Beat Boredom Month With Dollar General

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“Mom!  I’m bored!!!!”  How many times have you heard that so far his summer?

It never fails – the kids get out of school in early to mid June and for the first few weeks, everything is great.  They are outside playing with their friends, attending camps, etc.  Maybe he family takes a vacation or does some fun outside activities before it starts getting too hot.  Everyone is having fun and is happy.

But somewhere around the time that the last firework goes off on the 4th of July, they seem to run out of things to do.  Or maybe you have a string of rainy days and they are stuck inside. Inevitably, they will come to you with a “Mooooom!  I don’t have anything to do!”.

While my first instinct is always to tell them to clean their room, I do like to keep things in the house to counteract the inevitable boredom. Luckily I have a Dollar General near me so that I can keep do just that and take advantage of some of the summer savings in an effort to beat Boredom Month.

Here are a few ideas for some products that you can keep on hand to help combat the inevitable whining:

Craft kits:  Dollar General has a nice selection of craft and science kits.  This bracelet kit came in handy just the other day with my daughter and her friends.  Kept them busy for a few hour (and they even figured out how to make them in to necklaces!)

Puzzles:  We found a large selection of 500-piece puzzles, all priced at just $1! My children love doing puzzles and a 500-piece one will keep all 3 of them busy (and playing together nicely) for a while. They generally don’t like doing the same one more than once, but when they are only $1, I can afford to keep a bunch of them on hand so there is always something new for them!

Water play:  get the kids outside and playing (and exercising) with the large selection of water guns and toys. My children loved this water balloon pumper because they could quickly and easily fill up their own water balloons and go to “war” (and I loved it because it means that they won’t leave the hose running and waste water or flood my lawn).

For more ways to fight Boredom Month, be sure to Like Dollar General on Facebook and follow @DollarGeneral on Twitter!

How do you combat summer boredom?

 

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Crockpot Pepper Steak Recipe

crockpot pepper steak

Is there really a more basic and hearty recipe than a good pepper steak? I love making it in the skillet, but even better is a “set it and forget it” crockpot pepper steak recipe! I am just addicted to my slow cooker.  I can spend a few minutes putting everything together and come back in about 8 hours and it is done!

One of the best things about cooking in a slow cooker is that it allows you to buy cheaper cuts of meats. Those are the ones that taste best when they are cooked “low & slow”. Just make sure to trim all visible fat and you will be good to go!

The beef does need to be browned/seared before you throw it in to the crockpot – please don’t skip that step. It will really make the difference between having nice tender beef and having shoe leather!

Hennyway – to make this Crockpot Pepper Steak recipe, you will need:

crockpot pepper steak ingredients

  • 2 lb Beef Roast cut into strips
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 T Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Beef Broth
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 14 oz Stewed Tomatoes with liquid
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt

Making it couldn’t be easier! Scroll down for complete directions!

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Crockpot Pepper Steak Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Yield: 4 sesrvings

Crockpot Pepper Steak Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 lb Beef Roast cut into strips
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 T Vegetable Oil
  • 1/4 cup Beef Broth
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Bell Peppers
  • 14 oz Stewed Tomatoes with liquid
  • 3 T Soy Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 3 cups cooked white or jasmine rice, cooked according to package directions

Instructions

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet and 2 T vegetable oil on medium-high
  2. Season beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder and brown in vegetable the skillet.
  3. Transfer beef to your slow cooker, reserving drippings in skillet.
  4. Add cornstarch and beef broth to skillet and heat over low heat stirring until dissolved. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any of the drippings from the bottom of the pan.
  5. Pour mixture over the meat in the slow cooker.
  6. Remove stem and seeds from bell peppers, roughly chop and add to slow cooker.
  7. Chop onion and add to slow cooker.
  8. Add remaining ingredients to slow cooker and cook on low for about 8 hours.
  9. If your sauce looks too thin after 8 hours, spoon about 1/4 cup of the sauce into a dish and blend in another tablespoon of cornstarch and then add it back to slow cooker to thicken.
  10. Serve over rice
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New Printable Coupons | Gillette, Windex, Pledge + More!

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There are some new printable coupons available for you this morning. Make sure to grab the ones you want before they hit their print limit and are gone! $1.00 off two DINTY MOORE beef stew products $1.00 off SB Fresh Brush Starter Kit & Caddy $1.50 off any Pledge FloorCare product $1.00 off any TWO […]

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Grocery Deals Updated | Walmart Week of July 21, 2014

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Walmart for the new sales!! Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need! Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using […]

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Southern Style Peaches and Cream French Toast Bake

Southern Style Peaches and Cream French Toast Bake

This Southern-Style Peaches & Cream French Toast Bake is a perfectly delicious way to use up the end of season peaches picked up from your local farmers market. You can substitute canned or frozen peaches to make this dish year round. We tend to be pretty boring around here with breakfasts during the school year […]

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Grocery Deals Updated | Weis – Week of July 20, 2014

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Weis for the new sales!! Make sure that you check out Coupons.com, SmartSource and RedPlum for any printable coupons that you may need! Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using […]

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