Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Holiday Goodie Plates

I love to bake!  I love to share my creations with others! What better time to share baked goods with friends and neighbors than at the holiday season. I am going to share with you how to make up holiday sample plates for gift giving to your friends and neighbors for the holidays.

After the Thanksgiving bustle is finished, I take the time to write down a list of goodies (around a dozen) and some are family favorites while a few others are new things to try.  I always look through my pantry stockpile to see what baked goods on the list I can do without having to purchase items to complete the goodies.  Once I have completed my list I look over it to see what goodies (like fudge, & bread) will freeze without problems and I mark those as the first to complete.  When I make my list I try to make things that share the same ingredients but are different, like my peanut butter & chocolate day, so that I do not have to get LOTS of different ingredients that I might not use again.

Now that we have the list of goodies figured out, it is time to get baking!  I try to make something every day during the first three weeks of December so that I do not feel overwhelmed, however, that doesn’t always happen!  Some years I have done one or two big baking days and called it good!  

Photobucket One tip about baking cookies for the sample plates: if you have a small scoop or small cookie cutters or a cookie press use those instead of your larger scoops or cutters!  Using the smaller items means that you will get more cookies out of your dough and it will take less baking time, hence making things move a little faster and truly making the plates where you are able to get a sampling of everything that you have baked rather than just a few items.

The baking is done and it is a couple days before Christmas, now is the time to put your plates together! I purchased a couple of packages of Christmas styrofoam plates to use.  I got two different sizes, so that my neighbors who are widowed or just a couple get the smaller ones while the families with kids get the bigger plates.   I set out the plates and the goodies on my dining room table and the kids and I work at putting goodies on the plate.  There is a catch to putting the goodies on the plate…we put enough of each goodie for each person in the family. So if the plate is going to go to the family of five next door then we put only five snickerdoodles or five pieces of fudge and continue to fill the plate with five of the different goodies until the plate is full.  If the plate is going to the widow across the street then I will only fill the plate with one or two pieces of each of the goodies.  I also give a mini loaf of bread (yeast or quick) with the sample plate, I have those wrapped in foil and have labeled them as to what they are and give them right out of the freezer so that if the recipient wants they can place the bread back in the freezer to use at a different time.

Once the plate is full, I put a piece of saran wrap over each plate and fill out a gift tag and get a bow to stick on the top of the plate.  The plates are now ready to deliver. I put the plates together so it is hubby turn to do his part of the giving!  He and a couple of the older kids deliver the goodies to the neighbors either on December 23rd or Christmas Eve before the different families leave for Christmas celebrations.

So even though the sample goodie plates take time and effort they are something that the whole family can help in preparing and the neighbors will appreciate the thoughtfulness.  

Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Meijer Deals 12/11-12/17

Just a reminder, that I am using a West Michigan sale ad and my Meijer does NOT double coupons! Also do not forget to check the two pages of Mealbox coupons for more coupons and use my coupon link in my sidebar.


Hillshire Lil’ Smokies 2/$5
-$1.00/2 printable cpn
-$1.00/2 mPerks

Cooks Shank or Butt Portions Ham $1.29/lb (limit 2)

Certified Angus Beef Ground Beef from Round $2.79/lb

Cook’s or Hormel Spiral Sliced Half Ham $1.47/lb (limit 2)

Meijer Split Chicken Breasts $1.19/lb

Gorton’s Fish Sticks, Battered or Breaded Fillets or Tenders $3.99
-$1.00/2 printable cpn
-.50/1 cpn 9-11 S (exp. 12-17)

Homegrown Russet Potatoes 10lb $2.49

Baby-Cut Carrots 2lb bag  2/$5

Greenhouse Tomatoes on the Vine $1.69/lb

Red, Yellow, or Orange Sweet Bell Peppers 2/$3

California Sweet Seedless Navel Oranges 4lb bag 2/$6

Silk Soymilk $3.28
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn
-.55/1 cpn 11-13 S

Smart Balance Milk $2.59
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn
-$1.50/1 or $0.75/1 cpns 11-20 S
-$1.50/1 or $0.75/1 printable cpns

Dannon All Natural or Light & Fit Yogurt or Actvia Tub $1.99
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn

Meijer Whipping Cream 99¢

Blue Bonnet Spread Quarters 2/$1

Kraft Shredded Cheese, Cheese Cubes or Crumbles 3/$5

Meijer Butter Quarters 2/$4

Meijer Gallon Milk  2/$5

Coffee-Mate Flavored Creamer 32 oz 2/$5
-.75/2 printable cpn

Kraft Grated or Shredded Parmesan Cheese … 2/$6
-.50/1 printable cpn (use zip code 96706)

Pillsbury Cookie Dough 3/$6
-$1.00/2 cpn 12-4 S
-$1.00/2 cpn 11-13 GM
-$1.00/2 cpn 11-6 S
-$1.50/3 printable cpn
-$1.00/2 printable cpn
-$1.00/2 printable cpn
-$1/1 printable cpn

 Pillsbury Pie Crust 3/$6
-.50/2 cpn 12-4 S
-.50/2 cpn 11-20 S
-.50/2 cpn 11-13 GM
-.50/2 printable cpn
-.50/2 printable cpn
-.50/2 Mperks

Freshlike Frozen Vegetables 99¢

Eggo Waffles, Pancakes or French Toaster Sticks 2/$4
-$1.00/3 printable cpn

Tyson Bagged Chicken $3.99

Weight Watcher’s Smart Ones 5/$10
-$1.00/5 printable cpn

Sara Lee Oven Fresh Fruit Pies $2.88
-$1.00/1 cpn 10-23 RP

Progresso Soup 8/$10
-$1.00/4 cpn 10-23 S (exp.12-17)
-$1.00/4 cpn 11-13 GM
-$1/4 printable cpn
-$1.00/2 Mperks (expires 12-12-11)

Meijer Chicken or Beef Broth or Meijer Condensed Tomato, Chicken Noodle, Cream of Chicken or Cream of Mushroom Soup 49¢

Meijer Instant Oatmeal 5/$10
-$1.00/2 mPerks

 Pillsbury Quick Bread or Brownie Mix 2/$4
-.35/1 & $1.00/2 Brownie Mix cpn 11-6 RP

Rice-A-Roni or Pasta Roni 5/$5
-$1.00/5 Mealbox cpn
-$2.00/5 Mperks

 Kraft Velveeta Shells and Cheese Dinner, Deluxe Mac and Cheese, Deluxe Homestyle Mac and Cheese or Velveeta Skillet Dinner 3/$5
**Buy 2, Get $1 on your next order(onyo);  Buy 3, Get $2 oyno; Buy 4 or more, get $3 on your next order, good through 12-25-11
-.50/1 Mealbox cpn (exp 12/16)

Nestle Toll House Morsels or Baking Cocoa $2.19
-.50/2 printable cpn

Diamond Shelled Walnuts or Chopped Pecans $5.99
-.50/1 cpn 11-06 RP

Pillsbury Frosting, Cookie Mix or Brownie Mix 2/$3
-.35/1 cpn 11-6 RP

Freshlike Vegetable 59¢
-.50/3 cans cpn 11-20 S (coupon does not double!)

Maxwell House Ground Coffee $7.49
**Buy 2 or more *(33-34.5oz)*, get $3 off your next shopping trip via Meijer Custom Coupon (Good 12/11 - 12/17)
**Buy 2 *(31.5-34.5oz)* Get $5 Off Instantly
-$1/1 printable cpn (with registration, no valid in all states)

General Mills Cereal 2/$5
Cheerios, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams, Kix, Apple Cinnamon Cheerios, Fruity Cheerios or Honey or Berry Berry Kix
-$1.00/3 printable cpn

Kellogg’s Cereal  4/$10
Frosted Flakes, Corn Flakes or Crispix or Raisin Bran
**Buy 4 Kellogg’s Cereal Get $2 off Instantly
-$1.00/3 printable cpn

Mott’s Apple Sauce 3.9-4 oz 6-Pack Cups or 23-24 oz Jars 3/$5
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn (3.9-4oz/6 Pack Cups only)

Dei Fritelli Tomatoes 4/$5
-$1.00/4 Mealbox cpn

Barilla Pasta Sauce 2/$4
-$1.00/4 Mealbox cpn

Barilla Plus Pasta or Brilla Lasagna, Manicotti or Jumbo Shells $1.59
-$1.00/4 Mealbox cpn
-$1.00/2 cpn 10-23 S (exp 12/18)

Vlassic Pickles 2/$4
-$1.00/3 Mealbox cpn

 Thomas’ English Muffins ~~ Buy One Get One FREE!

 Splenda ~~ 25% off
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn
-$1.00/1 cpn 10-30 S (exp 12-12)
-$1.00/1 printable cpn 

Bertolli Olive Oil ~~ 25% off
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, Crackerfuls or Toasted Chips $1.99
-.50/2 Mealbox cpn
-$1.00/2 or $0.75/2 cpns 11-13 S

M&M’s Packaged Candy 4/$10
**Buy 4 M&M's Chocolate Candies (9.9oz or larger) AND 1 Meijer Brand Sugar (5 lbs) AND 1 Meijer Brand Flour (5 lbs), get $10 on your next order good through 12-24-11
-$1.00/2 cpn 11-13 RP

Tropicana Pure Premium Orange Juice $3.99
-$1.00/2 Mealbox cpn

Juicy Juice or Slim Packs 2/$5
**Buy 4 Get $3 off Instantly!
-$2.00/4 Mealbox cpn


Bounty Paper Towels 6 big rolls $7.49
-$1/1 & .25/1 cpns 11-27 P&G

Charmin Bath Tissue 6 mega or 12 double rolls $6.99
-$1/2 & .25/1 cpns 11-27 P&G

Vanity Fair Napkins 2/$4
-$1.00/2 printable cpn
-$1.00/2 mPerks

Kleenex Facial Tissue Flats or Cubes 4/$5
-.50/3 cpn 12-4 S

Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent  $9.99
**Buy Any 2 or More Gain Liquid Laundry Detergent Get $3 on your next order!

 Finish Powerball Tabs or Gelpacs, Quantum Powerball Tabs or Dishwasher Additives or Glass Magic 2/$7 -$1.00/1 Quantum printable cpn
-.65/1 Powerball or Gelpacs printable cpn

Meijer Naproxen Pain Relief 100 ct $5.79
-$1.00/1 mPerks

Carefree Liners, Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons, Stayfree Maxis or Ultra Thin ~~ Buy 2 Get 1 FREE!!
-.50/1 Carefree Products cpn 11-6 S
-$1.00/1 Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons cpn 11-20 S
-$1.00/1 Stayfree Products, cpn 11-6 S

PediaSure Toddler Drinks $9.49
-$2.00/1 cpn 11-20 S

Purina Beneful Dog Food $14.29
**Buy $50 or more any Purina Cat or Dog Food, Treats or Tidy Cat Litter Get $12 off OYNO. Limit 1 coupon per transaction.
-$3.00/2 mPerks

Purina One Beyond Dog food or Cat Food $5.99
**Buy $50 or more any Purina Cat or Dog Food, Treats or Tidy Cat Litter Get $12 off OYNO. Limit 1 coupon per transaction.
-$4.00/1 cpn 10-9 S

Purina Mighty Dog Food 10/$6
**Buy $50 or more any Purina Cat or Dog Food, Treats or Tidy Cat Litter Get $12 off OYNO. Limit 1 coupon per transaction.
-$1.00/6 cpn 10-30 RP
-$2.00/12 cpn 10-30 RP

***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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