Friday, October 30, 2009

Deal of the Day: Stationery and Stamps from

Save 40% and get free shipping on orders from through January 10, 2010. I don't know about you but I just might get myself a little personalized treat while I am crossing names off my holiday gift list. They carry everything from luggage tags and book plates to address stamps and embossed notes. Simply use the code holiday09 and you are on your way to great deals on some awesome products.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Deals of the Day: Get 'em while they're hot

* Land's End color contrast totes: A great option for a teacher gift; about 20% off normal retail price.

* Rumor has it that all Old Navy costumes will be on sale in stores on Friday and Saturday for just $2. Call your local store for confirmation.

* Seen on Target end caps: Summer themed paper products such as invitations, note cards and napkins. I got some adorable, bright hued thank you cards, a pack of 10, for $.78!

* Tiny Prints: 20% off a Studio Basics card order of $5o or more, plus free shipping. Use the code LAPBCCCFZA until November 9th.

* The Picture People: 30% off code available right now; why not get a jump on holiday gifts? Sign up for email alerts and print your coupon off their website.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What deals have you spotted lately?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Favorite Things: Table Top Puppet Theater

Why not give the gift of imagination? This table top puppet theater will provide hours of fun for little and big people alike. For just over $20, this is a great birthday or holiday gift. For the gift that keeps on giving, you can buy puppets for the gift recipient for holidays throughout the year. Or even make some characters of your own as a fun activity. I can't wait to see the stories that my kids conjure up with this new addition to our toy chest.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Giada's Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables

Wondering what to do with all of those veggies from your CSA box? I think they would taste delicious in this dish! This would also make a good "side" for the vegetarians at your holiday table.

• 2 red peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch wide strips
• 2 zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
• 2 summer squash, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1-inch cubes
• 4 cremini mushrooms, halved
• 1 yellow onion, peeled and sliced into 1-inch strips
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 teaspoon salt, divided
• 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
• 1 tablespoon dried Italian herb mix or herbs de Provence
• 1 pound penne pasta
• 3 cups marinara sauce (store bought or homemade)
• 1 cup grated fontina cheese
• 1/2 cup grated smoked mozzarella
• 1 1/2 cups frozen peas, thawed
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan, plus 1/3 cup for topping
• 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small pieces

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
On a baking sheet, toss the peppers, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, and onions with olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, and dried herbs. Roast until tender, about 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook for about 6 minutes. Since you will be cooking the pasta a second time in the oven, you want to make sure the inside is still hard. Drain in a colander.
In a large bowl, toss the drained pasta with the roasted vegetables, marinara sauce, cheeses, peas, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Using a wooden spoon, gently mix, until all the pasta is coated with the sauce and the ingredients are combined.
Pour the pasta into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan. Top with the remaining 1/3 cup Parmesan and butter pieces. Bake until top is golden and cheese melts, about 25 minutes.


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