Recipe: Molasses Cookies

If you like soft, chewy molasses cookies then you are going to love this recipe!  These molasses cookies also make wonderful holiday cookies.

Molasses Cookies

Makes: Approx. 3 dozen

3/4 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4 cup molasses
2 1/4 cup flour
2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves {optional}

  1. Cream together butter and sugar.  Add egg and molasses and mix well.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.  Add to the wet ingredients and mix well.
  3. Cover and chill in the refrigerator for 2-3 hours or overnight {I like to wrap dough in plastic wrap and set in the refrigerator}.
  4. When ready to bake, remove dough from refrigerator and roll into 1-inch balls.  Roll in sugar and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes.

My Rite Aid Receipt: Week of October 24

I did just a short trip to Rite Aid this week.  Here's what I got:

(2) Halls  $3.00
(2) Right Guard Sport  $3.29 {BOGO}

Subtotal:  $6.29

Coupons used: 

-$1.00 off $1.00 purchase Nov. VV printable coupon
-$.50 off 1 any Halls Oct. VV printable coupon
-$.50 off 1 Halls 30 ct. Nov. VV printable coupon
-$1.00 off 2 Halls 20 ct. or larger from 10/10 newspaper insert
-$2.00 off 2 any Right Guard printable coupon {no longer available}

Total after coupons: $1.29

-$1.00 +UP Reward {print on receipt and can be used on any non-prescription purchase}

GRAND TOTAL:  $.29 + $.22 tax = $.51

Meal Plan Monday

I love the convenience of having a meal plan.  Here's what's cooking in my kitchen this week:

Cold Cereal w/Milk
Whole Wheat Blueberry Pancakes

Cheese Nips {Get these for $.50 each at Walmart!}

Chicken Nuggets w/Veggies
PB&J and N&J
Grilled Cheese w/Tomato Soup

Mon:    Apple 'N Onion Chicken w/Potatoes & Veggie
Tues:    Baked Chicken w/Homemade BBQ Sauce & Veggies
Wed:    Chili w/Cornbread
Thurs:   Pizza
Fri:       Fettucini Alfredo w/Sweet Potato
Sat:      Spaghetti
Sun:     BLTs

Molasses Cookies {Look for the recipe on Wednesday!}

$5 Dinners has a wonderful grocery shopping list with meal plan form and a few other printable planners that you might find helpful in meal planning.

Post submitted to Menu Plan Monday

Save $2.00 off Emergen-C Pink

Print a coupon for $2.00 off one Emergen-C Pink {30 ct. or larger}.  Coupon expires 12/31/2010.

Make sure you print two--Rite Aid sometimes has a Buy One Get One Free sale making these just $4.50 each after sale and coupons!

P&G Samples and Coupons You Won't Want to Miss!

Request these samples and coupons from P&G brandSampler by mail:
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  • $2.00 off any 1 Bounce Dryer Bar
  • $1.00 off any 1 Bounty
  • $1.00 off any 1 Charmin Sensitive
  • $2.00 off any 1 Covergirl Clean Foundation
  • $2.00 off any 1 Duracell Batteries
  • $4.00 off any 1 Febreeze Flameless Luminary Starter Kit
  • $2.00 off any 2 Head and Shoulders Shampoo and Conditioners
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  • $2.00 off any 1 Olay Total Effects Body Wash
  • $5.00 off any 1 Olay Regenerist Face Moisturizer
  • $1.00 off any 2 Multigrain Pringles
  • $2.00 off any 1 Secret Flawless Renewal
  • $2.00 off any 1 Tampax Pearl {18 ct. or larger}
  • $1.00 off any 1 Tide Stain Release OR
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  • $3.00 off any 1 Gillette Venus Embrace

Thanks, For The Mommas

Freezer Cooking: Marinated Chicken

This recipe from Money Saving Mom is so quick and easy. 

3-4 boneless frozen skinless chicken breasts
1/4 cup soy sauce {I used worcestershire sauce}
1/4 cup agave nectar {I used honey}
1 garlic clove

  1. Put the garlic clove in a freezer bag with the frozen chicken.
  2. Mix the soy sauce {or worcestershire sauce} and liquid sweetener together and add to bag.
  3. Put in the freezer until ready to use. 
  4. When ready to use, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and bake at 350 degrees for approx. 40 - 45 minutes.

NOTES:  The original recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but I used chicken thighs as they were on sale for $.89/lb.  It does take a bit of extra time to remove the skin and extra fat, but for that price I was willing to spend a little extra time with the preparation.

Lucky Leaf Pie Filling: $1.00 Coupon!

Starting tomorrow Wednesday, October 20 at 12 noon EST, "like" Lucky Leaf on facebook and receive a $1.00 off any can of Lucky Leaf pie filling coupon.  This offer is only available until 12:00 EST on Friday, October 22.

You can also get a coupon for $1.00 off  any 2 Lucky Leaf pie filling here.

FREE Freezer Cooking Video Tutorials

Do you want to learn more about freezer cooking?  Shelley from One Roast Vegetable has created a series of video tutorials entitled, "Fresh from the Freezer: Healthy Meals for Busy People."

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New White Cloud Coupons--Get Bathroom Tissue for $1 each at Walmart!

Print a coupon for White Cloud when you sign up to receive their newsletter by email.  Choose from 2 coupon options:

$1.00 off 1  White Cloud Green Earth Bathroom Tissue or Paper Towels

$2.00 off 1  24-roll pk. of White Cloud Bathroom Tissue or any 2 White Cloud or White Cloud Ultra 12-roll pk. combination.

Use the $2.00 coupon and get White Cloud Bathroom Tissue 4-pk. for $1.00 each:

Buy 2 White Cloud Bathroom Tissue 4-pk.  Price: $2.00 each
  -$2.00 off 2 any White Cloud Bathroom Tissue printable coupon
Final Price: $1.00 each wyb 2

New Hannaford $5.00 off $50.00 Purchase Coupon And More!

Hurry!  These coupons expire October 31.  The new printable coupons available at are:

$5.00 off $50.00 Purchase

$1.00 off 1 Large Pumpkin

$1.00 off 1 Nabisco Halloween Oreo Cookies

$1.00 off 1 Hannaford Pizza Bites 20 oz.

$2.00 off 1 Hannaford Frozen Party Wings 5 lb.

Thanks to Money Saving Maine-iac for the coupon information.

Free Wisk Sample

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Meal Plan Monday

I LOVED having a meal plan last week.  There was no frantic racing around the kitchen to try to find something for supper!  I'm pretty sure my hubby also enjoyed coming home to a wife who was calm and had supper ready and waiting. :)

The best part of all?  We saved money because there was NO eating out.  And since I planned all our meals ahead of time, I knew exactly what I needed from the grocery store so there were NO extra mid-week trips to the store.

Here is my plan for this week:

Meal Plan Monday

Before I had children I was always very organized.  I had lists for everything and always carefully considered every purchase that I made {no impulse buying!}.  Fast forward 4 years and 2 kids later...I am lucky to have a grocery list!  I am now a "grab and go", "fly by the seat of my pants", "wing it" kind of girl.

My current meal plan: about 1 hour before my husband comes home {sometimes 30 minutes!} I run to the refrigerator or freezer {oops, forgot to thaw} take out some chicken, pour some kind of sauce on it and stick it in the oven.  A side dish of veggies and biscuits or bread completes the meal.  I usually alternate that with pasta and a casserole dish.

My husband has never complained about our limited variety of meals, but I definitely need a change!  This week I have found a few new recipes I would like to try and I'm going to try planning our meals for the week.  Doing this will help me get organized in the kitchen and help us save a little more money at the grocery store.

Here is my meal plan for this week:

More FREE Gain!

at Rite Aid:

Gain Dish Detergent Price: $.89
  -$1.00 off 1 from 10/10 newspaper insert
Final Price: FREE

at Walmart:

Gain Dish Detergent Price: $.97
  -$1.00 off 1 from 10/10 newspaper insert
Final Price: FREE

Go to Sunday Coupon Preview to see what coupons are coming in the Sunday Paper!

Get Free Samples from Target

Target is offering free samples of Glad Odor Shield Trash Bags and Tide with Acti-Lift.  These go very fast!

Nexcare $1.00 off 1 Coupon {.pdf}

Get a coupon for $1.00 of any 1 Nexcare product!  Coupon expires 12/31/2010 and is a .pdf file {save to your desktop and print as many times as you need to.}  Use this coupon at Walmart to get Nexcare bandaids for $.50 each!

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