A Pearl For My Pearl

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While I’ve always been fascinated by those stands that allow you to choose your own clam and open it up to find a pearl, it wasn’t until I had Princess in June that I realized just how awesome those little “beads” are!  Not only do pearls come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes, but they’re the only birthstone that comes from an animal!

This past weekend during my Mom’s yearly visit, we went to Pier 39 – Fisherman’s Wharf {one of my favorite places in San Francisco} and passed Pearl Factory where I couldn’t resist whipping out my wallet and telling Little Man to pick out a good looking clam!  At only $14.99, it was the perfect way to allow Little Man to choose something special for his sister.

The first part of this adventure began with Little Man choosing the perfect clam from the bucket of fresh water clams {pictured above}. Little Man didn’t know what was coming, so it was fun to watch him question why he was choosing a clam out of the bucket.

Now that we had the perfect clam, it was time to open that puppy up and find out what kind of pearl was inside!!  After making a wish and tapping the clam 3 times, the woman helping us opened the clam and dug out the beautiful pearl inside.  She cleaned it with salt and then made sure that Little Man was the first person to ever touch the pearl {I loved that she did that!}.

We were pleased to see that the pearl that came from the clam Little Man chose was large and cream colored.  According to the chart {pictured below}, this stood for happiness which is quite an accurate description of my little Princess.

Check out the process:

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Don’t get me wrong, I totally understand that this is a tourist trap and designed to bring you in to sell you over-priced jewelry displaying your new pearl, but that doesn’t change how much I loved this whole process!  The lady helping us wasn’t pushy at all, either, which was a relief.  It was such a neat experience and for only $15, you can’t beat the memories made with me and my Little Man :)

Have you ever opened a clam to find a pearl?  If so, what color did you get and what did you do with the pearl afterwards?  I chose just to keep the pearl and not buy any jewelry, but I plan on buying a cage necklace soon to wear it around.  It will go perfectly with the Sapphire ring I wear to represent my son {who’s birthday is next month, September}.

Gabrielle

This Is What Happens When You’re Born Into A Couponing Family

Princess may only be 6-weeks-old, but she sure is learning to coupon early!  I came home from the grocery store, picked her up out of her car-seat {that she had been in and out of throughout the store}, and found THIS:

Coupon Baby

Oops :P

The empty car-seat seemed like a good place to put that coupon at the time…

Gabrielle

Angel Soft 4-pk Only $0.44 @ Safeway Ends 8/27 {$0.11/roll!}

Angel Soft Deal

Check out this awesome price on toilet paper I found this morning at my local Safeway!  Now through 8/27, Safeway stores have 4-pack Angel Soft toilet paper on sale for only 99¢.  Match that up with one of the coupons below and you’ve got yourself a heck of a good deal on toilet paper!

Angel Soft, 4 pk – 99¢
- $0.55/1 Angel Soft printable coupon {Facebook}
{or} $1/2 Angel Soft coupon {RP 7/28 – regional}
{or} $0.50/1 Angel Soft coupon {RP 7/28 – regional}
{or} $0.45/1 Angel Soft coupon {RP 7/28 – regional}
= as low as 44¢!

That’s only 11¢/roll, folks!

Gabrielle

FREE Gillette Shaving Cream @ Target & Walmart

FREE Gillette Shaving Cream

Quick!  Check your RP 8/11 coupon insert to see if you received the $6/3 Gillette Cartridge, Razor, Shave Prep, or Skin Deodorant, Hair Care Product coupon!  It’s a regional coupon, so unfortunately not everyone received it this past weekend, but if you were one of the lucky ones, head to Target or Walmart to snag 3 FREE cans of Gillette Shave Gel!

Gillette Shave Gel, 7 oz – $1.97
- $6/3 Gillette coupon {RP 8/11}
= 3 FREE!

I was able to pick-up 6 cans today at my local Target with no problems. The shelf was completely stocked, too, so the more the merrier!

Gabrielle

FREE NFL All Clear Bag

NFL Clear Bag Freebie

Football season is quickly approaching and this is one FREEBIE I can’t wait to sport around town!

If you’re an NFL fan, make sure you head over and claim your FREE All Clear bag thanks to the Atlanta Falcons!  Rumor has it that they don’t actually have the Falcon’s logo on them {good thing since I’m a Redskins fan}, just the NFL logo.

Reminder:  This year, the NFL has put a new rule into effect that limits the bag size fans can bring into the stadiums for games.  This clear bag is NFL stadium approved!  You can request 2 per household!  Bags are scheduled to be sent out in the next few weeks!

Gabrielle

Thanks, Coupon Clipinista!

Poor Man’s Cold Crab Dip

Poor Man's Cold Crab Dip

One of my all time favorite dips just so happens to be made up of some pretty expensive ingredients – the main ingredient being crab meat.  While imitation crab meat is really no comparison to the real thing, I knew I had to find a recipe that could utilize this knock-off crab meat without TASTING like knock-off crab meat.

My quest, like almost every food-related task I take one, began on Pinterest with a general search for “crab dip recipe”.  I found dozens of recipes, but none included imitation crab meat.  I was afraid to substitute imitation for the real thing in those recipes because I was confident that the results would be less than satisfactory.  That’s when I knew I had to just throw some ingredients in the bowl and see what happened.

Here are the results…

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb imitation crab meat
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened to room temperature
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay, or similar, seasoning
  • a few shakes of cayenne pepper {for heat}
Poor Man’s Cold Crab Dip
 
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Easy and Inexpensive Crab Dip Using Imitation Crab Meat
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Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 5-10 people

Ingredients
  • 1 lb imitation crab meat
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup shredded cheese
  • 1 Tbs Old Bay
  • a few shakes of cayenne pepper

Instructions
  1. Place your imitation crab meat in a blender and pulse until broken down into tiny pieces {I’d say 6-10 pulses}. You want all the large pieces to be broken apart, but not have the whole thing turn to paste.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse a few more times until well blended.
  3. Serve cold and enjoy!
  4. ** Alternative: You could also finely chop the imitation crab meat. In a separate bowl, completely combine the cream cheese, sour cream, shredded cheese, Old Bay, and cayenne pepper. Fold in the finely chopped imitation crab meat, serve, and enjoy!

Gabrielle

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FREE Evol Burrito @ Target {Digital Coupons Only!}

EVOL BURRITO

Check out this awesome deal on an EVOL burrito at Target!

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EVOL Burrito – $2 {2/$4}
- {1} $1 off $1+ Frozen Foods Target mobile coupon {text FRESH to 827438}
- submit for $1 Ibotta credit {Target Store Extras}
= FREE

Gabrielle

Thanks, Totally Target!

~*HOT*~ New $1/1 Crayola Washable Markers Coupon {& How To Use It}

 Check out this the new $1.00 off any Crayola Washable Markers coupon that was just released!  This coupon won’t last long, so print it now before it’s gone!

$1.00 off any Crayola Washable Markers

Here’s how you can use the coupon at Walmart this week:

Walmart
Crayola Washable Markers – $1.97
$1.00 off any Crayola Washable Markers
= $0.97

If you want to wait until next week {8/4}, you can snag this deal at Walgreens:

Walgreens
Crayola Washable Markers – $1.99 {starting 8/4}
$1.00 off any Crayola Washable Markers
= $0.99

I’ll let you know if/when I find some more coupon match-ups using this awesome coupon!

Gabrielle

Thanks, Shopping Tips and Tricks!

New Printable Food Coupons For August ~ 08/01/2013

coupons

It’s a new month and you know what that means… NEW PRINTABLE COUPONS!

Yippy!

So fire up those printers and get to printing these money-saving coupons before they’re gone!

 

For Lunches

Snacks

Breakfast

Food

 

Which new coupon are you most excited about?

I’ll be sure to let you guys know of any good coupon match-ups I find as they come!

Gabrielle

Homemade Mayonnaise ~ Recipe & Instructions

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Mayonnaise is one of those condiments I hate, but can’t get away from.  So many recipes call for it most, like tuna salad, have no real substitute for the stuff.  Hence why I was so upset when I ran out the other day and got an intense craving for a tuna melt.

That’s when I turned to my handy, dandy Pinterest app and found that making mayonnaise from scratch really wasn’t that hard at all.  Best of all, I had all 4 ingredients needed right there in my kitchen.  Can you believe I almost drove to the grocery store JUST FOR mayonnaise?!

** Recipe yields about 2 cups of mayonnaise. **

Here are the 4 simple ingredients you need to make your own mayonnaise at home at a fraction of the price:

  • 2 egg yolks {the freshest you can get & at room temperature – that’s important}
  • 3 tsp lemon juice
  • 1-3/4 cup vegetable oil {I’ve heard it’s best NOT to use olive oil}
  • pinch of salt, to taste

~ Please note this method requires a standing mixer with whip attachment or a hand mixer. ~

Here’s How I Did It:

Step 1:

Whip together the egg and lemon juice until the egg gets frothy and bubbly. It should only take a minute or two on medium-high speed.

Step 2:

Now it’s time to add the oil.  This is the most pain-staking part of the whole process, but it’s what makes or breaks your mayonnaise.  If not executed correctly, the mayonnaise won’t set-up right and you’ll end up with more of a dressing than a mayonnaise.  NOT good eats, as Alton Brown would put it.

The reason this step is so difficult is because you have to SLOWLY add the oil to the egg mixture.  When I say slowly, I mean SLOOOOOOOWLY. Don’t fret, though, as I found a fool-proof method that allows you to walk away from the mixer and let a simple paper cup do all the work.

All you need is a paper cup and a push pin.  Carefully poke a hole in the bottom of the paper cup, with the push pin, and set the paper cup into the opening of the splash shield {if you have one… if you don’t, you’ll have to find a way of propping up the cup that best fits the machine you’re using}.  Turn the mixer on medium-high speed and fill the cup with oil.  The oil will drip through the hole in the bottom of the cup at the perfect rate to ensure you get light creamy mayonnaise.  Unless you’re working with a super big paper cup, you’re going to have make to sure you keep refilling it as it gets low ;)

Step 3:

After a few minutes, your mayonnaise will begin to really resemble mayonnaise and you should continue adding the oil until all 1-3/4 cups have been added.  When the oil is completely incorporated, add the salt and whip for a few more seconds to completely incorporate the salt with the mayonnaise.

 Voila!  You’re done!

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Super easy, right?  I was amazed myself at how simple this recipe is to whip up {pun totally intended} at a FRACTION of what it costs for even store-brand mayonnaise.

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FAQ

1:  How long will the mayonnaise last in the refrigerator?
Good question!  The mayonnaise should be stored immediately in your refrigerator in a sealed container.  It will stay good as long as your eggs would have; which is about 2 weeks. 

2. Is there any way to get around using raw egg?
~ If you’ve got a way, I’d love to hear it. I, too, don’t like the idea of using raw egg, but that’s never stopped me from eating left-over cookie dough before.  This is why it’s recommended that you use the freshest eggs you can find. 

 

Some great recipes that include mayonnaise are Honey Walnut Shrimp, Copycat KFC Coleslaw, and of course, tuna salad!

Gabrielle

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