This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 at 1:30 pm.
If you have a craving for a soft and chewy homemade peanut butter cookie, try this yummy three ingredient recipe. Not only is it super simple (anyone can make it!), but it is also Gluten-Free. And I promise – you will not miss the flour in these cookies!
3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
(Adapted from allrecipes.com)
* 1 cup peanut butter
* 1 cup white sugar
* 1 egg
Combine peanut butter, sugar, and egg well in a mixing bowl. Drop tablespoon sized balls of dough on a cookie sheet. Smash down with a fork until more flat than round. Bake at 350 degrees for about 10-12 minutes. Be careful not to burn. They should be slightly brown on the bottom and soft. Makes about 14 cookies.
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This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 12:21 pm.
If you’re an iced tea lover like me, try making a homemade version of the popular Starbuck’s Hibiscus Tea Refresher. It’s currently my favorite summertime drink – it’s super easy to make a pitcher and I love that it uses all natural ingredients!
Very Berry Hibiscus Tea Refresher
For the tea:
8 tea bags of hibiscus berry tea (Try this one)
2 quarts water
1/2 cup berries, fresh or frozen
For the simple syrup:
1 cup sugar
1 cup dried hibiscus flowers (Try these)
2 cups water
Make 2 quarts of tea according to package instructions. I brought 2 quarts of water almost to a boil on the stove and then turned off the heat, and added 8 tea bags to infuse (covered) for about 3 minutes. Take out tea bags and pour tea into a plastic pitcher. Set aside pitcher and let cool to room temperature.
To make the simple syrup, bring water to a boil water with sugar and hibiscus flowers. Turn down heat and simmer for about 20 minutes covered making sure to stir a few times. Strain leaves and then add syrup to the tea and stir. Refrigerate. Before serving, add berries and about 2 cups of ice. I recommend pouring some tea in a cup with a lid and shaking it up with the berries. Enjoy!
Note: The tea that I used is a Wild Berry Hibiscus by Zhen’s Gypsy Tea which I purchased at Cost Plus World Market. I found dried hibiscus flowers at a local organic herbal tea shop. Hibiscus leaves are known to lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Hibiscus has more of a tart flavor so adding some berries and sugar creates more of a subtle sweet flavor.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014 at 12:07 pm.
If you’re a fan of watermelon, try adding some to your salad! The sweet flavor of watermelon combined with feta cheese and balsamic dressing makes for a delicious and beautiful summer salad.
Watermelon Feta Salad
2 cups Seedless Watermelon, cubed
5 oz Spring Salad Mix
1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
1/4 of one red onion, chopped
1/2 of one cucumber, chopped
3 oz. feta cheese, crumbled
2 Tbs mint leaves, chopped
Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing
Directions: Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and drizzle with desired amount of dressing before serving. You can also make your own dressing by combining olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014 at 7:32 pm.
As many of you may know, I have a bit of a cheese obsession! :) So I am super stoked about this new cheese coupon that recently popped up. Just head on over to Coupons.com to print a high value $2/1 President or Galbani Gourmet Cheese coupon!
THEN – check out the deal you can score at Walmart:
Galbani Sorrento Mozzarella Cheese priced around $3.98
Use $2/1 President or Galbani Gourmet Cheese coupon previously found here
Final cost $1.98!
Use this cheese to make this super easy Caprese Salad on a Stick recipe!
(Thanks & Photo Credit, Growing Up on Coupons!)
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 1:28 pm.
If you love melt in your mouth roasted potatoes, check out this easy and delicious Parmesan Smashed Potatoes recipe. These potatoes have become a highly requested favorite side dish at my house, and I especially love that they only take a few simple ingredients. I used the fingerling variety of potatoes on this day, but I also love the other varieties of smaller baby potatoes like reds and Yukon gold potatoes.
Parmesan Smashed Potatoes
2lb bag of your favorite baby potatoes (I used fingerlings)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
Salt & Pepper to taste
2 tablespoons of fresh chopped rosemary (or your favorite herb)
Directions: Wash potatoes, and chop some of the longer potatoes in half. Place potatoes in a large pot of boiling water on the stove. Turn down heat and simmer for about 15 minutes until tender (use a toothpick or fork to test tenderness).
Drain potatoes and place on a baking sheet – I recommend drizzling a little additional olive oil or nonstick spray on the baking sheet to avoid sticking. With a fork or the side of a flat knife, gently smash each potato at the top. Drizzle olive oil on top of potatoes and sprinkle cheese and the fresh chopped rosemary and garlic powder. Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes until they start to look brown – I recommend turning them once while cooking in the oven. Take potatoes out of the oven and season with salt and pepper, and add additional rosemary for garnish. Serves about 8-9 as a side dish.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 3:29 pm.
Take advantage of ripe watermelon this summer and make some delicious and refreshing Watermelon Punch! This easy-to-make drink is perfect for your next summer BBQ or gathering. In addition to being a very affordable beverage to serve (I found a large seedless watermelon for under $5 at Costco!), the punch just looks so pretty in the punch bowl.
Watermelon Punch Recipe
(Adapted from MarthaStewart.com)
14 lb. seedless watermelon
1 and 1/2 cups pineapple juice
1 and 1/2 cups sparkling water
melon balls and or mint leaves for garnish (optional)
Directions: Cut about one third of your watermelon off the top and scoop out all the insides. Puree the pieces of watermelon in a blender or food processor and then strain the solid pieces (I strained over a large pitcher). You’ll have to do this in several batches. Add pineapple juice and sparkling water to the “bowl” and pour in your strained watermelon juice. Mix together and chill the punch and bowl in the fridge for about an hour or until ready to serve.
My watermelon actually made more juice than expected so I saved it in a pitcher so I could make even more punch. My family loved this fun party drink. Make it an adult beverage by adding rum or even white wine. Enjoy :)
Like this drink? Be sure to check out our Blueberry Kiwi Mojitos Recipe (Alcoholic AND Non-Alcoholic Versions)!
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 1:57 pm.
If you’re looking for an easy and frugal no bake dessert to serve this summer, check out this simple and delicious cake made out of ice cream sandwiches! It takes less than 10 minutes to put together but looks like a fancy ice box cake.
Ice Cream Sandwich Cake Recipe
7 ice cream sandwiches (I used the Blue Bunny brand)
8oz. Cool Whip or whip cream equivalent
one candy bar, chopped (I used Twix)
hot fudge to drizzle
Directions: Line a loaf pan with wax paper. Fit one layer of ice cream sandwiches on the bottom (if you use the Blue Bunny brand, the length fits perfectly in a loaf pan and you’ll just have to cut one of the sandwiches in half). Spread half the Cool Whip on top of the sandwiches followed by another layer of ice cream sandwiches and the rest of cool whip. Then sprinkle the chopped candy bar on top (or chocolate chips would work too!). Freeze for at least two hours and up to a week. To serve, pull up on the wax paper – the cake should come right out. Place on a cake plate. Before serving, drizzle with chocolate fudge if desired. Serves about 6-8.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014 at 3:32 pm.
Looking for a super easy and yummy meal you can throw together with leftover chicken? Try this easy and healthy avocado chicken salad (shhh! - you actually replace mayo with creamy avocado)! Serve this 3-ingredient meal on bread, pita, lettuce leaves, or on top of additional sliced avocado.
Avocado Chicken Salad
2 cups shredded chicken (I used rotisserie chicken)
1 large avocado, cored & chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
*salt & pepper to taste
Directions: Add ingredients in a bowl and mash with a fork until well combined.
Chicken salad is a favorite of mine! I love that this recipe offers a basic foundation – leave the salad as is or change it up a bit by adding red onion, walnuts, garlic powder, or even a few tablespoons of Greek yogurt. What do you like in your chicken salad?
Love super simple recipes? Check out this 3-ingredient Honey Mustard Chicken Tenders recipe.
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 12:45 pm.
If your kids beg for Otter Pops every day during the summer like mine do, then check out this easy way to make your own homemade version! The best part is that you can customize them with healthier dye-free ingredients according to what your kids love and use whatever fruit and juice combinations you happen to have in your fridge or freezer. Make them ahead of time and pack as a portable snack in a lunchbox with a freezer pack.
Before getting started, I highly recommend purchasing these Zipzicle – Zip-Top Ice-Pop Pouches – each package comes with 12 pouches and each pouch holds approximately 2.5 ounces. I wash these pouches in soapy water and then rinse and air dry them after each use so that they can be re-used. The pouches are available on Amazon.com and/or at your local Cost Plus World Market.
Tips for using:
Blend your fruit and juice combinations well in a blender. Use a turkey baster or batter pen to fill the pouches (I also carefully used a Pyrex measuring glass with a spout). The key is to place the pouch standing up in a jar or tall cup and to open pouch all the way up to loosen the plastic before pouring; otherwise, the liquid may come back up and make a mess.
After filling each pouch, I placed all the pouches standing up straight in a plastic cup and froze them in the cup over night. When you are ready to enjoy, just unzip the top and push up like an Otter Pop!
Here are two yummy recipes that I created – both are delicious and refreshing:
Blueberry Coconut Homemade Otter Pops
*2 cups blueberries
* 1 cup pure coconut water
*1/2 cup orange juice
*2 Tablespoons Honey
Blend ingredients well, fill pouches, and freeze. Makes 12
Mango Carrot Homemade Otter Pops
*3 mangoes, peeled, chopped
*1 cup pineapple juice
*1/2 cup carrot juice
*2 Tablespoons honey
Blend ingredients well, fill pouches, and freeze. Makes 12
This Hip2Save.com Deal was hand-posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 3:28 pm.
If your kids love fruit snacks like mine do, this is one recipe you’ll definitely want to try! This easy homemade Fruit Snacks recipe offers a healthier alternative to the store-bought version by using 100% real fruit and only ingredients you can pronounce!
I’ve experimented with several different recipes using juice, pureed fruit, and powdered gelatin. The ratio of fruit, liquid, and gelatin below yielded the best results for me resulting in a sweet, fruity, and chewy snack. I used berries but you can use your own desired variety of fruit (note that I’ve read that pineapple does not set as well!).
Homemade Fruit Snacks
1 and 1/2 cups pureed fruit (I used 1/2 lb strawberries, 6oz. blueberries, and 6oz. raspberries)
5 packets or 1/4 cup of unflavored gelatin powder
2 Tablespoons honey
3 Tablespoons fruit juice (I used orange juice)
Puree fruit in a food processor or blender. Pour it into a medium sized saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in juice and honey. Heat until it starts to bubble and slowly add the gelatin powder whisking continually until combined. Pour into an 8×8 baking dish, or small silicone candy molds if you desire specific shapes like stars, dinosaurs, hearts, Lego men, etc. Place in the fridge for 2-3 hours.
After the mixture sets, cut around the sides of the pan with a knife and slide a spatula underneath and place on a cutting board. Cut snacks into small pieces to serve. Store fruit snacks in the fridge for up to a week.