5,000 Fan Celebration ~ Coach Purse Giveaway!

I am so excited to say that the Confessions of a Coupon Queen Facebook page is over 5,000 fans now!  I think it’s safe to say that the fans love all of the giveaways, meal planning ideas, coupon previews, and store ad sneak peeks.  So, to celebrate you, our wonderful fans,  we are giving away a Coach purse!

This awesome Coach purse is tan leather with light blue interior and brass hardware.  It’s got plenty of pockets for all of your gadgets, keys, etc.  This classic Coach purse is one you’ll have for a long, long time!

Enter via the Rafflecopter below.  Contest runs from Wednesday, October 31st and ends on Sunday night, November 4th.  Good Luck!

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Meal Planning Monday ~ Eating Clean

          This week’s Meal Planning Monday post is written by my good friend, Julie Brawley.  By her own admission, she is obsessed with cooking, and currently has two food blogs, Eating Clean 4 Life and Gluten-Free for Life.

            Thanks Christine for inviting me to guest blog and share my quest for “clean eating.”

            Studying food and nutrition has always interested me and I really enjoy cooking.  A few years ago, I was having some unexplained health issues.  I was bound and determined to figure out what was causing the problem.  I started doing extensive research and the first thing I decided to do was give up my Diet Coke because of the aspartame.  Guess what?  The unexplained health issues disappeared!!  This discovery sparked in me a relentless drive to do more research on certain ingredients in my food.  It was alarming to me that my food was full of additives and preservatives, many that could make my family sick!  It was disgusting – but what could I do?

            Then in 2009, I took a trip to Italy.  For about nine days, everything I ate was 100% natural ingredients – ZERO processed foods.  I was staying with friends that lived 100% off of their land.  I was blown away by how wonderful the food tasted, and there were no man-made ingredients added to their food.  I must also add that I felt amazing!  When I got home from Italy, I immediately threw out everything in my home that contained additives.  I researched and bought a TON of cookbooks that focused on using only natural ingredients, which is what “clean eating” is all about.

            Since I create websites for a living,  I decided to share with the world my passion for clean eating by sharing recipes that I have “cleaned up” – plus tips, tools, and advice on how you too can lead a “clean eating” life.  I hope you enjoy this week’s Meal Plan of clean eating recipes!

Monday ~ Diablo Pot Roast, pictured above

Tuesday ~  White Chicken Chili served with Corn Bread

Wednesday ~ Crock Pot Lasagna and Salad with Italian Dressing

Thursday ~ Spicy Tilapia with Italiano Green Beans

Friday ~ Beef Stew with Corn Bread

Saturday ~ Turkey Barley Stew

Sunday ~ Mongolian Beef and Jasmine Rice

 

 

 

 

Celebrate the Weekend with a Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Welcome to the Happy October

Weekend Giveaway

It’s the final weekend of October which means this is our last one…. Hope you have enjoyed them!

This week we are giving away a

$25.00 Target Gift Card!

 

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.

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Meal Planning Monday ~ Happy Halloween!

This week’s post is by Leah Kelley.

Halloween is my favorite holiday.  I love everything about it from pumpkins to zombies.  I especially love decorating and baking for Halloween.  Over the weekend, I made dinner in a pumpkin.  It looked kind of gross and my husband was a bit hesitant to eat it, but Derrick and the kids ended up loving it.  I also made Mummy hot dogs for the kids’ lunch this weekend.  You would be surprised what ordinary lunches and dinners can be turned into awesome Halloween-themed meals!  Pinterest has been a great source of finding Halloween meal ideas.  Here are a few of my favorite Halloween meals that you and your kids will love.

Ghost Popsicles ~ (Pictured above.)  My kids went crazy over these!  Slice a banana in half, place a Popsicle stick in flat end, and then dip in vanilla yogurt.  Place 2 chocolate chips toward the top of the banana for eyes and freeze for 4 to 5 hours.  The original recipe called for white chocolate but I used yogurt instead that way I felt good about serving my kids popsicles.

Mummy Hot Dogs ~ This meal is super easy and super cheap.  Grab a can of crescent rolls and a pack of hot dogs.  (I found both on sale and paid $2 for both!)  Roll out the dough so the seams are together.  Cut into thin strips, then wrap around the hot dog.  Aren’t they cute?

Halloween Cinnamon Rolls ~ I haven’t tried these yet but they look amazing.  The recipe called for rainbow sprinkles but I’m going to substitute black and orange sprinkles and also tint the icing orange.

Pumpkin Quesadillas ~  These are super cute!  Take two tortillas and sprinkle cheddar cheese on one.  Take the other one cut out the face of a pumpkin.  Place pumpkin cut-out tortilla on top of the other one, then pop in the microwave for about 25 seconds.

Dinner in a Pumpkin ~ The recipe calls for ground turkey, mushrooms, onions, celery, rice, cream of mushroom soup, brown sugar and soy sauce, all baked inside of a pumpkin.  The thought of soy sauce and brown sugar scared me a bit but I was surprised it went together so well.  Here’s a picture of my pumpkin dinner and the recipe.

Dinner in a Pumpkin Recipe:

1 pound ground turkey
1 medium onion, chopped
1 cup chopped celery or water chestnuts
1 cup fresh mushrooms, chopped
1 1/2 cup cooked rice
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1/4 cup milk
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 medium pumpkin

Cut off the top of a pumpkin and clean the insides out.  Brown your meat in a large skillet with the onions and celery.  While the meat mixture is browning, cook your rice according to the package directions.  In large bowl, blend meat mixture, rice, soup, soy sauce, and brown sugar.  Spoon into pumpkin and replace the lid.  Set the pumpkin on a cookie sheet to capture any spills.  Bake in the oven at 350 degrees for an hour or until pumpkin insides are soft.  Leave the lid on the pumpkin while it is baking to hold in the heat.

Delivery.com $40 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Welcome to the Delivery.com $40.00 Gift Certificate Giveaway

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ONE lucky Winner will receive a $40.00 Discount Code to use on an order of food. You can have the food delivered or picked up (depending on location). In addition the code can only be used for restaurants that have “gift card” listed in the “pay by” column in the page that shows the restaurants that deliver to you. You can find a list of restaurants in your area that can either deliver to you or have some wonderful food ready for you by entering your address in the search box on Delivery.com.

What a great way to get Dinner out of the way without all the hassle!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over. Enter in the Rafflecopter below

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All You Magazine Giveaway

Welcome to the Happy October

Weekend Giveaway

This week we are giving away a

YEAR Subscription to All You Magazine

Confessions of a Coupon Queen is happy to bring you this great giveaway for a 1-year subscription to the magazine any serious couponer can’t be without – All You!  It’s chock full of coupons plus tons of tips on meal planning and money-saving ideas!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.

Enter in the rafflecopter below!
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Halloween Giveaway ~ $50 Costume Gift Card

Welcome to the Halloween In Style Giveaway!

Sponsored by HalloweenCostumes.com

and Hosted by Confessions of a Coupon Queen, Frugal 4 Four, Loving Life as Mommy & Dixieland Deals

One LUCKY winner will receive a $50.00 Site Credit to HalloweenCostumes.com so you can suit up your little goblins, princesses, or super heroes in style!

This giveaway is open to US residents 18 and over.

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Good Luck!

Giveaway will run 10/17 to 10/23/2012 at 11:59pm

Disclosure: I received no compensation for this publication. My opinions are my own and may differ from those of your own.Your Strong Tower/ Confessions of a Coupon Queen is not responsible for sponsor prize shipment.

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Discover the Magic of Meal Planning ~ December 6th

Does the question, “What’s for Dinner?” cause you stress on a regular basis?  If so, “Magic of Meal Planning” Workshop is for you!  In this fun and informative one-hour workshop, you’ll learn how the simple strategies of Meal Planning can save you time, stress, and money when it comes to feeding your family! You’ll learn the Meal Planning basics, how to save time and money with Freezer Cooking, and get tips and recipes that will help you get a delicious dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

 Only $10!  Satisfaction Guaranteed!

 Includes a FREE copy of Christine’s e-book, “The Coupon Sisters Get Cooking”!

 SPACE IS LIMITED – PREPAYMENT REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

 Thursday, December 6th @ 7 PM

Vineyard Christian Church, Florence, KY

RSVP to Strongtower.christine@gmail.com


Meal Planning Monday ~ Pumpkins Galore

           October is National Pumpkin Month, and I am definitely celebrating!  I love cooking with pumpkin, especially when it’s combined with cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice.  Canned pumpkin is on sale just about everywhere right now, so I am stocking my pantry with it so I’ll have plenty to last me through the winter.  I am finding all kinds of creative ways to use pumpkin, and I thought I’d share them with you this week.

  • Christine’s Power Pumpkin Muffins ~ I posted this recipe a few months ago on my blog.  These delicious, hearty muffins make a great breakfast or snack.  I make double batches and freeze them.  Thaw them out on the counter for an hour or two, or defrost them in the microwave.  I like to warm mine up in the microwave for about 30 seconds, and then slather them with a little butter and honey.
  • Pumpkin Spice Pancakes ~ I start with my favorite pancake recipe that I got from my Uncle John.  I add a cup of pumpkin, a scoop or two of vanilla protein powder, a teaspoon of cinnamon (or pumpkin pie spice), and ¼ cup of chopped walnuts.  These also freeze and reheat well, too.
  • Pumpkin Spice Latte ~ Nothing heralds the beginning of Fall like the annual comeback of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte!  Unfortunately, my wallet can’t handle buying too many of them, and neither can my hips.  Thankfully, I found this copy-cat recipe that is light on calories and inexpensive to make.  Score!
  • Roasted Pumpkin Bowls ~ Here’s a cool way to add some flair to a Fall dinner party!  Serve pumpkin soup, beef stew, or chili in a roasted pumpkin bowl.  You can even eat the pumpkin when you’re finished with your soup.  Click here to see how.
  • Toasted Pumpkin Seeds ~ Don’t throw away those pumpkin seeds after helping your kids carve jack-o-lanterns this year.  Those little seeds are full of vitamins and minerals, and can be toasted and flavored a variety of ways.  How about some Caramelized Spicy Pumpkin Seeds?  Or Cajun Spiced Pumpkin Seeds?  Maybe some Drunken Pumpkin Seeds soaked in whiskey?  Yes, please!
  • Pumpkin Spice Cake ~ Pumpkin Spice Cake with cream cheese frosting is by far my favorite way to enjoy pumpkin!  I use the recipe from the “Cake Mix Doctor Cookbook,” by Anne Bryn, below.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

 

Pumpkin Spice Cake

From The Cake Mix Doctor by Anne Bryn

  • 1 Package Spice Cake Mix (18.25 oz.)
  • 1 Package Vanilla Instant Pudding Mix (3.4 oz.)
  • 1 Cup of Pumpkin, canned or fresh (mashed)
  • ½ Cup of Oil
  • ½ Cup of Water
  • 3 Large Eggs
  • 1 Teaspoon of Ground Cinnamon
  • ½ Teaspoon of Ground Ginger
  • 1 Tub of Cream Cheese Frosting
  • ½ Cup of Chopped Pecans

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Spray a 13 x 9 inch pan with cooking spray.
  2. Place all ingredients, except frosting and pecans, in a large mixing bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer on low for 1 minute.  Scrape down sides of bowl and blend on medium for 2 minutes.  Pour batter into prepared pan and place in the oven on the middle rack.
  3. Bake the cake until it springs back when lightly pressed, 32 to 35 minutes.  Allow cake to cool.
  4. Frost cake with the cream cheese frosting.  Sprinkle with chopped pecans.  Slice cake into squares and serve.

Practical Couponing Workshop ~ November 29th

Learn How to Turn Coupons Into Cash!

 

Are you intimidated, yet awe-struck, by the show, “Extreme Couponing?”  Don’t be fooled into thinking that you have to spend 40 hours a week and devote an entire room of your house to your stockpile!  The truth is, I can teach you how to invest just a few hours a week to help save your family time, stress, and money.  I like to call it “Practical Couponing!”

 This two hour workshop will provide you with all of the information you need to hit the ground running and start saving NOW with proven coupon strategies!  You will learn how to use coupons to immediately begin saving $200-$300 per month, or more!  You will have a chance to get all of your questions answered.

 Only $20!  Satisfaction Guaranteed!

 Includes a FREE copy of Christine’s e-book, “Confessions of a Coupon Queen”!

 SPACE IS LIMITED – PREPAYMENT REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT!

 Thursday, November 29th @ 7 PM

Vineyard Christian Church, Florence, KY

RSVP to Strongtower.christine@gmail.com

 

Here’s what participants are saying about the workshop:

 We saved $57 on our food bill the first week after taking your class. That was a 31% savings on all name brand products. Mary has a goal of saving 50% by the end of the month. Just at 30% that equals $2,964.00 per year! Who can’t benefit from that? Christine, thank you!  ~ Herb & Mary Johnson