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Here are today’s electronics and household deals (5/21):

Deal of the Day: Get this Intex Explorer K2 2-Person Inflatable Kayak for $58.99 (BEST price!) This set comes with aluminum oars and pump.

Grab these Hefty Storage Gallon-Size Bags (120 ct) for $7.97 (BEST price!) when you clip the 25% off coupon. These bags are great for marinating meat/veggies.

Get this Chefman Counter Top Deep Fryer for $45.69 (BEST price!) This deep fryer has a 4-liter capacity.

Get this Lavish Home Over the Door Bathroom/Pantry Organizer for $14.99 (BEST price!)

Score this Chefman 6-Quart, 9-in-1 Electric Pressure Cooker for $59.99 (BEST price!)

Looking for more deals? Here are some that are still available as of the time of this post going live:

2-Pack Egg Steamer Rack Insert for Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker — $5.99 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Granite Ware Oval Roaster — $5.91 (BEST price!) This is usually over $13. This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Gain Original Dryer Sheets (120 ct) — $4.99 when you clip the $2 off coupon. This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Babyganics Baby Bubble Bath 20-oz (pack of 2) — $8.66 (BEST price!) when you clip the 40% off coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save delivery. Lowest price obtained by having 5 active subscriptions.

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime (start your FREE 30-day trial HERE) or a qualifying order of $49 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Click through the Black Friday Ads that have been leaked HERE!

Find more Amazon deals HERE.

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There have been some fantastic online deals posted this week. In case you missed anything, here are my favorites:

Cents of Style: 40% off floral apparel and accessories + FREE shipping + FREE drink float

My First Book of Money: Counting Coins for $4.45 (BEST price!)

Granite Ware Oval Roaster for $5.91 (BEST price!) This is usually over $13. This is an Add-on Item

Melissa & Doug Minnie Mouse 21-Piece Wooden Magnet Set — $7.99 (BEST price!)

Hape Beach 4-Piece Sand Toy Playset — $8.86 (BEST price!)

Colossal Art Set for only $15.45 (BEST price!) This set has 315 pieces!

Luminarc Glass Mixing Bowl 10-Piece Set — $15.87 (BEST price!) This set is usually about $25!

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler — $16.50 (BEST price!) These chairs are excellent for any outdoor activity. Score the blue one for a few cents more.

SKLZ Pro Mini Glow in the Dark Mini Basketball Hoop — $16.93 (BEST price!) This hoop has a breakaway rim and is shatter resistant

Keurig Single Serve Coffee Maker — $58.99 (BEST price!)

Char-Broil Classic 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill — $74.95 (BEST price!)

Find more online deals on Frugal Living NW here.

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Discount Mags is having a Employee Discount Subscription Sale again right now. They have a bunch of options to choose from, including:

Home Category

Fitness Category

Food & Drink Category

Royal Wedding Celebration Category

Lifestyle Category

  • GQ (1 Year: $4.80, 2 Years: $9.60, 3 Years: $14.40)
  • Glamour (1 Year: $4.71, 2 Years: $9.42, 3 Years: $14.13, 4 Years: $18.84)
  • Cosmopolitan (1 Year: $4.45, 2 Years: $8.90, 3 Years: $13.35, 4 Years: $17.80)
  • Esquire (1 Year: $4.65, 2 Years: $9.30, 3 Years: $13.95)
  • Vogue (1 Year: $4.89)
  • Allure (1 Year: $4.52, 2 Years: $9.04, 3 Years: $13.56)
  • Vanity Fair (2 Years: $9.87)
  • Seventeen (1 Year: $4.79, 2 Years: $9.58, 3 Years: $14.37, 4 Years: $19.16)
  • Harper’s Bazaar (1 Year: $4.72, 2 Years: $9.44, 3 Years: $14.16, 4 Years: $18.88)
  • W (1 Year: $4.89, 2 Years: $9.78, 3 Years: $14.67)
  • InStyle (1 Year: $5.52)
  • Essence (1 Year: $6.78)
  • The Pioneer Woman (1 Year: $12.99, 2 Years: $25.98)

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Sports Category

Hunting & Fishing Category

Travel Category

Business & Tech Category

Photo Category

Family & Kids Category

News & Local Category

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Cents of Style has ALL THINGS FLORAL on sale 40% off with FREE shipping through the end of the weekend (5/20) when you use the code TROPIC40 at checkout.

Seriously, EVERYTHING. And it is all so cute.

Kimonos, jewelry, espadrilles, mules, maxi dresses, even beach blankets. Prices start at less than $8 shipped.

These Tika-24 Tropical Espadrille Flats are just $14.97 + FREE shipping!

The Michael Pineapple Kimono is just $14.97 + FREE shipping!

The Pineapple Outline Necklace is just $7.77 + FREE shipping! This would make a super cute gift.

PLUS, with every order (until supplies run out) you will receive a FREE inflatable drink floatie! This will not show up in your cart, but will be automatically added to your order when it ships.

Head to Cents of Style to start shopping!

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Here are today’s best toy deals (5/18):

Grab this Kumon Pre-K & Up Logic Activity/Work Book for $4.45 (BEST price!)

Score this Build-On Brick Mug, BPA Free, Lego Compatible 12-oz Coffee Mug for $4 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Get this Trivial Pursuit: World of Harry Potter Game for $11.55!

Grab this United States of America Floor Puzzle (24 piece) for $14.42 (BEST price!)

Score this Colossal Art Set for only $16.59 (BEST price!) This set has 315 pieces!

Looking for more toys? Here are deals that are still available as of the time of this post going live:

Playmobil Fire Rescue Carry Case Playset — $6.88 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Cupcake Surprise Scented Princess Doll — $7.97 (BEST price!)

Crayola Brush & Detail Calligraphy Set — $8.79 (BEST price!)

Playmobil Take Along Fashion Store — $20.88 (BEST price!) This set is usually about $30.

Uncle Milton Death Star Electronics Lab Kit — $9.99 (BEST price!) This set has over 20 electronic experiments activating lights and sounds. This is an excellent price, this set is usually over $30!

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime (start your FREE 30-day trial HERE) or a qualifying order of $49 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Click through the Black Friday Ads that have been leaked HERE!

Find more Amazon deals HERE.

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Here are today’s electronics and household deals (5/18):

Grab this 2-Pack Egg Steamer Rack Insert for Instant Pot/Electric Pressure Cooker for $5.99 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Deal of the Day: Get this GermGuardian 3-in-1 Air Purifier with HEPA Filter for $95.99 (BEST price!) Check out the rest of the Allergy Deals here.

Get this Corelle Livingware Serving Platter (winter frost white) for only $7.97 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Get this Concept Housewares Hanging Pot/Pan Rack for $42.25 (BEST price!) This is usually over $135! This is temporarily out of stock, you can still order it at this awesome price and Amazon will email you with a estimated delivery date.

Grab this Granite Ware Oval Roaster for $5.91 (BEST price!) This is usually over $13. This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Looking for more deals? Here are some that are still available as of the time of this post going live:

Pur 18-Cup Water Dispenser with Filters — $26.87 (BEST price!) This set is usually about $50!

Gain Original Dryer Sheets (120 ct) — $4.94 (BEST price!) when you clip the $2 off coupon. This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Nivea Sensitive for Men 5-Piece gift Set — $12.50 (BEST price!) when you clip the 50% off coupon. Great Father’s Day idea.

Char-Broil Classic 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill — $74.95 (BEST price!)

Babyganics Baby Bubble Bath 20-oz (pack of 2) — $8.66 (BEST price!) when you clip the 40% off coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save delivery. Lowest price obtained by having 5 active subscriptions.

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime (start your FREE 30-day trial HERE) or a qualifying order of $49 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Click through the Black Friday Ads that have been leaked HERE!

Find more Amazon deals HERE.

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

I never used to make soup. Good grief! What was I thinking? Soup is so simple to prepare and satisfying to eat. You just saute some vegetables, add other ingredients and seasonings, pour in some broth, and simmer until all the flavors come together. It can also be really economical, as soup is a great place to combine leftover meat, beans, or vegetables, adding broth to stretch them as far as possible.

If I had to pick only one soup to make for the rest of my days, this recipe for Chicken Tortilla Soup would be the winner. The ingredients are simple, but the flavor is outstanding. Make enough for dinner and eat the leftovers for lunches through the week. This soup also freezes beautifully.

If you’re not a fan of celery or carrots, try bell peppers or corn. You could also easily make this vegetarian by swapping out the chicken for black beans. The corn tortilla strips simmer down into the broth, giving it the perfect consistency: hearty but not heavy.

This is one of my standard recipes when having people over for dinner. I just set out the big pot of soup with a bunch of different toppings: cilantro, avocado, sour cream, grated cheese, tortilla chips. People fill their own bowls to fit their tastes. And just about everyone comes back for seconds.

This is also the one and only soup all four of my kids will gobble down without a single squawk. Which is no small feat. As a kid, I hated soup. All those mystery ingredients swirled together! That’s just a nightmare for a picky eater. In fact, the other day when the snow was coming down, we had some friends’ kids over for dinner. As I set the table, the 5-year old informed me, “Soup isn’t my favorite, but I’ll survive.” Well thanks, Buddy, that’s big of you. At dinner, he gobbled down his first bowl and asked for more. Good survival skills.

The sun is shining this week, but I would still highly recommend squeezing this soup onto your menu plan. Fresh ingredients and flavorful soups are great any day of the week.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Adapted from Ina Garten’s Mexican Chicken Soup
Yield: 8-10 servings

Ingredients

2 c. chopped onions
1 c. chopped celery
2 c. chopped carrots
4 large cloves garlic, chopped
2 1/2 quarts chicken stock (How to make Homemade Chicken Stock)
1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes in puree
2-4 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced
1 t. ground cumin
1 t. ground coriander
6 (6″) corn tortillas
4 c. cooked, shredded or chopped chicken

Topping options: sliced avocado, cilantro, sour cream, grated cheddar cheese, lime wedges, and/or tortilla chips

  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot or enamel Dutch oven. Add the onions, celery, and carrots and cook over medium-low heat for 10 minutes, or until the onions start to brown. Add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes with their puree, jalapenos, cumin, coriander, 1 teaspoon salt (depending on the saltiness of the chicken stock).
  2. Cut the tortillas in 1/2, then cut them crosswise into 1/2-inch strips and add to the soup. Bring the soup to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer for 25 minutes. Add the shredded chicken and season to taste.
  3. Serve the soup hot topped with sliced avocado, a dollop of sour cream, grated cheese, and crushed tortilla chips.

You know my undying affection for Ina Garten. Her cookbooks are just consistently excellent. This recipe comes from her Barefoot Contessa at Home: Everyday Recipes You’ll Make Over and Over Again (Amazon).

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Here are today’s best toy deals (5/17):

Get this Playmobil Fire Rescue Carry Case Playset for $6.88 (BEST price!) This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Score this Nerf Super Soaker Splashmouth Gun for $9.99 (BEST price!)

Get this My First Book of Money: Counting Coins for $4.45 (BEST price!)

Get this Cupcake Surprise Scented Princess Doll for $7.97 (BEST price!)

Score this Crayola Brush & Detail Calligraphy Set for $8.79 (BEST price!)

Looking for more toys? Here are deals that are still available as of the time of this post going live:

WowWee Fingerlings Untamed Raptor — $22 (BEST price!) This is NEW!

FurReal Friends Pax, My Poopin’ Pup — $16.55 (BEST price!)

Playmobil Take Along Fashion Store — $20.88 (BEST price!) This set is usually about $30.

Melissa & Doug Minnie Mouse 21-Piece Wooden Magnet Set — $7.99 (BEST price!)

Uncle Milton Death Star Electronics Lab Kit — $9.99 (BEST price!) This set has over 20 electronic experiments activating lights and sounds. This is an excellent price, this set is usually over $30!

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime (start your FREE 30-day trial HERE) or a qualifying order of $49 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Click through the Black Friday Ads that have been leaked HERE!

Find more Amazon deals HERE.

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Here are today’s electronics and household deals (5/17):

Deal of the Day: Get this Tiki Brand Marine Glass Table Torch (3 pack) for $17.99 (BEST price!) Check out all the cool Tiki Torch deals here.

Get this Pur 18-Cup Water Dispenser with Filters for $26.87 (BEST price!) This set is usually about $50!

Grab this Gain Original Dryer Sheets (120 ct) for $4.94 (BEST price!) when you clip the $2 off coupon. This is an Add-on Item, which means you’ll need to include it in an order of $25 or more, even if you have Prime.

Get this RX Bar Protein Bars (12 ct) for $20.97 (BEST price!)

Score this Nivea Sensitive for Men 5-Piece gift Set for $12.50 (BEST price!) when you clip the 50% off coupon. Great Father’s Day idea.

Looking for more deals? Here are some that are still available as of the time of this post going live:

Char-Broil Classic 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill — $74.95 (BEST price!)

Babyganics Baby Bubble Bath 20-oz (pack of 2) — $8.67 (BEST price!) when you clip the 40% off coupon and opt for Subscribe & Save delivery. Lowest price obtained by having 5 active subscriptions.

Burt’s Bees Peppermint & Rosemary Body Wash, 12-oz (pack of 3) — $11.42 (BEST price!) Citrus & Ginger also available.

Finish Quantum Ultimate Clean & Shine Dishwashing Powertabs — $8.74 (BEST price!) when you clip the $3 off coupon. Save more when you opt for Subscribe & Save delivery.

Coleman Oversized Quad Chair with Cooler — $16.50 (BEST price!) These chairs are excellent for any outdoor activity. Score the blue one for a few cents more.

Shipping is FREE with Amazon Prime (start your FREE 30-day trial HERE) or a qualifying order of $49 on eligible items. Prices are subject to change at any time and without notice.

Click through the Black Friday Ads that have been leaked HERE!

Find more Amazon deals HERE.

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How to Make Homemade Hamburger Buns

In our house, hamburgers are welcome anytime of year (learn how to make the perfect hamburger here). And homemade hamburger buns even more so. Hamburger buns are great for holding more than just hamburgers, too. You could easily use these buns for any sandwich fillings. Or not. The other day, we ate these hot out of the oven, simply smeared with butter and honey. I’d highly recommend it.

This recipe is actually just a basic yeast dough. It works great for buns, cinnamon rolls, dinner rolls, or loaves of bread. Adjust the sugar to suit your taste and feel free to add a cup of whole wheat flour in place of the all-purpose flour. I often add some flaxseed and flaxmeal as well.

If you are new to baking with yeast, start out with Artisan Bread in Five Minutes or No-Knead Bread. Once you have the hang of those recipes, you are ready for more hands-on time with the dough. I know many of you are intimidated at the thought of baking with yeast, but it really is a much friendlier ingredient than it gets credit for.

I will walk you through the steps to prove that it requires no fancy footwork or trick photography. You can do this! The results are well worth the effort. Ok, here we go. I’ll give you the step by-step-directions, followed by a more concise, printer-friendly recipe.

This dough has seven basic ingredients: warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, melted butter, an egg, and flour.

You can combine the ingredients by hand, electric mixer, or bread machine. For hand or mixer, place the warm water in the bowl. Sprinkle the yeast and sugar over the yeast and let it sit for about five minutes. Turn the mixer on and add the salt, melted butter, and egg.

Slowly stir in the flour, one cup at a time, until a soft, smooth dough forms. Knead it for a few minutes (by hand or with the dough hook). The dough will be very wet and sticky, but resist the urge to dump in more flour. This will give you lighter, fluffier bread.

Using well floured hands, quickly form the dough into a ball. Coat your bowl with cooking spray and place the dough ball back in it. Cover the bowl with a towel and place it in a warm place to rise (about 40 minutes).

Allow the dough to rise to about double its size. Gently deflate the dough and you’re ready to go!

Now you’re ready to shape the dough into whatever form you want. If you want to keep it simple for starters, roll it up into a loaf shape and stick it in a greased loaf pan. Done! You can get more creative as your confidence grows.

I’m going to demonstrate rolls and buns here. Divide the dough into 8 equal portions (each will be slightly smaller than a tennis ball).

For shaping rolls, here’s a quick tip I learned in a camp kitchen. Place the dough ball in the palm of your hand. Cup it against a clean, dry (not floured) surface. Keeping your fingers cupped in a cage around the dough, move your hand in a small circular motion. Using your palm, keep constant pressure on the dough against the surface. Several quick circles, and you will end up with perfectly shaped rolls.

If you want to make dinner rolls, just place them evenly spaced on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a towel and let them rise until doubled before sliding them into a preheated 375-degree oven. You can place hot, homemade rolls on the dinner table in just over 2 hours, start to finish. Your family will adore you for it, I promise.

If you want to make (hamburger) buns, you simply need to flatten the rolls. I just smack each roll several times like I’m playing the bongo drums. Whack, whack, whack. Vent your frustrations! Take it out on the dough; it can handle it! This is cheap therapy at its best. The buns don’t have to look perfect, and they will still taste delicious.

Cover with a towel and let them rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40-60 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375. If you want to get super fancy, brush melted butter on the tops and sprinkle the buns with sesame seeds or onion flakes. Bake until lightly browned; don’t overbake or they will be dry.

That’s all there is to it. Master this basic recipe, and you will be able to crank out delicious baked goods from your own oven, changing up the ingredients and shapes to suit your family. The results will be far superior to anything you can pick up in the grocery store.

You will be using real ingredients, saving money, and gaining confidence in the kitchen. Now that’s a winning combination in my book.

Homemade Hamburger Buns

Adapted from a King Arthur flour recipe
(follow this link and read the comments for more tips & variations)
Yield: 8 buns

Ingredients

1 c. warm water
2 T. sugar
1 T. active, dry yeast
1 t. salt
1 egg
2 T. butter, melted
3 1/4 c. flour

  1. In the bowl of an electric mixer, sprinkle the sugar & yeast over the warm water; let sit for 5 minutes. Add the salt, egg, and melted butter.
  2. With the mixer running on low, slowly stir in the flour, a cup at a time until a soft dough is formed. Knead the dough in the mixer for several minutes.
  3. With lightly floured hands, shape the dough into a rough ball. Coat the inside of the mixing bowl with cooking spray. Place the dough ball back into the bowl, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled. Divide into 8 pieces and form into rolls or buns.
  4. Let rise on a greased baking sheet for 30-40 minutes. If desired, brush with melted butter or egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds or dried onion flakes.
  5. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes or until light brown on the tops. Cool on a rack.

If you are looking for more great baking recipes (over 400!), check out The King Arthur Flour Baker’s Companion: The All-Purpose Baking Cookbook. It is available at Amazon and has a 4.8-star rating with over 140 reviews. This is a great cookbook for everyone from beginners to expert bakers.

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