The Publix Pilgrim Pair Available Again For A Limited Time!

pilgrim publixI have some fun news…guess what Publix is bringing back? The Pilgrim Salt & Pepper Shakers are coming back this year! That makes me so happy! I can’t wait to check to see if they have other items too. I have a big collection that includes the salt & pepper shakers (including the kids), platters, bowls and more!

Do you guys have a set? Planning on getting a set this year.?

pilgrim pairOn the site they have a note that they are only available for a limited time so if you want them you better grab them when you see them:

They’re only back for a limited time, so don’t wait too long to pick up your set. Revive an old tradition or start a new one by inviting the Pilgrim Pair to Thanksgiving this year. After all, the holiday’s best memories begin when everyone joins the table.

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Walmart No Longer Price Matching Competitor BOGO Prices – Do You Care?

publix winnerI got a bunch of emails over the weekend from folks in Tampa about a story that ran in their paper announcing the end of Walmart’s BOGO price matching policy in Florida. I guess they are now pushing their Savings Catcher app to price match for you and then load the difference on a Walmart gift card.

This is of no consequence to me as I live in Tennessee and I do NOT shop at Walmart. In all honestly, the couple of bucks that I might have earned from price matching wouldn’t have been nearly enough money to actually get me to walk into Walmart.

My previous experiences at Walmart included dealing with very dirty stores, poorly stocked shelves, tiny overcrowded aisles, unfriendly cashiers, questionable meat and produce. From what I heard, folks that did attempt to take advantage of the BOGO price matching dealt with tons of confusion and often very little success getting their moolah.

So many grocery store policy changes seem to be happening. We had a Publix Coupon Policy modification last week and now this. I think you Florida folks are the ones really getting the brunt of the changes.

I’d love to hear what you guys thing. Was the old BOGO matching offer enough to get you shopping at Walmart? Does the elimination of the price matching change anything for you? Share your experiences and thoughts in the comments.

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Get Your Flu Shot At Publix

Get Your Flu Shot At PublixI wanted to remind you all that you can get your flu shot at Publix…and for many of you it won’t cost you anything.  There’s a $0 co-pay to get a flu shot for members of Medicare Part B and most insurance plans.

With flu season on us, this sure does come in handy.

Head over and check out more details about the Flu Shot at Publix.

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Publix Tailgater Of The Game – You Could Win!


I noticed a fun little Publix contest and I wanted to let you guys know about it. Publix Tailgater Officials will be at every home game for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, and Jacksonville Jaguars this season. They will pick one group per team per game as the “Publix Tailgater of the Game.”

The lucky winners at each game will get prize packs that could include:

  • tents
  • chairs
  • coolers
  • rolling wagons
  • picnic tables

If you are planning on going to one of the games and are going to tailgate anyway, you may want to really do it up and see if you can win…I bet including some prominent Publix logos in your tailgate party plan couldn’t hurt! :) Head over here to see more details.

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Easy Pita Chips – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #5

toufayanJennifer S says-

Easy Pita Chips

12 Toufayan pitas
2/3 cup olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic salt
2 teaspoon dried herbs provence

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Cut each pita bread into 8 triangles. Place triangles on lined cookie sheet.
In a small bowl, combine the oil, pepper, garlic salt, and herbs provence. Brush each triangle with oil mixture.
Bake in the preheated oven for about 4 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy. Turn chips over, and repeat.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with extra garlic salt if desired! Serve as is, or with hummus!

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Sweet & Spicy Tuna Pitas – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #4

toufayanJamie says –

Sweet & Spicy Toufayan Tuna Pita Sandwiches
(My husband loves this recipe)
2 packages sweat & spicy tuna
1/2 red bell pepper-diced
1/4 red onion-diced
3 radishes-diced
4 green jalepeno olives-diced
2 chopped pickled pepperoncini peppers
2 tablespoons Rice Vinegar
2 tablespoons spicy mustard
2 tablesppons mayo
1 small chopped tomato

Mix all ingredients together. Add a dash of salt and pepper but that is optional. Chill for about 30 minutes. When ready to serve spoon into Toufayan Pita Bread and enjoy for a nice quick meal.

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Pita Pizzas Recipe – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #3

toufayanCherie says –
We make this super easy recipe about 2-3 times a week… and healthy (great weight watcher points).

Pita Pizza
1 – Whole Wheat Toufayan pita bread
1-2 tblspn tomato sauce
1 oz fat free shredded mozzarella
Topping of your choice including turkey pepperoni, veggies, meatball, etc.
Oregano, parmesan cheese to taste
Sauce on pita bread
Top with half cheese
Add additional toppings
top with rest of cheese
Sprinkle with oregano and parmesan cheese to taste

Cook in 500 degree oven for 8 min until sides are crisp.?Cut in quarters and enjoy

Options:?BBQ chicken pizza: use BBQ sauce instead of tomato sauce, ?Add chicken and red onion – ?YUM!!

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DIY Breakfast Burritos – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #2

toufayanMeghan says –

DIY Breakfast Burritos

1 egg or 2 egg whites per person
Cooking spray
Salt, pepper, and/or other seasonings (we use Adobo)
Tofuyan wraps
Variety of toppings such as (if you find them pre-made, even better!):
Sautéed peppers or onions
Diced tomatoes
Shredded cheese
Bacon bits
Diced sausage
Cubed ham
Sour cream

Pre-heat a non-stick sauté pan medium heat. Scramble eggs in a bowl. Spray the pan with the cooking spray and then add the eggs. Season to taste, while slowly moving the eggs around the pan until solid.

Set up your dining room table as a buffet line. Everyone goes down the line creating their own burritos.

For added crunch, place wrapped burritos in the pan and press until seared on each side (2-3 minutes).

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Cuban Flats Recipe – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #1

toufayan flatbreadHeron says:

1. 8 oz Easy Cuban Pork (recipe below)?Or 8 oz Publix brand sliced roast pork (ask for it at deli counter)
2. 8 oz Publix sweet deli ham (often bogo!)
3. 20 Dill pickle chips
4. 8 slices Publix brand Swiss cheese
5. Mayo
6. Cooking spray
7. 8 Toufayan flat bread slices

1. Spread mayo on one side of each flat bread.
2. Assemble the sandwiches by layering 1 flat bread with 2 oz sweet ham, 2 oz pulled pork, and an even layer of pickles. Cover with a slice of cheese and top with another flat bread slice. Repeat this step until you have 4 sandwiches.
3. In a heavy skillet in medium heat toast the sandwich on both sides until bread is crisp and cheese is melted. Remember to coat the skillet with cooking spray!
4. Serve with black bean soup or beans and rice.
NOTE: This recipe makes 4 large sandwiches that reheat well. PERFECT for sharing or saving for lunch the next day!

1. 2-3 lb trimmed bone in pork butt
2. 1 tablespoon cumin
3. 3 cloves garlic
4. 1/2 tablespoon onion powder
5. 3 teaspoons dried oregano
6. 1 teaspoon red pepper powder (optional)
7. 1/2 cup olive oil
8. Juice of one lime
8. Salt & pepper to taste
1. Combine all the spices with the oil and lime juice.
2 Rub the spice mixture onto the pork. Make sure you get in all the nooks and crannies!
3. Cook on low in slow cooker for 6-8 hours. Or, until pork shreds easily with fork.
4. Set 1 cup of pork to the side for Cuban Flats.
5. Freeze the rest of the pork for future Cuban Flats.

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Saving Money By Thinking Outside The Box

tomatoesHave you ever thought about finding ways to save money besides using coupons?

As I was cutting up one of the big tomatoes that my parents brought me over the weekend, I started thinking about all the different ways I get things without actually paying for them.

While coupons are a great way to reduce the budget in a big way, a little creativity can do wonders for your budget. Why not think of ways you reduce your budget by using your available resources.

As an example, find someone who grows a garden and see if you can barter with them for fresh produce. My parents grow TONS of different veggies each year and always have more than they can use. While my mom cans and pickles many of the items, she still has much more than her and my dad can eat before it goes bad. She is always looking for for folks to take the extras off her hands AND I am always happy to grab those extras! This week I will be enjoying tons of tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers and pickles. The best part…it’s all FREE!

Now, if your parents don’t garden – maybe your friend or neighbor does! Perhaps you could offer up a couple of loaves of your famous fresh baked bread in exchange for a big bag of fresh veggies? It certainly can’t hurt to ask. Most people who garden will always have extras and I know they’d rather them be used than wasted!

Think of other ways to barter for stuff you want and need! One of my friend’s teenage daughters would live in the pool if she could. Well, I just so happen to have a pool and while she knows she is welcome at any time, her mom is a smart cookie and has her earn her privileges. So if she wants to come spend the day at my pool, she is required to help me around the house for an hour. She is just wonderful to have around. She helps me fold clothes, sweeps, dusts, even cuts my coupons and clips my Box Tops For Education. All of the little tasks that she completes in her time here helps me tremendously. In return she enjoys the rest of the day swimming and sunbathing. I am going to be sad when school starts back ;-)

How about finding a cooking club or even starting one with your friends?! Basically you take turns exchanging meals. You can work it so that you get a couple of nights out of the kitchen while still enjoying a home made meal. Since everyone has such different schedules, this is a great way save time…which in turn can also save you money.

Sit back and think about how your skills might benefit your friends and family. Maybe you babysit in exchange for laundry services or carpool in exchange for lawn services. There are probably so many different options available…you just have to work out the details.

My point is be creative. I bet you can find ways to save money and/or time without even spending a dime!

I’d love to hear some of your creative money saving strategies or ideas that have saved you over the years. Share them in the comments!

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