Mediterranean Turkey Burgers – Recipe Finalist #6

March 31, 2014 

 Mediterranean Turkey Burgers   Recipe Finalist #6Aggie says:

Mediterranean Turkey Burgers
2 Toufayan whole wheat pitas halved and toasted
Mix Panko, Feta, minced red onion,pesto (I like to make mine homemade), salt, pepper 1lb.turkey breast, & 1 garlic clove minced. Mix all ingredients. Make patties, cook in skillet with spray. Serve in Pita with fresh arugula, extra pesto and fresh tomato. Delicious

Chicken Tacos with a Twist – Recipe Finalist #4

March 31, 2014 

 Chicken Tacos with a Twist   Recipe Finalist #4Stephanie says:

Chicken Tacos with a Twist

Ingredients:

1 lb. of Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast
1 Pack of Toufayan Tortillas, Soft White Taco Style
1 Package of Taco Seasoning (Any Brand)
1/4 cup of Orange Juice with No Pulp
2 Tablespoons of White Vinegar
8 oz. of Shredded Cheddar Cheese
3 Tomatoes, Diced
16 oz. Sour Cream
Chopped Lettuce

Instructions:

I take their White Soft Taco Tortillas and make chicken tacos. Take the pound of chicken breast and cut into strips. Before cooking it, marinade the chicken in orange juice, white vinegar, and taco seasoning for about 2 hours. The orange juice and vinegar provide a paprika-type taste. Cook the chicken in a skillet until thoroughly cooked. Fill each tortilla up with the cooked chicken strips, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. If desired, tortillas can be warmed.

Serve and enjoy!

Mayan Pork Wrap – Recipe Finalist #3

March 31, 2014 

 Mayan Pork Wrap   Recipe Finalist #3Robin L says:

Mayan Pork Wrap

Ingredients:
4 ounces cooked pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
½ cup cooked white rice
½ cup cooked red or black beans
½ cup canned corn
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ cup salsa
2 Toufayan Wraps

Directions:
In large bowl combine pork, rice, beans, corn, Cheddar cheese and salsa.
Cover the Toufayan Wraps in damp paper towels and heat in the microwave 45 seconds.
r, heat them individually in a dry pan until warm and lightly toasted.
Place Toufayan Wraps on work surface; top with pork mixture.
Fold sides in to enclose filling; roll other sides to enclose filling.

Delicious Toufayan Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Pizza – Recipe Finalist #2

March 31, 2014 

Mary says:

 Delicious Toufayan Sun Dried Tomato Cheese Pizza   Recipe Finalist #2Delicious Toufayan Sun-Dried Tomato Cheese Pizza

Ingredients:
1 Toufayan Sun-Dried Tomato Wrap
1 Cup Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella Cheese
1 tsp Rosemary Seasoning

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease a large cookie sheet.
3. Place wrap on cookie sheet, making sure it is opened flat.
4. Spread shredded cheese over wrap.
5. Sprinkle rosemary seasoning over wrap.
6. Place cookie sheet in the oven on the middle rack.
7. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
8. Allow time to cool. Serve and Enjoy!

*You can also add meat and/or any vegetable toppings of your choice. Although, the cooking time may need to be adjusted.

Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas – Toufayan Recipe Finalist #1

March 31, 2014 

 Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas   Toufayan Recipe Finalist #1John Page says:

Chipotle Shrimp Quesadillas

Meal: Dinner

Ingredients:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
½ pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1 small red bell pepper, cut into thin strips
4 Toufayan Wraps
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1 scallion, sliced
Guacamole, optional

Directions:
In large skillet over medium-high heat, in hot oil, cook shrimp until lightly browned and cooked through, stirring occasionally.
Remove shrimp to bowl. To drippings remaining in skillet, add red pepper; cook until pepper is tender-crisp.
Place two Toufayan Wraps on work surface, top each with shrimp, red peppers, shredded cheese and scallion.
Top with remaining wraps.
Preheat grill or large skillet.
Cook quesadillas about 5 minutes or until bottom is very crisp, then carefully flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes until cheese is melted.
To serve, cut quesadillas into wedges.
Serve with Guacamole.

Happy 2014 – What Are You Budgeting For?

January 1, 2014 

 Happy 2014   What Are You Budgeting For?

Happy New Year! It’s really hard to believe that it’s 2014. Last year was a busy year for us as we moved to a new state. We are enjoying Tennessee but I still have lots of unpacking and organizing to do.

One of my goals is to get everything out of my garage and put where it is supposed to go. I really want to have it done by the end of January…so I better get busy!

Today I am also taking the time to revisit our budget and get everything set up for 2014. I have been tracking our spending in various categories for many years now and budget a certain amount for the entire year. Now I know this may not work for everyone but it’s worked great for us. Today is the day that I look to see if we were over budget or under budget. Depending on what I see I will either maintain or modify the allotments in each category.

For several years now I have been able to feed my crew for about $40 per week. I actually have $2100 in my grocery budget for the entire year. Last year I added an organic produce delivery service that was on top of that amount. I have not found a similar option since we have moved but have had some success at the Chattanooga Market and even received some great produce from friends and neighbors. I am considering doing some small gardens this year now that I have the space. I just have to determine if I can add the maintenance into my routine each week. I know it’s not a ton of effort but I am stretched thin as it is.

With all of that – plus the fact that my boys are getting bigger, I am considering modifying my budget to $50 – $75 per week. Now I know that doesn’t sound like a ton of money but, it’s a pretty substantial increase.

I am struggling with the decision for many reasons. I have made a list of the pros and cons but am still not completely sure what I will do. Here’s how my brain works….

If I allow myself the extra money I will not work as hard to save…BUT…I am so busy I need to cut myself some slack and reduce my stress.

My boys are getting bigger, eating more and have many more requests…BUT…they are still young and need to understand that you don’t always get what you want. They get plenty of healthy food while so many other kids do not.

I could go on and on…it seems that I can answer every reason to modify with a reason why I shouldn’t. Wish me luck with my decision.

While I am making my decisions I thought I would see what you guys have planned this year. Any of you guys care to share your budget or goals for the new year. Are you budgeting for a large purchase, to pay off debt or just to trying to make ends meet? I think it’s nice to hear from other like minded folks. So what’s your budget and what are you saving for?

Facebook Changes & How Make Sure You Don’t Miss Any Publix Deals

December 11, 2013 

 Facebook Changes & How Make Sure You Dont Miss Any Publix DealsI have received a bunch of emails and messages about folks not seeing post updates over on Facebook.

I will admit that I am so busy that I don’t spend tons of time on Facebook but apparently they changed some algorithm last week. It seems they want pages and business to start paying big bucks in order to reach fans. I guess it’s their prerogative, after all I don’t pay them anything to have a page so I guess I can’t expect them to bend over backwards to make sure folks get the scoop on what I share.

My main focus has been and will always be my websites. I don’t plan on paying Facebook massive advertising fees so folks will see my posts.

Now, I know lots of you guys depend on Facebook for a quick update so this is affecting you guys. It seems that there are ways to improve the chances of you getting notices and seeing more posts.

Check out this little step by step guide -

facebook changes Facebook Changes & How Make Sure You Dont Miss Any Publix Deals

  1. Like I Heart Publix on Facebook
  2. Hover over that like button and Make sure “Show In Newsfeed” is checked
  3. Next, Make sure “Get Notifications” is checked
  4. Then click “Settings” (under “Show In Newsfeed”)
  5. A new pop up will show up and there you will click “All Updates”

Of course you can always check here on the site for all the latest and greatest deals available at Publix. I share so many good ones each day. I know being able to get quick notification of hot deals and coupons is important to you guys. We all know they can come and go very quickly. Hopefully this helps you guys get those posts back in your feed.

Don’t forget, in addition to just visiting the site and Facebook there are other ways to get all my deals.

I know this is frustrating and lots of my blogging buddies are all very upset by the changes. I figure we have to roll with the punches. Who knows Facebook may not even be around a year from now…

Thanks to Kerry at Totally Target for the instructions

Coupon Fraud At Publix – Cheaters Never Prosper!

August 5, 2013 

 Coupon Fraud At Publix   Cheaters Never Prosper!Michelle shared a link over on my Facebook page that had a news story about a couple of folks who decided to cheat big time at Publix.

It seems that “They were making fraudulent coupons, altering coupons they found online. Making it so it wouldn’t look odd to Publix.”

Isn’t that just dandy…and we wonder why stores are so critical of couponers?! Coupon fraud is rampant everywhere. I think this is a nice reminder to make sure and follow the rules so that our stores continue to offer a generous coupon policy.

I have seen so many stories about folks bending the rules and just flat out cheating. I am not naive, I know there will always be liars, thieves and cheaters in this world. I just wish they’d stay out of my favorite store – tee hee!

Feel free to comment and discuss. Have you witnessed any folks being less than honest?

The Walmart Slayer – Love It!

July 26, 2013 

i heart publix The Walmart Slayer   Love It!

I had a couple of people send over links to the new Forbes article that talks about how Publix is winning the grocer war. Basically the article focuses on what we all know…Publix customer service really does make a difference!

What I loved reading is that Forbes notes that Publix is the most profitable grocery chain in the nation. Their 2012 net margins of 5.6% beats out Walmart’s 2012 net margin of 3.8% and Kroger’s 2012 net margin of 1.6%. How cool is that? I think most people would agree that Publix has the cleanest stores, best customer service and highest quality products. All of that and they are still profitable – brilliant!

For me, their customer service means more than anything. My time and money are both very valuable and the last thing I want to do is waste either. It’s very rare today to get good customer service at any type of retail establishments. I can’t tell you how many times I have bought shoes, clothing, electronics and such and the cashier never even bothered to look up, much less smile or greet me. Heck, the other day I was buying new socks for my boys and the cashier never even looked at me. Instead she was too busy conversing with another employee about various aspects of her love life. She dropped some of my change, said oops then quickly turned to finish her conversation. I looked at my husband in awe. I made a point to loudly say – “Thanks, I hope you have a great day.” You know, I was not shocked by the fact she didn’t hear me.

Now, don’t get me wrong I am not asking that stores roll out a red carpet and greet me with confetti. However, common courtesy and friendliness sure do go a long way. I work very hard for my money and want to make sure I am getting value for that money…value in the product and in my experience!

I can still remember one of my final visits to Wallyworld. You guys know I have a love for hummus. Well, many moons ago, I found a recipe and wanted to give it a try. The recipe called for tahini. I had no idea where to begin looking for this sesame paste that I had never bought before. I looked for a few minutes then went over to an employee who was standing at a podium type thing at the front of the store. I asked her where I might find the tahini that I needed for my recipe. I have to note that she looked less than pleased to have been working that day. I asked her where I might find the item and was appalled at how this woman treated me. She had no idea where to find the item and the few suggestions she had I had already checked. She was not pleased that I didn’t walk away after her ideas were exhausted. I politely asked if she could find someone to help me since I really needed this ingredient for my recipe. I suggested maybe she could call someone on her walky talky who might be able to assist me. Little did I know that would incur an insult with her final suggestion that if I needed more help I’d need to go stand in line at the customer service. I looked over at the line and asked her if she was really suggesting that I stand in a line that had 20+ people miserable standing for returns. Her reply was….”You can stand in line or just go somewhere else.” So you know what…I left my cart with her and walked out the door. That was the last time I ever went there shopping for groceries. (I did have to run in once to buy socks for my son on the way to a wedding but it literally was my only option in the area or I would never have given them another dollar after my tahini fun–tee hee!)

Let me tell you about a similar experience recently at Publix. I was in Alabama visiting my husband’s family and needed some little juice glasses. We were on our way back from the beach and had to stop by Publix to get my husband’s father’s birthday cake so I decided to see if maybe I could kill two birds with one stone. I was exhausted and was honestly embarrassed to be in the store…after a long day at the beach I know I looked and likely smelled terrible! After grabbing the cake I kinda stood looking at the signs trying to determine which aisle might be my best bet to look for those juice glasses. An employee approached me and asked me if I needed help. I explained to her what I was looking for and she said that they may be in one of several spots and proceeded to walk me to 4 or 5 different aisles to show me all the options I had to choose from.  At one point I felt bad about her taking so much time with me and said she could just tell me the aisle number – her response….”No, It’s my pleasure!”  I kinda giggled and said…”You know, I Heart Publix!”

My store is awesome – I know most of the people there. They go out of their way to be kind, helpful and just downright friendly. What makes me love Publix even more is that I can go into a store where I am not a “regular”, no makeup, sweaty and likely stinky and they are still as helpful and friendly as ever!

I really wish more companies would follow Publix in their efforts to be customer service oriented. I wish they’d realize that consumers value things other than super cheap products. They might also keep in mind that we remember the type of service we get at their stores. My Wallyword visit I described was years ago and I still have not forgotten that miserable shopping trip!

Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

May 27, 2013 

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833cbe7157dafa7b4704330a09311341 Happy Memorial Day Everyone!

Let’s take a moment to honor all Americans who have died while in the military service and a offer a special thanks to those currently serving. I hope you all have a wonderful day!

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