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Taco Soup – A Daniel Fast Staple! December 31, 2009

Filed under: Daniel Fast — thesimplesaver @ 2:08 pm

This is a delicious recipe that is completely Daniel Fast friendly!  The recipe makes a HUGE crock pot full…about 16 cups.  We eat leftover Taco Soup for days…and we love it!  This is so easy to make and you can’t mess it up!

Taco Soup

2 – 14.5 oz. cans of diced tomatoes, undrained

2 – 15.5 oz. cans of kidney beans, drained and rinsed

2 – 15.5 oz. cans of whole kernal corn, undrained

2 – 15 oz. cans of black beans, drained and rinsed

1 – 16 oz. can of chick peas, undrained

1 – 16 oz. can of pinto beans, undrained

2 packets of taco seasoning

12 oz. soy crumbles (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a large crock pot.  Add water to make a thinner soup.  Cook on Low for 8+ hours.  Serve alone or with corn tortilla chips.  Makes about 16 – 1 cup servings.


How to survive a Daniel Fast

Filed under: Daniel Fast — thesimplesaver @ 1:58 pm

Every year, our church does a Daniel Fast for 21 days in January.  We fast, pray, and believe God for great things in the new year.  The Daniel Fast is not a total fast.  If it was, I probably would not survive!  On the Daniel Fast, we eat fruits and veggies…all foods that grow naturally.  It is always a very exciting time for our church but the execution is sometimes difficult because of the way we normally eat in America!

And here’s where I come in!  This will be the 4th year that Mark and I have completed the Daniel Fast.  We have discovered quite a few recipes and ideas to make the Daniel Fast completely doable…even with a busy schedule.  During the first 3 weeks of January, I will be posting tips on my blog about the fast.  I will save all of my entries under the Daniel Fast category on the right side bar.  Check back often for yummy recipes!  Let’s go on this adventure together and get ready for all that God has in store for 2010!



BUY a paper!! December 30, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — thesimplesaver @ 4:15 pm

You will NOT want to forget a paper (or several) this week – 1/3/2010!!  There are going to be FIVE inserts with really good coupons!  Go HERE for a preview of the inserts this week…just remember, inserts vary by region. Yay for a great start in the New Year!



Publix Deals for the Week of 12/31 (or 1/1/2010)

Filed under: Publix — thesimplesaver @ 3:50 pm

Here are the deals for the first week of the New Year!

Vlasic Stackers Dills or Pickles or Spears, Selected Varieties, 16 to 46-oz jar, BOGO $2.89

$.50 off HERE (doubles to $1.00)

Final Price:  $.45 each!

Campbell’s Select Harvest Soup, Assorted Varieties, 18.6 to 18.8-oz can or 15.3-oz bowl, BOGO $2.39

$1.50 off 3 HERE OR

$.50 off 2 in 1/3/10 SS insert (doubles to $1.00)

Final Price:  $.70 each!

Wish Bone Dressing, Assorted Varieties, 16-oz bot, BOGO $2.69

$.75 off HERE

Final Price:  $.60 each!

Del Monte Tomatoes, Assorted Varieties, 14.5-oz can, BOGO $1.49

$1.00 off 4 HERE OR

$1.oo off 8 in 11/15 RP insert

Final Price:  $.50 each OR $.62 each!

Yoplait Fiber One Yogurt, Assorted Varieties, 4-pk, 4-oz cup, BOGO $2.50

$1.00 off HERE OR

$.50 off in 1/3/10 GM insert (doubles to $1.00)

Final Price:  $.25 each!!

The Skinny Cow Ice Cream Sandwiches or Bars, Truffle, or Cones, Assorted Varieties, 12-ct or 2.65 to 24-oz ctn, BOGO $4.99

$1.00 off Truffle Bars HERE

Final Price:  $1.50 each!

Nature Valley Granola Bars, Value Pack, 14.8 to 17.8-oz box or General Mills Fiber One Bars Value Pack, 14.1-oz box, Assorted Varieties, BOGO $5.49

$1.00 off 2 HERE OR

$1.00 off 2 Fiber One HERE OR

$.40 off Fiber One in 1/3/10 GM insert (doubles to $.80)

Final Price:  $1.95 OR $2.25 each!

Betty Crocker Potatoes, Assorted Varieties, 4.6 to 6.6-oz box, .99¢

$.35 off in 11/15 GM, 11/22 SS, OR 12/13 GM insert  (all coupons will double to $.75)

Final Price:  FREE Potatoes!!

Happy Shopping!

-katrina Review December 13, 2009

Filed under: Getting Started — thesimplesaver @ 1:19 am

So…life in the Hilliard home has been quite busy the past few weeks!  You may have noticed from my lack of blogging as of late!  Hours before traveling home for Thanksgiving, we were presented with the opportunity to upgrade from a 2-bed, 1-bath apartment to a 3-bed, 2-bath for only $110 more than what we were currently paying.  We had already cut our budget way back in order to get our credit card paid off so it was a no-brainer decision to move!  We enjoyed a great Thanksgiving with family, returned home on Saturday, “did” church on Sunday morning (My husband is an Associate Pastor & over the worship band.), and started moving Sunday night!  We are finally getting completely settled in.  I am so enjoying our extra space!  And best of all, I have a large pantry for my stockpile!

Because of the many shuffles in scheduling lately, I completely forgot to buy papers this past Sunday.  This gave me the perfect opportunity to try The Coupon Clippers!  I have read about other bloggers and couponers using The Coupon Clippers but had not tried it myself.  I am so impressed!  You can visit and find multiples of many great coupons.  Choose the coupons you want, pay a small handling fee, and have them mailed to your door!  It’s that simple!  I purchased over $30 worth of coupons for about $4!  Not bad at all!  This site is a great resource if you do not have access to a major newspaper, would like multiples of coupons that you already have, or don’t like the idea of cutting coupons yourself.  My order was handled very professionally and shipped quickly.  I will definitely be using The Coupon Clippers again in the future!