Monday, February 27, 2012

Ohio's Perks!

I'm a Jersey Girl whose used to getting certain merchandise from certain merchants.

My Groceries:   A & P  ~  Food Basics  ~  Pathmark  ~  ShopRite
Gas for my car:  Exxon  ~  Sunoco 

Shopping:          Marshalls  ~  TJ Maxx  ~  Target  ~  Walmart  ~  Outlet Malls! 

Here in Ohio, there aren't any supermarkets that are found in Jersey.  There's also no chain of gas stations I'm familiar with.  BUT you can imagine how happy I was to discover that just down the road from me is a Target, TJ Maxx, Walmart and a Mall!  Everything I need literally down the road. 

What's even better?  The supermarkets I have newly aquatinted myself with, Giant Eagle and Kroger, offer rewards for fuel! 

 Use your Giant Eagle Advantage Card at Giant Eagle, GetGo, Market District, or Giant Eagle Express.

$50 Spent = 10¢ off per gallon 

 Earn a point for every dollar you spend at Kroger and Turkey Hill stores.
• Earn 50 points for every qualifying prescription you fill. (Government funded prescriptions are excluded)
• Earn double points for every dollar you spend on qualifying gift cards.

100 points = 10¢ off per gallon 


Obviously, comparing the two, Giant Eagle has the better program.  I spent $270.33 in groceries and got $1.15 off per gallon of gas!  I saved over $10 when I filled up my tank.  Way to go Ohio! 

Saturday, February 25, 2012

{Recipe} My most favorite soup? Zuppa Toscana!


Olive Garden's Zuppa Toscana

Spicy sausage, russet potatoes and cavolo greens in a creamy broth.

Calories 170

Total Fat (g) 4
Sat. Fat (g) 2
Sodium 960
Carb. (g) 24
Fiber (g) 2
Protein (g) 10 

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As much as I love Olive Garden, and their Unlimited Soup, Salad & Breadsticks, I prefer to have myself a bowl of homemade Zuppa Toscana whenever my heart desires. 

  • 1 lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 medium to large onion, diced
  • 1 tbs garlic, minced
  • 4 - 6 tbs Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits
  • (4 cups chicken broth) OR (4 cups of water & 2 chicken bouillon cubes)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1-2 lbs Russet potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 4 cups Kale, chopped, rinsed, and drained
In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil; add 2 chicken bouillon cubes.  
Simultaneously, thoroughly cook the Italian sausage until brown over medium-high heat. Drain on paper towels and set aside. (10 - 15 min)

Saute onions and garlic in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add bacon bits. (5 minutes)

Add additional water, onion mixture, sausage and potatoes to the chicken broth. Boil until fork tender (20 minutes).  

Reduce the heat and stir in the heavy cream and kale.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

{Home} Kitchen Set

I fell in love with a white round table from Pottery Barn, but not with it's price tag!
Just the table itself is $500.  I'm now on the hunt for the perfect set to grace my breakfast nook.

Ikea Dining Table $249.00

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

{Wedding Bells} Bridesmaid Dresses

Who doesn't love Target?

If you don't and you're getting married, maybe now you will. 
Target now has a Bridesmaid Collection that features 9 styles, each available in over 6 colors!