Monthly Archives: August 2017

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

Sweet and Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

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Fall isn’t here quite yet, but football season is already underway!  As the mother of three boys– who not only love to play football, but love to watch it too– getting ready to watch our favorite college team play is always a big event!

And we can’t have a big game day without lots of great food!  So when I want to grill up some great game day food, I turn to the brands I know and trust at my local Walmart:

  • Kingsford® Charcoal
  • RITZ® Crackers
  • Dr Pepper®
  • Hidden Valley® Ranch
  • Glad® Press’n Seal

Find these great products and more grill-gating inspiration here.

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When you think of game day and food, tailgating comes to mind, right?!  But what if you aren’t actually going to the game?  There’s absolutely no reason why you can’t “tailgate” in your own backyard and grill-gate the same great foods at home.

Time to Grill-Gate:

Let’s start the grill!  It takes a little bit of time and attention to get the charcoal going, but the wonderful taste that you get from the low and slow charcoal grilling is going to be perfect for these game day wings!

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  1. Layer your Kingsford® Charcoal on the charcoal rack.  I like to use a double layer because it helps to cook a little quicker and really get a good intense heat.
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  2. Use lighter fluid and soak the charcoal.  (If you’re like me, you may need a lot!)  Use a long handle lighter so that you keep your hand away because the fire may flame up.Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living
  3. Once the charcoal has started to burn, you will need to let it smolder for a bit– probably at least 20 minutes until the charcoal starts to look gray on the edges.
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  4. Now you are ready to cook!  Put the grill rack on top and add your wingettes.
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  5. Look at the beautiful color and grill marks– this is going to be tasty!!

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living

Ingredients List:

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 Tbsp ground mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dr Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Hidden Valley Ranch

 

  1. Add minced garlic to butter in bowl and put in the microwave for 20-30 seconds, or until melted.
  2. Put all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Toss grilled chicken wingettes in sauce.
  4. Serve and Enjoy!

The Dr Pepper adds the perfect amount of sweet to this spicy BBQ sauce for our game day wings!  But to make the appetizer spread complete, I always like to have a veggie tray with tomatoes and cucumbers from the garden… which, of course, goes great with the RITZ crackers and Hidden Valley Ranch…

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living

And if you happen to have leftovers (but I don’t think you will!), you can use Glad Press’n Seal to help you store your food with spill-proof cling!

Sweet & Spicy Garlic Sriracha BBQ Wingettes // Money Savvy Living

Check out more Great Grilling Tips and Recipes:

For more great grilling tips and recipes, you can check out this website featuring Emmitt Smith.  Find out how you can join in the fall football grill-gating fun and share your photos on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag, #GrillGatingHero.  Your photo could even end up on the Grill-gating website!

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What are you going to grill-gate for the big game? 
Let me know in the comments and then share a picture on Instagram and Twitter using #GrillGatingHero

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

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It is so hard to believe the kids are going back to school already… feels like summer just started!  However, not only do my kids go back to school again this week, but my oldest son starts middle school and my youngest son starts kindergarten.  So, lots of change coming our way, and yes, there are sure to be some tears– probably mostly from me though!

Mornings can be hectic… finishing up homework, getting lunches packed, making sure the kids have a healthy breakfast before heading out the door to catch the bus… but what about my own breakfast?  I have to admit that, more than once, I have skipped breakfast because I simply haven’t had the time.  But now, that excuse is gone.  Even when I don’t have much time, I can still reach for Silk Almondmilk to help get my day started off the right way!

 

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I was used to getting my almondmilk in the refrigerated section before, but now, I can get shelf-stable, individual bottles of Silk Almondmilk at my local Walmart.  Maybe that doesn’t sound like a big deal, but for my busy life, I actually like being able to stock up on things so I don’t have to visit the store quite as often.  And being able to stock up on this delicious almondmilk means that I have a quick breakfast-starter always available in my pantry.

 

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Even though I am looking for a quick breakfast, I am still health-conscious.  I really don’t want to start my day out with a donut just because it is quick and easy.  For me, making a smoothie for breakfast is a quick, easy, healthier option.  And using Silk Almondmilk as the base of my smoothie is a good choice because of how it’s made:

  • good source of calcium
  • contains NO: dairy, gluten, egg, casein, or MSG
  • NO artificial colors, flavors, or additives

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On my last trip to Walmart, I picked up the Silk Almondmilk Unsweetened Vanilla and the Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel.  And right now, you can save on these products with a $1.00 off coupon from Ibotta!

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To make sure I get a good breakfast, and get the kids sent off to start the school year, I’m going to make a Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie:

 

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Chocolate Caramel Chia Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Silk Almondmilk and Cashewmilk with Caramel
  • 1 Banana
  • 1 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocao
  • 1 Tsp Chia Seeds
  • 2 Tbsp Peanut Butter
  • Ice Cubes

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Pour into your favorite smoothie cup.
  3. Top with whipped cream and drizzle with caramel (**optional).
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Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017, Nationwide List

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017

The kids will be going back-to-school before you know it… are you ready?  Every year, the kids have a long list of supplies that they need to buy for the upcoming school year, and of course, they need new clothes and shoes… so why not save a little bit of money and shop tax-free?!

 

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If you haven’t already, start taking a look at your local store flyers to see which stores may be running special pricing on their back-to-school items, combine it with the NO TAX holiday, and you will save even more money!

 

Several states nationwide are offering tax-free holidays for back-to-school items, such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, and even stuff for the dorm and home.  Here is a list of states nationwide that will be offering tax holidays in August 2017:

Arkansas August 5-6, 2017

  • Clothing – $100
  • Clothing Accessories or Equipment – $50
  • School Art Supplies
  • School supplies
  • School Instructional Materials

Connecticut August 20-26, 2017

  • Clothing and Footwear – $100 or less

Florida August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories – $60 or less per item
  • School supplies – $15 or less per item
  • Computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $750 or less per item

Iowa August 4-5, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

Louisiana August 4-5, 2017

  • The Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500.

Maryland August 13-19, 2017

  • Clothing & Footwear, each item up to $100

Massachusetts August 12-13, 2017

  • Clothing – up to $175 per item
  • Most purchases less than $2500 threshold amount

Missouri August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators – not to exceed $150

New Mexico August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100
  • Computers: desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook up to $1,000
  • Related computer hardware – $500
  • School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit

Ohio August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less

Oklahoma August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

South Carolina August 4-6, 2017

Texas  August 11-13, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear: $100 or Less
  • School Supplies & Backpacks: $100 or Less

Virginia August 4-6, 2017

  • School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
    • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

In addition to school supplies, Virginia is also offering additional tax-free items the weekend of August 4-6. 2017:

  • Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
    • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
    • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items
  • Energy Star andWaterSense Items:
    • Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

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