Ringing in the New Year with Glazed Donuts!!

My family loved these donuts! They were super simple to make as well! I used canned biscuit dough, cut out the centers with small star cutters and then fried them a couple of minutes each side in vegetable oil. I made a glaze of a 1/2 cup of powered sugar, a squirt of lemon and a couple of tablespoons of milk.

I hope everyone has a very Happy New Year 2019!

Gingerbread Village & Holiday Treats!

I spent the holidays with strep throat and the flu…I didn’t even know you could get both at the same time! Baking is my favorite part of the holidays, so I was sad that my boys and I missed out on yummy homemade treats this Christmas. I decided to stay home all day today and bake….Orange Velvet Cake w/ Milk Chocolate Buttercream frosting topped with a Mini Gingerbread Village, a chocolate fudge tart, black & white cookies, brownies and pignoli cookies! I even made a loaf if white bread (not pictured). I am super tired, but the boys are happy and so am I! 😊

Free Museum Day sponsored by Smithsonian Magazine – September 24th 2016

Smithsonian Magazine sponsors Museum Day Live! annually. This year the free museum day takes place on Saturday, September 24th. Click on the link below to sign up and choose your museum!  

Free Museum Day
There are so many diffrent museums to choose from. This is a great family freebie. The site only allows two tickets per e-mail address, so you may have to use multiple e-mail addresses depending on the size of your family. I’ll be visiting the Intepid Sea, Air & Space Museum in NYC. 

Free Jiffy Mix Recipe Booklet

Jiffy Mix make great cornbread, but there is so much more you can do with it! Plus, who dosen’t love trying new recipes? Get some new meal inspo with this great freebie, a Free Jiffy Mix Recipe Booklet

If you want to start trying some cornmeal mix dishes before your recipe booklet arrives, try a few of my favorite kid-approved cornbread mix recipes below!

Disneyland Sweet Cornbread Recipe
Cheesy Corn Casserole
Hushpuppies – Copycat Long John Silver’s

Free Kid’s App! 

Butterfly Math Addition App is currently Free in the iTunes App Store! Butterfly Math Addition App. It is a fun and colorful beginning math app for pre-school aged children. 

The first day of Kindergarten is only a couple of months away for my oldest William. I am trying to keep keep him interested and engaged in learning during the summer months and this app is a great help! 

Give it a try soon, it probably won’t be free for long! 

Restaurant Dining on a Budget

 Restaurant dining can be pretty expensive for a family. Then again, cooking every meal at home is tiring and sometimes our extra-curricular schedules are so hectic we don’t even make it home in time for dinner. Here are a few helpful tips to help curb your spending when eating out!  

  •  Kids Eat Free Days. Many chain restaurants host children can eat free with the purchase of an adult entrée. Here is a list of restaurants that participate:Kid’s Eat Free
  • Coupons. Check your local coupon circular  for restaurant coupons.  Read the fine print of the coupon.
  • Order water. Soft drinks for the whole family can become costly.  Additionally, if you have young children most restaurants won’t mind if you bring a drink for your child.
  • Skip the Appetizers. Many restaurants offer a bread basket or something comparable  upon being seated, often they will re-fill the bread basket for free. Some restaurants even offer free finger foods to children aged 3 and younger. Cheesecake Factory offers toddlers and babies a ‘Baby Plate’ of bread, cheese and bananas.
  • Frequent Diner Rewards. Some restaurants offer rewards such as a free item or meal to those who frequent the restaurant often. . Also these reward clubs sometimes send you a coupon for a free meal or dessert on your birthday.
  • Sign-up for Restaurant Newsletters. Chain restaurants often have e-mail newsletters that you can sign up for, if they have one your waiter will inform you about it or it will be on the opposite side of your check in the check booklet. These newsletters can contain coupons, news on special events and new dishes.
  • Try Something New! New menu items are often discounted during their debut. The lower price entices customers to try the new dishes and the restaurant can gauge how good a certain item is doing. If you happen to not like your dish, you can tell your waiter  and they will often allow you to choose something else off of the menu.
  • Doggy bag it! Go to restaurants that serve large portions. If the portions are large enough you may be able to split meal with a spouse or your child. Additionally, if everyone orders an individual meal you will most likely have lunch or even dinner for the next day!

Now that’s smart dining!