Monday, February 28, 2011

Easy Mexican Bean Casserole

This is a really easy recipe for a Mexican style bean casserole that can be used as a side dish or a main dish. I usually use it as a main dish myself. You can throw it together pretty quickly for a convenient, easy dinner. This recipe will feed my family for one meal, it can easily be doubled if you want to have seconds, or leftovers, or just need a bigger main dish (just use a 9x13 pan instead). Enjoy!

Mexican Bean Casserole

4 1/2 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cans kidney beans, drained, or 2 cups pre-cooked kidney beans
2 cups shredded cheese
1 1/2 cups salsa

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In bottom of 8x8 square baking dish, spread 2 1/2 cups Corn Chex. Next, spread kidney beans evenly across the top of the cereal. Then sprinkle 1 cup of cheese on top of the beans. Spread salsa over the cheese. Place the remaining 2 cups of cereal over the top, then finish topping with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered for about 25 minutes.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Coupon Code

I recently had a baby, and after sorting through all of the promotional materials they sent home with me from the hospital, I came across a pretty good coupon code for This code is good for $10 off, plus free two day shipping, any order order over $49. The catch is that the order must include diapers or formula. This offer expires 9/30/2011. The code is SIMJUN10.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Homeschool and Teacher Discount at Border's Bookstore

Border's, the bookstore, has a 25% discount available for both teachers and homeschoolers. To receive the discount, you will need to provide proof to them that you are a homeschooler or a teacher (they can take care of getting the discount card at the registers). They will then give you a card that you will need to present when you make a purchase. The discount is good for any materials you will use for school or homeschooling. The discount is available even on sale and clearance merchandise, so if you do your shopping right, you can get some really good deals!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Butterfinger Bars Recipe

I am currently 3 weeks postpartum, and I was looking for an easy recipe to make for snacks today. I came across a recipe for Butterfinger Bars that looked relatively simple, so I decided to try it out. My almost four year old pulled up a chair to the kitchen counter and helped me make them. These bars don't taste like the candybar, but they are quite yummy. My husband informed me that they were not going to last long around here!

Butterfinger Bars

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup butter, softened
4 cups quick cooking oatmeal

6 oz. chocolate chips (about half a bag)
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix crust ingredients together well. Press mixture into a 9x13 inch baking pan, bake for 15 minutes. Next, melt topping ingredients together in a medium saucepan, over medium heat, stirring constantly until a smooth consistency is reached. Spread topping mixture evenly over crust. Chill in the refrigerator approximately one hour.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Vitacost Free Shipping February is offering free shipping during the month of February on orders over $49. No coupon code is required, but it is only valid on orders placed online. If you need to place an order, now would be a good time! This offer expires 2/28/11.