Easy Dinner Idea | Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

easy dinner idea ham and cheese pinwheels

With all the running around that we do, sometimes we just want an easy dinner idea that we can throw together quickly and that our children will enjoy. These ham and cheese pinwheels are exactly that! It takes just a few minutes to assemble them and they cook in just about 12 minutes. As an added bonus, they can also do “double-duty” as an appetizer/finger food at parties!

These are made with cheddar cheese, but give other cheeses a try. My children prefer when I use mozzarella cheese or even American cheese, as they end up being more “gooey” once they are cooked. I just think they look better with cheddar!

To make them, you will need:

pinwheels ingredients

Making them is easy!

pinwheels assemble

Simply unroll the crescent rolls and pinch together the seams to form a solid sheet.  Top with the mustard or mayonnaise (optional), ham and cheese.

pinwheel roll

Starting at one end, tightly roll the sheet up in to a log.

pinwheels bake

Using a very sharp knife, slice the roll in to about 10 even pieces.  Place on cookie sheet and bake!

Scroll down for the complete directions!

You might also want to try these other easy dinner ideas:

Easy Dinner Idea | Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 17 minutes

Easy Dinner Idea | Ham and Cheese Pinwheels

Ingredients

  • 1 package refrigerated Crescent Rolls
  • 5 - 6 oz Sliced Cooked Ham
  • 2 cups Shredded Cheddar Cheese (or cheese of your choice)
  • 2 tsp mustard or mayonnaise (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Spray baking sheet with non-stick spray or line with parchment paper
  3. Unroll dough onto prepared sheet and crimp together all seams to form a solid sheet.
  4. Spread mustard or mayonnaise over dough (optional)
  5. Spread cheese evenly over the dough. Top with the ham.
  6. Starting from the long side, roll up tightly to form a log.
  7. Slice into 10-12 slices with a sharp knife.
  8. Place slices on baking sheet and cook for about 12 minutes or until golden brown.
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Sunday Coupon Insert Sneak Peek | July 27, 2014 Preview

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There are 5 confirmed Coupon Inserts in the paper this weekend (July 27, 2014)… 2 SmartSource inserts, 2 Redplum Inserts 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 July 27, 2014 Preview

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Here is a sneak peek at the CVS Coupon Matchups and Deals for July 27, 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!

7UP, A&W, Canada Dry or Sunkist (2 L), $0.99
$0.30/1 coupon at the in-store CVS coupon machine
STACK WITH
$0.55/1 7up TEN, A&W TEN, Canada Dry TEN, RC TEN, or Sunkist TEN Soda, 2 L
$0.14 after stacked coupons

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 3 for $5
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 3
(limit 1)
$0.60/2 Ragu Products; Maximum 2 Identical Coupons Allowed In Same Shopping Trip – 7-27-14 RP (exp 08/24/14)
$0.47 each wyb 3 after coupon and ECBs

Oral-B Cross-Action Power Toothbrush, $5.99
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2.00/1 Oral-B Adult Battery Toothbrush; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-27-14 PG (exp 08/31/14)
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Colgate Total Mouthwash (1 L), $5.99
Get $3 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2.00/1 Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse, 32 oz or Larger – 7-27-14 SS (exp 08/23/14)
$0.99 after coupon and ECBs

Mitchum or Lady Mitchum, $2.99
$2/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
$0.99 after coupon

Nature Made Vitamelts, $8.49
Get $5 Extra Care Bucks wyb 1
(limit 1)
$1.00/1 Nature Made Product
$2.49 after coupon and ECBs

Bic Disposables, 3 – 10 ct, $6.99
Get $1 Extra Care Buck wyb 1
(limit 1)
$3.00/1 BIC Disposable Razor; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 7-27-14 SS (exp 08/23/14)
$2.99 after coupon and ECB

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!

How To Grow Pumpkins | It’s Time To Plant!

Learn How To Grow Pumpkins

I know that it sounds early to be thinking about pumpkins, but if you want to have them in time for Halloween, it’s time to plant them!

What is fall without pumpkins? These vegetables are part of the squash family and come in all shapes and sizes. Pumpkins are grown to make Jack-O-Lanterns out of, or as the main ingredient in the most popular dessert of the season – pumpkin pie! Here are some tips on how to grow pumpkins in your garden.

First you have to decide what do you want the pumpkins for? Whether they will be used as small decorations, for desserts like pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread, or far carving at Halloween. The amount of Heirloom Pumpkins is amazing these days and it is great to grow one or two of these varieties and give as gifts this autumn. Once you know what you want to plant, order the seeds. Pumpkins are best started with seeds over transplants. As a bonus, you will save a lot of money when buying seeds, especially since they sprout in just a couple of days.

Ideally, plant pumpkins in rows and space them at least 12 inches away from each other. When growing in raised beds, use the square foot gardening method and sow one seed for each cubic foot. Know that each plant will send out a very long vine. Typically one plant’s vine can be anywhere from 25-75 feet! If planting in a small space, you will have to train the vines to go back and forth in a zigzag pattern so they take up as little room as possible.

Once the plants are about 3 weeks old, they will start to send out flowers. When growing pumpkins for size, you want to limit each plant to grow just 1-3 pumpkins and pluck the rest of the blossoms. This makes the plant concentrate its growth on just those few pumpkins. You can cook with these blossoms or toss them into the compost pile. Baby pumpkins form on the plant in about 4-5 weeks.

Make sure to water or have irrigation for your pumpkin plants. They drink a lot of water! Also, fertilize them with organic amendments every 3-4 weeks as they are quickly depleting the nutrients from the surrounding soil.

As the pumpkins grow, place straw underneath them. This lifts them off the ground and away from insects burrowed into the dirt. Keep the watering even or you might notice your pumpkins splitting at the seams, so to speak.

The rule of thumb is to plant pumpkins on the Fourth of July for them to be ready for the fall. In most climates, planting them anytime in July ensures you having pumpkins to carve up for Halloween. When planting small sugar pumpkins for Thanksgiving and Christmas, you can get the seeds in the ground anytime in August and the very latest, the beginning of September.

Pumpkins have a long growing season, so start them early if you can. Harvest them once the rinds turn orange and then cut them from the main plant so they have a nice top. Let them sit or cure for a few days before using them.

Enjoy growing pumpkins this season. They are so many types to choose from, and planting just a few seeds of each kind might be just the way to go. Happy gardening!

Get 25 Points From Reyclebank!

Recyclebank has another easy 25 points for you to earn when you get some tips on how you can stay energy-efficient this summer!

When it comes to your summertime energy bill, you might want to sweat the small stuff. Find out how and earn 25 points.

Just head to Recyclebank (and make sure that you are logged in to your account) to get your points!

Recyclebank points can be redeemed for high-value coupons for organic and healthy items, magazine subscriptions and even gift cards to some of your favorite stores!

Walgreens Coupon Matchups | Week of July 27, 2014 Preview

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Here is a preview of the best Walgreens Coupon Deals and Matchups that I see for the week of July 27, 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, 360 Toothbrush or Optic White Rinse, $2.99
Get a $2 Register Reward wyb 1

$0.50/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
$0.49 after coupon and RRs

Mitchum or Lady Mitchum, $2.99
$2/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
$1.00/1 Mitchum Product; Excludes Trial and Travel Size and Twin Pack
as low as $0.99 after coupon

Purell Hand Sanitizer, $2.99
$1.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Refill, 20 oz – (Walgreens Coupon) – Walgreens IVC August 2014 (exp 08/30/14)
STACK WITH
$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Bottle, 8 oz or Larger – 7-27-14 SS (exp 09/21/14)
$0.99 after stacked coupons

Carmex Healing Cream, $2.99
Get 2000 Balance Rewards Points wyb 1
$0.99 after BRs

Visine, $4.49
Get 1000 Balance Rewards Points wyb 1

$1.50/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
$1.99 after coupon and BRs

Clean & Clear Skin Care, $5.99
$2.00/1 Clean & Clear Facial Skin Care – (Walgreens Coupon) – Walgreens IVC August 2014 (exp 08/30/14)
STACK WITH
$1/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
$2.99 after stacked coupons

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 July 27, 2014 Preview

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See the 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 July 27, 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!

Crest 3D White, Pro-Health or Complete Toothpaste; Oral-B Manual Toothbrush or Glide Floss, $3
Get a $2.50 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$0.50/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
FREE after coupon and +UPR

Crest Pro-Health Rinse (1 L), Clinical or 3D White (473 ml), $3.99
Get a $3 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$1.00/1 Crest ProHealth Rinse, 500 mL or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$2.00/2 Crest ProHealth Rinse; Excludes Trial or Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day
$1.00/1 Crest Rinse, 500 mL or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 6-15-14 RP (exp 07/31/14)
$1.00/1 Crest Rinse, 327 mL or Larger; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day – 7-13-14 RP (exp 08/31/14)
FREE after coupon and +UPR

E.P.T. or Monistat Products, $14.99
Get a $10 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 1)
$5/1 EPT Printable coupon
$3.00/1 Monistat 1 Day Ovule Yeast Infection Treatment
$3.00/1 Monistat 1 or 3 Product
as low as FREE after coupon and +UPR

Oral-B Complete or 3D White Battery Powered Toothbrush, $6
Get a $4 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$2/1 coupon in the 7/27/2014 inserts
FREE after coupon and +UPR

Mentos Rolls, 4 for $2
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 4
(limit 4)
$0.25 each after +UPR

Mead Composition Books, 3 for $1.98
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 3
(limit 4)
$0.33 each after +UPR

Gatorade or Mountain Dew Kickstart, 4 for $5
Get a $1 +UP Reward wyb 4
(limit 2)
$1.00/4 Gatorade Sports Drink, 32 oz – Rite Aid Video Value Coupon – (May Watch Until July 26th, 2014) (exp 07/31/14)
$0.75 each after coupon and +UPR

Bic Disposable Razors, $5.99
Get a $2 +UP Reward wyb 1
(limit 2)
$3.00/1 BIC Disposable Razor; Excludes Trial and Travel Size – 7-27-14 SS (exp 08/23/14)
$0.99 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!

Beat Boredom Month With Dollar General

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

“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

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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!

You might want to also try these crockpot recipes:

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!

As a reminder, you can NOT Photocopy coupons! You can find more coupons in the Coupon Database

Make sure that you grab the rest of the recent hot coupons that I have posted. Problems getting the coupon? Don’t forget to read my Why Can’t I Find That Coupon? post!

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 the free Favado app!

Walmart Deals – Week of July 21, 2014

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

15 Tips For Shopping At The Grocery Store!

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We talk about how to shop at the grocery stores all the time.  We talk about how to get the best deals, how to use coupons and so much more.  What we don’t talk about that often is how NOT to make other shoppers want to kill you!

I recently launched to site Etiquette Help (seriously – make sure you read through all the archives and Like Etiquette Help on Facebook), but this is one post that I particularly love.

From my 15 Grocery Store Manners | 15 Tips! post

  1. Slow Down – Breaking the land speed record with a grocery cart is not necessary nor is it acceptable in the grocery store. Slow down and be careful around those blind corners.
  2. 20 Items or Less – Why is it that every time an express lane opens, someone with an entire cart full of items jumps over? Seriously folks, the sign is pretty straight forward.
  3. Have Your Money Ready – Nobody wants to wait while you write out your check or dig for your debit card. Consider those around you and have those things ready when you get up there. You wait in line anyway, so use it to prepare for your turn when you get there.
  4. Let common sense prevail – If you are standing there with an entire cart full of items and the guy behind you has a diet Coke, let him pass. If I need to tell you why, you should never enter a retail establishment again…ever.
  5. When a new line opens, be fair – We all have seen it. Five people are in line and the line next to you that had been closed opens. Then the cart at the back of the line runs over to take the first spot in the new line. Again, did we not cover this in kindergarten? A new line is not an invitation to race those in front of you. Be fair and let the people that have waited the longest get the next register.

See the rest of the tips on Etiquette Help!