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Looking for something fun and frugal to do with the family? Click on this link to get a FREE game of bowling now through May 24! Head over here to locate the participating bowling alley closest to you.

Thanks, Lisa

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All About Coconut Oil: Baking with coconut oil

by Angela Davis on April 24, 2015

How to Bake with Coconut Oil: How to use coconut oil instead of butter and a huge list of tested baking recipes using coconut oil!

Now that we know how awesome coconut oil is and the benefits it holds for our body we can dive into how to bake with it.

Coconut Oil vs. Butter

In baked goods coconut oil acts just like butter. In fact, some people even spread it on their morning toast. Coconut oil can be substituted for butter at a 1:1 ratio. It melts the same at a temperature of 76 degrees.

It does have a slight coconutty taste so that will come through in your baking. If you can’t handle the taste Expeller Pressed coconut oil has gone through a gentle deodorizing process to remove the scent and taste. Coconut oil should be stored in a cool, dark place but NOT the refrigerator. Coconut oil will keep for two years if stored properly.

How to Measure Coconut Oil

When a recipe calls for a specific amount, say 1/4 cup, you would measure out 1/4 cup solid coconut oil and then melt in the microwave or stovetop until just melted but not boiling. If you’re using the microwave, (2) 25 second seconds typically do the trick. Obviously, every microwave will be different so be sure to test yours out with a smaller amount of time, starting with ten seconds at a time.

Once you are ready to mix it into your ingredients make sure to stir quickly so it doesn’t become solid. Coconut oil works best when the other ingredients are room temperature.

Here are some of our favorite ways to use coconut oil in baking:

Use it to grease your pans. It’s a great alternative if you are moving away from non-stick spray.

Substitute it for butter in cookie and cake recipes. Remember, use coconut oil 1:1 with butter (melt it first). Refrigerate the dough for 15 minutes before cooking. Another good starting place are these Chewy Coconut Oatmeal Cookies. For a gluten-free option, try this Coconut Flour Orange Cake with Coconut Oil Frosting. Take the famous no-bake oatmeal cookie made a little healthier (in this recipe I omit the quinoa).

One thing to note: Don’t mess with shortbread cookies. Those puppies NEED butter.

Substitute it for oil in pancakes or waffles. Smitten Kitchen’s Good to the Grain Oatmeal Pancakes are the BEST. Don’t miss the Coconut Pancakes. So delicious! (ONLY if you haven’t had a wheat pancake for at least two weeks or you will not enjoy these.)

Use it to make a bar crust or other graham cracker crust. Whole Living’s Lemon Coconut Tofu Squares are delightful. (Yes, I know. Tofu? You couldn’t taste it at all! Try it.) Grandmother’s pie crust recipe? Apparently it’s been done. Try the Never Fail (dairy-free) Pie Crust.

Here are some other delicious sweet treats using coconut oil:

Raw Key Lime Tartlets. Add coconut whipped cream to finish it off.

Make your own chocolate bar.

Our Maple Cluster Granola is a hit and so are the Thick & Chewy Peanut Butter Granola Bars.

Pumpkin Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough are a delicious after-school treat.

Make Kiwi or other fruit popsicles for a healthy summer treat.

Homemade Magic Shell – Combine 7 ounces of chopped chocolate (dark, milk, or bittersweet) and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil. Heat in the microwave on 50% power for 30 second increments until completely melted. Let it cool slightly. Serve over cold ice cream. Store in the cupboard for up to 2 weeks.

When making well-known recipes experiment with coconut oil to see if it will still turn out the same. In most cases, it does.

What are you favorite recipes to substitute coconut oil for butter or other oils?

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Make sure you check out the Cooking with Coconut Oil: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free Recipes for Good Living cookbook on Amazon!

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Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day is the Vivere Double Hammock with Space-Saving Steel Stand for $94.49 right now. This is Amazon’s lowest ever price, and is regularly priced around $160. This might make a fun Mother’s Day gift!

  • Double hammock with space-saving stand
  • Hammock is 100-Percent cotton
  • Space-Saving 9-foot stand is constructed of heavy duty steel and assembles in minutes without any tools
  • Carrying case is included
  • Hammock bed is 63 x 95 inches, with a total length of 130 inches; accommodates two adults, 450-pound capacity

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FREE Disney Side Stick Figure Decal (limited time)

by Angela Davis on April 24, 2015

Bust over to Disney Side to create your own Disney Side stick figure family decal for FREE! Just click the “Build Now” graphic above to get started!

This offer is only available for a short time and will definitely run out quickly, so jump on it now!

Click the graphic above to get started!

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Dollar Tree Deals for April 22 – 29

by Angela Davis on April 24, 2015

Here are this week’s Dollar Tree deals. Product availability varies by region and by store, so your store may not have the same selection. Find the full list of this week’s Dollar Tree deals, plus a printable list feature, here.

Roman Meal Bread Loaf priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon (zip 62946)
FREE after coupon

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts (8 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Splenda (50 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Welch’s Fruit Snacks priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

SuperPretzel Bites (9 oz) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Swiffer Duster priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon or here (or from 3/29 P&G insert)
FREE after coupon

AcneFree priced at $1
Use $2/1 coupon from 3/15 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Boogie Wipes (12 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Crest Complete Clean or 3D White Toothpaste (3.5 oz) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon (zip 90210) or from 3/15 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Breathe Right Nasal Strips (10 ct) priced at $1
Use $1.50/1 coupon from 1/25 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Efferdent Denture Tablets (16 ct) priced at $1
Use $2/1 coupon from 3/22 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Infusium 23 (16 oz) priced at $1
Use $2/1 coupon from 3/22 SS insert
FREE after coupon

L’Oreal Gloss Burst Lip Gloss priced at $1
Use $2/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

L’Oreal Sublime Sun priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon (or from 4/12 RP insert)
FREE after coupon

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Product priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Airborne priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 1/11 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Alka Seltzer Cold Plus priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon (or from 3/15 SS insert)
FREE after coupon

Bayer Aspirin (20 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/15 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Cepacol Sensatons Sore Throat Lozenges (16 – 20 ct) priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Children’s Triaminic Cold and Cough priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon (or $1.50/1 from 3/8 SS insert)
FREE after coupon

Flintstones Vitamins priced at $1
Use $2/1 coupon from 3/15 SS insert
FREE after coupon

Pediacare priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon
FREE after coupon

Tylenol Go Pack priced at $1
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/29 RP insert
FREE after coupon

Colgate Toothpaste (2.7, 3 or 4 oz) priced at $1
Use $.50/1 coupon from 4/12 SS insert
FREE after coupon

The Dollar Tree only accepts two internet printable coupons per trip. There is no limit on Sunday newspaper insert coupons.

New to couponing? Check out the Ultimate Guide to Couponing here.

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Amazon has the Curious George Around Town 6-Volume Book Set for $6.77 right now. This would be just the ticket for you kiddo who loves Curious George. Great way to encourage a love for books and reading! Grab it while it’s at Amazon’s best ever price.

Enjoy storytime with Curious George! This boxed set with handle includes six best-selling curious George 8 x 8 paperbacks. The six titles included areCurious George and the Puppies, Curious George Makes Pancakes, Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory, Curious George at the Aquarium, Curious George Visits a Toy Store, and Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery.

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WinCo Deals as of April 24th

by Brittany from Frugal Living NW on April 24, 2015

Here’s are the best WinCo deals available now. WinCo prices and product availability vary by store, so you may or may not find these exact deals or prices in your store.

REFRIGERATED/FROZEN

Morningstar Farms on sale $2.97
Use $.75/1 coupon - direct link
$2.22 after coupon

Chobani Greek, Flip Greek, or Simply 100 Yogurt on sale $.98
Buy 3
Use $1/3 coupon - direct link
$.65 after coupon

MEAT/CHEESE

Land O Frost Lunchmeat (9 oz) on sale $1.68
Use $.75/1 coupon - direct link
$.93 each after coupon

Farmland Bacon (16 oz) on sale $3.48
Buy 1, Get $1 Ibotta offer
Pay $3.48, Get $1 from Ibotta
$2.48 after Ibotta offer

GROCERY

Little Debbie Snacks on sale $.98
Use $.95/1 coupon from 3/29 SS insert
$.03 after coupon

****Deal Scenario**** (This is a little wacky)

Buy 21 Little Debbie Snacks on sale $.98
Use (21) $.95/1 coupon from 3/29 SS insert (you can only use 5 like coupons in each transaction so you’d separate over 5 transactions)
Pay $.63, Submit $5 Savingstar Rebate when you spend $20
FREE plus $4.37 moneymaker after coupon
& Savingstar Rebate

Bear Naked Granola on sale $3.22
Use $1.25/1 coupon - direct link
$1.98 after coupon

Mission Tortillas (10 ct) on sale $1.68 (will be $.99 at Fred Meyer starting 4/26)
Use $.55/1 coupon – direct link
$1.13 after coupon

Fanta (2 Liter) on sale $1.31
Fried Chicken Wing (from deli) on sale $.58
Buy 1 of each, Get $2.50 Ibotta offer
Pay $1.89, Get $2.50 from Ibotta
FREE plus $.61 overage after Ibotta offer

Aquafina (1 L) on sale $1
Buy 1, Get $.75 Ibotta offer
Pay $1, Get $.75 from Ibotta
$.25 after Ibotta offer

Dole Pineapple Juice (46 oz) on sale $1.78
Buy 2
Use $1.50/2 coupon - direct link
$1.03 each after coupon

Dole Pineapple Juice (6 pack) on sale $2.65
Buy 2
Use $1.50/2 coupon - direct link
$1.90 each after coupon

Sweet Home Granola on sale $2.98
Buy 1, Get $1 Ibotta offer
Use $1/1 coupon
Pay $2, Get $1 from Ibotta
$.98 after coupon & Ibotta offer

Corn Flakes (18 oz) on sale $1.98
Buy 2
Use $1/2 coupon - direct link
$1.48 each after coupon

Honey Nut Cheerios on sale $2.28
Use $.50/1 coupon - direct link
$1.78 after coupon

Cinnamon Toast Crunch on sale $2.28
Use $.50/1 coupon - direct link
$1.78 after coupon

C&H Brown Sugar on sale $1.56
Buy 2
Use $.75/2 coupon
$1.16 after coupon

C&H Pourable Sugar on sale $1.57
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/15 RP insert or  $.75/1 coupon or $.75/1 coupon
$.57 after coupon

C&H Quick Disolve Sugar on sale $1.57
Use $1/1 coupon from 3/15 RP insert or  $.75/1 coupon or $.75/1 coupon
$.57 after coupon

Seattle’s Best Coffee (12 oz) on sale $4.89
Use $2/1 coupon
$2.89 after coupon

HEALTH/BEAUTY

Maybeline NY Mascara on sale $6.30
Use $2/1 coupon - direct link
$4.30 after coupon

Always Discreet on sale $5.52
Use $2/1 coupon – direct link
$2.52 after coupon

HOUSEHOLD

Palmolive Dish Soap (25 oz) on sale $2.32
Use $.50/1 coupon - direct link
$1.82 after coupon

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Check out our awesome WinCo Meal Plans — everything you need to make 15 delicious dinners for under $150 at WinCo. We have a traditional and a gluten-free plan!


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