Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Oreo Pudding Poke Cake

1 Box Chocolate Cake Mix
Ingredients needed to make cake (usually eggs, oil and water)
2 (4 oz.)packages of Instant Oreo pudding
4 cups milk (2% or higher)
Crushed Oreo Cookies (optional)

Make cake mix according to directions and bake in a well-greased 9x13 pan (I use the nonstick spray that has flour in it).

Just before cake is done, start making pudding. 
In a medium bowl, add milk to pudding mixture and continue to whisk until most of the lumps are removed. 
Let pudding mixture sit for about 2 minutes. 
You want it to thicken slightly so it isn't overly runny but not fully thickened into pudding.

When cake is finished, while still warm, poke holes all over cake (about 1-inch) intervals
 using a wooden spoon handle or a straw. 

Pour pudding mixture over warm cake, making sure to aim for the holes.

Spread it out with a spoon and gently push down on the pudding to help get it into the holes.
Then put the cake in the refrigerator to allow it to cool completely. About an hour.

Once it is set, top with crushed Oreo cookies
Keep cake refrigerated

Cook’s Note: Also, feel free to add whipped topping (Cool Whip) onto the top of the pudding later once the cake has cooled. Then top with crushed cookies.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Read Across America Day

Read Across America Day is March 1, 2013, it is a reading event to celebrate Reading and Dr. Suess' birthday(March 2nd)!!! This event is held on the first Monday of March every year. Celebrate the joy of reading by reading for the day!

Usually on this day, there are places where local authors will come for a "meet and greet" or for a "book talk" . Check out your local library or bookstore for events that might be happening that you and your kids can enjoy!

If you want to just stay at home and celebrate the day together....here are some sites to visit for some ideas....

Reading Rockets

Education World's Lesson Plans and Activities

Reading Activities

List of Books by State --book titles relate to the 50 states. You also can find quizzes for these books at Book Adventure. Book Adventure is free, just sign up and get access to over 7,000 book titles, and you can do multiple choice quizzes on the books that are read!

Article with Resources

List of Dr. Suess activities

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Reading Book Lists

Salt Lake City Library's Children Page links to book lists, all about authors, awards, books in a series and more.

Children's Book Council

Book Adventure --along with lists of books there is quizzes that kids can take on the books.

Birchwood Elementary School's library recommended reading --reading lists by grade levels

Book Nuts Reading Club Reading Lists

PPS Leveled Books Lists

1000 Good Books List

The Best Kids Book Site --book lists plus more activities

Carol Hurst' Children's Literature Site --collection of book reviews for kids and more

Children's Literature Web Guide

Teacher's and Families Reading Ideas -- reading lists by grade levels, along with a reading theme section for middle and high school students.  There is also a "lifetime reading list" link with a list of books that one should read at least once in their lifetime.

Teenreads.com Ultimate Reading List -- over 400 titles of young adult to adult books that should be enjoyed by teens. List is compiled alphabetically and in a downloadable PDF file

**updated list with additional links added!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Meijer Deals: 7/8-7/14

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad, which is a Sunday to Saturday market and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also do not forget to check and use my coupon link in my sidebar!


Dole Salad Blends 6-12oz 3/$5

California Strawberries 1lb container 2/$3

Washington Extra Large Swwet Cheeries $2.48/lb

Homegrown Zucchini or Yellow Squash .88/lb

Homegrown Cabbage .39/lb

Homegrown Cucumbers 3/$1

Homegrown Green Onions 3/$1

Homegrown Radishes 3/$2

Homegrown Green Beans .88/lb

Michigan Blueberries pint 2/$3

California Premium Peaches, Nectarines or Starless Ruby, Midnight Moon or Sunrise Red Plums .99/lb

Certified Angus Beef Ground Beef from Round $2.99/lb

Center Cut Bone-in Pork Chops $2.49/lb

Meijer Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts 64oz frozen $6.99 ($1.75/lb)

Bob Evans Side Dishes ~~ 20% off

Cook's Shank Portion Ham .99/lb

Ball Park Meat Franks (excludes beef, turkey or grillmasters) 3/$5
-.75/2 cpn 6/3 RP (Exp. 7/15/12)

Boneless Top Sirloin Steak family pack $4.99/lb

Stacy's Bagel Chips 8oz $1.87

Yoplait Yogurt: Original, light or lactose free 6oz single serve cup, or Whips 4oz single serve cup (excludes Yoplait Greek) 10/$5
-.50/8 cpn 6/10 SS
-.40/6 cpn 6/10 SS
-.50/8 cpn 7/8 SS
-.40/6 cpn 7/8 SS

Meijer Gallon Milk 2/$5

Yoplait Trix Yogurt or Go-Gurt or Splitz 3/$5
-.75/2 cpn 6/10 SS
-.75/2 cpn7/8 SS

Coffee Mate Flavored Creamer 32oz 2/$6
-.50/1 cpn 4/29 SS

Kraft Chunk Cheese or Cracker Cuts Cheese 5-8oz ~~ BOGO

Tai Pei Entrees 5/$10
-.55/1 cpn 5/6 SS

Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites 5/$10
-$1/4 cpn 4/29 SS

Country Fresh Ice Cream 1.75qt 2/$6
-$1/2 wyb Country Fresh Ice Cream AND Country Fresh Milk cpn 6/17 SS

SuperPretzel (excludes PretzelDogs) ~~ BOGO

Jamba Juice Frozen Smoothies 8oz 2/$4

General Mills Cereal: Cheerios 18oz, Multi Grain Cheerios 16.2oz, Cinnamon Toast Crunch 20.25-22oz, Lucky Charms 20.5 oz, Honey Nut Cheerios 21.6oz, Trix 16.4oz, or Cookie Crisp 19.8oz 3/$10
-$1/3 cpn 6/3 SS (any)(Exp. 7/14/12)
-.50/1 cpn 7/8 SS (Cheerios)
-.50/1 printable cpn (Honey Nut Cheerios)

Kellogg's Cereal: Krave Chocolate or Double Chocolate 11-11.4oz, Crispix 12 oz, Honey Smacks 15.3 oz, Frosted Mini Wheats Little Bites Original, Chocolate, Cinnamon Roll 15.2-16oz 5/$10
-$1/3 cpn 6/3 RP(any)(Exp. 7/15/12)
-$1/3 cpn 6/24 RP (any)
-$1/2 cpn 7/8 RP (mini wheats)
-.70/1 cpn 7/8 RP (krave)

Post Cereal: Fruity or Cocoa Pebbles 15oz, Raisin Bran 26oz, Grape Nuts 32oz, or Honey Bunches of Oats varieties 4/$10
-$1/2 printable cpn (cocoa pebbles)

Quaker Cereal: Life Original or Cinnamon 13oz, Oatmeal Squares Regular or Cinnamon 14.5-16oz, or Cap n Crunch 20oz 2/$5

Honey Maid Grahams $2.79
-$1/2 cpn 6/24 SS

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers ~~ BOGO

Meijer Pretzels, Cheese Puffs, or Corn Chips 4/$5
**Buy 3, Get $1.00 off your next total Salty Snack purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon
**Buy 4, Get $2.00 off your next total Salty Snack purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon
**Buy 5, Get $3.00 off your next total Salty Snack purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon
Good thru 7/21/12

Folgers Ground Coffee 22.6-34.5 oz $7.99
-.25/1 cpn 6/10 RP

Old Orchard 100% Apple Juice or 100% Fruit Blends 3/$5

Gatorade 32oz .89

12 pack cans: Coke or Pepsi Products, all varieties 3/$11
-$1/1 printable cpn (Pepsi Next, Pepsi Max or Diet Pepsi)


Meijer Brand Stock Up & Save: Buy Meijer Brand Bath Tissue, Paper Towels or Napkins...Limit One coupon per transaction. Products must be purchased in a single transaction. 
**Buy 2 Get $2 off your next Bath Tissue, Paper Towels or Napkins Purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon.
**Buy 3 Get $3 off your next Bath Tissue, Paper Towels or Napkins Purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon.
**Buy 4 or more Get $4 off your next Bath Tissue, Paper Towels or Napkins Purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon.

Meijer Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong Bath Tissue 36 double rolls $13.99

Meijer Paper Towels 12 giant rolls $13.99

Meijer Basic Napkins 500 ct. $3.19

Dawn Liquid Dish Soap $2.79
-.25/1 cpn 7/1 PG

Tide Liquid Laundry Detergent 150oz $17.99
**Buy One or More Tide 150oz Get $3 off your next shopping trip via Meijer Custom Coupon. Limit One coupon per transaction. 
-$1/1 cpn 7/1 PG

Downy Fabric Softener or Unstopables $4.99
-$1/1 cpn 7/1 PG

Bounce Sheets or 3 month Dryer Bar $4.99
-.50/1 cpn 7/1 PG

Arm & Hammer or Crystal Power Paks $6.99
-$1/2 cpn 6/17 SS (power paks)

Cottonelle Bath Tissue 12 double rolls $6.49
-.50/1 cpn 7/8 SS

Viva Paper Towels 6 big rolls $6.49
-.25/1 cpn 7/8 SS

Meijer Brand Oral Care Products: 
**Buy 2,  Get $2 off your next Oral Care Purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon at checkout. 
**Buy 3, Get $3 off your next Oral Care Purchase via Meijer Custom Coupon at checkout. Limit One coupon per transaction 

Clear Shampoo or Conditioner: 
**Buy Two or More, Get $3 off your next shopping trip via Meijer Custom Coupon at checkout. Limit One coupon per transaction. 
-$2/1 cpn 6/10 RP (Exp. 7/8/12)

Speed Stick or Lady's Speed Stick $2
-$1/1 cpn 7/8 SS 

Meijer Razor Systems and Disposables ~~ 20% off
-$1.25/1 mPerks (men's phazer or women's elegance 5)

Softsoap Hand Soap Pump 2/$4

Dial, Dial for Men, Right Guard Total Defense 5 or Tone Body Wash 2/$7
-$2/2 printable cpn (right guard)
-$1/2 cpn 7/8 RP (Dial)
-$2/2 cpn 6/17 RP (right guard) (Exp. 7/15/12)

Crest Pro-Health Toothpaste 2/$8
-.75/1cpn 7/1 PG

Colgate Optic White Toothpaste or Manual Toothbrush, Total Advanced or Pro Clinical Toothpaste, Sensitive Pro Relief or 360 Surround Manual Toothbrush $2.89
-.50/1 cpn 7/8 SS (toothpaste)
-.40/1 cpn 7/8 SS (toothbrush)
-.75/1 printable cpn (toothpaste)

Always Maxi, Ultra Thins, Liners, or Wipes or Tampax Tampons $3.27
-.50/1 cpn 7/1 PG (pads, liners or wipes)
-.50/1 cpn 7/1 PG (tampons)

L'oreal Facial Skin Care, and Sun Care ~~ 20% off
-$1/1 cpn  5/20 RP(Exp. 7/15/12)
-$1/1 cpn 6/17 RP
-$1/1 printable cpn (sun care)

Revlon Color Silk Hair Color $3.19
-$1/2 cpn 6/24 SS

Nutrisse Foam Hair Color $7.99
-$2/1 cpn  5/13 RP (Exp. 7/13/12)

Almay Cosmetics ~~ Buy One Get One 50% off

Garnier Fructis Shampoo or Conditioner 13oz $2.59
-$1/1 cpn 6/24 RP

All BIC Soleil or Silky Touch 3, Flex 4, Flex 3, or Hybrid Advance Disposables $4.79
-$2/1 Sunday Supplement 7/8 SS

ALL Meijer Vitamins and Supplements ~~ 40% off

Advil: tablets, get caplets, or caplets 100ct, or liquid gels 80ct $6.99

Nature Made Vitamins or Supplements ~~ BOGO (identical items)

Gerber 2nds Organic Baby Food $1.24

Huggies Wipes 180-216ct $5.99
-.50/1 cpn 6/17 SS (Exp. 7/14/12)

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers or Training Pants $8.99
-$1.50/1 cpn 6/17 SS(Exp. 7/14/12)
-$2/1 cpn 6/17 SS (Exp. 7/14/12)
-$2/1 Sunday Supplement 7/8 SS
-$1.50/1 Sunday Supplement 7/8 SS

Purina Puppy or Dog Chow 16.5-20lbs $9.99

Milk Bone Dog Biscuits, Flavor Snacks or Healthy Favorites, Soft & Chewy Dog Treats or Trail Mix ~~ BOGO (limit 1 per transaction)
-$1/1printable cpn (trail mix)
-$1/1 cpn 6/24 SS
-$1.50/2 cpn 6/24 SS

Purina Friskies Cat Food 5.5oz .44
-.50/6 cpn 4/29 SS (Plus or Indoor variety, if included)
-$1/24 cpn 4/29 SS[/I]

Kibbles N Bits Dog Food 16-17.6lbs $9.99
-$1/1cpn 5/13 RP (Exp. 7/8/12)
-$1/1 cpn 6/24 RP

Waggin' Train Dog Treats $8.99
-$3/2 cpn 6/24 SS

Milo's Kitchen Homestyle Dog Treats $9.99
-$1/1 cpn 5/13 RP(Exp. 7/8/12)
-$1/1 cpn 6/24 RP

Pup-peroni Dog Treats $9.99

Purina Cat Chow $6.99
-.55/1 cpn  5/13 RP(Exp. 7/15/12)

Purina Kit & Kaboodle Cat Food $9.97 
-.50/1 cpn 4/22 SS

Purina Tidy Cats Scoop Litter $11.99
$1/1 cpn 4/29 SS

***Save 15% off General Merchandise and Apparel and 5% off Grocery and HBC In Store and Online when you use your Meijer Credit Card on Saturday, July 14, 2012 Starting at 6am. (see front page of ad for details and exclusions)

***Please take the time to check out your local ad, which you can find here.  IF Meijer is not your store of choice, head over to BeCentsAble's Grocery Gathering

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