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You guys know that I love frugal deals. I am all about keeping things cheap, but I also like simple, which is why online coupons are a great option for couponing if you don’t want to spend a lot of time clipping and sorting from newspapers. A few years back I gave up getting the weekly paper and began using online or printable coupons. My method of shopping and recipe-creating is simple: buy what’s on sale (or what I have coupons for) and then plan around the deals.
These days, I’m also all about simple recipes, so here are two quick and easy things you can make while using coupons. (Get them while you can—there are limited numbers for printing!) I like sweet AND savory, so here is a recipe for a sweet S’mores Cheese Ball and a savory Three Cheese Roasted Pepper Dip. Yum! With these two, you are halfway to stocking a party or baby shower.
- 2 8oz package Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup salted butter, softened (1/2 stick)
- 1 cup confectioner's sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 T chocolate syrup
- 6 Hershey bars, chopped
- 1 cup mini Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
- 1 box Honey Maid graham crackers, 4 crushed and use the rest for serving
- Beat together the cream cheese, butter, confectioner's sugar, chocolate syrup and vanilla. Stir in the marshmallows and 4bars' worth of chopped chocolate. Cover and refrigerate for one hour. Remove from fridge and shape into ball on a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper. Refrigerate again for another hour. Before serving, roll and press in the remaining chocolate and crushed graham crackers. Serve with graham crackers.
You guys. This thing tastes like S’mores but in a soft cream cheesy dip. It’s amazing! For real. You can’t go wrong with S’Mores. And because it’s summer, you can find all the ingredients in a special center aisle display at Walmart.
Next up is a savory pimento cheese-like dip. It would be great as a spread on sandwiches or wraps but is so good as a dip as well. If you don’t know how to roast peppers, it’s simple and I have a post all about how to do it.
- 1 8oz package of Philadelphia Cream Cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup Kraft Mayonnaise
- 2 cups oz Kraft shredded Mexican cheese
- 1 roasted red pepper, seeded
- juice of 1/2 lime
- 1 tsp creole seasoning
- In a food processor, combine the cream cheese, the mayonnaise, lime juice, and the roasted red pepper. Add the cheese and the creole seasoning and then pulse. Serve with tortilla chips or use as a spread on sandwiches, wraps, or roll-ups.
- The taste of this is like a little spicier pimento cheese. Because chips are salty, you may want to use a low sodium creole seasoning, or half a teaspoon of creole seasoning and a dash of something hot with no salt, like cayenne.
I love to find what’s on sale or what I have online coupons for, think about how those things go together, and then plan meals or recipes around what I find. This might drive some of you crazy if you’re a super planner, but I think of it like a game or a challenge. My own personal version of Chopped. If you’ve never tried shopping or cooking this way, take a look at the available coupons and give it a go! You might find that it’s invigorating and a way to get out of a kitchen rut.
Do you have a go-to way of planning meals or incorporating coupons?