Welcome to my first 5 things FRIDAY post. This is one of several places to find out what’s going on in the kitchen and the garden, and where I have been or will soon be going. I will be posting in this category frequently, but not necessarily every Friday.
Happy Halloween! Here are five things that rocked my week:
#1 – Earlier today, I discovered the perfect Halloween Costume for lazy foodie folks like me.
#2 – Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from Our Tuscan Kitchen, by Gabriele Corcos and Debi Mazer, is one of several terrific Italian cookbooks I ordered from Amazon.com when I got home from Italy last week. I’m looking forward to cooking my way through the book with my friends in the “Cooking Through Extra Virgin: Recipes & Love from our Tuscan Kitchen” Facebook group.
#3 – These whole grain, gluten-free biscuits, which I baked on Monday … delicious! I’m still working on the recipe, and should have it ready to share soon.
#4 – Ripe tomatoes picked this morning in our Bakersfield garden. After the long lull in tomato production during the burn-your-butt months of August and September, we once again have tomatoes on the plants that survived the summer, as well as the “second season” transplants I planted in August. Warm weather and the California drought may mean fresh tomatoes on our Thanksgiving table.
#5 – Lodge 7.5 Quart Enameled Cast Iron Dutch Oven — Isn’t she gorgeous? She arrived this afternoon, and I can’t wait to use her! I got a great deal from Target, saving more than $28 off Amazaon’s price. Here’s how:
I had already determined that Target had the best price for the red Lodge 7.5 quart dutch oven ($72.99 versus Amazon Prime’s price of $90.85 – both included free shipping). I belong to the shopping rebate site eBates.com, so I clicked through the Target link on eBates, to earn a 2.5% rebate on my Target purchase. Then I googled “target coupon” and found a $10-off-on-purchases-over-$50 coupon on retailmenot.com, a free non-membership coupon site. The coupon reduced my purchase price to $62.99, and I got an additional discount of $3.15 (5%) by paying with my Target Red Card (a debit card linked to my bank account).
Total discount on Target website: $13.15 (17% of original total), final price was $64.33. And I’ll still receive the 2.5% ($1.61) eBates rebate, making my actual price $62.72, which is $28.13 less than Amazon’s price.
Lesson: Join eBates.com and get rebates on almost all of your online purchases … and always search for coupons, whether shopping online or in person at your favorite stores.
Have a great weekend!
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