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January 20 – National Cheese Lover’s Day

 

Today is National Cheese Lover’s Day!


 
Happy National Cheese Lover’s Day! How will you pay homage to the fromage?

Think of all the things you like to do with cheese: Macaroni and cheese. Grilled cheese. Cheesy potatoes. Cheesecake. With over 900 varieties and seemingly endless possibilities, there’s no wonder it rates its own special day.

A day of celebration for those who “Hanker fer a Hunk o’ Cheese. This brought back memories so I just had to post it.

The Origin of Cheese

Cheese is believed to be one of the oldest processed foods. There is evidence that it has been around nearly as long as humans have been domesticating milk-producing animals like cows and goats. Some of the earliest records of cheese originated with the Sumerians, who recorded cheese making and consuming around the time they invented written language, around 3,500 B.C. The secret is to separate the protein called casein from the milk, transform it into the solid form called curd, and separate it from the liquids, called whey. In fact, Little Miss Muffet’s favorite dish is a basic form of cottage cheese that still has some whey in it.

The Romans believed that cheese making could also be an art form and experimented with the process by adding herbs, spices and vegetable extracts. Later on, monasteries took on most of the cheese-making duties and many of today’s popular cheeses were developed by monks. The cheese-making process migrated to the United States, where the first recorded dedicated cheese making factory was opened in the mid-19th century.

Since we can’t have the day off, we’ll have to find other means to celebrate.

A small handful of suggestions…
 
Baked Fontina
 
A beer and gruyere skillet fondue

Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds Italian Fontina Val d’Aosta cheese, rind removed and 1-inch-diced
1/4 cup good olive oil
6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 crusty French baguette
 
 
 
 
Directions

Preheat the broiler and position the oven rack 5 inches from the heat.

Distribute the cubes of Fontina evenly in a 12-inch cast-iron pan. Drizzle on the olive oil. Combine the garlic, thyme, and rosemary and sprinkle it over the cheese and olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and place the pan under the broiler for 6 minutes, until the cheese is melted and bubbling and starts to brown.

Serve the baked Fontina family-style-right out of the oven in the cast-iron pan with crusty chunks of bread for everyone to dip.

 
Healthy Grilled Cheese
 
grown up grilled cheese

Ingredients
 
2 pieces of a hearty whole wheat bread
1/2 small avocado, sliced
7 small peppadews (tomatos can be substituted)
3 tbsp of crumbled goat cheese
2 to 3 oz. of low sodium oven roasted turkey breast (thinly sliced)
Cooking oil spray
 
 

Directions
 
Sprinkle half the goat cheese onto each slice of bread.

On one piece of bread pack on your avocado and on the other put the turkey. You’ll want to press the avocado and turkey into the goat cheese so it sticks together.

You don’t put the pieces of bread together! Instead you spray your skillet with some cooking oil and turn the heat up to medium high.

After it’s heated, put both halves into the pan and rub them around in the cooking spray so it coats the bread evenly.

After about 3 minutes the bread should look toasty and golden. At this point you’ll want to take the halves off the stove and break apart the peppadews and lay them on top of the avocado. If you’ve never had a peppadew, you’re in for a treat.

Now you’ll have all your ingredients on the bread, pick up the side with the turkey and turn over on the avocado/peppadew side. The turkey will stick to the goat cheese so it won’t fall off!
 
 
And last but not least, have some friends over to celebrate “National Cheese Lovers Day”
 
a wine chocolate and cheese party

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ibotta: How it works

 
 

It has been brought to my attention I did not provide an explanation as to what the ibotta app does or what it’s for. Please see below.
Thank you Simply Eclectic for the heads up.


 
 
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Ibotta is a free mobile app that gives consumers a new way to earn money when they shop. It is a fun and easy way to earn real money. Ibotta pays users cash rewards for learning about and purchasing your favorite products.
 
ibotta phones

It’s easy. Learn about products by taking polls, reading facts, reading recipes or watching short videos – you choose how much or how little. All of these facts together take less than a minute. I was worried about the polls, but so far they have been 1 question and take no time at all. Each fact has a monetary value.

Ibotta works in your favorite retailers including Walmart, Target, Rite Aid, CVS, Walgreens, Vons, Ralphs, King Soopers, just to name a few, with new stores being added all the time.

It’s fast. Get your money within hours of taking a photo of your receipt.

It’s real cash. Earnings can be transferred securely to your PayPal account or donated to any school in America with the click of a button.

It’s personalized. Every time you redeem an offer, they’ll send a new one. Tell them your likes and dislikes and they’ll send you personalized offers.

It’s full of your favorite products. Ibotta sends you offers from all the top brands.

It’s secure. Your information is private and they intend to keep it that way. They never share your email address with anyone.

There is no credit card information stored or kept.
 
Here’s how it works:

1. Go to the ibotta home page

2. Click sign up with email. I created an email account just for ibotta. I wanted to monitor the account for spam and I’ve gotten none so far.

Ibotta registration page

3. Fill out all the information requested.

Ibotta registration

4. A confirmation email will be sent to you. Click on the confirmation link within the email and download the free ibotta app for iphone or Android.

5. Find the app on your phone and log in.

6. Once you’re logged in you will be able to see the ibotta offers. Scroll through your offers, tap on an offer your interested in. Each offer has tasks assigned for a monetary value. You can complete 1 or complete them all. The more offers you choose and redeem the more cash back you’ll earn.

ibotta offer 1

7. Go Shopping. Buy your chosen product offers at any of the major retailers ibotta supports. I try and match the items with paper or ecoupons for even more savings.

8. When you are ready to submit your receipt to ibotta tap the “Redeem” button in the bottom right corner. Choose the store you purchased your items from, if you made purchases from more than one store you’ll have to scan multiple receipts. Take a photo of your receipt and scan product barcode. When you’re done submit your receipt to ibotta. The app will navigate you through this process. Ibotta will verify your purchases and credit your ibotta account.

9. Once ibotta has verified and credited your account you can choose to get your cash loaded into your PayPal account, donated to any school in America or donated to the United Way.

I’ve only had the app a couple of days and have used it once and made $9. My Paypal account was credited within half an hour of my scanned receipts being submitted. So far I am very impressed. If you feel apprehensive about downloading read the reviews when you download the app. The Android app has a 4.6 rating and the iphone app has a 4+ rating.
 
 
 

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Luxurious Solid Brushed 4-Piece Sheet Set

 

Add some Style to your Bedroom Today!


 
Tanga sheets
 
Luxurious Solid Brushed 4-Piece Sheet Set

Sale Price: $99.95 $14.99
Shipping: Add to cart to see price.


 
 
Description:
The crisp, clean feeling of fresh bed linens is the perfect prescription for sweet dreams. Exceptionally breathable, these sheets feature a smooth feel and lustrous finish for a cool, comfortable night’s sleep. They’ll provide lasting vibrancy no matter how often they’re washed, and are made of 100% brushed microfiber that will stay silky soft and wrinkle free for years to come.

Microfiber is finer than silk, environmentally friendly, and can help you get a better night’s sleep. Allergens like pollen granules and dust mites can’t get entangled in the tiny microfiber strands.

Available in 4 different sizes!
 
Features:

100% Polyester
Machine washable
Microfiber material
Unique patterns and colors
Luxurious microfiber sheet set

Dimensions:

Twin: pillowcase: 20”x30”; flat sheet: 66”x96”; fitted sheet: 39”x75”
Full: pillowcase: 20”x 30”; flat sheet: 80”x96”; fitted sheet: 54”x75”
Queen: pillowcase: 20”x30”; flat sheet: 90”x97”; fitted sheet: 60”x80”
King: pillowcase: 20”x40”; flat sheet: 106”x97”; fitted sheet: 78″x80”
 
Shipping Information:

Shipping Price: Add to Cart to See Price!
Shipping Time: In transit within 5-10 business days. (more info)
Return Policy: Returns available within 30 days. (more info)
Availability: Ships to U.S. (No AK/HI, No P.O. Boxes, and No Military Addresses)
 
 
 
 

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January 16 – International Hot & Spicy Food Day

 
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Could you use a little more spice in their life? Well today is “International Hot & Spicy Food Day”. Eating spicy food actually has excellent health benefits.

Celebrate “International Hot and Spicy Food Day” by adding a few peppers and hot sauce to your food.
Use the Chile Pepper Cheat sheet to make sure you can handle the heat in any recipe.
 
 
 
 
CHILE PEPPER CHEAT SHEET

Chili pepper
Pick Your Pepper
 
 
 
 
The Scoville scale measures a chile’s heat. We’ve rated the perfect peppers from mild poblanos to hot habaneros.

Check out these Hot & Spicy recipes
 
 
 
 

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January 15 – National Strawberry Ice Cream Day

 

Today is National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!


 
Fresh-Strawberry-Ice-CreamIce cream in January? Really? Normally eating ice cream in January would be ok on the west coast, but this year OMGosh it’s cold. Even with the cold weather outside, it won’t stop us from observing National Strawberry Ice Cream Day!

Have you ever noticed fast food chains feature vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry flavors of milkshakes? That’s because the three top flavors of ice cream are vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, Neapolitan ice cream would be a smart choice for those who can’t make up their minds!

Of all the flavors of ice cream, none shows a greater difference in quality and taste between store-bought and homemade than strawberry.
 
A Couple of Fun Facts:

  • Dolley Madison served strawberry ice cream at President Madison’s second Inaugural Ball in 1813
  • One of the earliest documented uses of strawberry ice cream comes from 1744 when Maryland’s Governor Thomas Bladen began serving strawberry ice cream to impress dignitaries and other house guests.
  • In a survey conducted by the International Ice Cream Association, strawberry is the third most popular ice cream flavor, favored by 5.3% of the population.
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    SUGGESTION: Make your own ice cream! You can use the ice cream recipes below.
     
     
    Feel free to use an ice cream maker if you have one or use one of the non-machine methods below:
     
     
    Easiest Ice Cream Ever

    Ingredients: 2 cups buttermilk and 1.5 cups strawberry jam

    Directions: Stir the buttermilk into the jam. Pour into a freezer tray and freeze. Cut into chunks and place into a chilled mixer bowl. Whip until fluffy. Return to tray and cover & freeze until firm. Spoon into sherbet dishes and serve, using crushed strawberries and mint as a garnish (optional)
     
     
    Even Easier Strawberry Ice Cream

    Ingredients:

    • 2 1/2 cups very cold light cream (or half-and-half)
    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • One 1.25 pound package unsweetened strawberries, frozen

    Directions: Put all the ingredients in the food processor (or bowl) and process (or use hand mixer) until combined, the cream and strawberries forming soft peaks and bits of berry still visible. Put the ice cream in the freezer in airtight container for several hours. Stir once after 2 hours or when edges start to harden. Best served immediately but it keeps pretty well for about a week.
     
     
     

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ibotta “Share the Love” $5 Bonus Ending Soon

 
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SIGN UP HERE!


 
Ibotta Phones
 

SIGN UP HERE!


 

Start earning money today.
Ibotta is a fun and easy way to earn money each time you go shopping.
The app is available for both iphone and android.
The more you use it, the better and more personalized your offers become.

 
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The “Share The Love” bonus of $5 for signing up will be ending this Friday (01/11) at 12:00 PST.

To receive your $5 bonus you must redeem one successful offer from the product gallery.

As long as you sign up here by Friday, 1/11 by noon PST, you will still qualify for the $5 bonus. You will then have until Thursday, January 17th at midnight PST to redeem your first successful offer and receive your $5 bonus.
You can go HERE to download this FREE app.

 
Currently, Ibotta works in every:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • Walgreens
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • RiteAid
  • Kroger
  • Safeway
  • Publix
  • Stop & Shop
  • Fred Meyer
  • King Soopers
  • Ralphs
  • H-E-B
  • Meijer
  • Vons
  • Duane Reade
  • Smith’s
  • Fry’s
  • Pick ‘N Save
  • Dominicks
  • Pavilions
  • Tom Thumb
  • Dillons
  • ShopRite
  • Giant Eagle
  • QFC
  • Harris Teeter
  • Randalls
  • Food 4 Less
  • Hy-Vee
  • CityMarket
  • WinCo Foods
  • 7-Eleven
  • United States Armed Forces Commissary
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    Please note that this does not include retailer affiliates, if the affiliates are included they will be specifically mentioned above.

     
     
     
     

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Late Christmas Deals – Good for 1 day

 
White laundry boots - SOLD OUT
 
Women’s Kipp Boot
by: Chinese Laundry

List Price: $129.95
Sale Price: $49.99
You Save: $84.96 (65%)
 
 
Incorporate some sexy swing and movement into your outfit with these fun Kipp boots from Chinese Laundry. This mid-calf boot features three rows of fantastic brown suede fringe, an almond toe, and a 3 ½ inch stacked heel. Playful and on-trend, these boots would be prefect paired with skinny jeans and a tunic top.
 

 
Hp 15.6 inch Pavilion Laptop - SOLD OUT

Hp 15.6″ Pavilion Laptop – 8gb Memory – 750gb Hard Drive – Natural Silver
by: HP

List Price: $999.95
Sale Price: $509.99
You Save: $489.96 (48%)

 

3rd Gen Intel® CoreTM i5-3210M processor Features a 2.5GHz processor speed with Turbo Boost up to 3.1GHz. Intel® CoreTM i5 processor Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 8GB DDR3 SDRAM Multiformat DVD±RW/CD-RW drive Create custom DVDs and CDs; supports DVD-RAM. 15.6″ LED-backlit high-definition widescreen display With BrightView technology and 1366 × 768 resolution showcases movies and games in stunning clarity.

Wirelessly transmits streamed or downloaded movies, TV shows, music, photos and more from your . 750GB hard drive (5400 rpm) Offers spacious storage and fast read/write times. HP ProtectSmart Hard Drive Protection guards against bumps and falls.

Built-in fingerprint reader Protects sensitive information. Intel® HD Graphics 4000 Feature up to 1696MB total video memory for lush images. HDMI output for connection to an HDTV.

Built-in TrueVision HD webcam with microphone Makes it easy to video chat with family and friends. Multiformat media reader Supports Memory Stick, Memory Stick PRO, MultiMediaCard, Secure Digital and xD-Picture Card formats. 3 USB 3.0 ports and 1 USB 2.0 port For fast digital video, audio and data transfer. Built-in Intel® high-speed wireless LAN (802.11b/g Connect to the Internet without wires.

Built-in 10/100/1000 Gigabit Ethernet LAN Weighs 5.3 lbs. and measures just 1″ thin For easy portability. Full-size, island-style keyboard with numeric keypad allows easy data entry, and the backlit design allows use in dim light. Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition 64-bit operating system preinstalled with Service Pack 1 (SP1) Provides a stable platform for word processing,

Web navigation, gaming, media storage and more. Software package included With Windows Media Player, CyberLink YouCam DE and more. Bluetooth interface Easily link with other Bluetooth-enabled devices, such as a mobile phone or MP3 player.

This product is refurbished.
 
 
 

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Last minute shopping

 

Last Minute Deals at Wal-Mart, Target, Bloomingdales and others.


 
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I found this article on Yahoo.com and wanted to share it with everyone.
 
The article explains what retailers are doing to lure in you procrastinators.
 
From extended store hours to store gift cards for certain purchases.
 
Happy Holidays. Good Luck!!
 
 
 
 

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Burger King Whopper B1G1

 

Just had to quickly share this B1G1 offer.
I know the big push is on to get your holiday shopping done and sometimes you just don’t feel like cooking.

What’s better than a B1G1 offer.

Burger King B1G1

This burger is on my list of top 3 burgers.

Print and drive thru when you’re to busy to cook.


 
 
 
 

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December 14 – Target’s Daily Deal

 
Guys look good in pea coats, and bargains look good in your budget.
We think everything’s looking pretty good right about now.

Merona® Men’s Peacoat – Assorted Colors (Charcoal Heather, Ebony, Navy, Olive)

Target Daily Deal 12.14.12 - Mens Peacoat
 
 
List Price: $64.99
Online Price: $40.00
You Save: $24.99 (38%)
4.5 Customer Rating


 
 
 
 
 
Sizing: Men with a Classic Fit
Protective Features: Wrinkle Resistant, Wind Resistant
Garment Detail: Fully Lined
Material: 61 % Wool, 30 % Polyester, 9 % Other Fiber
Fabric Weight: Heavyweight Fabric Construction
Collar Style: Wide Lapels Collar
Sleeve Length: Long Sleeves
Closure Style: Button Front Closures
Pocket Style: Slant Side Pockets
Care and Cleaning: Dry Clean Only
 
 
 

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