*Reminder* Bi-Mart: Bob’s Red Mill flour just $.50 after coupon

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on October 30, 2014

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I’ve added another new coupon for $1 off. Keep watch for more Bob’s Red Mill sales.

Bob’s Red Mill flour is on sale for $2 through October 31. Lucky for us if you sign up for the October Unprocessed challenge you can get a $3/2 coupon which makes the flour just $.50 after coupon. Bi-Mart is hit or miss on coupons depending on your location. However, I’ve never had any problems so most stores should take it. Here’s how to do the deal:

Bob’s Red Mill Flour (5 lb) on sale $2
Buy 2
Use $3/2 coupon — sign up and coupons will be emailed or $1/1 coupon
$.50 each after coupon when you buy 2

We have several recipes that use flour. Here are my two favorites:

gingersnap-cookie-recipe pumpkin-bread-low-fat-low-sugar

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Apparently Amazon got wind that Costco was having a sale tomorrow. This dropped to it’s now lowest price of $119.99!! If you don’t have a Costco membership pick this up through Amazon. Or if you don’t want to hassle with parking and those gigantic carts. Oh, but those $1.50 sausage dogs get me every time.

Amazon has the FoodSaver 4840 2-in-1 Vacuum Sealing System with Bonus Built-in Retractable Handheld Sealer, Starter Kit, Heat-Seal and Zipper Bags for $149.99 $119.99 shipped right now (reg. $229 and currently $199 at Macy’s). This is the lowest price this has ever been. If you buy large amounts of produce or meat this is a fantastic way to preserve it.

  • Starter Kit includes: (1) 11″x10′ Roll, (3) Qt Heat-Seal Bags, (2) Gal Heat-Seal Bags, (3) Qt Zipper Bags, (2) Gal Zipper Bags
  • Built-in retractable handheld sealer seals zipper bags, canisters, containers and marinates food in minutes
  • Moist/Dry food settings for optimal sealing
  • Convenient roll storage and bag cutter
  • Pull-out drip tray drawer with patented, removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray

More ways to save at Amazon:

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The Trailblazers and McDonald’s have rolled out a new promotion for the 2014-2015 basketball season: Get a FREE medium fries at McDonald’s when the Blazers score 100+ points at a home game. Now, there’s always been some freebie handed out at the Moda Center to ticket holders when the Blazers hit 100, but now the offer will be loaded to the McDonald’s app and everyone in Oregon and SW Washington will get it!

It looks like you’ll need to redeem the offer within three days of each game. No purchase is necessary. To get the free fries, you’ll need to download the McDonald’s app to your smartphone. When you order, show the offer you want to redeem to the cashier and click “Redeem Now” in their presence.

The Blazers scored over 100 points in the season opener last night, so you should have the offer on your phone right now!

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Attention Costco shoppers! You should have received the new Costco Mailer Coupons in the mail recently. Be sure to check out This Beautiful Frugal Life’s complete Costco home mailer coupon match ups for October 30th through November 23rd. Melody is incredibly thorough and also guides you in what is truly a good deal and which to bypass.

Please note that Melody lives in the Tri-Cities area so your store prices may be a bit different.

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Whole Foods: BOGO Take n’ Bake Pizza October 31st

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on October 30, 2014

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Head over to Whole Foods this Friday, October 31 only, for BOGO take n’ bake pizza. Toss a pizza in the oven during your favorite Halloween activities! We know those trick or treaters will be hungry while counting their candy. I’m not sure what the regular price is so I can’t say if this is a good deal or not but worth checking out if you’re in the area.

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Burgerville: BOGO FREE Pumpkin Shakes on Halloween

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on October 30, 2014

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Head to Burgerville tomorrow for BOGO FREE regular size pumpkin milkshakes and smoothies.

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Pumpkin spice scones (recipe)

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on October 30, 2014

Starbucks Copycat Pumpkin Spice Scones recipe -- light and delicious. Can be made ahead and frozen for a quick breakfast, brunch, or snack!
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Pumpkin Spice Scones (recipe)

Back in the old days, when my husband and I were DINKS, Starbucks was part of my regular work routine. Tall latte, pumpkin scone. I’d fork over four bucks + change and happily be on my way. The old days had some serious perks. These days, my work uniform involves yoga pants (workout optional) and hooded sweatshirts (kid stains probable). Any coffee shop that doesn’t have a drive-thru option is dead to me.

Now I can make a good cup of coffee without setting foot outside my house. But man, it was hard to quit those pumpkin scones (which is unfortunate, as they pack a high calorie punch). I don’t even know why I was so hooked on them. If a pumpkin married a brick and had a baby, that baby would be a Starbucks pumpkin scone. They are dense and heavy (and expensive). But I really like pumpkins and babies, so… I suppose it all makes sense?

Pumpkin Spice Scones (recipe)

Clearly there was only one solution: I needed to stop eating pumpkin scones! Kidding! I just needed to start making them at home. I’ve tried several recipes over the years, and this one is my favorite. The scones are light and sweet, nice for a special breakfast or treat. I like to cut them small and dunk the tops in a glaze. To keep it simple, you can sprinkle some cinnamon on top. To keep it Starbucksy, you can drizzle the spiced glaze.

The trick to making light scones, as opposed to sweet bricks, is to handle the dough as little as possible. You don’t want your hot little hands to soften the butter and toughen the dough. Just like with our Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe, I like to use a cheese grater to add the cold butter to the dry ingredients. It makes it easy to quickly combine the ingredients. Folding the dough over a few times before cutting the scones also helps create buttery layers.

Pumpkin Spice Scones (freezer friendly recipe)

Biscuits or scones can be cut and frozen unbaked. All you have to do is pop them, still frozen, on cookie sheets and bake as directed. It adds a few minutes to the baking time but will still give you a great shortcut to a delicious breakfast.

Keep this trick in mind as the holidays approach! A little prep work makes hosting guests for breakfast or brunch so much easier.

Pumpkin Spice Scones (recipe)

Pumpkin Spice Scones

Yield: 16 smaller scones

Ingredients:

2 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. packed brown sugar
1 T. baking powder
1/2 t. salt
1 t. ground cinnamon
1/2 t. ground nutmeg
1/4 t. ground cloves
1/4 t. ground ginger
6 T. cold butter
1/2 c. pumpkin puree (How to make pumpkin puree)
3 T. milk or half-and-half
1 egg

Powdered Sugar Glaze
1/2 c. powdered sugar
2-3 T. milk

Spiced Icing
1/2 c. powdered sugar
1 T. milk
1/4 t. each ground cinnamon, ginger, cloves

  1. To make the scones, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and spices in a large bowl. Using a pastry knife or cheese grater, cut butter into the dry ingredients until mixture is crumbly. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk or half and half, and egg. Fold wet ingredients into dry ingredients. With floured hands, form the dough into a rough ball.
  3. Pat out dough onto a lightly floured surface, folding it on top of itself and patting it out three times to create layers. Form it into a 1-inch thick rectangle. Use a large knife to slice the dough in half, then into fourths. Slice it in half along the length of the rectangle. Then slice diagonals to create small triangles.
  4. Place scones on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake at 400-degrees for 10-12 minutes. Scones should begin to turn light brown. Place on wire rack to cool.

TO MAKE THE GLAZE:

  1. In a bowl, mix the powdered sugar and milk (add more or less, depending on how thin you want it) together until smooth.
  2. When the scones are completely cool, dip the tops into the glaze. Flip over and let the glaze dry.

TO MAKE THE SPICED ICING:

  1. Combine the powdered sugar, milk, and spices.
  2. Using a whisk, drizzle the icing over each scone.

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Aeropress Coffee Maker (Amazon)

Our favorite coffee press is the Aeropress Coffee and Espresso Maker (Amazon). I have owned mine for eight years and use it every day. It makes a great cup of coffee. It comes with 350 filters, but I got tired of messing with the paper filters. I have had the Able Brewing Stainless Steel Filter (Amazon) for a few years now. It works great!

pumpkin-bread-low-fat-low-sugar Pumpkin Cookies recipe

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