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I’m Back – And Why I Was Away

 

Hi everyone.  I’ve been away from my blog for two weeks now and I’ve been missing it.  Originally, I got overwhelmed with the start of school (I’m a high school counselor) and just didn’t have enough time in a day.  Then, I picked up a nasty virus that had me down and out for over a week.  The next phase was double pink eye!  I’m just now able to talk above a whisper and don’t sound like a bullfrog in heat.

Although I strive to get the deals up and done in a timely fashion, sometimes life catches up with me.  I fully intend to get the grocery store and drug store deals up this week as well as some freebies and deals.  Sorry for any inconvenience my absence may have caused you.

Gina

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From Coupons to Cuisine – Episode 5 (Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops)

 

Welcome to our next installment of From Coupons to Cuisine – a joint endeavor with my husband, Gary.  Gary is the cook in our family and has a blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food, that features his recipes.  I thought it would be fun to use my couponing skills with his cooking prowess and create recipes using the weekly sales at ShopRite. (My grocery store of choice!)

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This week’s recipe, Easy Crock Pot Pork Chops, utilizes the pork chops on sale at ShopRite this week for $1.99 lb.  Not only is recipe OMG delicious, it is made in the crock pot.  Several of you have asked for more crock pot recipes, so we thought we’d take that to heart.  Gary isn’t a big crock pot person, but he’s accepted the challenge.  What he came up with is definitely going to be a regular in our house!  Enjoy, and please let us know what you think.

 

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From Coupons to Cuisine – Episode 4

 

Welcome to our next installment of From Coupons to Cuisine – a joint endeavor with my husband, Gary.  Gary is the cook in our family and has a blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food, that features his recipes.  I thought it would be fun to use my couponing skills with his cooking prowess and create recipes using the weekly sales at ShopRite. (My grocery store of choice!)

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This week, ShopRite has chicken breast and ground Butterball turkey on sale for $1.99 lb (and there’s a coupon!).  Because both are on sale, we have two recipes for you this week.

The first recipe is called Chicken a la Steven and is a really quick and easy one.  In addition to the chicken being on sale, several of the recipe’s ingredients are on sale as well:

  • Boneless chicken breast 1.99 lb STOCK UP PRICE
  • SR baby Bella mushrooms 1.99
  • Red Pack tomatoes .88 STOCK UP PRICE
  • Pride of Thailand jasmine rice 2 lbs 1.99 (To serve with the chicken)
  • Dole salad blends 2.00 (for your veggie)

This recipe happens to be one of our son’s favorites (hence the name) and is really good heated up as leftovers/lunches.

The second recipe, Lettuce Wraps, utilizes the ground Butterball turkey on sale this week. Not only are these absolutely delicious, they are low carb.  Instead of wrapping the filling into a tortilla, you use Boston lettuce (also called Bibb lettuce).  Although not as many of the other ingredients are included in this week’s sale, you might want to buy the ground turkey for the freezer and remember this recipe for a later date.

Please let us know how you liked these recipes.  We’re always looking for feedback!

 

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From Coupons to Cuisine – Episode 3

Welcome to our second installment of From Coupons to Cuisine – a joint endeavor with my husband, Gary.  Gary is the cook in our family and has a blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food, that features his recipes.  I thought it would be fun to use my couponing skills with his cooking prowess and create recipes using the weekly sales at ShopRite. (My grocery store of choice!)

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This week, ShopRite has ground beef on sale for $1.99 lb.  Since this is a stock up price, Gary and I thought we’d give you several recipes that make use of ground beef:

In addition,  don’t forget the sides to round out your meal.  Here are some items on sale this week that would go well with your main course:

  • Asparagus 1.99 lb
  • Cauliflower 2.50
  • SR frozen veggies .99
  • Annie’s Mac & Cheese 2/$3 – must buy 2
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From Coupons to Cuisine – Episode 2

 

Welcome to our second installment of From Coupons to Cuisine – a joint endeavor with my husband, Gary.  Gary is the cook in our family and has a blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food, that features his recipes.  I thought it would be fun to use my couponing skills with his cooking prowess and create recipes using the weekly sales at ShopRite. (My grocery store of choice!)

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This week, ShopRite has baby back pork ribs on sale for $1.99 lb.  Since this is a stock up price, Gary and I thought we’d give you an easy way to make ribs.  All of the ingredients are on sale this week, and you can round out your meal with other sale items.  What you’ll need:

  • Baby back pork ribs $1.99 lb
  • Apple juice $.99
  • Barbecue sauce – You have several to choose from
    Kraft BBQ sauce 1.25
    Sticky Fingers BBQ sauce $.77
    Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce $1.77

Here are a few ideas to serve with your delicious ribs:

  • Kraft Mac & Cheese $.77
  • Dole Salad Blends $2.00
  • BBQ Baked beans (from A Real Dad Makes Real Food)

 

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From Coupons to Cuisine – Episode 1

 

Welcome to our first installment of From Coupons to Cuisine – a joint endeavor with my husband, Gary.  Gary is the cook in our family and has a blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food, that features his recipes.  I thought it would be fun to use my couponing skills with his cooking prowess and create recipes using the weekly sales at ShopRite. (My grocery store of choice!)

This week (1/21 – 1/27/18), Gary and I are featuring two recipes based on what you’ll find on sale at ShopRite:  Bacon Wrapped, Maple Glazed Pork Roast and Banana Pudding.   The pork roast is on sale for $1.99 lb and ShopRite bacon is also a low $1.99 as well.  Gary’s pork recipe calls for apples in the stuffing, but you can easily substitute the Anjou or Bosc pears, which are $1.69 lb this week.  The pudding recipe requires bananas, which are on sale for $.49 lb, and eggs, which are FREE this week.

To round out your dinner, you can also add mashed potatoes to your meal.  Potatoes are on sale for $1.49.  If you want to fancy it up a bit, you can always add roasted garlic and a brick of cream cheese ($.99!) to your mashed potatoes. (You’ll find an easy roasted garlic recipe HERE.) Gary always adds cream cheese to his mashed potatoes because it makes them extra creamy.  Of course, you’ll need a vegetable, so make sure you also throw some Birds Eye Steamfresh veggies for $.99 into your grocery cart.

Please let us know how these recipes worked out for you.  You can find Gary on his Facebook Page or you can leave him a comment on his website.  Of course, you know where to find me!

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Happy New Year – I’m Glad to Say Goodbye to 2017

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As many of you know, 2017 was a tough year for me.  Here are just the highlights:

  • My best friend lost her mom in February
  • My mom was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in February and died in April.
  • My husband lost his job in May and still can’t find one
  • The woman renting my house in Enfield decided not to pay rent anymore.  She’s been in the house for a year without paying rent.  I filed for eviction in April and the housing court still hasn’t given me a court date.  Still waiting.
  • The woman renting my house decided to move out this month.  She trashed her bedroom and left garbage and other not family friendly things all over.  I get to pay to have it cleaned up, painted, and all the furniture and trash hauled away. (It smelled like feces and cigarette smoke in her bedroom.  We found both.)

As you can imagine, I’m very happy to say goodbye to 2017.  Basically, it sucked.  However, one of the highlights in my year has been Gina’s Kokopelli and all the readers who have left me kind messages and made me laugh.  Knowing I needed to do grocery store match ups and post deals and freebies kept me going.  I had something else to focus on besides all the crap.

So as we bid 2017 a don’t-let-the-door-hit-you-in-the-ass goodbye, I wish you and your families a warm and safe new year.

Gina

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. I am very thankful for all of you, my readers, who make what I do so much fun and rewarding for me. Please enjoy your day!

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Where in Connecticut? – The Breakfast Nook (Review)

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My husband, Gary, and I like to try new places to eat.  In our travels around Connecticut, we’ll often pick an interesting looking restaurant or take a recommendation from a friend and try something new.  I thought it was time to write about our experiences so others can benefit.  Gina’s Kokopelli is about saving and using money wisely.  Therefore, I want to pass on my experiences at different (independent, not chain) restaurants to help you use your money wisely.  

Restaurant The Breakfast Nook,  448 Washington Ave. North Haven, CT 06473
Atmosphere/Setting
 – 9/10
Food – 8/10
Service – 8/10
Price Point – Good Deal
Score – Highly Recommend!!

I can’t lie and say today was the first time I’ve been to The Breakfast Nook; however, today I went expressly to be able to write my review.  I discovered The Breakfast Nook when my BFF and I went a few months ago.  She had been before and really liked it.  I’m always up for trying new places.  I admit I’ve been back many times since.

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For today’s meal, I ordered two eggs over medium with toast.  I often will get just an egg or two because it’s so incredibly inexpensive.  One egg with toast is just $1.95; two eggs is $2.50!  It’s more than enough food for me.  The eggs were done exactly to order and the toast is made with homemade bread they get from a local bakery.  Gary is someone who loves variety, so although he can’t eat much (we’ve both had gastric bypass) he always orders an enormous breakfast.  His breakfast had two pieces of French toast (made with homemade bread), three scrambled eggs, two sausage links, two strips of bacon, home fries, and toast for $11.99.  According to Gary, the eggs, which he always orders done “soft”, were perfect.  This is a big deal since rarely does this happen.  For some reason, restaurants almost always cooked scrambled eggs “hard” and they are way too done for him.

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Because Gary always orders a huge breakfast, I rarely order my own home fries because there are plenty for me to steal off his plate.  The home fries were very tasty and not at all dry.  Furthermore, they were made with regular, fresh potatoes and not ones from a can like that other place I told you about.  Gary said the French toast was really good, too.  (He’s kind of a French Toast snob, so this is high praise!!)

All in all, I would highly recommend The Breakfast Nook.  Just note they are only open until 2 PM and are absolutely mobbed on weekends and holidays.  If you want to check it out, go early on a weekend or stick to a week day.

 

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My Favorite Way to Make Zucchini and Summer Squash

 

After a long hiatus, my hubby finally posted something new on his food blog, A Real Dad Makes Real Food.  He’s a great cook and I’ve been bugging him to write up more of his recipes.  This one, grilled zucchini and summer squash, is one of my favorite summer vegetable dishes.  Not only do I devour this warm, I love putting cold leftovers in my salads the next day.

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