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Steep and Chill – A Review October 14, 2010

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Steep and Chill

Steep and Chill, freezer core, and infuser

Living in the South, I’m a huge fan of iced tea.  However, there are a lot of times when I don’t think about the tea until I want it!  As you know, this can prove to be a huge problem for iced tea lovers.  You can brew really strong tea and add ice (which never manages to taste quite right), add ice and end up with really weak tea, or be patient and wait for the tea to cool (which is no fun!).

That’s why I was thrilled when Jasmere offered vouchers for a Steep & Chill.  I had never heard of the tea spot, or a Steep & Chill, but it sounded like it was just what I needed.  The Steep & Chill consists of three parts:  the pitcher, the infuser, and a freezer core.


Brewing Chart

5 Ways to Create Personalized Holiday Cards October 12, 2010

Filed under: Deals — frugallygreenmom @ 10:56 pm
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It’s that time of year again.  The holidays are right around the corner, and it’s time to order personalized holiday cards!  These days personalized cards aren’t very expensive, so they are a great way to connect with your friends and family during the holiday season.

Whenever we send out personalized cards we always get tons of compliments on them, and I still have many of the cards that were sent to me!  These cards will hold special meaning to the recipients long after the holidays are over.

We’ll be getting photos done this weekend, and they will most likely end up on our Christmas cards this year.  My family is spread out all over the United States, so we all enjoy using this time to send photo cards to one another.

Here are 5 ways to make your cards great:

  1. Get professional photos done.  Be sure that you have a release that will let you use them on the photo sites.  We always like to get our photos done in October.  Around here the rates for photographers are lower, and the weather is perfect for picture taking.
  2. Include unique family quotes.  Cards are a great place to put the cute things your daughter or son is always saying!
  3. Think outside of the box.  Holiday cards don’t have to focus on the holidays – dress in your favorite team’s colors, pick photos from your annual vacation, or something else that is meaningful to your family.
  4. Tell a story.  Did something interesting happen to your family this year?  Personalized holiday cards are a great way to let everyone know!  The year our daughter was born, our holiday cards also served as birth announcements.
  5. Involve your children.  Many cards have room for several photos on them, so let one of those be all about the children.  Let them make funny faces, strike silly poses, and just be kids!  Who knows, you may end up using this as your main photo!

Purple Trail is currently offering free shipping on all of their personalized holiday cards.  They have a large selection of cards to choose from, and if you are feeling especially creative you can even use their Design Center to create your own design.  With postcards, flat cards, and folded cards there really is something for everyone. 

Do you make personalized cards each year?   What is your tip for making them special?


** I am participating in a giveaway for and it makes me eligible for a PurpleTrail gift code. Here is a link to the contest information page



Free Oragami Paper!

Filed under: Freebies — frugallygreenmom @ 10:16 pm

My daughter just loves oragami paper.  Even though she isn’t really good at making actual objects yet, she’s drawn to the sturdiness of the paper and all of the wonderful colors it comes in.  That’s why I was thrilled to discover that Everything in Paper Crafting is giving away packages of 50 sheets of oragami paper!

Origami Paper for FREE from EPC!

Additionally, the site has tutorials, so you’ll have a great time making things once you get the paper.

Click here to get your free sample!  Afterwards they’ll direct you to get an additional freebie at another site – I wouldn’t recommend that, it’s one of those that requires you to complete additional offers.


Get a $5 Instant Credit for Jasmere! October 11, 2010

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All you have to do is complete a quick (less than one minute) survey.

If you haven’t heard of Jasmere, you need to check it out!  Each weekday, they offer discounted vouchers to one great store.   The more people who sign up for a voucher, the more the price drops, leading to some amazing deals!  So how to get a $5 voucher to help you try them out?  First go here and sign up.  Then, click this link, complete the survey, and you’ll get a code good for $5 off any voucher from now through the end of October.

I’ve personally bought several things from their site.  Not only have I discovered some great new merchants, I haven’t been disappointed in a single item yet!

This is from their site:

Jasmere seeks out lesser-known specialty retailers that deserve national attention. Our team of New York, Los Angeles and Washington, DC- based shopaholics personally tests every product we feature, using jasmere’s negotiating power to offer you an exclusive discount. But don’t let the low prices fool you. Every merchant we feature on jasmere meets our highest standards of quality. You may not have heard of these websites, but you can be sure their products and services are the best around. We guarantee it.


Hot Creamed Pea Dip September 30, 2010

As I said in my earlier post, peas are not one of my favorite foods.  However, I joined a CSA with the intention of trying things I normally wouldn’t eat, peas included.  When I got some cream peas, my goal was to find a way to fix them that would disguise their flavor.  I was inspired by a recipe from Bon Appetit for Black Eyed Pea Hot Dip.  Here is my version below – I think it turned out great!  I would imagine that this dip would go well with almost any type of pea or bean.

Hot Creamed Pea Dip


  • 1 & 1/2 cups cream peas (or other peas)
  • 3 oz cream cheese, softened (I used veggie cream cheese)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp chipolte chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1/4 cup salsa
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar
  1. Pulse the peas and garlic in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add the spices and cream cheese, process to blend.
  3. Stir in the salsa (I also added some finely chopped banana peppers at this point).
  4. Pour mixture into a 8” square casserole dish and sprinkle with cheese.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees until cheese is bubbly, 20-25 minutes.

This makes a very tasty dip that isn’t too unhealthy.  Adjust the chili/cayenne to suit your tastes.  I also used the dip as a quesadilla filling, along with some fresh spinach – it worked great!  The creamy dip went along wonderfully with the crisp tortilla shell.  I’m thinking you could add any number of vegetables when making a quesadilla out of it:  bell peppers, sautéed onions, mushrooms – the only limit is your imagination!


A Trip to Plaza de Luna Park – Pensacola September 13, 2010

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Last Friday, since I knew my husband would not be getting in until late, I decided to take Little Miss to a park a couple of miles from our house.

I had some fries to feed the seagulls, and I was hoping to get some photos of the pelicans that often hang out there.

We got there and there wasn’t a pelican in sight, but we did have a wonderful time feeding the gulls and the pigeons that hang out there!

The gulls will catch the fries in the air, which is pretty fun to watch.  I was hoping to get an action shot, but didn’t manage since I was throwing the fries and taking the pictures!

I was a little nervous about how Little Miss would do around such aggressive birds, but she didn’t get scared and the birds didn’t try to take anything directly out of her hand.

After we fed the birds, we walked out on the pier to look at the boats and enjoy the view.

It was so nice to be able to enjoy the outdoors without all of the heat!!


FREE E Cookbook with lunch-time recipes! September 1, 2010

Filed under: Freebies,Recipes — frugallygreenmom @ 6:03 pm

Now that school has started, many parents are now tasked with finding interesting things to put in their children’s lunchbox.  This free E-book can help with that problem!  It includes tons (over 125) of healthy breakfast and lunch recipes – many are even vegetarian and vegan.

Go download your copy today!  Even if you don’t have children, we can all use some healthy and easy recipes!