Love to Shop? Save? Don’t Miss Out!

Summer’s here, and what better way to spice up your outdoor get-togethers than General Mills brand side dishes?

Complement your main dishes from the grill with Betty Crocker® Potatoes for a delicious and easy side dish that your whole family will love. Plus, Betty Crocker Mashed Potatoes now feature 20% more potatoes!

Need a quick & delicious weeknight meal idea? Hamburger Helper has a variety of tasty flavors your whole family will love such as Bold Crispy Buffalo Chicken or Crunchy Taco.

Add in fresh ingredients such as shredded cheese or chopped tomatoes to add even more deliciousness to your dinner table.

Visit your local Publix® store now to stock up & save on your favorites for a quick & delicious meal that your whole family will love during the “Love to Shop Here, Love to Save Here” event!

Be on the lookout for these exclusive in-store savings starting July 17:

In-Store Savings

Offer available in-store from 7/17 – 8/6, available at Publix.

•Hamburger Helper and Betty Crocker Potatoes at 10/$10

Printable Coupons

•Save $1 when you buy FOUR any flavor Betty Crocker® Pouch Potatoes

- Visit to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last.

•Save $1 on Hamburger Helper when you buy three boxes any flavor Helper™ Home Cooked Skillet Dishes

-Visit to clip and print your coupons. While supplies last. | Also, find Publix on Facebook

Information in this post provided by General Mills and Platefull Co-op. I was compensated with a gift pack for sharing.

Dehydrating Ground Beef {Homemaker Mondays}


Today felt like a homemaker Monday to me — how about y’all?

When I read about creating shelf stable meat a few months ago, I became immediately obsessed. I ran to Sam’s to get the biggest pack of ground beef for the lowest price per pound that I could. I fried it up, and a few steps later I got:


Talk about a space saver! All in all, over about a week, I made two batches, totaling about 10 pounds of ground beef that shrunk down into these lovely containers….


This little bit of spce in your canning pantry represents 6-10 meals for our family – you can’t beat that!


Of course the next test – how does it taste? Does the texture get all weird? How do you get it back to edible?

All you have to do is place however much you need – usually 1/2 to 3/4 of a cup of dried beef makes enough rehydrated for a recipe for the 3 of us with a serving or so extra as leftovers – place it in a container, cover it with boiling water (just about 1/2 inch over), then cover the container and let sit for 10-15 minutes.  I find that a Rubbermaid or Tupperware container  works beautifully for this step.


You have hot and ready beef, ready for your recipe. How great is that? I can’t tell; you how much time this has saved me. Putting forth a little time and effort up front has saved me countless hours in prep and its fabulous.

The best part is with beef prices going up, you can put away some now to save in the long run. Go ahead – you’ll be glad you did!

Dehydrating Ground Beef


  • 3 or more pounds Ground Beef - the leaner the better - I used 90/10
  • Boiling Water


  1. Fully cook ground beef in a skillet - cook in batches if your skillet is not big enough
  2. drain off excess fat
  3. in a colander, rinse thoroughly with hot / boiling water
  4. shake off excess water
  5. rinse again - you want to rinse as much grease from the meat as possible to prevent the oils from turning rancid
  6. dry / drain off on paper towels
  7. place beef on dehydrator trays
  8. Place temperature at 145 degrees and allow to dry for 2-3 hours before checking.
  9. Beef should be completely dry with no give in the pieces as you try to squeeze them
  10. If they are still soft, dry for another 30-60 minutes and check again,
  11. repeat until all is dried
  12. transfer to dry jars with airtight seals
  13. can be store out of direct sunlight for at least 1 year


To rehydrate: cover with boiling water, cover container and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes

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 Adapted from A Southern Plate

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Looking for Cool Weekend Fun?

Looking for an action-packed weekend of fun for the whole family? Head to your local IMAX® Theater for the premiere of How to Train Your Dragon 2!




Starting this Friday, June 13th, the second chapter of DreamWorks Animation’s beloved How to Train Your Dragon franchise is soaring to all IMAX theatres domestically in select engagements. The IMAX 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience®, creating a unique environment that will make audiences feel as though they are flying alongside heroic Viking Hiccup and his faithful dragon, Toothless.

Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, T.J. Miller, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Kristen Wiig reprise their respective voice roles, joined this time by Academy Award® winner Cate Blanchett, Djimon Honsou and Kit Harington.

For more information about How to Train Your Dragon 2, please visit DreamWorks Animation’s official website.


The information in this post has been provided by IMAX


For IMAX Theater locations and local showtimes click here!

Feeling a Bit Like Noah

It’s been 40 days since my last post. I never thought about ever abandoning my blog for a length of time like that, but life is funny sometimes.

After Randall had recently become ill, we made some major adjustments. His second job was cut from 4 to 2 nights a week, which thankfully his physical being has tolerated well. Its been nice having him around more and its been a true blessing for our family. The one area that suffered were our finances.  So, I prayed a lot for guidance and just like God coming to Noah and telling him to build an ark, I felt lead by God and I ended up taking on a job.

This job has fortunately allowed me the grace of staying home with Daniel and still being the wife and homeschooling Mom I have intended to be. Along with these roles, I am now an E Commerce Retail Owner/Manager.

Sounds pretty fancy, doesn’t it? Pssstt – want to know a secret? It means I sell things on Ebay.

I set up my store on April 9th, so we’re just days shy of being in business for 60 days. So far, I’ve made just over $700. Considering I’m still smack dab in the middle of a huge learning curve, I am thrilled and Thank God for the successes that we have had so far. The more we submit and listen to Him, the more our lives are aligning and becoming more joy filled. Its been a wonderful experience so far,

I’ll be sharing some of my adventures from here on out, and still share recipes, homeschooling and family antics as well. I probably won’t be here as often as I used to be, but now that the rain has stopped and the waters are receding,  its time to start anew. See you again soon. Thanks for hanging out and waiting on my return.

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