Friday, December 3, 2010

Deal of the Day: New Jamie Lee Curtis Book

I haven't read this book yet but I know it will be great! Our whole family loves all of her other titles. The illustrations are fresh and fun in all of her stories and the moral lessons are sweet and straighforward. If you're "helping" your kids shop for the holidays, this would make a great gift from them to you! After all, a gift that leads to more cuddles and quiet time is perfect for everyone. Plus, it is 42% off -- you can get the hardcover version for less than $10!

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: If you have kids, do they buy you a gift for Christmas? And if so, how do they shop for this gift?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Deal of the Day: A Secret Gift

I watched an amazing CBS Sunday Morning piece on this book. It has moved up to the top of my holiday gift list! And, to make a great gift even more Cheap and Cheerful, it is 38% off the list price on Amazon. Curl up with a true and inspiring story this holiday and feel the real spirit of the season.

Cheap and Cheerful wants to know: What was your favorite book from 2010?

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cheap and Cheerful Cooking: Rockin' S'More Bars from Family Fun

I know it's Cyber Monday. But, for some reason, I am thinking more about holiday baking than holiday shopping. I saw these bars in a free magazine called Family Fun that we started getting after buying a book on Amazon. I know two kids who've been carrying around the magazine for days and asking when we can make these bars. I'm thinking it might have to be this weekend while we decorate our Christmas tree.

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup crushed graham crackers
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 (1.55-ounce) chocolate bars
1 (7-ounce) jar of marshmallow creme

Grease an 8-inch-square baking pan. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla extract. Add the crushed graham crackers, flour, salt, and baking powder and beat until well mixed, stopping occasionally to scrape the sides of the bowl.

Spoon half the dough into the pan and spread evenly with your fingertips. Break the chocolate into pieces and arrange over the dough. Spread a layer of marshmallow creme over the chocolate. Flatten the remaining dough into pancakes and lay them over the marshmallow.

Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let the bars cool before serving.



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