Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Orange Marmalade Bread

With all of the fresh oranges on sale these past couple weeks I was determined to make a homemade orange bread. I figured if bananas can have their own special bread, why not oranges? I like oranges much better than I do bananas, so I was determined to figure something out. We ended up experimenting and making SIX loaves of this bread and wouldn't stop until we had it just right.  This bread is moist, full of orange flavor and sweet, happy goodness. You're going to love this! Enjoy ;)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Amazing Grocery Deals THIS Week!! Save $100's

There are so many great grocery deals this week I had to share a few. If you live in the western United States, you have a great chance to take advantage of some rock-bottom grocery prices. Smith's Grocery Stores and Harmon's have their case lot deals happening this week (ends Monday). Besides Smiths, there are also great deals at Maceys, Fresh Market and other grocery stores. There are some items like peanut butter, tuna fish, canned beans, canned tomatoes, canned vegetables, canned fruit and other pantry stock up items that need to be stocked up on asap. These are prices we haven't seen for a couple years, so don't miss this opportunity to STOCK UP!! Check it out and save $100's by logging into Deals to Meals.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Chicken Shwarma Kabobs

Ready for another super healthy recipe to keep your New Year's goals on track? I am all about Indian food and wanted to create a recipe for marinated chicken skewers that was not lacking for flavor. These skewers of chicken and vegetables are an explosion of flavors in your mouth. Your waistline is going to thank me. Dip this spicy, lemony chicken in this cool, cream sauce and you're going to be in heaven. Wrap them in a warm pita bread or serve with some brown rice. Either way, I hope you love them ;)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Chicken Baja Tacos {Meal Under $10}

Now that I've gone grocery shopping and actually have some fresh produce in my fridge (yippee!), I'm ready to share with you some fantastic, healthy recipes. I know it's the weekend and maybe you're going out tonight, but I wanted to give you this recipe that my family LOVES! Who doesn't love street tacos? Well these tacos are kicked up a notch with some healthy veggies like avocado, tomatoes, corn, black beans and cilantro. The chicken is seasoned with some delicious chipotle flavor with a hint of sweetness from the honey. Top these tacos with a creamy, chipotle dressing and you have the perfect combination for healthy, goodness. These. Are. Amazing!

Best part about this recipe is all of the components for this recipe are on sale this week: chicken (yes, here in Utah it's on sale for only $1.29/lb.!), avocados, tomatoes, frozen corn, canned beans and cilantro. You can make this entire recipe for under $10 for a family of 7. If you have leftover chicken or other ingredients you can eat a carb-free version in a large salad. It's scrumptious either way!

Thursday, January 5, 2017

10 Day Meal Plan for 7 People for Only $153!

How cute is my husband to go grocery shopping with me at the end of our anniversary getaway? After a fun several days together in Midway, I decided it was time to go home and face reality of post-holiday healthy eating. You know you're in need of a grocery shopping trip when your kids have eaten cereal for several days in a row--morning, noon AND night ;/ With the holidays I haven't done a big shopping trip until yesterday. And let me tell you, it is awesome to have healthy food in my fridge again!

Look at all this produce I got? There were some amazing deals at our local grocery stores--it was fabulous! Can you believe I got all of those groceries for only $154!? I don't think there were more than a couple things in this entire stash that wasn't on sale. Many of the items were on sale for more than 50% off! I got all of the meat I need for my 10 day meal plan (chicken (um...how about for only $1.29/lb.!), ground chicken, boneless pork chops, ground beef, sausage, salami and boneless beef roast). Add to that meat all of this great produce and you have a healthy and delicious meal plan coming our way!

Guess what, you can do this too! Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area. Besides that, you'll get access to thousands of our recipes, as well as our meal planner for the week. This will make your grocery shopping a breeze! Print off our grocery list, check the deals and away you go. It took me less than one hour to plan my meals, do my shopping and be back home ready to do some cooking ;)

Let's start the year off right and get planning some healthy, homemade, delicious meals your family will love!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Perfect Yeast Fried Scones

I know, I know, it's the New Year and you're probably hear looking for some healthy, vegetable filled, recipes. However, bear with me for one more recipe (okay, maybe two) that I can't help but share before I start focusing on the healthy and lighter recipes I have lined up for you. I'm afraid if I don't blog about these scones though, I will forget how amazing they were and lose the recipe in my files, and files of recipes. Our family loves homemade scones and although I enjoyed my previous favorite recipe, this one was WAY better and now needs to take the place of my go-to scone dough recipe.

Call us crazy, but our family loves homemade navajo tacos. It's the perfect comfort food this time of year when it's cold outside and you're craving a warm, stick to your ribs, kind of meal. Not much is better than a homemade chili over a fried scone with all of your favorite toppings. It all melts in your mouth and is something we love to cook in the winter months. Now I know, these scones are fried. However, run a few extra miles at the gym and give yourself an excuse to make these now...or in a few months when your ready for a break from your dieting resolutions ;) Either way, this is the scone recipe to book mark for anytime you're wanting this soft, spongy bread.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Happy New Year and Holiday Updates

Happy New Year! I hope you have had a wonderful Christmas, and Christmas break with your friends and family. We have loved every minute of this past week and I have taken advantage of no blogging and just hanging out with the fam. Our break has been nothing but slow, relaxing days with lots of crazy kiddos running around. Several members of our family got the flu over the break (ugh!)  so it made for a good excuse to hunker down inside, play games, bake too many treats and watch plenty of Christmas movies. Just my kind of break!

So I can remember for next year, we started two new traditions we can't wait to continue next year. The first is a cousin talent show. Most of my kids, as well as our nieces and nephews take piano lessons from my beautiful mom. She is extremely patient with all these crazy monkeys, but has done a great job teaching them this new talent. We had a fun night where we all brought appetizers and enjoyed each child sharing a talent of their choice. It was a fun night for the kids to showcase things they had been working on all year.

The second tradition we're going to continue was shared with us by my sister. Not sure where this tradition originated, but it was super fun. On a night before Christmas (we're thinking it would be great on Christmas Adam) we will have a 'Yule Log' night. This is where the parents choose a small gift that represents that child for the year, or some accomplishment they have achieved. For example, my son Isaac got a cat. He named it Skittles and so he got a cat ornament with a bag of Skittles. The gifts don't need to be fancy or expensive, but something sentimental the children will enjoy.

Each present is then wrapped individually (with their names written on the top) and then wrapped one by one, on top of each other--with a layer of wrapping paper in between each gift. The gift ends up being this big, funny shaped gift with lots of presents on the inside of it.

You then take turns opening a layer of the Yule Log and talking about the gift and what it represents. Before the child opens their 'layer' though we had them share a favorite Christmas memory that helped them closer to Jesus Christ. It was neat to hear their responses and the memories they have of past Christmases. It was a fun night where we could all reminisce and give the kids some time to talk about their accomplishments and some specific things we love about them. It was such a hit, we will for sure be doing this again next year. It was a spiritual (and fun) highlight of our Christmas.

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas too. I sure love and appreciate you taking time to stop by our blog each week. I love sharing our family with you and are grateful you stop by.

Get ready for a new year here at Deals to Meals! I still can't believe a new year is here. We are going to have some amazing new updates and changes in 2017. We are still working on transferring over thousands of recipes to our new blog and then it will be ready to reveal (I can hardly wait!). I just need a month long vacation to enter all of them--ah!

In the meantime, make sure and check back often for more great recipes, grocery shopping tips, food storage ideas and family fun. I'm here to blog for you, so if you have ideas or things you would like to see me blog about, I'd love to hear from you. Your comments are my fave!! Have a great week :)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mexican Chicken Croissant Squares

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a great new year. Have you logged into Deals to Meals yet to see our meal planner this week? You're going to LOVE this recipe for Mexican Chicken Croissant Squares. This recipe is a partial crock pot recipe and is super simple to put together for a quick, weeknight meal. These croissant pockets are served with a fresh, black bean salsa to add some extra flavor and you have a meal your family is going to love. Login now to see the best grocery deals in your area, as well as some delicious recipes.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Hi Friends! I'm sure you are busily getting ready for Christmas and that's great. I am posting this recipe for my sister who calls me for the recipe ALL the time (Di, I love ya!). I still can't believe I have never posted my homemade hot fudge recipe. This recipe is super simple to make and makes for such a decadent, rich, chocolaty dessert. Pour this over cake, ice cream, pies, brownies. You name it, this sweet, smooth fudge sauce makes everything taste better. Love you all! Merry Christmas.

*This fudge sauce can be made and kept in the fridge for up to a month. It's smooth texture will last for weeks to come which is unlike most homemade fudge sauces that become crystal-like. It's the best sauce recipe you'll find! Believe me, I've tried just about every one ;)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Eggnog Christmas Breakfast Casserole

If you haven't decided on your Christmas breakfast casserole yet, it's not too late! We are sharing five of our favorites with you today. Visit the link below for four of our favorites we posted about last year. Or, make this new recipe for Eggnog Christmas Breakfast Casserole. This casserole is a beautiful blend of sweet eggnog, holiday spices and the bottom of the eggy-bread mixture is swimming in a smooth caramel mixture. Top this casserole with your favorite fresh fruit and you have a Christmas casserole everyone will love this weekend! Have a Merry Christmas.

Four Christmas Favorite Breakfast Casseroles

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Eggnog Buttercream Thumbprint Cookies

Watch out Santa--you're gonna love these cookies! Call me crazy, but I am a huge fan of eggnog. Since I only buy this drink during the holidays (yes, here in Utah it's on sale for only $1.49 a quart--fab!), I thought this is the week to share a couple eggnog favorite recipes with you. 

This morning my big kids were out of school and wanted to do some holiday baking. They made an incredible Egg Nog Breakfast Casserole that I'll blog about tomorrow (oh yum!). And then, they topped the morning off with these Eggnog Buttercream Thumbprint Cookies. By noon we were all rolling around sick with all the sugar, BUT it was so worth it! These two, new eggnog recipes are fabulous friends! I can't wait for you to try them. These cookies will melt in your mouth with holiday blissful goodness. Hope you enjoy! Merry Christmas

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Garlic Lemon Rosemary Turkey

You are going to love this recipe that is part of our meal planner this week. This Garlic Lemon Rosemary Turkey is the ultimate flavorful, moist, tender turkey you will ever eat. The citrus, garlic and lemon infuse this turkey meat to give it incredible flavor and helps make your holiday turkey something special. Login to Deals to Meals to get this recipe, along with several other favorite holiday recipes in this week's new meal planner.

Don't forget, it's not too late to order your Gift Certificates for the lowest prices of the year. Check out our post HERE for all the details. Merry Christmas friends!

Christmas Swirl Bread

My sister is a bread genius! She is the one that came up with our Rainbow Bread that people have loved on You Tube. It is such a fun, creative way to take bread from boring to beautiful. Well, she decided to use this same technique and turn our favorite bread recipe into this Christmas Bread. How cute is that?! With a little red and green dye, you can make this bread too! A fun way to serve bread this Christmas season. Enjoy ;)

Check out our Rainbow Bread Video for the method of how to make this bread. It's so fun!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Salted Caramel Fudge with a How-To Video on YouTube

Christmas wouldn't be the same without a big, delicious pan of homemade fudge. Fudge is one of those decadent treats that makes the holidays special. There are some people in my life who make incredible fudge. My neighbors Ellen and Ali, along with my uncle Alan. Fudge can be a temperamental recipe to make, so I wanted to share a how-to video so you know how to get perfect fudge, EVERY time! This video will change the way you have probably made fudge in the past. This method is a 'secret' method from my uncle that ensure's that every batch is smooth and creamy.

Now, not all caramel and chocolate are created equal. If I'm making a batch of fudge I want it to be made with the best ingredients possible. For the caramel in this recipe, I only use Peter's Caramel. It comes in a 5 lb. brick from Amazon and is AMAZING! If you live in Utah, you can also get it at Orson Gygi's in Salt Lake City. You'll also want to use a high quality chocolate (like Ghirardelli, Guittard, Lindt, Cadbury, etc.). If you want a really gourmet, high-end chocolate, Callebaut is my favorite. You can also buy this online or at Orson Gygi's. Can't wait for you to try this recipe. Happy Holidays and fudge making!
Peter's Caramel (Sold on Amazon or at Orson Gygi's)

Callebaut Chocolate Brick (Sold on Amazon or at Orson Gygi's)

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Weekend Christmas Wrap-Up

What a great weekend we've had. Hope you've had a great one too! This past week has been filled with Christmas spirit unlike any other year I can ever remember. It has been so amazing to see God's hand in the small details of our life, and to see 'angels' among us doing amazing things for other people. Isn't Christmas time wonderful? It really feels like the best of everyone comes out this time of year. I wanted to share a few of my favorite Christmas moments, as well as some Christmas miracles we've been witness too.

I mentioned on Instagram a week ago about a single woman in our neighborhood who had a MAJOR water pipe line break and some damage done to her pipes and yard. After Todd realized this job was WAY beyond his abilities, we got bids of up to $8000 for the fix.  This sweet mom had been struggling financially anyway and wasn't able to pay for this expensive fix. After many prayers, a sweet man who heard about her problem stepped in and did the ENTIRE job for free. Not only did they have to tear out her driveway, put in new pipes and a water line, they even went above and beyond and poured a new sidewalk and fixed her sprinklers while they were at it. They went above and beyond and it was truly a Christmas miracle for this woman in need. Good, good people out there!

We have also been so overwhelmed with the amazing response to my friend Stephanie's Christmas Song called If I Were a Shepherd. It is the most beautiful, simple, spirit-filled Christmas song you have ever heard. This song has touched our Christmas and made it so special. Everyone's love, comments and encouragement for Stephanie has also meant the world to her. It's given her the confidence she needed to begin writing again and sharing her talents with others. If you haven't heard this song, you ned to head over and check it out. She has also illustrated this darling Christmas book that you'll love. I am so impressed with people who are willing to share their talents to bless others.

I was amazed by another sweet person who wanted to donate an additional $100 to a family in need, along with our current $200 giveaway. She wanted to help another family from our list of emails we've received and offered to do that. How sweet is that? It's not too late to nominate a family who could use some extra Christmas cheer--head here for details.
Every year our neighborhood hosts a 12 Days of Christmas "Kindness" for people who could use some extra love. There are 12 families who could benefit from some Christmas love and within just a couple hours, all 144 spots were filled! The outpouring of love in our community is amazing. I just feel so grateful to live amongst such amazing people.

I could go on and on. If you have a chance to spread some Christmas cheer, do a small act of service for someone or help a family need. We still have one more week of #lighttheworld, so let's spread some Christmas love this season. Sure love you guys and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

$200 Walmart Christmas Giveaway

Merry Christmas!
We love this magical time of year and and the spirit of Christmas that brings us together.  However, we also know that for some people this season is full of worry, difficult memories, loneliness, or financial trouble. As the true meaning of Christmas is better felt by serving and helping others, we have reached out to our local Walmart and they have given us a $200 gift card to help someone this holiday season (Thank You Store Manager Rick Adams at the Riverton, Utah Walmart).  When we thought of the best way to use it we thought of our great Deals to Meals followers and decided to let you help us determine who gets it.  Whether it's for you or someone you know, please send an email to christmas@dealstomeals.com letting us know how a $200 gift card would bless someone in need this year.  On Monday we'll select an individual/family from those suggested to us and mail the gift certificate to the recipient so they can have it for Christmas!

For Christmas we have the **LOWEST PRICE EVER OFFERED** on Gift Certificates for a Deals to Meals Membership (up to SEVEN months free). This makes the perfect Christmas gift for anyone on your list (including yourself) since we all have to plan meals and grocery shop. Click here for more details and to learn how to be entered in our free membership contests.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

New Christmas Song Written Just for You {If I Were a Shepherd}--It's beautiful!

Okay friends, I have a HUGE Christmas present for you from a dear friend of mine. She is the sweetest, most humble woman you would ever meet, and has a talent bigger than life. Her name is Stephanie and she lives here in my neighborhood. She surprised us this year with a Christmas song she wrote for the primary children in our church. She felt inspired to write this song for awhile and I don't think she could have ever guessed how many lives she has touched by writing this song.

I have absolutely NO musical ability. I am practically tone-deaf. It really is embarrassing ;/ It's okay, I've come to appreciate the fact God gave us all different talents and this just happens to not be one of mine ;) For that reason, I feel an immense amount of gratitude for people who are willing, and able, to share their musical abilities with others. Some day, when I die, I hope to sing with the Heavenly Chorus and share my testimony through song. For now, I am SO grateful my friend has given me permission to share her beautiful song with you.

Beware, you will need some tissues! This song is simple in it's message, and yet filled with a depth of spirit that will touch your heart. The words to this song are so tender and sweet. The words bear testimony of our Savior Jesus Christ and our desire to be His disciples. I can't wait for you to watch this music video. We had a neighborhood Christmas party tonight where 75 children dressed up in a nativity costume and sang this song for over 200 people. The children's faces are as sweet as this song. If you love Christmas songs, this one is going to quickly become your favorite!

Stephanie has been so kind and is willing to share the music to this song for FREE. Download the song HERE so you can enjoy this song in your own home. Or, even better, teach this song to children in your neighborhood to help spread the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Merry Christmas!

Pioneer Woman Chicken Street Tacos

For those needing a quick, easy meal, Renee Drummond has the solution. She has a really great recipe for Chicken Street Tacos that my family LOVED the other night. I had some chicken thawed and wasn't sure what I wanted to turn it into. I was surfing the web and found this recipe and we really loved it. The chicken is full of flavor and served with your favorite taco garnishings, these are a win!

Login to Deals to Meals to see where all of these ingredients are on sale in your area. This recipe is also on our meal planner, along with many of our other favorite holiday meals. Hope you love!

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Layered Cream Cheese Pumpkin Cake

If you're like me, you've probably had a lot of sweets already this season. I find as time goes by I have an easier time saying no to sweets that aren't really worth the calories. For all of you trying to stay healthy though, I have a recipe that is worth every. single. decadent. calorie! This Layered Cream Cheese Pumpkin Cake was our favorite dessert on Thanksgiving. There was delicious pies, but this cake 'took the cake' ;) If you need a beautiful dessert for an upcoming party that looks like you spent all day on it, this is the recipe! You'd never know it's base is a cake mix and that it's actually really easy to make. You're going to love it!! Happy holidays.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Cranberry Chocolate Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup

I am so behind on all of my holiday recipes I wanted to blog about. The holiday's are in full swing and I am loving spending my extra time with my family. For all of our best recipes, make sure and login to Deals to Meals for the menu planners each week. You will find all of our favorite holiday recipes in there ;)

I do want to share a holiday recipe though for these delicious Cranberry Chocolate Pancakes. I love the combination of cranberry and chocolate. It makes for such a rich, dark pancake that is super moist and spongy. The sweet cranberry syrup is a perfect compliment for these pancakes, a little sweet and tart. These pancakes are a fun, holiday recipe to serve for a holiday brunch, Christmas morning or a quick, weeknight meal.  Hope you enjoy!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Pasta E' Fagioli Soup

There is something about this time of year that makes me want to eat soup and homemade bread every night. It makes for a simple meal plan because soups are easy to make with most basic ingredients you have on hand in your food storage or fridge. The other day I was needing something quick and easy, that would also warm our bellies on a cold, winter night. I remembered a soup I had made a long time ago with pasta, beans and potatoes in it. It's one of those soups that 'stick to your ribs' without being overly fattening or creamy. I love all the vegetables in this soup, but the meat and carbs make it so my husband likes it too. Serve this soup with some Homemade French Bread, Lion House Rolls or Homemade Wheat Bread for a weeknight meal your entire family will love!

Nearly all of the ingredients you will need for this recipe are on sale this week. You could easily make this soup for less than $10 and have plenty to serve a family of 6-8 people. Login to Deals to Meals to see all of the best grocery deals in your area--along with our new, delicious meal plan to make your cooking life easier ;)

Plus, looking for gift ideas, don't forget to take advantage of our LOWEST-EVER Holiday Pricing on a membership to Deals to Meals! It's the perfect gift under $15, so finish up your shopping with a service your family and friends will love for years to come.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Copycat Cup Bop Korean BBQ Pork Bowls "Hot Bop" (You Tube Video and Recipe)

Hi Friends. I am SO excited to share this recipe and video with you I can hardly stand it!! I have this addiction to copycat recipes. There is something so fun and challenging about seeing if I can make a recipe better than popular restaurants. It's like I live in my own real-life version of Chopped or something. The only difference is there is no money on the line, I have no live audience watching, and probably no one really cares in the end.

However, if you were to see me eating this recipe Saturday, you would have thought I won the lottery. I could hardly contain my excitement at how great this recipe turned out. I called my entire family over (who eagerly came) and we ate Cup Bop Korean BBQ all night. It was lovely!

For those of you outside of Utah and unfamiliar with Cup Bop, it's a food truck gone wild. They now have several store front restaurants along with their hundreds of food trucks across Utah. People are a little obsessed with their food around here. It wasn't until a couple weeks ago I had my first and I was in love. I loved the different Korean flavors, the spicy mayo, the soft rice noodles, the crisp lettuce, etc. It really is a party in your mouth. However...I am WAY too cheap to spend $10-$12 for a cup of rice and noodles, so I knew this one was a challenge I was willing to dive into. There really aren't any copycat recipes out there for Cup Bop which surprised me, so I am happy to say we might just be the first. And in my humble opinion--the best ;)

The best part about this recipe is for the entire recipe (fed 15+ servings) it only cost $15 to make (assuming you have most of the Asian ingredients already). That's only $1 a person instead of $10 a person. Cooking from home is always so much cheaper, and better in my humble opinion. Login to Deals to Meals to see where you can get pork, brown sugar, green onions, cabbage, carrots, onions and many of the other ingredients you need on sale in your areas.

I can't wait for you to try this! You can be the judge as to whether it's great or not. I want to hear your feedback, especially those of you who have had Cup Bop before. I really think you're in for a treat!  Not to mention this recipe is super easy to make (once you buy a couple key ingredients).

So..without further adieux, I bring you (drum roll please) Copycat Cup Bop Korean BBQ Pork Bowl Goodness. If you love Cup Bop will you please share our You Tube video with your friends? You guys are the best! Enjoy ;)

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