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To list the many things we have to be thankful for would take all day, but suffice it to say that regardless of your financial, emotional or physical situation, all of are blessed far more than we truly deserve! So, to help you keep the focus on being thankful, here are some quips and quotes about being thankful:
- The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits. La Rochefoucauld
- A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues. Cicero
- Gratitude is the heart’s memory. French Proverb
- In everything, give thanks. I Thessalonians 5:18
- We are having the usual thing for Thanksgiving dinner: relatives.
- Thanksgiving Day comes, by statute, once a year; to the honest man it comes as frequently as the heart of gratitude will allow. Edward Sandford Martin
- An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day. Irv Kupcinet
- “Thanksgiving dinners take eighteen hours to prepare. They are consumed in twelve minutes. Half-times take twelve minutes. This is not coincidence.” Erma Bombeck
And, of course, here at Coupon Claim we are thankful for manufacture’s coupons and savings opportunities. Also, don’t forget to say thanks to the person at check out who patiently scans in your coupons—without them saving money would be difficult! To get you started on your Thanksgiving savings, here are some coupons, freebies, recipes and more- Enjoy!
This Week's Savings from Coupon Claim:
Update your website with ClickHOST: 25% Off –Use the code- CLAIM25
Get $10 off at Kmart when you spend $60. Use the code: NOVSAVINGS
Extra $5 off on all orders of $50 or more (online only) – Exclusions Apply. Use the code: SEARS2011
FACEBOOK COUPON – Save $1 on Milk and Cookies!
Free Movie Night: Use these codes to score 5 FREE Blockbuster Express DVD rentals. These codes expire November 7 and are valid on the $1 DVD rentals only.6AEVX4, KYKB53, R27X47, Y5WJ4B, 3RFCD6
Print out the coupon and redeem for 100 FREE Standard-size Postcards at Staples. Valid 10/30/11–11/12/11.
FREE 12 Holiday Greeting Cards at Olan Mills: Like Olan Mills on Facebook and click on the Special Offers tab to print a coupon good for FREE 12 Holiday Greeting Cards. You’ll have to print the coupon and take it to the participating Olan Mills Portrait Studio to redeem the offer. Expires on 11/30/11.
FREE Hot Beverage at Pilot and Flying J Locations: “Like” Pilot Travel Center on Facebook to print a coupon good for a FREE Hot Beverage (good for one 16 oz coffee, cappuccino, hot chocolate, or hot tea) at Pilot Travel Center or Flying J locations. Coupon valid October 31 – December 31, 2011. https://www.facebook.com/pilottravelcenters?sk=app_163849080647
FREE $64 Publix Coupon Booklet: To receive your booklet by mail with over $64 in savings, fill out the form and confirm your mailing address. Booklet will arrive between 12/3-12-10. Coupons valid from 12/4-12/31/2011. While supplies last. Note: The coupons are valid at Publix stores in AL, FL, GA, SC, TN only.
Shallow Pocket Tips:
When it comes to hosting family get-togethers, one can easily spend large amount of money, time and energy in making the time together a success. Don’t be a victim of the season, here are some Shallow Pocket Tips for helping you save money, as well as time and energy, during the holidays.
- Don’t be afraid to delegate. There is nothing wrong with asking people to contribute to the meal. This will save you time and money.
- Start buying now. Don’t wait till the last minute to make your meal purchases.
- Rather than everyone sitting down to a feast, plan to volunteer at a soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Being a blessing to someone else will truly open your eyes to how blessed you and your family are.
- Keep it simple- fall stews, homemade rolls, good company. After all, the point of thanksgiving is to show thanks and that does not require an extravagant meal, fancy décor and an exhausted host or hostess.
- If you have time and the wherewithal, make double batches of your Thanksgiving meals. This way you can freeze some and have plenty for leftovers in the months to come.
- Think outside the box! Thanksgiving doesn’t have to include a turkey or a ham. Consider ethnic foods or vegan options.
- Avoid expensive holiday decorations and disposable plates
Recipes for the Month:
“My wife is tired of planning meals, she just kicks the shelf at the food market and takes whatever falls off!”
Even if you love to cook, planning meals can be tiring. And, with the holiday season rapidly approaching, cooking can be a chore-even on the best of days. However, it is more economical than going out to eat. So, rather than living on a “fast” food diet, why not give these easy and inexpensive recipes a try? Not only do they taste great, but they won’t break the budget either!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Bake In: 50 minutes
Yield: 6 servings
3 tablespoons oil, divided
1 smallish onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, finely chopped
1 pound ground beef (or turkey)
½ teaspoon chipotle puree or smoked paprika (or more to taste)
1 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided (or half as much table salt)
1 tablespoon plus1 teaspoon sugar, divided
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 15-ounce can beans
2 cups frozen corn, thawed in a sieve under a hot tap
1/3 cup flour
2/3 cup cornmeal
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sugar
½ cup buttermilk
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
- Heat the oven to 400ºF. In a 10- or 12-inch heavy oven-proof pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium-low heat and sauté the onions until they are translucent and browning around the edges — maybe 7 or 8 minutes.
- Add the garlic and sauté for another minute, then crumble in the ground meat, raising the heat to medium, and cook, stirring and breaking it up until it's nice and browned and crumbly and does not look all raw-meaty.
- Stir in the chipotle puree, ¾ teaspoon of the salt, 1 teaspoon of the sugar, the vinegar, the tomato sauce, the beans, and the corn, and simmer all of it together for a few minutes until everybody in the pan gets well acquainted. Taste it for seasoning–it should be tangy and savory and delicious.
- Now whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, remaining ½ teaspoon of salt and remaining tablespoon of sugar in one bowl, and whisk together the egg, buttermilk, and remaining 2 tablespoons of oil in another (I actually do this latter whisking right in the cup where I measured the buttermilk).
- Pour the liquids into the dries and combine with a few decisive strokes of a rubber spatula before stirring in half the cheese and pouring the mixture over the filling in the pan.
- Top with the remaining cheese and bake 20 minutes–though you might want to check it at 15. When the cornbread is nicely browned and cooked-looking, it's done.
Pasta with Five Cheeses
(This is great as a side or as a main dish)
1 pound Rigatoni, fusilli or small shells, dired
2 cups heavy cream
1 teaspoon Basil, dried
1 cup Crushed tomatoes in heavy puree
1 package Italian blend cheese, (8 ounces divided – mozzarella, mild cheddar, provolone, and asiago)
1/4 cup gorgonzola cheese, crumbled (Could leave out or replace with feta, if you don’t like gorgonzola)
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Spray a 9-by-13-inch casserole dish with cooking spray.
- Boil pasta two minutes less than the package directs in plenty of well-salted water and set aside. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, mix together the cream, crushed tomatoes, basil, 1 1/2 cups of Italian cheese blend, and gorgonzola cheese.
- Add cooked pasta to the cream and cheese mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared casserole dish and top with remaining 1/2 cup of Italian cheese blend. Bake for 30 minutes, or until top is browned slightly and pasta is bubbling hot. Serve immediately.
***If you want to add protein to this, a pound of ground turkey, chicken or beef could be added. Just brown, drain off grease and add to mixture.
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Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!
–Mo and Z