Friday Dinner: Pasta Pillows in Brown Butter

Earlier in the week I made a Roasted parsnip and cauliflower soup that I thought was delicious, but was not as well received by the kids. I wanted to repurpose that into a healthy pasta, so I bought some wonton wrappers this week in the produce section. I took a cup of the soup (it was thick) and mixed it with one cup of ricotta cheese, some freshly grated parmesan, two cloves of garlic, kosher salt, pepper and some fresh (chopped) thyme and rosemary from our herb garden we just planted this week. I put a teaspoon of the ricotta mixture in the center of a wrapper, folded it in half to make a triangle and then folded the tips together to make a hat.

I placed the “pasta pillows” (as my kids like to call ravioli) in boiling water for three minutes in batches. Meanwhile, I made a brown butter sauce by placing a stick of butter and two more cloves of garlic in the pan with the butter. After it browned, I put the cooked ravioli in the pan with the sauce. I served it with some sauteed asparagus and crescent rolls. Though it took me awhile to fill the ravioli, it was light and fresh and allowed me to get some veggies into the kids they might otherwise not have eaten!


Frugal Friday – Avoid Fines and Fees

There’s one thing to be said for saving money; there’s another to be said about wasting it.

Before you worry about clipping coupons or stockpiling groceries, make sure you’re not throwing your money away needlessly. A few examples:
*Library Fines
*Service Charges
*Convenience Fees (paying a bill by credit card through the company itslef instead of free bill pay through your bank, for instance)
*Finance Charges (not paying bills on time)

Some companies are notorious for offering “free” items, but they sign you up for a club and if you don’t cancel in a predetermined period of time, you get automatically billed every month. Even something as simple as library books or videos can add up to a lot if not returned on time.
Whether it’s a bill to pay, books to return or a subscription to cancel, make sure you mark it on a central family calendar at least three days in advance of the due date so you don’t get caught with a surprise charge at the last minute.

Free Breakfast at Ikea this Weekend

For those of you lucky enough to live near an Ikea (come on Nashville, get with it!), they are offering free breakfast this weekend! Click here to find out the details and locate a store near you!

Grocery Deals by State

If you’re looking for a one stop shop on all the circular’s in your state, visit The Coupon Mom’s site here and you can find all the grocery deals in your state along with the coupon match ups.  It still takes a little time to sort through, but the savings are well worth it!

Free Burger – Ted’s Montana Grill

Ted’s Montana Grill is giving away a free burger and a chance to win more! Click here to visit their site and sign up or to see if you have a Ted’s in your area.

Publix Deals

There’s a blog called Fiddledeedee that seems to be the guru on the Publix deals and matching coupons with those each week. In TN, our deals run from Wednesday to Tuesday, though in Florida I think it goes from Thursday to Wednesday, so make sure to verify what the sale week is for your area.

Also, Publix offers a Penny Item (sorry, not in FL)  every Sunday and Monday: Usually this will be prominently displayed by the cash registers and for every $10 in groceries you spend (pre-coupon total), you get one of the items for a penny! This past week it was Publix Tortilla chips, last week it was cookies and the week before it was Greenwise Toilet Paper! You can even break your shopping cart into $10 increments so you can stock up (like on the toilet paper). It takes a little more time, but the savings sure are worth it!

Kariss’ New Tricks

While it’s true that our son has been saying his fair share of funny things lately, our daughter has been learning some new tricks of her own.

We just joined the YMCA (why we didn’t have these in FL I’ll never know) and every child has to take a swim test to be in the pool by themselves. Kariss swam two lengths of the pool by herself without stopping or touching the bottom, earning her the coveted green bracelet that gives her freedom to roam throughout the slides and fountains as she pleases.

She’s also nearly perfected the art of winking and snapping, the latter of which I still cannot do. Seriously, I’m ok that my four year old is more talented than me. It just means she’ll be really good at taking care of me one day!