favorite things and products I would be sad to live without. This giveaway and post is all about muffins. Anyone who follows my blog knows I am a HUGE fan of muffins. I make them on a weekly basis for my kids and I love that they are a healthier snack than many prepackaged items. I always fill my muffins up with bran, wheat, flax seed and other whole grains to help my kids stay full longer. Now, if you are like me and you make a lot of muffins, sometimes it can get frustrating to always run out of muffin wrappers. I hate having to run to a store for one or two things because I always end up spending more than I want to when I shop. So, I have found that buying my muffin wrappers on line is the best and cheapest solution. I now keep hundreds of muffin wrappers in my pantry so I never run out and can make muffins to my hearts content.

Another favorite product is the Excellante 24 Muffin Tin pan. There is never a time I only make 12 muffins or cupcakes. With a large family I am always cooking at least 24 muffins at a time. I LOVE this 24 muffin tin that can cook all of your muffins or cupcakes at one time. No more having to wait for two batches to cook. Get them all cooked and cooling together to save you time.

So, for this weeks giveaway, we will be giving away two packages of the 500 count muffin wrappers as well as our favorite Farberware 12 Muffin Tin. We will ship these to your home on September 1st and can't wait to see who wins. Hope you love these products as much as we do!

500 Count Muffin Wrappers
 {Only $6.49 for 500!}

Farberware 12 Muffin Tin {Currently 52% off--a great time to buy!}

Excellante 24 Muffin Tin  {Pan is on sale for 32% off--ONLY $12.88}

Now...onto a delicious muffin recipe since we're talking about muffins. Who doesn't LOVE the bran muffins sold at Mimi's Cafe? If you haven't had them, you are missing out. They are amazing! They are extremely moist because the muffins are lined in this sweet glaze that makes them to die for. If you are a muffin fanatic like I am, I can't wait for you to try these! They are bordernline dessert, but oh-so worth every calorie!! Enjoy :)

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Super Thick Peanut Butter Oreo Brownies

 My brother in law came into town the other week, who is obsessed with peanut butter and chocolate like my husband. I knew I needed to come up with a new peanut butter treat to make there stay a little extra special. So, I decided to mix our three loves: Oreos, peanut butter and chocolate. What's not to love about that combo? The results were phenomenal! These bars were thick, chewy, gooey and everything I want in a dessert. The big pieces of Oreo cookie were a really fun addition to these bars. If you love peanut butter like we do, you will want to make these the next time you've got a craving for peanut butter. Not to mention, peanut butter is on sale this week for a great price, so login to Deals to Meals and stock up while it's on sale!

Winner of Favorite Things Giveaway!

Congratulations to Andrea Smith who won our Amazon gift card to go towards her Camp Chef Double Burner Camping Stove! Thank you to all who entered and shared our giveaway on your social media sites. Watch for another amazing Favorite Things Giveaway coming up on Monday! In the mean time, head over to Amazon to check out some of our past favorite things--and take advantage of the great sale prices!

Monday, August 15, 2016

Asian Shredded Pork Slaw Sandwiches

I am always looking for new ways to use pork. I love that it's always on sale for a great deal and I can feed my large family for cheap. This week pork is on sale again for a great price, so I wanted to come up with a recipe that is new and fun. I am super excited to share this recipe with you. This sandwich is super easy to make and is a healthy, delicious Asian recipe your family will love. I love the sweet and tangy sauce on the pork, along with the crisp and fresh coleslaw on top. Give this recipe a try--you're going to love it!

To find out where pork is on sale this week, login to Deals to Meals and see all of the best deals in your area.

Friday, August 12, 2016

Flashback Friday: BLT Barbecue Chicken Salad

On our meal planner this week on Deals to Meals you will see one of my favorite summer salad recipes. We had this last week and we couldn't get enough! We were literally licking the bowl clean. I love everything about the combination of this salad--salty, crispy bacon, bed of crisp lettuce greens, grilled chicken smothered in barbecue sauce, crunchy croutons, shredded cheese and drizzled with a cool, ranch dressing. Man, my mouth is watering just thinking about it! This salad is like a BLT in a salad--only kicked up a notch. I can't wait for you to try this salad recipe this summer. You are going to love it!

Not to mention, every ingredient for this salad is on sale this week. There are great deals this week on chicken, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce, salad dressing, eggs, cheese, etc. Make this meal for well under $10 by logging into Deals to Meals and checking out the best grocery deals in your area.

*Don't forget to enter to win an Amazon Gift Card! Only one more day to enter. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Homemade Dole Pineapple Whips--only 4 ingredients and perfect summer treat!

Before summer has come and gone I am super excited to share with you this recipe for a 'mock' recipe for Pineapple Dole Whips. For those of you who have been to Disneyland and can't get enough of their Pineapple Whips, this recipe is pretty darn close. My family and I have been making these for a month now and LOVE them! They are so refreshing and tropical. I love pineapple and coconut anyway, so this combination is totally up my alley. If you like less coconut flavor, you can always use less coconut milk and add more pineapple juice. I love coconut equally as much though, so I like the recipe just the way it is. For this size of recipe you will want to use a large blender (like my FAVE Blendtec) or half the recipe in a normal blender to make sure it will all fit. Hope you are having a great summer!! Enjoy ;)

*Don't forget to enter to win an Amazon Gift Card! Only three more days to enter. 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Nectarine Infused Waffles and Nectarine Chicken Kabobs with CousCous--two amazing recipes!

Sorry for the lack of posting lately. I am still working day and night on our new blog and it's seeming to take all of my free time to blog. Thanks for being patient with me ;) I can't wait to show you all we have going on with our new blog!

In the mean time I wanted to share a couple recipes I've been making and loving this past week. First off, if you haven't made it to your local Sprouts this past week, they have Nectarines for only $0.33/lb. I bought several bags to snack on and use in cooking. One of my favorite recipes to use nectarines is for our Nectarine Chicken Kabobs with CousCous. It has such an abundance of delicious flavor and is perfect for summer.
The other recipe I've made is for Nectarine Infused Waffles with Butter Syrup. I was too busy last night to make dinner, so I threw together these waffles and they were SO good! We all devoured them and loved the fresh nectarines in the waffles, as well as on top. Of course we had to serve it with our favorite Butter Syrup which took these over the top. If you have any peaches or nectarines lying around, these two recipes are ones I know you will love!!

Friday, August 5, 2016

Flashback Friday: Beach Street Chicken Lemon Linguine

I mentioned on Instagram earlier this week one of my all-time favorite meals. In case there is someone out there who hasn't tried this recipe, you are missing out. Don't wait another week to give this recipe a try. It is such an unusual pasta dish with different flavors like Cajun, soy sauce, lemon and a sweetness from some brown sugar. At first you might look at this recipe and think it is kind of strange. However, it is AMAZING! The flavors all come together so perfectly unlike any pasta dish you've ever had.  Hope you love it!

*Don't forget to login to Deals to Meals to find out where you can get chicken and pasta on sale this week. Both are on sale for great deals. In fact, some stores have chicken as low as $1.29/lb. How great is that?!

Monday, August 1, 2016

New Favorite Things Giveaway: Camp Chef Burner Range--Enter to win Amazon Gift Card

It's another awesome week of giveaways! We are loving sharing our favorite things each Monday with you on our blog. We have heard from so many of you who have purchased some of these products and are loving them. The Brookstone Pocket Projector has been a huge hit and I am grateful so many of you have loved this product like we do. It is seriously the BEST gift for any man in your life. That's a favorite for sure around our home ;)

Thanks to all of you who entered to win (and shared on social media) about last week's Favorite Things Giveaway. Congratulations to Lisa Brown who was the winner of our Amazon Gift Card! Don't forget to enter to win another gift card this week. I am excited to share another amazing product that our family LOVES. Our family loves to go camping. Not only because the mountains here in Utah are spectacular, but because it's an inexpensive activity we can do with our entire family. We bring all of our food from home, so other than the gas money and the camping site fee, it's super cheap. We have also found another way to save money is by booking group camp sites. If you get several families to come up, it can save you over 50% off your fee. This past week we went with friends and family and had 6 families who shared a $110/night group fee. That made it only $18 a night instead of the $50 fee for a single campsite. There was plenty of space for everyone and we were thrilled we get two nights for less than the one regular fee.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Flashback Friday: 13 Favorite Peanut Butter Recipes & JIF Peanut Butter on sale for only $.99!!!

For those of you who live near a Kroger, Smiths or other Associated Kroger Stores, this is the week to stock up on Peanut Butter!! Who doesn't love JIF peanut butter and Smucker's Jam? This week these stores are offering these two items for only $0.99 each (check your local ads, some stores have them for $1.49 which is still a good deal). This is over 60% off the regular price, so it's the best time to stock up. Login to our website to see what specials your local grocery stores are offering.

To get you excited to stock up on peanut butter I wanted to share with you some of my favorite peanut butter dessert recipes. Who doesn't want a little sweet treat this time of year? I know I do! And if it has peanut butter and chocolate in it, I'm in heaven! Enjoy 13 of my favorite pb and chocolate recipes. Enjoy and let's all get out and stock up on some peanut butter and save some $$!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Cherry Peach Cobbler with Brown Sugar Crumble and Summer Happenings

One of my favorite parts about summer is all of the fresh fruit that goes on sale. I love that fresh peaches, apricots, cherries, watermelon and cantaloupe are all on sale this week. I am a huge fan of cobblers and wanted to use some of the fruits on sale to come up with a new, delicious recipe I could share with you. I needed a quick dessert the other night for a family event so I used the peaches and cherries I bought at the store this past week. I had never used fresh cherries in a cobbler before,  but I loved their juicy, sweet flavor they added. I am sure you could use apricots instead of peaches as well, you might need to add a little apricot nectar to loosen them up though. No matter what fruits you choose to use in this recipe, this brown sugar crumble is heaven!! I hope you are having a great week and give this recipe a try ;)

*Looking for fresh produce on sale? Login to Deals to Meals to see where the best sales are in your area.
For those here in Utah, you've got to check out the Payson-Nebo Loop. It was breathtaking and such a beautiful place to camp and hike. Can't believe I had never been there before!
Summer fun here on the home front ;)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Meal Under $10: Easy Slow Cooker Shredded Beef Tacos

Want a simple, weeknight meal you can make for under $10? Don't settle for a boring pot roast with little flavor. With a few simple ingredients, you can take a beef roast from boring to incredible! I love using this shredded beef for simple tacos, burritos or I use it in my enchiladas. This meat is so tender and amazing that I could really just eat it by the plateful. This meat does call for one of my favorite Mexican seasonings that you might not have--but you'll want it. It's the McCormick Mojito Lime Seasoning. You can buy it at a grocery store in a small packet for $2-$3, but I buy it online in a 26 oz. size because it is so delicious on all of my favorite Mexican dishes.

The best part about this recipe is nearly all of the ingredients are on sale at your local grocery stores. Beef roasts are on sale for great prices, which make this meal super inexpensive and a great solution to your weeknight menu plan. Plus, if you cook up a large roast you can use the extras for later meals or freeze for another night. Enjoy!

*Don't forget to enter to win the Amazon Gift Card on our past post. And check out our favorite Product of the Week ;)

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.

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 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?! :)

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