Sunday, July 31, 2011

Save Big with Straight Talk

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Straight Talk for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Straight Talk has really saved our budget.  3 out of 4 of us in our house use a Straight Talk phone.  We were being eaten alive by our contract with another company and when we started get recommendations to try Straight Talk we figured we had nothing to lose.  Straight Talk really has everything you need in a phone.

The monthly plans are very straight forward.

• The “All You Need Plan” meets even the needs of heavy phone users with 1,000 minutes, 1,000 texts and 30 MB of web data.  The All You Need plan is our favorite.  Trust me when I save 1000 minutes of talk is a lot.  I have only ever gone over the talk once.

• Unlimited Monthly service is only $45, and includes calls, text, picture messaging, and web. The unlimited is great if you have a teen that is really text happy.  We have purchased the unlimited several times but found we do just fine with the All You Need Plan.

• Imagine unlimited calls, text, picture messaging and web for a whole year, for only $499.00!

• 411 calls are included at no extra charge.

• Free from activation, reactivation, or termination fees

Straight Talk had us hook, line and sinker after the first month of use.  We were so please that we only paid one price, no extra charges were added on at the end.  So if you need to call a friend and don't want to spend a fortune doing it I suggest you check out Straight Talk.

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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pinto Bean Recipes: Bean and Garlic Dip

Bean and Garlic Dip

2 cups Pinto Beans -- *
1/4 cup Mayonnaise Or Salad Dressing
1 each Clove Garlic -- Finely Chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons Red Chiles -- Ground
1/4 teaspoon Salt
Pepper -- Dash of

* Pinto beans can be home cooked or canned.
Mix all ingredients. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour.
Serve with tortilla chips. Makes 2 cups of dip.

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Simple Avocado Recipes: Avocado and Raisin Dip

2 each Avocados -- Peeled & Chopped
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 cup Lime Juice
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Salt
1/4 teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

  • Place all ingredients in blender container. 
  • Cover and blend on high speed until smooth, about 45 seconds.
  • Serve with raw vegetables, assorted crackers or fried tortillas.
  • Makes 1 2/3 cups of dip.

Linked to: It's a Keeper, House of Hepworths

Sunday, July 24, 2011

We Save Big with a TracFone

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of TracFone for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Let me pose a question.  How many of you still have a contract for your cell phone?

Thankfully we don't!  We ditched the contracts and went for Prepaid.  My youngest daughter has a different phone than the rest of us.  For her we were simply looking for something reliable she could use to contact us when she is gone.  She has a TracFone. 

If you have never heard of TracFone you can check out what real TracFone customers think about their service.

For my daughters TracFone we got the "Double the Minutes" option which gives you even more bang for your buck.

Here are some of the details for TracFone:

• Pay as you go online or with cards available at thousands of retail stores across the country.

• 1 year service cards give you so much more. Receive double minutes for the life of your TracFone, and 800 minutes, for only $119.00

• “Double minutes for the life of your phone” is a feature that can be purchased separately for only$19.99, but some phones include it!
• Choose monthly plans with 200 minutes for under $30.00, and as low as $9.99 for 50 minutes.

We have been very pleased with her TracFone.  The cost is so minimal and because she has it we are able to stay in contact with her.  Oh and if you think TracFone doesn't offer and "cool" phones  they offer brands such as Motorola, Kyocera, LG, Nokia and Samsung.

For more information on TracFone, see what real TracFone customers think!

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Easy Acapulco Chicken Recipe


2 cups Unsalted chicken broth -- defatted
1 tablespoon Olive oil
2 teaspoons Ground cumin
2 tablespoons Pickling spice
1/2 Red bell pepper -- sliced
1 pound Boneless chicken breast -- halves
1/2 Yellow bell pepper -- sliced
2 tablespoons Minced jalapeno chili with -- seeds
1 Onion, halved -- thinly sliced
1/3 cup Rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup Fresh cilantro leaves
3 large Garlic cloves -- minced
baked (no oil) tortilla chips

Boil broth and pickling spice in heavy large saucepan ten minutes.
Strain and return liquid to saucepan.
Add chicken, onion, vinegar,garlic, oil and cumin to pan.
Simmer over very low heat until chicken is just cooked through, about ten minutes.
Transfer chicken and onions to shallow dish.
Top with bell peppers and minced chilli.
Boil cooking liquid until reduced to 2/3 c, about ten minutes.
Pour liquid over chicken and let cool 30 minutes.
Add cilantro to chicken mixture.
Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, turning chicken occasionally, about 4 hours (can be prepared one day ahead).
Slice chicken and serve over a tortilla topped with veggies, sour cream etc.
Makes 6 servings

Linked to: Tatertots and Jello, C.R.A.F.T

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pork Tenderloin Grill Recipes: Butterflied Pork Loin on the Grill

Butterflied Pork Loin On The Grill

Yield: 8 Servings

1 4lb boneless pork loin roast
2 onions,finely chopped
1 T fresh thyme leaves
1/2 t allspice,Ground
1/4 t nutmeg,Ground
1/4 t cinnamon,Ground
1 T sugar
2 T hot pepper sauce
1/2 c soy sauce
2 T vegetable oil

Trim any excess fat from the pork roast. Butterfly the roast by cutting horizontally through the center. The meat should lie flat. Place the pork in a flat dish. Combine the remaining ingredients to make a jerk paste. Spread the paste over the pork loin, cover and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours. Prepare a fire on the grill. When the coals have burned down and are medium hot, to catch the drippings. The roast should cook over medium coals for approximately 2 hours or until a meat thermometer reads 150 to 160 degrees. Cut the pork loin in half lengthwise and carve in thin slices.

Linked to: Key Lime

Friday, July 15, 2011

Saving with Zenni Optical

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have you ever had the joy of purchasing eye glasses before?  I have, more times that I can count.  I started wearing glasses when I was 6 years old and although all my childhood glasses were purchased by my mom, all my adult hood glasses have been purchased by me.  Sadly my husbands insurance does not cover me in the vision department, except for the exam. 

What costs more than purchasing glasses for one person..... purchasing them for 3 people.  Yes 3 out of the 4 people in our little family wear glasses.  My husband is fully insured on his vision care but that leaves me and my daughter.  So how can we spend less on glasses?  Shopping online through Zenni Optical.

Zenni Optical offers glasses as low as $6.95,  believe or not the ones pictured above are a pair of their $6.95 glasses.  They are very similar to what my daughter is wearing now except hers are purple. 

What do you get for $6.95?

  • anti scratch coating
  • 1.50 or Thin and Light 1.57 Index Single Vision Lens
  • Full UV protection
  • Protective Case
  • Micro Fiber Cleaning Cloth
  • Shipping in the U.S. is only $4.95

Clearly I could save a lot of money using Zenni Optical!

Zenni Optical was recently mentioned in an article in Time magazine.  In a previous issue of Time ["Eyes on the Price", July 4, 2011] it was discussed that a Time editor, Bill Saporito, paid $1,000 for a pair of eyeglasses.  A commenter let Mr Saporito know that he should have shopped at Zenni Optical!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Honey Of A Peach Smoothie

1 1/4 cups plain low fat yogurt
1 pound ripe peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cups honey
1/4 teaspoons vanilla extract

Divide 1 cup yogurt among 8 sections of ice cube tray. Freeze until yogurt cubes are solid, at least 4 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead, keep frozen. ) puree peaches with lemon juice in processor or blender. Add remaining 1/4 cups yogurt, honey and vanilla. Process until mixture is well blended. Add frozen yogurt cubes and process until mixture is smooth and frothy. Pour into chilled tall glasses and serve. 2 servings.

Linked to:  Yesterday on Tuesday , Sew Chatty

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Cranberry Lip Gloss Recipe

Cranberry Lip Gloss

• 1 tablespoon sweet almond oil
• 10 fresh cranberries
• 1 teaspoon honey
• 1 drop of vitamin E oil

How To:
Mix all the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for a couple of minutes or until the mixture just begins to boil. (Bowl may also be heated in a pan of water on a stovetop). Stir well and gently crush the berries. Cool mixture for five minutes and then strain through a fine sieve to remove all the fruit
pieces. Stir again and set aside to cool completely. When cool, transfer into a small portable plastic container or tin.

Linked to:  Sweet Peas and Bumblebees