Friday, February 11, 2011

Savings Angel

 I think this is week three with Savings Angel and I was pretty happy with how I did overall.  There are two other pictures at the end of this post that show things a little more up close.  So, my Savings Angel total would have been $116.84 if I would have paid full price for those items but I only paid $61.39 saving me $55.05.  I was really hoping to get to at least half and thought I had done better but I noticed that several of my MPerks coupons did not come off my total and they should have - I'll have to watch that better in the future.  A couple of HUGE savings were Cat Treats which I got both for free and the Jell-O Puddings.  I purchased 8 packages of Jell-O Puddings which would have cost $23.12 but only cost me $8.00.  They were on sale for 2/$5 and I had two one dollar coupons off of 2 packages plus for every regular pudding you bought, you got a new "deluxe" kind for free.  We'll be eating Jell-O pudding for snack at night for awhile :-)  I did check expiration dates and they are good until April so we are fine :-)  So, I'm still learning this process and am hoping to continue to get better.  I'm slowly starting to stock up on some things which is also helping.  Next week, I'm planning to check out Walgreens through Savings Angel and try to pull $20.00 from my budget to put towards shopping there as I know you can get some fantastic deals there too!

Show Us Your Life - Beauty Secrets

It is time for Show us Your Life Friday's over at Kellys Korner.  This weeks theme is Beauty Secrets.  I'm really interested to see what other people post!!  I have a few little things I'll share but I don't have anything major!

1) My favorite all time body lotion I just discovered recently.  It is this:
I had this up in my cupboard from a baby shower for one of my boys but didn't really want them smelling like Lavender (yes, I'm one of those moms).  Well, in desperation due to dry skin, I tried it and fell in love with it.  In less than 24 hours of the first use, my skin was so soft and not dry anymore!!  I recently shared this in one of my "What I'm Loving, Wednesday" posts I love it so much.

2) I am a Merle Norman Fan!

I was introduced to their makeup when I was about 16 years old and have always returned to their stuff.  A few times, when money was tight, I would try different, less expensive items, and always have returned to their products.  I love their lip pencils without a doubt!!  Their eye shadows do not crease and their skin products really do work great!  Every year or so I try to go in for a free makeup update to check out the new colors and products. 

That's all I have :-)  I would love to get manicure's and pedicures every few weeks because I think that well kept nails always make you  feel better about yourself but with two little boys trying to find time to do my own (when little interested fingers won't add finger prints in them . .. ) doesn't fit in well and paying for that is not in the budget!

Looking forward to seeing what others post!

Snickers Pie

This is pure heaven!  A little bit of chocolate, peanut butter and cheesecake all wrapped up together!  Years ago, when I taught school, once a month the parents did a teacher appreciation lunch and one of the moms made this pie!  She was kind enough to share the recipe and this is a family favorite here in the Koll house!

Take 1 15-oz pre-made pie crust and put it in your pie pan.  Bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until very light golden brown.  Remove and reduce the oven temp to 325 degrees.
This recipe calls for 5 - 2.07 oz candy bars - I usually just buy this pack of 8 snack size bars.

 Chop the snickers bars up into pieces.
 Mix together 1/2 cup sugar and 12 ounces of cream cheese until smooth.
 Than add 2 eggs, mixing after each one.
 Mix in 1/3 cup sour cream.

And add 1/3 cup creamy peanut butter.  Beat until smooth. (And than try not to eat it straight out of the bowl.  Seriously.)
 Drop the candy bars into the bottom of the pie crust. 

 Spread the cream cheese filling over the candy bars and cook for 30-40 minutes or until center is set.
 Isn't that pretty?  But wait!  There's more :-)
 Add 3 Tablespoons heavy whipping cream with 2/3 cup chocolate chips and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals to avoid burning - stirring each time until smooth.  (You can do this on the stove top too!)
Spread the chocolate on top and put it in the refrigerator - than enjoy it (try not to eat it all at once.)

Candy Bar Pie (or Snickers Pie)
Pie Crust:
1 (15 oz) package Pillsbury All Ready Pie Crust

5 (2.07 oz) Snickers candy Bars
12 oz Cream Cheese Softened    
     1/2 cup sugar        
2 eggs
1/3 cup sour cream
1/3 cup creamy peanut butter

3 Tablespoons Whipping Cream
3/4 cup chocolate chips

   Heat oven to 450 degrees.  Prepare pie crust according to package directions for filled 1-crust pie, using 9-inch pie pan. Bake at 450 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until very light golden brown.  Remove from oven and cool.  Reduce temperature to 325 degrees. 
   Cut candy bars in half, lengthwise.  Then cut remains in ¼ inch pieces.  Place candy bar pieces over bottom of partially backed crust.
   In a small bowl, combine sugar and cream cheese, beating until smooth.  Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each.  Add sour cream and peanut butter, beating until mixture is smooth.  Pour that mixture over candy bar pieces in the pie crust.  Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until center is set.  Cool Completely.
   For the topping:  In small saucepan, heat whipping cream until warm.  Remove from heat.  Stir in chocolate chips.  Stir until chips are melted and mixture is smooth.  Spread over top of pie.  Refrigerate 2-3 hours before servicing.  Store in refrigerator.  Makes 10 servings

Enjoy :-)

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