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Friday, January 14, 2011

Furrs cafeteria: Millionaire Pie

Furr's Cafeteria's Millionaire Pie recipe

Furr's cafeteria's Millionaire pie is the best pie I've ever had. I was thrilled to find the recipe.

2 cups sifted powdered sugar
1/4 lb margarine (if using margarine, NOT tub or spread product) or 1/4 lb butter, softened (if using margarine, NOT tub or spread product)
2 large eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 (9 inch) pie crusts, baked

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup sifted powdered sugar
1 cup canned crushed pineapple, well drained
1/2 cup chopped pecans

First cream together 2 cups powdered sugar and butter with an electric mixer until fluffy. Second add eggs, salt and vanilla and continue to beat until light and fluffy.  Spread mixture evenly into baked pie crusts. Then chill.

Next whip the cream until stiff.  Blend in powdered sugar; fold in pineapple and pecans.  Do not over mix!  Last spread mixture on top of filling and chill thoroughly.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Sopapilla cheesecake

Sopapilla Cheesecake
Sopapilla Cheesecake
Looking for a yummy Tex-Mex dessert?  Try Sopapilla cheesecake! I get more compliments on this dessert and it was so easy to make.

Sopapilla Cheesecake
13x9 pan sprayed with Pam
350 degree oven

4 cans of crescent rolls
2-8 oz. blocks of cream cheese softened
2 c. sugar-divided
2 tsp. vanilla
1 stick of butter
1 can of pie filling (optional)
cinnamon-to sprinkle on top or 1 tsp. to mix with topping

Lay 2 cans of rolls on bottom of pan. Smoosh them together to make a crust. Mix cream cheese, vanilla and 1 c. of sugar and cream together. Spread on top of rolls. Top with pie filling. Add the last 2 cans of rolls on top. Melt butter with sugar and cinnamon and pour over top. Bake for 35 minutes.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

7 ways to save money in Portland, OR

7 Ways to Save Money in Portland, Oregon

LivingSocial - Everyday is a new deal and they sometimes offer vacation packages in and around Portland, Oregon.

Mobba - Spa, movie tickets, dining, junk removal, baby stuff, electronics, fragrances and more.  Really it is just all kinds of stuff with various percentages off.

Groupon - Everyday is a new deal.  They offer deals on a little bit of everything.

Restaurant.com - My favorite website to get restaurant gift certificates.  Sign up with them and they will give you coupon codes to use so you end up paying $2 for a $25 gift certificate.

TozMoz - a local company that has only deals in Portland, OR and the surrounding areas.  They once had a deal to my favorite coffee place in Gresham, OR Cafe Delirium.

MyEZdeal - They offer various deals.

Zozi - Deals on Vacations, weekend getaways, yoga, helicopter rides and more!

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Voices of the Faithful

Voices of the Faithful: Inspiring Stories of Courage from Christians Serving Around the World
 by Beth Moore

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Voices of the Faithful is such a great devotional. Although Beth Moore may have put it all together it is actually written by hundreds of missionaries.  It is so interesting to read a short story from a missionary.  The things they go through or see an a daily bases is often times stuff I would just never think about. 

I truly enjoy reading it each day. Each day is just one page of reading so it is easy to read and stay caught up. Each page is assigned a day in the year. It is so unique compared to other once a day devotionals. Each page has a scripture, a short story from a missionary, and then a prayer. It is inspiring and applicable.  It is also amazing to read the stories of all of these missionaries all over the world.  I can now imagine just a little what one of their days is like.  I liked this so much that I am now reading it with my three children.  They get a little something from it each day and it has been a great starting point for them to ask questions.  It seems like very single day we have a great conversation following this. 

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Hash house a Go Go the best breakfast in Las Vegas

Hash House a Go Go in Las Vegas is the best breakfast restaurant I have ever been to. They serve lunch and dinner too, but the breakfast is so good it's the only time we've gone. The have unique and delicious food. They make art out of you food. And best of all it's kid friendly. Here are some pictures of things we've had there.
Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas

This mound of food is incredible. Man versus Food came to Vegas and this is what he had. My husband and I can split this and have left overs. It's layers of mash potatoes, spinach, biscuits, eggs, bacon, fried chicken, tomatoes, gravy, and spicy sauce. Oh, and fruit on the side!
Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas

Here is the tower of chicken waffles.

Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas

The country hash.

Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas

A cinnamon pancake. This is one pancake. It was so good I didn't even put syrup on it.

Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas
My brother in law pictured here ordered fried chicken something. It looked incredible and he ate every bite! Don't worry though he did not have a heart attack.
Hash House a Go Go breakfast in Las Vegas

This is the Farmer's daughter off the kids menu. French toast with a fried banana, eggs, pecans rolled in something yummy and fruit.
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Monday, January 10, 2011

11 Ways to Save Money on Vacation

I love taking family vacations, but sometimes there is more room in the budget for traveling than other times.   To save money on vacations I do a handful of things before and during the family trip. Here are 11 ways I save money on vacations.

1. Use Discounts! Do you qualify for a discount on anything?  AAA, AARP, military, local government, are you part of some sort of club that can get you a discount, or does your child's age get them a discount.  Use your discount on everything you can: hotel, flight, tickets, meal, or activities.

2.  Hotel Breakfast.  Stay at a hotel that serves breakfast.  9 times out of 10 you can find a hotel that serves breakfast for the same price as one that doesn't.  If you are on a week long family trip this could save you money on 5-7 meals.

3.  Combine Attractions  Buy a multiple use pass.  Decide ahead of time some of the things you plan to do on vacation.  Then see if they are selling these activities together.  One price covers all, like CityPASS. CityPASS is an American thing and available in many of the bigger cities.  In Europe you will find similar deals.  In Rome we got the Roma Pass that got us 3 days bus and subway use and into two of the attractions.

4.  Take a podcast tour.  Quit paying to go on tours if you can help it.  You can download free podcast tours of the destination you are visiting.  The podcast will tell you where to start, where to go, and what to look for.  Often you can find multiple podcast tour of the same place.  Listen to all of them if you like, each one will tell you a little something new.  I recommend Rick Steve's podcast for places in Europe.

5.  Extra ear buds  If you go on a museum tour they often have audio guides.  Instead of having to rent one for each person take some extra ear phones.  Most audio tour devices have a place to plug in a second set of ear buds.  You may have to walk closer together, but you will save money on each device you don't have to rent. Even if they don't have a second place to plug in you can just use a headphone splitter.

6.  Subway Use the subway, bus, train, plane, or a car.  Take the time to figure out what is the cheapest way to get around.  A subway system can be very intimidating if you are not familiar with it.  Download a subway app to your phone and it will pinpoint where you are and tell you which subway to use.  It's easy! 

7.  Use Cheap Transportation  Don't assume that one form of transportation is cheaper than another.  When we were in Europe we thought we would take the train everywhere, but it was so expensive.  Instead, we found Ryan Air and flew from one destination to another.  We took three separate flights and it was less than half what the train would have cost and took about a sixth of the time.

8.  Get a Hotel Deal  Watch various websites for the best hotel deal.  Use which ever site you need to.  I use Travelzoo, Priceline, and Expedia.com the most.

9.  Daily Deals  Once you know where you are going on vacation you can sign up with daily deal websites for that city.  Everyday is a different deal.  You can get up to half price restaurant, spa, hotel, and tours.  LivingSocial's Daily Deals and Groupon are available in most cities.

10.  Buy Restaurant gift certificates  Utilize restaurants.com to your benefit.  Look up your hotels zip code and search for restaurants available nearby.  If there is one you want to go to or one that is recommended get a $25 certificate for it.  I do this all the time and pay $2 per gift certificate.  There is usually a minimum of 2 entrees or $35 that you have to spend to use it and they add tip.  If you sign up with them they will send you coupon codes.  I never pay $10 for a certificate, because I always use an 80% off coupon code. 

11.  Free admission  Almost all museums have times when they admit people for free.  Look up the museum you want to visit and find out if they offer this. Even some of the most famous museum in the world do this, like the Prado.

For some other ways to save money on Family Travel check out Veggie Mom's 10 tips for family travel deals.

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