Sunday, January 30, 2011

What do you love to see on my blog?

Hi all,
  I'm looking for some inspiration from my readers.  I want to know what it is that you just love to see on my blog.  Do you want more recipes, cleaning tips, crafting, repurposing ideas, couponing tips, my shopping trips, or homemaking tips?

  I want to hear from you all!  What would you just love for me to post about?  I'm hoping you all will fuel my fire, while I quench your thirst!  So tell me what you want to see, and I'll do my best to deliver!

  I hope you all are enjoying your Sunday!

Saturday, January 29, 2011 has some great new coupons!!

Hi all,
  Check out the great new coupons that has to offer!

$5.00 OFF $25 at Family Dollar Stores
$1.50 OFF 1 Box Of Peace Cereal
$1.50 OFF 1 Nestle Fun Size Valentine Exchange Pack
$1.00 OFF 1 Bottle of Any A.1.Steak Sauce 
$1.00 OFF 1 Package Oscar Mayer Carving Meat
$0.75 OFF 1 Shake 'N Bake Product
$0.75 OFF 1 Package of Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls
$0.75 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Frozen Sandwich
$0.50 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Refrigerated Side
$0.50 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Sausage
$0.50 OFF any 2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls 
Buy One Get One FREE Nestle Purified Water
$7.00 OFF any 1 Florastor Probiotic
$3.00 OFF 1 Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle
$2.00 OFF any 1 Nature's Bounty Your Life Vitamins
$1.00 OFF any one PediaCare Product
Buy One Get One FREE Cesar Bistro Dog Food
Buy One Get One FREE ProPlan Select Can Food
$10.00 OFF Purina BREEZE Litter System
$3.00 OFF ProPlan Select Cat Food (3.5lbs or larger)
$3.00 OFF ProPlan Select Dog Food (albs or larger)
$2.00 OFF 12 cans of Purina Mighty Dog
$1.00 OFF 1 Purina Beneful Brand Snackin Slices
$1.00 OFF 1 3lb Or Larger Bag Purina Cat Chow Cat Food
$1.00 OFF 1 5lb Or Larger Bag-Purina Fit & Trim Dog Food
$10.00 OFF The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Collection On Blu-ray 

Happy Couponing!

Disclosure:  Above links are affiliate links.  Thank you for your help in supporting Just Peachy in Dixie!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Kitchen tip for livening up your rice...

Hi all,
  Is your rice a little bland?  Want to liven it up a bit?  Just substitute the chicken stock in place of the water.  That will take the plain, boring rice to a nice flavorful side dish.  I also add some parsley and butter to top it off.

  So, be sure to make some good 'ole chicken stock with those leftover bones, and stock up your freezer!  If you don't know how to do that.....stayed tuned for a post on stretching that roasted or baked chicken even further with just the bones. :)

Hope you enjoy,


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Chicken Pot Pie...Mmmm!

Hi all,
  I just had to share with you the Chicken Pot Pie I made.  Thanks to Jessica at Life as Mom, who shared her recipe for chicken pot pie, we had a delicious dinner.  It was a hit!  Let me tell you, it was so simple!
  I have never made a homemade crust, but the recipe Jessica shared here was very easy.  I followed her recipe for the pot pie with the following adjustments:

~I just used the left over chicken we had from 2 nights before
~I didn't measure any veggies, I just took out a small mixed bag I had in the freezer, and I didn't add potatoes, but I plan to in the future

Next time, I think I will double the filling/sauce recipe, because it was so delicious we wanted more of that.  

  Since the family loved it so much, I've already added it to the recipe list I'm compiling to try to start freezer cooking.  So the next time I make this pie, I'm going to make at least three more at the same time following the freezing instructions Jessica shares directly underneath the recipe.

  Be sure to let me know what you think!

Happy Baking!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ended 2/6/11 9:00pm Tickets Giveaway for the Parents Palooza in ATL!! Ends 2/6/11 9:00pm

Hi all,
  I just wanted to be sure all you local parents saw my giveaway for a family pack of tickets to the Parents Palooza being held in Atlanta, Ga. at the Cobb Galleria Center.  Check out my full post here.

Good luck!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kroger Game Day Greats Sweepstakes ends 2/6/11

Hi all,
  Click on the logos to enter the Instant Game Day Greats Sweepstakes at Kroger.  You can play everyday for a chance to win free items loaded to directly to your Kroger card.

Good luck, and have fun!

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Ended 2/6/11 9:00pm Parents Palooza in Atlanta, Ga. & My First Giveaway for Family Packet of Tickets!

Hi all,
  Be sure to add Parents Palooza to your calendar on Feburary 26-27, 2011!  This event is being held at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta.  It's promised to be the Ultimate Family and Parenting Expo!  Fun for parents and children alike.  From expecting parents through to parents with college aged children.

  The two days will be packed with information for you and your family.  See performers, products, services, and activities along with games, contests, and giveaways for all.

  Here are just some of the planned:

-Family Rock Band present by XFINITY
-Radio Disney:  Live 2 hr broadcast from Parents Palooza featuring DJ and Road Crew!
-International Village Presented by Lango Foreign Languages for Kids
-Medieval Times: Prince & Princess in costume. Princess doing storytimes.  Make a crown craft station.


-"Cavemen in Babyland", KB Howard
-Fire Safety Demonstration and Information, presented by Red Hot Firetruck
-"Send Your Kids to School Without Going Broke", Harold Weissman, GA College Planning
-"Keeping Marriages Strong," Michelle Anderson, Date Night ATL

and Prizes:

• 5 DaveyCakes Onesies
• Gift Certificate from Lisa Philllipson Photography
• GA AQUARIUM-2 Behind the Scenes Tours for 2 people includes general admission
• 8 General Admission Tickets to GEORGIA AQUARIUM
• 14 Tickets to Cobb Childrens Theatre

  To see all there is to offer just click here, or any of the links above to be taken directly to the website where you will find all the information you need, or to purchase your tickets.  

  Courtesy of Kent Events, I will be hosting a giveaway for a family packet of tickets to the event!  There are multiple entry opportunities for the giveaway.  

Mandatory entry:
-You must follow or already follow my blog, and be sure to leave a comment stating that 

Additional available entries are as follows:

-1 entry if you subscribe via email to my blog
-1 entry for clicking on one of the links to the Parents Palooza website, and commenting back here on what you would most look forward to seeing.

 Leave a separate comment for each entry, and be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you, if you are the winner.  Also, in your comment tell how many people are in your family.
Maximum of 3 entries per person.

  Window for entries will close at 9:00 pm on Feburary 6, 2011. The winner will be picked at random, and notified by email.  Winner will have 24 hours to respond to my email, or another random winner will be picked.

  Be sure to tell your friends, who might be interested in taking their families as well!

Good luck, and have fun! :)

Disclosure:  I received tickets for the promotion of this event on my blog.  No other monetary compensation was accepted. 

Winning tickets will be distributed courtesy of Kent Events,  and not by me.  I cannot be held responsibility for receipt of the tickets.  



Wednesday, January 19, 2011

My Husband's Favorite Cake!

Hi all,
  My husband has never been much of a sweet eater, but he absolutely loves his aunt's chocolate cake.  He looks forward to every Christmas, because she has been known to make him his very own cake.

 So, my aunt gave me the recipe, (I don't know where it came from) I finally learned how to make it, and my husband is so happy!  The icing is actually made with granulated sugar instead of powder sugar which is what makes this cake soooo yummy.  It is just delicious, so I thought I would share it with you.

Now, I have made this cake three times, and the icing is a little different every time.  The key is how long you let it cool before you spread the icing.  You have to be sure not to let it cool too long, because it gets too stiff to spread.  You have to just use your judgement, and learn from trial and error.

  The picture above is my first attempt.  I couldn't have timed icing the cake any better.  I think it's better to start icing it while it is still pretty soft, but not runny.  I like it soft enough for when I'm done icing the top I can take a ladle and pour in a circle all around the edge and with a gentle nudge it will slooowly run down the side clingging to the cake. Which is why you can really see the layers of the cake, but I think it adds to the appeal of the homemade look. If you wait too long, it is harder to spread, and tends to tear up your cake. I found this out on my next two attempts.  That is why I say you will learn the timing through trial and error.  No matter what it is soooo tasty!

  Now, for the recipe. I first start with just a boxed yellow cake if I have one on hand, and if I don't I just use the Betty Crocker yellow cake recipe

  Here's the icing recipe: (It's a large batch, and I usually have some left over, but we like a really thick layer of icing :) )

Chocolate Frosting: (I multiply this by 3)
2 cups sugar (granulated)
1/4 cup cocoa
1/4 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup of milk
2 big tablespoons of crisco
1 big spoon of vanilla extract

Mix sugar, cocoa, and salt by itself.
Add milk, put over medium/high heat.
When milk gets warm, add crisco
Boil, and keep stirring for 20 minutes minimum, until mixture forms soft ball in cold water
Turn off, and take off eye
Stir well for a few minutes, then add vanilla
Let cool and stir for about an hour off and on (I usually end up icing the cake somewhere around 45 minutes, you just have the be your own judge on this)

  Well, I hope you enjoy it!  We just love it.  Be sure to let me know what you think after you try it.

Happy baking!

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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sunday Blog Hop...

Hi all,
  Join in on the Meet & Follow blog hop hosted by The Thrifty Military Wife.  There's a great list of blogs to check out.

Have fun, and happy blog hopping!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

Such beautiful snow!

Hi all!
  I just had to share a few pictures with you.  We get snow like this so rarely here in north Ga, that for us it's like a wonderful winter wonderland to explore.  DH, DD and I took a walk through the woods behind our house, and just thoroughly enjoyed the tranquil beauty!  It was like looking at a blanket of quiet peace.

  We decided not to go down this trail.  We hated the thought of ruining the perfect purity.  So instead we just admired the beauty and snapped a picture for posterity.

  Before returning from our walk to go sledding with the neighbors up the street, DH helped DD make this snow angel.

  Once we had sled down the hill (children and adults alike), and were good and frozen to the bone, we came in for lunch and hot chocolate.

  I'm sure there will be another sledding session in the near future.

  I hope all of you that got snow, you're enjoying your snow day, and staying safe!

Stay warm!

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Friday, January 7, 2011

Target trip 1/7/11

  Hi all,
  I thought I would share my Target trip today.  I had two transactions, because I had two Target coupons, and it stated only one coupon per transaction.

Transaction 1:
-3 Finish dish tabs 10ct. $2.99 = $8.97
-1 Up (Target brand) feminine liners $.87

Total pre tax: $9.84
-Coupons Used
 3- $2.25 MQ
 1- $.75 TQ
                                           $.05 off for bringing in my own bag

                                          Total OOP: $2.83  Saved: $7.55

Transaction 2:
-1 Up (Target brand) feminine liners $.87
 -Coupons used:
1- $.75 TQ
$.05 off for bringing my own bag

Total OOP: $.07  Saved: $.80

I just love it when I save so much more than I spend! :)

Happy Shopping!

Linking up here at:

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Love my new Wilton Ultra II Cookie Press

Hi all,
  Here is one of the new toys I got for Christmas, the Wilton Cookie Pro Ultra II.  I just love it!  (Thank you "L" :) ) It is so easy to use, and I had no problem cleaning up after all the fun.  My DD and I had a blast trying all the different shapes.

  I just used the Krusteaz cookie mix that was on sale at Publix recently, and off we baked.  The cookies came out perfectly.


After Baking

After Baking

  We decorated them with some vanilla Betty Crocker frosting that I colored with the Wilton frosting dye.  I used my new piping bags, and tips I got for Christmas.  (Thanks to my aunt :) ) Piping was fun, but I need A LOT of practice. I just love getting new kitchen goodies!  I'm sure my DD and I will be baking lots of cookies in the near future, and having fun practicing our piping techniques. :)

Happy Baking!

P.S.  If you are interested in the cookie press, look to the right, under "My Favorites" for a link to Amazon to check it out.  You'll be helping fund Just Peachy in Dixie if you purchase through the link. ;)

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Dollar General Sweepstakes...Play daily

Hi all,
  Dollar General has a Fresh Start Every Day Sweepstakes game going on through 1/31/11.  Play daily for your chance to win instant prizes, and to be entered into the drawing for the $100,000 grand prize!!

Have fun, and good luck!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Wednesday blog hops....

Hi all,
  Join in the fun, at a blog hop!

      Raising Homemakers

Happy Hopping!

Homemade chicken and rice soup

Hi all,
  I thought I would share with you the homemade chicken and rice soup recipe I made last night.  I had a lot of chicken left on my roasted chicken from the night before, so I decided to pull off all the meat and set aside.  Then I followed this recipe with a few minor changes.

  Step 1: I followed with these adjustments:  I only used about a 1/4 of an onion, because we are not much on onions around here, but I figured it needed it for the seasoning.  I didn't have minced garlic, so I just put in some garlic powder (sorry, I didn't measure...just threw some in).  I didn't have "seasoning salt,"  so I just threw some celery salt in there.

Step 2: I followed exactly.

Step 3: I did not add anymore onion.  I did not have any green beans, so I just used the left over canned corn I had in the fridge from the night before, and added some extra celery and carrots.  While the veggies were cooking in the broth, I made the rice separately on the stove.

Step 4:  Since my chicken was left over roasted chicken, it was already cooked and seasoned, so I just broke into small pieces and threw them in along with some butter.

Step 5:  I added the rice that I cooked on the stove top, and let soup simmer just a bit.  This is also where I taste tested to determine what seasonings I might need to add.  Needed more salt, a little more celery salt, pepper and a touch more of garlic powder.

This would have been great with some crusty garlic bread and a salad, but I had also made a cake with homemade chocolate icing (I'll share that in another post) that takes about 2 hours to make so I was just not motivated to do anymore! :) It was just fine alone, with the cake for dessert.  There was plenty left over for me to put some in the fridge for tomorrows lunch, and froze a large container for dinner another time.

Enjoy, and Happy Cooking!

Monday, January 3, 2011

Free Olay body wash at Dollar General!!!

Hi all,
  My local Dollar General has 8.4 oz. body wash on sale for $2.  There was a $2 coupon in the 12/26 P&G, making it free!  It did scan for $3, but when the total button was hit, it went down to $2.  Gotta love free body wash! I'm not sure how long it will be on sale.

Happy Shopping!

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