Thursday, December 10, 2009

December 13th Coupon Preview

12-13 General Mills coupon insert

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General Mills coupon insert

Betty Crocker Box Muffin Mix – 40 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)
Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, 17.5oz+ – 40 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)
Betty Crocker Potatoes, box or pouch, excludes Potato Buds – 35 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)
Bisquick or Bisquick Heart Smart Baking Mix, 40oz+ – 60 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)
Chex Cereals listed (rice, corn, wheat, honey nut, chocolate, multi-bran, strawberry, cinnamon) – $1.00 off any 2 (x1/23/10)
Chex Mix or Chex 100 Calorie Snack, 4.5oz+ – 50 cents off any 2 (x2/6/10)
General Mills Cereals listed – $1.00 off any 3 (x1/23/10)
Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetables, 19-24oz only – 40 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)
Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables – 60 cents off any 3 (x2/6/10)
GreenGiant Valley Fresh Steamers frozen vegetables – 40 cents off any 1 (x2/6/10)

12-13 Smartsource coupon insert
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Smartsource Coupon Insert

Blistex Lip Medex, Medicated Lip Ointment, or Medicated Lip Balm – $1.00 off any 2 (x3/1/10)
Breakstone’s Sour Cream, 16oz+ – 55 cents off any 1 (x1/15/10)
Bufferin or Mineral Ice products – BOGO up to $15.99 value (x3/7/10)
Campbell’s Chunky soup cans or microwavable bowls – 75 cents off any 4 (x1/24/10)
Campbell’s Condensed Chicken Noodle or Tomato Soups – 40 cents off any 4 (x2/15/10)
Campbell’s Condensed Soups (excluding Chicken Noodle, Tomato and Creams) – 40 cents off any 2 (x2/15/10)
Carvel Ice Cream Cake, 29fl.oz+ – $1.00 off any 1 (x2/28/10)
Carvel Seasonal Ice Cream Cake or any Ice Cream Cake, 60fl.oz+ – $3.00 off any 1 (x2/28/10)
Cottonelle Flushable Moist Wipes, (2) 36ct+ Tubs or 42ct Refills OR (1) 72ct+ Refill – 50 cents off (x2/8/10)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Free mp3 download of the original score from Disney's UP

Code: latimesdisney

Download the complete soundtrack to Disney's UP! Hurry, this offer is only good through Dec 3rd. Origianl score by Michael Giacchino

1. Up With Titles
2. We're In The Club Now
3. Married Life
4. Carl Goes Up
5. Chachki Pickup
6. Paradise Found
7. Walkin' The House
8. Three Dog Dash
9. Kevin Break'n
10. Canine Conundrum
11. The Nickel Tour
12. The Explorer Motel
13. Escape From Muntz Mountain
14. Giving Muntz The Bird
15. Stuff We Did
16. Memories Can Weigh You Down
17. The Small Mailman Returns
18. He's Got The Bird
19. Seizing The Spirit Of Adventure
20. It's Just A House
21. The Ellie Badge
22. Up With The Credits
23. The Spirit Of Adventure

Holiday Cookie Countdown Day 2

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cookies Recipe

A fun twist on the lunch box classic, the colorful jam filling makes these cookies ideal for the holiday treat table.

* 60 Servings
* Ready In Time 1 hour, 30 minutes


* 1 cup sugar, plus extra for rolling dough
* 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
* 1 cup Crisco® Butter Shortening
* 1 cup Jif® Creamy Peanut Butter
* 2 large eggs
* 1/4 cup milk
* 2 tsps. vanilla extract
* 3 1/2 cups Pillsbury BEST® All Purpose Flour
* 2 tsps. baking soda
* 1 tsp. salt
* 3/4 cup Smucker's ® Strawberry Jelly, or any Smucker's® Jam, Jelly or preserves of your choice


* Heat oven to 375°F.
* Beat together sugar, brown sugar, shortening and peanut butter. until blended. Add eggs, milk and vanilla. Beat well. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt. Add to peanut butter mixture. Beat well. Shape into 1-inch balls. Roll in sugar. Place on ungreased cookie sheet.
* Bake 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool 2 minutes. Make a depression in the center of each warm cookie with your finger or the back of a teaspoon. Fill each depression with about 1/2 teaspoon jelly. Cool completely. Yield: 5 dozen.

My Snow Globe

ABC Family 25 Days of Christmas has an Online Snow Globe where you can upload pictures of yourself and your family and choose different outfits for each member to wear. If you plan on saving your snow globe I recommend creating an account with them first. It was a lot of fun making mine and Maya really enjoyed "changing" her outfit!

Make Your Own Snow Globe!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

25 Days of Free Music

Amazon is offering a FREE Christmas music download everyday during the month of December. Today is “Joy to the World” by Casting Crowns. Get your FREE Christmas download HERE.

Holiday Cookie Countdown Day 1

No-Bake Cookie Balls Recipe

These quick bites are great when you're short on time or don't want to turn on the oven. Make them a day or two ahead to let the flavors blend.

* 60 Servings
* Prep: 20 min. + standing


* 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
* 3 cups confectioners' sugar
* 1-3/4 cups crushed vanilla wafers (about 55 wafers)
* 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
* 1/3 cup orange juice
* 3 tablespoons light corn syrup
* Additional confectioners' sugar


* In a large microwave-safe bowl, melt chocolate chips; stir until smooth. Stir in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla wafers, walnuts, orange juice and corn syrup.
* Roll into 1-in. balls; roll in additional confectioners' sugar. Store in an airtight container. Yield: 5 dozen.

A Soldier's Christmas Poem

The embers glowed softly, and in their dim light, I gazed round the room
and I cherished the sight. My wife was asleep, her head on my chest, My
daughter beside me, angelic in rest. Outside the snow fell, a blanket of
white, Transforming the yard to a winter delight.

The sparkling lights in the tree I believe, Completed the magic that was
Christmas Eve. My eyelids were heavy, my breathing was deep, Secure and
surrounded by love I would sleep. In perfect contentment, or so it would
seem, So I slumbered, perhaps I started to dream.

The sound wasn’t loud, and it wasn’t too near, But I opened my eyes when
it tickled my ear.. Perhaps just a cough, I didn’t quite know, Then the
sure sound of footsteps outside in the snow. My soul gave a tremble, I
struggled to hear, And I crept to the door just to see who was near.

Standing out in the cold and the dark of the night, A lone figure stood,
his face weary and tight. A soldier, I puzzled, some twenty years old,
Perhaps a Marine, huddled here in the cold. Alone in the dark, he looked up
and smiled, Standing watch over me, and my wife and my child.

“What are you doing?” I asked without fear, ”Come in this moment, it’s
freezing out here! Put down your pack, brush the snow from your sleeve,
You should be at home on a cold Christmas Eve!” For barely a moment I saw
his eyes shift, Away from the cold and the snow blown in drifts..

To the window that danced with a warm fire’s light Then he sighed and he
said “Its really all right, I’m out here by choice. I’m here every night.”
“It’s my duty to stand at the front of the line, That separates you from
the darkest of times.

No one had to ask or beg or implore me, I’m proud to stand here like my
fathers before me. My Gramps died at ‘Pearl on a day in December,” Then he
sighed, “That’s a Christmas ‘Gram always remembers.” My dad stood his watch
in the jungles of ‘Nam’, And now it is my turn and so, here I am.

I’ve not seen my own son in more than a while, But my wife sends me
pictures, he’s sure got her smile. Then he bent and he carefully pulled
from his bag, The red, white, and blue… an American flag. I can live
through the cold and the being alone, Away from my family, my house and my

I can stand at my post through the rain and the sleet, I can sleep in a
foxhole with little to eat. I can carry the weight of killing another, Or
lay down my life with my sister and brother.. Who stand at the front
against any and all, To ensure for all time that this flag will not fall..”

” So go back inside,” he said, “harbor no fright, Your family is waiting
and I’ll be all right.” ”But isn’t there something I can do, at the least,
“Give you money,” I asked, “or prepare you a feast? It seems all too little
for all that you’ve done, For being away from your wife and your son.”

Then his eye welled a tear that held no regret, ”Just tell us you love us,
and never forget. To fight for our rights back at home while we’re gone,
To stand your own watch, no matter how long. For when we come home, either
standing or dead, To know you remember we fought and we bled. Is payment
enough, and with that we will trust, That we mattered to you as you
mattered to us.”

PLEASE, would you do me the kind favor of sending this to as many people
as you can? Christmas will be coming soon and some credit is due to our U.S
service men and women for our being able to celebrate these festivities.
Let’s try in this small way to pay a tiny bit of what we owe. Make people
stop and think of our heroes, living and dead, who sacrificed themselves for

LCDR Jeff Giles, SC, USN
30th Naval Construction Regiment
OIC, Logistics Cell One
Al Taqqadum, Iraq