*RESET* $2 off Dreft coupon

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014

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New baby on the way? The $2/1 Dreft coupon has reset! Target will likely be the best deal right now and possibly Walmart.  I loved this stuff with my little ones.

Remember, you can typically print two coupons per computer. Find more printable coupons here.

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New Pampers Gifts to Grow — New 10 point code

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014


Pampers Gifts to Grow Points Code

Sign into your Pampers Gifts to Grow account and enter the code FBLA765DAY76014 to get 10 points (through 9/5).

The Pampers Gifts to Grow program is open to everyone, not just moms. Grandmas and Grandpas you can help your kids out by adding up points too. Just enter points you find on the web or by purchasing Pampers products and trade in your points for FREE prizes such as coupons, toys, and more.

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Target: 25% off Kids’ & Toddler Shoes Cartwheel Offer

by Kate from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014

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All About Corn: How to pick, cut, and freeze fresh summer corn

by Emily from Frugal Living NW on September 1, 2014

All About Corn

Growing up, my family took growing and eating produce seriously. It ran in the family. Acres of melons. Rows of beans. Boxes of nectarines. We’d grow our own food or buy it from a local farmer, often a family friend.

While normal people would just eat a slice of melon or buy a fat cucumber and move on with their lives, my siblings and I grew up in the garden and kitchen, tasting and thinking about what we were eating. It never occurred to me that it was odd to have an entire vocabulary devoted to fruits and vegetables.

Cucumbers were either bitter or sweet, seedy or crisp. A green watermelon was too young to leave its mother or not fit to eat. An overripe cantaloupe? Definitely punky or musty. Sub-par tomatoes would be labeled bum, mealy, dry, bland, or a disappointment. Only the very best produce made the cut, earning an overall stamp of approval.

Corn was a big one. You didn’t want overripe ears, where the kernels were gummy and tough. So we’d pick and shuck and eat corn all through August, tasting and critiquing like mini corn connoisseurs, looking for that perfect ear of sweet, crisp, juicy corn.

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Picking & Pricing Corn

Pull back the husk slightly to make sure the kernels are full and fresh. Avoid overripe or shriveled ears of corn. Also, corn earworms typically hang out at the top so it’s an easy way to check for pest damage. They aren’t harmful; just cut out the bad section.

Fred Meyer has their Olathe sweet corn on sale, 10 for $3 this week. That’s the best price I’ve seen this year, but anywhere between .25-.50/corn is normal. I have never gone to a u-pick corn field. Anyone know a competitive price?

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Most methods for cooking & freezing corn call for blanching full ears in hot water, shocking them in ice water, then cooling them before cutting and bagging for the freezer. That’s how I grew up doing it. It requires a large stockpot full of boiling water and lots of time to wait for the corn to cool.

I decided I wanted an easier method. I considered the merits of blanching and steaming, before settling on this method for Frozen Summer Corn in the August 2012 issue of Sunset magazine. It works beautifully. I love that you do not need to squeeze full ears of corn into a big stockpot or boil a huge amount of water. Another benefit is that you are cutting the corn before it is cooked, making it much faster (you don’t have to wait for it to cool) and easier to handle.

Cleaning the Corn

First of all, shuck the corn by removing the husks and silk. I love this part. As if using the word “shuck” in a sentence wasn’t enough, there is something deeply satisfying about pulling back those green jackets to reveal the beautiful rows of neat yellow corn kernels underneath.

Maybe it’s a personal thing, reminding me of summer evenings as a kid, where we would pick and husk dozens of ears at a time. Now my kids love this job. I set them up on the deck with a bucket for the husks and a plate for the ears. A wet paper towel can help remove corn silk.

The EASY way to cut corn off the cob!

Cutting the Corn

While there are numerous tools available (Amazon), from zippers to cutters to strippers to desilkers, I am happy just using a sharp knife.

But! This method rocked my corn cutting world. By placing each ear of corn in the middle of a Bundt pan, the kernels are easy to remove. Then simply hold the top with one set of fingers while you cut strips of kernels off with the knife. Having a longer stalk on the end of the ear actually allows it to stand all by itself! Rotate each ear as you cut around it. The kernels will collect neatly in the pan.

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I prefer whole kernel corn. If you like cream style corn, simply run the back of the knife firmly along the cobs to scrape the juice and inside of each kernel.

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Cooking the Corn

Bring a large pot of water to boil over medium heat. Drop the kernels in the water and cook for one minute.

If you are just cooking corn to eat immediately, you can:

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Draining & Freezing the Corn

Pour the corn into a colander, draining well. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with parchment paper, spreading out evenly to form a single layer. This will ensure you end up with individually frozen kernels instead of blocks of frozen corn. Freeze the corn until firm, at least 2 hours.

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Storing the Corn

Remove the sheet from the freezer. Gather the two long sides of parchment paper together to create a funnel. Tip it up and slide the frozen corn into food storage containers or bags. Return to the freezer.

Leave a comment! Share your tips and tricks (or recipe links!) with us.
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I love these simple OXO Good Grips Corn Holders. Even if you prefer the hands-on approach to eating corn, these holders are great for kids! Amazon carries this set of four, along with many other options.

Find more frugal homemaking posts here and a list of amazing recipes here.

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It’s new month and there are tons of new coupons. Here are just a few of my favorites.

$1/1 Cascadian Farm Organic Protein Granola

$.55/1 Skippy Natural Dark Chocolate Spread

$1/2 Classico Italian Sauces

$1/1 California Pizza Kitchen

$1/1 Food Should Taste Good

$1/1 box of LARABAR or UBER or ALT bars

Change the zip to 07039 if needed and then come back to these links and the coupons will be clipped.

Remember, you can typically print two coupons per computer. Find more printable coupons here.

Looking for a specific coupon? Search the Frugal Living NW Coupon Database!

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Kellogg’s Family Rewards: New 100 point code

by Angela Davis on September 1, 2014

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Kellogg’s Family Rewards Codes

Get exclusive coupons and earn rewards from your favorite Kellogg’s® brands when you sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards. Purchase participating Kellogg’s products and enter the 16-digit code to earn coupons and rewards. There are some pretty sweet high-value coupons released.

RELAXITSLABORDAY – 100 points (through 9/8)

Here are some additional codes that may or may not work in your account:

FREEPTSFROMERNIE —  50 points
KFRLABORDAYBONUS — 50 points
CEREALANDMILKABC — 50 points
BACKTOSCHOOL2014 — 50 points
NUTRITIONINABOWL — 50 points
GETFUELFORSCHOOL — 20 points
SPIDEYEXCITEMENT — 20 points
SPRINGONTHECOLOR — 20 points
EARNGREATREWARDS — 20 points
HOWITWORKS20PNTS — 20 points
EARNSWEETREWARDS — 50 points
GIFTOFMUSICBONUS — 20 points
KFRSHARETHANKS20 — 20 points

Head to Kellogg’s Family Rewards to start entering codes!

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Amazon has the ALEX® Toys – Craft My Embroidery Kit for $11.39 right now. I’m a huge fan of ALEX toy crafts. My kids love them.

  • Learn 12 easy stitches
  • Includes 75 embroidery essentials
  • Lots of extras like buttons, beads and bright thread

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime or a qualifying order of $35 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

More ways to save at Amazon:

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