Easy Recipe for Crockpot French Onion Soup

recipe for french onion soup in the crock pot

The weather is starting to get warmer, but that doesn’t mean that we have to give up on soup (one of my favorite foods). Once Spring hits, my crockpot is practically a permanent fixture on my counters because it lets me cook so many things (like my crockpot pepper steak recipe) without raising the temperature in the house house (and the house just smells yummy)

French Onion soup is one of my favorite soups and it really is pretty good for you if you skip melted cheese (I actually prefer it now without all the cheese on top these days, but you are welcome to melt some mozzarella on top of yours! I do still top it with a baguette slice). This recipe for french onion Soup in crock pot is just so easy to make and takes just about 10 – 15 minutes to get everything ready!

To make this crockpot French Onion soup, you will need:

Ingredients:

crockpot french onion soup ingredients

3 sliced Onions (use large yellow or Vidalia onions)
1/4 cup Butter
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
1 tbsp Sugar
1 tbsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp minced Garlic
64 oz Beef Broth
1/2 tsp Thyme
1 Bay Leaf

Making it is easy!

First you want to cook up your onions to release their sweetness. Melt your butter in large skillet over medium heat.

Add onions and sugar to pan and cook until light brown in color.

cooked onions for french onion soup

Get a piece of cheesecloth and add thyme and bay leaf and tie up with string to create a bouquet garni (this will allow the flavor of the herbs to get in to your soup, but also make them easier to pull out later)

crockpot french onion soup cooking

Place all ingredients in slow cooker and cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Remove cheesecloth and serve!  If desired, top with a baguette slice and cheese.

Enjoy!

You might want to try these other crockpot recipes:

Easy Recipe for Crockpot French Onion Soup

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 hours

Total Time: 8 hours, 15 minutes

Easy Recipe for Crockpot French Onion Soup

Ingredients

  • 3 sliced Onions (use large yellow or Vidalia onions)
  • 1/4 cup Butter
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 tsp minced Garlic
  • 64 oz Beef Broth
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1 Bay Leaf

Instructions

  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and sugar to pan and cook over medium heat until onions light brown in color.
  3. Get a piece of cheesecloth and add thyme and bay leaf and tie up with string to create a bouquet garni.
  4. Place all ingredients in slow cooker.
  5. Cook on low for 7-9 hours.

Notes

Top with baguette slices and cheese if desired (but it is delicious without it)

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How To Green Your Laundry Routine

How to Green Your Laundry Routine and Save Money

Laundry is one of the biggest ways we impact our environment. There are chemicals leached into our water supplies that are potentially damaging, running the machines themselves are often huge drains on our energy resources and the amount that we do each week really can make this all add up. If you are trying to get more eco-friendly, starting with your laundry routine is one of the best ways to make a big impact. Here are some tips for greening your laundry routine.

How to Green Your Laundry Routine

Don’t automatically think you need to replace your appliances. Sure, there are eco-friendly versions out now that use less power, but throwing out your old machine may be damaging as well since it adds to the waste and some of the really old machines contain mercury. If you really want to get an energy efficient model, make sure to donate your working model or sell it to someone who won’t just be trashing it.

Use the weather to your advantage. Before the days of dryers, people hung their laundry to dry. On the warm summer days, do this and you won’t even have to turn on your dryer for most of the season. If you belong to a homeowners association that won’t allow a clothesline (like I do), you can still buy some inexpensive drying racks and dry as much as possible on your back porch or deck. Who doesn’t love how great clothes smell that come off the line?

Start making your own laundry soaps. You can make it with some naturally derived ingredients that are also very low cost to boot! Look for recipes on Pinterest for your best bets. I will be making my own soon (just need to go through what I have now), but you can also try my simple homemade fabric softener recipe!

Stop using dryer sheets. They are wasteful, hard on our environment and full of chemicals! Instead, if it is the scent you are craving, use an old rag, put some essential oil on it and toss it into each load that you dry for a great clean scent! Lavender oil is great for this!

Don’t use hot or warm to wash your clothes. Unless your clothing items are heavily soiled, there really is no need to use the heated water. Cold water washes just fine and as an added bonus, you will see less running of colors as well. This one is a little harder for me since I have 3 kids and they generate plenty of stains, but I will at least stick to only warm water loads. I only do hot water about once a month when I give their socks the “serious treatment”.

Stop doing small loads. Only do a load if it will be full. If not, you are wasting water, soap, electricity and time.

Wash some things by hand. You would be amazed at how clean you can get things when you wash them by hand. Rather than throwing things like greasy shirts, or jeans in the wash, do them by hand. You will find that they hold up better as well. Things like bras and other delicates often need to be hand washed in order to maintain their shape. You will use less water and no electricity if you do things this way!

Stop being so “wash happy”. Most things we wear, other than work clothes, undies and socks, can be worn more than once before needing to be washed. In fact, it is often recommended that you don’t wash things like jeans every time you wear them to make them last longer. So not only will you be doing less laundry, but you will also be saving money by not having to replace things as often.

Do you have any other tips for how to green your laundry routine?

What Not To Buy at Costco

What Not To Buy at Costco

How many times have you walked out of Costco spending WAY more than you intended to spend? If you are honest with yourself, you will say “more than a few times”! It is so easy to overspend at Costco. You walk in to the store just intending to buy a rack of ribs and some muffins and you walk out after spending $300!

If you are getting great deals and can afford to spend the money, then that is fine. However, if you got sucked in by a tasting stand or an impulse buy and ended up spending a fortune…then that is a problem.

As I said in my “What To Buy at Costco” post, we are conditioned to think buying in bulk will save you money but the truth is, Costco is a business too and they need to make a profit. With that in mind, you need to know that some items at Costco just aren’t that great of a deal and you should buy elsewhere!

Now – before you say “I shop at Costco because I don’t want to have to worry about coupons”, let me tell you this: If you simply watch the sales at the grocery stores and stock up whenever there is a good deal and never use a single coupon, you will STILL save money over buying certain items at Costco!

So without further ado, here are the items that you should never buy at Costco:

Soda/pop – while soda prices vary around the country, as a general rule, you should never buy your soda at Costco. I know that, compared to the everyday price of soda in the grocery stores (typically $5 for a 12-pack), Costco prices are pretty good. BUT – you need to keep in mind that soda goes on sale almost every week at grocery stores. During the summer months, I see it as low as $2.25 for a 12-pack, but you can usually get the soda you like (Coke vs. Pepsi) for about $2.50 for a 12-pack about once a month. That is much cheaper than the $10 for a 36-pack at Costco! Simply stock up when it goes on sale and you will save money!

Cereal – even without using coupons, if you just shop the sales and stock up at a good price (not even a great price…just a good price) you will STILL save money on cereal if you take advantage of the drug store and grocery deals!

Breadcheck the sales in your area because you can usually always get bread much cheaper at the stores. The one exception to this is gluten-free bread. I have found that the twin packs of Udi’s gluten-free breads are a fabulous deal at Costco (more on me going Gluten Free coming soon) !

Toiletries- I have shown you time and time again how you can get free-to-almost free deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpaste, hair care and more at the drug stores.  Some weeks you don’t even need to use coupons to do it.

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts – this is the protein that we eat the most in my house and I tend to be quite psychotic about it.  If you live near a Wegmans, the price on a similar-sized package is $1.99 per pound every day of the week.  Compare that to the $2.99 per pound price at Costco!  The Costco price is STILL better than the non-sale price at most grocery stores…but just watch the sales at your store because you can often get it cheaper!

Dried Spices – unless you will use up that huge bottle of Oregano within a year, you are better off buying them in smaller quantities.  Dried spices only have a shelf life of about a year and, while they don’t “go bad”, they will lose most of  their flavor after that.  A better solution? Grow your own herb garden in the summer and freeze the herbs to get you through the winter!

Books/CDs/DVDs – it used to be that Costco had much better prices on these items, and for some books, that is still true.  But these days, you will often find better prices on Amazon.com!

Like I said, Costco does have some great prices and there ARE certain things that you should be buying at Costco.  I just want you to be careful and not overpay for others!

Do you have any other products to add to the list?

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!

Scarecrow Bars

It always seems like we go to more events and parties for the kids in the Fall than around Christmas and while I have a few crowd-pleasers in my standard lineup of food to take to parties or church (everyone always goes nuts for my Oreo Truffles as well as my pumpkin chocolate chip cookies and even my white chocolate cheesecake bars (although those are a little messy), I am always looking for something new!

A friend of mine made these scarecrow bars recently and I admit that, when I first saw them, I thought that they were just rice krispie treats with some candy corn and peanuts on them….but they are just so much more! A crust made from cake mix & butter topped with ooey-gooey marshmallows and THEN topped with a sweet and peanut buttery version of rice krispie treats. Everyone (except those with a nut allergy) will love them!

If your kids won’t eat peanuts (mine won’t, although the love the flavor of them…they just won’t eat them whole) you can leave out the peanuts, but you will need to add some more crisped rice cereal to make up for them.

These are best served the same day that you make them. While I like nothing more than an easy recipe that you can make in advance, like traditional rice krispie desserts, they tend to get harder as time passes.

Scroll down for the complete directions!

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Scarecrow Bars | Fun Fall Party Treat!

Ingredients

  • 1 box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups crisp rice cereal
  • 2 cup salted peanuts
  • 1 cup candy corn

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Combine cake mix and butter completely mixed
  3. Add eggs and beat until incorporated
  4. Press mixture into the bottom of ungreased 13x9 baking pan.
  5. Bake until it sets and the edges are lightly browned (about 15 minutes).
  6. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle marshmallows over hot crust.
  7. Return the pan to the oven and bake for another few minutes until marshmallows puff up.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. While the crust is baking, combine corn syrup, sugar and brown sugar in a saucepan (use one large enough to also hold the cereal and peanuts).
  10. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
  11. Remove from heat and add in the peanut butter and vanilla and stir until smooth.
  12. Stir in cereal and peanuts.
  13. Spoon the mixture over the marshmallow topped base and spread to cover (use wax paper to help you cover the crust evenly).
  14. Sprinkle candy corn over mixture evenly and gently press them in to the topping.
  15. Let cool before cutting in the bars or squares
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Grocery Deals Updated | Food Lion, Giant Eagle

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The grocery store store deals and matchups pages have been updated with all the best bargains at Food Lion and Giant Eagle 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 the free Favado app!

Food Lion Deals – Week of October 22, 2014

Giant Eagle Deals – Week of October 23, 2014

Shopping somewhere else this week? Check out the rest of the Coupon Matchups that I have posted!

More Facebook Etiquette Questions!

More-Facebook-Etiquette-Questions

We talked about the 8 Facebook rules that you wish everyone would follow before, but there are so many other issues that can come up with Facebook! Who do you turn to for Facebook questions? It is not always an easy thing knowing what to do on Facebook. More importantly, knowing what not to do can be just as trying. Wouldn’t it be awesome if there were some type of Facebook guru out there that had all the answers?

Fortunately for you, I am just that person. At least I am the best thing you have going right now, so pull up a chair. Here are some Facebook etiquette questions I have been asked along with my wise answers for your perusal:

How much sharing is too much where your own content is concerned?

I understand that need to put yourself out there. If we are creative, entrepreneurial or trying to build a brand, a Facebook presence is important. There is a fine line between putting your name and brand out there and swamping every friend you have with oceans of self-serving content. Perhaps you might consider sharing something of theirs on occasion. It is amazing what sharing the love can do for their patience when it comes to your content blasting their newsfeed every five minutes. Share, but be considerate of others.

Is it proper to stalk the pages of high school crushes on Facebook?

Most all of us have gone hunting an ex or two to see what they look like, who they are with and how ugly they have become since they were with us. While this might be fairly normal behavior, it is not without rules. If you are going to do this sort of thing, you have to follow the most important ones. Here are the rules that can’t be broken:

  • Never spend more than five minutes looking at a picture. Then it becomes a bit weird.
  • If you feel the need to make a comment, aim it at the couple and not the ex personally.
  • Never listen to music that was popular back then…when you were with the ex.
  • Step away from the keyboard if you begin to yearn. Yearning for someone you have not spoken to since fifth grade is not going to end well….ever.

Should you share what you ate this morning, afternoon and evening?

Some people on Facebook like to post every single thing they eat. This is no big deal, but these same types generally post every single thing they do period. If they are not a chef and are including a recipe, they are probably just making me hungry for the fun of it. That is not good for anybody. What is it that they always say? Don’t poke the bear? An occasional food post is fine, but I really don’t need to hear about every last thing you eat.

Why is posting my naked, drunk by the poolside photos a bad thing on Facebook?

If I really have to answer this, you have no right to be on Facebook at all. Still, there are countless of these on Facebook for the world to see. The bottom line is that you should not be sharing anything that you would not want your mom or dad to see. Cause guess what?

They can probably see it too. Along with your boss, your pastor, your teachers, your friends, your boyfriend….get the picture?

Why is it a bad idea to “like” every status randomly for speed’s sake?

There are those out there that simply have to like every single status update that comes through their feed. It is like a contest. I was looking over my Facebook feed and in just a short five minutes, I came across the following:

  • A mother talking about the loss of a child.
  • Someone that lost her pet of 15 years.
  • Someone that broke his leg.
  • A sister that was talking about her brother that died overseas.

What do these status updates have in common? People were liking them. What is likable about these posts? Nothing! They are terrible. These are the posts where you should comfort and take the time to type a kind word or two. If not that, then type nothing at all. Rather than think that people are actually that cruel, I have to believe that they simply were running through their status updates and trying “catch up” with all their likes. This is silly. Read the status updates and then decide what is appropriate.

Why do people say things on Facebook that they never would in real life?

Generally because they are cowards. If you are being brave behind a keyboard, that is just sad. Never say anything that you would not say face to face. You know who you are and you know if you are doing this. Stop it, because we usually know who you are too.

That concludes this particular session of Facebook etiquette questions. If you have any questions you would like answered, let me know in the comments below. I will try to include them next time around!

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles Recipe

Fluffy Pumpkin Belgian Waffles

Waffles are a favorite in our house…so much so that we will often have them for dinner! Whenever we make waffles (or pancakes, for that matter), I usually end up making a triple or quadruple batch and freeze the leftovers. My kids love to have pancakes or waffles for breakfast before school and by doing this, I can’t even remember the last time I have purchased frozen waffles.

We love all things pumpkin in this house so this is the time of year that we switch over to making pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin Belgian waffles.

The best part about Belgian Waffles is how light and fluffy they stay on the inside, while still being crispy on the outside. This is accomplished in 2 ways:

  1. Having the right waffle maker – you need to have a proper Belgian waffle maker to get the best results. The deep wells just ensure that they will turn out right. If you don’t want or have the space for 2 waffle makers, you will get good results making a “regular” waffle recipe (even from a box mix) in a Belgian waffle maker….so if you have to pick one, get the Belgian!
  2. Pumpkin Belgian Waffles Process

    Whipping the egg whites separately and folding them in before cooking – so many people think that Belgian waffles are all about the waffle iron. That is only half of the equation! You can’t just pour regular waffle batter in to a Belgian waffle maker and call them Belgian waffles (well – you can, but you would be wrong). You need to use a mixer (I use my Kitchen Aid) and beat the egg whites until they form stiff peaks and then fold the egg whites in to the batter. This is what makes this Belgian waffles recipe turn out perfectly!

These pumpkin Belgian waffles are a favorite in our house and I hope that they will be in yours as well!  Scroll down to the complete directions!

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles Recipe

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Pumpkin Belgian Waffles Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 tbsp Cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cup Flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 3 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ginger
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves
  • 1/4 tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 4 tbsp melted Butter

Instructions

  1. Place all dry ingredients to bowl and whisk to mix well.
  2. Separate your eggs.
  3. Place yolks, pumpkin, milk and melted butter in a large bowl and mix to blend.
  4. Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  5. In a separate bowl, whip egg whites until stiff peaks form.
  6. Gently fold egg whites into batter.
  7. Pour batter into heated and oiled waffle maker and bake following the directions for your waffle maker.
  8. Served with whipped butter, pecans and maple syrup.
http://momsneedtoknow.com/pumpkin-belgian-waffles-recipe/

Sunday Coupon Insert Sneak Peek | October 26, 2014

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There are 3 confirmed Coupon Inserts in the paper this weekend (October 26, 2014)… a SmartSource, a Redplum and a Proctor & Gamble insert.

You can check it out on my Coupon Insert Preview page!

Don’t forget to stop back Saturday morning for my weekly Coupon Insert Preview post, where I highlight what I think are the best coupons and let you know how many newspapers I will be buying this week!

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the 2014 Coupon Insert Schedule

CVS Coupon Matchups | Week of October 26, 2014 Preview

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Here is a sneak peek at the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for October 26, 2014.

New to shopping at CVS? Make sure that you read my How To Save Money at CVS post!. Don’t forget check out the CVS Coupon policy!

Pepsi 2 L Bottle or Kickstart 16 oz, $0.99
Limit 4 at $0.99

$0.24/1 coupon at the in-store CVS coupon machine (limit 1 coupon)
$0.75 after coupon

$4 off $12 Cosmetics purchase coupon at the in-store CVS coupon machine

Band-Aid Decorative 20 – 25 ct, $3.49
Get $2.50 Extra Care Buck wyb 1
(limit 1)
$0.99 after ECBs

Bausch + Lomb REnu Fresh or Sensitive Multi Purpose Solution, $7.99
Get $5 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 1)
$2.00/1 Renu, 12 oz or Larger
$1.50 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
as low as $0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Speed Stick Gear Deodorant, $3.99
Get $1 Extra Care Buck wyb 1
(limit 1)
$2/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$0.50/1 Speed Stick GEAR Body Spray or Antiperspirant Deodorant; Excludes Trial and Travel Size
as low as $0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Softsoap Body Wash, $2.99
Get $1 Extra Care Buck wyb 1
(limit 1)
$1/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$0.99 after coupon and ECB

Crest Sensitive Toothpaste, Brushes, Rinse or Glide Sensitive Floss, $4.79
Get $2 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 2)
$1/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$1.00/1 Crest Sensi Care Rinse, 500 mL or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1.50/1 Crest Sensi-Relief, Sensi-Namel, or Sensi-Repair & Prevent ToothPaste; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-14-14 RP (exp 10/31/14)
as low as $1.29 after coupon and ECBs

See the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Walgreens Coupon Matchups | Week of October 26, 2014 Preview

walgreens coupon matchups

Here is a preview of the best Walgreens Coupon Deals and Matchups that I see for the week of October 26, 2014! The full list of all deals will be posted by Friday!

Don’t forget that you can also access all of these deals through your smartphone using the free Favado app!

New to shopping at Walgreens? Make sure that you check out my How To Save at Walgreens post. Don’t forget to register for the Walgreens Balance Rewards program so that you can start earning points on your purchases!

Colgate Toothpaste, $3.50
Get a $3 Register Reward wyb 1

$1.00 / 1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, or Enamel Health Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger; Limit 4 Coupons For Same Product In Same Transaction
$0.50/1 coupon in the 1026/2014 inserts
as low as FREE + overage after coupon and RRs

Colgate Total Advanced Mouthwash or 360 Clean, Max White or Fresh or Slim Soft Toothbrush, $3
Get a $3 Register Reward wyb 2

$0.50/1 Colgate 360 Manual Toothbrush
$1 each after coupon and RRs

Huggies Diapers, $10
Get a $10 Register Reward wyb $30

$3/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$3.67 each wyb 3 and use 3 $3/1 coupons, after RRs

Pantene Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $4
Get a $5 Register Reward wyb $20

B1G1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$2.00/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment Product; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-28-14 PG (exp 10/31/14)
$2.00/1 Pantene Styler or Treatment; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-14-14 SS (exp 10/31/14)
$3.00/2 Pantene Products; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-14-14 SS (exp 10/31/14)
$2.00/2 Pantene Products; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 9-28-14 PG (exp 10/31/14)
$1.00/1 Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1 each wyb 5 and use 2 B1G1 coupons and a $2/1 coupon, after RRs

Capri Sun 10 pk, $2
Get a $2 Register Reward wyb 2

$1 each after RRs

Sunny Smile Paper Towels 1 ct, $0.50

See the current list of Walgreens Coupon Deals

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Rite Aid Coupon Matchups | Week of October 26, 2014 Preview

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Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the current week

Here is a preview of the Rite Aid Coupon Matchups and Deals for the week of October 26, 2014

New to shopping at Rite Aid? Make sure that you check out my Rite Aid 101 post!

It’s always a good idea to have the Rite Aid Coupon policy with you, just in case you encounter any problems! Don’t forget to check out the list of current Video Values Coupons for any deals that I may have missed!

Nature Made Vitamelts, $5.99
Get a $4 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$3.00/1 Nature Made Vitamelt; excludes 30 ct or less (exp 11/11/14)
$2.00/2 Nature Made Products; Excludes 30 ct or Smaller
as low as FREE + overage after coupon and +UPR

Colgate MaxFresh, Sensitive, Optic White or Total Advanced Toothpaste, $3.50
Get a $3 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$1.00 / 1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, or Enamel Health Toothpaste, 3.4 oz or Larger
$0.50/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
as low as FREE + overage after coupon and +UPR

Nivea For Men Shave Gel, Foam or Cream, 2 for $4
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb $8
(limit 2)
$2/2 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$0.50 each wyb 4 after coupons and +UPR

Keri Lotion & Bath Oil, $4.99
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$3/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$0.99 after coupon and +UPR

L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $4
Get a $5 +UP Reward wyb $15
(limit 2)
$3/2 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
STACK WITH
$1.00/1 L’Oreal Advanced Hair Care Products or Styling Products – Rite Aid Video Value Coupon – (May Watch Until October 25th, 2014) (exp 10/31/14) – limit 1 coupon)
$1 each wyb 4, after coupons and +UPR

Finesse Shampoo, Conditioner or Stylers, $1.99
$1/1 coupon in the 10/26/2014 inserts
$0.99 after coupon

Mucinex Hot Tea Cold Relief, $6.99
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2.00/1 Mucinex Hot Teas – Rite Aid Video Value Coupon – (May Watch Until October 25th, 2014) (exp 10/31/14)
$2.99 after coupon and +UPR

See the deals for the current week on my Rite Aid Coupon Deals page!

Shopping somewhere else this week? Make sure that you check out the rest of the drug store deals that I have posted!

Oreo Stuffed Spider Cupcakes | Fun For Halloween!

Oreo Stuffed Spider Cupcakes

By now you know that I have a serious thing for Oreos, although I rarely eat them plain. I prefer to either make my Oreo Truffles (especially peppermint Oreo Truffles as soon as they peppermint ones come out at Christmas) or coat them in chocolate like for my Oreo Spider Pops. I’ve even been known to spread some peanut butter on them and stuff them in a cupcake!

Apparently, I have  become “known” for my Oreo recipes. Just yesterday at church when I was working the hospitality area, I had a few people ask me if I brought in any Oreo Truffles for the buffet (which I usually do on the Sundays I work Hospitality). I guess I know what I am making for next week!

Anyway – since the peanut butter & Oreo stuffed cupcakes turned out so well, I figured it was time to make another similar recipe! If you don’t want an Oreo Spider on top of the cupcake as well as one baked inside the cupcake (or if, for some strange reason you think it is possible to have too many Oreos), you can just make the cupcakes like normal and then follow the directions to make the Oreo Spiders and use them to decorate!

But seriously – who wouldn’t love to bite in to this?

oreo cupcake open

Ok – let’s get to making them (full directions below)

First things first – mix up the cake mix according to the package directions

cupcake batter

Line your cupcake pan with paper liners and fill them halfway with batter. Place an Oreo in the center of the batter and press down slightly. Spoon more batter over the top of the Oreo to cover it completely. Bake according to package directions and allow to cool.

oreo stuffed cupcakes process

To make the spiders, we are going to use melted chocolate (the kind you buy in the craft stores) as our “glue”. Simply twist open the Oreos and cut your licorice strings in equal lengths (about 4″) and press them in to the icing inside the cookie. Pipe a little bit of melted chocolate on top of the licorice and place the top of the cookie back on top. Grab some M&M’s and attach them (letter side down) on top of your Spider using more melted chocolate to attach them. Use a drop of chocolate to make the center of the eyes.

Oreo Spiders

After you have made your spiders, simply whip up your icing, ice the cupcakes and place a spider on top!

Your kids will love them!

Oreo Stuffed Spider Cupcakes | Fun For Halloween!

Rating: 51

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Serving Size: 24 cupcakes

Oreo Stuffed Spider Cupcakes | Fun For Halloween!

Ingredients

    For the Cupcakes
  • 1 box Chocolate Cake Mix + ingredients listed on box to make them
  • 24 Oreo Cookies
  • For the Icing
  • 1 cup softened Butter
  • 2 tbsp Milk
  • 4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • For the Spiders
  • 24 Oreo Cookies
  • 24 Rips Whips Candy Strings or other string licorice
  • 48 colored M&M's
  • 1/2 cup Black Candy Melting Chips

Instructions

    To Make the Cupcakes
  1. Prepare cupcakes according to box directions except when filling cupcake liners, fill just halfway with cupcake batter, then place an Oreo in the middle and then fill the rest of the way with the batter.
  2. Bake as directed on the box
  3. Allow to cool.
  4. To Make the Oreo Spiders
  5. Place black candy chips in corner of zippered sandwich bag and heat in microwave for 45 seconds. Gently massage to ensure it is melted and smooth. Clip tiny piece off corner of bag to pipe.
  6. Make a black dot in the center of each M&M to be an eye.
  7. Gently twist apart each Oreo.
  8. Cut each candy string into 4 equal parts.
  9. Press each piece into icing to make 8 legs.
  10. Pipe a little melted candy to act as glue and put top back on cookie.
  11. Pipe a little melted candy on top to glue eyes in place.
  12. Allow to cool and set.
  13. To Make the Icing
  14. Cream butter and vanilla in a large bowl
  15. Slowly add in the powdered sugar, and milk as needed, until everything is incorporated and frosting is right consistency.
  16. Beat for 5 minutes to make sure it is fluffy.
  17. Put It Together
  18. Ice cupcakes then decorate tops with Spiders.
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