Saturday, July 17, 2010

Deal of the Day: Garnet Hill Backpacks and Lunchpacks

Buy a patterned backpack ($29.50 - $39.50) from Garnet Hill and get a lunchpack ($16.50) for free! The offer is valid through October 5th and you can also get free shipping on orders of $75 or more until August 17th.
Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: Do you love Back to School Shopping? Where is your first stop for Back to School essentials?

Friday, July 16, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Texas Hot Dogs

Bobby Flay's recipe is the cure for the boring hot dog. (And if you don't feel like making your own BBQ sauce and you use it from a bottle, I promise not to tell!) I bought some hot dogs the other day on a buy one, get TWO free sale and scored some BBQ sauce for $.25. I'll get some nice buns at the corner market (Taylor's) and my husband will whip up the coleslaw. Add some corn which is 6 for $.96 right now and some lemonade and you've got dinner!


8 kosher beef hot dogs
8 good quality hot dog buns, split 3/4 through

For the BBQ sauce:
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 large Spanish onion, coarsely chopped
5 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
3 cups canned plum tomatoes and juices, pureed
1 cup water
1/4 cup ketchup
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
2 tablespoon honey
1/4 cup molasses
3 tablespoons ancho chili powder
3 tablespoons pasilla chili powder
2 to 4 canned chipotle chiles in adobo, pureed (depending on how spicy you like it)
Freshly ground black pepper

For the cole slaw:
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 small white onion, grated
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon celery salt
3 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
Freshly ground black pepper
1 head cabbage, cored, finely shredded
1 large carrot, finely shredded
Sour dill pickles (not half sour), for serving

For the hot dogs:

Heat the grill to high. Grill dogs until golden brown on all sides, about 7 minutes. Remove to a plate. Place buns on the grill cut side down and grill until lightly golden brown, about 20 seconds.

For the BBQ sauce:

Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Add the onions and cook until soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the tomatoes and water, bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for an additional 30 to 40 minutes until thickened, stirring occasionally.

Transfer the mixture to a food processor and puree until smooth, season with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour into a bowl and allow to cool at room temperature. Sauce will keep for 1 week in the refrigerator stored in a tightly sealed container.

For the cole slaw:

Whisk together the mayonnaise, onion, sugar, celery salt, vinegar and salt and pepper in a large bowl. Add the cabbage and carrot and stir to combine, season with more salt and pepper, if needed. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving.

Place hot dogs in the buns and brush dogs with BBQ sauce, top with coleslaw and pickle.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Today's Giveaway: Children's Place Gift Card

If you are a fan of The Children's Place on Facebook, you saw this message this morning:

Hey US fans, two $25 giftcards are up for grabs each day for the next month! Look for the codeword in our Facebook status and enter it at (Winners will be notified via email Aug 18th) Today’s codeword is FLIPFLOP!

Totally worth a few seconds of your time ...

Deal of the Day: Nordstrom Anniversary Sale

Need I say more? The Nordstrom Anniversary sale starts tomorrow. I've already got my eye on a few things that I will post in the next few days. There are great prices in every department, including Stride Rite and Lelli Kelly shoes, Nike workout wear, MAC makeup, and more.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What are you buying at the Anniversary sale?

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Favorite Things: Summer Reading, Part Two

My five year old and three year old really loved completing the summer reading program sponsored by our the local library. Picking a book and stamping their "bingo" card was a big hit. Today, we went to our branch to turn in their bingo cards and get a prize. Each kid got a paddle ball game and a free book! They were so excited. While there, the branch paid me $10.50 since they mistakenly charged me for a "missing" book a few months ago. We headed to Vic's and celebrated their summer reading success with an ice cream cone. Good times.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Favorite Things: Flip Flop Basket!

I was lucky enough to get invited to an amazing wedding this past weekend. The bride added the cutest touches to the reception like a chalk board seating chart, wooden table numbers, a photo booth (!) ... and a basket of flip flops next to the DJ! This is not a photo from the wedding as I was too busy having fun to snap one ... but you get the idea. I rocked my green and white striped pair the next morning too. Way too cute and totally cheap and cheerful!


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