The kids are grown, now what?: November 2011

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Looking for unique gifts?

Perpetual Kid is one of my favorite online stores. They offer truly unique products at great prices! Looking for a Hanukkah present? How about this Jewish Penicillin Mug? Perfect for a sick day or even just a mental health day.
Would you like some unusual and fun cookie cutters? Check out these Munchstache Cookie Cutters!
I love Perpetual Kid. Their selection is great, their prices are reasonable and the shipping is fast! I ordered something on Friday and it arrived today! They are offering cyber week specials. Check out Perpetual Kid today!

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Turkey Tostadas #Gluten Free

Last night I used up the last of the turkey! I decided I wanted something different so I settled on Turkey Tostadas and they did not disappoint! You have options when you do these. I made my own tortillas but you can also use store bought and fry them up in a little oil. I made my own guacamole but again, you can buy guac already prepared. I sauteed the leftover turkey with tomatoes, onions, garlic, lime and cilantro. The beauty of this dish is that you can add anything you want! Have fun with it and enjoy!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

All I Have is a Fake Tiger Hat

I LOVE The Bloggess. I don't just love her, I worship her. I want to marry her and have her babies but she is already married and I can't have babies anymore.

Flash Giveaway $5.00 Amazon Gift Card

I love Amazon. They have everything you could possibly think of at great prices. I have a $5.00 Amazon gift card for the winner.

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Turkey Pot Pie with Cream Cheese Crust #Gluten Free

I love a good pot pie. It is the ultimate in comfort food and I found the perfect crust. It is flaky and delicious and you would never know it is gluten free.

1 1/2 C leftover turkey, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1/2 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
2 small potatoes, cooked and chopped
leftover gravy
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 tsp sage
1 tsp dried parley
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter

Melt butter in olive oil. Saute carrot, celery and onions. Add seasonings and potatoes. Add enough gravy to moisten all ingredients. Let cool.

2 1/2 C gluten free flour (I use Better Batter)
1/2 tsp salt
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces (room temperature)
1 8 oz pkg cream cheese, cut into pieces (room temperature)

Mix salt and flour together in food processor.Add butter and cream cheese and process until dough just comes together. Form into a disc and chill for about an hour. You want to keep this dough very cold. It is difficult to work with but well worth the effort.

Once the dough has chilled you can roll out and place dough in a pie dish or use free form. I chose free form. Fill dough with turkey filling and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Enjoy!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Eggs Beneturkey! #Gluten free

I saw this recipe yesterday for Emeril's Poached Eggs Over Crispy Stuffing Cakes With Herbed Gravy and I thought, "I can do that, only I can make it less complicated!) So I did!

When I make Thanksgiving dinner I usually make a TON of stuffing. This year was no exception. We baked 4 loaves of gluten free bread and I made a big pan of stuffing that I baked for the last hour along with the turkey. I then sliced and heated the stuffing for this dish.

While the stuffing was warming I also heated up some gravy and then cooked two eggs over easy. This whole dinner took less than 15 minutes to make and was delicious! Just what I needed after the hard work of cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Rachel Maddow Show #Giveaway

Do you have a Rachel Maddow fan on your Christmas list? Win a Rachel Maddow t-shirt just in time for the holidays! There will be two winners.

Black Friday, Did You Bring a Knife, Gun or Pepper Spray?

Black Friday used to be fun. I would stand in line for an hour or two waiting for the first store on my list to open and then the mad rush to grab what I wanted and get through the line at the register so I could make it to the next store. Standing in line was fun, we laughed and joked around. Sometimes someone would make a fast food run while we held their place in line. Going from store to store I would run into friends or others that stood in line with me. I miss that.

Did you see this article on MSN? Black Friday is now scary and dangerous. You take your life into your hands trying to get a few good bargains. Black Friday is not a place for me anymore. I am waiting for Cyber Monday!

Shop Small

Tomorrow is Small Business Saturday. This is a chance for you to find some fantastic gifts at local businesses. I plan on shopping small tomorrow. I would love to introduce you to some of my favorite small businesses.

Pet Pantry is where I go to get my cat food, cat treats and cat toys. Laura and Candy are the best! You will find great prices, great service as well as a great selection. Don't see what you need? Ask. They will be happy to find exactly what you need at a great price.

Do you have a chocolate fan on your list? Mostly Chocolates has divine truffles. I am always happy when I receive a gift from Mostly Chocolates. And guess what? You can order over the phone and they will ship it to you!

Are you looking for gourmet ingredients and great cooking tools? Someone's in the Kitchen has what you need. You can visit their store or order online. One of my favorite shops in town.

Main Street Market is where we go for gluten free ingredients. They also have a great selection of spices, vegan food, organic food and Hutterite chickens and eggs. They have great sales and a great commitment to the gluten free community.

These are the places I will be shopping small. Where will you go?

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I have a lot to be thankful for this year. I am thankful for my kids. I love them and they love me. They have been very supportive of me since my diagnosis with UC. Not that they weren't supportive before, but more so now. Especially Ryan. I don't know what I would do without her. She has taken charge and is working as many hours as possible to make sure that we can pay rent and bills as well as buy food each month. I am proud of her and very grateful.

I am thankful that this year we were able to find out that it was gluten that was making Ryan so sick. She has done so much better since we went gluten free in January (except for when I accidentally glutaminate her).

I am thankful that Michelle keeps me updated with her and Ben and Brock even though they moved so far away. I miss her so much.

I am thankful that Eli is happy and healthy and has a wonderful puppy named Alice.

I am especially thankful for my spectacular grandson, Brock. He is so funny and bright and lights up my world.

I am thankful for our wonderful friends. I am very thankful for Tara's friendship. She has been like a daughter to me and I love her and her spectacular son, Joey.

I am thankful for my kitty, Molly. She has brought me much joy since she adopted us in July.

So very much to be thankful for this year.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Chocolate Pecan Pie #Gluten Free

I have been making chocolate pecan pie every holiday since I can't remember. It's tradition in this house. This is the first year we did it gluten free.

Crust (makes 2 crusts)
2 1/2 C gluten free flour (we use Better Batter)
1/2 tsp salt
1 C butter, chilled and cut into cubes
3/4 C ice water

Place flour salt and butter into food processor and pulse until mixture resembles coarse meal. Slowly add ice water until dough comes together (you may not need the entire 3/4 Cup). Pat dough into disc, cover with plastic wrap and place in freezer for 30 minutes.

Roll out and place in pie pan. Add pecan pie mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.

Pecan Pie Filling
6 eggs, beaten
2 C corn syrup
2 C white sugar
1/2 C butter, melted
2 tsp vanilla extract
2 C pecans
1 C milk chocolate chips

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

#Gluten Free Turkey?

Who knew that they pumped turkey full of crap? I certainly didn't. We had to go to two stores to locate a gluten free turkey. This makes me very angry. It's turkey! Turkey is a naturally gluten free food. Why on earth would you pump gluten into it? Since this is out first gluten free Thanksgiving I didn't give it a second thought. I am happy to say that Ryan did. She started reading the labels as soon as we got to the meat section of the store. At the second store we went to this morning we found out that Honeysuckle White has a gluten free turkey. Thank you Honeysuckle White. You saved our Thanksgiving!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Disasters!

The first year that I cooked Thanksgiving dinner was a disaster! I had just moved into a new apartment and had not used the oven. I put the turkey into the oven very early in the morning and it would not cook! I ended up cooking that turkey for 12 hours and it was still raw in the middle but I made everyone eat the cooked parts anyway. Thank God that no one got sick. Turns out my oven was broken and could not come up to temperature.

A few years later, I had just purchased a house and I had a slew of friends coming over to celebrate Thanksgiving in our new home. My friends were accustomed to cornbread dressing, which I had never made before. I wasn't sure how much cornbread to make, so I made a lot! I made 6 pans of cornbread! Turns out I didn't need that much! To make matters worse, while I was making the cornbread dressing the top fell off of the pepper container and an entire bottle of pepper fell into the bowl. I removed as much as I could but it was still very peppery!

What Thanksgiving disasters have you experienced?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

What We're Cooking! - Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake #Gluten Free

I have a friend who grows pumpkins in her garden every year. This year she gave me one of them and I baked it yesterday. There is nothing like the taste of fresh pumpkin. I couldn't stop eating it while we were pureeing it in preparation for this and other recipes. Yum!

This month's All You Magazine had this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake. My daughter saw it and immediately wanted to try it. I only had to make one change to make it gluten free. I used Namaste Perfect Blend flour in place of the all purpose flour called for in the recipe. It came out perfect. It was light and fluffly. It was moist and delicious. Just how a pumpkin cake should be. I hope you will give it a try.

Tis the Season for Potlucks! #Gluten Free

Every place I have worked had potlucks. There was always some incredible food offered. Potlucks, in my opinion, work best when people actually cook something instead of picking up something from the store. Years ago, I had a coworker who made this incredible chicken cheesecake. I know, sounds a little weird but it was to die for and I would kill for the recipe if anyone has it!

Potlucks are a great way to have an inexpensive get together. I used to hold a yearly New Year's Day Brunch. It was definitely the best party of the year. I remember the groans the first year I held it. Nobody wanted to get up and go out on New Year's Day. By the end of that first party everyone was talking about what to bring next year.

If you are short on time, dips are a great potluck item.

Parmesan Bacon Ranch Spread (can be served hot or cold)
2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese, softened
4 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
1 C parmesan cheese
1 TBSP granulated garlic
1 TBSP dried parsley
1 TBSP dried onions
1 TBSP chives, chopped

Mix together all ingredients. Let sit in refrigerator for a couple of hours to let flavors meld. Serve with favorite crackers or bread.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Meal for a Cold and Blustery Day #Gluten Free

It's the first snow storm of the season and I wanted something warm and comforting to eat. I decided to use up the last of the corned beef that I bought on sale in March and make some colcannon to go with it.

I love to cook with beer and when Ryan was first diagnosed with a gluten sensitivity I was worried that I would not be able to do that anymore since beer contains gluten. But, guess what? I was wrong! There are two gluten free beers that are available in my area, Redbridge and Bard's, and I have been using both since I found them.

Corned Beef
1 corned beef
1 bottle of gluten free beer
2 C water

Place all ingredients (including spice packet from corned beef) into slow cooker and cook on high 5 to 6 hours. Let sit for 10 minutes then slice and serve

4 -5 large potatoes
1/2 medium head of cabbage
3 slices of cooked bacon, crumbled
4 green onions, sliced

Colcannon is mashed potatoes and cabbage. Everyone has their own way of making mashed potatoes so do what you like best! Mash the potatoes and cabbage together with your favorite ingredients. Add bacon and green onions. Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving Leftovers - Turkey Shepherd's Pie #Gluten Free

My favorite part of Thanksgiving is the leftovers! I can't wait to make my favorite sandwich on Black Friday. Two pieces of bread slathered with leftover gravy and then layered with turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce. YUM! Oh yeah, I look forward to the day after more than the holiday itself!

There are quite a few dishes that we look forward to after the holiday, Turkey Tetrazzini, Turkey Hash, and Turkey Shepherd's pie.

1 1/2 C chopped leftover turkey
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 large onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 C leftover vegetables
2 C leftover mashed potatoes
1 egg
1/2 C cheddar cheese, shredded
1 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP butter
1 C leftover gravy

Heat oil and butter together. Saute celery, onion and carrot until they begin to soften. Add garlic and heat through. Add vegetables and turkey. Add gravy and warm through.

In a bowl combine mashed potatoes with egg and cheese. You may have to add a little milk or broth to thin it.

Grease a deep dish pie plate or casserole dish. Place turkey and veggie mixture into dish, smooth mashed potatoes over the top. Bake in 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes or until potatoes begin to brown. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

What We're Cooking! - Homemade Bread #Gluten Free

Thanksgiving is getting closer! This will be our inaugural gluten free Thanksgiving! I am trying to keep to our traditional foods but it is quite the challenge. Stuffing is definitely the favorite at our house and I didn't want to do it with the pre-made gluten free bread. My stuffing is famous and it HAS to be perfect so I decided that we needed to try baking our own bread. Ryan is my baker and she did almost all of the work. We started with this recipe for Amish White Bread and adapted it to be gluten free.

4 C warm water
2/3 C sugar
1 1/2 TBSP active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C oil (I used corn)
6 C gluten free flour (I used Better Batter)

In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water. Add the yeast and let sit until yeast begins to foam. Mix salt and oil into yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time until smooth. Pour batter (yes, it is a batter) into greased loaf pans and cover with damp towel. Let rise for 1 hour. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 50 minutes.

It came out fluffy and delicious! I can't wait for our next Thanksgiving experiment!

What We're Cooking! - Cream Cheese Won tons #Gluten Free

We love crab rangoon, but Ryan has a developed a horrible shellfish allergy so they have been off the menu for a while. We decided to try making cream cheese won tons the other night and they were yummy! I used the same rice paper wrappers that we used for the egg rolls, but this time I cut them in half for the much smaller cream cheese won tons.

1 pkg cream cheese (room temperature)
1 1/2 TBSP gluten free soy sauce (we use San-J)
1 TBSP freshly grated ginger
5 green onions, sliced
1 clove of garlic, crushed

Mix together together all ingredients.
take 1/2 of rice paper wrapper and dunk in warm water for thirty seconds
place 1 TBSP of filling in wrapper and roll
I like to let them dry off for about 30 minutes and then fry in your favorite oil


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Newbie Blog Hop

Want to check out some great new blogs? Here they are! All have been up and running 6 months or less.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thank you Swag Bucks!

While I was washing dishes my frying pan flew across the kitchen because the handle had come off. Yes, my cookware is old and falling apart! I have been using Swag Bucks every day since April and I had $185.00 in Amazon gift cards saved up. It was time for new cookware! It came today and I am a happy camper!

I picked out a brand new set of Calphalon Anodized cookware! I can't wait to start using it!

Search & Win

Joining Forces

I am sure that you have seen the pictures of Justin Timberlake at the Marine Ball this past weekend. He talks about how moved he was by the experience and how you should thank service members for their service. If you read this post then you know that I agree. However, there are others that you should thank as well.While service members are on active duty overseas the families remain at home. They too serve by taking care of the home front while their loved one is away. You can say thank you to the families of service members by going to Joining Forces and donating your time to help a family in need. You can search for opportunities by zip code or even send a message of thanks.

Are you wondering what you can offer? Mow a lawn. Shovel some snow. Help change a tire. There are many things that are needed and you can help. Check out Joining Forces today and say thank you to our service members.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Facing Fears #NaBloPoMo

Hi, my name is Melissa and I am an agoraphobic! As a kid I was terrified of new situations. They called me "shy". I was so "shy" that I couldn't got to slumber parties or spend the night at my grandparent's house. The fear got worse after my first child was born. I refused to leave the house unless I was with someone I knew. It was a pretty bad situation. I knew it was bad but wasn't sure what to do about it.

A little background first. I dropped out of school at 16 to have my first child. I was living with my husband in an apartment right above his parents.

A pamphlet for GED classes came in the mail one day. I registered. I wanted to go so bad but I was terrified so I decided to be someone else. I pretended to be the opposite of what I really was. I pretended to be loud and obnoxious and very intelligent! I went to my class every day as someone other than myself. I got my GED. Next up was learning how to drive. I did the same thing for that. Soon I found a part time job. I was on my way! Pretty soon I became the loud, obnoxious and very intelligent person that I had pretended to be. I still have days and situations that overwhelm me, but I just talk myself up and get through them. What fears have you overcome?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chicken Cheese Steaks #Gluten Free

I received a free sample of Schar Ciabatta parbaked Rolls in the mail the other day. So I thought chicken cheese steaks would be a good way to try them out. The rolls are a bit small but very yummy. You just pop them in the oven for 8-10 minutes and they come out crispy on the outside and fluffy and yummy inside.

For the cheese steaks I slicked the chicken thinly on the bias. Sauteed it in olive oil and butter. I then sauteed green peppers, red onions and garlic in the same pan as the chicken. Popped them on the rolls with some cheddar cheese and they were delicious!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

November 26th is Small Business Saturday

Pledge to shop small on November 26th. Help your local businesses and help the economy by doing your shopping locally. If you are a small business then check out the web site that American Express has set up to help you attract more business.

Where is this all leading you ask. Well, I will tell you! Thursday I went to an event benefiting the KOTA Care and Share Food Drive. It was called the "Suite" Shopping Social and it was held at the Comfort Suites. The social featured at home businesses. I love these as the products are great and the people who sell the products can make their own hours. You can't ask for anything better!

My favorite booths at this event were Tupperware, Pampered Chef and Lia Sophia.

The Tupperware booth was run by Vicki Barlean who also owns a local bakery called Cakes & More AND she is known as the Gluten Free Fairy! She provides bread for a local coffee shop called Alternative Fuel. I have tasted her bread and it is outstanding! In addition to all of this she sells Tupperware too! You can check out Vicki's Tupperware site HERE.

My next stop was to the Pampered Chef booth run by Nikol Wendt. Who doesn't love Pampered Chef?  You can check out Nikol's Pampered Chef page HERE. I am hoping to partner with Nikol for an event in January. Stay tuned for that!

Last but certainly not least was the Lia Sophia booth run by Tanya Bennett. If you have never checked out Lia Sophia Jewelry then you need to. They have beautiful stuff. I bought Ryan a cameo from Lia Sophia and it is a beautiful piece that will last for years. You can check out Tanya's page HERE. I am hoping to work with Tanya as well.

I really hope you get out there on Small Business Saturday and help support your local businesses.

Macy's Recipe Share

Want a chance to win $1000.00 for your holiday recipe? Macy's has a recipe contest going on right now and you can enter!

My entry is a baked stuffed french toast. This will be the first year that I will attempt to make it gluten free. I haven't decided if I am going to bake my own cinnamon bread or buy pre-made. We shall see!

I serve this with frozen berries warmed in real maple syrup.

1 loaf cinnamon bread
2 8 oz pkgs cream cheese softened
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup chocolate chips
8 eggs
2 cups milk or heavy cream

mix together cream cheese brown sugar and chocolate chips.

Make sandwiches using the cream cheese mixture and the cinnamon bread.

Beat eggs and ,milk/cream together.

Spray 10x13 pan with cooking spray.
Pour some of the egg mixture into the bottom of the pan. place sandwiches on top of the egg mixture and pour remaining egg mixture over sandwiches. Refrigerate over night.

In the morning let pan come to room temperature then place in 350 degree oven 45 minutes to an hour.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Make Three Wishes #NaBloPoMo

I really like this one. I make wishes (prayers, because aren't they kind of the same?) all the time. I wish for a better life for my children. I wish nothing but good health for my friends. I wish my family gave a shit. I wish upon a star. I wish I felt better. If a Djiin came into my life and offered me three wishes, what would I wish for?

1. I would wish for good health. Having a chronic illness is the pits. Having more than one chronic illness sucks big time. Good health and a life free of physical pain would truly be a blessing.

2. I want to win Powerball. I want to win a HUGE jackpot in the Powerball. I am not greedy. There is just so much that I want to do with the money, after I buy a nice house and a new car of course! I want to set up a fund with The Community Health Center of the Black Hills so that people who need colonoscopies or endoscopies are able to get them. Currently there is no funding. I want to fund this. These are vital tests that people without insurance are unable to receive. I want to give a big chunk of money to The Rapid City Club for Boys. This program was so incredibly important for my son. I just want to say thank you. There are so many things I would like to do but I will need a big pile of money to do it!

3. My third and final wish, so many things to choose from. How about an end to childhood sexual abuse? Or end childhood hunger. How about a livable wage for all Americans? Affordable sources of renewable energy?  An end to racism? How do you choose?

What would you choose?

Weekend Blog Hops

Interested in checking out some new blogs? There are a couple of blog hops that are happening in the blogosphere. Check them out!

The Blog Entourage

Stalk Hop Friday

Zaycon Foods

The blogosphere has been in an uproar over Zaycon Foods. They have been selling chicken and other foods at unbelievable prices! $1.49 a pound for boneless skinless chicken breasts. I know, it's unheard of! I was very excited when Zaycon Foods announced they were coming to Rapid City. They came last night. My daughter and I picked up a 40 lb box of chicken breasts and took it to a friend's house to split it up. I was in awe. The chicken we received was outstanding! Take a look for yourself.

Impressed? I sure was. That is 20 lbs of chicken you are looking at. What an incredible deal. Needless to say, I will be trying out some new chicken recipes soon! I hope you have an opportunity to try Zaycon Foods and I hope they come back to Rapid City soon!


Ok, I admit it. I am a popcorn addict. I love the stuff, dripping with butter, cheesy, covered in caramel or spicy. I love popcorn!

Ostimo Popcorn is giving you a chance to win free popcorn for a year PLUS when they go live you will receive a $10.00 credit to their online store. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

John Grisham's Latest Novel #imabzzagent

In early October I received a free copy of The Confession by John Grisham as part of the Bzz Agent program. That was so successful that I was chosen to receive a copy of the newest release by John Grisham called The Litigators. I loved this book! It's about a group of very dysfunctional lawyers trying to make it through each day and trying to hit it big with a massive lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company. If you like John Grisham then you will enjoy this book!

There is even more exciting news for John Grisham fans! In 2012 NBC will premier a TV series called The Firm based on the best selling novel by John Grisham. I can't wait for this one!

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Giving Back to those that Serve

I know that most of you are either smack dab in the middle of holiday shopping or getting ready to do some holiday shopping.  The members of our Military do so much for us every day, how about saying thank you this year? There are many ways to help out and I have a few of my personal favorites here.

Books for Soldiers links up people who are interested in providing books with members of the military who would really love to have a book.

Books-A-Million has a books for troops program. They provide discounted books and ship them to troops around the world weekly.

The USO has a Holiday Box Program that sends goody boxes to troops stationed around the world. They also provide numerous support services through their Families of the Fallen Support Program..

The Wounded Warrior Project offers support programs for injured service members. This is a list of programs that they offer.

NAWS of Tulsa (The Native American Warriors Society) sends packages to Native American service members that are currently serving in Iraq or Afghanistan.

The National Military Family Association has numerous programs to help out military families.

This is just a small sampling of programs out there that will help you say thank you to our troops. I hope you consider these while doing your budget for holiday shopping.

Friday, November 4, 2011

National Blog Posting Month Day 4 #NaBloPoMo

November is National Blog Posting Month and I have been missing all the fun! To find out more about NaBloPoMo you can check out this article on BlogHer. Today's writing prompt is, When you are writing, do you prefer to use a pen or a computer? 

I prefer the computer. If I am planning a post in advance, then I pretty much spend a couple of days writing it in my head. The rest of the time it is pure stream of consciousness. I type much faster than I write and I have always been a speed demon on the keyboard!

What do you prefer?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Reward Programs

It seems that the rush for the holidays begins earlier and earlier every year. The Holiday season now begins the day after Halloween. Since the season is now upon us I thought I would write about the different rewards programs that I use to help make my shopping a little easier.

The program that I have been using the longest is MyPoints. I love MyPoints. I have been using them since 2000 and I have earned over 88,000 points in that time. You can earn points by shopping, reading emails, searching and watching videos. The rewards are excellent. I have gotten Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Olive Garden and Amazon gift cards. You can even cash out for PayPal cash!

The next program is memolink. Memolink actually began as a reward program aimed at college students but they have evolved since the beginning and are open to everyone. Similar to MyPoints you earn points by reading emails, doing surveys and shopping. Rewards are also similar.

Swagbucks is my favorite rewards site. You can earn points by watching videos, taking surveys, searching and hunting for swag codes. Since I started in April, I have earned $170.00 in Amazon gift cards. They have plenty of other rewards as well including PayPal cash.

Superpoints is the newest program that I am using. Rewards are earned by clicking the Super Lucky Button, watching videos and completing offers. They send out an email once or twice a day that contains points as well.

What programs are you using?

Hunts Recipe Rewards

It's no secret that I love to cook and I use canned tomatoes a lot. Hunt's has a new program called Recipe Rewards. They have recipes using their products (of course!) and if you write a review you can get a coupon for $2.00 off of their products!

You can sign up for Recipe Rewards HERE. I hope you find this as useful and as exciting as I do!


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